Mongolia Overland journey to the Gobi

Mongolia Overland journey to the Gobi

DURATION

12 DAYS

WHEN

June to August

DESTINATION

Mongolia

TYPE

PRIVATE

Mongolia Expedition

You will find a beauty that can only be found in the most remote areas of the planet in the terrain of Mongolia, with its rough mountains, immense lush steppe, and otherworldly Gobi Desert.

It’s possible that Mongolia’s isolation from the outside world for the majority of the 20th century contributed to the preservation of these dynamic landscapes. The more significant factor is that around a third of the population is made up of herders who live a nomadic lifestyle, frequently traveling throughout the beautiful countryside to honor the land as they have done since the time of Chinggis Khan.

As you paddle the «dark blue pearl» of the immaculate Lake Hovsgol or observe the falconry of the Kazakh golden eagle hunters who once relied on their birds to capture prey during the winter in the Altai Mountains, we offer the chance to explore this land of astounding marvels in rich detail seamlessly.

You will learn about more than just a location by staying in tastefully furnished traditional gers and visiting local families of Mongolia’s extraordinarily hospitable nomadic people.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Explore the modern Ulaanbataar

  • Visit the Mongols empire capital, Karakorum, and Erdene Zuu, the largest monastery in Mongolia.

  • Visit the stunning Ongi Monastery, known as «the pearl of the great desert.

  • Stay two nights in the depths of the Gobi desert.

  • Spend the night in Ger’s like a real nomad

  • Look for real dinosaur fossils and fall in love with the beautiful landscapes of the Flamingo Cliffs.

 

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar Int Airport and Private transfer:

Upon your arrival at Ulaanbaatar international airport, you will be greeted by an NPE representative. Afterward, we will transfer you to the Shangri-La Hotel located within walking distance of numerous attractions and shops. The contrast between ancient customs and a democratic society in the twenty-first century is most evident in Ulaanbaatar, where traditional gers and Buddhist monasteries coexist with modern high-rises.

Overnight at Shangri-La Hotel. No Meals

Day 2
Ulaanbaatar

Following breakfast, we’ll visit Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s seat of Buddhism. Mongolia’s nomadic culture is woven with a rich Tibetan-Buddhist history, including remnants of old Shamanist rituals. Hundreds of Buddhist temples were demolished during Stalin’s 1930s purges. Gandan, on the other hand, was spared destruction and continued to serve as a «showpiece» for government officials.

Visit Mongolia’s National History Museum in the afternoon for an excellent introduction to Mongolia’s history and culture. The newly renovated museum features Stone and Bronze Age antiquities, historical clothing of Mongolia’s minority tribes, important religious relics, and farming, fishing, and hunting equipment.

Visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum after lunch. The museum, which bears Zanabazar’s name, houses one of the finest collections of Buddhist art and artifacts worldwide, including many of Zanabazar’s original creations. Zanabazar was a well-known politician and artist who lived in the 17th century and was also the first Buddhist leader of Mongolia.

Finally, we’ll have a welcome dinner and stay the night at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Overnight at Shangri-La Hotel (B, L, D). 

Day 3 
Drive to Karakroum

After breakfast, travel (5–6 hours) to the Karakorum, the location of the Mongol Empire’s capital during the 13th century. The scale of the empire built by Chinggis Khan and his offspring, the most extensive land empire in recorded history, has never been surpassed. Travelers in the 13th century were astounded by Karakorum’s beauty and its internationalism and openness, where businessmen, thinkers, and clergy could practice their religion freely.

Visit a local nomadic family in the late afternoon to gain a deeper understanding of their customary way of life.

Overnight at Local Ger Camp (B, L, D.)

Day 4
Karakorum

Visit Erdene Zuu, the largest monastery in Mongolia, in the morning. It is said that Erdene Zuu was constructed in the 16th century from its ruins.

Erdene Zuu, which is encircled by 108 stupas, has long been a hub of Buddhist activity. Wander the grounds of the monastery and see the monks as they conduct their daily rituals and prayers in temples adorned with stunning Buddhist art.

Continue to the Karakorum Museum for an intriguing look at what formerly housed the world’s arts, politics, trades, and religions. The museum is divided into two sections: one is dedicated to the permanent exhibits, while the other showcases the results of recent or current scientific investigations in the region.

After lunch, ride horses for 3–4 hours through a large river valley where nomadic families spend summertime in the Orkhon River valley. As we get to the river’s edge, hundreds of animals will be grazing on fertile pasture. 

Return to your Ger to spend the night and recharge for your next day of adventure.

Overnight at Local Ger Camp (B, L, D).

