Day tour

Ulaanbaatar city tour

  • Duration: Day tour
  • Availability: May to September is the best season
  • Begin and end: Ulaanbaatar city
  • Tour type: Day Tour
  • Price: 150$

Our highlights

  • Experience the spiritual ambiance of Gandan Monastery and explore Mongolia’s rich history at the National Museum, two of the best destinations in Ulaanbaatar.
  • Enjoy panoramic city views from Zaisan Hill and savor traditional Mongolian cuisine.
  • Discover the opulence of the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum and the artistic treasures of the Choijin Lama Temple Museum.
  • Conclude with a vibrant shopping experience at Narantuul Market and a leisurely stroll along Peace Avenue, capturing the essence of Ulaanbaatar’s dynamic urban life.


Ulaanbaatar, the vibrant capital of Mongolia, offers a unique blend of traditional and modern experiences, making it a fascinating destination for travelers. As the largest city and the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of Mongolia, emphasizing its significance as the country’s cultural center. This city tour is designed to immerse you in the rich cultural heritage and dynamic urban life of Ulaanbaatar. From ancient monasteries to bustling markets, you will explore the city’s historical landmarks and modern attractions, gaining a deeper understanding of Mongolia’s past and present.

Your journey begins at the iconic Gandan Monastery, the largest and most significant Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Here, you will witness monks performing traditional rituals and see the majestic statue of Avalokiteshvara. Next, you will visit the National Museum of Mongolia, where you can explore exhibits showcasing Mongolia’s history, from prehistoric times to the Mongol Empire and the socialist era.

The tour continues with a visit to the Sukhbaatar Square, the central square of Ulaanbaatar, named after the revolutionary hero Damdin Sukhbaatar. This square is surrounded by important government buildings, including the Parliament House and the Government Palace. From here, you will head to the Zaisan Memorial, a hilltop monument honoring Soviet soldiers who died in World War II. The panoramic view of the city from the top is breathtaking. Ulaanbaatar’s connection to the Trans-Siberian Railway has been crucial in its development, linking it to both Russia and China.

After a lunch break featuring traditional Mongolian cuisine, you will visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, the last king of Mongolia. This palace-turned-museum showcases the lavish lifestyle of the Mongolian royalty and houses a collection of rare artifacts and artworks. The tour also includes a stop at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, which provides insight into Mongolia’s religious and artistic heritage.

Additionally, a visit to Hustai National Park, home to the famous Przewalski horses, can be arranged as part of the tour.

In the afternoon, you will explore the vibrant Narantuul Market, also known as the Black Market. This sprawling market is a treasure trove of goods, from traditional clothing and souvenirs to everyday items used by locals. The tour concludes with a stroll along Peace Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Ulaanbaatar, where you can enjoy shopping at modern boutiques and savoring local delicacies at cozy cafes.


1. Gandan MonasteryStart your day with a visit to the Gandan Monastery, the largest and most significant Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Arrive early to witness the morning rituals performed by the resident monks. These ceremonies are a profound insight into Mongolian spirituality. Don’t miss the highlight of the monastery, the majestic statue of Avalokiteshvara, which stands nearly 27 meters tall, adorned with gold and precious stones.

2. National Museum of MongoliaNext, head to the National Museum of Mongolia, a treasure trove of the country’s rich history and cultural heritage. The museum’s exhibits span from prehistoric artifacts, including treasures from the Stone Age, to displays on the rise of the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan. You’ll also find fascinating sections on traditional Mongolian clothing, nomadic lifestyle, and the socialist era. Each exhibit provides a comprehensive overview of Mongolia’s past, making this an educational stop.

3. Sukhbaatar SquareContinue to Sukhbaatar Square, the central hub of Ulaanbaatar, named after the revolutionary leader Damdin Sukhbaatar. Here, you can see the impressive statues of Sukhbaatar and Chinggis Khan, as well as other prominent figures. The square is surrounded by important government buildings, including the Parliament House and the Government Palace. It’s a great spot to soak in the political and historical ambiance of the city.

4. Zaisan MemorialAfter exploring the square, drive to the Zaisan Memorial, located on a hill south of the city. This Soviet-era monument honors Soviet soldiers who died in World War II. Climb the stairs to the top for a stunning panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar, the Tuul River, and the surrounding hills. The climb is worth it for the breathtaking vista and the chance to see the city’s layout from above.

