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Mongolia's Legendary Gobi
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Mongolia's Legendary Gobi

7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey

Ulaanbaatar, South Gobi Desert & Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Follow in the footsteps of the first nomads as you travel across the wide-open grasslands of the Mongolian steppe, ride a camel through the sun-scorched Gobi Desert and open your eyes to a simpler culture where hospitality to strangers is still a way of life. Mongolia remains one of the last true wildernesses on Earth, and a visit to this remote land is a rewarding journey of discovery.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Ulaanbaatar

    Upon arrival in Mongolia's capital of Ulaanbaatar, you will be welcomed and accompanied to your hotel.

    Shangri-La Hotel - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To South Gobi

    Fly south to the fabled Gobi Desert, which covers parts of southern Mongolia and northern China and was once home to many important trading cities on the great Silk Road. Land next to the expansive Gurvan Saikhan National Park, which boasts seas of sand dunes, striped valleys of badlands and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. One of Mongolia's most popular parks, Gurvan Saikhan contains more than 600 species of birds and a number of endangered animals, including the wild camel, snow leopard and ibex. Continue to the Flaming Cliffs, where dinosaur eggs were first discovered in the Gobi. Once a huge inland sea, this area holds some of the best fossil finds the world has known. Savor the sunset with a picnic dinner near the towering red sandstone cliffs. For the next two nights, live like a stylish nomad in your award-winning ger camp in the midst of the wilds. Don't forget to allocate some time for stargazing after dinner one night; immersing yourself in the blazing beauty of the clear night sky in the middle of the Gobi Desert is an unforgettable experience.

    Three Camel Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 3
    South Gobi

    This morning, travel to the Yol Valley, which is part of the Great Gobi National Park. Hike down the valley to observe the rich animal life unique to this region. With more than 30 million head of livestock in the country, Mongolia has approximately 10 times more animals than people. This area is also home to some of the last remaining wild Bactrian (two-hump) camels and the Gobi bear, which is the only bear that lives in the desert. After lunch, stop outside the park to visit a family of camel breeders and learn about their ancient way of life. Later, marvel at the desert splendor of the Moltsog Els sand dunes, which seem to roll on endlessly toward the horizon.

    Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 4
    To Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    Fly back to the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, drive to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to explore Mongolia's verdant grass steppe and the southern Khentii mountain range on foot or horseback. While there, spot some of the park's famed rock formations and visit a nomadic horse breeding family. Stay overnight in a traditional ger camp to experience the hospitality of the steppe as well as the unique feeling of being completely immersed in nature.

    Ger Camp - 1 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 5
    To Ulaanbaatar

    Drive back to Ulaanbaatar through the wild steppe. Following an afternoon at leisure, enjoy a performance featuring traditional Mongolian dancers and incredible hoomi throat singers. Afterward, celebrate your journey through the ancient land of Genghis Khan with a festive dinner of traditional Mongolian specialties.

    Shangri-La Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 6
    Ulaanbaatar

    Pay a morning visit to Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's most active Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Next, visit the Natural History Museum, which exhibits some of the world's most significant dinosaur finds that were excavated from the Gobi Desert. Next, visit Bogd Khan Museum, the winter palace of the last Mongolian king. In the early evening, stop to see Zaisan Memorial, an impressive site that honors the Soviet soldiers who died in World War II.

    The last evening in the capital of Mongolia is yours at leisure.

    Shangri-La Hotel (B, L)
  • Day 7
    Depart Ulaanbaatar

    Bid farewell to Mongolia as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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