Day 5
Ongii Monastery

After breakfast, travel (4-5 hours) to Ongiin Hiid to visit the temple’s ruins, located in a stunning mountainous area dating back to the 17th century. Ongiin Hiid still referred to as the «Pearl of the Great Desert,» was one of Mongolia’s biggest monasteries until it was destroyed in 1939 as part of a communist crackdown.

Overnight at Local Ger Camp (B, L, D).

Day 6
Three Camel Lodge/ Horse Riding to Havtagait Valley

After breakfast, continue traveling overland overnight to the semi-desert province in the southernmost part of Mongolia (3-4 hours). The Gobi is a fascinating and diverse location, in contrast to the monotony that the word «desert» conveys, and it is home to some of the most significant paleontological finds of the 20th century. 

Explore the breathtaking Gobi landscapes over the following four days. This area is home to numerous indigenous animals, including Bactrian camels, Argali mountain sheep, goitered gazelles, Golden Eagles, Saker Falcons, and jerboas, which resemble kangaroo rats. The dhole, snow leopard, wild camel, and Gobi bear are just a few of the rarest and most elusive mammals that may be found in the Gobi.

Settling into a Mongolian ger with traditional decor after arrival.
After lunch, mount your horses and ride the two hours to Havtsgait Valley, where ancient rock carvings made by early Gobi dwellers dating back between 8,000 and 2,000 years ago can be found. On the mountaintop, boulders strewn with petroglyphs are decorated in their thousands.

Finally, return to your Ger to relax and recover for the next day.

Overnight at Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 7
Yol Valley National Park /Moltsog Els Sand Dunes

Drive for one hour to Yol Valley National Park, nestled in the Altai Mountains’ foothills, after breakfast. An old river carved this unexpectedly lush valley, and the remaining streams produce ice formations that may last until the end of July. One can visit the homes of local animals such as the vulture-like Lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks, and Argali mountain sheep by taking a trip through the valley. Visit the neighborhood natural history museum to summarize the local flora and wildlife after exploring the valley. After lunch, go back to Three Camel Lodge.

Drive to the dunes near Moltsog els in the late afternoon (1 hour). Although the Gobi Desert is the second largest in the world, only 3% of it is covered in sand. The 60-mile-long Moltsog Els Sand Dunes run from northwest to southeast. Those interested will have the chance to see a camel-herding family and ride a Bactrian camel around the area.

Afterward, return to your lodge to spend the night. 

Overnight at Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 8 
Tugrugyn shiree/ Alag teeg/ Flaming Cliffs

Start your day by welcoming a renowned paleontologist from the Paleontology Institute of Mongolia before traveling to Tugrugyn Shiree, the location of the famed «Fighting Dinosaurs» fossil, which shows a Protoceratops and Velociraptor locked in conflict. Discover the neighboring dunes and stunning white sandstone escarpment.

Continue to Alag Teeg, a location that was formerly home to the armored dinosaur ankylosaurs and is now considered one of the Gobi Desert’s hidden gems. After lunch, go back to Three Camel Lodge.

Due to the orange light of its rock at dawn and night, Bayan Zag (30 min) is also known as the Flaming Cliffs in the late afternoon. The first nest of dinosaur eggs was discovered here in 1923 by Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his expedition team from the American Museum of Natural History. The Flaming Cliffs are abundant with dinosaur fossils and have been the location of significant paleontological discoveries, despite not being immediately apparent to the untrained eye.

 

Overnight at Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9
Fly to Ulaanbaatar

Transfer to the nearby airport in the morning for the 1,5-hour trip to Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Paleontology Institute of Mongolia when you get there to find out more about the dinosaurs that have been discovered there.

Leading paleontologists who are in charge of the laboratory’s cleaning and assembly will be introduced to us. Enjoy a traditional Mongolian performance in the evening, followed by a goodbye meal at a top neighborhood restaurant.

Overnight at Shangri-La Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10
Flight back home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure for your homeward flight.

Meals: Breakfast  

Lodgings

Shangri-La Hotel

Located in the heart of modern Ulaanbataar, the Shari-La Hotel is the ideal base to start your journey in Mongolia. Its wonderful suites plus their friendly staff will make you feel at home. The hotel is located 40 minutes away from the airport, and it is near to the famous Government House, Great Chinggis Khaan Square, and main offices and embassies. Shari-La has a three-concept restaurant where you will be able to try authentic Mongolian cuisine.

Three Camel Lodge

This experiential hotel is located in the midst of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and is manned by Mongolians who provide traditional hospitality to tourists. You will stay in a «Ger,» which is the nomadic herders of Mongolia’s traditional tent. They are heated by a wood stove and are surrounded by exquisitely painted wooden latticework. Your opulent Ger is equipped with a king-sized bed, a basin, a toilet, and conventional beauty supplies.

When to go

The summer, which lasts from the middle of June until the last week of August, is the most incredible time to visit Mongolia. The best and safest time to visit the nation is when the weather is ideal for expeditions, and there is enough rain and sunshine to cover the entire country. Every location you visit on your trip is lush and verdant.

