With all tours originating in the majestic city of Moscow, you are guaranteed a memorable journey through European Russia, Siberia, 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.
Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow
Arrival in Moscow, with a transfer to the centrally located 3* Arbat hotel. Standard check-in will be at 14:00, however there is an option for early check-in.
Day 2 - Moscow: Excursion Day
You will be met bright and early by our expert guide who will provide an overview of your day in Moscow, and any questions about the day 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 - Depart Moscow
The 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 4 - Travelling Through European Russia
You 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 5 - Venturing into Siberia
Passing 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 6 - Heading into Asia
Enjoy 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 7 - Lake Baikal and crossing the Mongolian Border
Travelling through Irkutsk and then past the awesome, and unique, Lake Baikal (the world's largest fresh water lake), you will then spend the day on the train continuing on to the mountains that border Mongolia. Leaving the last major Russian city at Ulan-Ude, you will cross the border into Mongolia, heading onwards to the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator on the edge of the Gobi desert.
Day 8 - Arrive Ulan Bator and Gorkhi Terelj National Park Excursion
After 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 9 - Mongolian Steppe Excursion and visit to the Genghis Khan Statue Complex
After breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Genghis Khan Statue Complex that includes a museum and a scenic view from the top of the statue. Additionally, you will meet 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 10 - Ulan Bator Excursion
After 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 11 - Free Day in Ulan Bator
Breakfast 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 12 - Depart Ulan Bator and Cross the Gobi Desert
Catch 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 13 - Arrival in Beijing
Throughout 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 if you wish to stay in Beijing for a few more days, the airport or railway station.
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* and 4* accommodation, along with a selection of half day tours and expert guides.
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