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With all tours originating in the ancient city of Beijing you are guaranteed a memorable journey through Asia, Eurasia, Siberia and European Russia 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 Beijing

Forbidden CityYour tour starts in Beijing, where your transfer will be waiting for you at the airport, or train station, to take you to your accommodation.

Day 2 - Free Day in Beijing

St BasilsYou have the freedom to explore, and experience, the majesty of the Chinese capital at your leisure.

Day 3 - Free Day in Beijing

Trans SiberiaYou have the freedom to explore, and experience, the majesty of the Chinese capital at your leisure.

Day 4 - Depart Beijing

Ger CampPack, and prepare to check-out, then make the most of what Beijing has to offer on your final day in the city before you are 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 - Arrive Ulan-Bator

Trans-Siberian trainAfter your arrival you will be taken to your accommodation to freshen up and have breakfast, before being set free to explore, and experience, Ulan-Bator as you wish.

Day 6 - Free Day in Ulan-Bator

Ural MountainsBreakfast 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 7 - Free Day in Ulan-Bator

Trans-Siberian Train TracksBreakfast 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 8 - Free Day in Ulan-Bator

Lake BaikalBreakfast 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 9 - Free Day and Departing Ulan-Bator

Irkutsk ChurchAfter spending most of the day free to explore Ulan-Bator, you will catch the train to continue your journey along the Trans-Mongolian railway.

Day 10 - Entering Russia and Passing the Vast Lake Baikal

Irkutsk DecemberistsYou will spend the day on the train continuing on to the border with Russia, before passing the city of Ulan-Ude, and heading onwards onwards to Irkutsk, passing by the amazing Lake Baikal.

Day 11 - Arrival in Irkutsk

Irkutsk Rail StationFollowing your arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to your accommodation. You have will then have a full day to explore, and experience, the city.

Day 12 - Free Day in Irkutsk

Ulan Bator National ParkToday is left free to relax, explore, experience, shop or book one of our many optional excursions.

Day 13 - Free Day in Irkutsk

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

Day 14 - Depart Irkutsk

North China StatueThere will be a transfer from the hotel to the railway station to catch your train for the next leg of your Trans–Siberian journey, on through Siberia and on to Moscow.

Day 15 - Heading into Eurasia

Ulan Bator BuildingAfter passing through Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia, the train will head for the historic Yekaterinburg and the Ural Mountains, crossing the border between Asia and Europe, around 1,000 miles east of Moscow.

Day 16 - Arrival in Yekaterinburg

Gobi DesertYou will arrive in Yekaterinburg and be provided with a transfer to take you to your accommodation.

Day 17 - Free Day in Yekaterinburg

YekaterinburgYou will have the opportunity to investigate, explore, and experience the historic city of Yekaterinburg in your own time.

Day 18 - Free Day and Departure from Yekaterinburg

Gobi DesertYou will have a free morning to continue exploring the city, however you will need to prepare to check out and be ready for a transfer to the railway station early in the afternoon.

Day 19 - Arrival in Moscow

MoscowAt the end of this day you will reach your destination, the Russian Capital of Moscow, where your transfer will be waiting to pick you up.

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.

Heart of Russia, the Moscow extension

MoscowIf you are travelling from Beijing or Vladivostok, then we would strongly recommend the Moscow extension!

The thriving capital of Russia will be introduced to you along with the iconic sights including the Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Bolshoi Theatre and you can shop for souvenirs on Old Aarbat Street or one of the many markets nearby.

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.

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 the ancient city of Beijing, China's new capital. On route to Moscow enjoy the ever changing scenery as you travel past the Great Wall, northwards through the breathtaking Gobi Desert to arrive at the Mongolian Capital of Ulan-Bator. After four days "on the ground" you head off to Irkutsk deep in Siberia, home of the world famous Lake Baikal for a three day stopover before you head west through the vast steppes and forests of Eurasia, to the historic city of Yekaterinburg on the border of Europe and Asian in the Ural Mountains, after a two day visit, its an overnight train ride into European Russia before finally arriving in Moscow. With With our trusted 2* or home-stay accommodation, full in-tour transfers and complete guided excursions, you can relax and submerge yourself into the total experience.

Tour dates 2016

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Prices

  Second Class     First Class
No. of people £ $ £ $
1 £2,015.00 €2,905.00 $3,205.00 £2,225.00 €3,075.00 $3,385.00
2 - 3 £1,565.00 €2,160.00 $2,380.00 £1,685.00 €2,335.00 $2,565.00
4 - 5 £1,510.00 €2,080.00 $2,295.00 £1,630.00 €2,255.00 $2,475.00
6 - 8 £1,440.00 €1,990.00 $2,190.00 £1,560.00 €2,160.00 $2,375.00
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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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