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Overnight Kharkhorin Central Mongolia Tour

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Overnight Kharkhorin Central Mongolia Tour
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icon2 days  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Set amid the Orkhon Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site, ancient Karakorum—Kharkhorin today—was Genghis Khan’s capital during the 13th century. Experience its historic charm and vibrant nomadic culture on this guided overnight tour, which includes meals. Tour the Kharakhorum Museum, visit 16th-century Erdene Zuu Monastery, and spend time with a family of horse-riding nomads—access you couldn’t hope to achieve independently.
  • Explore ancient Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery on an overnight tour
  • Experience local life with a family of horse herding nomads
  • Refuel with authentic Mongolian fare
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your guide in a group of maximum 15
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport
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Transportation Included
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Overnight accommodation
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Personal equipments
Optional activity cost
Travel Insurance
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up from your hotel.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Travel Mongolia

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Way overpriced, poor quality, unsafe & unprofessional
braunschweigtraveler
, May 2019
As previously instructed, we were waiting in the hotel lobby at the specified time. When after 15 mins nobody had showed up, we asked the receptionist to call again. After some words were exchanged in Mongolian between the staff, I was handed the receiver. I was expecting an apology for the delay. Instead, I was scolded by agency staff in an accusatory tone that we had not informed about the hotel we were staying at. Obviously, the "accusation“ is unsubstantiated. It is rude and very offensive, and totally inappropriate to blame the customer (who did everything as instructed) for obvious internal miscommunication on the agency's part.We were told the driver would arrive “soon“ at the hotel, which turned out to be more than an hour after the scheduled departure time and cutting into the limited time available for the tour. Unfortunately, the lack of professionalism and poor-quality service did not end there. The vehicle for the 8+ -hour drive was a small Isuzu 4X4. As together with two other passengers we were 5 people, three of us had to spend the trip crammed into the tight rear seat bench. I spent the whole trip in the middle seat. Totally uncomfotable, resulting in stiff legs and necks! Moreover, the vehicle seemed hardly roadworthy. The trunk hatch could not be opened, making loading and unloading extremely inconvenient. Getting in and out of the vehicle was equally inconvenient, as one rear door was stuck so that each rear passenger had to get in one by one through the other door. And the condition of this door was most worrisome! It was prone to be opened without warning while on the road. Hardly a safe and comfortable vehicle! Our driver was also supposed to be our “guide“. We cannot determine how knowledgeable he is, because he was simpy unable to communicate properly. Unable to utter complete sentences, he spoke an unintelligble gibberish of English and German fragments. Not only was he unable to divulge any meaningful insights about Mongolian culture, he also did not provide any information about details of the trip. When would we visit the monastery and/or museum in Kharkhorin? Thursday or Friday? No clear answer. How and when would we get back to Ulaanbaatar? No clear answer, either. It turned out that on Friday we had to wait for more than three hours (!) with nothing to do after we had had lunch and the “nomadic culture experience“ at a local family’s yurt, before we were finally picked up after 5.15 pm by a van carrying passengers from another tour. We finally arrived back in Ulaanbaatar after 10.30 pm. The guide’s appearance made us uncomfortablre, too. Both days he wore a military style adidas hoodie, with the hood over his head most of the time. On the second day he was pretty smelly in this outfit. Furthermore and most worrisome, his apparent and admitted lack of sleep added to the concerns about road safety We have travelled to more than 100 countries and taken many tours, but this was by far the worst (not even considering the very basic standard of the ger camp accommodation). All this might be tolerable had this been a low-budget tour, but at $ 638 it’s totally unacceptable. It is simply unbelievable that Tripadvisor allow themselves to be associated with such an incompetent and unprofessional tour operator, charging an outrageous price for dismal quality!
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