Mongolia & Siberia

Mongolia & Siberia 2020

Featuring the Gobi Desert & Lake Baikal

20 captivating days

Tour at a Glance

Confirmed Price: $19,850 per person, share twin
$3,200 single supplement
Tour Dates: 28 July - 16 August, 2020
Group Size: This tour is limited to a maximum of 20 travellers.
Deposit: $750 per person.
If you cancel for any reason before 25 May, 2020 Tours Direct will refund your $750 deposit in full.
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Early Booking Discount: $500 per person, if you pay your deposit by 14 April, 2020.
Tour Leader: Mandy Page
Escorted from New Zealand
Inclusions: All airfares & taxes (Korean Air)
  Stopover in Seoul on the way to Mongolia
  Accommodation in 3-star, 4-star & 5-star hotels; Gers at Terelj Lodge and at Three Camel Lodge & Ger Camp; and homestays.
  17 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners
  Bottled water with meals
  Visas for Mongolia & Russia
  Economy class train ticket from Irkutsk to Ulan Ude
  Transportation by private motorcoach
  Group tipping
  Services of a Tour Manager for Mongolia & Siberia and local guides
  Assistance of your Tour Leader, Mandy Page
Variations: Land Only price on application
  Extending your stay - before or after Tour Dates
Beautiful and exotic, Siberia and Mongolia are worlds away from the traditional beaten path. Start in Mongolia with the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, a rich repository of Buddhist art and culture. Roam the legendary Gobi Desert, the natural habitat of gazelles, snow leopards, Bactrian camels and eagles. In the desert, witness a celebration of Mongolia’s independence and a demonstration of its strong cultural heritage at a local Naadam celebration.
Then cross into the Russian taiga’s unbroken forest to visit Siberia’s deep UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, teeming with unusual marine life. Start at the western shore of Lake Baikal and explore charming Listvyanka Village and Irkutsk, home to early political exiles. Journey along a scenic leg of the world-famous Trans-Siberian Railway on a day’s trip to Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic and centre of Buddhism in Russia. Stay at local homes in the timber town of Ust-Barguzin, and explore the beautiful islands and hidden coves of Chivirkuy Bay. Head to Olkhon Island by boat, searching for elusive freshwater seals; and from there back to Irkutsk to celebrate the journey.


  • Ulaanbaatar, capital and most important city in Mongolia.
  • Gandan Monastery,with the 20-ton gilded statue of “The Lord Who Looks in Every Direction”.
  • Cultural performance of traditional song and dance with throat-singing.
  • Gobi Desert, with the Flaming Cliffs and Togroglin Shiree, where the fossil of the “Fighting Dinosaurs” was uncovered.
  • Shady Yolyn Am Canyon.
  • “Local Nadaam”, a rural Naadam celebration in a more intimate setting.
  • Irkutsk’s neighborhood of wooden buildings, decorated with the lacy wooden fretwork typical of Siberian architecture.
  • Little Listvyanka village on the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on earth.
  • Baikal Limnological Museum explaining the origin of Lake Baikal, its characteristics and its endemic species.
  • Wooden Architecture Museum, a collection of authentic Russian and indigenous houses and community buildings from the 17th to the 20th century.
  • Short section of the world-famous Trans-Siberian rail line , to Ulan Ude, with little villages, grasslands and taiga forest.
  • Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic with the world’s largest Lenin head.
  • Ivolginsk Datsan, centre of Russian Buddhism.
  • Village visit to Old Believers, exiled to Siberia after they rebelled against the 17th century reforms of the Orthodox liturgy.
  • Dinner and an overnight with a family in Ust-Barguzin, a fishing and port town on Lake Baikal.
  • Boat to Ushaniye Islands to search for Lake Baikal’s fresh water seals, nerpa.
  • Full day tour on Olkhon Island.
  • Lunch and a sauna visit with a local family at their dacha.

Fantastic, Mandy went out of her way every day to check up on everyone, was very inclusive and informative. An excellent leader, strong and direct.

Mandy an exceptional tour leader. A lovely caring personality. Always fun.

Mandy did a great job of meeting the needs of a disparate group. We enjoyed her roadside walks and ability to keep us amused with stories, jokes, crosswords, etc.

... to come....

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