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AAST-Bali: Body and Soul Women's Retreat

Explore the World's Last Frontiers

Beijing - Ulaan Baatar - South Gobi - Bayanzag - Ulaan Baatar - Irkusk - Lake Baikal - Irkusk - Beijing

About the Program:
Length : 16 days
Min/Max: 6/15
Tour Type: Cultural Expedition

Mongolia and Siberia are among the world’s last frontiers.

There is no other country in the world that has more contrasts and more diversity than Mongolia. Mongolia is the nineteenth largest, and the least densely populated independent country in the world with a population of around 2.9 million people. The country contains very little arable land as much of its area is covered by arid and unproductive steppes with mountains to the north, and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. Steeped in the rich history of Genghis Khan, who united the nomadic tribes in 1206, Mongolia integrates an age-old way of life with new, modern ways of thinking.

Another unforgettable portion of this journey is the visit to the remote region of Lake Baikal. Often referred as “the Blue Pearl of Siberia”, Lake Baikal is a natural wonder that almost defies description. Its 1600 meter depth holds 20% of all the freshwater in melted condition on the planet. It is fed by 336 rivers and streams that flow from the surrounding mountains and all parts of Siberia and it is estimated that it took over 400 years for these rivers and streams to fill the lake up originally. It is considered the oldest lake in the world.

Using China’s capital, Beijing, as the gateway, you can ask us to help you extending your trip if you haven’t visited China before.

2011 - 2012
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COST (Per Person)
Land only (twin): upon request 
Single supplement: upon request 

Price includes:

  • Flight from Beijing to Ulaan Baatar
  • Flight from Irkusk to Beijing
  • Transfers and land transportation
  • Hotel and ger camp accommodation
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals indicated as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner)
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
  • Service of English-speaking guide

Price excludes:

  • International flight from home city to Beijing and back
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, porters and hotel staff
  • Items of a personal nature






Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Welcome dinner.
D International Hotel

Day 2  Beijing/Ulaanbaatar
Transfer to the airport and fly to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, you'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. After settling in, you’ll be taken on a city sightseeing tour including a visit to the Gandan Monastery with its huge gold plated Buddha: a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered thanks. On to Sukhbaatar Square, which is surrounded by all central departments including the Government house. After having lunch in a restaurant we will visit the Natural History Museum, where you have a chance to see all flora and fauna of Mongolia and complete dinosaur skeletons and eggs.
B/L/D Ulaanbaatar Hotel

Day 3  Ulaanbaatar – Naadam festival preview
After breakfast at the hotel you will go out with your guide to see the preview of the Naadam Festival. You will visit the horse-racing arena to watch a race of foals and archery. You will then have 500 horseman show and in the evening you can enjoy a national folklore performance.
B/L/D Ulaanbaatar Hotel

Day 4  Ulaanbaatar – The Opening Ceremony of Naadam Festival
Today you will watch the inauguration ceremony of Naadam which is opened by the president of Mongolia . You will see a performance of the national instrument Morin Khuur and a choir concert before attending the horse races taking place outside the city center.
B/L/D Ulaanbaatar Hotel


Day 5  Ulaanbaatar/Dalanzadgad
Early morning flight to the capital of the South Gobi, Dalanzadgad. The flight takes one and a half hours and on arrival at the airstrip in the Gobi a local driver will take you to Yol Am, or ‘Eagle Valley’. Yol Am is a wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer and it surrounded by sheer rocky walls which form incredible canyons. Visit Gobi museum. The areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park that encompasses the "Three Beauties" peaks and the most easterly points of the Altai Mountains.
B/L/D South Gobi Ger Camp

Day 6  Dalanzadgad/Sand Dunes/Dalanzadgad
After breakfast at the camp you will be driven to Khongor Sand Dune. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes, reaching a height of 800 meters in some areas. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver to rose-colored from dawn to sunset. Drive back to your ger camp.
B/L/D South Gobi Ger Camp

Day 7  Dalanzadgad/Bayanzag
Today we will drive to Bayanzag, known as a Flaming Cliffs where the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever discovered was found in 1922. Visit the site famous for the remains of dinosaur which lived here 60 million years ago. You can walk around where dinosaurs once roamed and see saksaul trees and other classic desert vegetation.
B/L/D Ger Camp


Day 8  Bayanzag/Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, you will drive to Terelj National Park, 70 km outside of Ulaanbaatar. You’ll explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones, some of them look quite similar to turtles. There is an opportunity to walk round or ride horses rented from the local area. The Terelj National Park incorporates parts of Khenty Mountain Range. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon. A farewell dinner will be arranged.
B/L/D Ulaanbaatar Hotel

Day 9  Ulaanbaatar/Irkusk
You will be transferred to the airport and fly to Irkusk, the capital city of Siberia, Russia. Remainder of the day will be at leisure.
Irkutsk is known as the "treasure house" of Siberia. Founded in 1661 by the Cossack Yakov Pohabov, Irkutsk has been located for more than 300 years on banks of the Angara River, the beloved daughter of "father" Baikal. It is probably the only city of Siberia that has preserved its historic character- old time wooden houses, built without a nail, decorated with skillful carving harmonize with the splendid stone buildings of Siberian architecture. There are about 700 monuments of history and culture in Irkutsk.
B/L/D Hotel Europe

Day 10  Irkusk
Today you will take a city tour visiting the Znamensky Russian Orthodox Church, Historical Museum, Spasskaya (Savior) church, the Epiphany Cathedral, the Polish Roman Catholic Church, the monument of the explorers of Siberia, the Okhlopkov Drama Theater and a local market.
B/L/D Hotel Europe

Day 11 Irkusk – Listvyanka
Today you will be transferred to the village of Listvyanka by the Lake Baikal. Visit the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture on our way from Irkutsk to Listvyanka to see some interesting samples of old wooden houses which were brought there from all over Siberia. Upon arrival to Listvyanka, you will also visit the Limnological Museum (or Museum of Baikal), where you learn about flora and fauna of the lake and see some unique species in aquarium. A walk to Tshersky peak- to see the beautiful Baikal Lake panorama.
B/L/D Wooden Hotel
Day 12  Listvyanka /Olkhon Island

Transfer by bus then by ferry from Listvjanka to Olkhon Island, the entire trip will take around 6 hours. You will spend the night in a ger camp by the lake.
B/L/D Lakeside Ger Camp


Day 13 Olkhon Island
Olkhon is the center of Siberian Shamanism, and there are annual spiritual gatherings on the island, as well as ethno-music parties in the summer. The main places on Olkhon island, that you will not miss, is the Shaman cave — a sacred place in Khuzhir, the main village on the island on the shore of Lake Baikal. You will also visit the "Three Brothers" rock, and mysterious and enchanting Khoboy Cape on the northeast end of the island.
B/L/D Lakeside Ger Camp

Day 14  Olkhon Island /Irkusk
Transfer back to Irkusk to spend the last night in Siberia. to catch your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and rest.
B/L/D Hotel Europe

Day 15   Irkusk/Beijing
Board your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and rest. Farewell dinner.
B/D International Hotel

Day 16 Beijing/ home city
Today you will be transferred to the airport and depart for your home city.