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Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Meet at the airport Buyant-Ukhaa and transfer to hotel Bayangol. Visit National History Museum and excursion to Zaisan Hill. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Ulaanbaatar

Day 2
Early morning drive to Kharkhorin about 390 kms. (7-9 hours) Visit to 3 m high inscribed monument of Kultegin enroute, which is one of the remainder of Turkic khaganate. It was raised in AD 732 and is inscribed in runic and Chinese script. Arrival at Khakhorin and accommodate at ger camp. Tour of the first Buddhist monastery Erdenezuu, built on the ruins of Karakorum in 1586 by order of Abtai Sain Khan. The monastery preserves works of the Mongolian artisans, painters, sculptors, embroiders and craftsmen of 17-19 centuries. Overnight in round shaped, felt covered Mongolian ger.

Day 3
Drive to Middle Gobi region featured by endless grassy plains which connect the arid desert region with the Central Mongolian mountain steppe zone. Stay overnight in ger camp

Day 4
Drive to south Gobi Desert about 260 kms. Visit Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs, the treasure chest of dinosaur bones and Moltsog Els sand dunes enroute. Accommodate at ger camp. Drive to Eagle valley, famous for its dramatic and very unusual scenery with metres-thick ice almost all year round. Stay overnight in ger..

Day 5
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar . After arriving in Ulaanbaatar airport drive to Terelj National Park , about 90 kms northeast of Ulaanbaatar with a visit to the 8th century Turkic stele of Tonyukuk enroute. The stele is covered in runic script and there are stone figures and grave slabs nearby. Continue a drive to Terelj, set in the spectacular Gorkhi River valley, viewing its fascinating rock formations against a backdrop o f p ine-covered mountains. After arriving in Terelj Lodge and settled into the gers you are invited to attend a small Naadam Ceremony in the spectacular backdrop of a Rocky mountain near Terelj Lodge and watch Mongolian traditional three manly games competitions: wrestling, horse race and archery. These traditional sports events are also enriched with Mongolian ancient ceremony rituals and folk song and dance performance in the grass valley. Dinner and overnight at Terelj Lodge.

Day 6
After breakfast at Terelj Lodge, have an excursion to Turtle rock. Then drive back to Ulaanbaatar and enjoy half day city tour in the afternoon with visits to Gandan Monastery and Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum. Attend traditional music and dance performance of national folklore ensemble. Overnight in hotel.

Day 7
After breakfast at the hotel we are visiting the Winter Palace Museum of Bogdo Khan. Lunch. Later transfer to airport for departure to Beijing .

 


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