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From Ulaanbaatar: Genghis Khan Statue & Terelj National Park

1. From Ulaanbaatar: Genghis Khan Statue & Terelj National Park

Embark on an unforgettable journey starting at the awe-inspiring Genghis Khan Statue Complex, home to the world's largest equestrian statue. Begin your day by taking an exhilarating elevator ride up to the horse's neck, where you'll be treated to unparalleled panoramic views of the picturesque countryside that surrounds you. Delve deeper into Mongolian history and culture as you explore the small archaeology museum nestled at the base of the statue. Accompanied by our knowledgeable tour guide, gain invaluable insights into the rich heritage of the Mongolian Empire. Next, venture towards Terelj National Park, a natural wonder just a stone's throw away from Ulaanbaatar. Marvel at the park's striking rock formations, including the famous Turtle Rock, as you embrace the thrill of conquering its heights. Embark on a hike to the enchanting Aryabal Monastery, where tranquility awaits amidst breathtaking vistas of the park's natural splendor. To conclude your remarkable journey, indulge in a traditional Mongolian lunch within the cozy confines of a Ger, an authentic Mongolian tent. Immerse yourself in the country's vibrant culinary culture, savoring the unique flavors and experiencing the warmth of traditional hospitality. As the tour draws to a close, return to the city with a heart full of cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the beauty and heritage of Mongolia. This captivating adventure promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul, forever reminding you of the wonders that await within this remarkable land.

Ulaanbaatar: Small Group 3-Day Best of Central Mongolia Tour

2. Ulaanbaatar: Small Group 3-Day Best of Central Mongolia Tour

Day 1: Start your day with pick up at your hotel in Ulaanbaatar and drive to Karakorum (360 km away), the past capital of Great Mongolian State. Enjoy a half-day Karakorum tour to visit the signature Erdene Zuu Monastery, and Karakorum Museum to learn about its regional history. After a local dinner, spend a night at the traditional ger guesthouse. Marvel at the clear sky filled with stars and spot milky way. Day 2: After breakfast, drive to Elsen tasarkhai (70 km away), known as semi-gobi for its similar natural features to the famous Gobi desert. Ride 2-humped camels for the ultimate desert experience over endless sand dunes. Have a local-style lunch and drive to Khustai National Park (270 km away) to visit a nomadic family, experience their daily life, and taste organic dairy products. Spend the night in the nomadic family home after dinner. Day 3: Explore Khustai National Park to have lunch and observe wild horses, known as takhi horses, in their natural habitat. Try traditional cooking, the core traditional activity of Mongolians. Drive to Ulaanbaatar (76 km way) and transfer to your accommodation directly. Your arrival at Ulaanbaatar city would be at around 5-7 PM.

Mongolia Ulaanbaatar: Airport Transfer & Taxi Service -BEST!

3. Mongolia Ulaanbaatar: Airport Transfer & Taxi Service -BEST!

With us you don't have to waste your time and nerves negotiating with individual taxi drivers on spot who also don't guarantee the final price at the end of your ride and the safe driving along the way. Just book with us once and enjoy your ride because our drivers will meet you with your name sign when you arrive! Depending on your travel group size, we'll provide appropriate types of car as following: 1-3 passengers - Sedan; 4-5 passengers - MPV; 6-10 passengers - Minivan; 10-16 passengers - Minibus. We have 24/7 customer online support as well as Whatsapp chat for your convenience! As a reliable company, we are also covered by an official public liability insurance. You can always count on our reliable, quality and affordable service at fixed price.

Ulaanbaatar: Semi-Gobi Desert Day Trip & Camel or Horse Ride

4. Ulaanbaatar: Semi-Gobi Desert Day Trip & Camel or Horse Ride

After getting picked up in the morning from your hotel in Ulaanbaatar, drive to Elsen Tasarkhai, known as Semi-Gobi because of its resemblance to the famous Gobi Desert. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape. Discover hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle that call this mountain home. Take some time to hike around the area and then ride a camel or horse to the small sand dunes.  Stop for an authentic lunch at a suitable spot along the way. Later, visit a local nomad family where you will have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Take a look at how some Mongolians are still keeping their traditional lifestyles. Get dropped off at your hotel in Ulaanbaatar by 5:00 PM.

