Traversing the undulating dunes on the back of a two-humped camel. Perfecting the art of the bow and arrow. Hunting for fossils in the middle of the Gobi. We know our Family Fun journey sounds as if it has been ripped from the pages of a storybook. We invite you to bring your family on an adventure that will create indelible memories while sparking creativity and curiosity.
You will begin in Ulaanbaatar, the bustling capital city, where a mix of old and new results in a thrilling tempo. Take in the city’s sights and sounds before journeying to the Gobi, an unforgettable landscape that will surely leave its mark on your heart. It’s not just a majestic setting—you and your family will enjoy a series of meaningful interactions with nomadic families to gain insight into how they live. There are adventures aplenty here, with history and cultural anthropology lessons woven in, but don’t tell the kids they’re learning valuable lessons—it will spoil all the fun they’re having. Whether you have little ones with boundless energy or teens who can’t take their eyes off their screens, our Family Fun journey will bring you closer together in a faraway land.
Days 1-2: Ulaanbaatar
Your arrival at Ulaanbaatar begins with a hassle-free VIP airport service. Explore Gandan Monastery and the National History Museum and choose from a range of optional activities that suit you and your family.
Day 3: Fly to Gobi/ Moltsog Els Sand Dunes
Fly to the Gobi, Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. On arrival, a short drive brings you to the award-winning Three Camel Lodge. Spend the evening exploring the sand dunes of Moltsog Els or choose the optional overnight excursion to the iconic Hongoryn Els that reach 600 feet in height.
Day 4: Nomadic Family Visit/ Havsgait Valley
Enjoy a visit to a local nomadic family and learn about their traditional ways of living. Participate in their daily activities such as cooking, milking their cows or herding their animals. Discover petroglyphs after a hike atop the mountain at Havsgait. Bike your way back to the lodge or ride back in your 4×4’s.
Day 5: Yol Valley National Park
Your day begins with a hike through the canyons of Yol Valley National Park, habitat of the indigenous lammergeiers. Spend the afternoon learning the art of needle felting or fire an arrow like a Mongol warrior during your archery lesson or enjoy a relaxing walk around the Bulagtai Mountains surrounding the lodge.
Day 6: Tugregiin Shiree / Flaming Cliffs
Pack all the necessary equipment for your fossil hunt at Tugregiin Shiree and at the legendary Flaming Cliffs, a site where Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History had found the first nest of dinosaur eggs.
Day 7: Ulaanbaatar
Return to Ulaanbaatar and spend the day at leisure or select from a range of handpicked activities such as visit to the massive Chinggis Khan statue in Tsonjin Boldog, or a behind the scene visit to the Paleontology laboratory. Your trip concludes with a spectacular performance of traditional Mongolian dancers and khoomi throat singers.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:This is a private journey offered from May to October
2021 LAND PRICE:
Family of 4: starting at $17,295
Internal Airfare: $275 per person
NOTE: Land Price is based on Double Occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.
This trip is intended for most families. Camel riding is included, so if you are unable or unwilling to ride, please advise us so we can modify the itinerary to suit your family’s needs.