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
I was extremely satisfied with my trip. Everyone at the agency have been courteous and helpful from the very beginning, trying to organize our 17 day World Cup experience. The guides and drivers are very professional and friendly, and the accommodations were simply superb. I highly recommend World of Discoveries as I know they will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.
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.
We have finished our trip in Mongolia and I busted to say thank you very much for all your assistance while we were on the ground in Russia. By far the best guide we had was Yuri in Moscow - he was excellent. We had a very good visit to Novgorod where Natalia was an excellent guide too, and we learnt much about Russian history: It was very good to have the car to take us around the Golden Circle and Victor was a good driver. and the guide in Peterhof and Faberge museum was very nice, approachable, taxis were always waiting for us when we got off the boat etc. We both had a very good holiday and learnt a lot about Russian history and culture: thanks again.
We joined the Colombian Team tour during the Russia World Cup. The package was extremely well planned, we got to enjoy 5 cities, museums & attractions, and specially we were able to follow our team during the classifying phase. The World of Discoveries coordinator, Phillip, was excellent, he answered all our inquiries, helped us resolving any issues with the tour and with any other parties, and he was committed to help us have a great time. I will recommend World of Discoveries to anyone looking to visit remote countries, not just from the tourist point of view, but from the authentic local culture!!!
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.
Everything worked like clockwork, when someone was suppose to be there they were. Yuri and Cathrine were excellent guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg and we learned a lot from both. We chose the 4 star hotels, and were very satisfied. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested.