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Mongolia

Mongolia, a land of contrast: from rural areas dominated by steppes and the Gobi Desert, to an urban capital rapidly expanding. The rugged landscape provides a fantastic backdrop to the country’s wealth of history. The mysterious lands of the Gobi have produced a wealth of dinosaur fossils, marking this region as a paradise for those interested in paleontology.

June 24 – July 11, 2017 (18 Days)
$8,895 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1,195

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chart a historical map of Mongolia from prehistory to present, taking in eternal landscapes, vast horizons and thriving tradition
  • Travel to key sites that have produced dinosaur eggs and fossils from the Upper Cretaceous period, such as the Flaming Cliffs

  • Tour the National Museum of Mongolia and discover artifacts of the country’s history, from the Neolithic to now
  • Discover an array of megalithic Mongolian deer stones, long-surviving examples of megalithic art in Mongolia

Meals: All breakfasts, 15 lunches & 15 dinners

ITINERARY

June 24 & 25:
Departures from our home cities on June 24. We arrive in Ulaanbaatar on June 25.
Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel.

June 26: ULAANBAATAR
We enjoy a welcome lecture followed by a visit to the stunning buildings of the Choijin temple Complex. This afternoon we enjoy a walk around Ulaanbaatar, pausing in the grand Sukhbaatar Square, and pay a visit to the National Museum of Mongolia, which houses artifacts from the Stone Age through to today.
Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel.

June 27: ULAANBAATAR
Today we explore the sprawling Winter Palace Complex where Mongolia’s last king and eighth living Buddha resided.before discovering the exquisite Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts. After lunch we continue to the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex.
Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel.

June 28: MURUN
We fly to Murun and visit its important museum, with its ethnographic collection of the traditional dress of Mongolian ethnic groups. We devote the rest of the day to discovering traditional deer stones. Tonight we enjoy our first night in a traditional ger camp.
Hotel: Uushgiin Uvur Ger Camp.

June 29: JARGALANT
We complete our study of the region’s deeerstones at Ushigiin, before embarking on a stunning drive to Jargalant, where you have the option to indulge in a traditional hot spring bath.
Hotel: Jargal Jiguur Ger Camp.

June 30: JARGALANT
Today we explore the attractively set region of Jargalant. We view the ruins of the Ariin Huree Monastery and visit Terhiin Tsagaan Lake in the Khangain Mountains. The Suman River springs from the eastern end of the lake, snaking around Khorgo Volcano.
Hotel: Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp.

July 1: TSETSERLEG
We encounter impressively decorated deer stones today as we visit Shivertin sites and Tsatssiin. We also visit Zayayn Gegeenii, a monastery-turned-museum, and the Monument of Maidar Buddha.
Hotel: Munkhtenger Ger Camp.

July 2: ORKHON VALLEY
We visit Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire in the 13th century, established by Genghis Kahn. We explore Erdene Zuu’s expansive complex, thought to be the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.
Hotel: Munkhtenger Ger Camp.

July 3: ORKHON VALLEY
We begin the day with a visit to Tovkhon Khiid Monastery, one of Mongolia’s oldest Buddhist monasteries, founded by Zanabazar – the Khalka’s spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism in outer Mongolia.
Hotel: Munkhtenger Ger Camp.

July 4: ARKHANGAI
This morning is spent exploring the ruins of an ancient citadel of Khar Balgas. We encounter the outer walls, a grand Buddhist stupa and an imposing castle. After lunch we visit the Kultegin Monument on the way to Ugii Lake.
Hotel: Ugii Ger Camp.

July 5: KHUSTAIN NATIONAL PARK
We begin the day exploring the expansive ruins of the Uighar Har Buh Fortress and Ulaan Herem archaeological site. The afternoon is spent in Khustain National Park, a reserve built to protect Mongolian wild horses.
Hotel: Hustai Ger Camp.

July 6: ONGOT GRAVES
We visit the Ongot Graves, gravestones ornately carved with intricately detailed man-like features. This afternoon we drive back to Ulaanbaatar and explore the great dinosaur exhibit in Hunnu Mall.
Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel.

July 7: ULAANBAATAR
This morning, we visit the Gandan Monastery, one of the few Buddhist monasteries to survive the Communist regime. We have an afternoon at leisure.
Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel.

July 8: GOBI DESERT
We fly to Dalanzadgad, then drive to our Ger camp. We travel to Moltsog sand dune for an introduction to life in the Gobi. We also visit the spectacular Flaming Cliffs that have yielded many dinosaur fossils.
Hotel: Dream Gobi Ger Camp.

July 9: GOBI DESERT
Today we travel to the breathtaking Yolyn Am gorge. We visit the entrance museum, and those that wish to can walk up to the gorge for spectacular sights of rocky cliffs and dramatic canyons.
Hotel: Dream Gobi Ger Camp.

July 10: ULAANBAATAR
We return to Ulaanbaatar this morning and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the bustling metropolis before our farewell dinner.
Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel.

July 11:
We transfer to the airport for departures home or onward travel.

Additional Information

Scholar

Prof Craig G.R. Benjamin is an Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where he teaches Eurasian history. He has recorded lectures for the History Channel and The Teaching Company.

Calendar Year

2017

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