Mongolia: A Luxury Small-Group Tour
Discover the untouched desert scenery of Mongolia’s steppes on an eight day small-group tour (max 12 travellers). Hike through rugged gorges, hear the hum of singing sand dunes, take in sunset views above 'Flaming Cliffs’ and unwind in upmarket camping sites on this nomadic adventure. Includes two nights accommodation at the five-star Shangri-La, five nights accommodation in traditional Gers with private facilities, daily breakfasts and most meals, a return domestic flight in Mongolia, private transportation, the services of an English-speaking guide and more.
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Welcome to Mongolia – a country of nomads, conquerors and some of Central-East Asia's most enchanting deserts. Hear the song of the 'Singing Dunes', climb through gorges and over cliffs, sleep in private desert tents, meet Bactrian camels and eat mouth-watering Mongolian hotpots in the country’s mysterious capital during this adventure – tailored for the truest of wanderers.
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What You'll Love
The Scenery – Scenic gorges, singing sands and sunset cliff views
Named after the majestic Lammergeier vulture, the Yolyn Am gorge lies deep between some of Mongolia’s greenest and most rugged landscapes. Keep your eyes to the sky and watch for soaring eagles and scan the desert dunes for animals such as Ibex, Alashan ground squirrels or the tiny round-eared pika.
The ‘Singing Dunes’ of the Khongoryn Els dune ranges turn this towering desert ridge into one of the world’s most magical desert landscapes. Listen to their enchanting song as you hike up the sands, taking in views of the Gobi Desert below.
Bayanzag or the “Flaming Cliffs” is world famous for it’s ochre-red tinge and the countless dinosaur fossils discovered here. Take a sunset stroll along the ridge before sitting down to a picnic dinner accompanied by a traditional Mongolian music performance.
The Luxury – Experience the finer side of desert life with luxurious camping and five-star hotel stays
Hide away from the desert heat in style as you rest in a series of private tents across the Gobi Steppes. With great shower facilities, comfortable bedding and fresh food on offer during your stays, they’re the perfect place to unwind after days exploring Mongolia’s scenic sands.
Start and end your journey with style at the Shangri-La Hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Ranked as the number one hotel in the city on TripAdvisor, this hotel has received rave reviews for a home-away from home feel, a restaurant with mouth-watering Mongolian and Chinese options and stunning décor.
Tour Extension – Imperial Beijing
Continue your journey with three extra days of five-star luxury Shangri-La accommodation in Beijing, China’s imperial capital. Explore the city’s historic hutongs from the back of a rickshaw, scale the iconic Great Wall, learn about traditional jade crafting and visit UNESCO-listed sites such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and more.
Your Package Includes
- Seven nights of accommodation, featuring two nights at the luxury-five star Shangri-La Hotel in Ulaanbaatar and five nights in private tents in the Gobi Steppes (Ger camp).
- A return domestic flight in Mongolia.
- Daily breakfasts, six lunches and seven dinners.
- Local English-speaking guides, private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary.
- 24-hour emergency support.
- An additional three nights of accommodation at the Five-Star Shangri-La World Hotel in Beijing.
- A one way flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing.
- Local English-speaking guides, private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees (as per extended itinerary).
Valid for select departure dates below:
Low Season 8 June 2018 22 June 2018 10 August 2018 17 August 2018 24 August 2018 7 September 2018 14 September 2018
High Season 6 July 2018 20 July 2018 27 July 2018
All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.
Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.
Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$5-10 per person, per day is the industry standard).
Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.
Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.
Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details.
Maximum tour capacity is 12 people, minimum tour capacity is four people.
Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels and camps:
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar Gobi Oasis Ger Camp, Gobi Steppes Gobi Erdene Ger Camp, Gobi Steppes Mongolian Gobi Ger camp, Gobi Steppes Dream Gobi Ger camp, Gobi Steppes Shangri-La’s China World Hotel, Beijing*
*Beijing tour extension only
Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.
Please note, connecting rooms are not available.
All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Strictly no refunds for this tour package for amendments and change of date.
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
Additional expenses are not included.
Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.
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Package cannot be split.
Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.
