Join YPT for a summer full of nomadic thrill as we follow the influence of the Khans in both Mongolia and one of the prettiest part of Russia, Buryatia all the way to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal on this combo tour!
Pick your Mongolia to start! Start either in Beijing for a train trip through Inner-Mongolia, visiting Ordos-Kangashi, China’s most infamous ghost town and Erlian, its dinosaur border town. The more budget or time-conscious will chose Group B and start in Ulan Bator.
The moment we arrive we’ll jump right into the national parks nearby the capital! we will leave the city to visit both the Mount Khogno natural reserve and Terelj National Park, both famed for their wildlife and unforgettable trekking opportunities. We’ll ride camels in the dunes and horses on the steppes before heading back to Ulan Bator just in time for the festivities of Naadam. Naadam is centered around 3 main sports – horse riding, wrestling and archery. After taking in the festival, we will spend a day checking out all the highlights of the capital. It wouldn’t be a YPT tour without checking out massive Soviet monuments and political museums. From there, we will ride the train to Ulan-Ude, crossing all of Mongolia. We stop for a day in the capital of Buryatia to meet the Buryats an ethnicity of Russia which shares common ancestors with the Mongols.
We’ll then make our way out of Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia by train to Irkutsk and the stunning Lake Baikal. This section of the transsiberian railway is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful so we’ll take the day train to see it properly. Train enthusiasts will rejoice! We’ll be exploring the city of Irkutsk, Siberia’s second city after Vladivostok, and one with an amazing history and culture of St Petersburg exiles and local ethnic groups.
We’ll be spending 3 nights in and around Lake Baikal on Olkhon Island, the biggest lake island in the world, its various villages and islands, including a visit to Stalin’s ‘fish gulag’ at Peshchanaya village, and a bonfire meal and drinks with the local Shamanistic Buryat people! We’ll ride around untouched sceneries of extreme beauty on the world’s biggest lake island. Hiking on scenic coasts and climbing up the dramatic Burkhan Cape.
Naadam is the biggest event in Mongolia, attracting massive crowds. We can expect accommodations and tickets for the festival to be sold out months in advance. Don’t be left out, book now!
|Group A: Inner Mongolia + Republic of Mongolia + Buryatia & Baikal||July 5rd||July 25th||€2495|
|Group B Republic of Mongolia + Buryatia & Baikal||July 10th||July 25th||€1990|
Monday 5th July – Beijing
Tuesday 6th July – Ordos
Wednesday 7th July – Kangbashi
Thursday 8th July – Kangbashi-Hohhot
Friday 9th July – Hohhot
Saturday 10th July – Erlian/Ulan Bator
Sunday 11th July – Ulan Bator
Monday 12th July – Ulan Bator
Tuesday 13th July – Mount Khogno Khan Natural Reserve
Wednesday 14th July – Terelj National Park
Thursday 15th July – Terelj National Park
Friday 16th July – Ulan Bator
Saturday 17th July – Ulan Bator/Train
Sunday 18th July – Ulan Ude
Monday 19th July – Train/Irkutsk
Tuesday 20th July – Listvyanka
Wednesday 21st July – Olkhon Island
Thursday 22nd July – Olkhon Island
Friday 23rd July – Olkhon Island
Saturday 24th July – Olkhon/Irkutsk
Sunday 25th July
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
•All transportation from Beijing to Ulan Bator
•Accommodation on twin share basis (single supplement available)
•Naadam stadium tickets
•All transportation to complete tour
• Breakfasts & Lunches
•Dinners while camping
•YPT tour leader, local English-speaking guide and cook while camping
•Horse and camel rides
• Transportation as per itinerary
• Accommodation on twin-share basis
• YPT & local tour guides
•All breakfasts, lunches and open fire lunch in Khoboy
•Getting to Beijing
•Single supplement (not available on train, €480)
•The optional extra of Genghis Khan Mausoleum
•Getting to/from Irkutsk
•Visa fees if applicable (YPT can provide visa support for China and Russia)
•Russian letter of invitation (€25)
•Single supplement (€280)
•Banya bath house
•Getting to/from Irkutsk
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