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With all tours originating in the majestic city of Moscow, you are guaranteed a memorable journey through European Russia, Siberia, Eurasia and Asia, passing breathtaking landscapes such as the Ural Mountains and the awe-inspiring Lake Baikal. For a detailed breakdown of this tour, please download our free Trans-Mongolian tour brochure, which includes a day to day account of what you will see and do, along with tour prices and information regarding your accommodation.

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Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow

Maxima Panorama HotelArrival in Moscow, with a transfer to the centrally located 3* Maxima Panorama Hotel.

Day 2 - Moscow Excursion Day

St BasilsIn the morning, an orientation meeting will be hosted by our expert guide, where your train tickets will be issued, an overview of the tour will be provided and any questions you may have will be answered. You will then be taken on a half day tour exploring Moscow, including the 'must see' Red Square, with the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, Alexander Gardens and the Eternal Flame, Lenin’s mausoleum, the memorial to Soviet cosmonauts and the famous artist’s quarter of Old Arbat

Day 3 - Free Day in Moscow

Moscow CathederalYou will have a free day to explore, discover and experience everything the Russian capital has to offer.

Day 4 - Depart Moscow

The KremlinThe majority of the day is free, allowing you to relax and explore Moscow, or take an optional tour, before packing, and preparing, to check out of the hotel. You will be provided with a transfer to the railway station, where our guide will advise, and assist, in purchasing provisions for the train if desired, accompany you to the platform, ensure that everyone is settled into their cabins and answer any last minute questions.

Day 5 - Travelling Through European Russia

Trans-Siberian TrainYou will spend the day on the train, heading past the cities of the Golden Ring, the great industrial city of Kirov and finally the ex-military city of Perm, at the eastern most edge of European Russia, before crossing through the Ural Mountains and into Asia.

Day 6 - Venturing into Siberia

Ural MountainsPassing through the previously forbidden Soviet city of Yekaterinburg, you will spend the day on the train while it leaves the eastern foothills of the Ural mountains and heads for Novosibirsk; the largest city in Siberia, and the third largest in Russia, behind only Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Day 7 - Heading into Asia

People on Russian TrainEnjoy your day on the train, travelling along the seemingly limitless tracks, and through the incredible forests of Siberia, you will pass the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk, before heading deep into Asia.

Day 8 - Arrival in Irkutsk and Transfer to Listvyanka Village

Irkutsk Wooden HouseFollowing your arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to Listvyanka village on the shores of Lake Baikal, where you will have time to freshen up and have a meal at your lakeside chalet. After some free time in the afternoon, the day is rounded off with a traditional Baikal dinner and by indulging in an optional sauna in the village 'Banya'.

Day 9 - Free Day in Irkutsk

Lake BaikalToday is left free to relax, explore, experience, shop or book one of our many optional excursions.

Day 10 - Irkutsk Excursion

Irkutsk ChurchAfter breakfast you can enjoy a brief city tour of Irkutsk by car, taking in the most interesting sights, including beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), houses decorated with 'wooden laces' (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions and the Decembrists' House.

Day 11 - Depart Irkutsk

Irkutsk Raiklway StationFollowing a transfer to the railway station, you will catch the train to Ulan-Bator. Once through Ulan-Ude, the home of Russian Buddhism and capital of the local Buryat Republic, the train will head toward the Mongolian border.

Day 12 - Arrive Ulan-Bator and Gorkhi Terelj National Park Excursion

Ulan Bator Ger CampAfter your arrival at the station, you will be provided with a transfer to the Ger camp, where you will have a chance to freshen up and eat a hearty breakfast before enjoying the beauty of the world famous Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Lunch is followed by walking in the hills, an excursion to Turtle Rock and a meditation centre, before returning for an evening meal and overnight stay.

Day 13 - Mongolian Steppe Excursion

Mongolian National ParkBreakfast is followed by free time to explore, and enjoy, the local area and relax. You will have the opportunity to visit a local herdsman’s family to see the fascinating daily life of Mongolia's nomads, before being transferred back to your hotel in Ulan Bator.

Day 14 - Ulan-Bator Excursion

Ulan Bator StatueAfter breakfast you will have the morning to explore, before embarking on a half day tour on which you will have the opportunity to see the city’s unique monuments, along with time to browse in local art, antique and cashmere shops before visiting Zaisan Hill to view a panorama of the city.

Day 15 - Free Day in Ulan-Bator

Ulan Bator BuildingsBreakfast is followed by free time to investigate the distinctive charm of Ulan-Bator and the surrounding region, or relax. Why not take a look at a few of the excursions you could arrange while there?

