Best One Week Mongolia Tour
SELF DRIVE PRIVATE MONGOLIA TOUR FOR A FAMILY OR GROUP OF FRIENDS TO MONGOLIA
SELF DRIVE PRIVATE MONGOLIA TOUR FOR A FAMILY OR GROUP OF FRIENDS TO MONGOLIA
Are you ready to break free from the ordinary and explore the untamed beauty of Mongolia in a dream adventure? We introduce you to the best tour in Mongolia for a week, a unique journey through Mongolia's vast landscapes, offering you the freedom and flexibility of a nomadic lifestyle. Say goodbye to the crowds of tourists and immerse yourself in the unbridled freedom of the Mongolian steppes during your unforgettable adventure in Mongolia. Horseback riding across the rugged landscapes, visiting mongolian people and learning about the warm nomadic culture and traditional costumes, camping under very shiny stars emerging and driving fun offroad tracks are just some of the highlights that wait for you once you leave the modern capital Ulaanbaatar for the Mongolian Steppe.
Embarking on a private expedition with a fully equipped 4x4 vehicle will transform your Mongolian adventure into a legendary road trip filled with extraordinary experiences. Imagine yourself riding horses across boundless steppes, navigating towering sand dunes in the "Mini" Gobi Desert atop camels, and sleeping under a blanket of countless stars, fully embracing the nomadic way of life.
Prepare for your journey with a warm welcome at the airport, followed by a stay in a luxurious 5-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's modern capital. Explore the historical capital of Genghis Khan, traverse rugged trails in the hinterlands, and immerse yourself in the culture and ancestral lands of indigenous inhabitants and nomads, gaining profound insights into their way of life.
Experience in your Mongolia vacation the lush expanses of the steppes, featuring attractions like the wild horses, nomadic families and the majestic Orkhon waterfall, as well as other highlights part of this unconventional vacation package like lakes and the very picturesque "Mini" Gobi Desert. Here, nomadic traditions have evolved to adapt to the unique arid climate, creating an unparalleled experience for travelers.
Discover the true essence of freedom and adventure in Mongolia. Break away from the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary as you explore this captivating land of endless possibilities.
Car Rental Details
Get your keys next to the hotel reception on the arrival day around 17:00. Return your keys prior 1 day before your departure at the reception before 18:00. Vehicle upgrade to a larger automatic SUV is available upon request. Please note USD$1500 (or more depending on vehicle) security deposit is required for the car hire service.
9 days, extension is available upon request
Please bring your own sleeping bags!
Meals except breakfast at the hotel nights and any consumables like water, food, beverage, fuel
Singaporeans can fly to Mongolia via Hong Kong or Seoul with Asiana, Korean Air and MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
For Koreans there are several flight choices to fly to Mongolia.
MIAT Mongolia Airlines on Saturday at 14:20 with arrival at 17:00 or 00:05 with arrival at 02:45am.
Korean Air at 08:00 with arrival at 10:40. Other connections are available with Asiana and sometimes with Jeju Air.
For the residents of Busan there are direct flights on sunday to Mongolia at 13:05 with arrival at 16:10 with MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
If you would like to make best use of your precious time you can depart on Friday night from Seoul and enjoy a full Saturday in Ulaanbaatar before heading out into the nature on Sunday.
Americans can fly directly from San Francisco to Mongolia or via Seoul, Tokyo or Beijing.
Europeans can enjoy the direct overnight flight from Frankfurt in just 8:40hrs or the flights via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
This package is available for any weekday to start. The mentioned weekdays are a recommendation. Saturday flights tend to get expansive and booked out first. Therefore booking early is recommended, especially during the summer months with the Naadam Festival and many other events.
We will pick you up upon your arrival at Ulaanbaatar Airport or Ulaanbaatar Central Train Station in case you arrive with the Transsiberian Train from Beijing or Russia and drive you to the 5 Stars Hotel in the city Center of the modern city.
Start your city tour at the Sukhbaatar Square and visit the close by Choijin Lama Temple. The area is ideal for your lunch break with several good restaurants around the temple like Millies, Ayanchin (recommended for Mongolian Food), Veranda, Choijin Temple Restaurant and more restaurants and coffee shops are in the close by Shangri La mall.
Continue your afternoon with a visit to the Gandantegchinlen Monastery and Zaisan Memorial with a great view over the city.
Receive your rental car and go grocery shopping with the guide to prepare well for the trip.
Enjoy a nice dinner in one of the many modern restaurants in Ulaanbaatar.