In Mongolia, the summer months of June through September are particularly lovely. September’s autumnal weather is pleasant and restores color to the landscape. Neither it’s too hot nor too cold outside. The abundance of dairy products available to the nomads, who make up the majority of this nation, is another benefit of this time of year. They can be seen working diligently to process milk and make winter-related preparations.

The autumn season makes Mongolia’s gorgeous countryside settings even more picturesque and photogenic.

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Delhi:

Upon your arrival at the Dehli airport, our tour representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge & transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Plaza (Meals Aloft)

Day 2

Delhi – Raipur – Kanha

Your NPE guide will pick you up from The Olive Exclusive Boutique in the morning. After that, you and your guide will leave Kalahari in your safari vehicle and head southwest over the magnificent Khomas Hochland mountains before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namibia Desert below. A picnic lunch will be served

After breakfast we will drive to the Delhi airport to fly to Raipur.

After landing in Raipur airport we will drive four hours to Kanha.

Our drive takes us through the rural countryside, colorful towns, villages, and a stop in the sleepy town of Mandla (sacred city for the Gond Indian tribes), where the Narmada River, the second holiest to the Ganges, is the center of activity. En-route we will enjoy a picnic lunch.

Once we arrive at our lodge at Kanha, and after enjoying some time freshen up, we will take the opportunity to stretch our legs and walk down to the Banjar River with our naturalists to identify the local flora and fauna and make you familiar with the surroundings. Termite mounds, flying squirrels, butterflies, among many other species, will fascinate you. By the way, it is here that Rudyard Kipling got his inspiration to write The Jungle Book!

In the evening, we will receive a complete talk about the national park. We will look at some maps to understand the areas where we will be doing our safaris. We will also meet our local naturalists, who will answer all your questions to help you prepare for the experiences ahead.

Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3 & 4

Kanha National Park Safaris

We will enjoy two 4×4 safaris each day in the magnificent Kanha National Park.

We are staying with the family whose heritage dates back three generations of tiger conservation. Kailash Sankhala, was the founder-director of Project Tiger, under which the inception of the Project Tiger Reserves in India took place. Their grandchildren run and manage Kanha Jungle Lodge. We will have the first-hand opportunity to interact with them and spend one of the evenings watching the award-winning documentary Tigerland. Produced by the Discovery Channel and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it focuses on two passionate people trying to save the Tiger. One of them is Kailash Sankhala.

Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5

From Kanha National Park to Bandhavgarh National Park

After one last morning jungle safari in Kanha, we will depart on a five-to-six-hour scenic drive to Bandhavgarh. Along the way, we will enjoy an excellent picnic lunch. Upon arrival, we will enjoy free time to freshen up before a short talk before dinner.

Bandhavgarh is home to more than 25 animal species, more than 250 bird species, over 80 butterfly species, and many reptiles. Apart from tigers, the Bandhavgarh is home to panthers, wolves, hyenas, wild dogs, gaur, cheetal, sambhar, barking deer, sloth bears, and many more species. Bandhavgarh has long been a fantastic tiger habitat, with the greatest tiger density in the world. “In other parks, you have to be lucky to see a tiger,” wildlife enthusiasts in India joke, “but in Bandhavgarh, you have to be unlucky not to see a tiger.”

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. B, L, D

Day 6 & 7
Bandhavgarh National Park

Early morning wake-up calls with tea and coffee will begin the days.

You’ll wake up to foggy mornings and the sounds of birds singing, making for an exciting start to the day. Leave for your jungle safari as soon as the sun rises, followed by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4×4 Jeeps. Every day, our guides and trackers visit the park to keep track of Tiger movements by inspecting their feces and hearing for other species’ alarm sounds. A knowledgeable guide familiar with the wildlife in the region will greatly boost your chances of spotting a tiger, and NPE has recruited the best. During the safari, you will have a picnic breakfast in the jungle.

Each day we will return to our lodge in time for lunch. After some rest, we will depart on an afternoon safari that will have us back at our lodge in time to freshen up, enjoy a small talk with our guides, and dine.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. B, L, D

Day 8

Bandhavgarh National Park, and to Khajuraho

After another morning safari at Bandhavgarh National Park, we will depart, with picnic lunches, on a five-hour drive to Khajuraho.

We’ll get to our hotel with plenty of time to freshen up and enjoy a great dinner.

Khajuraho is known for its ancient temples, which have some of the world’s best art. The Chandela Dynasty built these temples between 950 and 1050 AD, depicting different forms such as meditation, spiritual teachings, kinfolk, wrestling, royalty, and, most importantly, sensual art. The temples are one of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with breathtaking exhibits of excellent sculptures and great architectural ability. The temples are divided into three groups based on their geographical location: eastern, western, and southern. The sculptures of the Khajuraho temples are stunning, detailed, and expressive, and will leave you speechless.

