Wander Into The Steppes of Mongolia (9D8N)

 

Depart Singapore:

03 June 2017 (Saturday)

 

Depart Ulaanbaatar:

11 June 2017 (Sunday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

 

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Nicknamed the “Land of Blue Skies” and for a good reason, Mongolia has about 250 sunny days throughout the year. You can visit Mongolia any time and in this entirely landlocked country, the enduring appeal of the landscapes, the mystical nomadic culture and the rich wildlife which some were thought to have extinct, are locked tightly within this vast land.

Venture into this land without fences to feel the vastness of the steppes, to feel the hospitality of the nomads and to feel the galloping of the wild horses. Connect with the sky, the land and the people and realize how small our existence is.

Join us to lose our way in the vast plains and listen to our own heartbeat. Mongolia, an invigorating and exhilarating place to visit, and remains one of the last unspoiled travel destinations in Asia.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (03 Jun): Arrival to Ulaanbaatar (UB) – UB Main Square – National History Museum – Gandan Main Monastery – Folk Music Concert

  • Sukhbaatar SquareUpon arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport of Ulaanbaatar (UB), meet up with our Mongolia representative.
  • Visit UB Main Square – “Sukhbaatar Square”, the central square of Ulaanbaatar which is named after Damdin Sukhbaatar, the “Father of Mongolia’s 1921 revolution”.
  • Visit National History Museum, one of the leading museums in Mongolia, responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage.
  • Visit Gandan Main Monastery, a Tibetan-style monastery built in 1809. There is a grand Buddha statue here.
  • Attend a Folk Music Concert in the evening to witness the world-famous long songs, overtone singing and morin khuur, the horse-headed fiddle. Enjoy the shamanism ritual dance too.
  • Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.

Meals provided: Dinner

Accommodation: Platinum Hotel 

 

Day 2 (04 Jun): Fly to Gobi – Yolyn Am – Bayanzag – Khorkhog dinner

  • BayanzagAfter breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight to Gobi Desert.
  • Gobi Desert is one of the largest desert in Asia, and is notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.
  • Visit Yolyn Am (Eagle Canyon), a deep and narrow gorge which is shaded from the sun in some parts and used to have large ice fields all year round. Now the ice fields tend to melt by September.
  • Enjoy a 30 mins Mongolian horse ride through the beautiful valley and listen to the sound of the vultures (Yol means vulture in Mongolian).
  • Visit a local dinosaur museum at Yolyn Am that contains dinosaur eggs and bones.
  • Proceed to Bayanzag which is also known as Flaming Cliffs. Its red cliffs are formed from the erosion of the sand and rock over many thousands of years.
  • Walk around the flaming cliffs to see if you can find any dinosaur skeleton and eggs.
  • Proceed for a Khorkhog dinner, a popular Mongolian dish, where the meat and vegetables are cooked over hot stones.
  • Overnight in tourist camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tourist Camp

 

Day 3 (05 Jun): Khongor Sand Dunes – Visit Camel Herder Family

  • Khongor Sand DunesAfter breakfast, drive to Khongor Sand Dunes (also known as the Singing Dunes). Be amazed by the roaring sounds of the dunes which can be thrilling and eerie at the same time.
  • Enjoy and climb up to over 200m high sand dunes to have a panoramic view of the picturesque desert oasis.
  • Visit a camel herder family and have cultural exchange with the family.
  • Enjoy a 2 hrs two-humped camel ride over the sand dunes.
  • Overnight in tourist camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tourist Camp

 

Day 4 (06 Jun): Ongi Monastery Ruins

  • Ongi MonasteryAfter breakfast, drive to Ongi Monastery, an active small monastery which was built on the ruins of a monastery complex that was formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and was founded in 1760.
  • In its heyday, it used to house 120,000 monks and nuns.
  • Explore the ruins to relive its past glory as well as to trace the raw violence of the destruction in 1939.
  • Overnight in tourist camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tourist Camp

 

Day 5 (07 Jun): Karakorum – Visit Nomadic Family – Erdene Zuu Monastery – Karakorum Museum

