Discover the fascinating traditional nomadic culture of Mongolia along with the majestic mountain scenery of Bhutan on this unforgettable cultural journey. The little-visited country of Bhutan, nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, offers those few visitors fortunate enough to explore its timeless villages and picturesque valleys a travel experience like no other. The shifting sands of Mongolia’s mystical Gobi Desert, sandstone cliffs, and the beauty of her wildlife are awe-inspiring. Get a glimpse of the Lands of the Buddha on this luxurious globetrotting adventure!
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, and get settled in your centralized hotel. The next morning, start your Mongolia tour at Gandan Monastery, seat of Buddhist activity for the region. Later, enjoy downtown Ulaanbaatar’s National History Museum with private behind-the-scenes access to the dinosaur hall of the Mongolian Paleontological Laboratory.
Day 3-4 Gobi Desert | Yol Valley | Tugrugiin Shiree | Khavtsgait Valley
Fly in the morning to the Gobi Desert, where you’ll discover some of the most varied and beautiful ecosystems in the world over the next two days. Tour Mongolia’s stunning landscapes, including Yol Valley—a lush region carved by an ancient river—Tugrugiin Shiree, site of the famous Fighting Dinosaurs fossil, and the petroglyphs of Khavtsgait Valley.
Day 5-6 Moltsog Els | Flaming Cliffs | Ulaanbaatar
Tour through more of the Gobi Desert’s beautiful ecosystems: Moltsog Els, one of the few regions covered in sand dunes, and the Flaming Cliffs, discovered by Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews in 1923. Head back to Ulaanbaatar the following day and tour Mongolia’s modern artwork at 976 Art Gallery with its founder, Ms. Gantuya.
Day 7 Ulaanbaatar | Bangkok
Tour Mongolia’s Bogd Khan Palace, home of the country’s last king, and then visit Choijin Lama Temple Museum. Originally built by Mongolia’s final king and dedicated to his brother, Choijin consists of a grouping of 5 temples and houses some of Mongolia’s finest artifacts—including pieces by Zanabazar, the country’s famed sculptor and politician. Fly to Bangkok in the late afternoon.
Day 8 Paro | Thimphu
Transfer to Paro and then drive directly on to Thimphu, passing over a 15th century iron bridge. Tour the world’s tallest seated Buddha statue, the National Textile Museum and Royal Textile Academy, and Tashichho Dzong—which houses the royal throne room.
Day 9-12 Thimphu | Punakha | Paro
Continue to tour Bhutan’s major cities Thimphu, Punakha and Paro over the next three days. Some of the biggest highlights are several of the most prominent monasteries and dzongs in the country, including Wangditsay Monastery, Chimmi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Taa Dzong, and Drukyul Dzong.
Day 13 Taktsang Monastery
On your final day, hike to tour Bhutan’s iconic Taktsang Monastery—also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest.’ Perched on a cliff 9700 ft/2950 m above the valley floor, Taktsang is a thrilling end to your journey.