We highly recommend these restaurants:
Your real private travel experience truly begins on this day as you bid farewell to your local guides (though you'll remain connected to them via phone 24/7) and set out towards the breathtaking landscapes to the west of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital. Your journey commences with a trip to the Khustain Mountains, a destination that promises a truly wild and immersive experience year-round.
Khustain National Park, located west of Ulaanbaatar, offers an unparalleled natural encounter throughout the year. One of the primary reasons travelers flock to this park is to witness the Takhi, also known as Przewalski's horses. These remarkable creatures are the last surviving wild horse species on Earth.
During the summer months, the Takhi horses ascend to the ridges, seeking refuge from the sweltering heat. However, they make their way down into the valleys during the cooler times of the day. To maximize your chances of spotting these elusive creatures, it's advisable to spend at least one night in the park. The optimal times for observing Takhi and other wildlife are at dusk and dawn, when the natural world comes alive with activity.
It's important to remember that wildlife, by nature, can be elusive. While the Khustain National Park provides an excellent habitat for the Takhi horses and other wildlife, there are no guarantees when it comes to encounters with these majestic creatures. Nonetheless, the journey itself, surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the Mongolian wilderness, is an experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
In conclusion, your adventure in Khustain National Park promises an authentic and private travel experience, allowing you to connect with nature and witness the last wild horses on our planet. While encounters with Takhi horses are not guaranteed, the sheer beauty of the park and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Mongolia's pristine wilderness make this journey well worth the effort. Prepare to be amazed by the untamed landscapes and the possibility of glimpsing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
(Ögii soum of Arkhangai province)
Ugii Lake is a freshwater lake, located in the center of Mongolia, eastern Arkhangai province. It is one of the biggest lakes of Mongolia and has 27 km squire area with average depth of 6.64 m, in some sections 15.3 m, coastal length is 23.5 m.
Ugii lake abounds in various types of fish and birds, which creates an incredible natural beauty. Ugii Lake also provides a favorable condition for research work and traveling. It attracts travelers, tourists and nature researchers from Mongolia as well as from foreign countries. Also it is enthusiastic for swimming, sunbathing, horse and camelback riding around the lake. Don’t forget to take your swimming costume when you visit Uugii Lake as the water is very warm during summer.
This is a wonderful place for birdlife - a stopover point for more than 150 species of migrating water birds. Ugii lake is also renowned for its fishing, and is rich in Perch and Pike. The catch possible from the lake is 50 tons a year. Swan Goose, White Spoonbill and Dalmatian Pelican have been recorded.
Karakorum was the capital city of the Mongol Empire between 1235 and 1260, and of the Northern Yuan dynasty in the 14–15th centuries.
Explore the ancient capital of Chinggis Khaan, once the capital of one of the largest empire in Asia. Most of the capital is now gone but the picturesque Erdene Zu Monastery is kept in good shape and you can travel back in time when hundreds of monks were living in the stupa wall surrounded Buddhist monastery.
After visiting the monastery you can learn more about Karakorum in the museum nearby.
Enjoy your evening in comfort in a modern luxurious hotel in the city center.
Also known as Ulaan Tsutgalan or the Red Waterfall, the Orkhon Waterfall stands as a captivating treasure amidst the heart of central Mongolia. It is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting destinations you can explore in this region. During the summer months, the area comes alive with the presence of nomadic families, who call this rich grassland, surrounded by mountains and rivers, their home.
Your journey to the Orkhon Waterfall offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the nomadic way of life. As you travel through this picturesque landscape, you'll have the chance to stop and visit local nomadic families. Step inside the traditional yurts, where you can experience the warm hospitality of the nomads. Additionally, you can choose to spend a night in a ger camp, which is essentially a yurt camp, allowing you to fully embrace the nomadic lifestyle.
The local culture in this region is steeped in history, with traditions that have been passed down through generations. It's worth noting that Genghis Khan himself selected this very region for a specific reason – to establish the capital city of the largest empire in history. As you explore the Orkhon Valley, you'll gain insights into the deep-rooted customs and traditions that have stood the test of time.
For many travelers, a visit to the Orkhon Valley is incomplete without experiencing horseback riding. This region is an ideal destination for horse riding enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a novice, horse riding here is an adventure that should not be missed during your trip to Mongolia.
