Mongolia’s Naadam Festival and Lake Baikal

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Our exclusive adventure showcasing Mongolia’s remarkable landscape, historic Irkutsk and scenic Lake Baikal is highlighted by the ancient warrior traditions of the Naadam Festival and an unforgettable day on the most historic and beautiful lakeside stretch of the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway.
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Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Gain insight into the nomadic life and culture of the Gobi’s dauntless residents when you meet with camel breeders and stay in a traditional canvas and felt ger.
    • Witness thrilling tests of courage and strength at the Naadam Festival as spirited contestants including young boys and girls gather from distant corners of Mongolia to compete in wrestling, archery and horse racing.
    • Follow in the footsteps of the original Indiana Jones as you discover the Flaming Cliffs where adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first-known nest of dinosaur eggs.
    • Spend a day exploring the shores of the world’s deepest lake; this historic 50-mile stretch of the original Trans-Siberian Railway traverses 200 bridges along magnificent Lake Baikal.
    • Immerse in the culture, history and daily life of a remote and picturesque island; Olkhon, the largest island in Lake Baikal, is home to just 1,500 residents and is revered as a sacred site by the indigenous Buryat people.

What's this trip about?

    Our exclusive adventure showcasing Mongolia’s remarkable landscape, historic Irkutsk and scenic Lake Baikal is highlighted by the ancient warrior traditions of the Naadam Festival and an unforgettable day on the most historic and beautiful lakeside stretch of the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age range12 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal transport included (including local flights)
Start CityUlaanbaatar
End CityIrkutsk

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Family Friendly
  • High Adventure
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Train & Rail Journeys
  • Festivals & Special Events


  • Russia
  • Asia
  • Mongolia


  • Lake Baikal


  • Historic sightseeing
  • Horseback riding & Equestrian
  • Trains & Rail
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Extensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
    • 29 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
    • 11 nights in our carefully selected first class and superior first class hotels
    • All on-tour transportation including all three internal flights
    • Luggage handling, all hotel taxes and service charges, and all taxes and fees for your included internal flight

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Day 1: Welcome to Ulaanbaatar

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ramada City Center Hotel

Upon arrival, we’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the comfortable and modern Ramada City Center Hotel, ideally located in the heart of the city near the historic Gandan Monastery. After lun...

Day 2: Discover Ulaanbaatar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ramada City Center Hotel

After breakfast, our guided sightseeing tour will begin this morning at Gandantegchinlen. Built in the mid-19th century, this is the largest and most important monastery in Mongolia ...

Day 3: The Thrilling Naadam Festival

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mongolia’s most important festival began centuries ago to test the courage and strength of nomadic warriors. It’s celebrated throughout the land, but the festival events here in the capital are the best and the competitions are t...

Day 4: The Gobi Desert and Yol Valley National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Deluxe Three Camels Lodge

After breakfast, we’ll head to the airport for our included flight deep into the Gobi Desert. With its rich history colored by the exploits of adventurers and explorers, the Gobi is...

Day 5: The Flaming Cliffs and Moltsog Sand Dunes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fondly known as the “Original Indiana Jones,” Roy Chapman Andrews was a storied adventurer and naturalist who went on to become one of the most respected directors of the American Museum of Natural History. Follow in his legendar...

Day 6: Back to Ulaanbaatar +and Onward to Irkutsk

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Courtyard City Center Hotel

After breakfast at the Lodge, we’ll fly back to Ulaanbaatar to visit the Bogdo Khan Winter Palace Museum, completed in 1903 as the home of the last Mongolian King. Among the items on display in ...

Day 7: Aboard the Fabled Trans-Siberian Railway

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Courtyard City Center Hotel

After an early breakfast, we’ll travel overland to Listvyanka where a ferry will transport us across the Angara River to Port Baikal, a lakeside village with authentic Siberian co...

Day 8: Irkutsk to Olkhon Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Baikal View Hotel

The Decembrist Revolt which unfolded on December 26, 1825 stands out as one of the most dramatic events of 19th-century Russian history. More than 3,000 military officers and soldiers took part in this protest against the ascension of Tsar Nicholas I after the death o...

Day 9: Explore Olkhon Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Although this is the world’s largest lake island, Olkhon is home to fewer than 2,000 farmers and fishermen living in scattered settlements across the island. This morning after breakfast, we’ll set out in a vintage Russian UAZ je...

Day 10: Return to Irkutsk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Courtyard City Center Hotel

After breakfast, we’ll take the morning ferry back to the mainland and journey overland to Irkutsk stopping for lunch en route. We’ll return to the Courtyard City Center Hotel for a 2-night stay. 

Day 11: Discover Irkutsk

Meals: Breakfast

In the company of our native Siberian guide, our sightseeing tour will take us through the historic center of town to spend time with city residents as they go about their daily routines at the local market. We’ll visit the historic Znamensky Convent founded in 1693 a...

Day 12: Depart Irkutsk

Meals: Breakfast

We’ll be escorted to the airport today for our departure flight.

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11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners

Age Requirements
12 years and up
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