Mongolia: Genghis Khan Day Tour with Terelj National Park

5. Mongolia: Genghis Khan Day Tour with Terelj National Park

Leave the city early in the morning to beat the crowds and arrive at Chonjinboldog area, where the Genghis Khan Monument is located, within an hour. Genghis Khan Statue Complex is the largest equestrian statue in the world. Take an elevator ride up to the horse's neck and relish spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Pay a visit to a small archaeology museum in the base of the statue, stop for a pick-me-up in the restaurant, and shop at the many souvenir shops. You can even try on traditional Mongolian costumes at the museum. Head then to Terelj National Park, the most accessible natural attraction from Ulaanbaatar. The park has many beautiful rock formations including Turtle Rock, Melkhii Khad (meaning "the Old Man Reading a Book"), and Praying Lama Rock. Savor a tasty, traditional lunch at Turtle Rock. After lunch, hike to Aryabal Monastery on a pleasant path and take in the gorgeous scenery along the way. In the evening, visit a nomad food place to experience Mongolian lifestyle and hospitality before returning to Ulaanbaatar by approximately 4:30 PM. Extend your tour by choosing to add an overnight stay in a traditional nomadic home in Ger, and have local dinner and breakfast prepared on the site.

Ulaanbaatar: Traditional Music and Dance Performance Ticket

6. Ulaanbaatar: Traditional Music and Dance Performance Ticket

Visit the Mongolian National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble to watch a traditional 90-minute show of various art forms. You can choose the option that includes a convenient pickup from your hotel. Hear the famous Mongolian throat singing, see musicians playing indigenous instruments, and be amazed as contortionists will perform incredible acrobatic movements. Professional dancers in colorful and fancy traditional attires come out to fill the stage while the live orchestra is playing. Please note, during winter the show is only on Thursdays and Sundays.

From Ulaanbaatar: Day Trip to Hustai National Park

7. From Ulaanbaatar: Day Trip to Hustai National Park

Meet your English-speaking guide and driver at your downtown Ulaanbaatar hotel at 9 AM, then drive approximately 95 kilometers (60 miles) west of Ulaanbaatar to Hustai National Park. Travel on asphalt roads in good condition for a couple of hours and see nomadic tents sprawling across the beautiful landscape along the way. Upon arrival at Hustai National Park, take your time to explore extraordinary scenic spots where Asian wild horses graze, a result of the conservation program reintroduced by a group from the Netherlands in the framework of an international project. Later, a simple local lunch will be provided. After lunch at the park, visit a local horseman family and discover their nomadic way of life, their culture, and traditions. Take a horse for a ride yourself, if you want, and experience how traditional Mongolians traveled and how many modern Mongolians still do. Afterward, you'll be transferred back to your Ulaanbaatar hotel where this loving day trip ends.

Explore Semi Gobi with nomads, Kharkhorum city tour

8. Explore Semi Gobi with nomads, Kharkhorum city tour

Day 1: Having picked you up from your hotel in Ulaanbaatar at 8 am, we'll set off by minibus to the Semi Gobi Desert. This area of the Mongolian countryside is exactly as it sounds: partially arid desert but surrounded by a green mountainous backdrop. Driving through the Mongolian steppe, we'll reach the desert, where we'll be welcomed with a coffee or tea accompanied by a snack. We'll then meet a local family who will tell us all about their traditional nomadic lifestyle. Immerse yourself in desert life enjoying camel ride through the arid landscapes of the Semi Gobi, admiring the dunes and mountains of Mongolia in the most exciting way. In the evening, we can play traditional folk games. /optional/ Day 2: Travel to Kharkhorum city Kharkhorin is ancient capital of Great Mongolian Empire in thirteenth century. It is located on the right bank of Orkhon river, 40 km south-west of Semi-Gobi. Explore Erdenezuu monastery is a focal point in the history and culture of the Mongolian people and visit Kharkhorum museum. You'll be dropped back off at your hotel for around 6-7 pm.

