Mongolia's Naadam Festival, a national holiday and the largest celebration in the country, draws visitors from around the world for sports tournaments and cultural activities. The 3-day festival features traditional Mongolian sports like wrestling, horse racing, and archery. You'll delight in the opening ceremony, where dozens of artists and dancers perform wearing traditional, colorful outfits. Hotel accommodations and some meals included.
Naadar Festival is an exciting time to visit Mongolia, as the entire country dresses up and celebrates. This 3-day tour will show you the best of the festival and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capitol city. A guide will take you to pre-festival activities, horse races, wrestling and archery tournaments, and to find the best views of the city. Day 1: Naadam festival preview (L, D)Meet in Ulaanbaatar. Your guide will take you to see the preview of the Naadam Festival. Here, you'll visit the horse-racing arena, where you'll watch a foal race and archery competition between "Shagai" shooters. You'll also enjoy a national folklore performance. Overnight: Hotel in Ulaanbaatar Day 2: The ceremony of Naadam festival (B, L, D)Take in the inauguration ceremony of Naadam, opened by the president of Mongolia, before attending horse races outside the city center. Overnight: Hotel in UlaanbaatarDay 3: City tour and second day of Naadam (B, L)After breakfast at the hotel you will take an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial, which offers panoramic views of Ulaanbaatar. You'll also watch the second day of Naadam, which includes wrestling, archery and traditional games. Hotel and some meals are included, as are transfers and a tour guide, who is always ready to answer your questions about Mongolia's history, culture, and the Naadar Festival.