11 days in Beijing & Mongolia Itinerary

11 days in Beijing & Mongolia Itinerary

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11 days in Beijing & Mongolia Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11​h
1
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Mongolia
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Kharkhorin, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, make a trip to Bell and Drum Towers, and appreciate the history behind Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing vacation planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Beijing is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and then view the masterpieces at 976 Art Gallery. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square, get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, then admire the striking features of Gandantegchenling Monastery, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hustai National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect Ulaanbaatar to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks Nature Museums
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

1
night
Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ariyabal Meditation Temple and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gorkhi Terelj National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ulaanbaatar to Gorkhi Terelj National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.

Things to do in Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Ariyabal Meditation Temple ©
Ariyabal Meditation Temple

1
night
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia

Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park day trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gorkhi Terelj National Park to Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. You'll set off for Kharkhorin on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

Parks Nature
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Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park ©
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

2
nights
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Kharkhorin
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Orkhon Valley, get engrossed in the history at Kharakhorum Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Erdene Zuu Monastery.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kharkhorin visit website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park to Kharkhorin. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kharkhorin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Orkhon Valley
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Orkhon Valley
Orkhon Valley
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Kharakhorum Museum ©
Kharakhorum Museum

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