5. LunchBreak for lunch at a local restaurant, where you’ll enjoy traditional Mongolian cuisine. Try dishes like khuushuur (fried dumplings), buuz (steamed dumplings), and hearty meat stews. This meal is a great opportunity to savor the unique flavors of Mongolian food and recharge for the afternoon activities.

6. Winter Palace of the Bogd KhanPost-lunch, visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, now known as the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, the residence of the last king of Mongolia. The palace is now a museum showcasing the lifestyle and artifacts of Mongolian royalty. Wander through the various rooms filled with lavish decorations, ceremonial costumes, religious artifacts, and taxidermy animals. This palace offers a glimpse into the opulent life of Mongolia’s past monarchs and the head of the Buddhist religion.

7. Choijin Lama Temple MuseumNext, head to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, a complex of temples dedicated to the state oracle Lama Luvsankhaidav. The museum houses an extensive collection of religious artifacts, thangka paintings, and statues. The intricate woodwork and colorful decorations of the temples are a testament to Mongolia’s rich artistic heritage. Learn about the Lamaist religion and the temple’s historical significance.

8. Narantuul MarketIn the afternoon, explore the bustling Narantuul Market, also known as the Black Market. This open-air market is a vibrant hub where locals shop for everything from clothing and electronics to traditional goods. It’s a fantastic place to pick up souvenirs such as handmade crafts, traditional clothing, and unique trinkets. Be prepared for a lively atmosphere and practice your bargaining skills.

9. Peace AvenueConclude your tour with a leisurely stroll along Peace Avenue, the main street of Ulaanbaatar. This bustling avenue is lined with modern shops, boutiques, and cafes. Enjoy some last-minute shopping or relax in a cozy cafe with a cup of Mongolian milk tea. Peace Avenue encapsulates the dynamic urban life of Ulaanbaatar, blending modernity with tradition.

This detailed itinerary ensures that you experience the best of Ulaanbaatar, from its historical landmarks and cultural sites to its vibrant markets and modern streets.

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: The tour involves a fair amount of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Ulaanbaatar’s weather can vary, so dress accordingly. Layering is recommended.
  • Camera: Bring a camera to capture the beautiful sights and moments.
  • Sunscreen and Hat: Protect yourself from the sun, especially during the summer months.
  • Personal Identification and Money: Carry your ID and some cash for personal expenses and shopping.
  • Travel Insurance: It’s advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and personal belongings.
  • Gratuities: Tipping the guide and driver is appreciated but not mandatory.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious sites like monasteries and temples.
  • Stay Hydrated: Bottled water will be provided, but it’s good to stay hydrated throughout the tour.

This tour provides a comprehensive and immersive experience of Ulaanbaatar, blending historical, cultural, and modern elements to give you a well-rounded perspective of Mongolia’s vibrant capital.

Tour Price Includes

  • All entrance fees to attractions
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Bottled water

Tour price excludes

  • Personal needs
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver
  • Any additional meals or drinks

Tour details:

          Please dress according to the weather forecast. Make sure your camera and mobile phone are fully charged. Please also bring a day pack with the following items: sunglasses, fresh water, sunscreen, waterproof jacket, hand sanitiser, toiletries. And please have some cash in case you want to go shopping or buy souvenirs.

Toilet facilities are available at several key points throughout the Ulaanbaatar City Tour. Your guide will ensure that restroom breaks are accommodated throughout the tour to ensure your comfort.

We are responsible for picking you up at the time we have arranged. We are responsible for visiting the places and seeing the attractions that we have mentioned on our itinerary. We are responsible for guiding you with pleasure and giving you a great city tour.

We are not responsible for any unplanned inconvenience during the tour. We are not responsible for the traffic in the city and finally we are not responsible for the bad weather conditions that you have to be prepared for in advance.

Our guide is a tour leader, we kindly ask you to follow his/her instructions and respect his/her job. Please do not hurt the feelings of the locals and respect their traditions.

Please be prepared for the trip and get ready on time.

Please remember that we are happy to meet you and it is our pleasure to guide you today.  It is going to be a great day, so please enjoy your trip.

Please check the weather forecast once you have chosen your tour date. And try to pack an extra jacket for the evenings.

Here is our cancellation policy that we recommend our clients follow.

Cancelling the tour within more than 2 months, 50% of your deposit payment will be reinbussed.

Cancelling the tour less than one month, the deposit payment will not be reinbussed.

Lunch featuring traditional Mongolian cuisine

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