Buryatia and Mongolia trip

Group size

1-30

Duration

10 days

Season

Summer-Autumn

Language

Optional

Trip overview

Buryatia is one of the most interesting regions of Russia. And you can travel  at any time of the year: the sun shines 320 days a year! The people in Buryatia are friendly, the cuisine is wonderful!
But first of all, tourists are attracted by the nature of Buryatia. In one region you can see all the landscapes of Eurasia: mountains, taiga, steppes, tundra, desert, plain. And, of course, the oldest lake on the planet Baikal.

Culture and religious traditions in Buryatia are no less diverse than nature. Buddhism and shamanism, Orthodoxy and the Old Believers … In Buryatia there is a center of Russian Buddhism, and the culture of the Old Believers of Transbaikalia — Semey — is included in the UNESCO intangible heritage list.

 

Dates: The start of this tour is possible only on Monday and Thursday, as airplanes from Ulan-Ude to Ulan-Bator fly only 2 times a week

Itinerary 10-day program

Day 1 – Acquaintance with the city of Ulan-Ude (Thur) B,L,D

Arrival in Ulan-Ude
Meeting at the Baikal airport
Transfer to the hotel.  Check-in.
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Sightseeing and walking tour in the capital of the Republic of Buryatia
— to the city of Ulan-Ude:
— Council Square
— Monument to V.I. Lenin
— Zero kilometer
— House of the merchant Rosenstein
— Theatre square
— Triumphal Arch
— Museum of the History of Ulan-Ude
— Walk along the pedestrian street «Arbat»,
-Pl. Revolution
— Shopping arcade of the merchant Kurbatov 1820,
— Holy — Hodegetria Cathedral
-ul. Cathedral, the founding place of Ulan-Ude.
Lunch
-In continuation of the excursion program in the city — a visit to Datsan “Rinpoche Bagsha” on Lysaya (Bold) Mountin, from where a beautiful panoramic view of the city opens.

* Add. Excursion: Ethnographic Museum of the peoples of Transbaikalia in the open air (the museum has collected more than 40 architectural monuments and 11 thousand exhibits)
Upon arrival 10/07 — 15/07, it is possible to pay for a fee to visit the festival “Night of the Yokhor.
Dinner.
Return to the hotel. Free time

Day 2 — Ivolginsky datsan —  Baikal, vil. Gremyachinsk (Fri) B,L,D

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Check — out
Group gathering in the hotel lobby.
A walking tour  to the Museum of History. Khangalov.
— exhibition «Three Residences of Pandito Hambo Lam»
— Excursion to Ivolginsky datsan (30 km) — the center of Buddhism in Russia
— the residence of the Pandito Hambo Lama.
* The Buddhist University “Dasha Choinhorlin in the name of  Dam Darzha Zayaeva «,
where about 100 students are currently studying at four faculties: philosophical, tantric, iconographic and medical.
— Bypassing the sacred circle «goroo» on the territory of the datsan, visiting several temples
— Lunch at the city cafe.
Departure to Baikal, s. Gremyachinsk (140 km).
Arrival to  Gremyachinsk.
Accommodation at the Park-Hotel Baikal Riviera. Dinner.
Free-time

Day 3 – Gremyachinsk — Ulan-Ude (Sat) B,L,D

Breakfast at the recreation center
Free time
-Excursion to  the village. Turk
A stop at a natural monument on Lake Baikal is the Turtle stone.
— Visiting the tourist and recreational area in the village of Turka (if possible — climb to the lighthouse).
-Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel-park «Baikal Riviera.» Departure to the city.
Transfer to Ulan-Ude (140 km.)
Dinner. Arrival in Ulan-Ude, hotel accommodation

