Mongolia and Siberia contain some of the world’s most incredible national parks and natural wonders, including the unforgettable Gobi Desert and Siberia’s “blue pearl,” beautiful Lake Baikal. Explore the biodiversity of these extraordinary natural treasures, and experience the cultures of Mongolia’s desert nomads and Siberia’s historic lakeside villages.
Formed approximately 25 million years ago, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, and home to one of the only species of freshwater seal. Surrounded by evergreen forests and mountains rich in wildlife, Baikal is at the heart of one of Russia’s most scenic regions.
Mongolia’s Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, which includes the remarkable Yol Valley, encompasses the foothills of the Gobi Altai Mountains, where a startling variety of flora and fauna live within two million hectares of dramatic rock formations, towering cliffs, and sand dunes.
Welcome to Ulaanbaatar
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar | Irkutsk
Begin the day with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia.
Day 3 Irkutsk
Following breakfast at the hotel, embark on a city tour of this “Paris of Siberia.” Stops will include the Angara Icebreaker, the Gagarin Embankment, and several Orthodox churches.
Day 4 Irkutsk| Circumbaikal old railway to Listvyanka
This morning, transfer to the railway station where you will board the Circumbaikal Old Railway. Today, experience a scenic journey along the original Trans-Siberian railway route, which follows the shoreline of Lake Baikal.
Day 5 Listvyanka
After breakfast, begin touring Listvyanka Village on the shores of Lake Baikal – a tranquil, charming lakeside setting where everyday life has changed little in centuries.
Day 6 Irkutsk | Ulaanbaatar
Begin the journey back to Irkutsk. Upon arrival, pay a visit to the Regional History Museum.
Day 7 Hustain Nuruu National Park
Visit Hustain Nuruu National Park, home to the last remaining species of wild horse, the takhi – commonly known as Przewalski’s horse.
Day 8 Fly to Gobi | Yol Valley
Fly over vast steppe to the Gobi and, upon arrival, drive to Yol Valley National Park, cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. Next, drive to the award-winning Three Camel Lodge, an eco-lodge located near the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.
Day 9 Tugrigiin Shiree | Bulgan
Begin another day of desert exploration with a drive to Tugrigiin Shiree (1.5 hours), a white escarpment where the famous “Fighting Dinosaurs” fossil of a Protoceratops and Velociraptor locked in combat was discovered in the 1970s.
Day 10 Moltsog Els | Flaming Cliffs
Explore Moltsog Els, one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes and return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon travel to the legendary Flaming Cliffs (1 hour), named for the sandstone that glows orange and red at sunrise and sunset.
Day 11 Ulaanbaatar
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Today you will visit the National History Museum for an excellent overview of Mongolia’s history and culture.
Day 12 Departure
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This is a trip for nature enthusiasts who would like to explore magnificent Lake Baikal and the legendary Gobi Desert, as well as the cultures of Siberia and Mongolia.