10 days in Mongolia & Irkutsk Itinerary

10 days in Mongolia & Irkutsk Itinerary

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10 days in Mongolia & Irkutsk Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Irkutsk, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

3
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Saddle up on the 6th (Fri) and explore with a tour on horseback. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Genghis Khan Square, pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Statue Complex, examine the collection at Choijin Lama Temple Museum, and get engrossed in the history at National History Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar road trip tool .

Istanbul, Turkey to Ulaanbaatar is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Ulaanbaatar is 5 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Ulaanbaatar, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Tours Nature Parks
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square
Genghis Khan Statue Complex ©
Genghis Khan Statue Complex

5
nights
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Get out of town with these interesting Irkutsk side-trips: Listvyanka (Nerpinary, Stone Cherskogo, & more), Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy) and Clock Museum (in Angarsk). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, get engrossed in the history at Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, and don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Irkutsk trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Irkutsk are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Listvyanka, Taltsy Museum, Lake Baikal, Clock Museum
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130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Baikal Museum ©
Baikal Museum

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