GD Tours

Guaranteed Departure Tours of 2017
Goal: Announce guaranteed departures through the agents (partners) and internet in order to make small and medium size groups with four departures which will take advantage of enjoying group price (instead of individual arrangement and price).
Dates of departure:
For TO /to be sent to other agencies:
1st group – July 02 (arrive in UB)-14, 2017 Naadam group
2nd group – July 30 – Aug 12, 2017
3rd group – August 06 – 19, 2017
4th group – August 20 – 31 (short version)
Duration of the tour: 12nts/13days
As for the duration of the trip, the itinerary is quite comprehensive with 13 days from/to UB and includes the main highlights of Central part of Mongolia.
Day-by-day itinerary:
PROGRAM MEALS OVERNIGHT
DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION OF ULAANBAATAR
Walking optional in order to avoid traffic Arrive in Ulaanbaatar by Aeroflot or train 6 or 364, transfer to Bishrelt Plaza hotel (or similar 3-star hotel). Trip briefing at lunch. Afternoon city-tour with National History Museum in where all times history of Mongolia, starting from ancient era to democratic revolution of 1990, including the period of Chinggis Khan, is displayed. Visit Central Square with Grand Statue of Chinggis Khan and Central Post Office. L/D HOTEL
DAY 2 – BUDDHIST TRADITIONS AND ART OF MONGOLIA
25km to drive Visit Gandan monastery, the biggest functioning monastery in Mongolia and a place of great importance to the locals. The Migjid Janraisag temple which houses a 25m gold-plated statue of Janraisag deity. Surrounding the main building are smaller temples of different periods and styles, containing precious religious items and artworks. Afterwards visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Visit Choijin Lama Temple Museum. Drive to Zaisan Hill, Russian Soldiers’ Memorial Landmark on a top of a hill at the south of the city offers a splendid view of Ulaanbaatar and its surroundings. You will also visit statue of Buddha. Shopping opportunities. Back to the hotel and get prepared for the trip. B/L/D HOTEL
DAY 3 – MIDDLE GOBI
250km to drive
5km to walk Early morning, start driving to Baga Gazryn Chuluu, a sacred rocky mountain, 1760m above sea level, and is famous for its unique rock formations and beautiful natural environment. Trekking to crystal cave, eye water and the ruin of the meditation temple. O/n stay in ger (traditional dwelling). B/L/D GER
DAY 4 – ANCIENT ROCK PAINTINGS
290km to drive
5km to walk Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga, a cliff about 100m long, formed from oceanic lime clay. From distance it looks like shrines and city structures, thus named White Shrines. Get to ger camp. After lunch drive to Del Uul for the ancient rock paintings. B/L/D GER
DAY 5 – SOUTH GOBI
250km to drive
8km to walk Drive to Eagle Valley, a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. The valley is named after the Mongol name of bearded vulture, Yoliin am. The area, as part of the Gobi Desert, sees little precipitation. However, Yolyn Am is notable for a deep ice field. The ice field reaches several meters thick by the end of winter, and is several kilometers long. In past years it remained year round, but the modern ice field tends to disappear by August. Walking and lunch picnic in the beautiful valley. B/L/D GER
DAY 6 – SAND DUNE
180km to drive
5km to walk Drive to Hongor Sand Dune, barren sand dune of extraordinary length of 180km and width reaches 3km to 15km. A charming oasis is formed at the northern edge of the sand dunes. It is very refreshing to see in the Gobi desert tall grasses, flowers and the oasis along the Hongor Spring. Climb up to the sand dune. B/L/D GER
DAY 7 – GOBI AND DINOSAUR FOSSILS
150km to drive
4km to walk Drive to Bayanzag, the cradle of dinosaur fossils. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor. The rock gives off a glowing orange color, hence the nickname. After lunch walk to Flaming Cliff and visit camel breeding family to get interesting details of nomadic life. B/L/D GER
DAY 8 – ONGI TEMPLE
170km to drive
4km to walk Drive to Ongi Temple, arrival at the ger camp and have lunch. In the afternoon, visit Ongi Temple. Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi Temple was founded in 1760 and combined two temple complexes on the north and south sides of the Ongi River. The older southern side consisted of various administrative buildings which were linked to the northern side by a bridge over the river which has long since disappeared but you can still see the base foundations of it. It used to have around 1000 monks bustling about their daily services in the 30-odd temples that were originally here. As the whole monastery was destroyed by Stalin’s cronies in the 1930′s and 200 monks were killed and many more imprisoned or forced to join the Communist army. Other monks escaped certain death by becoming farmers and common workers. The temple was then simply left to decay further. However, after the end of Communism in 1990, 3 monks returned where they had begun their Buddhist education as young children some 60 years prior. Slowly, these monks started laying new foundations upon old ruins with a vision of restoring the temple. B/L/D GER
