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Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival

“It was a great tour. An educational experience. There is nothing like being there to meet the people, see their… ”
Mongolia, Asia

from $5,895* per person 14 Days June
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 12 people max
  • Ulaanbaatar airport, mongolia
  • Culture & Nature trips
Mongolia: The name conjures up images of vast grasslands, wind-swept steppe and endless sky. Here, an empire built on horseback galloped across two continents, leaving behind the names Genghis and Kublai Khan. Follow their lead, using the horsepower of modern vehicles to cover the incredible distances at the heart of Mongolia. End in the capital, where the skills of that nomadic army are preserved at the Naadam Festival.

Locations visited/nearby

Mongolia, Asia

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Portland, OR USA
    "It was a great tour. An educational experience. There is nothing like being there to meet the people, see their culture, feel the heat & wind of the Gobi. Great Memories. The people are very friendly: inviting us into their gers, sharing their airag and cheese, ride their horses and camels and especially telling us about their lives and culture."
    5
  2. Reviewer: located in Berwyn, PA USA
    “The trip was a wonderful look into a way of life that we were not familiar with but worth trying to understand. I loved visiting the people in their gers. They were so welcoming and I was fascinated by their way of life.”
    5

3 testimonials about the provider, MIR Corporation:

  • Reviewer: located in Malibu, CA USA
    Every day I am grateful for this fabulous trip. The destinations you specialize in are of much more interest now that I know what a well-delivered service you provide.

    MIR's tour manager made my trip more deeply meaningful and made sure that everyone on the train came away with a greater appreciation for this vast country. Thank you so much for your great itinerary, for the tremendous abilities of your staff... You can be certain I will recommend your company.



    5
  • Reviewer: located in Rockville Center, NY USA
    It is safe to say without the expertise of your superb cadre of guides in the country we never could have put it all together. In fact, we were totally dependent on them to benefit from the extraordinary experienced of visiting three regions of [Ukraine] within a two-week time period.

    Clearly, MIR Corporation has a well-deserved reputation for superb customer service. We support that well-deserved reputation, which is possibly rooted in the fact that your associates like their jobs and that job satisfaction has been transferred to customer and client relations.

    Honestly, we were duly impressed with each of the regional guides and the drivers who accompanied us. Their local knowledge of the unique features of their respective region was so evident, impressive, and unmatched by any we have encounters over our 40 years of visiting 140 countries.

    I want to thank you for a most stupendous trip; 5 stars plus. Loved Ukraine, the people, the sites, the precision of our tour; the fine quality of the guides and drivers - how much they care, how much they know and how much they kept our interests foremost in their hearts and their minds. It was just stupendous.

    It was so fabulous we cannot stop talking about it. Again, thank you very much. And I will certainly recommend MIR Corporation when it is appropriate for our friends & colleagues.

    It was excellent beyond all expectations.


    5
  • Reviewer: located in Princeton, NJ USA
    We dont know where to start a perfect itinerary which satisfied all of our needs, excellent accommodations superbly located, flawless execution of all aspects including visas, vouchers, theatre tickets, etc., and last but certainly not least, truly outstanding and professional guides and drivers.

    We only wish that MIR provided tours everywhere, in which case we would never use another tour company again..

    MIR Office in Seattle was outstandingWe have already told several friends about MIR and how wonderful they are! You all put together a trip for us that was perfect to our budget, time frame and interests. Russia is a fabulous destination wonderful history, magnificent sites we cant say enough about MIR and Russia.

    5

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

Days 1-4: UlaanBaatar, Lake Hovsgol

Begin in UlaanBaatar, where the centuries-old Buddhist heritage is still vital. Tour some of UlaanBaatar's treasures before flying north to alpine Lake Hovsgol, sacred to Mongolians. Sleep in traditional gers, and explore the summer pastureland of reindeer and yak on foot and horseback.

Days 5-6: UlaanBaatar, Hustaiin Nuruu, Kara Korum

Set off overland to Kara Korum, the site of Genghis Khan's all-but-vanished capital city. The splendid Erdene Zhu monastery, built with stones salvaged from the ruins of Kara Korum, is experiencing a rebirth of faith after the fall of communism. On the drive out to the former capital, stop at Hustai Nuruu National Park, home to the Przewalski Horse, the last remaining species of truly wild horse in the world.

Days 7-10: Gobi Desert

Continue on an adventurous overland route through the Mongolian outback to the Gobi, stopping en route at lost monasteries and remote ger camps.  During the epic journey, discover the Flaming Cliffs and the Yol Am Canyon, encountering nomads who call this formidable environment home.

Days 11-14: UlaanBaatar

Fly back to UlaanBaatar. Experience the pageantry of the fascinating Naadam Festival, a celebration of Mongolia's ageless traditions, and finish with a performance of Mongolian throat-singing.

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