AUD 1437 / pp
May - September 2020
Mongolia. A vast country locked between two giants, Russia and China, with no access to the sea will dazzle you with a great variety of stunning landscapes, from breathtaking mountain ranges and steppe to endless sand dunes and legendary Karakorum. Its rich history goes back to famous Chinggis Khaan' s Empire, yet the unique nomadic culture is well preserved. Explore greatest natural wonders, dive dip into local traditions, sign up for one smooth journey across incredible country with World of Discoveries.
Day 1: Arrival at Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the cosy hotel in downtown. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner (BD’S Mongolian barbeque) and for a tour introduction.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar city tour
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and start Ulaanbaatar sightseeing tour. Stroll through Chinggis Khaan square and we will visit the National History Museum. After the museum, we will have lunch. The evening is free at leisure. In the evening, we will have dinner in one of the traditional Mongolian restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Hustai National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and we will drive to Mongol nomadic camp to watch “Mongolian nomads” show about a traditional life of real Mongolian nomads. After the traditional meal at the camp, drive to Hustai National Park, visit Takhi’s small museum and enjoy hiking in the surrounding mountains. Come back to the camp, enjoy traditional dinner. Overnight at the Ger camp.
Day 4: Khan Nature Reserve
After breakfast at the camp, we will travel to Khogno Khan Nature Reserve, a magnificent place with mountains, steppes, Gobi-type desert and mineral water sources all in one location. One of the main attractions of this area is Uvgun monastery or Erdene Khamba khiid which was built in the 17th century. Nowadays there is only one temple open for visitors. After lunch, you are welcome to go further and discover the main ruins of the temple hidden deep into the splendid Rocky Mountains. You will definitely enjoy surrounding views of the true wilderness of natural beauty. You can also try camel riding through the Golden sand dunes after taking the instructions. Return to the camp, enjoy dinner. Overnight at the Ger camp.
Day 5: Tsenkher hot spring
After breakfast, we will drive to Tsenkher hot spring. En-route we will visit local nomads settlement for lunch and discover their way of life. In the evening, we will reach the Ger Camp & SPA Resort. Tsenkher Hot Spring is good for treating rheumatism, neuralgia, muscular pain and helps improving digestive system, restoring immunity after surgery and recharging yourself. You can enjoy the beautiful views of forested hills while relaxing in outdoor pools, indoor baths are also available. You will have dinner at the camp. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Kharkhorin
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive towards to Kharkhorin, formerly known as Karakorum, the legendary city founded by Genghis Khan in 1220 in Orkhon Valley, on the Silk Road. Those days it was a political, economic, administrative and religious centre. But after Khublai Khaan moved the Mongolian capital to Beijing, Karakorum was abandoned and then completely destroyed by Chinese soldiers in 1388. There we shall visit Kharkhorin museum, which displays artefacts of Great Mongolian Empire time, and the Mongolian oldest and largest monastery Erdene Zuu. Overnight at the Ger camp.
Day 7: Back to Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, we will transfer back to Ulaanbaatar, we will stop for picnic en-route. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure. In the evening, transfer to watch Tumen Ekh, traditional Mongolian arts: dance, throat singing, music played on an instrument called morin khuur. After this, enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
To apply for a visa, citizens of the UK should apply personally through an authorized company (40 GBP for a standard visa, issued in 5 days). Сitizens of New Zealand can apply for a visa only by mail (160 $ NZ for a standard visa, issued in 2-5 days). Citizens of Australia can apply for a visa by mail (230 AUD, issued in 4-5 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada can travel to Mongolia without a visa in case a travel period is less than 90 days.
3 Nights at deluxe Ger camps (twin-share) with en-suite facilities
3 nights at the hotel in Ulaanbaatar
1 night at the hotel in Tsenkher Hot Spring
Full breakfast in the hotels and the Ger camps on Days 2-8
Lunches on Day 2 till Day 7
Dinner on Day 1 till Day 7
A bottle of mineral water each day
Ulaanbaatar guided tour
Hustai National Park
Khogno Khan Nature Reserve guided tour
Uvgun monastery guided tour
Kharkhorin guided tour
Tsenkher hot spring
Monastery Erdene Zuu
Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus
4 WD vehicles in the countryside of Mongolia (3 persons per car)
For 3 pax in the tour only Mitsubisi Delica is available
24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line
Tour is fully escorted by an experienced English-speaking guide
National History museum
Takhi’s small museum
Hustai National Park
Khogno Khan Nature Reserve
monastery Erdene Zuu
Tumen Ekh ensemble traditional concert
Camel riding fees
Baths at Tsenkher hot spring
Meals not mentioned
Optional tours and activities
Tips for staffs
Try real Ger camp experience
Traditional living way of Mongolian nomads
Enjoy camel riding
The Mongolian oldest monastery Erdene Zuu
Beautiful Hustai National Park
Relax at Tsenkher hot spring
Peter Gay & Andrew Carroll-Keays
Travelled on the TransMongolian Railway in Feb/Mar. Not too cold. Just take usual ski gear. Great scenery. Organisation was absolutely excellent. Every transfer and every guide were on time. The hotels were all very good. The Russian Sim (provided by the company) was great for keeping in contact with each other and the support line.
I am a very active person and did have some hesitation about the amount of driving which was required to complete this tour. However, despite bumpy roads, I found it pretty bearable overall. Distances are big, country is vast and underdeveloped but once it’s get more developed, you will not this sense of freedom and tranquility any more. I recommend going to Mongolia if you’re looking for a varied, culturally enriching experience of a life time framed by unbelievably beautiful landscapes. Locals were very welcome and guides were great and were always ready to help to explore more of their home country. Very safe country, very friendly people. Interesting food, but vegans might be starving.
The team at World of Discoveries were awesome. Didn’t put a foot wrong at all, the tours great, the people even better. Alex who followed us around everywhere was fantastic and the organisation by Varya was exceptional. Everything was made easy and extremely helpful 24/7, I don’t think they slept the whole time. Thank you, my dad and myself loved it
Egypt / Australia
Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.
Amazing trip to Mongolia
I can't sing the praises loud enough for the operator and their true welcoming, accommodating and approach. From the time I landed and was met by a driver at the airport to take me to my hotel, to fabulous guide, Boloryuya, who worked, it seemed, 24/7 to make sure this trip was everything I dreamed of. From seeking Takhi wild horses with local resident Neema, to meeting reindeer herdsman while in Lake Kovsgol area, from horse back riding and camel rides to a yurt stay at Gobi desert, everything went as planned and exceeded expectations. September seemed a perfect choice to visit Mongolia. Everything from planning and booking, till the farewell transfer to airport, every team member went above and beyond to make it happened the way it was and I’m sending my appraisal too all of you guys. Choose World of Discoveries when you are in need of adventure beyond the ordinary. You name it, they find a way to make it happen. It was truly amazing.
I decided to use the Tour Service of the World Cup after some extensive research into the tour alternatives. These guys seemed to differentiate its tour Service by providing a more culturally based service with a healthy dose of Football and Fun. My experience was that it as well run ie they delivered on their promises. They have a health mix of local staff and Australian staff. The Russian staff had a great empathy for the challenges for us Aussies traveling in a country where you had no language skills they bridged that gap with there wonderful help. I know there are many alternative tours but this one certainly lived up to its name. I felt I discovered part of Russia but there’s plenty more to go!’ Overall just a great experience