2018 Classic Mongolia Tour

15 nights / 16 days

Choose Your Own Departure Date between May 15 and September 15
OR
Join the Classica Mongolia Marathon Tour

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

– Anonymous

Travel to the home of Genghis Khan in 2018 and experience all the wonders of Mongolia!

Dream Travel is excited to offer escorted tours to this enchanted and truly stunning country! Choose your own travel dates any time between May 15 and September 15 of each year, or, join us for the Marathon Weekend and tour which will start the end of May or the beginning of June!

Running a race is a fantastic accomplishment, but imagine running one across the world and in the beautiful country of Mongolia!  This is creating a lifetime experience!

Visit the famous Reindeer People, ride horseback in the infamous Gobi Desert, take a boat ride on beautiful Khuvsgul Lake, visit the astonishing-large 131 foot statue of Genghis Khan which is also the largest equestrian statue in the world, sleep in ger’s and ride camelback in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!  And all in a safe, group environment with guides and drivers!

General Information

Where: Mongolia
Date: Choose Your Own Departure Date between May 15 and September 15 OR Join the Classica Mongolia Marathon Tour

Deposit and Final Payment

A deposit of $750 per person is required and made via the Running Room website.  The deposit amount is taken off of the package price.

Final payment must be made no later than 60 days prior to departure.

Packages are 100 % non-refundable without insurance.

Packages

All Packages Include

  • English speaking travel guide
  • Domestic airfare within Mongolia
  • 3 meals a day as well as 1L of bottled water daily
  • Transportation throughout
  • Hotels and gers based on double occupancy
  • Entrance fees to museums and national parks
  • 4* hotels were noted in the itinerary
  • Taxes

*Prices are per person and based on double occupancy

What’s Excluded

  • International flights
  • Visas, travel insurance and health requirements if required
  • Drinks
  • Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Activities/Services not specified

Insurance

Travel insurance is required for this trip.

Our group RBC Deluxe Package Travel Insurance includes the following:

  • Trip interruption
  • Full medical
  • Baggage

Click here for full insurance details, coverage and specifications: http://www.rbcinsurance.com/files/00125/file-125726.pdf

PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO HAVE 100% COVERAGE, THE INSURANCE MUST BE PURCHASED WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS OF YOUR DEPOSIT BEING PAID.

Pricing

Non-Marathon Tour Dates

USD Pricing – 12 Night Tour

Dates between May 15 and September 15 Except during the Marathon

$3,999.00

Marathon Tour

USD Pricing – 14 Night Tour

Marathon Dates Only

$4,199.00

Itinerary

Destinations: Ulaanbaatar, Khuvsgul, South Gobi, Tuv and Uvurkhangai

Highlights: Khuvsgul lake, Flamming Cliffs, Yol Valley, ancient capital Kharkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery and Bogd National Park
Dates: Available between May 15 – September 15

Marathon Tour Dates: TBA The 2018 Marathon Weekend will be either the end of May or early June. The marathon tour would start 3 nights prior to the start of the races.

Day 1. Nation’s capital – Ulaanbaatar.

Our partners in Mongolia will meet you at the “Chinggis Khan” International Airport and transfer you to a 4*hotel in the downtown of Ulaanbaatar.

Day 2. Race Expo – Ulaanbaatar

Today is all about heading to the Race Expo, grabbing our race bib and information, then some R&R before your big day tomorrow!

Day 3. Marathon Day – Ulaanbaatar

Today’s the big day! Transfer to the race bright and early and take part in the 2018 Ulaanbaatar Marathon! After completing, the day is yours to recover and relax!

Day 4. Ulaanbaatar Tour

Today we will start our city tour around Ulaanbaatar including Sukhbaatar square, the heart of Ulaanbaatar city. You’ll also visit Zaisan Hill, where you have a panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar and then the Museum of National History – a place you can see the past and present history of Mongolians.

After dinner, we will see traditional folklore performance with horse headed fiddle, throat singing and contortionists, and religious Tsam mask dancing. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5. Gandan Monastery/Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

After breakfast at the hotel we will visit Gandan Monastery, the heart of Mongolia, the yellow head Buddhism. We will see how Buddhism is practiced in Mongolia and see the outstanding 24m golden statue of Buddha-Megjid Janraiseg.