DAY 9 – KARAKORUM
250km to drive
~ km to walk Continue driving to Karakorum. Enroute stop at Shanh Hiid, one of the oldest temples of Mongolia. Get rest. Trekking along the Orhon River is optional. B/L/D GER
DAY 10 – CROSSROAD OF DIFFERENT NATURAL ZONES
120km to drive
5km to walk In the morning, visit Erdenezuu Monastery surrounded by an impressive wall with 108 white stupas. Of more than 60 buildings only 18 were not destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in the 1930′s. The monastery still has an impressive collection of books, statues and religious masks that have been hidden in the nearby mountains during the communist era. Visit Buddhist ceremony held in the main prayer hall. Drive to Bayangobi, where Gobi, rocky mountains and steppes border and mix. Arrival at ger-camp and have lunch. Start short trip to Hugnu Khan Mountain to visit Ovgonii temple. Then proceed to Hugnu Tarni Sand dune and beautiful small lake. Return to the ger camp. B/L/D GER
DAY 11 – HUSTAI
180km to drive
~ km to walk Visit horse breeding family. Optional horse riding. Start driving to Hustai Nuruu Natural Preserve. This mountain is in Altanbulag county in Central province and the distance is 105km from Ulaanbaatar. The mountain has an elevation is 1,842m above sea level. The Natural Preserve covers 506km2 and has been protected since 1993 to conserve biodiversity and facilitate the re-introduction to the wild of Takhi, Przewalski’s Wild Horse. Observation of Takhi horses. Visit small museum and watch the movie about the project of the re-introduction activities at the camp. B/L/D GER
DAY 12 – ULAANBAATAR
120km to drive Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Free time. Farewell dinner. B/D HOTEL
DAY 13 – ULAANBAATAR
Transfer and departure B
Service included: TWN room at Bishrelt Plaza or similar 3-star hotel and accommodation in ger (3-4pax sharing basis), meals as per indication, English speaking guide throughout, excursions as per itinerary and entrance fees, local taxes and admission fees, drive by Mitsubishi Delica 4×4 van, transfer upon arr/dep.
Excluded from package: Visa processing fee, beverages during tours, gratuities, all expenses of personal nature, airport taxes and international transportation to and from Mongolia, tips.
Transport: Mitsubishi Delica Japanese 4×4 van
Guide: Tours would have English speaking guides as we are talking about international group to be collected from different countries, it would be better to have English speaking guide although German speaking guides are also possible.
Package price – net /number of car:
Group (2pax) – USD2890 p/p – 1 jeep
Group (3pax) – USD2510 p/p – 1 jeep/van
Group (4pax) – USD2400 p/p – 1 van
Group (5-8pax) – USD2340 p/p – 2 vans
Group (9-12pax) – USD2090 p/p – 3 vans
Single supplement:
In Ulaanbaatar /3nts – USD90 p/p;
In countryside ger /9nts – USD225 p/p.

Total for 12nts: USD315
*Twin occupation in ger – USD90 p/p or USD180 for pair
Naadam supplement (for group in July only):
USD50 p/p includes attendance fee, Gala Dinner and folklore show.
Deadline: 1 month prior to arrival date
Minimum pax number: 2pax
Payment procedures:
For booking more than 30 days prior to departure, a deposit of 50% of the package price is required. Final payment is due 30 days prior to departure.
If a booking is made less than 30 days prior to departure, full payment is due within 5 days of confirming the package.
Payment may be settled by Travel Agent and bank transfer. We accept Credit cards (VISA, MASTER CARD), but 3% of bank commission to be charged over.
The agent is required to have the full payment in hand before reservations can be confirmed.
Cancellation fees:
- 25 days prior to arrival – USD 250 p/p;
- 24 – 8 days prior to arrival – 50% of the package price;
- 7 day prior to arrival and no shows – no refund.
Visa: MDTours will assist in obtaining visa by sending an authorization letter to Mongolian Consulates abroad (USD25 per invitation letter including cost of sending it from General Consulate).
Travel insurance:
We recommend that your clients purchase international trip and travel insurance as it’s not included in the package price.