AUD 1628 / pp
May - September 2020
Mongolia is a country of endless horizons, spectacular landscapes and a nomadic culture which embraces a simple pastoral lifestyle far removed from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Take your chance to discover the homeland of the legendary Genghis Khan and explore the beauty of Mongolian nature.
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the cosy hotel in the downtown. Free time. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner (BD’S Mongolian barbeque) and for a tour introduction. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar - Bayan Gobi sand dunes & Camel riding
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive to Bayan Gobi - most Northern part of the famous Gobi Desert. It is covered by sand dunes with willow trees, streams and bushes. Check-in and lunch at the Ger camp near the sand dunes. In the afternoon, visit a local camel herder family at their Ger (yurt) and explore their nomadic way of life. Take a lesson of camel riding and explore the sand dunes atop. Return to the Ger camp for dinner. Overnight at the camp.
Day 3: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery – Lake Ugii
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive towards to Kharkhorin, formerly known as Karakorum. Embrace the wilderness of Mongolia when visiting Khogno Khan Nature Reserve with mountains, steppes, Gobi-type desert and mineral water sources all in one location, Uvgun monastery or Erdene Khamba khiid. After lunch, continue to travel to Kharkhorin, 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, and the Mongolian oldest and largest monastery Erdene Zuu. In the afternoon, take 1.5hrs drive to Ugii Lake. There are some optional activities like hiking, swimming, kayaking and motorboat trip. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp.
Day 4: Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)
After breakfast, at 8 am depart for the Hustai National Park. This area is a home for Mongolia’s wild horse known as a Perzevalski horse (takhi). The national park features mountain and steppe and has 450 species of vascular plants, 200 of which are medicinal. Check-in and lunch at the Ger camp and take time at leisure. We will visit a small museum about the national park, wild horses and how they were reintroduced into the wild some years ago from European zoos. Get some hiking around the area or enjoy the view of the beautiful scenery of the Mongolian nature. Afterwards, return to the Ger camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Bogd Khan Mt. National Park & Manzushir – Terelj National Park
After breakfast, at 9.30 am continue the trip to Terelj National Park, one of the most scenic areas in Mongolia. On the way, we will visit Bogd Khan Mt. National Park, one of the oldest protected areas, located on the south side of Ulaanbaatar. There you will see the ruins of the temple known as Manzushir monastery, destroyed in 1930s. The main temple has been restored and converted into a small museum. Lunch and check-in at the Ger camp and enjoy time at leisure. In the evening, we will visit a local nomad family to experience the nomadic way of living which has not changed for centuries. Return to the Ger camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, we shall visit Turtle Rock, a Buddhist meditation temple with 108 stairs and a wire bridge, called Temple of Ariyabal. This temple surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. After lunch at the Ger camp, return to the city. En route, we shall stop at Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex in Tsonjin boldog, visit some souvenir shops, small museum. Arrive in the city and transfer to your hotel around 6 pm. After dinner in the evening, enjoy time at leisure. 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.
2 nights at the hotel in Ulaanbaatar
4 Nights at deluxe Ger camps (twin-share) with en-suite facilities
Breakfast Day 2-Day 7
Lunch Day 2-Day 6
Dinner Day 1-Day 6 including welcome traditional Mongolian dinner
A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour
Bayan Gobi sand dunes
Hustai National Park
Terelj National Park
Bogd Khan Mt. National Park & Manzushir
Karakorum guided tour
Services of comfortable transportation on tours and airport - hotel - airport transfers
4 WD vehicles in the countryside of Mongolia (3 persons per car)
For 3 pax in the tour, only Mitsubishi Delica is available
24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line
Tour is fully escorted by an experienced English-speaking guide
The museum of Karakorum
Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu
Hustai National Park
Bogd Khan Mt. National Park
Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex
Temple of Ariyabal
Terelj National Park
Meals not mentioned
Optional tours and activities
Tips for staffs
Try real Ger camp experience
Explore the traditional living way of Mongolian nomads
Enjoy camel riding
The Mongolian oldest monastery Erdene Zuu
Beautiful Hustai National Park
One of the oldest protected areas, Bogd Khan Mt. National Park
Rick, Emily and John Stewart
Impeccable service, incredible Trans Siberian! In fact, the great services provided by your team started from my first correspondence with Julie. She has been very professional with providing details of the itinerary and assuring and re-assuring that the trip will be well-planned, It was because of her assurance that gave us the confidence to take the next step and book our Trans Sibetian holiday. And everything ran like clockwork from Moscow to Vladivostok. The Russian people were extremely friendly throughout. The Trans Siberian was a great experience and fulfilled our dreams. The scenery and ever changing vistas were spectacular. The train facilities were adequate but perhaps a shower facility in 1st Class would have been nice. I will recommend your services in the future!
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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.
Travelled to Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 with a family of 4 including (2 boys: 4 and 12 y/o) . What an amazing experience it was! Super well organized, transfers were always on time, hotels were good, we couldn’t ask for a more responsible tour guide, Phillip was awesome and in care of every little detail to make us feel like at home, would recommend the company with no hesitation at all!
Me and my family just returned from an Easter break to Moscow. I found the tour very good value for money and the company's assistance with the visa application was also helpful. Reservations, payment, visa letter, and pre-departure correspondence prior to trip (via email) was prompt and well explained with no problems. Final arrangements information were detailed. We knew exactly what to expect, who will be waiting for us, time and venue to meet even with any guides with us. Transport transfers and driver were punctual.
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
This has been an incredible trip. The service has been exceptional and the guides provided were knowledgeable about their cities and gave us an experience we will never forget. If I do this trip again I would take even longer to see this amazing country.