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10 Days - 9 Nights | from US$2800

Mongolia Highlights - The Gobi desert & Karakorum

Central & Southern Mongolia
2 ~ 8 people


This overland journey will take you to through the best of Central and Southern Mongolia as well as the essential sights and cultural performances in/around the capital city Ulaanbaatar. The first leg of the tour will guide you across the Central Mongolia visiting the Hustai National Park – home to the Takhi wild horses, Tsenkher mineral hot springs, ancient capital at Karakorum with the legendary Erdene Zuu Monastery, and the UNESCO world heritage Orkhon River Valley. On the second part of the journey, you will tour the highlights of the mysterious Gobi Desert such as visiting the Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs to explore for dinosaur remains, enjoying a sunset camel ride at the Khongor sand dunes and oasis, and hiking in the glacial Yoliin Am Gorge with glimpses of rare wildlife. And make sure you prepare your camera and batteries well as Mongolia’s a super photogenic country.

Besides, Mongolia’s the home of hearty nomadic people, whose lifestyle has not been changed a lot since the days of Genghis Khan and his empire. You might have heard many stories of travellers being dazed by the sincere hospitality of the nomads. However, if you look deeper into their spirit, you will witness how strong, stern nomadic men can be moved to tears by their racehorses rushing to a finish line. Their lifestyle, religion, and philosophy are shaped by the Mother Nature to a great degree; and nomadic customs, music, literature, and costumes have been passed through centuries. And in this hectic 21st century only Mongolian nomads welcome strangers with unlocked doors. There will be plenty of occasions you will meet real nomadic people and enjoy their heart-warming hospitality during the journey.

Premium Travel Mongolia tour guides are knowledgeable, experienced, and are happy to be the ambassadors of their country. Plus, travelling extensively in remote Mongolia and discovering the wonders doesn’t mean rough travel conditions all the time. We utilize comfortable 4×4 vehicles with AC, clean and comfy Ger camps (en-suite upgrade available) to complete your wonderful Mongolia stay with us. 

Tour map

Trip plan

Your international flight/train to Mongolia is on your own arrangement. After custom formalities and baggage claim, you will be met by a Premium Travel driver and taken to the centrally located hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Accommodation: Hotel 5*; Meals: No meals planned on this day

Meet with your tour guide and the rest of the group at 9 a.m in the morning and start the Ulaanbaatar city tour. Today, we will visit the principal sites of Ulaanbaatar including the Gandan monastery – home to the 26m gilded statue of Megjid Janraisag, and the National Museum of Mongolia, Chinggis Khan museum, and walk the Main Square.

After welcome lunch at an excellent Mongolian restaurant, we drive for 1hr to visit the Giant Genghis monument – an impressive 46m statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, indeed the largest equestrian statue(46 m) on earth. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the evening and transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel 5*; Meals: B, L

Meet at 8.00 am and pack the vehicles then start the tour. We drive to the beautiful Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes for 3hr. Arrive and transfer to the tourist camp for lunch. In the afternoon visit the Erdene Khamba monastery ruins or Ovgon Temple in the picturesque Khugnu Khaan Mountain, and take some hiking. Visit the horse breeding family to have a close look at the daily life of nomads, and taste traditional dairy products. Return to the tourist camp for dinner and rest.

En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

After breakfast, we drive to Karakorum for about 1hs, arrive and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the oldest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia founded in 1586, and take part in the morning chants. Then visit the newly opened Open Air Museum of Karakorum, which displays some interesting findings from Karakorum ruins by the Mongolian-German joining the expedition. Check into Ger camp, and have lunch. Then visit the Karakorum Museum and get some knowledge about the UNESCO world heritage Orkhon River Valley and the ancient capital Karakorum.

En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

Today we head southwards towards the Gobi Desert. The drive today is scenic as usual, however, the terrain will gradually change into a semi-desert zone. We reach the Ongi Monastery Ruins by late afternoon (picnic lunch on the way) and check into Ger camp. Rest a bit and then take some walking to the monastery ruins. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp.

Standard Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

Morning visit to the Ongi monastery ruins, then drive to the Bayanzag Flaming – it’s the place where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur eggs for the 1st time. We will visit the Bayanzag by foot or car. Enjoy the wilderness and unique natural formations. Explore around for dinosaur remains and walking in the saxaul forest. You can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself! In the later afternoon drive to the Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs, visit a nomadic family to see their lifestyle, and learn to cook a Mongolian dish (have it for dinner) Watch the inspiring Gobi sunset over the Flaming Cliffs in the evening. Transfer to Ger camp and rest.