Overnight at Radisson Jass. B, L, D

Day 9
Khajuraho – Agra

After breakfast, we will check-out of the hotel and then visit the Jain and Hindu temples with their elaborate stone carvings. Images of gods and goddesses, heavenly maidens and dancers, animals and musicians, all frozen in stone, many in the act of wooing, may be seen in the erotic temples.

Khajuraho was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to preserve this collective celebration of life, love, and joy and symbolize the Chandela period’s spirit of creativity and human interactions (9th & 10th century CE).

The Parasvanath Temple, the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho with excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu, and other temples dedicated to Brahma, the Goddess Kali, the Visha Temple of Shiva, and the Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu are all part of the Eastern group of temples.

After the visit, transfer to Khajuraho airport for a flight to Agra. (Air India flight 1310 from Khajuraho to Agra arrives at 1355 hours)

Upon arrival, we will drive to our hotel.

We will dine at Peshawri (located in our hotel), which brings the romance of India’s rough northwest frontier to life in this authentic, award-winning restaurant, making it a must-visit dining spot in Agra.

Overnight at ITC Mughal. B, L, D

Day 10
Taj Mahal at sunrise – From Agra to Jaipur – The Royal Heritage Haveli

Rise early for morning coffee and prepare for a truly spectacular sight, the legendary Taj Mahal at daybreak. It is often said that Taj Mahal changes its colors by every minute depending upon the angle of sun rays and it is best seen either by sunset or sunrise. Sunrise however is the best timing for taking pictures of this monument under mild sunlight.

In 1475 AD, Badal Singh founded the city of Taj in Agra. In the Mahabharat, Agra is referred to as Agraban. Sikandar Lodi established Agra as his capital, but Babur conquered the Lodis, capturing Agra and the Mughal Empire. Agra saw a feverish building activity in the mid-16th century and early 17th century AD, and it was during this period, the Taj Mahal, the emblem of love, was erected.

Always the main reason for a journey to Agra, the Taj Mahal is a white marble tribute to Shah Jahan’s lovely wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Ustad Isa, a Persian architect, planned and built this monument, which took 22 years to finish. The Taj Mahal is known for its exquisite domes, delicately carved screens, some of the most extraordinary inlay work ever seen, and its remarkable architectural balance and perfect symmetry.

After this amazing experience, we will return to the hotel for breakfast and Checkout. While returning to Jaipur, visit to Agra Fort. After visiting the fort, we will drive back to Jaipur. (240Kms/ 4-5 hrs). Lunch will be served at a local restaurant

Upon arrival, check in at hotel. You will have the afternoon free to enjoy this superb hotel. A true master piece of historic first-class hotels.

Overnight at Royal Heritage Haveli. B, L, D

Day 11
Jaipur

After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent Amber Fort, the most iconic monument in Jaipur. The fort houses many palaces, halls, gardens, and temples, including Sheesh Mahal, an elaborate mirror palace that adds to the grandeur of this historical site.

After visiting the fort, we will enjoy a memorable private guided tour of the City Palace, the residence of the Royal family, who have opened their gates to visitors and converted a part of their palace into a museum. The Jaipur palace is full of brilliant architecture and intricately carved walls and pillars. We will visit the beautiful Chandra Mahal or Chandra Niwas, the most commanding building in the City Palace complex.

We will then continue for a unique cultural and culinary experience with Mr. Durga Singh Ji of Dera Mandawa, who will receive us in his home for lunch. While we are there, you may try your hand at Indian cooking if you wish.

Thakur Durga Singh was educated at the renowned Mayo College in Ajmer. He takes great pride in his history, cultural traditions, folk traditions, and eastern religions, and he likes to present Rajasthan and India to interested travelers. He is the current custodian of Dera Mandawa, and is an exceptional host.

After lunch, we will proceed to walk through the bazaars of Jaipur, which offer the opportunity to immerse in the riches of traditional India. Since its foundation in 1727, the royal family and nobles of Jaipur have been patronizing various craftsmen and artisans in the Pink City.

After lunch, we will return to our hotel to relax.

At 7:30 PM, we will take you to a fine dining experience at 1135 AD restaurant. 1135 AD name comes from the year when the Kacchawaha clan founded the dynasty. The current chef takes notes from the original royal cooks and brings forth the true culinary valor of the ‘Rajput Kingdom’.

This private dinner will be a Surya Thali experience that will last forever in your memory.

Overnight at the Royal Heritage Haveli. B, L, D

Day 12
To Delhi – The Claridges

After breakfast, we will depart on a five-hour drive to Delhi. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

Upon arrival, the rest of the afternoon and evening will be free to enjoy our excellent five-star hotel, The Claridges.

