Lake Baikal tour - Mongolian Gobi Desert

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Blue Pearl Baikal & Golden Gobi tour

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Stretching from the Black Sea across the vast expanses of Siberia to Kamchatka and the Bering Straits, Russia is truly a country of epic proportions. A land long closed by the Soviet era has now opened to reveal a fantastic diversity of experience. Cross the Urals to Asia and the great lakes and Taiga forest of Siberia await - magnificent untouched landscapes ideal for exploration. Mongolia, the ‘Land of Blue Sky’, home of the greatest empire the world has ever known and Asia’s last undiscovered wilderness. Awesome expanses of rolling steppe, home to Mongolia’s famous horses and herdsmen, meet high glacial mountains, impenetrable forests and deep, crystal lakes. To the south the great Gobi Desert stretches to the horizon; empty save for deep canyons and sweeping dunes. Across much of this vast land little has changed since the days of Genghis Khan, and your visit here will truly be an experience beyond imagination.

Brief Itinerarygo to detail

Day 1: Arrival in Irkutsk, City Tour
Day 2: Irkutsk - Lake Baikal
Day 3: Lake Baikal
Day 4: Irkutsk - Train to Ulaanbaatar
Day 5: On the Trans-Siberian Train
Day 6: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, City Sightseeing
Day 7: Ulaanbaatar – The Gobi
Day 8: Bayanzag- Moltsog Sand Dunes - Bulagtai
Day 9: The Gobi – Ulaanbaatar – Gun-Galuut
Day 10: Gun-Galuut
Day 11: Gun-Galuut – Ulaanbaatar
Day 12: Departure

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Irkutsk, City Tour
Arrival in Irkutsk, we will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel. Rest. Good Hotel 3* L

Day 2:
 Irkutsk - Lake Baikal
This morning we take a private transfer to the village of Listvyanka by the Lake Baikal with visits to the Wooden Architecture Museum and the Museum of Lake Baikal. Local lodge  B+L

Day 3:
 Lake Baikal 
A full day at the beautiful lake for optional sport activities and swimming. 
Local lodge  B+L

Day 4:
 Irkutsk - Train To Ulaanbaatar 
After breakfast we are transferred to Irkutsk, enjoy a half day city sightseeing including the Znamensky Russian Orthodox Church, Historical museum and the Central food market, then transfer to the train station for the train to Ulaanbaatar. On the train B+L+D
 
Day 5: On The Trans-Siberian Train
We enjoy a day of viewing the endless forest of Siberia and the views of the Lake Baikal with plenty of stops at small Russian villages. On the train

Day 6:
 Arrival In Ulaanbaatar, City Sightseeing 
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, our guide and driver will meet us at the train station and aid with check-in at the central hotel. After checking in, we rest. Meet in the afternoon and we take a tour of the city, including the Gandan Monastery, Mongolian National Museum and Genghis Monument on the Sukhbaatar Square. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L

Day 7:
 Ulaanbaatar – The Gobi
Yoliin Am – Bayanzag. Transfer back to the airport and fly south to the Gobi. After landing we visit the Yoliin Am gorge in the stunning Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Hiking on the Gobi glacier and viewing the wildlife. Drive to Bayanzag, the Flaming Cliffs. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 8:
 Bayanzag- Moltsog Sand Dunes - Bulagtai 
This morning we explore the Flaming Cliffs for dinosaur remains. Visit a nomadic camel breeder’s and see their lifestyle. We drive to the Gobi airport via the Moltsog Els sand dunes. Transfer to camp. 
Ger camp B+L+D

Day 9:
 The Gobi – Ulaanbaatar – Gun-Galuut
This morning we take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar, upon arrival we drive for 2 hours to the amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve in the valley of the river Kherlen. 
Ger camp B+L+D

Day 10:
 Gun-Galuut
Today is a relaxing day in serene Gun-Galuut. We drive hike or ride horses to Mt.Baits to view the rare gorgeous Argali Wild mountain sheep. On the way we will see the endangered beautiful White Napped Crane and the Black Stork. Visit a nomadic family and see their lifestyle. 
Ger camp B+L+D

Day 11:
 Gun-Galuut – Ulaanbaatar
We drive back to Ulaanbaatar for 2 hours on paved road 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. Farewell dinner. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L+D

