Our Mongolia vacations
Our Mongolia vacations spell adventure in these vast, beautiful wildernesses. From epic horse riding odysseys to vibrant eagle festivals (perhaps even learning to hunt with the birds yourself), at every turn these trips reveal new sides of Mongolia’s fascinating character. Cultural interaction is a key part of your enjoyment. You’ll stay with nomadic families in their gers, gaining an understanding of traditional lifestyles while helping to preserve them with your visit. Local guides offer an invaluable introduction to Mongolian customs and culture, whether showing you how to enter someone’s tent correctly or helping you explore Mongolia’s diverse cuisine.
Our top Mongolia vacations
From US $2499 to US $25509 days ex flights
Horseriding & staying with local Nomadic familes in Mongolia
Small group2023: 26 Aug, 2024: 24 Aug
From US $5599 to US $704915 days ex flights
Mongolia tour with Naadam Festival departures
Small group2023: 28 Jun, 8 Jul, 16 Sep, 2024: 29 Jun, 8 Jul, 21 Sep
From US $2365 to US $381512 days ex flights
Culture and adventure in the landscapes of western Mongolia
Small group2023: 12 Sep, 26 Sep
About our Mongolia vacations
The people of Mongolia
Anyone who has experienced the warm hospitality of a stay in one of Mongolia’s nomadic herding camp rarely forgets it. There’s a language barrier to overcome, but smiles and sign language soon put paid to any awkwardness. Mobile phones charged with solar panels are everywhere – handy for staying in touch when you’re always on the move. Nearly half the Mongolian population lives in and around the crowded cosmopolitan capital, Ulaanbaatar, and you can expect to find a lot of good English spoken and people eager to share their culture with you, and learn about your own in return.
Steppe & big skies
When it comes to wilderness, Mongolia goes one steppe beyond. Your first introduction to these vast open spaces will knock you off your feet, and you’ll find yourself then gazing up into another great expanse, this time of blue sky, immense clouds floating ponderously past. Herds of sheep, yaks, horses and camels wander peaceably through unfenced grasslands, and you can ride for days counting the number of people you encounter on one hand. Whether you’re traveling by 4x4, on horseback or just watching through the window of your train carriage, these landscapes are practically hypnotic.
The province of Bayan-Ulgii in Western Mongolia hosts three Golden Eagle Festivals every year, held in spring or autumn. Though far from ancient in their origins and aimed mostly at spectators increasingly from abroad, their success has seen rising interest in traditional eagle hunting among younger Mongolians, and the practise has now been listed by UNESCO as a ‘living human heritage’. If planning a trip, you’ll witness displays of falconry and horsemanship, but little in the way of actual hunting as the festivals are out of season.
Hunting with eagles
Hunting with eagles has a long history in Mongolia. Genghis Khan is thought to have been an aficionado and Marco Polo recorded that he had hunted alongside Khan’s grandson. The hunters are actually Kazakh, usually part of nomadic herding families who train their golden eagles to pick off small prey with fur that’ll be useful in winter. For the Kazakhs, their birds become like family, their bond forming a few months after hatching. Growing tourist interest in hunting with eagles is leading to ethical concerns; travel with a responsible vacation company to ensure that the birds you’re encountering aren’t just photo props.
Family vacations in Mongolia
Mongolia makes for a truly adventurous family vacation, especially when your kids are old enough to handle a few hours on horseback and endure the loss of a few home comforts. Their natural curiosity will be a perfect fit for exploring cultural differences at a nomadic camp, and you can let them wander off – the biggest danger they’ll face is falling into a patch of dung. If your idea of the perfect family vacation is one where charging tablets is logistically challenging, but campfires under vast canvases of stars are a nightly tradition, then Mongolia is your place.
Types of tours & vacations in Mongolia
Small group vacations boil down the essence of Mongolia travel: great open spaces, cultural interactions, friendships made on the fly – but with the added pleasure of experiencing them with a select group of like-minded visitors, and with all the logistics ironed out for you. If you want to focus on the elements that appeal to you most, such as cultural immersion, adventurous family jaunts or long days in the saddle, tailor made vacations are ideal. Mongolia is made for adventure vacations too, whether that’s trekking through the wilderness, watching local people compete in archery, wrestling and horse riding, or witnessing a Golden Eagle festival.