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Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia

Join the biggest festival in Western Mongolia

Golden Eagle festival is an annual traditional event in Western Mongolia, attracting the best hunters and birds. Eagle Hunters compete in catching small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles. This picturesque festival provides an opportunity to learn more about Kazakh traditions and culture, enjoy their colorful costumes, the eagle's gear and ornaments. The highlight of the journey is to explore eagle hunter's lifestyle, spend a day with the Kazakh's family, see how the birds are trained and stay overnight in a ger.

Itinerary

Day 1. 29 Sep Ulaanbaatar

Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the cosy hotel in downtown. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and for a tour introduction. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. 30 Sep Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and start Ulaanbaatar sightseeing tour. Today we will visit the National History Museum. After the museum, we will have lunch and continue our city tour. Visit Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, Gandan Monastery, Stroll through Sukhbaatar square. In the evening, we will have dinner in one of the traditional Mongolian restaurants and watch the Folk show. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. 1 Oct Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii

After breakfast, meet the guide, take a transfer to the airport for a 3-hour flight to the most western Mongolia’s province, Bayan Ulgii. The province is famous for its untouched snow-capped mountains and the Kazakh nation with their rich, unique culture and traditional Hunting with Golden Eagles. Upon arrival in Ulgii, meet the guide and visit the local museum, which provides insight into the diversity of ethnic groups in the region. After a delicious lunch, visit the local Mosque and market. Upon arrival at the hotel, enjoy dinner and spend time at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4. 2 Oct Sagsai soum – Ulgii

Today, after breakfast, meet the guide and drive to man stone which is located in Sagsai soum. There we will spend a full day with a local Kazakh eagle hunter’s family, learn about the Kazakh people’s unique lifestyle, traditions and how they train the eagles for hunting. Enjoy local lunch with the family. Late afternoon drive back to Ulgii city. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 and Day 6. 3-4 Oct The Golden Eagle Festival

For these two days, we will enjoy the Golden Eagle Festival near the town of Ulgii. The festival will begin with the hunters displaying their traditional Kazakh costumes and their eagle's equipment and ornaments. This is an exciting and authentic event which not only features eagle hunters' competitions, but also other Kazakh traditional games such as Kokbar (goat carcass polo), Kazak archery, and many more. The participants are judged not only by the skills of their eagles but also for the best traditional costume, the eagle's gear and ornaments. The eagles will be rated according to their speed and skills. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel

Day 7. 5 Oct Half-day hiking in Ulgii

After breakfast, we will start a light half-day hiking tour along the beautiful Khovd River, which flows from Tavan Bogd mountain of the Altai Mountains to Khar-Us Lake. Enjoy breathtaking views over the terrain of gentle hills and small flat valleys. Stay overnight at a ger camp and experience a real Kazakh way of living.

Day 8. 6 Oct Ulgii – Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. The evening is free at leisure. Spend the night at the hotel in the city centre.

Day 9. 7 Oct Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. The driver will take you to the airport.

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Golden Eagle Festival

Golden Eagle Festival the biggest festival in Western Mongolia held in Bayan Ulgii at the beginning of October. It is a spectacular and colourful tournament where Kazakh eagle hunters dressed in full eagle hunting regalia compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles.

Traditional games

After the tournament the riders participate in such traditional games as plucking a flower while riding a running horse, traditionally called “Buzkoshi”, and kok-boru, fighting for a dead goat on horseback.

Tournament

Golden Eagle is a traditional festival. There are three tasks of the tournament: hunters calling their eagles from the top of a hill to land on their arms, the eagles hunting for hides drawn by a running horse and the eagles catching a small animal. The participants are judged not only by the skills of their eagles but also by the finery of their attire, the traditional hunting dress, gloves, harnesses and the birds’ hoods.

Mongolia

To apply for a visa, citizens of the UK should apply personally through an authorized company (40 GBP for a standard visa, issued in 5 days). Сitizens of New Zealand can apply for a visa only by mail (160 $ NZ for a standard visa, issued in 2-5 days). Citizens of Australia can apply for a visa by mail (230 AUD, issued in 4-5 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada can travel to Mongolia without a visa in case a travel period is less than 90 days.

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What's included

Accommodation

3 nights at 3*/4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar (days 1, 2, 8)

4 nights at 3* hotel in Ulgii (days 3, 4, 5, 6)

1 night (day 7) at the ger camp (with shared facilities). The bathrooms are located in a separate building with basic toilets and showers. Such camps can be considered as a highlight of the journey to experience read nomads way of life.

Meals

Breakfasts on days 2-9

Lunches on days 2-7

Dinners on days 1-7 including welcome traditional Mongolian dinner

A bottle of mineral water each day

Guided tours

Tour is fully escorted by an experienced English-speaking guide

City tour in Ulaanbaatar

The museum of Bayan-Olgii Province

Visit a local family

Golden Eagle Festival accompanied by the guide

Hiking along the Khovd River

Transportation

Services of comfortable transportation on tours and airport - hotel - airport transfers

4WD vehicles or bus in the countryside of Mongolia

Return local flight tickets (economy class) from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii

Support

24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line

Entrance tickets

The National History Museum

Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum

Gandan Monastery

The museum of Bayan-Olgii Province

Golden Eagle Festival

Not Included

Travel insurance

Visa fees

International flights

Meals not mentioned

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

Highlights

Golden Eagle Festival - authentic and exciting event

The snow-capped Altai Mountains

Meet local Kazakh eagle hunter’s family

Real gear camp experience

Man stone

Khar-Us Lake

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This has been an incredible trip. The service has been exceptional and the guides provided were knowledgeable about their cities and gave us an experience we will never forget. If I do this trip again I would take even longer to see this amazing country.

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Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.

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USA

Travelled to Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 with a family of 4 including (2 boys: 4 and 12 y/o) . What an amazing experience it was! Super well organized, transfers were always on time, hotels were good, we couldn’t ask for a more responsible tour guide, Phillip was awesome and in care of every little detail to make us feel like at home, would recommend the company with no hesitation at all!

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Australia

We have finished our trip in Mongolia and I busted to say thank you very much for all your assistance while we were on the ground in Russia. By far the best guide we had was Yuri in Moscow - he was excellent. We had a very good visit to Novgorod where Natalia was an excellent guide too, and we learnt much about Russian history: It was very good to have the car to take us around the Golden Circle and Victor was a good driver. and the guide in Peterhof and Faberge museum was very nice, approachable, taxis were always waiting for us when we got off the boat etc. We both had a very good holiday and learnt a lot about Russian history and culture: thanks again.

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