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Naadam and the Gobi Desert tour

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Travelling overland in safari style, you will visit the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert, via Ongi monastery ruins where a three day circuit explores the lofty sand dunes of Khongoriin Els, the glacial canyon of Yolyn Am, and the red cliffs of Bayanzag, where the world’s richest deposits of dinosaur fossils are found.

Featuring Ramada Ulaanbaatar city center 4* hotel - Recipient of the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award         

One of the highlight of this tour is attending the exciting “Great Naadam Festival of the Mongols” that the nomads have cherished for thousands of years. Naadam Festival originates from the era of the Hunnu state, the first nomadic state in Central Asia and the ancestors of the Mongols. The Festival is comprised with the world’s second old Olympic Games “Three Sports of Men” namely the Archery, Horse racing and Wrestling.

Brief Itinerarygo to detail

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, tour of the City
Day 2: Fly to the Gobi Desert - Bayanzag
Day 3 – 4: Bayanzag – Khongor Sand Dunes- Yoliin Am Gorgev - Tugrugiin Shiree
Day 5: South Gobi – Ulaanbaatar
Day 6 – 7: Naadam Festival Days
Day 8: Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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2015-07-06 2015-07-13 8 days
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Daily Iitinerary

Day 1:
 Jul 06. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel. 
The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, Genghis Khan Monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History. Ramada hotel 4* L 

Day 2: Jul 07. Ulaanbaatar – the Gobi Desert - Bayanzag
Today we visit the Bayanzag- the Flaming Cliffs in Mongolian fashion - on the back of a camel or alternatively by foot or car. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations. Transfer to ger camp. Lunch, explore around for dinosaur remains and walking in the rich saxaul forest. You can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself! Enjoy a short camel ride around the red cliffs.Ger camp B+L+D
 
Day 3: Jul 08. Excurtion to Khongor Sand Dunes
Today we take a day excursion to the Khongor sand dunes – Mongolia’s largest and most beautiful sand dunes that stretch over 180km in the arid Gobi desert. The drive to the dunes at Khongoriin takes some 3 hours, passing through vast desert badlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. Return to the ger camp in the evening, dinner and rest.  Ger camp B+L+D
 
Day 4: Jul 09. Excurtion to Yoliin Am Gorge and Tugrugiin Shiree (one of dinosaur fossil site)
Today we take the southern road back through the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Park, stopping for photography and possibly lunch along the way. Enjoy hiking around the gorge. Transfer to ger camp and have a lunch. After that, we visit to Tugrugiin Shiree which is another site for dinosaur fossils. Arrive in ger camp and dinner and overnight there.Ger camp B+L+D
 
Day 5: Jul 10. South Gobi – Ulaanbaatar: city sightseeing tour
This morning we take the flight to Ulaanbaatar, arrive and transfer to the hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Enjoy traditional folklore concert by the magical Tumen Ekh ensemble.  Ramada hotel 4* B+L
 
Day 6 - 7:  Jul 11 - 12. Naadam Festival Days
See the fantastic opening ceremony of Naadam festival and watch the first round of Wrestling, and then Archery and Ankle bone shooting competitions. On July 12 we drive to see the exciting Naadam horse races and then the final rounds of wresting, awarding ceremony etc at the Central Stadium. Meals at restaurants and hotel overnight. Ramada hotel 4*  B+L+D
 
PS: You may join with big group for the Naadam festival. Because, Naadam organizers've never given us our booked tickets and permission for the vehicle in 100%. If we don't have enough permission(only vehicles with permission can stay around Naadam stadium & horse racing field), we have no way to make individual groups into one big group.    
 
Day 8: Jul 13. Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service.  B
 

Date & Price - set departure tour

2015-07-06 2015-07-13 8 days
2225US$ pax
Available
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Single supplement charge

US$300         


Included Services 

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers (4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced drivers)
  • Twin/double share in a good hotel****, twin/triple share at good tourist camps
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 0.5 day camel riding fees in the Gobi desert
  • Gobi – ULN one way domestic flight ticket + 15 kg luggage free, government taxes
  • Naadam Festival tickets and arrangements
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Mongolia tour explorer souvenir!


Not Included in the price

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc


DISCOUNT CONDITIONS: 

  • For children of a family (0 – 3 years old) is 100% free of charge
  • For children of a family (4 – 12 years old) is 40% free of charge
  • Courier bringing min 3 pax
  • More attractive prices for groups of 12 and more people!
  • 1 free space for every 16 PAX 

 

The Naadam festival is the biggest and most joyful celebration of the Mongols. It takes place on the 11-12th July annually. 

Why to take a Naadam festival tour? Naadam festival tour includes the Mongolia Great Naadam Festival Holiday that takes place in mid July once a year. Naadam festival tours are the highlight of Mongolia and the Naadam festival itself is a fantastic event. We invite you to our Naadam festival trips in Mongolia. Naadam Festival 2007 is a special one!
 
More info about Naadam festival: Mongolian Naadam Festival is the highlight of all these festivals and events that this country holds. The Naadam festival is held in mid July annually and the Mongols show off with this festival. The Naadam festival, or eriyn gurvan nadaam, is the biggest festival of the year for Mongolians. Usually occurring in July, it runs for three days in all parts of the country and highlights the greatest athletes in horse racing, archery, and wrestling: Mongolia's most popular sports. During the festival women participate in all but the wrestling category. The word Nadaam means game or competition in Mongolian. Competitions take place days on the first two and merry-making is reserved for the third.
 
The Naadam festival has been held for centuries as a form of memorial celebration, as an annual sacrificial ritual honoring various mountain gods or to celebrate a community endeavor. The festivities kick off with a colorful parade of athletes, monks, soldiers marching in perfect uniformity, musicians performing powerful military tunes, and Mongolians dressed in Chinggis-style warrior uniforms. It is the most widely watched festival in the country, and is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another.
 
The Great Naadam festival is lots of music, dances and sports and very colorful. Naadam festival's competitions were originally called "the three manly sports" and, thus, restricted to men. But over time, and under the influence of the former communist rulers' insistence on female equality, the horse races and archery were opened to all comers. Only wrestling remains a "manly sport". The best parts of the Naadam festival are the Naadam festival opening ceremony, Mongolian wrestling, Traditional Mongolian archery and Mongolian horse racing. Naadam wrestling, archery and horse racing are very famous as hundreds of participants participate in them.
 
The Mongols wear their colorful clothes on the Great Naadam Festival day and go to the Naadam stadium to take part in it. Selena Travel organizes wonderful Naadam festival tours and we invite you to spend your holiday in Mongolia taking one of our Naadam festival trip. Travel to Mongolia and see Great Naadam festival of Mongolia!
 
The Gobi Desert
The Gobi desert is the most mysterious place on earth The Gobi invites you to reveal its secrets. This region is famous for its unique natural formations, many places where you can dig and find real dinosaur fossils, flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. Ride the 2 humped Bactrian camels and discover the Gobi!
 
Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) is internationally famous for its fossilized dinosaur remains. Dinosaur nests with eggs were found here as well as whole fossilized skeletons.
 
The Khongoriin Els sand dunes extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zuulun mountain ranges. These dunes are 180 km long, 15-20 km wide and up to 200m high. There is a small oasis near Khongoriin gol stream, which flows along the northern edge of the dunes. The scenery here is simply spectacular.
 
Yoliin Am (Vulture's Gorge) is a narrow valley located in the Zuun Saikhan Mountain range, with thick pieces of ice almost all year around hidden in its depths. This area is home to rare animals such as the Argali (wild sheep) and Ibex as well as Vultures and other large birds.
 

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