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£4445

The Lands of Genghis Khan

Explore the dramatic landscapes and experience the nomadic lifestyle of this little-visited country, where tradition and hospitality reign; touring from busy Ulan Bator to Gobi Desert dunes, national parks, Buddhist temples, and the bucolic Orkhon Valley

Sandwiched between the superpowers of China and Russia, but immersed in its own very individual culture; a former Buddhist bulwark, the religion now resurgent after decades of communist repression; and more than six times the size of the UK, with just 3.3million inhabitants, Mongolia is the world’s most sparsely populated sovereign state, and perhaps its best-kept secret. First recorded around 800AD, the country was a loose league of clans until the 12th century, when a 20-year-old named Temujin emerged and united the tribes against the threat of their neighbours. In 1189 he was given the honorary name Genghis Khan, ‘Universal King’. This tour explores the lands of his legacy, the nature of the nation, and the nomads’ way of life, staying in traditional ‘ger’ (yurt) camps. From the capital, Ulan Bator, where modern towers and multi-spired temples sit side-by-side, we travel to ancient petroglyphs in the South Gobi desert, the soaring steppes of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, wetlands and waterways in Gun Galuut, Tereli’s amazing rock formations, the aptly named Elsen Tasarhai, ‘Isolated Sands’, and the idyllic Orkhon Valley, UNESCO listed for pastoral nomadic traditions which span more than two millennia.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Ulan Bator  - 1 night
  • Karakorum  - 2 nights
  • Ulan Bator  - 1 night
  • South Gobi  - 1 night
  • Khongoryn Els  - 1 night
  • South Gobi  - 1 night
  • Gun-Galuut  - 2 nights
  • Ulan Bator  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Natural Wonders
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site: Orkhon Valley
  • Local Expert Guide

Explore the dramatic landscapes and experience the nomadic lifestyle of this little-visited country, where tradition and hospitality reign; touring from busy Ulan Bator to Gobi Desert dunes, national parks, Buddhist temples, and the bucolic Orkhon Valley

Notes:

This is an active itinerary, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Accommodation outside Ulan Bator is in simple but charming tourist camps. Facilities include single beds, heating, private western style shower/toilet facilities and a restaurant/ bar.

This is an adventurous tour using 4-wheel drive mini-vans in the Gobi Desert. There are virtually no roads in the desert area and the terrain can best be described as demanding, the few roads that are paved can be bumpy and cracked due to the extreme Mongolian climate.

Luggage on internal flights is limited to 15kgs.

Accommodation

Holiday Inn - Ulan Bator

A modern 4-star hotel in the Chingeltei district, close to the Opera House and a 15-minute walk to Genghis Khan Square. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 169 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Secret of the Silk Road camp – Karakorum

A comfortable and traditional camp near Karakorum with restaurant and 55 gers with private facilities.

Gobi Nomad Lodge - South Gobi

Simple lodge in South Gobi with restaurant and 45 air-conditioned gers with private facilities and mini-bar.

Gobi Erdene camp - Khongoryn Els

Simple camp close to Khongor Sand Dunes with restaurant and 45 gers with private facilities and limited electricity (19.00 – 22.00 hrs only).

Steppe Nomads Camp - Gun Galuut

Camp in the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve with restaurant and 10 air-conditioned rooms in winter houses with private facilities, hairdryer and mini-bar.

Extra Nights

Stay in Ulan Bator before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Holiday Inn Ulan Bator
(per night) £70 (2025 £80)
Single supplement £50 (2025 £40)

Holiday Inn - Ulan Bator

A modern 4-star hotel in the Chingeltei district, close to the Opera House and a 15-minute walk to Genghis Khan Square. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 169 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin room/ger
Turkish Airlines from Heathrow

August
August 2 (Friday)
  • On Request: Please Call
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights’ accommodation, 10 lunches and 10 dinners, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Aug 02
  • £535
  • 2025: Aug 01
  • £545
Tour Only
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  • £700
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £90
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