Day 16 - Depart Ulan-Bator and Cross the Gobi Desert

Gobi DesertCatch your transfer for your train to Beijing before travelling on through the majestic Gobi Desert and towards the Chinese border. Later in the evening, the train will reach the Chinese border where the impressive procedure of bogie-changing takes place, before heading off for Beijing.

Day 17 - Arrival in Beijing

Forbidden CityThroughout the morning and afternoon, you will pass through rural China as well as mountainous river valleys, before continuing on past the amazing Great Wall of China, finally arriving in the Chinese capital, Beijing, where your transfer will take you to your hotel.

Explore, Discover, Experience

Real Russia has drawn on years of experience in the region to create three ranges of our tours and a wide selection of options to give you maximum choice and flexibility in choosing your Trans-Siberian adventure.

This tour is in the Discover Range - designed for flexibility the Discover range includes trains, transport and quality 3* accommodation, along with a selection of half day tours and expert guides.

To view this tour in the other ranges, then please select from the options shown below, or, if you are ready to start your adventure with Real Russia, then simply press “Request Tour” and we will get started!

Includes

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All our tours include:

  • Domestic and international rail tickets
  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city
  • A transfer with a personal guide to accompany you to the train on the start of your journey
  • Full visa support
  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

This tour includes:

  • Total Duration: 17 Days
  • Nights on the train: 6 Days
  • Key Destinations: Moscow (3), Irkutsk (3), Ulan Bator (3), Beijing
  • Excursions: 3 Half day: Moscow, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator City tours. 2 Full day: Ghorkhi Park and Nomad Life in Ulan Bator
  • Accommodation: Centrally located comfortable 3* hotels close to the heart of the city
  • Meals: Breakfast at all Hotels, plus a dinnner at Listvyanka / Baikal and other meals , which are dependent on your preferred excursions. These are indicated in each route itinerary

This tour does not include:

  • In tour spending money (all accommodation, excursions, transfers and other tour elements are fully paid prior to departure)
  • Flights or other travel arrangements to tour joining point
  • Meals, unless specified in the itinerary

Explore, Discover, Experience

Real Russia has drawn on years of experience in the region to create three ranges of our tours and a wide selection of options to give you maximum choice and flexibility in choosing your Trans-Siberian adventure.

This tour is in the Discover Range - designed for flexibility the Discover range includes trains, transport and quality 3* accommodation, along with a selection of half day tours and expert guides.

To view this tour in the other ranges, then please select from the options shown below, or, if you are ready to start your adventure with Real Russia, then simply press “Request Tour” and we will get started!

Extensions

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Our range of tour extensions are ideal to make your incredible trip go that little bit further. With two, three or four day options, you can explore and spend more time in Moscow, discover Beijing, the ancient powerhouse of modern China or experience stunning St Petersburg, one of Russia’s greatest cities.

Northern Capital, the St Petersburg extension

St PetersburgSpend a few days exploring the stunning city of St Petersburg built on the shores of the Baltic as his window to the west by one of Russia's greatest Tsars, Peter I.

Within a few days you will discover some of the many delights of this “Venice of the North” including one of the greatest treasures in the world, the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress on the banks of the Neva, the golden coated St Isaac's Cathedral and a trip through its many canals before setting off for Moscow. A great way to get your Trans-Siberian adventure off to a flying start.

Dragon City, the Beijing extension

Beijing

Surely your journey does not end when you arrive in Beijing!

You will be collected from the international railway terminal in Beijing and transferred to a city centre hotel where you can freshen up before starting to discover this vibrant Asian city.

Over the next three days and two nights take in the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Mao's Mausoleum, the Forbidden City, the Silk Market, Peking Duck and Dim Sum. All of this and more awaits you with our popular Beijing round up.

Excursions

Excursions

All of our tours include activities and excursions to allow you to get the best out of your trip; however, we have a unique range of extras you can add to enhance your experience, including:

St Petersburg: visit a vodka factory, tea and pancakes with a Russian family, a trip to the Ballet and St Petersburg from the rooftops.

Moscow: Trip inside the Kremlin, KGB museum, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow by night, visit Moscow Circus and Stalin’s Bunker.

Yekaterinburg: Kungur Ice Cave, Horseback riding or rafting in the Urals, Romanov Dynasty trail and “Back in the USSR”.

Irkutsk: Boat trip and picnic, Decembrists remembered, Baikalo-Lensky Nature Reserve and diving in the lake. Ulan-Bator: Genghis Khan’s village, Natural History Museum, shopping for Cashmere, jeep trip to the Gobi.

Beijing: Ming tombs, shopping in the pearl and silk market, acrobatic show, rickshaw tour and the Bird's Nest and Water Cube Olympic venues.