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DAY 1 – Ulaanbaatar Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital and largest city where nomadic Buddhist tradition and Soviet-era architecture meet. Upon arrival at the airport, meet with your local tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the rest of the day is at your leisure – perhaps head to the sprawling Sukhbaatar Square or the National Museum of Mongolia for a history lesson if you have time. Rest well for the night in your luxurious hotel before heading to Gobi tomorrow. Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel
DAY 2 – Dalanzadgad Transfer to the airport for a flight south to Dalanzadgad – a jumping point for explorers of the Gobi Desert. On arrival, meet with your local drivers. Visit Yolyn Am (Vulture Canyon), an oasis of streams and gorges that attracts a variety of Mongolian wildlife such as the Lammergeier – the old-world vulture which the canyon is named after. Enjoy an afternoon hiking through this striking gorge and keep an eye to the sky to spot the massive buzzard, then return to your campsite to relax before enjoying your first group dinner. Accommodation: Gobi Oasis Ger Camp with en suite facility Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 – Khongoryn Els Start your morning with a drive to Khongoryn Els. Standing at 800 metres tall, 12 kilometres wide and 100 kilometres long, the massive dunes of Kongor are widely known as the largest and most beautiful in the country. The dune lies at the northwest corner of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain Range, around 180 kilometres from the provincial capital of Dalanzadgad city. Here, the sound of the wind blowing up the sand can be heard miles away which creates a melodic sound against the 200-metre high dunes. Thus, they have been named the ‘Singing Dunes’ – listen for their song as you scale the dunes while enjoying amazing views of Gobi. Accommodation: Gobi Erdene Ger Camp with en suite facility Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 – Gobi Incredibly hardy with sturdy carrying capabilities and resistance to extreme cold and hot weather, it’s easy to see why the Bactrian camel became the pack animal of choice for most of inner Asia. Today, you will meet with a camel breeder and learn more about his daily life and the uses of this two-humped camel – known to the locals as the ‘Prince of Gobi’. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure; feel free to talk to your guide for information about the area or join them for some local activities. Accommodation: Gobi Erdene Ger Camp with en suite facility Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 – Bayanzag Today you’ll visit Bayanzag, also known as the “Cemetery of Dinosaurs” or the "Flaming Cliffs", before scaling the ridge. Formed 60 to 70 million years ago, this area is famous for its dinosaur remains and ancient red rock formations. The area was named Flaming Cliffs by Roy Andrew Chapman, an American explorer who visited Mongolia in 1920s. Frequently described as being like a real ‘Jurassic Park’ this unique area is characterized by classic desert of rock, red sands, shrubs and vast empty spaces. Take the chance to climb the Flaming Cliffs at sunset, taking a stroll along the ridge before sitting down to a picnic accompanied by traditional Mongolian music. (subject to weather condition) Accommodation: Mongolian Gobi Ger Camp with en suite facility Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 – Moltsog Els Northeast of the Flaming Cliffs sits Moltsog Els, a long dune range of scenic dunes and scattered sands. After breakfast, travel to the dunes for a quick hike before continuing to your luxurious Dream Gobi Ger camp for the evening. This stunning campsite, with excellent Mongolian cuisine, soft clean beds and hospitable staff, is an oasis of opulence in the middle of the Gobi which you’ll quickly come to appreciate. Accommodation: Dream Gobi Ger camp with en suite facility Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 – Ulaanbaatar It’s an early start today before you return to Dalanzadgad for your flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Once you touch down, the rest of the day is at your leisure. Either relax in the modern facilities of your five-star hotel, take to the streets for some souvenir shopping or search for the local monasteries or palaces such as Ganan Khiid or the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan – many of which boast a distinctively Eastern architectural style. Regroup with your new friends in the evening for a final dinner at a traditional Mongolian hotpot restaurant. Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8 – Tour ends Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals: Breakfast
OPTIONAL EXTENSION ITINERARY – BEIJING
DAY 8 – Beijing Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flight to Beijing, the culture-filled capital of China. After checking in to your hotel, explore the hutongs of Beijing on the back of a traditional rickshaw. These rapidly disappearing traditional neighbourhoods of Beijing offer a glimpse into the city’s past – a place full of quaint grey-stone streets and buildings with sliding roofs. After a big day of exploring, head to a local Chinese restaurant for an authentic Peking Duck banquet, served with all the traditional accompaniments. Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9 – Great Wall Travel north of Beijing to witness one of China’s most iconic attractions – the Great Wall. Renowned for being the largest defensive structure in the world, the Great Wall has received a UNESCO World Heritage-listing for being a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity, reflecting the forward-planning of Chinese engineering from the 3rd century onwards. Visit the incredibly preserved Mutianyu section where you can either walk or ride a cable car to the top for views of the rugged countryside below. On the way back to Beijing, visit a jade museum to learn about the history and manufacturing process of China’s most celebrated and precious stones. The evening is at your own leisure once you return to Beijing. Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10 – Beijing Layered with tales of emperors, uprisings, grandeur and hubris, Beijing is an extraordinary place to visit. Today you will see the iconic Tiananmen Square, the grandest public plaza in the world; the historical sites of the Forbidden City and Summer Palace; and plenty of other traditional Chinese buildings with ancient architecture and historical stories behind them. Finish the day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, considered as the most holy of Beijing’s Imperial Temples. Enjoy your final evening at leisure – maybe ask your group leader for restaurant suggestions to enjoy a final dinner with your group. Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11 – Tour ends Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals: Breakfast
Flights to Ulaanbaatar depart daily from all major Australian cities. Travel time can usually take around 20 or more hours which includes an overnight stopover in Beijing. These flights can be booked through Air China, China Southern, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and many more.
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