With all tours originating in the ancient city of Beijing you are guaranteed a memorable journey through Asia, 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.
Day 1 - Arrival in Beijing
Your tour starts in Beijing, where your transfer will be waiting for you at the airport, or train station, to take you to your accommodation, the 4* Jianguo Hotel.
Day 2 - Beijing Excursion Day
You will have a full day city tour with lunch introducing you to the main attractions of Beijing, including the Great Wall, Ming Tomb and Summer Palace.
Day 3 - Free day in Beijing
Enjoy some free time in Beijing, getting to know the sights, sounds and smells or this incredible city.
Day 4 - Depart Beijing
Today, you will have an early morning 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 Ulan Bator and Gorkhi Terelj National Park Excursion
After your afternoon arrival you will be transferred to visit the world famous Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Lunch will then be served at a local Ger camp, followed by walking in the hills, with an excursion to Turtle Rock and a meditation centre before returning to the Ger camp for an evening meal and overnight stay.
Day 6 - 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 going back to the city of Ulan Bator where you will check into the 4* Ramada Hotel.
Day 7 - Ulan Bator Excursion
A fascinating full day tour including visits to the Gandan Buddhist Monastery, the national history museum and Zaisan Hill, ending with a traditional meal and Mongolian folk music with dance.
Day 8 - Depart Ulan Bator, cross the Mongolian border and head towards Lake Baikal
Today, you have a free morning to yourself before meeting your driver for an afternoon transfer to the railway station. After departing Ulan Bator you will spend the day on the train continuing on to the border with Russia, before passing the city of Ulan-Ude, and heading onwards to Irkutsk, passing by the amazing Lake Baikal.
Day 9 - Arrive in Irkutsk
Following your afternoon arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to your hotel - 3* Mayak Hotel, before having the rest of the day to relax and explore at your leisure. At the end of the day there is a traditional Baikal dinner and optional “Banya”.
Day 10 - Free Day in Lystvyanka
Explore Listvyanka at your own pace.
Day 11 - Three Options of Excursions in Listvyanka
Today, you have the choice of three tours:
1) Circum Baikal Railroad - The first tour is a full day trip around Lake Baikal, including a ferry ride and journey on the famous Circum-Baikal Railroad. The tour stops at some of the most picturesque places en-route, so that you can experience the flora and fauna of this unique area.
2) Buryat settlement visit - The second option, is a visit to a Buryat settlement (a community indigenous to Siberia, related to the Mongols), 70 km from Irkutsk on the remote Siberian plain. Here you can take part in many activities, such as visiting the local lore museum, experiencing the local greeting ceremony, meeting the Shaman to be 'cleansed" and visiting a Yurt to sample local teas and take part in a traditional feast.
3) Trip to the Baikal Museum and Aquarium - Your third option is to go an escorted tour of the local Baikal Museum and aquarium, featuring animals that are exclusive to the legendary lake, including the famous Baikal seal. A chair lift ride will take you to a point offering panoramic views of the lake, with lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to a Russian Orthodox Church. Finally you will have he opportunity to explore a local fish market with all its hustle, bustle and colour - something not to be missed.
Whichever option you choose, you will head back to Irkutsk, where you will stay at 4 * Courtyard by Marriot Irkutsk City Center Hotel.
Day 12 - Irkutsk Excursions
A fascinating full day city tour to see some of the best sights in Irkutsk, the Polish cathedral, Russian Orthodox churches and the Decembrist’s House before visiting the Open Air Wooden Architecture museum in Taltsy with lunch.
Day 13 - Depart Irkutsk
You will have a free morning to yourself however be prepared to pack and check out at 12 noon. There 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 14 - Venturing into Siberia
Through the seemingly limitless tracks and incredible forests of Siberia (the largest forest in the world), you will be passing through the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk.
Day 15 - Heading into Eurasia
After 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 - European Russia
Spending the day on the train, you will head past the ex-military city of Perm, the great industrial city of Kirov, and the beautiful cities of the Golden Ring.
Day 17 - Arrive in Moscow
Early in the morning, 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 Experience Range - this premium range takes care of all travel arrangements including trains, transfers, full day excursions accompanied by a professional guide and the finest 4* hotels.
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Between October and December first class trains are not available between Ulan Bator and Irkutsk. As a replacement, we will book a second class compartment per two people to retain the privacy of first class travel.