Day 4 –Old Believer Compound (Sun) B,L,D

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
* Group meeting in the hotel lobby. Departure to vil. Tarbagatai (55 km)
On the way, stop at the sacred mountain «Omulevka» (a.k.a. mountain
«Sleeping Lion») — one of the holy places of Buddhists and shamanists
— a picturesque panoramic view of the valley of the Selenga River. Arrival at the Old Believers’ Compound
-Lunch (traditional Old Believer cuisine) After lunch, excursion program:
— acquaintance with the Old Believers (family) folk culture — you will be shown a unique polyphonic singing of the Old Believers of Transbaikalia;
— participation in the ceremony of dressing the bride to melodic family songs;
— a master class of cooking in the Russian oven, spinning on a spinning wheel;
— a visit to the manor house, familiarity with life, the economic structure of the Old Believers;
— visit to the Museum of Culture and Family;
— Visit to the Old Orthodox Church. Departure to the city of Ulan-Ude.
Return to the hotel.
-Dinner
Airport transfer.
Late evening flight to Ulaanbaatar (1.5 hours)
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, meeting with the guide, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 — Ulaanbaatar (Mon) B,L,D
Breakfast
City tour. Acquaintance with Mongolia begins with the ascent to Mount Zaysan, from which a beautiful view of the city opens.
-Visit to Buddha Park.
-23 m high statue of Shakyamuni Buddha
-excursion to one of the city’s museums
Lunch
-Central square named after D. Sukhbaataar, excursion to the Buddhist monastery of Gandan,
-Folk concert
Dinner. Transfer to the hotel

Day 6 — Dinosaur Valley (Tue) B,L,D
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide
-Visit of the complex of statues of Genghis Khan located 54 km southeast of the center of Ulaanbaatar.
Terelj National Park,
Lunch
Excursion in the Dinosaur Valley, where allegedly first found dinosaur bones  were in the Gorkhi-Terelzh National Park,
Rock Turtle
-Excursion to the monastery of meditation Aryaabal (temple of the princess,
built by Mongolian and Tibetan lamas artists.
-Return to Ulaanbaatar
-Dinner
-Transfer to the place of residence Overnight

Day 7 — Dalanzadgad (Wed) B,L,D
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with a guide and transport
Departure to Dalanzadgad
Here is the largest desert in Asia, it occupies 1/3 of the territory of Mongolia
Arrival at the place in the afternoon
Lunch
Trip to the Flaming Canyon Rocks — Bayanzag Rocks  located 90 kilometers northwest of the city of Dalanzadgad. In the rays of the rising sun and at sunset, the rocks seem to glow, engulfed in fire.
Dinner
Transfer to the hotel

Day 8 — “Gov gurvan Saikhan” national park (Thur) B,L,D

Breakfast
Meeting with a guide and transport
Full day excursions to the “Gov gurvan Saikhan” national park. It was created in 1993

Snow leopards live in the local mountains, the largest mountain sheep in the world and mountain goats as well. An Asian wild donkey is found in the steppes surrounding the mountains. In the park there is the famous gorge Yolun-Am, where birds of prey, bearded, are found. Also in this gorge you can see birds of climbers, Ular and four species of finches. The bottom of the gorge is covered with ice fields, which in the past persisted throughout the year. Now in the summer, ice fields disappear. The 180-kilometer Singing Sands dune also extends into the park.
Lunch
Transfer back to the accommodation
Dinner. Overnight stay

Day 9 —  (Fri) B,L,D

Breakfast
Transfer to Ulaanbaatar
Lunch upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Free time
Dinner
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 — Departure (Sat) B

Breakfast
Airport transfer
Departure from Ulan Bator.

 

Tour price per 1 pax ( twin sup):
1414 EUR per person in a group of  4 + 1
1210 EUR per person in  a group of 10 + 1
1155 EUR per person in a group of 15 + 1

Tour cost includes:

*twin accommodation according to the program 
* transfers according to the program,
*Flight tickets Ulan-Ude — Ulaanbaatar
* services of an accompanying guide-translator on the route
*excursion service according to the program
*three meals a day in restaurants according to the program
* visa fees to Mongolia

NOT included:

*strong drinks
*other services not mentioned in the programme

 

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