Mongolia Tours

Mongolia Tours

Wide-open spaces are the feature that often defines Mongolia. Sparsely populated, yet home to by one of the most famous figures in history, Mongolia tours offer the chance to explore an ancient and beautiful country set amongst the rolling steppes.

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, seeing the Soviet styled concrete apartment blocks, one might feel a million miles from the greener pastures that dominate what one envisions Mongolia to be.

Nearly half of the country lives in this city of 1.3 million, from the blue-collar working class to former nomads who sought work in the capital after fierce winters destroyed their livestock. In this landlocked plateau of Central Asia, wedged between China and Russia, the...   Read More
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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Wide-open spaces are the feature that often defines Mongolia. Sparsely populated, yet home to by one of the most famous figures in history, Mongolia tours offer the chance to explore an ancient and beautiful country set amongst the rolling steppes.

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, seeing the Soviet styled concrete apartment blocks, one might feel a million miles from the greener pastures that dominate what one envisions Mongolia to be.

Nearly half of the country lives in this city of 1.3 million, from the blue-collar working class to former nomads who sought work in the capital after fierce winters destroyed their livestock. In this landlocked plateau of Central Asia, wedged between China and Russia, the people have an individual identity with a noble and great history tied to their national hero, Genghis Khan.

Traditionally, and still to this day, Mongolia is home to a nomadic people. However, the great conqueror set up his capital in the 13th century in Karakorum, which was once one of the finest cities on the Silk Road.

Today Karakorum is a small settlement with a glorious past, once the capital of one of the world's greatest empires and currently surrounded by a landscape that is striking and rugged.

It is a town that is the perfect introduction to Central Mongolia, made even better with a local meal of a whole goat/lamb roasted with hot stones from the inside and outside before retiring to a ger tent (also known as yurts).

We will overnight in this unique accommodation for several nights. The ger tents have been used by the nomadic people for centuries and currently used by nearly half the population of nomadic herdsmen.

The grassy tundra that expands across the Mongolian Steppe is also home to rocky mountains, pristine lakes and sand dunes. A sense of wilderness is easily accomplished with visits to Hustai National Park and Terelj National Park, where the white tents of ger camps sporadically dot the endless, green landscapes.

After a short flight, we will find large barren expenses of gravel plains and rocky outcrops of the Gobi Desert. Remote and exotic, it is mainly grassland with shrubs and rocks while oases and sand cover only about 3% of the desert. The area is also home to dramatic rocky cliffs and narrow, heavily shaded canyons that allow sheets of blue-veined ice to survive well into the summer.

In between the sand dunes and grasslands, our Mongolia tours visit rock art thought to date back as early as 3,000 BC, depicting wild animals that were most likely drawn by hunters whilst waiting for their prey. Nearby are the Flaming Cliffs, the place where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur eggs for the first time. History has a way of hiding around every corner in Mongolia.

Throughout the wide-open spaces that feel unchanged since the days of Genghis Khan, traditional ceremonies and festivals are still celebrated. The Naadam Festival may be famous for the competitions in wrestling, archery and horse racing.

Locals come from near and far, wearing their best clothes and riding their best horses or camels to attend the Naadam Festival. This is a time for music, dancing and singing and a sight to behold.

Truly a place to feel where time has stood still, Mongolia tours are the perfect opportunity to better understand a unique culture within Central Asia with a backdrop of continual scenic vistas.