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2018 Naadam Festival with Gobi desert Expedition (July 09-July 19)

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Cristo Camilo

Samar Magic Tours

SamarMagicTours speciallizes in Global Incoming Tourism to Hidden Corners of Mongolia since 1997.

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2018 Naadam Festival with Gobi desert Expedition (July 09-July 19)

Minimum Group Size: 4 adults or more participants. Meeting/Departure Points: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Mongolia´s Pick Season!. Naadam is a traditional type of Festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locall y termed 'the three games of men'. The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery.The biggest festival is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar during the National Holiday from July 11-July 13, in the National Sports Stadium. It begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, the competitions begin. Another popular Naadam activity is the playing of games using shagai, sheep knuckles that serve as game pieces and tokens of both divination and friendship. In the larger Nadaam festivals, tournaments may take place in a separate venue. Terelj National Park.-the valley is about 20kms/12miles long at 1600m. This picturesque National Park is a part of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. It is a great place for hiking, trekking, even you can rock climb here at its natural steep granite walls. The Gobi Desert is the source of many important fossil finds, including the first dinosaur eggs. Camel riding, meeting nomadic people, staying in a traditional tent, seeing grasslands and beautiful vistas. Explore Yolyn Am Canyon in Gobi desert. Climb up the towering piles of the Largest Hongor Sand dunes. Expedition to the Spectacular Flaming Cliffs in Gobi desert, where many fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs have been found. We are pleased to have you join us!.

DAY 1

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

July 09, Day 1- Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar called “UB” by locals and visitors alike), meet Samar Magic Tours team and to be transferred to the confirmed hotel (by hotels policy check -in time is after 02:00 P.M). 09: 30 A . M . - Ulaanbaatar City tour: visits the National History Museum - where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present and the main square in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. Here you will see a large statue of the Genghis or Chinggis Khaan-inaugurated in 2006 on the occasion of 800th Anniversary of the Great Mongolian Empire of Genghis Khan (1206-2006), the Sukh Baatar Hero along with The Parliament House, Stock Exchange, the Drama Theater and the Palace of Culture. 06:00 P.M.-National Performers (concert which includes the Tsam dance, traditional Mongolian singers, dancers, Tuvan throat singing and contortionists). Welcome dinner in local restaurant. Overnight at confirmed hotel 3* or at hotel 4*. (D) Read more

at hotel 3* or at hotel 4*
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DAY 2

UB-Genghis Khan-Terelj-UB

July 10-Breakfast. Drive towards to visit the 40 meter /~133,3 feet Genghis Khan Statue on horseback (55km/34mi) N/E of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. It is on top of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, a visitor center, itself 10 meters (32 ft 10 in) tall, with 36 columns representing the 36 khans from Genghis to Ligdan Khan. Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck of the horse, where they can have a panoramic view. After, continue drive north towards to Terelj National Park. The valley is about 20km s/12m iles long at 1600m.This picturesque National Park is a part of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. It is a great place for hiking, trekk ing, even you can rock climb here at its natural steep granite walls. On the way, we explore the 100 Lamas cave, where the Lamas hide from the repression. Explore the Turtle shaped original giant rock. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and to be transferred to the hotel. The Preview and the Festivities at the Main Square are not fixed. Sometimes, will be some activities in the late afternoon, and sometimes at night. Optional, you can enjoy a national folklore performance at the Main Square at night. Overnight at confirmed hotel 3* or at hotel 4*. (B)(L) Read more

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DAY 3

July 11 -Naadam Festival

July 11, Day 3-After early breakfast, transfers to the National Sports for Naadam Festival Opening Ceremony, featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, the competitions begin: archery and wrestling in Ulaanbaatar. Another popular Naadam activity is the playing of games using shagai, sheep knuckles that serve as game pieces and tokens of both divination and friendship. Every year 512 wrestlers compete in the National Naadam . The Nachin or Falcon title is given to a wrestler who wins 5 rounds, Zaan or Elephant is a winner of 7 rounds. The wrestler who wins all nine rounds becomes the national wrestling champion and bestowed with the title Arslan or Lion. A wrestler, who has been Lion twice, is honored with the title of Avarga or Champion. The winner of archery is given a title Erkhiin Mergen Kharvaach that means Archer of Greatest Wisdom. Lunch is included at local restaurant. Free time in your own. Overnight at confirmed hotel 3* or at hotel 4* (B)(L) Read more

at hotel 3* or at hotel 4*
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DAY 4

July 12-Naadam Festival

July 12, Day 4-After early breakfast, drives outside of Ulaanbaatar city (about 30-35kms/19-22miles) to observe the horse racing. In horse racing, horses of 6 different age’s groups participate, beginning from 2 to 6 year olds. Racetracks vary according to the horses’ age: In some races, more than 700 horses take part. Young children of ages 5 to 13 participate in the horse races too. The first 5 horses to finish a race are called Airagdakh which means that the horses are sprinkled with airag. The title Tumnii Ekh or Top Horse of 10,000 is given to the winning horse. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar to continuous attending the Naadam Festival in the National Sports. Overnight at confirmed hotel 3* or at hotel 4*. (B)(L) Read more

at hotel 3* or at hotel 4*
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DAY 5

