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Classic Trans-Mongolian Eastbound

Overview

Our most popular Trans-Mongolian experience! The classic Trans-Mongolian Eastbound is a truly unique cultural journey taking you from Moscow through the sprawling forests of Siberia and the rolling dunes of the Gobi Desert to Beijing, while stopping off in several spectacular destinations along the way. This magnificent rail tour is the perfect choice for those wanting an immersive cultural experience that goes beyond travelling from A to B. Your 17-day experience includes a trip on one of the world’s most fascinating railways, combined with several days in Moscow, around Lake Baikal, and in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar.

  • A transfer with a personal guide to accompany you to the train on the start of your journey

  • All relevant Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian rail tickets

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

  • Russian letter of invitation and visa support documents for China and Mongolia

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

Itinerary

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will meet you at your arrival point and take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Moscow

After breakfast, you will be met bright and early by our expert guide who will provide an overview of your day in Moscow. You will then be taken on a half day tour by car where you will get to explore Moscow, including the famous Red Square with the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, the Alexander Garden and the Eternal Flame, Lenin’s mausoleum, the memorial to Soviet cosmonauts, and the famous artists’ quarter of Old Arbat.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Red Square

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Lenin’s mausoleum

  • Alexander Garden

  • Old Arbat

Day 3

Free time in Moscow

Today, you will have the day free to explore the wonders of Moscow for yourself. Take advantage of the fantastic restaurants, museums and shopping districts around the city, or spend your time relaxing at the hotel, the decision is yours.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 4

Your Trans-Mongolian experience begins

After a leisurely breakfast, you can enjoy a late check-out so you can do any last-minute exploring or shopping before beginning your Trans-Mongolian journey.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Transfer to Train

  • Expert Guide

Travel to

Trans-Mongolian

A variant of the traditional Trans-Siberian Railway, the Trans-Mongolian is one of the best ways to reach and explore Mongolia and passes between Moscow and Beijing visiting the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar on the way. The train journey itself offers diverse, spectacular views from the alpine forest regions of Siberia to the vast, arid Gobi Desert before skipping through the lush landscapes of China.

Day 5

Depart Moscow and travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway

You will spend the next three days travelling across Russia. Your journey will begin travelling through European Russia heading past the cities of the Golden Ring, the great industrial city of Kirov and finally the ex-military city of Perm, before crossing through the Ural Mountains and into Asia.

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

Listvyanka

A small settlement on the Western shore of Lake Baikal, Listvyanka is a highly popular tourist area known for its distinct local culture, fish market, and breathtaking hiking trails that venture around the edges of the lake. The settlement was formed near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal and is home to the Baikal Museum, with dedicated exhibits to the fauna and wildlife that can be found in the area.

Day 8

Arrival in Irkutsk

After arriving in Irkutsk, your driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in nearby Listvyanka village on the shores of Lake Baikal.

  • Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 9

Free time in Listvyanka

Today, you are free to explore Listvyanka for yourself. The village has plenty to offer from picturesque nature hikes, to relaxing by the lakeside, or visiting one of the regional markets or museums.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Optional excursions

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and the most important hub for tourism in the Lake Baikal region. As opposed to many of the more industrially shaped cities in Siberia, Irkutsk has a long history as a cultural centre and has been home to scientists, writers, artists, and political activists such as the Decembrists. It is also a key destination on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Day 10

Irkutsk city tour by car

After a relaxing day in Listvyanka, your driver will pick you up from your hotel for a brief city tour of Irkutsk by car. You will get to see the most interesting locations in the city, including the beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), traditional hand-crafted wooden houses, and the infamous Decembrists’ House.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Polish Cathedral

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 11

Departure from Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Irkutsk and meet your driver who will take you to the train station where you will continue your journey along the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Day on the Train

  • Border crossing

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

Ulaanbaatar

The capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, was founded in the 17th century as a Buddhist monastic centre and is the country’s largest city. It is situated in the Tuul River valley, bordering the Bogd Khan Uul National Park and close to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The city has a rich heritage and is home to many famous tourist attractions including the Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Zaisan Memorial, Choijin Lama Temple, and the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan.

Day 12

Exploring Gorkhi Terelj National Park

After arriving at Ulaanbaatar station in the morning, you will have the chance to freshen up and get some breakfast before being taken by your driver to the Ger camp where you can enjoy the beauty of the world famous Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Turtle Rock

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Ger camping experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 13

Visiting the Genghis Khan Statue Complex

After breakfast, you will walk around the surrounding area and visit a local herdsman’s family where you will learn more about the daily life of Mongolia’s nomads.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Genghis Khan Statue Complex

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Meet the local herdsman’s family

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Transfer

Day 14

City tour of Ulaanbaatar

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.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • City Tour

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Zaisan Hill

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 15

Free time in Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, you will be free to explore the distinctive charm of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding region or relax.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 16

Crossing the Gobi Desert

Today, you will leave Ulaanbaatar behind, catching your early morning transfer for your train to Beijing before travelling on through the majestic Gobi Desert towards China.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Border crossing

Travel to

Beijing

The capital of China, Beijing, has a long history stretching back over 3000 years. The city is known for its unrivalled culture and architecture and is home to no less than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the world-famous Forbidden City complex and the Badaling Great Wall of China. Beijing is one of the ‘Four Great Ancient Capitals of China’ and has been the political centre of the country for 800 years.

Day 17

Arrival in Beijing

Throughout the morning and afternoon, you will pass through rural China as well as mountainous river valleys, before continuing past the amazing Great Wall of China.

  • New Destination by Train

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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