SET DEPARTURES

Iconic Mongolia

This journey provides a glimpse into Mongolian life, into the landscapes and unique biodiversity of this vast country. Experience the incredible contrasts of the country, and the hospitality of Mongolia’s nomads from Gobi Desert to lake Hovsgol near its northern border with Siberia.

 
Country MONGOLIA Places You'll see Ulaanbaatar
Lake Hovsgol
Kharakhorum
Gobi Gurvansaikhan – Yol Valley
Gegeet Valley – Hongoryn Els
Tugrugiin Shiree
Approximately 1385 KM
Duration 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1
Travel from Athens to Ulaanbaatar
Day 2
Ulaanbaatar
We will visit Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia, drive through downtown Ulaanbaatar to the National Museum for an overview of Mongolia’s culture and history. We will also visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum which contains one of the best collections of Buddhist art in the world. In the evening we will enjoy the gorgeous view over the city and the Tuul River from Zaisan Memorial.
Day 3-4
Lake Hovsgol
In the morning we will fly north to Murun and then onwards to Lake Hovsgol, passing through the Mongolian steppe. Lake Hovsgol is a crystal-clear alpine lake known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl”, and remains untouched by progress. We will spend the night in a ger, and the next day exploring the lake and surrounding areas; prepare for kayak, walk and horse-backride Mongolian style.
Day 5
Ulaanbaatar
On our way back to Murun, where we will catch a flight back to Ulaanbaatar, we will enjoy a traditional picnic lunch at Lake Irkhon .
Day 6-7
Kharakhorum
We will drive to Kharakhorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire created by Chinggis Khan, and be introduced to the last remaining species of wild horse, the takhi, on the way there. We will spend the night in a ger camp and start early in the morning to fully explore Kharakhorum, its ruins and monasteries. After a full day, we will return to the ger camp for a fine dining experience under the stars.
Day 8
Ulaanbaatar
We will drive back to Ulaanbaatar, and along the way, experience the warm hospitality offered to travelers by the locals. We will spend the night at a 5-star hotel.
Day 9
Gobi Gurvansaikhan – Yol Valley
Begin the day flying over the steppe to Mongolia’s southernmost province, Gobi Gurvansaikhan. For the next few days, explore the beautiful landscape and the incredible wildlife that lives here.
Day 10-11
Gegeet Valley – Hongoryn Els
We will drive to Gegeet Valley, habitat of the white leopard, visit the towering Hongoryn Els (dunes known as the “Singing Sands”), and continue the journey alongside the Gobi Altai Mountain range. We will spend the first night in a ger camp, and after lunch the next day, we will drive back to the lodge near Gurvansaikhan Gobi National Park.
Day 12
Tugrugiin Shiree
We will drive to Tugrigiin Shiree and the incredible “Flaming Cliffs”, named for the sandstone that glows at sunrise and sunset.
Day 13
Back to Ulaanbaatar
Today we will fly back to Ulaanbaatar and visit the museum of Bogd Khan Winter Palace. In the evening, we will enjoy a grand dinner and performance by traditional Mongolian dancers, as we reluctantly prepare to bid farewell to this wondrous land.
Day 14
Depart for Athens

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