UB-Middle Gobi

July 13, Day 5-Breakfast. 08:30 A.M-Visit the Gandantegchinlen Monastery is a Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery that has been restored and revitalized since 1990. The Tibetan name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy". It currently has over 150 monks in residence. It features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Avalok itesvara. It came under state protection in 1994. Afterward, we visit a small dinosaur’s fossils museum. Drive back to the hotel (by hotels policy check -out time is before 12:00 noon). Lunch is included in local restaurant in Ulaanbaatar. After the lunch, drive towards south to Bagazarin Chuluu in Middle Gobi-this is 1768m high, 15km long, 10km wide rock y mountain and is perfect for short trekking and walks around the surrounding area. You will see rocks and stones in unique shapes and buries of Mongols from m iddle ages. Dinner. Overnight in standard tourist gers camp. (B)(L)(D) Read more

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DAY 6

South Gobi desert

July 14-A long drive towards South to Gobi desert. On the way, we explore the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. It was built in the 10th century from rocks transported from over 300kms/187 miles away. Arrive and to be transferred. Free time and rest. Overnight at En-suite Ger Gobi Lodge. (B)(L)(D)

En-suite Ger Gobi Lodge
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DAY 7

Gobi Yolin Canyon

July 15, Day 7 -Breakfast. Drive to explore Yolin Am Canyon or Valley of Vultures. This is the main attraction in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park (three beauties of the Gobi). The canyon valley is named after one of its habitants-Vulture (Gypaetus garbatus). The park was established in 1993, and expanded to its current size in 2000. The depth of the canyon reaches 200m at its center. You will see here 2-3mts ice cup if you come here before the end of July. The valley is home to some endangered species such as wild mountain sheep and ibex. There is a small museum, which displays dinosaur eggs, some bones and stuffed birds and leopards. Here you will have the opportunity to hiking in the ice valley of Gobi, and to take some photos of the stunning landscapes. Overnight at En-suite Ger Gobi Lodge. (B)(L)(D). Read more

En-suite Ger Gobi Lodge
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DAY 8

Hongor Largest Sand dunes

July 16- Breakfast. A long trip towards to Hongor Largest Sand dunes in Gobi desert (about 180kms/112miles, +3hrs driving). An unforgettable desert experience, seeing beautiful vistas. Arrive and to be transferred. Exploration and enjoy and climb up to over 200 m high Khongoryn els (Singing sand dunes) and ride two humped camels around picturesque desert oasis Khongor river. At the north end of the dune it has formed a beautiful oasis where they grow grass and flowers, so it is nice to see vegetation in the desert. Visit an authentic camel breeding family. See their real nomadic life. Overnight at tourist Standard Ger Camp in Hongor Largest Sand dunes. (B)(L)(D). Read more

Standard Tourist Gers Camp
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DAY 9

Bayanzag (Rich in Saxual)

July 17-Breakfast. Drive towards to Bayanzag (Rich in Saxual) or Flaming Cliffs in South Gobi desert. Explore Bayanzag (Rich in Saxual) or Flaming Cliffs-here Roy Chapman Andrews, an American paleontologist and staff of the Museum of Natural History in New York first found 4-6 inches dinosaur eggs here in 1922. Bayanzag is referred as Flaming Cliffs for its amazing colors and shape). Enjoy the Gobi sunset at the legendary “Flaming Cliffs,” which glow brilliantly at sunrise and sunset. Overnight at Tourist Gers Camp. (B)(L)(D). Read more

Standard Tourist Gers Camp
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DAY 10

Flight to Ulaanbaatar

July 18-Breakfast. Today, to be transferred to Gobi desert local airport. Take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar (07:30 A.M./09:00 A.M.). Upon your arrival in UB airport, meet Samar Magic Tours team and to be transferred to your confirmed hotel (by hotels policy check-in time is after 14:00). Leave the baggage at the reception of the hotel. Start to visit the Choijin Lama temple-museum: the complex consists of four temples originally occupied by the brother of the ruler Bogd Khan, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, who was the state oracle at the time. The complex was begun in 1904 and completed in 1908. Continue to visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan-the palace is the only one left from originally four residences of the eighth Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, who was later proclaimed Bogd Khan, or emperor of Mongolia. Built between 1893 and 1903, the complex includes six temples, each one of them contains Buddhist artwork, including sculpture and thangka. Shopping for souvenirs and cashmere. Farewell dinner in local restaurant. Overnight at confirmed hotel 3* or at hotel 4*. (B)(L)(D) Read more

at hotel 3* or at hotel 4*
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DAY 11