En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

Today, we will take a day excursion to Khongor sand dunes – Mongolia’s largest and most beautiful sand dunes that stretch over 180km in the arid Gobi Desert. The drive to the dunes at Khongoriin takes about 3 hours one way, passing through vast desert badlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. Arrive at the Ger camp by the sand dunes and have lunch.

Afterward, visit the Khongor sand dunes and take a short camel ride along with the Khongor springs in the little oasis. You also may want to climb the beautiful sand dunes, some are as high as 300m. Lone Gers and nomads on camelback hang suspended in the mirages, whilst the desert floor is strewn with a range of colorful rocks and unusual minerals. This is the Gobi at its stark best – there are many opportunities to take photographs of the landscapes and people. In the evening drive back to the camp.

En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

Enjoy watching the Gobi sunrise and after having breakfast at the Ger camp, we drive to the glacial Yoliin Am Gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains, the eastern end of the majestic Altai Mountains. Visit the national park museum that informs guests about the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National park, its’ flora, and fauna as well as dinosaur remains.

Then take walking to the beautiful narrow Yoliin Am Gorge with occasional views of rare wildlife. Visit the Khavtsgait petroglyph in the afternoon. Drive back to Ger camp, have dinner, and rest.

En-suite Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D

Have early breakfast and then drive to the small Gobi Desert airport (~60min drive) and take the flight to Ulaanbaatar. Then upon arrival enjoy a half-day city sightseeing including the fabled Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum and optional shopping for cashmere/souvenir. Then see a folklore concert by the magnificent Tumen Ekh ensemble featuring Khoomei – Mongolian throat singing and contortion performance followed by farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel 5*; Meals: B, L, D

Extend your tour with another tour or transfer to the airport for flight home.

Meals: B.

Price details

2 - 3 PAX


Departures 2024: 15 - 24 Jun; 01 – 10 Jul; 19 – 28 Jul ; 11-20 Aug; 08 - 17 Sep

NAADAM ADD - ON is available: 11 - 12 Jul

Single supplement: US$TBA

4 - 6 PAX


Departures 2024: 15 - 24 Jun; 01 – 10 Jul; 19 – 28 Jul ; 11-20 Aug; 08 - 17 Sep

NAADAM ADD - ON is available: 11 - 12 Jul

Single supplement: US$TBA

7 - 8 PAX


Departures 2024: 15 - 24 Jun; 01 – 10 Jul; 19 – 28 Jul ; 11-20 Aug; 08 - 17 Sep

NAADAM ADD - ON is available: 11 - 12 Jul

Single supplement: US$TBA

What's included

Included services:

    Full-time services of your excellent English-speaking local guide (Day 2-9)
    Sightseeing admissions and excursion according to the program
    Private transfers (Land Cruisers: 3 passengers + 1 driver I each vehicle) + fuel, road taxes
    Airport transfers & transportation in Ulaanbaatar & around (minivan/saloon car)
    Twin/double share accommodation throughout the tour: (3 nights in Ulaanbaatar at 5* hotel; 1 night in a standard Ger camp; 5 nights in en-suite Ger camps)
    Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
    2hrs of camel riding fee in the Gobi Desert + camel keeper
    A cooking class at a nomadic family in the Gobi Desert
    The Gobi to Ulaanbaatar flight + Tax (15+5kg free luggage included)
    0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day/pax
    Visa support invitation letter where applicable
    Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir!

Not Included in the price:

  • International Airfare/train ticket + Tax
  • Travel and health insurance.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as horseback riding, archery, fishing etc

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What to expect?

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  • Tailored experiential Mongolia tours for your small group of 2 to 8 people!
  • Stay in good hotels and en-suite Gers!
  • Enjoy the comfort and convenience in Air-Conditioned 4x4 Jeeps on dirt tracks!
  • Create unforgettable memories together with our experienced Guides!
  • Embark on a flavorful journey with our exhilarating Mongolian cooking classes!
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Suite 19, level 1. New Dream 24/5. Khan-Uul district, Ulaanbaatar 17041, MONGOLIA

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