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Overview

  • 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

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.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3

Free day in Beijing

Enjoy some free time in Beijing, getting to know the sights, sounds and smells or this incredible city.

  • Breakfast

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.

  • Breakfast

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

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar 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.

  • Lunch & Dinner

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 Ulaanbaatar where you will check into the 4* Ramada Hotel.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7

Ulaanbaatar 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8

Depart Ulaanbaatar, 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 Ulaanbaatar 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.

  • Breakfast

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

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”.

  • Dinner

Day 10

Free Day in Lystvyanka

Explore Listvyanka at your own pace.

  • Breakfast

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 11

Three Options of Excursions in Listvyanka

Today, you have the choice of three tours. Whichever option you choose, you will head back to Irkutsk, where you will stay at 4 * Courtyard by Marriot Irkutsk City Center Hotel.

A

Circum Baikal Railroad – 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.


B

Buryat settlement visit – 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.


C

Trip to the Baikal Museum and Aquarium – 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.

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.

  • Breakfast & 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.

  • Breakfast

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 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.

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

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.

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.