2007 Mongolian Naadam Festival Tour, Ulaanbaatar, China

Update:04 Jan 2007

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Group size: 4- 16 people.

Length of tour: 8 days

Tour cost: RMB10,000 per person- including taxes.

Schedule 2007: Start Monday. 09-16, July.

The Naadam Festival is the major Mongolian holiday and a wonderful time to experience the culture and people of this amazing land. The festival has its roots in the nomad wedding assemblies and hunting extravaganzas of the Mongol Army. The opening ceremony features marches and music from soldiers, monks and athletes before the real fun begins! In the Naadam Stadium the three sporting passions of Mongolians, horse racing, wrestling and archery, are played out over 2 days. But if you don't want to watch sport all the time, there's plenty to see and do outside ¡ª food, music, crafts or just people watching. This is the best time to see the Mongolian people and soak up the party atmosphere!

Tour itinerary

July 09. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, you'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. After settling in, you¡¯ll be taken on a city sightseeing tour including a visit to the Gandan Monastery with its huge gold plated Buddha: a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered thanks. On to Sukhbaatar Square, which is surrounded by all central departments including the Government house. After having lunch in a restaurant we will visit the Natural History Museum, where you have a chance to see all flora and fauna of Mongolia and complete dinosaur skeletons and eggs. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

July 10. Naadam festival preview
After breakfast at the hotel you will go out with your guide to see the preview of the Naadam Festival. You will visit the horse-racing arena to watch a race of foals and archery. You will then have 1000 horseman show and i n the evening you can enjoy a national folklore performance. Overnight in the hotel. Full board.

July 11. The ceremony of Naadam festival
Today you will watch the inauguration ceremony of Naadam which is opened by the president of Mongolia . You will see a performance of the national instrument Morin Khuur and a choir concert before attending the horse races taking place outside the city center. Overnight in hotel. Full board.

July 12. City tour and second day of Naadam
After breakfast at the hotel there will be an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Watch second day of Naadam, including wrestling, archery and traditional games. Overnight in hotel. Full board.

July 13. Trip to Terelj National Park
Up early to drive to Terelj National Park (70 km). You¡¯ll explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones, some of them look quite similar to turtles. There is an opportunity to walk round or ride horses rented from the local area. The Terelj National Park incorporates parts of Khenty Mountain Range. The forest consists of Aspen, Larch and Birch trees which support bears, deer, wolf, wild boar, eagles and others. Lunch in the tourist camp. Dinner and overnight in tourist ger camp.

July 14. Visit Ariyabal temple and horsemen family
After breakfast at the tourist ger camp we will visit Gunj temple, built by Manchu¡¯s Khan Enkh-Amgalan. Then we will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Overnight at camp.

July 15. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour
After breakfast, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar and you can return to the National History Museum, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. Lunch in restaurant before visiting souvenir and cashmere shops. In the evening you will visit a concert before having a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

July 16. Departure Mongolia.
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport.

Services included in the cost

  1. Twin bedded rooms in a hotel***
  2. Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
  3. Guiding and interpreting service
  4. All meals in countryside
  5. All meals in UlaanbaatarTransfers by vehicle
  6. Local guide
  7. All entrance fees
  8. Horse ride trial

Services not included in the cost

  1. International airfare
  2. Optional activity cost
  3. Alcoholic drinks
  4. Travel Insurance

Please note: Single room is available at extra cost. (RMB240) Just book in advance.

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