We have left this evening’s dinner on your own so that you can choose to enjoy any of the superb restaurants in the hotel or travel to the city to taste different flavors. Your expedition leader will assist you with your selection and help you with the reservations. He will also inform you of his plans for dinner so that you can join him if you wish.

Overnight at The Claridges. B, L.

Day 13
Old & New Delhi

After breakfast, we’ll tour Old Delhi to learn about the Mughal Empire’s splendor and ultimate devastation. The tour includes visiting Jama Masjid, India’s biggest mosque, and a drive through the Red Fort, the Mughal Empire’s most luxurious fort and palace. We’ll stroll around the streets and markets of this imperial capital city from the seventeenth century. You’ll be dazzled by the glitter of India’s largest jewelry market and relish the smells of one of Asia’s largest spice markets. You’ll find hidden jewels while exploring the tiny lanes and 350-year-old markets of the city established during the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire, India’s most spectacular empire, with a mix of strolling and rickshaw riding.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

The afternoon will be dedicated to New Delhi, founded by the British imperial government in 1911, to move their capital from Calcutta. The tour of New Delhi includes a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, passing the imposing India Gate, the Parliament House, and the President’s Residence and will finish with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

We will enjoy time to freshen up at our hotel before our farewell dinner.

Overnight at The Claridges. B, L, D.

Day 14
Fly back home or continue to the extension

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Delhi airport to take your flight back home, or to continue exploring other areas of India with NPE (Please contact us about our multiple extensions available)

Varanasi Extension

Day 14
To Varanasi-Ganga Aarti Ceremony:

After breakfast, we will be transferred to Delhi’s airport to board our flight to Varanasi. Once we arrive in Varanasi, the NPE representative will transfer us to our hotel.

After time to rest and lunch, we will visit the Ganges for the beautiful Aarti (prayer) ceremony. Varanasi’s Ganga aarti is a brilliant beacon of devotion and bliss. There hasn’t been a day in a long time when the holy Ganga River hasn’t been revered.

We will enjoy unique ceremonies, and, as the sun sets, we will take a boat and float upriver from the Assi Ghat.

Overnight at Guleria Kothi Deluxe Room. B, L, D.

Day 15

The complete Varanasi Experience

Get up early, and at the crack of dawn, we will depart on an unforgettable boat excursion that will allow us to admire, and
photograph, the living traditions of one of the oldest religions during the golden light hours of the day. You will be amazed by the color palette surrounding you, including the red and golden color of the water of the Ganges, the temples, ‘ashrams,’ and pavilions.

After sunrise, we will venture again down the Ghats (banks of the river), which will be much less crowded than the evening before. Once we are back at Assi Ghat, we will witness the morning Aarti (prayer), and because there are fewer people, we will be able to get up close to the priests. It is also possible to hear music students chanting hymns while the priests perform the morning rituals.

Overnight at Guleria Kothi Deluxe Room. B, L, D.

Day 16

Yoga and Back to Dehli

It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity.

We will enjoy an optional but included early morning yoga session at the Ghats by a Varanasi yoga master.

We will then enjoy free time to explore the town before lunch. (Lunch today is on your own at Varanasi).

Our flight to Delhi is scheduled for 3:30 pm.

Upon arrival, we will transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel, where we will rest until it is time to return to the airport to fly back home.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu. B.

Day 17

Fly back home

Transfer to the airport and fly back home.

Breakfast this morning is included.

Lodgings

Radisson Blu Plaza

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport, a five-star hotel providing smiles and hospitality par excellence for the past two decades, stands tall and proud on the National Highway -8, just 5 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport. The hotel is well connected to New Delhi’s south and central areas on one hand and Gurgaon’s commercial center on the other. The world-class shopping complexes are both within walking distance. The Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport is certified with ISO 22000:2005, which guarantees the safety and hygiene of its guests.

Kanha Jungle Lodge

Kanha Jungle Lodge, located in the heart of the rich Sal Forest and near the famed Kanha National Park, provides a natural setting for guests to enjoy the enormous expanse of wildlife in the area. Its outstanding location near the Mukki gate of Kanha National Park and its amenities will provide the perfect balance of luxury and relaxation before and after long days of game viewing. 

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

The lodge was built on the theme of an Indian hamlet and is located within walking distance of Bandhavgarh National Park’s main gate. This excellent hotel offers a wide range of activities for guests to unwind and connect with nature. Its naturalist crew is one of the most valuable safari companions you can have. The lodge’s Jeeps are equipped with Bird Books, Binoculars, and, most importantly, a trained naturalist whose wealth of experience in these jungles will make each safari fascinating and leave you wanting more.

