Mongolia tailor-made holidays
Wide open grasslands and vast blue skies characterise the terrain of Mongolia, a country three times the size of France, where horses outnumber people 13 to one.
The vast steppe was the heartland of the great Mongol Empire that Genghis Khan founded in the 13th century and now, as then, many people pursue a nomadic existence in this stark but beautiful expanse.
Fringing the steppe is the enormous Gobi Desert, home to rare Bactrian camels, snow leopards and Przewalski horses. Away from the wilds, around a third of Mongolia's three million people now live in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, a city where the internet, mobile phones and international hotels demonstrate a desire to embrace the modern world.
But even here age-old traditions still exist, not least the colourful annual Naadam Festival, the highpoint of the year for locals and visitors alike.
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Staying in a combination of lodges, hotels and traditional ger camps, this eight-day tailor-made journey takes you from Mongolia's energetic capital Ulaanbaatar into the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe, where you'll discover some of Asia's most awe-inspiring landscapes.
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are the world's leading operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, offering fully-escorted, private and adventurous rail tours to discerning guests looking to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations without compromising on comfort.
This is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience a spectacular but little known festival and soak up the exciting atmosphere of this Mongolian national holiday combined with a Trans-Siberian journey across Russia onboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Private Train.
Where to go in Mongolia
Formed by lava flows many millennia ago, the enchanting White Lake, surrounded by alpine meadows, is known for its fish and birdlife.
Elk, ibex and bears are among the native wildlife often seen at the deep, crystal-clear Lake Khovsgol near the Russian border, which is known as Mongolia's ‘dark blue pearl'.
Completed by the second Great Khan, Ogedai, the city of Karakorum was the capital of the Mongol Empire for 40 years and remained an important administrative centre until it was destroyed by Chinese troops during the Ming dynasty.
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