Ulaanbaatar: Full-Day Sightseeing City Tour

9. Ulaanbaatar: Full-Day Sightseeing City Tour

See the best of Mongolia's capital city, Ulaanbaatar, within this 8-hour city tour that takes you to all major historic sites of the city. Start your day from a convenient hotel pick-up. The first stop is Chinggis Khan Square, the city’s geographic and social center, with its famous statue of the founder of the Mongolian Empire mounted on his horse. Then, head over to the National History Museum of Mongolia. Learn about the country’s ancient past and storied empire, founded by Chinggis Khan in the year 1206, as well as life during the 20th-century Soviet era. Next, stop at Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's most important Buddhist site, where you may see monks observing ceremonial rituals. Then, wander the grounds of the ornate Bogd Khan Palace, one of Mongolia’s most important architectural monuments. Enjoy a local style lunch with a choice of buuz (dumplings) or khuushuur (beef patties). In the afternoon, check out the famous Black Market, an exhilarating experience for any visitor. Not a black market in the sense of illegal activity, this hub of local commerce is a place to buy everything from North Face knockoffs to horse saddles, handcrafted fur hats, and traditional Mongolian clothing. If your tour falls on a Tuesday when the Black Market is closed, visit the Kharkhorin market instead. Make your last stop of the tour at a cashmere and wool factory outlet where you can learn about Mongolia's one of the biggest industries, textile. Find out how the fine underwool of Mongolia’s cashmere goats is made into exceptionally soft, lightweight garments. If you wish to have a unique cultural experience, select the option which includes a traditional Mongolian-style concert. The tour ends at 3:30 PM and you can choose to be dropped off near the theatre, have a break, and watch the 90-minute show starting at 6 PM.

1 day tour Chinggis khan statue, Terelj national park

10. 1 day tour Chinggis khan statue, Terelj national park

Located 54 kilometers away from Ulaanbaatar city, The Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue (Tsonjin Boldog Complex) is considered the world's largest equestrian statue and the largest horse-riding statue in the world. It was built here, so the legend goes because this was the spot where Chinggis Khaan found a golden whip. The complex includes an impressive museum (with Hunnu artefacts and items from the Mongol empire), a cafe, and a souvenir shop. In addition, you can see the amazing archaeological findings at the Mongol Empire history museum, have the opportunity to wear the king's and queen's costumes for family photos, or simply get fascinated by one of the world's biggest Traditional Boot with a height of 9 meters. Located east to Ulaanbaatar, 50km away from the city, Gorkhi Terelj is the closest National Park to Ulaanbaatar. Beautiful green area and fascinating rock formations with numerous ger camps, five star hotels and restaurants will welcome you to the top destination for tourists in Mongolia. And the most famous one is Turtle Rock and most of the ger camps and hotels surround this area. The Turtle Rock is approximately 24m tall and shaped like a turtle. You can find 100 Monks Cave or Three Friends Cave on the way to the Turtle Rock just before you reach it. The legend says monks used to hide inside this cave during the communist purge era or even before that. As for Ariyabal Temple and Gunjiin Temple, people mostly attracted to the scenery. Ariyabal Temple was built in year 1998 for the purposes of meditation so there is not much history involved. In conclusion, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park provides just as much intriguing history as it has breathtaking scenery. You can go around and explore attractions or you can just relax and unwind in the beautiful wilderness. Also, you can try activities like riding horses and camels.

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What people are saying about Ulaanbaatar

Overall rating

4.5
(24 reviews)

I loved every part of this activity. I loved the nature,riding a camel, food and the nomad family. They were so friendly and welcoming us. I could feel like a home. Thank you so much for your hospitality. I will never forget this memory.

Great tour! Visited some amazing locations and even the albeit long drive was an amazing spectacle seeing the landscape along the way. Homestay was also incredible and featured such a kind family. Monastery was breathtaking as well!

Very responsive customer service, always kept customer updated on pick-up details. easy to communicate with. the choice to choose for airport and hotel pick up service.

The tour is well planned with good guide (Ang). nice experience with the Ger and rided on the cute camel in semi Gobi. We enjoyed nature.

Reliable, friendly and truly local. A good and nice explanation.