Radisson Jass

The Radisson Jass strives to deliver a well-balanced travel experience with comfort, style, and genuine hospitality. The Radisson Jass Hotel, surrounded by lush gardens and adjacent to Khajuraho’s famous temples, is the best spot to stay in this temple town. The hotel offers elegantly designed rooms and food and beverage, recreational, and heartfelt service to ensure that you and your family have a wonderful stay.

ITC Mughal

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Resort & Spa in Agra, is a fitting monument to the great Mughal builders of the past, sprawled over 23 acres of exquisite gardens near the Taj Mahal. The only Indian hotel that received the renowned Aga Khan Award for its outstanding Mughal architecture portrayal. This Agra luxury hotel has 233 sumptuous rooms and suites, evoking the Mughal Dynasty’s beauty and perfection.

Royal Heritage Haveli

The Royal Heritage Haveli, built initially as a hunting lodge in the 18th century by His Highness Madho Singh Ji of Jaipur, now serves as a boutique hotel after 200 years. The Royal Heritage Haveli is now run by Maharaj Jai Singh of Jaipur’s niece Angelique and her spouse Pradip. They are known for their gracious hospitality, providing each guest with a unique and authentic flavor of the Maharaja’s way of life. The Royal Heritage Haveli, which spans 100,000 square feet and features expansive lawns, tranquil courtyards, sumptuous furnishings, and grand living areas, is a wealthy destination.

The Claridges

The Claridges is a top-notch Indian hotel renowned for several international awards and its finest cuisine. This hotel provides the best experience in Delhi, with a fantastic combination of classic architecture and modern amenities. Its location will let you uniquely experience Delhi, and its amenities will provide the best relaxation experience before returning home.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Jan 24, 2023

PRICE

$ 9645.00

Single Supplement

$ 2185

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

$ 620

COMPLETE DETAILS
RESERVATION

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.
** Some special conditions apply, please check the single supplement section of the expedition booklet by downloading the complete details.

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You can learn about all the mysteries and wonders we have uncovered while exploring the Mekong River, Tonle Sap Lake, and the various civilizations coexisting nearby by joining our full 7-night Mekong Expedition Cruise.

From December through August, our itinerary spends a lot more time on the Mekong River in Cambodia and along the Tonle Sap River, two less-visited rural and gorgeous regions of the country. You will have many opportunities to explore, including daily bike alternatives (10 to 15 km), kayaking, and leisurely excursions on covered tuk-tuks where you may get a real sense of the locals’ everyday lives.

From August to November, passengers who travel with us experience the complete history of Mekong life while also meeting Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks, and our business partners in Vietnam’s wet marketplaces. Visit the Tonle Sap Lake, a stunning freshwater lake home to more than three million people who live on its shore, as you leisurely journey through this fabled environment.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Tonle Sap: Home to the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temple complex at Siem Reap, Cambodia is a treasure trove of cultural relics from the Khmer empire. 
  • Culture: Peace and prosperity in the life-giving cradle of the Mekong basin has led to a distinctive culture and many art forms that continue to flourish today.
  • Active Excursions: The Aqua Mekong offers excursion and activity options that run concurrently, so guests get to choose between an active outing or a more laid-back option according to their preferences.
  • Expert Guides and Crew: Our full-time, English-speaking guides grew up along the Mekong river and know its stories by heart. They’ve also built a solid rapport with local communities, which makes excursions pleasant, seamless and immensely insightful.
  • Luxury: As the premier river cruise line sailing the Mekong river, Aqua Expeditions is committed to delivering best-in-class personalized luxury hospitality on the 20-suite Aqua Mekong.

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal” ~ Paul Coelho

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Mekong River My Tho Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

We will collect you at the Ho Chi Minh meeting point and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where we will welcome you aboard the Aqua Mekong. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall unveiling an endlessly captivating panorama.

Day 2

Mekong River Binh Thanh/ Sa Dec My An Hung Vietnam

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras’ legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where we will walk through verdant plantations. We will be invited to a local’s home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers followed by a unique unicorn dance. A 17-kilometer biking option is also available.

Day 3

Mekong River Chau Doc Vinh Xuong – Ka’Om Samnor Border

Travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to Chau Doc floating market then head off by van to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain. Ask the monks about their age-old Buddhist practices. Return via the bustling morning market. Optional 18-kilometers bike ride on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to visit Tan Chau Market with our chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try a traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong-inspired dishes while we cross the border.

Day 4

Mekong River Koh Okhna Tey Preah Prosop Cambodia

On this river of time we admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous fabric no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, past Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, we board our marine- grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.

Day 5

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

Return to welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

Day 6

Tonle Sap RiverKoh ChenKampongChhnangCambodia

We travel to Koh Chen this morning, a silversmithing community renowned for its skillful work. Watch out for their renowned silver bowls, which the monarch of Cambodia frequently chooses to present to visiting dignitaries. In the late afternoon, we resume our study of Khmer river life in Kampong Chhnang, also known as the «Port of Pottery» because of its 6th-century archaeological discoveries. There is the option of a bike.