Overview

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Your tour starts in Moscow with the opportunity to discover the majestic city. On route to Beijing enjoy the ever changing scenery as you are whisked through European Russia, passing the Ural Mountains into Siberia and Eurasia. You will explore one of the largest cities in Siberia, Irkutsk, before viewing the immense beauty of Lake Baikal. Heading south to see the Mongolian capital of Ulan-Bator you experience daily life of the nomadic people in a Ger camp. The Gobi Desert provides breathtaking sights before you finally arrive in Beijing. With welcoming 3* accommodation, transfers to and from the train stations and a selection of organised excursions, you will have a truly unforgettable experience.

Tour dates 2016

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Prices

  Second Class     First Class
No. of people £ $   £ $
1 £2,405.00 €3,315.00 $3,705.00   £2,555.00 €3,525.00 $3,940.00
2 - 3 £1,690.00 €2,325.00 $2,600.00   £1,840.00 €2,535.00 $2,835.00
4 - 5 £1,590.00 €2,190.00 $2,450.00   £1,740.00 €2,400.00 $2,685.00
6 - 8 £1,510.00 €2,085.00 $2,330.00   £1,665.00 €2,295.00 $2,565.00
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Below is a selection of recent testimonials received from Real Russia customers …

"The whole tour was absolutely amazing ..."

Ben

"Everything was perfect, the guides, the hotels, the tours and the trains. The trip was beyond our expectations. I will happily recommend you to anyone. Thank you!!!"

Cynthia and Craig

"I just wanted to say that your thoughtfulness and attention to detail made for just a wonderful holiday. We have sung your praises so many times ..."

Barbara & Jan-Erik

"I don't see how you could do better. I couldn't recommend you more highly."

Jane

"I just wanted to thank you for your excellent services! Everything went brilliant and we enjoyed the Transiberian/Mongolian railway a lot. We will recommend you everywhere."

Michal

"Now that our Russian adventure has come to an end we want to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour. Your excellent planning and arrangements really resulted in a trip that more than met our expectations. It was truly the trip of a lifetime."

Alan and Gail

"The trip has been wonderful It has exceeded our expectations! You have done a wonderful job, congratulations to you and Real Russia!"

Cinthia and Craig

"We had a fantastic trip through Russia, Mongolia and China. It simply can't be described in words :-) It's one of those life changing experiences."

Guro and Thomas

"We had an amazing journey and loved every minute of it. Your organization of the tour was excellent and everything went to plan. The trip was made very interesting by the informative and very pleasant guides we had in the major cities – they looked after us very well, were always on the platform to meet us and ensured we got the next train. That certainly took the worry out of the trip. The way the tour was organized allowed us plenty of free time after we had the introduction to the city. All the hotels were good, the Imperia Park in St Petersburg was excellent for friendliness and location (away from the main tourist area but near the underground). The hotel in Moscow was also in an interesting location and suited us very well (although quite a walk to the underground) and gave us a flavour of soviet style hotels.

Our time in Yekaterinburg was most enjoyable, the hotel was excellent and our tour guide an amazing and informative man who ensured we got the best from his city. Lake Baikal and Irkutsk were cold, sunny but again very interesting – the Circum-Baikal railway was a definite highlight of the trip – it was a lovely day and the al fresco lunch with pine nut vodka will stay with us for a long time. Ulan Bator was a very different experience, despite the dreadful driving conditions we had an excellent guide and most importantly a very careful driver. The Ger camp was set in an amazing valley away from the main camps and was quite delightful – and the visit to a local herdsman was memorable.

I could continue to write about our trip for several hours but I am sure you can see that we had a wonderful time. We would like to thank Real Russia for their excellent organization, from the original enquiries, the visa service, hotels, train tickets and the partner guides in the various cities. All of these things ensured that we had a trouble free experience and we would highly recommend Real Russia for anyone thinking about travel in Russia. If you require any more detailed feedback we would be happy to do so.

Once again, many many thanks for helping us to go on this trip."

Andrea and Maurice

"Nick and I have just got back to the UK after a fantastic two-week adventure on the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian routes, and I just wanted to write to you to register our big, big thanks!

You, and all the team at Real Russia, have done just the best job for us. You've been terrific from the start when we had lots of options and lots of changes of mind, and you were wonderfully patient and advised us very well. Once the itinerary was finalised you did briliantly with all the tickets and visas on time, everything clearly described, and all 100 per cent ready to go.

All the arrangements worked out perfectly. We've been delighted. You and Real Russia deserve all credit for a wonderful job and, again, many many thanks!

All best wishes"

John and Nick

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