Overview

This Journey will introduce you to two completely different countries and cultures in a matter of just 15 days! Week one is in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, and during the second week you will be in Ulan-Ude, Russia. Highlights will include sleeping in a ger camp, visits to Mongolian national parks, temples and museums, and the biggest statue of Chinggis Khan. In Ulan-Ude, you can look forward to visiting a Buddhist temple, spending some time on the shores of Lake Baikal, and getting a taste of Buryat national cuisine.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Mongolia and Ulan-Ude.

Live With a Local

  • Spend time with both your Mongolian and Russian host families
  • Day host with Old Believers

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Lake Baikal, a National Park in Mongolia
  • See the biggest statue Chingis-Khan
  • Observe the World's Biggest statue of Lenin's head
  • Yurt Camp
  • ZaisanTolgoi monument
  • Bogd Khan museum
  • Buddhist Temple
  • Orthodox Church
  • Old Believers village
A HUGE thank you for all your efforts to create and run our fabulous Journey! - Previous ambassador

Discover Mongolia and Ulan-Ude, Russia: August

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

August 10, 2020 – August 25, 2020
Coordinator: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Aug. 10, 2020

All ambassadors arrive in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, where they will be picked up one by one and taken to their host families

On the way, you will see the contrast between ancient traditions and the dawning of a 21st century democracy – most visible in Ulaanbaatar where traditional gers and Buddhist monasteries fascinatingly coexist with modern high-rises and international restaurants

Aug. 11, 2020

City tour:

Gandan Temple

Currency exchange

Choijing Lama Temple museum

Lunch

Sukhbaatar square

Parliament house

Opera house

UB city governor’s office

Post office

Stock Exchange building

Central Culture palace

Mongolian National Museum

In the afternoon, all club members and ambassadors will attend to the welcome party at “PEACE” restaurant, via bus

Aug. 12, 2020

All ambassadors meet at meeting point and go to Terelj National Park to see Turtle Rock, Aryaval Temple, and stay at Ger camp. (By bus)

Aug. 13, 2020

In the morning, ambassadors will go to see Giant Chinggis Khan statue at Tsonjin Boldog and then go to see 13th Century national park.

Then go back to Ger camp and stay one more night there. (By bus)

Aug. 14, 2020

After breakfast, we will visit the nomad and herder families to see their lifestyle, culture, and learn how Mongolians prepare real Mongolian barbecue called “Khorkhog.”

Afternoon, go back to Ulaanbaatar city. (By bus)

Invite hosts to dinner.

Aug. 15, 2020

City tour day:

ZaisanTolgoi monument

Bogd Khan museum

State Department store

Souvenir shop

Cashmere store

In the evening, go to see Tumen Ekh ensemble concert.

Aug. 16, 2020

Free day with their host families, you may go to the Department store with your hosts.

In the afternoon, all club members and ambassadors will attend to the goodbye party at “PEACE” restaurant.

Aug. 17, 2020

Last day, depart from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Ulan-Ude, Russia by bus at 7:30 am.

Aug. 18, 2020

All ambassadors arrive from Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, and are picked up from bus station and takes to their host families.

Visit Ivolginskiy dastan (Buddhist temple) – the center of Buddhism in Russia. Participate in the service.

Lunch.

Welcome dinner (all club members and ambassadors will attend.)

Aug. 19, 2020

Free day with host families.

City tour with families.

Invite hosts to dinner.

Aug. 20, 2020

Trip to Lake Baikal

Time with “Grandfather Baikal.”

Free time on Lake Baikal.

Dinner.

Aug. 21, 2020

Trip to Island Olkhon (shaman’s Island) by boat.

Lunch.

Bring warm sweater, as it can be chilly.

Spend all day on the Island.

Back to hotel in the evening.

Dinner.

Aug. 22, 2020

Breakfast.

Check out and departure to Ulan-Ude (bus).

Lunch on way home.

Return to home hosts.

Dinner.

Aug. 23, 2020

Breakfast with Hosts.

Meeting at the Theatre Square.

Tour to ethnic Buryat open-air village-museum Atsagat.

National greeting traditions, songs, dance.

Lunch – traditional buryat food (pozy or boozy).

Back to host families.

Aug. 24, 2020

Breakfast with Hosts.

Meeting at the Theatre Square.

Tour to Old-Believers village “Kunaley”.

National greeting traditions, songs, dance.

Lunch.

After lunch –back to Ulan-Ude.

Afternoon, all club members and ambassadors will attend the farewell party.

Departure.

Rate:

$2500 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, meals, transportation, entrance tickets, tour to Yurt Camp, and tour to Lake Baikal.

Availability:

15Spaces Remaining

Moderate

Know before you go

  • Journey number 20266.
  • Average temperature 60-77°F in August, but it can change drastically. Please bring warm sweater and rain coat.
  • You will carry your luggage when you will take bus from Mongolia to Russia.
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