A family vacation like no other, this action-packed Mongolian journey leads from the dinosaur halls of Ulaanbaatar’s Natural History Museum to the wide open steppe of Gun Galuut Nature Reserve, before heading south into the legendary Gobi Desert, where fossils and dinosaur eggs were unearthed by the 20th century’s most daring explorers. Parents and children can share in the thrill of discovering this unique land, its fascinating ancient culture, and the kindness of its nomadic people.
Following exploration of Ulaanbaatar, including the Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue, travel through Mongolia’s diverse ecosystems, from mountains and steppes in Gun Galuut Nature Reserve to the incredible vistas of the Gobi. Through exciting activities geared for children and adults, such as playing traditional games, riding horses and camels, and visiting local families, discover the nomadic lifestyle and culture of Mongolia and the unforgettable landscapes of the Gobi Desert.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Welcome to Ulaanbaatar! After settling in to your hotel, venture to the Zaisan Memorial.
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar
Today, visit Gandan Monastery, where you will see the resurgence of Buddhism taking place. Later, visit the National Museum for an overview of Mongolia’s place in history.
Day 3 Gun Galuut Nature Reserve
Exploring the mountain, steppe, river, and wetland ecosystems of this nature reserve. Learn about nature conservation from the reserve’s rangers and spend the night in a ger camp.
Day 4 Ulaanbaatar
Spend the day horseback riding.
Day 5 The Gobi
Fly to the Gobi and drive to the award-winning eco-lodge, Three Camel Lodge.
Day 6 The Gobi
Visit Khavtsgait Petroglyph. Later, enjoy bicycle riding and visit with a local nomadic family.
Day 7 Tugrugiin Shiree
Visit Tugrugiin Shiree, the site of the famed “Fighting Dinosaurs,” fossil.
Day 8 Moltsog Els and Flaming Cliffs
Visit two of the Gobi’s iconic sites, Moltsog Els, a region covered in sand dunes, and the Flaming Cliffs, named for their orange glow at sunset. It was here that Roy Chapman Andrews found the world’s first nest of dinosaur eggs.
Day 9 Ulaanbaatar
Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue.
Day 10 Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.
Trip Dates & Pricing
This trip is intended for most families. Camel riding is included, so if you are unable or unwilling to ride, please advise us.