20 days in Inner Mongolia & Mongolia Itinerary

20 days in Inner Mongolia & Mongolia Itinerary

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20 days in Inner Mongolia & Mongolia Itinerary

Start: Shanghai, China
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Eerguna, China
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Aershan, China
— 1 night
Drive:  20​h
3
Khatgal, Mongolia
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Dalanzadgad, Mongolia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
6
Kharkhorin, Mongolia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Olgiy, Mongolia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Shanghai, China


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1
night
Eerguna, China

Eerguna
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll around Genhe Wetland and then explore the activities along Ergun River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Shidi Bingquan Holida Village and then take a peaceful walk through Baihua Forest Fairy Tale Forest.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Eerguna attractions planning tool .

Shanghai to Eerguna is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aershan.

Things to do in Eerguna

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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1
night
Aershan, China

Aershan
On the 1st (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Sitanglin Geological Site and then admire the majestic nature at Arxan National Forest Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Aershan road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Eerguna to Aershan. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Khatgal.

Things to do in Aershan

Nature Parks
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1
day
Khatgal, Mongolia

Khatgal ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Lake Hovsgol National Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Khatgal tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aershan to Khatgal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.

Things to do in Khatgal

Nature Parks
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Lake Hovsgol National Park ©
Lake Hovsgol National Park

1
night
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia

Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park ©
On the 4th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park travel route planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Khatgal to Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. On the 5th (Fri), you're off toDalanzadgad.

Things to do in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

Nature Parks
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Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park ©
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

3
nights
Dalanzadgad, Mongolia

Dalanzadgad
A refueling station in the middle of the desert, Dalanzadgad acts as a gateway to the nearby national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Khongoryn Els and Tsagaan Suvarga. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Flaming Cliffs, explore the stunning scenery at Khermen Tsav, and appreciate the views at Yolyn Am.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dalanzadgad day trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park to Dalanzadgad. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kharkhorin.

Things to do in Dalanzadgad

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Omnogovi Province
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Flaming Cliffs
Flaming Cliffs
Khongoryn Els ©
Khongoryn Els
Khermen Tsav ©
Khermen Tsav

1
night
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Kharkhorin
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erdene Zuu Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Kharakhorum Museum, and then appreciate the views at Orkhon Valley.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kharkhorin trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Dalanzadgad to Kharkhorin by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. You will leave for Olgiy on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Kharkhorin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Olgiy, Mongolia

Olgiy ©
On the 11th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulgan Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Aimag Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Central Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Olgiy vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kharkhorin to Olgiy takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Olgiy

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Altai Tavan Bogd National Park ©
Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
Bulgan Mosque ©
Bulgan Mosque

5
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cheketours and Amarbayasgalant Monastery. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandantegchenling Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, pause for some photo ops at Zaisan Memorial, and explore the striking landscape of Bogd Khan Uul National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar journey planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Olgiy to Ulaanbaatar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Amarbayasgalant Monastery
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

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