Departure or Post tour

July 19, Day 11-Breakfast. By hotels policy check -out time is before 12:00 noon. Transfer to the airport. Departure Mongolia or Post tour. (B). Tour Ends.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ulaanbaatar and Outside of UB City
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ulaanbaatar and Outside of UB City

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Internal Airfares GOBI/ULN, about $185.00 per person (includes taxes and 10+5kg free luggage).
  • 5 nights at confirmed hotel in UB, based on double standard room with daily breakfast.
  • 3 nights at En-suite Gobi desert Lodge.
  • 2 nights at Standard Tourist Ger Camps in Middle Gobi and in Largest Sand dunes.
  • Food as specified (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), including one bottle of mineral water.
  • One welcome dinner at local restaurant.
  • Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
  • English speaking guide.
  • All specified transportation on bus with A/C in private in UB city (as per group size), including the all petrol.
  • All specified transportation on Japanese 4WD, outside of UB in private, including the all petrol.
  • All entrance fees to Naadam Festival (July 11 and July 12).
  • Entrance fees to Great Statue of Genghis Khaan, museums, and the monasteries.
  • One Mongolian traditional folk songs concert.
  • Meeting nomadic people.
  • 2 hours of camel riding.
  • Taxes.
  • Visa support letter.

Package excludes

  • Not Specified flights.
  • Occasional flight delays or cancellation.
  • Mongolian Visa.
  • Excess baggage (the internal flight allowance only to carry 5 kg and luggage 10 kg totally 15 kg load for domestic flight, and above that overweight must be paid $1.5/1kg).
  • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure.
  • Changing of date of departure from Ulaanbaatar.
  • The traveler is responsible for having proper travel documents, such as a valid passport, proper visa, the necessary passport pictures, and the International airfares.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of personal nature such as gratuities to porters at hotels, telephone / telex / fax charges, laundry, beverages, meals, optional activities, and services not specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional activities (optional payment on site!).
  • Any circumstances beyond of our control, such as the imposition of quarantine restrictions, weather conditions, etc.

More information

  • NAADAM FESTIVAL TOUR CONDITIONS:
  • HOW TO JOIN: All the tours are "Land Only", so you need to book your own International flights, unless otherwise specified in the tour description. Joining information will be sent to you upon confirmation.
  • PAYMENT SCHEDULE: These require a booking form and a deposit $ US 500.00 per person + at the date of publication of this brochure, this handling charge will be 4.0% for credit card online payments and $ US 35.00 via wire bank transfer (*the transfer costs borne by the customer), which is non-refundable. Booking requests with deposits will be considered in order of their receipt.
  • PAYMENT OF THE BALANCE: of the tour cost is due before May 01, 2018. Your tour price is guaranteed: once Samar Magic Tours has received your full payment. All tour prices are in US dollars and in Euro and are based on tariff and rates of currency exchange in effect at the time of printing.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Bethany Zabcik, United States

Dear Samar Magic Tours​ Thank you for providing such a lovely experience. It is fabulous to see and live at the Gers camp. Mongolia is a beautiful place punctuated by your very kind hospitality. I am so grateful for this experience and will recommend this to anyone coming to his part of the world. ear Samar Magic Tours​ Thank you for providing such a lovely experience. It is fabulous to see and live at the Gers camp. Mongolia is a beautiful place punctuated by your very kind hospitality. I am so grateful for this experience and will recommend this to anyone coming to his part of the world. Read more

Randi, Marten, Will & Nicole Van Pelt., United States

We had a wonderful 3 days at the ger camp. Everyone took wonderful care of us here and we enjoyed the horseback riding and beautiful scenery that your country has. We will definitely come back to this beautiful place again. Thank you.

Napanee & Family, Canada

Very nice ger, owners committed to comfort and friendly. We were picked up on time form the train and taken to the ger camp and the driver was careful (always a plus!) although they had to stop in Ulan Batar first for some errands and the traffic is horrendous so that added some time to getting out to the camp. That said, they were very nice about stopping at a store first for some supplies. The camp is located in a very nice area although it is a bit "touristy" so if you were looking for a genuine Mongolian nomadic experience this would not be it. But then again, I think this was a nice balance between comfort and the ger experience. They had an English speaking interpreter on site to help us and that was great. It was early in the season so we were the only ones there and they cooked us a traditional Khorkog meal on the first night (mutton, potatoes, cabbage and carrots) and the interpreter took us through the warming stones ritual before we ate and it was a nice touch. The camp is built on the side of a hill and you can climb down the valley on the back side to the river and it is breathtakingly beautiful. The bathroom was a bit far away for me as i had a touch of travellers revenge but then again, it is a ger right? They were very nice and friendly and from the ger you can watch the herders and horsemen and a yak gave birth on the morning we were there. Neat. The ger itself is very nice and we felt recharged when we left. Nice woodstove and they gave us all the wood we needed. Nice milk sharing ritual as we left. Overall, I would definitely recommend. Read more

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