Day 7

Mouth of the Tonle Sap Lake–Chhnok Tru–Moat Khla Cambodia

Keep exploring the isolated settlements near Tonle Sap Lake, named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997.

In Chhnok Tru, we «slide» into an ice factory and talk to locals about what it’s like to live in a place where the police station, the karaoke bar, and even the churches and pagodas float.

After lunch, we travel by boat to the floating town of Moat Khla, where we see a Buddhist blessing ceremony.

Day 8

Tonle Sap LakePrek ToalSiem ReapCambodia

Get on a boat and travel to the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of Asia’s largest freshwater areas and the last remaining haven for giant waterbirds like the spot-billed pelican, milky stork, black-headed ibis, and the enigmatic masked finfoot. Disembarkation

The Ship

Aqua Mekong

Embark on a cultural odyssey through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the finest of river cruise ships in Asia

Aqua Mekong guarantees utmost safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore excursions, as Aqua Expeditions owns and operates the only private fleet of launch boats on the Mekong river. The four ergonomically designed launch boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to explore the Mekong delta. Cruise your Mekong riverboat to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Dec – Aug

Aug – Nov 

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Mekong River Cruise

Throughout history, magnificent rivers have fostered the growth of culture and civilization, and the Mekong is no different. The Mekong river cruise is one of Asia’s most epic and worthwhile ocean voyages because it offers the chance to discover the rich heritage and cultures enriched by 2,000 years of human history.

Travelers who are cruising the Mekong are closely pursuing a glorious past and recreating outstanding achievements in human history and cultural peaks. This is one of the few cultural locations on Earth that is best visited on a river cruise, from the thriving Khmer kingdom from the 9th to the 15th century to the prominence of Theravada Buddhism in modern Cambodia and Vietnam.

Mekong’s 7-night itineraries depart from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and, depending on the month of the year, from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Siem Reap (Cambodia).

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Tonle Sap: Cambodia is a treasure trove of Khmer cultural artifacts and is home to the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Culture: Explore the Mekong basin, home of a distinctive culture and several art forms that are still in full bloom today.
  • Active Excursions: Our cruise offers a wide variety of activities that can be selected by each customer.
  • Expert English speaking guides and crew 24/7 
  • Luxury: Mekong Cruise is dedicated to providing best-in-class personalized luxury hospitality on the 20-suite cruise as the leading river cruise on the Mekong river.

“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets” ~ Oscar Wilde

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Mekong River My Tho Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

An NPE representative will pick you up at the Ho Chi Minh meeting point and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where we will welcome you aboard the Aqua Mekong. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall unveiling an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California King bed, terrace or daybed.

Day 2

Mekong River Binh Thanh/ Sa Dec My An Hung Vietnam

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras’ legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where we will walk through verdant plantations. We will be invited to a local’s home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers followed by a unique unicorn dance. A 17-kilometer biking option is also available.

Day 3

Mekong River Chau Doc Vinh Xuong – Ka’Om Samnor Border

Travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to Chau Doc floating market then head off by van to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain. Ask the monks about their age-old Buddhist practices. Return via the bustling morning market. Optional 18-kilometers bike ride on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to visit Tan Chau Market with our chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try a traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong-inspired dishes while we cross the border.

Day 4

Mekong River Koh Okhna Tey Preah Prosop Cambodia

On this river of time we admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous fabric no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, past Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, we board our marine- grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.

Day 5

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

Return to welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

Day 6

Tonle Sap River Koh Chen Kampong Chhnang Cambodia

This morning, we visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia’s king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, we continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the ‘Port of Pottery’ so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century. Bike option is available.

Day 7

Mouth of the Tonle Sap Lake Chhnok Tru Moat Khla Cambodia

Continue exploring the remote communities around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we “slide” into an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. After lunch, we visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony.

Day 8

Friday: Tonle Sap Lake Prek Toal Siem Reap Cambodia

Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis, and the elusive masked finfoot. Disembarkation.

The Ship

Aqua Mekong

In the 2015 Asia Hotel Design Awards’ Architecture/New Build category, Aqua Mekong also won the Gold Award. Aqua Mekong continues to be the industry leader in luxury cruises to Cambodia and Vietnam, thanks to its dedication to safety and comfort.

With a dining experience designed by Michelin-starred consulting chef David Thompson, passengers on board the Aqua Mekong embark on a fantastic tour of local delicacies as it makes a luxury trip through Cambodia and Vietnam. A similar locally-focused attitude is reflected in the ship’s bar menu, devised by renowned spirit specialists and cocktail creators Proof & Co.