This monastery is the largest monastery in Mongolia with 500 monks. Then we will drive to the Gorkhi Terelj National Park, located in the Khentii Mountain range and lunch at the park. After lunch we will see granite rock formations, a famous “Crawling Turtle Rock”, alpine forests and flower scenery.

Afterwards we drive to Tsonjin Boldog to see the impressive equestrian statue of Genghis Khan made of stainless steel that weighs 250 tons and is 40 metres tall!

Return to Ulaanbaatar and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Murun/Lake Khuvsgul.

We will travel to Murun, a provincial center. We will drive to Khuvsgul lake, second largest freshwater lake in the Central Asia with over one percent of the world’s freshwater and a maximum depth of 262m. This gorgeous lake is fed by ninety six rivers and streams but only the Egiin River flows out from the lake, joining the Selenge River on its way to sister Lake Baikal.

Khuvsgul lake is inhabited by nine species of fish, while the nearby taiga forest, forest steppe, mountains and the lake provide habitat for 68 species of mammals, including argali, ibex, elk, reindeer, musk deer, brown bear, lynx, marten, beaver, wolf and moose as well as 244 species of birds and 750 species of plants.

The lake is surrounded by dozens of stunning mountains, thick pine forests and lush meadows with grazing yaks and horses. Overnight in the ger camp near the lake.

Day 7. Lake Khuvsgul.

In the morning, we will hike into the forest mountain to have a panoramic view of the crystal blue lake. Horse riding opportunities around the shore, fishing and boating are available. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Reindeer settlement where we can experience Tsaatan; reindeer breeders’ everyday life, traditional tent dwelling called “Urts” and reindeers of course.

Khuvsgul Lake is known as “Mother Ocean” among Mongolians. This lake is sacred to all Mongols and water is incredibly crystal clean. It is located in the northernmost province. The surrounding mountains are covered by Siberian larch and pine trees which offer extraordinary atmosphere with beautiful wildlife. The highlight of the area is the ethnic reindeer herders called Tsaatan. This ethnic groups of Turkic origin related to the Tuvans are the most exotic and mystical people with small numbers, inhabit the remotest corner of the amazing beautiful taigas. Tsaatan people worship “the Eternal Blue Sky and Mother Earth” and retained an ancient, unusual culture based on shamanistic rituals and forest-based reindeer-herding.

Return to the ger camp and overnight in the ger.

Day 8. Ulaanbaatar.

After breakfast at the camp we will drive back to Murun to catch our flight back to Ulaanbaatar. This afternoon we will visit the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum; the palace known as the Green Palace. The palace was built in 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Gegeen, the head of lamaist religion and last khan of Mongolia. Amazing bronze castings, silk paintings, paper icons, mineral paintings, god statues made by Zanabazar and his students including a royal ger made out of snow leopard skins are the main attraction of this palace.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 9. South Gobi.

After breakfast, we will fly to the south to Dalanzadgad; the center of the South Gobi province. The Gobi Desert is called “Golden Gobi”, the mystical place that captivates the imagination. It is an extreme area with wide temperature changes, sparse vegetation and small community of camel breeders. The Gobi is also unique for its fauna; homeland of “Living Dinosaur” the two humped Bacterian camel and world’s only desert bear, the Gobi bear. We will visit camel breeders’ families for riding a camel and wonderful photo opportunities.

Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 10. Yol Valley/Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.

After peaceful morning, we will drive to the majestic Gobi Gurvan Saikhan (Three Beauties of the Gobi) National Park where we will enjoy the incredible “Yol Valley”.

The valley is the unusual narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The rock walls stand 200m and the canyon has stunning meadows with thick glacier layers that are deeply set between the walls. During the summer rainfall, the water runs from the top of the walls forming waterfalls. We can hike or ride camels, horses along the canyon and may have an opportunity to glimpse rarely found wild sheep Argali, mountain goat Ibex and Yol Lammergeier. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 11. Bayanzag/Flamming Cliffs.

Today is a day to explore Bayanzag which are known as the Flaming Cliffs to the world.

We will see ancient red rock creations, Bayanzag formed 60-70 million years ago, famous as Flaming Cliffs named by Roy Andrew Chapman (modern day Indiana Jones) an American explorer who visited Mongolia in 1920s.
The striking red Bayanzag cliffs have dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones scattered everywhere and are neighbored by the bushy Saxual tree forests.

We will drive to the north to explore Moltsog Els sand dunes where we can ride a camel on the dunes. We will drive back to ger camp and overnight.