In conclusion, the Orkhon Waterfall and the surrounding Orkhon Valley offer a unique blend of natural beauty, nomadic hospitality, and rich cultural heritage. It's a destination that will not only take you closer to nature but also allow you to step back in time and experience the allure of Mongolia's history and traditions. Make sure to take your camera to this must-visit gem in your Mongolian travel itinerary for an unforgettable adventure.
Your next exciting destination awaits as you journey to Elsen Tasarkhai, situated 280 kilometers west of Ulaanbaatar and 80 kilometers east of Karakorum. This unique locale offers a striking contrast—a small desert nestled amidst the vibrant green steppes. It's a picturesque place that provides your first opportunity for camel trekking during your visit to Mongolia.
As you arrive at Elsen Tasarkhai, prepare to embark on a thrilling camel trek across the rolling dunes. This experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the stunning desert landscape, a remarkable sight amidst the lush steppes of Mongolia.
A short 18 kilometers to the north of Elsen Tasarkhai lies the intriguing Erdene Khamba Monastery ruins. These ancient ruins hold a wealth of history and offer a glimpse into Mongolia's rich cultural heritage. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this historical site and uncover its secrets.
In this area, you'll also have the chance to ride horses and camels offered by the tourist camps. These rides provide a unique perspective of the landscape and allow you to connect more intimately with the environment.
Take a well-deserved break and enjoy a picnic amidst the natural beauty of Elsen Tasarkhai. Soak in the serene surroundings as you refuel for the next leg of your road trip.
Wake up early and drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Check-in at one of the best hotels in Ulaanbaatar. Return the keys from the rental car and enjoy your last night in Mongolia with a fun dinner at "The Bull Hotpot", or Shangri-La's Huton Beijing duck, or ZEN modern Japanese Restaurant to celebrate your trip without a tour guide but full of fun, adventure and unforgettable memories from your Mongolia tour.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, we will bring you to the airport.
To avoid this feeling on the 10th day, extend your tour for a few more days! Let us know during the booking how many days you have time and we will extend this itinerary for you to make it the best of all vacation packages you ever had!
Traveling with friends on this Mongolia Tour?
You can do this tour in a group up to 20. Take your friends with you and your group will get an additional car for every 4 travelers. The standard configuration is double rooms in the hotels and up to 4 persons in a yurt (single rooms and additional yurts available upon request - subject to extra charge).
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$2.500 per person
$1.000 single supplement
$400 per person high season surcharge per person for tours in June to August
$1.000 vehicle upgrade to Toyota Landcruiser 79 or Prado
$500 vehicle insurance package (Loss Damage Waiver with excess amount $2.750 + Gravel Protection + Tire & Windscreen Protection + Sand & Ash Protection)
Select the vehicle of your choice from one of the following three options for your Mongolia Tour:
The Toyota Landcruiser 76 (middle) is the most popular choice for a Mongolia adventure trip. The vehicle is spacious, sturdy and fun to drive on rougher roads. From 2024 onwards the vehicle is available with either a manual or an automatic transmission option.
The Toyota Landcruiser and Toyota Landcruiser Prado are the most comfortable and very spacious vehicles to drive across the Mongolian steppe. The vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission and easy to drive.
The vehicle is equipped depending on your preference with a comfortable rooftop tent (very comfortable for 2-3 person) or a modern inflatable ground tent (very comfortable for 2-3 person). Both options are windproof and easy to set up (for most users it takes 1-2 minutes to set up). In case you are more than 2 travelers on your private Mongolia Tour, we provide you with a second tent.
Camping gear and gadgets such as a camping shower, camping chairs, table, cooking and dining items.
The final price of this 1 week Mongolia tour will depend on the number of participants, advance booking time (book as early as possible to avoid sky high last minute rates during the Mongolian summer season), selected vehicle model and final tour length (the tour can be adjusted to your travel dates). Please send us your details and we will get back to you quickly with the cost for this Mongolia tour.
Mongolia is ranked as one of the safest tourist destinations worldwide, even safer than Germany! While driving the car on paved and unpaved roads depends on the drivers skills it is generally save. In case of breakdowns you will receive support.
The best time to travel to Mongolia on this one week Mongolia tour is spring and autumn. End of May until end of June is a great season ahead of most Mongolia tours and with few tourists around. This time is unique as the stepped and Gobi desert recover from the cold winter with many new born animals and blooming flowers. Mid August until October is also a good time as the Gobi desert is not that hot. July and August are also possible but generally more expansive and there are many tourists traveling on Mongolian tours.
Bookings will be confirmed within 24hrs. A current valid passport as well as a valid driving license are required on the day of travel.
This booking is not refundable.