Day 12:
 Departure
Transfer to the airport after breakfast for departure flight for home. 
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Date & Price - not set departure tour

2014-05-10 2014-09-20 10 days
2900US$ pax
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Single Supplement Charge US$450  

 


Included services

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Ticket to the Giant Genghis Monument Complex
  • Private transfers and transports
  • Twin/double share in hotel***, twin/triple share at good tourist camps, local lodges 
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  •  Train ticket(s) from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar (4 persons in 1 second class of cabin)
  • Gobi – ULN RT domestic flight tickets + 15 kg luggage free of charge, taxes
  • 0.5 day of camel riding in Bayanzag of the Gobi Desert
  • 0.5 day of horse riding in Gun – Galuut nature reserve
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive The Asian blue Pearl & Golden Dunes tour souvenir!
Not Includedin 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
  • Boat fee on Baikal Lake  

 

Irkutsk: The town of Irkutsk was established as a fortress on the banks of the Angara in 1651, and from humble beginnings developed into the administrative center of Eastern Siberia. The town initially grew rich and prospered on the profits of the fur trade, and then boomed following the discovery of gold in the area. Though much of the fine, classic Russian architecture of these boom-times was lost during the Soviet era, old gingerbread log houses remain in areas, and this atmosphere, combined with the Asiatic influences of neighboring Mongolia and China, serve to make Irkutsk one of the most interesting places to visit in the area.

Lake Baikal, the “Pearl of Siberia”, is a place of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling statistics: at 1637 meters it is the world’s deepest lake, containing an incredible fifth of the world’s fresh water resources. At 636 kilometers long the lake is bigger than Belgium, and has water of such crystal clarity and visibility extends to a depth of 40 meters. Baikal has been home to various ethnic groups for millennia, and the shamanistic Buriat people still reside in settlement of wood cabins around the lake shore. This is one of the most magnificent natural sites on earth, and offers lovers of the outdoors fabulous opportunities for hiking, horse trekking, fishing and boating. 

Yolyn Am - the Vulture’s Gorge Yolyn Am, 'The Vulture's Gorge’, commonly called Eagle Canyon by travellers, is a striking gorge in the deep desert, remarkable for the microclimate that its formation creates. Sheer rock walls, up to 660 feet high, keep out the light and the heat, whilst four waterfalls pour into the canyon, chill as they leave the sun, and freeze. Yolyn Am is lined with ice almost year-round and at its narrowest point only two people (or animals - the canyon is a favored haunt of the wild Ibex and Argali) can pass abreast. Descent into the canyon is on foot or on horseback if you'd prefer. 

Bayanzag, which in Mongolian means 'a place of many saxaul bushes', was first called 'The Flaming Cliffs' by Roy Chapman Andrews, the American dinosaur hunter and adventurer who made vital finds of dinosaur eggs and skeletons at the base of the vivid red bluffs, which stand alone in a vast empty expanse of land and sky. Chapman himself was something of a rogue - said by some to be the man on whom the film character 'Indiana Jones' was based. He lived an adventurous, self-aggrandizing life across much of this part of the world. At Bayanzag it is the landscape, in addition to the rich dinosaur history, which is very impressive - an intense evocation of Mongolia's great emptiness.

Mongolian Bactrian Camel: People can travel almost anywhere by camel. In olden days, camel was the biggest and strongest form of transport. Camel may look imposing but they are actually very calm and easy to ride. One of the most interesting parts of this journey will be to ride a camel over the sand dunes for a panoramic view the natural beauty of the Gobi.

Gun-Galuut is one of the most popular nature reserves of Mongolia. The Reserve is truly the marvelous combination of high mountains, colorful flowers, pretty lakes, rivers and wetlands with its famous rare species. It is a home to endangered wild Mountain sheep-Argali the Big Horns, White-napped crane, Siberian White Crane, Hooded Crane and the rare Black stork, Asian heron, Whooper swan, Swan Goose and so on. Over 80 Argali sheep inhabit peacefully in Gun-Galuut now. Tourists visiting the Nature Reserve have the opportunities to do watching and taking photos of the Endangered species, rafting and fishing in the lakes and rives, camping in a beautiful and peaceful nature, visiting nomadic family, riding horse, yak and camel and introducing with traditional nomadic lifestyle and culture.
 
