Imagine that after finding yourself in the very heart of the Gobi Desert you will be at the beautiful Baikal Lake surrounded by deep alpine forest just in 15 days. To do this way you have to cross the border of two big countries much different from each other: Mongolia and Russia. Our tour starts from Mongolia - a land of nomadic civilization under the cloudless blue sky, and the boundless steppe with freely galloping horsemen. Trip to South Gobi desert will give you real adventure by slipping down from the top of awesome sand dunes, riding Bactrian camels, visiting burial place of dinosaurs. Further our trip turns up to the Kharkhorin - the ruins of ancient Mongolian capital with historical Erdene Zuu Monastery aside. Beautiful lake Ogii, place of tranquility, lies on your way to have a good relaxation after long way driving through the legendary land.
After crossing Mongolia-Russian borders, we arrive in Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryata, where we start our touring around magnificent Baikal Lake. One of interesting sites of our tour is Ivolginsky Datsan - the center of Buddhism of Russia in 30 km far from Ulan-Ude City. Our next stopover point is Irkutsk - one of the oldest and most attractive Siberian cities with the largest transport unit on the Transsiberian railroad. Enjoy the magnificent views of Baikal Lake from the highest spot in the area - Tchersky Peak and boating in the largest and the deepest lake in the world.
- Gobi desert
- Bailkal lake
- Visit a nomad family
City sightseeing tour. National folk and dance concert.
Take a morning flight to South Gobi. Driving to Gobi 3 Saikhan National Park (Eagle Valley, Glaciers). Yoliin am /Eagle Valley/ - is a picturesque valley, stuck in the middle of the Gobi desert, with thick ice all year around. While ascending the valley through high steep rocky cliffs you will find a glacier in the middle of the cliffs. In the afternoon visit to camel breeding family.
Driving to Khongoriin Els sand dunes - the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Also known as Duut Mankhan /Singing Dunes/, they are up to 800 m high, 12 km wide and about 100km long. The sight of the desert from the top is awesome.
Visit Bayanzag - a classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and unbelievable emptiness has become known to the world as “Cemetery of Dinosaurs" and place of tremendous findings of dinosaurs’ sand dunes. Optional camel riding is available. Overnight in Mongolian ger.
Watch the sunrise at the dunes and driving towards Kharkhorin. Overnight near Ongi Monastery in tent.
Arriving in Orkhon waterfall - was formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruption and earthquakes. Meeting with local families. Optional yaks riding and photo shooting is available. Overnight in neighbor’s Mongolian ger with herder’s settlement. This is a great opportunity to watch after nomadic lifestyle and housekeeping.
Arriving in Kharkhorin - the ancient Mongolian capital. Visit to the Erdene Zuu monastery - the first Buddhist center of Mongolia.
Continue driving and arrive in Ulaanbaatar before the noon. Free time and optional shopping. In the evening take an evening train to Siberia, Russia.
Train ride, crossing the Mongolia - Russian borders and arriving in Ulan Ude.
City excursion. Visiting local History Museum, Ivolginsky Datsan Temple - the only Buddhist spiritual center of Russia. Take an evening train to Irkutsk.
Morning arrival in Irkutsk. City sightseeing tour that will include visits of the oldest historical part of the city, famous Znamenskaya Central Orthodox Cathedral, other atmospheric sights, then tour the Decembrists' Museum inside the Prince Volkonsky Mansion. Russian cuisine.
Transfer to Baikal Lake. Visiting in Listvyanka - Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture Museum and the Limnological Museum. Then walk up to the Tchersky Peak. 1 hour boat ride on Lake Baikal.
Visiting Ust - Orda, the central town of Buryat Autonomous National District. Short sightseeing in the town. Enjoy the Buryat National Concert performed by famous Buryat folk group. Buryat cuisine. Transfer to Irkutsk.
Transfer to Airport. Depart from Irkutsk to Moscow.
Prices & Inclusions
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Accommodation: Hotel***,* ger camp, tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar to Gobi
Transport: vehicle 4x4 or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Flight from Irkutsk to Moscow.
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement