Mongolia—Three Ways to Go

written by | Posted on January 9th, 2013

The Gobi Desert with Brendan Vacations’ Boutique Journeys.

If your clients have already visited one of Asia’s hot destinations, Myanmar, then point them to Mongolia, quickly becoming the place to go for travelers interested in exploring off-the-beaten-track. Here are three ways for your clients to vacation in Mongolia, whether they are seeking nature, culture or a luxurious getaway.

Luxury Travel
Travelers looking for a little luxe pampering while in Mongolia have Blue Silk’s A Blue Silk Naadam—complete with five-star accommodations, fine dining and spa treatments.

“Mongolia’s nomadic culture and wide-open vistas offer the adventure of a lifetime,” says Blue Silk’s president, Saranzaya Baatar. “On this tour, travelers will experience this adventure while also enjoying world-class accommodations and excellent dining. As a Mongolian, I am thrilled to welcome visitors to experience the best of modern Mongolia.”

The 11-day itinerary runs from July 10-20 taking travelers to the Naadam Festival, which consists of a flag ceremony, traditional sports and a fair, Lake Huvsgul and Ulaanbaatar. In the city, guests will stay at five-star Hotel Blue Sky, and farther afield, guests will stay at a variety of resorts, including the five-star Terelj Hotel, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, located in Terelj National Park.

At the Naadam Festival, guests will have the opportunity to witness the horse races, one of the Three Manly Sports at the festival, and try camel riding. At Lake Huvsgul, travelers will visit a herding family and explore the area on horseback. Another highlight of the trip is the Thirteenth Century Park, a living museum featuring a historical recreation of life during Genghis Khan’s time.

Rates start at $11,200 dbl and $14,200 for a sgl, and travelers can save $650 when they book by March 15. For more information, call (800) 225-0560 or visit bluesilktravel.com.

Cultural Experience
This year, G Adventures is introducing the 8-day Mongolian Nomad Local Living tour showcasing the country’s culture and nomadic lifestyle.

“A trip to Mongolia is a true ‘off-the-beaten-path’ experience. Rooted in fascinating history, the region offers stunning natural landscapes—ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains—and opportunities to experience unique local customs and a different way-of-life,” says Timothy Chan, public relations manager for G Adventures.

Travelers will learn skills such as making Mongolian patterns with a nomadic seamstress and preparing an oxcart, while traveling throughout the Terelj National Park by horseback. Rates start at $899 and include a 5-night stay in a traditional ger and 2-night stay in hotels; five breakfasts, six lunches, and five dinners; transportation via public bus, oxcart, or horse; local nomadic hosts; and daily lessons and demonstrations of nomadic skills and techniques. For more information, visit gadventures.com/agents.

Outdoor Enthusiast
Brendan Vacations
Boutique Journeys is offering an 8-day tour—Mongolia & The Gobi Desert—taking in Mongolia’s dramatic landscape.

The tour starts in Ulaanbaatar—Mongolia’s capital and largest city—with visits to the Gandan Monastery and the National Museum of History, and then heads to the Gobi Desert to take in the striking scenery and experience one of the last nomadic civilizations. On the tour, travelers will stay at a variety of locations throughout the trip—ranging from the Ramada Hotel in Ulaanbaatar to the Steppe Nomads Ger Camp in the Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve.

The itinerary includes private airport transfers throughout; all internal flights; seven breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners; travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle; an English-speaking local travel expert; accommodations in twin-bedded hotel rooms or ger camps; and sightseeing and special features.

Rates start at $4,175 pp dbl. For more information, visit brendanvacations.com/agent.

For more on Mongolia, visit mongoliatourism.gov.mn.