Day 12. Ulaanbaatar.

In the morning, we will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Today is a day to explore the city by your own like visiting the State Department store, souvenir shops and cashmere factory outlets. Mongolian cashmere is famous for its quality and fine characteristics. There are several brands and outlets in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 13. Bayangobi/Ruins of Uvgun Monastery.

In the morning we will drive to the Bayangobi. It is a unique place with many different forms of natural landscape; combination of a Gobi sand dunes, forests and rocky mountains. In the afternoon, we will visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree which is a 20KM drive from the camp.

The monastery is located in the majestic looking Khugnu Khaan mountain. Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar, a religious leader, philosopher, artist and sculptor had founded these Uvgun and Zaluu temples for his religious teacher. The soldiers of Oirad nobleman Galdan boshigt, destroyed the monasteries and assassinated the monks in 1688.
We have wonderful opportunities to visit horse breeder’s family and experience making of airag, the Mongolian traditional drink made by mare’s milk with horse riding opportunities. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 14. Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery.

In the morning we will drive to the Kharkhorin; an ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and the main treasure of Mongolian Buddhism, an Erdenezuu Monastery. Kharkhorin was established in the valley of Orkhon river in 1220. It was one of the stopping points on the legendary Silk Road for 140 years.

Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history and was a capital city of the Great Mongolian Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan, moved the capital to Beijing of the Yuan Dynasty.

We will see the 800-year-old worshipping Turtle Rock near the temple. Erdenezuu Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery which was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, descendant of Chinggis Khaan, on the ruins of Kharkhorin in 1586. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful looking white walls with 108 stupas. For centuries it was a spiritual and intellectual centre of Mongolia and there is an extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, priceless religious objects, special dresses for Tsama religious dance and excellently made Buddhist iconography with true Mongolian and Tibetan style.

Overnight in the ger camp

Day 15. Hustai National Park/ Ulaanbaatar.

We will drive to the Hustai National Park. The park lies in the foothills of the southern Khentii mountain range and it is the place where you can see wild horses called Takhi, known as Przewalski, to the world. The wild horses survive in nature by themselves because they have been reintroduced successfully to their homeland after 40 years of extinction. Currently, the number of Takhi has already reached more than 290.

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar-the nations’ capital.

Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day 16. Departure.

This concludes your Great Mongolian Tour and you will be transferred to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really choose any time to go and visit Mongolia?
Yes, you may but note that prices are based on a minimum of 2 people. If you wish to do this tour on your own as a single, please inquire and we’ll get you a quote.

Do I require vaccinations?
You shouldn’t need anything however check with your local Traveler’s Health Clinic or your
family doctor.

Is it safe in Mongolia?
Mongolia is very safe! The people are very friendly and warm and you shouldn’t ever feel uncomfortable especially considering you will be in a group setting and/or with guides.

Is this a physically demanding trip?
Not at all. There will be some light walking but nothing taxing.

Can I travel for less time than what is stated on the itinerary?
Due to the nature of this event, that would be difficult but not necessarily impossible. We can price out a custom built package for you at your request.

Is airfare included and may I book using points?
Airfare is not included in the package prices however we can assist you if required. As well, you may book on your own or fly using points, however, you must arrive the same day or earlier than the rest of the group.

What are the exact race dates?
As of June 2017, the Mongolian Tourism Board and race organizers have not yet set the exact race dates but it should be either at the end of May or the beginning of June.

What should I pack?
Dream Travel will provide a recommended list of items to bring.

Are these prices in CAD or USD?
USD

I’m traveling solo – can you assist me with finding a roommate to save money?
We can assist you with finding a suitable roommate but unfortunately we can’t guarantee one.

Can I fundraise for a charity for this event?
Absolutely! Join the MS Dream Challenge and raise funds for the MS Society. Please see below for details.

What is the MS Dream Challenge?
The MS Dream Challenge is a joint effort between the MS Society, Dream Travel and the Running Room. As a participant in the MS Dream Challenge you will fundraise a minimum amount and be provided with hotel accommodations, race entry and a Running Room Giving account to assist in your fundraising efforts. You may also fundraise for your airfare.

When do I have to have my fundraising completed by?
The deadline to raise the full amount won’t be until February, 2018.

Contact Dream Travel

If you have any questions about the 2018 Classic Mongolia Tour or our packages, please contact Dream Travel at [email protected] or (877) 601-7275.