Tennis in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Hosted by Legends Abroad

Featuring

The Bryan Brothers

August 13 – 22, 2023

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Be a part of the first ever exhibition tennis match in the picturesque Gobi Desert in exotic Mongolia!

Located in the landlocked plateau between Russian Siberia and the plains of northern China, Mongolia presents a geographically and culturally dramatic impression. Within this enchanting country’s borders, you will enjoy boundless wonders of nature. Mongolia’s pristine mountains, unspoiled Gobi Desert, and sweeping grasslands are home to a vast natural heritage – snow leopards, wild horses and camels, The Gobi bears, wild sheep and goats, antelope and more.

In addition to its remarkable landscape, Mongolia has also maintained a robust cultural legacy. The first existence of human beings in the territory of present-day Mongolia dates back to the Stone Age. At the beginning of the 13th century, Chinggis Khaan (also known as Genghis Khan in the West) founded the Mongolian Empire, which by the end of the century extended from China to the Caspian Sea. After the collapse of the empire, Mongolia was subjugated by the Manchu Dynasty for several centuries, and in 1911, the Mongol Monarch was established. Over the subsequent years, Mongolia has developed a vibrant multi-party democracy as well as a rapidly growing economy.

Meet Your Tennis Pros

Your trip is hosted by two of the greatest tennis legends of all time, ready to showcase their remarkable talent in the remote reaches of the Far East for this once-in-a-lifetime event!

The Bryan Brothers

Identical twin brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan, are retired American professional doubles tennis players and the most successful doubles duo of all time. The Bryans have won multiple Olympic medals, including the gold in 2012 and have won more professional games, matches, tournaments and Grand Slams than any other men’s pairing. They held the World No. 1 doubles ranking jointly for 438 weeks, longer than anyone in doubles history, and have also enjoyed that World No. 1 ranking together for a record 139 consecutive weeks. They have finished as the ATP year-end number 1 doubles team a record 10 times. Between 2005 and 2006, they set an Open Era record by competing in seven consecutive men’s doubles Grand Slam finals.

Route at a Glance

Tour Itinerary

August 13th/14th | Arrival in Mongolia

  • Depart on private charter flight from Los Angeles to Mongolia on the evening of the 13th and arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia the following day.
  • Transfer to hotel.
  • Evening motor coach tour of Ulaanbaatar, followed by welcome reception hosted by Tourism Mongolia and Mongolian Olympic Federation.

Accommodations: Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar Hotel
Meals: Dinner

August 15th | Ulaanbaatar

  • Early morning tennis at Sukhbaatar Square.
  • City tour of Ulaanbaatar, including a visit to Gandantegchinlen Monastery.
  • Tour the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts and the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, which is famous for its Buddhist artwork collection.
  • Welcome Gala this evening with a tennis-themed reception on the grounds of the Temple. Sample Genghis Khan vodka and enjoy watching a folklore concert which will include Tsam Dancing, a world famous contortionist performance and traditional Tuvan throat singing.
  • Return to hotel to watch the Roger’s Cup Final on a large screen outdoors.

Accommodations: Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 16th | Terelj National Park

  • Early morning tennis at Seoul Tennis Club.
  • Excursion to the Monument of Genghis Khan at Tsonjin Boldog, the world’s tallest equestrian monument. Explore the Monumental Complex and listen to a private lecture on the extensive history of sports in Mongolia.
  • Continue driving to Terelj National Park to see a demonstration of the world famous Naadam, a traditional festival that originated many centuries ago as a test of courage and strength. This nationwide festival is celebrated today through a series of unique events that take place across the country.
  • In the evening, delight in a VIP tennis/sports themed dinner featuring Mongolian specialties at Alungoo Ger Hotel.
  • Return to Ulaanbaatar in the evening.

Accommodations: Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 17th | Gobi Desert

  • Morning charter flight to the Gobi Desert, one of the most famous and exotic areas in the world.
  • We will first visit the Yol Valley National Park for a morning trek, during which you will have the opportunity to photograph the stunning landscape, the famous “Gobi Glaciers,” and plenty of remarkable wildlife.
  • Continue the trip to Havtsgait Valley and behold the ancient rock paintings drawn on one of the highest points in the area.
  • Drive to our ger camp, which are the traditional yurt structures that have been used by Mongolian nomads for years.
  • After dinner, enjoy a short documentary on fossils found in the Gobi, hosted by paleontologist and legendary fossil hunter Roy Chapmans Andrews.

Accommodations: Gobi Naran Lodge or Three Camel Lodge (Ger Camps)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 18th | Bayanzag – “Flaming Cliffs”

  • Morning tennis with the legends on a special court built for this week’s event in the sand dunes of Moltsog Els in the Gobi Desert.
  • Excursion to Bayanzag, also called the Flaming Cliffs, where we will explore the “Cemetery of Dinosaurs” and the trail blazed by Roy Chapman Andrews. Behold petrified forests and a variety of incredible mammal fossils.
  • In the afternoon, visit a camel breeder’s family to learn more about the lifestyle of nomads in the Gobi Desert. Opportunity to ride a camel, with the possibility of volleying tennis balls during the excursion.

