Yes, children can travel with their families on a Shoestring tour. We recommend the easiest tours which are listed as ‘Category A’ where the distances covered are short and there is a slow traveling speed. But please check with our friendly sales team if you are unsure.
We would define a child as being under the age of 18. They would only be allowed to travel provided they do so with an adult family member or close relative.
Children under the age of 8 we recommend not to travel as they simply would not be old enough to enjoy the experience nor cope with the nature of travel that we provide.
The tour prices are the same for both adults and children.
Steeds meer mensen reizen en steeds vaker zijn de effecten van toerisme lokaal voelbaar. Maar je reis draagt ook op een positieve manier bij! Denk aan werkgelegenheid wat een boost geeft aan de algehele economie, bescherming van de natuur door het creëren van nationale parken of UNESCO-Werelderfgoed, bijzondere ontmoetingen met andere mensen en daardoor het waarderen en leren van andere culturen, etc.
Many European citizens currently require a visa for Mongolia but these things can change so please click here and check out the current situation. Make sure you inquire with plenty of time before departure.
You should apply directly to the Mongolian embassy or through a specialist company such as CIBT.
A sleeping bag/mat is not necessary as bedding is provided but you could bring a sleeping bag liner.
Please click here for questions regarding vaccinations or malaria tablets for this country and then contact your GP or a specialised health clinic to make an appointment to get your injections and pills. Please make sure that you arrange this at least six weeks before departure to allow time for a full program of injections. Two weeks should suffice for people who have already had a few vaccinations. You are responsible for having the right protection when going on tour.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller of the same sex (when possible) unless you have booked a single room (at supplement). Around the time of the Naadaam Festival in Ulan Bator however, we cannot give this guarantee because of the limited accommodation available at the time. If you have booked a single room it cannot be honored during Naadam. The single room is only valid in Beijing, Hohhot and Ulan Bator.
In China we travel by train. We have reserved berths in the second class, with three bunk beds. The lower bed doubles as a sofa during the day. Bed linen is provided.
In the main cities you will stay in a centrally located hotel, in 2-person rooms with private shower and toilet.
While travelling through Mongolia you sleep in ger (nomadic) camps. The camps usually have a restaurant and shared washing facilities. Usually four people sleep in one ger
Taking traveller's cheques is not recommended. In Ulan Bator, you can withdraw cash with your credit card (Visa and MasterCard) but not with your debit card. You can exchange Euros, US dollars and Russian Rubles at bureaux de change or banks.