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Mongolia’s Ancient Mysteries & Modern Marvels - 2023

Seoul, South Korea • Ulaanbaatar and Gobi Desert, Mongolia
  • Mongolia’s Land Tour of Ancient Mysteries and Modern Marvels including Seoul, South Korea Ulaanbaatar and Gobi Desert, Mongolia
    TOUR CHANGDEOKGUNG, A 600-YEAR-OLD PALACE COMPLEX AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • Mongolia’s Naadam Land Tour andtThe Festival of Three Games including Seoul South Korea, Ulaanbaatar and Gobi Desert
    JOIN OUR JULY 6TH DEPARTURE FOR THE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN MONGOLIA’S NADAAM FESTIVAL COMPLETE WITH PARADES, WRESTLING, HORSE RIDING, AND ARCHERY
  • Vantage travelers experience Asia's culture and cuisine at a home-hosted lunch in Mongolia.
    GET TO KNOW THE NOMADIC PEOPLE AND THEIR TRADITIONS
  • Khongor Sand Dunes, Mongolia, Asia
    IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE BREATHTAKING BEAUTY OF THE MONGOLIAN STEPPE
  • Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag, Gobi Desert, Mongolia
    VENTURE THROUGH THE GOBI DESERT WHERE YOU’LL FIND “SINGING SANDS,” “FLAMING CLIFFS,” AND EVEN A GLACIER
  • ATTEND A VANTAGE-EXCLUSIVE CULTURAL PERFORMANCE BY LOCAL CHILDREN CELEBRATING MONGOLIA’S TRADITIONAL SPORTS, MUSIC, AND DANCE
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What to Expect

Activity Level

Takes into consideration the physical requirements for each of the trips, walking, hiking, climbing in and out of safari vehicles etc.
           Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Pacing

Takes into consideration the length of bus rides, flights, number of destinations in the number of days
           Moderately Strenuous

Pacing is usually robust, and half or more of days will be full and active, including some early hotel departures and possible evening activities. Some free time may be available for rest and rejuvination. Travel within the journey is significant and may include several long motorcoach transfers, three or more on-tour flights, and/or occasional travel via non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, Zodiac ship tenders, rickshaws/pedi-cabs, etc.

PACING:

  • This adventure is moderately-paced
  • This trip features four different locations with an average stay of 2.5 nights in each destination
  • In addition to a long international flight, your journey includes three internal flights and some coach transfers.
  • You will spend 2 nights in Seoul, 2 nights in Ulaanbaatar, and 4 nights in two different camps in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. From here you fly back to Ulaanbaatar for another night. After a festive Farewell Dinner, you’ll fly overnight flight to Seoul and have a day room to relax in before a mid-afternoon flight home
  • If you embark on the Nadaam Festival departure, you will spend 2 nights in Seoul, 3 nights in Ulaanbaatar, 3 nights in a camp in the South Gobi Desert, and 1 more night in Ulaanbaatar. Then, you’ll fly overnight flight to Seoul and have a day room to relax in before a mid-afternoon flight home

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT:

  • This is a tour for active travelers.
  • Travelers should be able to walk unassisted for three miles each day and participate in approximately six hours of activities per day
  • Due to the number of stairwells on this adventure, this trip is not suitable for travelers using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION:

  • Travelers will experience terrain that may be uneven or rocky, by foot as well as via 4x4 vehicles on roads that can be very bumpy
  • In the Gobi region, travelers will ascend dunes and rocky outcrops to take in expansive desert views

CLIMATE:

  • Temperatures are at their highest during July and August departures, and coldest in November. 
    There can be a big temperature difference between day and night, so bring warmer clothes just in case.
  • Additionally, travelers should bring appropriate clothes for dusty or muddy roads, including a rain coat.
  • Since the weather is unpredictable, please check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Your city accommodations during this trip are in Deluxe hotels where you will enjoy all the comforts you are used to at home (and then some). For the festival departure, you will stay in a Gobi Desert camp with traditional ger wood and felt tents. If you join the non-festival departure, you'll stay in the Gobi for 4 nights and in another camp with log cabin-style guesthouses for 1 night. These units are not air-conditioned (none is needed) and during cooler weather stoves and heaters provide warmth. Both offer ensuite private bathrooms with showers. At these camps we'll enjoy fresh, Mongolian-style meals (with a few western favorites) in a communal pavilion that also has a bar. Expect clean but simple lodgings where electricity can occasionally be spotty. But in return for any possible slight inconvenience, you will gain an unrivaled, first-hand appreciation for Mongolia culture and nature.

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

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