The endless blue sky, vast grasslands, nomadic tradition, Naadam Festival in summer, the legend of Genghis Khan and his Mongol Empire… Inner Mongolia will surely satisfy all kinds of visitors, no matter you are historical or cultural fans, or are enthusiastic about grassland or desert activities.
This 5-day Inner Mongolia tour offers a delightful mix of grassland thrills and incomparable desert activities.
You will be warmly welcomed by the local Mongolians with Hada and a silver cup of wine at Xilamuren Grassland, from there, you will be treated to the vivid picture of grassland and authentic life in the Mongolian yurt, excited by the diverse activities in Kubuqi Desert, end your trip by exploring Mongolia culture and history in Dazhao Monastery, the General Government Office Site and Inner Mongolia Museum. An enjoyable Inner Mongolia experience is waiting for you!
*Try diverse exciting activities in Kubuqi Desert, say camel-riding, sand sliding, zip-line, surfing in the desert on an off-road vehicle, etc.
*Visit the well-preserved lamasery – Dazhao Monastery and Wudangzhao Monastery, get to know its unique religious culture.
*The General Government Office Site is included for you to meet the ancient military officer station in Qing Dynasty.
- Day 1: Hohhot Arrival
Welcome to our 5-day Inner Mongolia tour! Upon arrival at Hohhot Railway Station or Airport, our local driver will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest time is free for you to explore Hohhot. (no tour guide serviced)
- Day 2: Xilamuren Grassland TourXilamuren Grassland, Welcome Ceremony
After pick-up at your hotel, your guide and driver will transfer you to Xilamuren Grassland (100 km north of Hohhot). It is one of the most visited grasslands in Inner Mongolia due to its lush natural beauty, diverse grassland activities, and excellent service quality.
On arrival, be ready to receive a warm welcome ceremony from local Mongolians wearing their national dress. They will greet you with a silver cup of wine and Hada (auspicious white or blue silk scarves), just reach out to get them with both hands.
Then horseback riding is waiting for you, you can select a horse yourself on the stud farm. (optional, at your own expense.) Horse riding is the highlight of your grassland trip.
After horseback riding, you are arranged to enjoy a large-scale outdoor live-action drama - Legend of Monan which reproduces the history of Mongolia 800 years ago. You can expect to see many traditional Inner Mongolia performances in the drama, including wrestling, horse racing, and equestrianism.
Hotel: Stay overnight in a yurt
- Day 3: Xilamuren - Dalad BannerSunrise View, Wudangzhao Monastery
This morning, you are advised to get up around 4 am to appreciate the stunning sunrise view on the grassland. It’s OK if you are too tired to get up so early, a morning wandering around the yurt will still allow you to appreciate the fresh air and fantastic views of green grassland and tranquil lake.
Drive to Wudangzhao Monastery after a simple breakfast. The largest lama monasteries in Inner Mongolia, Wudangzhao Monastery is a Tibetan-style building complex that houses about 1500 Buddhist statues and several fine wall paintings.
After the tour finished, drive to Dalad Banner to stay overnight.
- Day 4: Dalad Banner-Kubuqi -HohhotKubuqi Desert
After breakfast, you will drive directly to Kubuqi Desert. On the way, you will pass a bridge crossing the Yellow River and get a chance to appreciate the great scene of Ordos Plateau and canyon.
After arriving, take a cable car to the desert hinterland in about 34 minutes. Here a bulk of desert activities is waiting for you, say camel-riding, sand sliding, zip-line, surfing in the desert on an off-road vehicle... (optional, pay on your own). For those hiking fans, you can hike a while in the desert under the guidance of your guide. You will have 2-3 hours to have fun in the desert.
Then drive for about 2 hours to Hohhot and check in the hotel.
This place has a large temperature difference between day and night. Don't forget to take a heavy coat.
- Day 5: Hohhot & Departure
Start today with a visit to the Dazhao Monastery (aka Dazhao Temple). Dating from the Ming Dynasty, this lamasery is the largest and the best-preserved in Hohhot which boasts of its magnificent palace, Silver Buddha, golden dragon sculptures, and more other fancy fresco and sculptures.
Head to the General Government Office Site which once was the highest military officer station in the Qing Dynasty. Featuring Qing Dynasty-style structures, and numerous historical and cultural relics, it is renowned as the "First Mansion of Monan ".
Then, head to the Inner Mongolia Museum. In this largest and best museum in Inner Mongolia, your eyes will be excited by numerous paleontological fossils, unique animal and plant specimens, mineral specimens, living, culture, and artistic items of many nationalities, etc.
Then you will be transferred to Hohhot Airport or train station for your next destination. Your 5-day Inner Mongolia tour ends here.
Note: Please depart after 5 PM to ensure no rush for the tour.