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Mongolia's Naadam Festival

From £1960 for 15 days
Trip Overview
The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing — the three skills that Chingis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior — are showcased at the country’s largest celebration of the “three manly sports”. Come behind the scenes as we meet the competitors in the lead up to the festival and discover some of Mongolia’s wild outback, visiting ruined monasteries, flaming cliffs and historic cities.
Essential Info
Starts: Ulaanbaatar
Ends: Ulaanbaatar
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Culture & Festivals
Trip Code: ICBSOS
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Mongolia
What's Included

Meals

14 Breakfasts included
10 Lunches included
10 Dinners included

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights),Tourist Ger Camp (8 nights),Family Ger Camp (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   Go behind the scenes of Mongolia's Naadam Festival and visit the athlete's training camps as they prepare to compete in the 2017 Naadam Festival.

•   Live the nomad life with a family stay at a horse breeder's camp.

•   Experience the phenomenal landscapes of central Mongolia.

•   Attend the Naadam Opening Ceremony and watch athletes compete for glory in wrestling, horse racing and archery.

•   Encounter Mongolia's stunning natural landscape with visits to places such as the Flaming Cliffs and sand dunes of Khongoriin.

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Price
Availability
Departing: 29th Jun 2020
Returning: 13th Jul 2020
£2,060pp
£1,960pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 29th Jun 2020
Returning: 13th Jul 2020
£2,060pp
£1,960pp
G
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Sainbainuu! Welcome to Mongolia. You can arrive at any time before your group meeting at 6pm. The location of this meeting can be found at the hotel reception. Please have your passport, insurance and next of kin information ready to give to your leader at this meeting. The hotel is located in a quiet residential area within walking distance to Sukhbaatar Square. After the welcome meeting, you'll have the option to join your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant. If you arrive in town earlier and have time, be sure to get out and explore 'UB', a fascinating town where elderly Mongolians in traditional dress mingle with the nation's young business elite. A great place to start is Gandan Khiid, Mongolia's largest and most important monastery. The Fine Arts Museum, Winter Palace Museum of Bogd Khan and Intellectual Museum are also well worth visiting.
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