More information about Mongolia and Russia tour: This fantastic multi-country tour takes you to Russia and Mongolia in one Mongolia Russia trip. You will travel to the Asian Black Pearl lake Baikal and Siberia and the Gobi desert and Gun-Galuut steppes in Mongolia. You can sail with boats, ride camels or horses or trek during the trip.

 

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  • “Adventure Mongolia, South Gobi and Lake Baikal, Siberia” We were two retired adventurous women from the United States whose destinations were Mongolia and Lake Baikal, Siberia - 17 days in September 2012. Initially, we were a little anxious using a travel agency, Selena Travel, that did not have a direct United States contact. However, over several months, through the Internet, personal contacts and numerous e-mails back and forth with Selena Travel, they indeed won our trust. Selena Travel responded promptly to our e-mails. They were patient, professional, detail-oriented and knowledgeable coordinating our wishes and their recommendations that ultimately provided to us a fabulous travel experience exceeding all expectations. Our trip included touring Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia; west toward Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia; then east to Hustai National Park, renowned for its successful reintroduction of the Przewalski horse; south to the Gobi Desert; back to Ulaanbaatar and north on the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Irkutsk, Siberia; and on to Lake Baikal, Siberia, the earth's deepest and oldest freshwater lake. For much of the trip, we were just two passengers, an English-speaking tour guide, private car and experienced driver. What a way to travel! Mongolia is not an easy country to visit. It is not a clean, glitzy, fancy, unpolluted, sophisticated English-speaking region. Also, from the U.S., a Russian visa was arduous to obtain. However, if you desire a fun, unique experience; are open to learning about different and mostly unspoiled cultures, e.g., foods, sleeping in gers (tent-like structures); accept with bright eyes bumpy stretches of vastness; then, you will enjoy a Mongolian//Siberian trip planned at a reasonable cost by Selena Travel! From the steppes of Mongolia, the spinning wheels of Buddhist believers, the colors and images inside decades old monasteries, sounds of horse-head Mongolian fiddlers, taste of yak-butter tea to the sight of sheep and camel herds with their nomadic owners, our trip was a feast for all senses! I highly recommend Selena Travel, especially trip coordinator, Crystal, and tour guide, Davaa, for their pride and commitment showing foreigners this fascinating and unique region of the world. Visited September 2012

    Mildred Hottmann Roesch
  • “Adventure Mongolia, South Gobi and Lake Baikal, Siberia” We were two retired adventurous women from the United States whose destinations were Mongolia and Lake Baikal, Siberia - 17 days in September 2012. Initially, we were a little anxious using a travel agency, Selena Travel, that did not have a direct United States contact. However, over several months, through the Internet, personal contacts and numerous e-mails back and forth with Selena Travel, they indeed won our trust. Selena Travel responded promptly to our e-mails. They were patient, professional, detail-oriented and knowledgeable coordinating our wishes and their recommendations that ultimately provided to us a fabulous travel experience exceeding all expectations. Our trip included touring Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia; west toward Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia; then east to Hustai National Park, renowned for its successful reintroduction of the Przewalski horse; south to the Gobi Desert; back to Ulaanbaatar and north on the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Irkutsk, Siberia; and on to Lake Baikal, Siberia, the earth's deepest and oldest freshwater lake. For much of the trip, we were just two passengers, an English-speaking tour guide, private car and experienced driver. What a way to travel! Mongolia is not an easy country to visit. It is not a clean, glitzy, fancy, unpolluted, sophisticated English-speaking region. Also, from the U.S., a Russian visa was arduous to obtain. However, if you desire a fun, unique experience; are open to learning about different and mostly unspoiled cultures, e.g., foods, sleeping in gers (tent-like structures); accept with bright eyes bumpy stretches of vastness; then, you will enjoy a Mongolian//Siberian trip planned at a reasonable cost by Selena Travel! From the steppes of Mongolia, the spinning wheels of Buddhist believers, the colors and images inside decades old monasteries, sounds of horse-head Mongolian fiddlers, taste of yak-butter tea to the sight of sheep and camel herds with their nomadic owners, our trip was a feast for all senses! I highly recommend Selena Travel, especially trip coordinator, Crystal, and tour guide, Davaa, for their pride and commitment showing foreigners this fascinating and unique region of the world. Visited September 2012

    Mildred Hottmann Roesch
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