15 Day Mongolia & Gobi Desert with Tokyo 2018 Itinerary

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Small Group Tour
3 Tokyo, 3 Ulaanbaatar, 2 Lake Khovsgol, 2 Mt. Khogno Khan, 2 Gobi Desert, 1 Khongor Sand Dunes

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals. Embark on a half day city tour of Tokyo that includes Tokyo Tower, Meji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Ginza shopping district. Ride across Mongolia's breathtaking steppe on horseback, like the nomadic tribes that still inhabit this land. Share in the local love of music during performances of throat singing, long song and a shaman dance. Meet a Yak family in their ger and learn about their nomadic life Explore the mysterious "Singing Sand Dunes" at Khongoryn Els by camel and on foot. Learn to make khuushuur fried dumplings during a fun cooking lesson. See Bayanzag's Flaming Cliffs, noted for the dinosaur fragments uncovered here in the 1920s. Explore the ancient Mongol capital of Karakorum. Meet a nomadic family when they invite you into their ger, or yurt, for lunch.

What's this trip about?

    3 Tokyo, 3 Ulaanbaatar, 2 Lake Khovsgol, 2 Mt. Khogno Khan, 2 Gobi Desert, 1 Khongor Sand Dunes

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age range12 years and up
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Asia

Attractions

  • Gobi Desert
  • Tokyo
  • Ulaanbaatar

Trip includes

    • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed Flights Los Angeles-Tokyo, Tokyo-Los Angeles Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices Airline taxes & fuel surcharges All intra-flights: Tokyo-Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar-Moron, Moron-Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar-Dalanzadgad, Dalanzadgad-Ulaanbaatar & Ulaanbaatar-Tokyo 13 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Tokyo 3 nights Ulaanbaatar 2 nights Lake Khovsgol 2 nights Mt. Khogno Khan 2 nights Gobi Desert 1 night Khongor Sand Dunes Hotel taxes, fees & service charges Hotel porterage All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern vehicles 33 meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners (including a lunch with a nomadic family, and welcome & farewell dinners) Wine with all dinners Services of English-speaking tour manager in Mongolia Services of English-speaking local guide in Tokyo Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the "Land of the Rising Sun"; transfer to your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm, in order not to miss the orientation meeting with your local guide and dinner. Tonight, dinner together with your fellow travelers welcomes you to Japan Overnight: Tokyo Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Tokyo City Tour
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the contrast of this city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. The tour begins at the Imperial Palace, a huge parkland with magnificent gardens, residence of Japan’s Imperial family. Continue to Asakusa, once T...
DAY 4, Saturday - Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Depart Tokyo and arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's spiritual and economic center. The city was founded as a monastic center for Buddhism in 1639, and it changed locations 28 times before settling in its present spot in 1778. Tonight, Welcome Dinner and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager Overnight: Ulaanbaatar Meals: Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Fly to Moron, Ride Horseback
This morning, fly from Ulaanbaatar to Moron near the northern border with Russia. From here, drive to Lake Khovsgol, the largest freshwater lake by volume in the country. Remarkably, it holds 70% of Mongolia's fresh water. Here, stand amidst a magnificent tableau, a nati...
DAY 6, Monday - Explore Khovsgol Province, Meet Yak Family
You're in one of the world's most remote areas, and just above the northern border over the Ulaan Taiga range, Siberia stretches into forever. A highlight of the day is your visit with a local Yak family in their ger and learn about their nomadic life. In the afternoon, ...
DAY 7, Tuesday - Fly to Ulaanbaatar, Transfer to Mt. Khogno Khan
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar where you'll begin your journey by land over the Mongolian steppe, a wide-open space of nomadic horsemen and shepherds, clusters of gers, and endless wild plains. Enjoy a box lunch en route to Mt Khogno Khan. Later, arrive at your lodge and have dinner at a camp restaurant Overnight: Mt. Khogno Khan Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Explore Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery
This morning journey towards the Erdene Zuu monastery area. Arrive in Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire and visit the Karakorum museum. The exhibits include artifacts from the immediate area, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, plus prehistori...
DAY 9, Thursday - Explore Ulaanbaatar
This morning, return back to Ulaanbatar and after lunch at a local restaurant set off on a city tour. What makes Ulaanbaatar so remarkable is its pre-settlement history. For its first 140 years, it operated as a mobile ger, or yurt, monastery. Its leaders were able to re...
DAY 10, Friday - Fly to Gobi, Hike the Eagle Valley
Fly to the Gobi Desert today. Its landscape and legends truly are the stuff of dreams. This is where the double-humped Bactrian camel roams, and where many famed cities along the ancient Silk Road prospered. After landing in Dalanzadgad, head to South Gobi Natural Histor...
DAY 11, Saturday - Journey to "Singing Sand Dunes", Enjoy Camel Ride and Dune Climb
Today take a breathtaking drive to the Khongoriin Els "Singing Sand Dunes." From the grass-green steppe, the golden dunes are a wonder to behold as they roll to the horizon. But they're even more of a wonder to listen to. Marco Polo was among the first travelers to tell ...
DAY 12, Sunday - Visit Bayanzag's Flaming Cliffs, Khuushurr Cooking lesson
This afternoon after lunch learn about khuushuur fried dumplings during a cooking lesson. Later, visit a treasure trove among paleontologists: Bayanzag's Flaming Cliffs. Here, in the 1920s, American naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews led expeditions that uncovered specimens ...
DAY 13, Monday - Return to Ulaanbaatar
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar today and depart to Chenggis Khaan Complex. Visit the museum and see exhibits relating to the Bronze Age and Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia. Enjoy lunch inside the statue. Continue the tour with a visit to the fascinating Zanabazar Mu...
DAY 14, Tuesday - Flight to Tokyo, Japan
In the morning fly back to Tokyo. Transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Tokyo on your own. Shop to your heart's content, visit the local markets and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this cosmopolitan city Overnight: Tokyo Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Japan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast

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Lake Khovsgol Boat Trip This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on one of the largest lakes in Mongolia, Lake Khovsgol, also known as "The Dark Blue Pearl" or "The Crystal Blue Pearl". Lake Khovsgol is the largest freshwater lake by volume and deepest lake in Central Asia with an oval shape and is rich in various fish species including pike, perch, salmon, Siberian grayling and sturgeon. The lake is surrounded by high mountains of the Khoridol Saridag and Bayan Mountain Ranges, along the west shore and covered with forests inhabited by wild animals such as bears, sables, moose, ibex and wild sheep. Your boat tour will take you to the shore on the other side of the lake and the entire excursion will offer beautiful views and wonderful photography opportunities. Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour. OnDay : 6 Price : $38 Lake Khovsgol Boat Trip This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on one of the largest lakes in Mongolia, Lake Khovsgol, also known as "The Dark Blue Pearl" or "The Crystal Blue Pearl". Lake Khovsgol is the largest freshwater lake by volume and deepest lake in Central Asia with an oval shape and is rich in various fish species including pike, perch, salmon, Siberian grayling and sturgeon. The lake is surrounded by high mountains of the Khoridol Saridag and Bayan Mountain Ranges, along the west shore and covered with forests inhabited by wild animals such as bears, sables, moose, ibex and wild sheep. Your boat tour will take you to the shore on the other side of the lake and the entire excursion will offer beautiful views and wonderful photography opportunities. Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour. OnDay : 6 Price : $38
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