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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

Matreshka HotelArrival in Moscow, with a transfer to the centrally located 2* Matreshka Hotel, just a short walk from Red Square and the Kremlin.

Day 2 - Free Day in Moscow

St BasilsToday your adventure begins – you have a free day to explore, discover and experience everything the Russian capital has to offer.

Day 3 - Free Day in Moscow

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

Day 4 - Depart Moscow

Trans-Siberian TrainThe 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 - Arrival in Yekaterinburg

Ural HotelYou will arrive into Yekaterinburg, and will be provided with a transfer to take you to the 2* Ural Hotel.

Day 6 - Free Day in Yekaterinburg

Yekateringburg HotelYou will have the opportunity to investigate, explore, and experience the historic city of Yekaterinburg in your own time, or book one of our many optional excursions.

Day 7 - Free Day in Yekaterinburg

Yekateringburg HotelYou will have the opportunity to investigate, explore, and experience the historic city of Yekaterinburg in your own time, or book one of our many optional excursions.

Day 8 - Depart Yekaterinburg

Yekateringburg At NightYour train will leave the eastern foothills of the Ural Mountains, ultimately heading to Irkutsk, home to one of the world’s greatest natural treasures, the awesome Lake Baikal! But first weave your way through the Siberian plane via Novosibirsk.

Day 9 - Heading into Asia

Trans-Siberian 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 10 - Arrival in Irkutsk

Irkutsk Wooden HouseFollowing your arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to your accommodation at a home stay.

Day 11 - Free Day in Irkutsk

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

Day 12 - Free Day in Irkutsk

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

Day 13 - Depart Irkutsk

Irkutsk Railway 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 14 - Arrival in Ulan Bator

North China StatueAfter your arrival at the station, you will be provided with a transfer which will take you to the 2* D├ęcor Hotel where you will have a chance to freshen up and eat a hearty breakfast.

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 - Free Day in Ulan-Bator

Great Wall of ChinaBreakfast 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 17 - Free Day in Ulan-Bator

Explore Ulan BatorBreakfast 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 18 - 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 19 - Arrive 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 Explore Range - this budget range is designed for the independent traveller who likes to plan their adventures but with all the main work done for them. Real Russia will book trains, transfers and selected 2* hotels or home stays.

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:

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 Explore Range - this budget range is designed for the independent traveller who likes to plan their adventures but with all the main work done for them. Real Russia will book trains, transfers and selected 2* hotels or home stays.

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. On the border of Europe and Asia lies Yekaterinburg, here you’ll discover the historic city centre. Venturing deep into Asia you will explore one of the largest cities in Siberia, Irkutsk, before viewing the immense beauty of Lake Baikal, and then heading south to see the Mongolian capital of Ulan-Bator. The Gobi Desert provides breathtaking sights before you finally arrive in Beijing. With our trusted 2* or home-stay accommodation and arranged transfers to and from train stations, you are free to explore as you wish.

Tour dates 2016

Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
18th 1st  14th 11th  9th  6th  4th  1st  5th  10th  7th  5th 
   15th 28th 25th  23rd  13th  11th  8th  12th  24th  21st  19th
   29th      30th  20th  18th  15th  26th      
           27th  25th  22nd        
               29th        

Prices

  Second Class     First Class
No. of people £ $   £ $
1 £2,105.00 €2,885.00 $3,220.00   £2,485.00 €3,400.00 $3,800.00
2 - 3 £1,560.00 €2,135.00 $2,385.00   £1,940.00 €2,650.00 $2,965.00
4 - 5 £1,500.00 €2,050.00 $2,295.00   £1,880.00 €2,570.00 $2,870.00
6 - 8 £1,435.00 €1,960.00 $2,190.00   £1,810.00 €2,475.00 $2,770.00
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It’s all about you …

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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

For other testimonials – see our Testimonials page

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