Guests on Pacific Delight Tours’ eight-day Mongolia itinerary can expect exotic experiences along the way. // © 2013 Thinkstock
Pacific Delight Tours offers travelers the opportunity to experience China’s lesser-known neighbor, Mongolia, this summer on the eight-day Mongolia Naadam Festival Experience. The tour will take guests through the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, and into the Gobi Desert.
The tour’s adventures through Ulaanbaatar will include a visit to the treasured Gandantegchinlen Monastery, home to more than 100 monks and a 75-foot gold Buddha statue, and one of the few Mongolian monasteries to survive the communist movement.
Later in the trip, visitors will witness the opening of the Naadam Festival, a showcase of traditional sports and performing arts. Upon venturing into the Gobi, visitors will stay in tented accommodations in a traditional Ger camp and behold some of the desert’s most famous sites, the Singing Sand Dunes, where sand blown by the wind resonates to produce a humming sound; and the Flaming Cliffs, a pilgrimage site for lovers of paleontology, where Roy Chapman Andrews first discovered the remains of Protoceratops.
Visitors will depart on July 4. The tour costs $2,899 per person, with a single supplement of $699, and includes all meals and accommodations, air travel within Mongolia, port charges and English-speaking guides on all sightseeing tours.