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Itinerary map of Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Khan Legacy

Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing, where you are transferred to your hotel.

Beijing

Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, a vast fortification erected to protect the region from Mongol hordes. Walk or ride a cable car to the top of the wall to take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Return to Beijing to take in the sweep of history at Tiananmen Square and explore the imperial grandeur of the Temple of Heaven. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner at your hotel.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

This morning, fly to Ulaanbaatar and transfer your hotel. After you settle in, stroll Sukhbaatar Square, exploring the Great Khan’s Memorial and the National Museum of Mongolian History. Here, a local historian delves into the saga of Genghis Khan and his Mongol Empire.

Ulaanbaatar

Visit Gandan Khiid Monastery with its 75-foot statue made of copper, gold and precious stones, accompanied by a top-ranking lama who discusses monastery life. In the afternoon, travel out into the steppe to Tsonjin Boldog to see the 131-foot statue of Genghis Khan.

Gobi Desert

Fly to the Gobi Desert, home to Bactrian (two-humped) camels, mountain sheep, golden eagles and many endemic reptiles. In the late afternoon, drive to Hoorhon Devseg Valley to see the Bulgan Temple. Climb atop a mountain to visit a monastery and take in the spectacular view. After twilight fades, marvel as the starlit desert sky comes alive.

Gobi Desert

Journey overland to the Yol Valley, a narrow, craggy chasm. Hike the valley for a chance to spot vulture-like Lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks and Argali mountain sheep. Later, witness the construction of a ger, a traditional Mongolian home. In the afternoon, you may opt to hike through the Havsagit Valley to discover ancient petroglyphs atop a mountain.

Gobi Desert

Set off on the back of a Bactrian (two-humped) camel through the dunes of Moltsog Els for insight into a way of life that has endured for centuries. Visit with a local camel herding family in their home. Afterward, visit the Flaming Cliffs, a place rich with dinosaur fossils and the site where dinosaur eggs were first found.

Ulaanbaatar

Fly to Ulaanbaatar, where you see an exhibit of Buddhist artifacts at the Fine Arts Museum and browse the stalls of a local market. This evening, join fellow guests for a performance featuring traditional Mongolian dancers and khoomi throat singers.

Ulaanbaatar

Attend the annual Naadam Festival, where the nation’s best athletes compete in archery, horse racing and Mongolian wrestling. Watch the elaborate opening ceremony that features dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians. Enjoy a traditional performance with folk dancing.

Beijing, China

Fly back to Beijing. After settling in, Ride Like a Local on a pedicab through a hutong, a vast, yet intimate neighborhood of small winding alleyways. Beijing’s hutongs (and the term itself) trace their roots back to Kublai Khan’s Yuan Dynasty, an extension of his grandfather, Genghis’ Mongol Empire. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers to celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner.

Depart Beijing

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight.


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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