Stretching from the Black Sea across the vast expanses
of Siberia to Kamchatka and the Bering Straits, Russia
is truly a country of epic proportions. A land long
closed by the Soviet era has now opened to reveal a
fantastic diversity of experience. Cross the Urals to
Asia and the great lakes and Taiga forest of Siberia
await - magnificent untouched landscapes ideal for exploration.
Mongolia, the ‘Land of Blue Sky’, home of
the greatest empire the world has ever known and Asia’s
last undiscovered wilderness. Awesome expanses of rolling
steppe, home to Mongolia’s famous horses and herdsmen,
meet high glacial mountains, impenetrable forests and
deep, crystal lakes. To the south the great Gobi Desert
stretches to the horizon; empty save for deep canyons
and sweeping dunes. Across much of this vast land little
has changed since the days of Genghis Khan, and your
visit here will truly be an experience beyond imagination.
Tour grade: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
* Duration and
departure of the trip can be changed to suit
Tour dates for 2013:
30 May - 01 October only upon request;
Land only price 2013: per person
. 1 free space for every 16 PAX
children family trip
. Courier bringing min 5 pax. More!
Included in the price:
. Accommodation in double occupancy in hotel,
. Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar train tickets
. Flights to/from the Gobi + Tax
Guiding and interpreting service
transport + driver with petrol, lubricants, maintenance
. Meals as listed /all kinds of drink is
on your own/
. Sightseeing and cultural show
admissions according to the itinerary
fees for protected areas and national parks
. Return ticket confirmation
Visa cost, International Airfare, Travel insurance,
in Irkutsk, city tour. Arrival in Irkutsk,
we will be met at the airport and transferred
to hotel. Rest. L
- Lake Baikal. This morning we take a
private transfer to the village of Listvyanka
by the Lake Baikal with visits to the Wooden Architecture
Museum and the Museum of Lake Baikal. B+L
Baikal. A full day at the beautiful lake
for optional sport activities and swimming. B+L
||Irkutsk - train to Ulaanbaatar.
After breakfast we are transferred to Irkutsk, enjoy
a half day city sightseeing including the Znamensky
Russian Orthodox Church, Historical museum and the
Central food market, then transfer to the train
station for the train to Ulaanbaatar. B+L+D
||On the Trans-Siberian
We enjoy a day of viewing the endless forest of
Siberia and the views of the Lake Baikal with plenty
of stops at small Russian villages.
in Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing. Arrival
in Ulaanbaatar, our guide and driver will meet
us at the train station and aid with check-in
at the central hotel. After checking in, we rest.
Meet in the afternoon and we take a tour of the
city, including the Gandan Monastery, Mongolian
National Museum and Genghis Monument on the Sukhbaatar
– The Gobi. Yoliin Am – Bayanzag.
Transfer back to the airport and fly south to
the Gobi. After landing we visit the Yoliin Am
gorge in the stunning Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National
Park. Hiking on the Gobi glacier and viewing the
wildlife. Drive to Bayanzag, the Flaming Cliffs.
Moltsog Sand Dunes - Bulagtai. This morning
we explore the Flaming Cliffs for dinosaur remains.
Visit a nomadic camel breeder’s and see
their lifestyle. We drive to the Gobi airport
via the Moltsog Els sand dunes. Transfer to camp.
Gobi – Ulaanbaatar – Gun-Galuut.
This morning we take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar,
upon arrival we drive for 2 hours to the amazing
Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve in the valley of the
river Kherlen. B+L+D
Today is a relaxing day in serene Gun-Galuut.
We drive, hike or ride horses to Mt.Baits to view
the rare gorgeous Argali Wild mountain sheep.
