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 the 4* Jianguo Hotel.
Day 2 - Beijing Excursion Day
You will have a full day city tour introducing you to the main attractions of Beijing, including the Great Wall, Ming Tomb and Summer Palace with lunch offered.
Day 3 - Free Day in Beijing
You have the freedom to explore, and experience, the majesty of the Chinese capital at your leisure.
Day 4 - Depart Beijing
Pack, and prepare to check-out, to meet your driver for the 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 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 Ulan-Bator to stay at 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 - Free Day and Departing Ulan Bator
After spending half of the day free to explore Ulan-Bator, you will be offered a transfer to the railway station to catch the train in order to continue your journey along the Trans-Mongolian railway. You will head onwards to Irkutsk, passing by the amazing Lake Baikal.
Day 9 - Arrival in Irkutsk and Listvyanka
Following your afternoon arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to the 3* Mayak Hotel in the village of Listvyanka. The day is rounded off with a traditional Baikal dinner and an optional Russian sauna experience, "Banya".
Day 10 - Free time in Listvyanka
Free day free to relax, explore and experience Listvyanka and the incredible Lake Baikal.
Day 11 - Select from Three Excursions
There are three fantastic options to choose from included in your itinerary; the famous Circum-Baikal Railroad skirting the shores of Lake Baikal, visiting a traditional settlement of the ancient Mongolian Buryat tribes or an escorted trip to the Baikal Museum and aquarium. At the end of the day you will be taken to Irkutsk, where you will stay in a centrally located 4* Marriott Hotel.
Day 12 - Irkutsk Excursion
A fascinating full day tour to see the city with 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 where lunch will be offered.
Day 13 - Depart Irkutsk
You will have the first half of the day to yourself, however, you need to be prepared to check out at 12 noon and meet your driver at the hotel for the transfer 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 - 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 15 - Arrival in Yekaterinburg
You will arrive in Yekaterinburg later in the evening and be provided with a transfer to take you to the 4* Four Elements Hotel.
Day 16 - Yekateringburg Excursion
A full day tour, featuring some of the key landmarks that Yekaterinburg has to offer, including the Cathedral on the Blood, Ascension Hill and the Literary Quarter as well as a trip to the Europe/Asia border and Ganina Pit with the chance to taste traditional Ural Pelmeny in one of the city restaurants.
Day 17 - Free day in Yekaterinburg
Take some time to yourself to explore, discover and experience this important city, boarding both Europe and Asia.
Day 18 - Free Day and Departure from Yekaterinburg
You will have a morning transfer to the railway station to catch your next train to Moscow.
Day 19 - Arrive in Moscow
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.
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!
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.