Accommodations: Gobi Naran Lodge or Three Camel Lodge (Ger Camps)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 19th | Tennis with Legends in the Gobi

  • Spend the day witnessing history being made when you attend the first-ever tennis match played between the legends in the sand dunes of Moltsog Els in the Gobi Desert.
  • All guests will have VIP seating at the venue – some can even be seated on two-humped camels!

Accommodations: Gobi Naran Lodge or Three Camel Lodge (Ger Camps)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 20th | Gobi/Ulaanbaatar

  • Morning tennis with the legends on the purpose-built court in the Gobi.
  • Flight to Ulaanbaatar.
  • Afternoon at leisure. Relax at the spa or explore the city on your own.
  • Farewell dinner reception with Mongolian sports stars as well as government officials from Mongolia, the USA and Canada. During the dinner, watch a fashion show that will display the work of some of Mongolia’s leading clothing designers.

Accommodations: Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 21st | Ulaanbaatar/Departure

  • Early morning tennis at Seoul Tennis Club.
  • Tour the Gobi Cashmere Factory, the largest state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ulaanbaatar. The quality of Mongolian cashmere is heralded by famous designers and producers worldwide, and this material makes up 40% of Mongolia’s non-mineral exports.
  • Late afternoon transfer to airport for charter flight to Los Angeles.


Meals: Breakfast

August 22nd | Los Angeles/Arrival

  • Arrive in LA and return home with memories to last a lifetime.
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Accommodations

Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar

In Ulaanbaatar, the entire group will stay in the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, which is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the famous Government House and Ghengis Khan Square. The group will delight in a variety of exceptional dining options within and nearby the hotel.

In addition to the well-appointed rooms, you will also have access to other high-end amenities, including a multi-level fitness facility, a 25m heated indoor pool, a sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool.

Gobi Naran Lodge

Those with the Ogedei Khan Package will be staying in at the 4-star Gobi Naran Lodge, which is a Ger Camp. These camps are comprised of traditional yurt-like structures that have been used for centuries by Mongolian nomads. They are heated by a central stove and linens are provided. There are shared bathrooms located in a central tent within the camp, as well as an onsite restaurant where meals are enjoyed.

These camps offer a unique opportunity to experience an authentic cultural aspect of “traditional” life in Mongolia, not to mention an incredible way to connect with this country’s stunning landscape and see some of the most remarkable night skies.

Three Camel Lodge

Those with the VIP packages will be staying at the Three Camel Lodge, a 5-star Ger Camp which is the only luxury ecolodge in the Gobi Desert. The Lodge boasts a plethora of remarkable elements, such as a greenhouse, horse stables, a private screening room and large spa area.

During down time, the Lodge also offers a range of activities to keep you busy, including a designated yoga platform, archery classes, bikes for exploring the desert, cooking classes, telescopes for admiring the night sky, and so much more.

Pricing

Ogedei Khan Package

$12,990 pp based on double occupancy

 

$15,990 single supplement

  • Economy seating on roundtrip charter flight from Los Angeles
  • All meals during the duration of the trip
  • 7 nights Accommodation in Ulaanbataar 5 star hotel and 4 star Gobi Naran Lodge (Ger Camp) in Gobi Desert
  • All domestic air and ground transfers throughout the duration of the trip
  • All listed excursions
  • Access to Gifting Yurt Suite and souvenir swag bag at Legends Tennis match
  • Witness the first tennis match ever played in the Gobi Desert

Kublai Khan Package

$17,900 pp based on double occupancy

$22,990 single supplement

  • 7 nights Accommodations in Ulaanbataar 5 star hotels and 5 star Three Camel Lodge (Ger Camp) in Gobi Desert
  • Opportunity to play tennis with the Bryan Brothers on the Gobi Desert Clay Court built exclusively for the Legends Tennis match
  • Private cocktail reception with the President of Mongolia, high ranking members of the government, and other VIPs
  • VIP seating to the first tennis match ever played in the Gobi Desert
  • Economy seating on roundtrip charter flight from Los Angeles
  • All meals during the duration of the trip
  • 7 nights Accommodation in Ulaanbataar 5 star hotel and 4 star Ger Camp in Gobi Desert
  • All domestic air and ground transfers throughout the duration of the trip
  • All listed excursions
  • Access to Gifting Yurt Suite and souvenir swag bag at Legends Tennis match
  • Witness the first tennis match ever played in the Gobi Desert

Genghis Khan Package

$24,990 pp based on double occupancy

$29,990 single supplement

  • Complimentary upgrade to lie-flat business class seating on direct round trip charter flight from Los Angeles
  • 7 nights accommodations in Ulaanbataar 5 star hotels and 5 star Three Camel Lodge (Ger Camp) in Gobi Desert
  • Opportunity to play tennis with the Bryan Brothers on the Gobi Desert Clay Court built exclusively for the Legends Tennis match
  • Private cocktail reception with the President of Mongolia, high ranking members of the government, and other VIPs
  • VIP seating to the first tennis match ever played in the Gobi Desert
  • All meals during the duration of the trip
  • 7 nights Accommodation in Ulaanbataar 5 star hotel and 4 star Ger Camp in Gobi Desert
  • All domestic air and ground transfers throughout the duration of the trip
  • All listed excursions
  • Access to Gifting Yurt Suite and souvenir swag bag at Legends Tennis match
  • Witness the first tennis match ever played in the Gobi Desert

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