As the only privately-owned fleet of launch boats on the Mekong river, Aqua Mekong promises the utmost in safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore adventures. The Mekong delta can be explored on fully customized day outings with the help of the four ergonomically constructed launch boats.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Sep – Dec 2022

PRICE

$9625

Single Supplement

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STATUS

OPEN

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Indonesia Raja Ampat – Cruise Expedition

Raja Ampat, which translates as «Four Kings,» is a group of limestone karst islands that were formed from a mythical myth and continue to astound and enthrall travelers with their spectacular landscapes that conceal hidden lagoons, bays, and beaches. Raja Ampat allows travelers to choose from thousands of private hideaways while on excursions to see the most biodiverse landscapes on earth. Simply said, you witness a National Geographic moment every day.

World-class wildlife adventures may be held on land and in the water at Raja Ampat. Famous 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace has discovered species of the bird of paradise here that are unique to this area of the planet. One of life’s most rewarding wildlife experiences is undoubtedly catching a glimpse of the ethereal beauty of Wilson’s bird of paradise and Red bird of paradise, as well as their captivating behavior. These avian marvels coexist with 350 other bird species, including king parrots and forest kingfishers.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Visit Wayag Islands, the most iconic islands in the Raja Ampat area.
  • Dive or snorkel in Cape Kri, a fantastic reef that supports a tremendous number of reef fish.
  • Explore Kabui Bay and discover remote local villages adorned with spectacular caves.
  • Visit the Nature-rich area of Dayang & Birie Island, an absolute birder paradise.
  • Get in touch with locals at Arborek Island, home of a welcoming Papuan community, and dive in search of enormous manta rays.

“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets” ~ Oscar Wilde

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Sorong Harbour

Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. Private transfer to Swiss- Belhotel Sorong to rest and relax, before embarkation at lunchtime. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Mioskon Island as dinner is served.

Day 2

Gam Island, Waisai & Kabui

Become aware of Gam Island’s beauty. Trekking at Gam and Waisai in the early morning. On tenders, explore Kabui and Karst in the late afternoon, or go on foot to a nearby town and a bat cave.

Day 3

Cape Kri – Arborek

A short sail will take you to a diving site that holds the world record for the most species seen in a single 90-minute dive after you awake to the sound of birds and walk along Cape Kri’s soft, sandy shoreline. Scuba diving is also incredibly gratifying. Take a supper cruise to Arborek Island.

Day 4

Wayag

As the sun rises, watch the beauty of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unfold before your eyes. Before settling into the lagoons and reefs for the day, ascend Mount Pindito for a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking surroundings and to try to spot rare birds of paradise. A seafood meal by the water follows arrival at Aljui Bay.

Day 5

Aljui Bay & Pulau Pef

Before sailing to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and water activities in the late afternoon, visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay. Onboard our tenders or kayaks, discover secret lagoons and islets of karst limestone. Reach Dayang Island in time for dinner.

Day 6

Dayang Island

Join our guides for a morning hike as you search the lush forest for birds of paradise. Dayang island has a wide variety of aquatic life, particularly manta rays. At Wai, the surrounding reef systems offer fantastic snorkeling opportunities. Explore the stunning reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok and the sunken P47D WW2 fighter plane wreckage if you’re a daring diver.

Day 7

Birie Island

Birie, a collection of islands, bays, and lagoons off the coast of north Batanta, is where you arrive. On the way to the magnificent waterfall in Batanta mainland, it’s important to see the abundance of animals and bays surrounded by mangroves. The ship will make a course for Sorong in the east during dinner.

Day 8

Sorong Harbour

Enjoy a healthy breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.

The Ships

Aqua Blu

Aqua Blu is a striking maritime statement with a distinguished history as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and then as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family. The Dutch yacht design guru Cor D. Rover oversaw a 2019 refurbishment that brought the ship up to world-class cruising standards. When guests step foot aboard this one-of-a-kind cruise ship, they can anticipate experiencing a distinguished sense of history and maritime progress.

Cor has artfully combined a brass-and-ivory interior motif with roomy and welcoming indoor and outdoor communal spaces, including a sun deck, inside the five-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu.

Aqua Blu’s navy background makes it the ideal vessel to travel the vast seas of East Indonesia since it is faster, further, and more safe and comfortable. The ship has gained the highest international safety standards (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) and has Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for the best comfort when at anchor or sailing.

The range of Aqua Blu is far superior to that of its rivals in East Indonesia. The ship allows travelers on board to experience the most diverse, enjoyable, and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and breathtakingly beautiful corner of the world. It can go great distances in a short time and any sea state.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Dec 2022

PRICE FROM

$8505

Single Supplement

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STATUS

OPEN

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RESERVATION

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