Siberia and Mongolia: A Perfect Pairing

Siberia and Mongolia: A Perfect Pairing

MIR’s Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads small group tour travels by train, hydrofoil and plane into the heart of Mongolia and Siberia, including a trip to the Gobi Desert and visits to Old Believers, nomads, and Buddhist monasteries. Because it shows Siberia and Mongolia at their most beautiful and exotic, this tour is a favorite among our travelers and staff.

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The Best of MongoliaTravelers explore some of the highlights of the capital, Ulaanbaatar, before flying to the Gobi Desert to spend three nights in the region’s premier ger camp, Three Camel Lodge. Here they admire the Flaming Cliffs where the first nest of dinosaur eggs was discovered, meet a family of camel breeders, and discover some of the Gobi’s rare sand dunes.

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Experience the Naadam Festival alongside Locals, Country-styleThis year, tour participants will experience a rural version of the annual Naadam Festival and its ancient competitions of wrestling, archery and horse-racing. Many people think of Ulaanbaatar as the only place where this colorful celebration takes place. Yet there are “county fair” versions of Naadam all over the country that are as exciting as, and more “down-home” than the big city versions. They are equally fun, with a more intimate feel, hanging out with Mongolian locals minus the crowds of the capital’s version of Naadam.

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Siberian Hospitality and the Trans-Siberian RailwayNext, the group flies to Siberia to visit the house museum of the exiled Decembrists in Irkutsk, and ride the original line used by the Trans-Siberian Railway. The route hugs the rocky shore of Lake Baikal and passes through 33 tunnels along its length.

They board the Trans-Siberian heading east to Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic, and set off on a discovery of remote parts of Lake Baikal, including home-stays in the village of Ust-Barguzin (experiencing Siberian hospitality at its finest) and a boat ride to look for the freshwater seal of Baikal, the nerpa.

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Travel with MIR to Siberia and MongoliaBook with MIR early to assure a spot on this unusual small group tour with its enhanced itinerary, Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads.

(Top photo: Young and old take part in ancient games of the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Photo credit: Ana Filonov) 

PUBLISHED: November 11, 2014

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