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Classic Trans-Mongolian Westbound

Overview

A rail tour like no other! The Classic Trans-Mongolian Westbound is the best way to travel between Beijing and Moscow, taking in several fascinating destinations along the way. Discover the picturesque landscapes of Mongolia and Siberia from the edge of your seat, for what is a truly unforgettable experience to tell your friends about. The Classic Trans-Mongolian experience is perfect for anyone wanting to travel this legendary railway while having time to visit the highlights along the way. Your 17-day experience will take you from Beijing, through the Gobi Desert to Ulaanbaatar, continuing into Siberia and Lake Baikal, before reaching the Russian capital, Moscow.

  • 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

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 1

Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! 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 Beijing

Today, you will head on a spectacular 4-5 hour tour of the Temple of Heaven in the heart of Beijing.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Temple of Heaven

  • Expert Guide

  • The Circular Mound Altar

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • The Cypress Grove Temple

  • HongQiao Pearl Market

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 3

Free time in Beijing

Today you will have the day free to explore the many districts and landmarks of Beijing for yourself.

  • Breakfast

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Optional Extras

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 4

Departure from Beijing

In the morning, you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver for your early morning transfer to the railway station. Our guide will advise, and assist, in purchasing provisions for the train if desired, accompany you to the train station, and answer any last-minute questions. You will then leave Beijing station for Ulaanbaatar.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Expert Guide

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

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 5

Exploring the Gorkhi Terelj National Park

After your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, your driver will take you straight to the world famous Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Lunch will be served at a local Ger camp, followed by walking in the hills, with an excursion to Turtle Rock and a meditation centre.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Turtle Rock

  • Ger camping experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 6

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

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Meet the local herdsman’s family

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 7

City tour of Ulaanbaatar

Enjoy a fantastic half day city tour of Ulaanbaatar, where you will get to visit the city’s most famous landmarks, squares and streets.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Bogd Khan Winter Palace

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Sukhbaatar Square

  • Expert Guide

Day 8

Departure from Ulaanbaatar

You have this morning free to do any last-minute sightseeing, before meeting your driver for the afternoon transfer to the railway station.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Transfer to Train

  • Border crossing

  • 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 9

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

  • Transfer

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

Day 10

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

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Optional Extras

Day 11

Free time in Listvyanka

Enjoy another day around the beautiful Lake Baikal. Relax by the lake, go on one of the many nature walks in the area, or simply enjoy spending your day around the village.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Lake Baikal

  • 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 12

Irkutsk city tour by car

After a relaxing couple of days 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

  • Polish Cathedral

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Angara river

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Free Time

Day 13

Departure from Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will have some free time in the morning to do any last-minute exploring, before checking out of your hotel in Irkutsk.

Depart Irkutsk and travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway

You will spend the next four days venturing into Siberia as the train heads towards the Euro-Asia border.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Transfer to Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

Travel to

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 17

Arrival in Moscow

You will finally arrive in Moscow early in the morning, where your transfer will take you to your hotel if you wish to stay in Moscow for a few more days, the airport, or the railway station.

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

  • New Destination by Train

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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