  • Erdene Zuu MonasteryAfter breakfast, drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia.
  • Along the Karakorum Highway, look out for more than 50,000 rock paintings which were left by invaders, traders, pilgrims and locals who passed along the trade route.
  • Visit a nomadic family to participate in nomadic lifestyle.
  • Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery which means Hundred Treasures. It is the first Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia, built in 1586. Be awed by the multiple stupas and Turtle Rocks which surround the monastery.
  • Visit Karakorum Museum which has a beautiful model of how the ancient capital was during Genghis Khan’s time and many exhibits from different ages.
  • Overnight in tourist camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tourist Camp

 

Day 6 (08 Jun): Kultegen and Bilge Khaan’s Legendary Monument – Lake Ugii

  • Lake UgiiAfter breakfast, drive to Kultegin and Bilge Khaan’s Legendary Monument which is devoted to Bilge Khan of Turkish origin and his older brother Kultegin in 732.
  • Drive to Lake Ugii, a beautiful lake with fish and birds.
  • Enjoy a 2 hrs boating on the lake.
  • Overnight in tourist camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tourist Camp

 

Day 7 (09 Jun): Khustai National Park

  • Khustai National ParkAfter breakfast, drive to Khustai National Park where re-introduction of the wild takhi horses (Przhevalsky’s horses) has taken place since 1992.
  • Takhi is the last wild horse subspecies surviving in the 21st century.
  • Spend the afternoon leisure hiking in the surrounding mountains with an evening visit to the wild horses while they come to drink in the evening.
  • Overnight in tourist camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tourist Camp

 

Day 8 (10 Jun): Free and Easy Day in UlaanbaatarUlaanbaatar

  • Drive back to Ulaanbaatar today and enjoy a free and easy day, doing some last minute shopping to get some souvenirs for your loved ones at home.
  • Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Platinum Hotel

 

Day 9 (11 Jun): Departure from Ulaanbaatar

  • After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your international flight home bringing back sweet memories of the vast steppes of Mongolia.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price from:

Adult Twin (Price Per Pax)

SGD 1,799.00

Adult Single (Price Per Pax)

SGD 2,099.00

(Price is for minimum 10 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • Lose your way in the Gobi Desert which is one of the largest in Asia.
  • Enjoy a short horse ride through the beautiful valley of Yolyn Am and watch out for the vultures that hover over you.
  • Check out the dinosaur eggs and bones at the dinosaur museum of Yolyn Am.
  • Bedazzled by the fiery red cliffs of Bayanzag especially during sunset.
  • Feast like a local by indulging in a Khorkhog dinner.
  • Climb to the top of Khongor Sand Dunes and be entertained by their “song performance”.
  • Ride a camel through the Khongor Sand Dunes and feel like a nomad.
  • Explore the ruins of Ongi Monastery and Erdene Zuu Monastery and discover the untold stories behind the ruins.
  • Interact with the nomadic families along the way and learn their culture, traditions and lifestyle.
  • Enjoy a leisure boating session in Lake Ugii.
  • Admire the beauty of the wild takhi horses at Khustai National Park.

Package Inclusions

  • 1 English-speaking local tour guide
  • Airport transfers and private transportation in private air-conditioned car/van/coach
  • One way domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar to Gobi
  • 2 nights’ accommodation based on twin sharing room with daily breakfast in 3-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • 6 nights’ accommodation based on twin sharing room with full board service (breakfast, lunch, dinner) in countryside tourist camp
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to indicated sights
  • Mineral water

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Ulaanbaatar – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events e.g. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Tips or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

Flight cost and information as at 10 Apr 2017. Subject to availability and change.

 

Singapore (SIN)  to Beijing (PEK):

Air China (CA 970) 0015hrs – 0550hrs

 

Beijing (PEK) to Ulaanbaatar (ULN):

Air China (CA 901) 0835hrs – 1050hrs

 

Ulaanbaatar (ULN) to Hong Kong (HKG):

Mongolian Airlines (OM 297) 0625hrs – 1055hrs

 

Hong Kong (HKG) to Singapore (SIN):

Tiger Airways (TR 2067) 1855hrs – 2255hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD1,984

 

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