On the way we will see the endangered beautiful
White Napped Crane and the Black Stork. Visit
a nomadic family and see their lifestyle. B+L+D
– Ulaanbaatar. We drive back to
Ulaanbaatar for 2 hours on paved road and transfer
to the hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s
Palace Museum – the residence of the last
king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Farewell
Transfer to the airport after breakfast for departure
flight for home. B
The town of Irkutsk was established as a fortress
on the banks of the Angara in 1651, and from
humble beginnings developed into the administrative
center of Eastern Siberia. The town initially
grew rich and prospered on the profits of the
fur trade, and then boomed following the discovery
of gold in the area. Though much of the fine,
classic Russian architecture of these boom-times
was lost during the Soviet era, old gingerbread
log houses remain in areas, and this atmosphere,
combined with the Asiatic influences of neighboring
Mongolia and China, serve to make Irkutsk one
of the most interesting places to visit in the
Baikal, the “Pearl of Siberia”,
is a place of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling
statistics: at 1637 meters it is the world’s
deepest lake, containing an incredible fifth
of the world’s fresh water resources.
At 636 kilometers long the lake is bigger than
Belgium, and has water of such crystal clarity
and visibility extends to a depth of 40 meters.
Baikal has been home to various ethnic groups
for millennia, and the shamanistic Buriat people
still reside in settlement of wood cabins around
the lake shore. This is one of the most magnificent
natural sites on earth, and offers lovers of
the outdoors fabulous opportunities for hiking,
horse trekking, fishing and boating.
Yolyn Am - the Vulture’s
Gorge Yolyn Am, 'The Vulture's Gorge’,
commonly called Eagle Canyon by travellers,
is a striking gorge in the deep desert, remarkable
for the microclimate that its formation creates.
Sheer rock walls, up to 660 feet high, keep
out the light and the heat, whilst four waterfalls
pour into the canyon, chill as they leave the
sun, and freeze. Yolyn Am is lined with ice
almost year-round and at its narrowest point
only two people (or animals - the canyon is
a favored haunt of the wild Ibex and Argali)
can pass abreast. Descent into the canyon is
on foot or on horseback if you'd prefer.
Bayanzag, which in Mongolian
means 'a place of many saxaul bushes', was first
called 'The Flaming Cliffs' by Roy Chapman Andrews,
the American dinosaur hunter and adventurer
who made vital finds of dinosaur eggs and skeletons
at the base of the vivid red bluffs, which stand
alone in a vast empty expanse of land and sky.
Chapman himself was something of a rogue - said
by some to be the man on whom the film character
'Indiana Jones' was based. He lived an adventurous,
self-aggrandizing life across much of this part
of the world. At Bayanzag it is the landscape,
in addition to the rich dinosaur history, which
is very impressive - an intense evocation of
Mongolia's great emptiness.
Mongolian Bactrian Camel: People
can travel almost anywhere by camel. In olden
days, camel was the biggest and strongest form
of transport. Camel may look imposing but they
are actually very calm and easy to ride. One
of the most interesting parts of this journey
will be to ride a camel over the sand dunes
for a panoramic view the natural beauty of the
Gun-Galuut is one of the most
popular nature reserves of Mongolia. The Reserve
is truly the marvelous combination of high mountains,
colorful flowers, pretty lakes, rivers and wetlands
with its famous rare species. It is a home to
endangered wild Mountain
sheep-Argali the Big Horns, White-napped crane,
Siberian White Crane, Hooded Crane and the rare
Black stork, Asian heron, Whooper swan, Swan
Goose and so on. Over 80 Argali sheep inhabit
peacefully in Gun-Galuut now. Tourists visiting
the Nature Reserve have the opportunities to
do watching and taking photos of the Endangered
species, rafting and fishing in the lakes and
rives, camping in a beautiful and peaceful nature,
visiting nomadic family, riding horse, yak and
camel and introducing with traditional nomadic
lifestyle and culture.
information about Mongolia and Russia tour:
This fantastic multi-country tour takes you
to Russia and Mongolia in one Mongolia Russia
trip. You will travel to the Asian Black Pearl
lake Baikal and Siberia and the Gobi desert
and Gun-Galuut steppes in Mongolia. You can
sail with boats, ride camels or horses or trek
during the trip.
For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Hotel Reservation in Moscow for more information.
humped Bacrtian camels tower the Gobi Desert
Baikal has the puest water on earth
Buryats at Baikal are close relatives of the Mongols