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Real Eurasian Westbound

Overview

Uncover the treasures of Earth’s largest continent from the edge of your seat with this extraordinary rail experience. Travelling westbound from Beijing to Moscow, the Real Eurasian offers a fascinating insight into the people and places that live along the Eurasian border. This Trans-Mongolian adventure provides a wholly authentic glimpse into the cities and communities that lie on the Eurasian border between Siberia and Mongolia. This 19-day Trans-Mongolian journey will travel from Beijing through the Gobi Desert to Ulaanbaatar, across the border into Lake Baikal and Yekaterinburg, before ending at the Russian capital of 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

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Beijing

After breakfast, you will meet your guide at the hotel for a half-day city tour where you will be introduced to many of the city’s highlights such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Pearl and Silk markets. A stop for lunch will be offered during the tour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Expert Guide

  • Temple of Heaven

  • Walking Tour

  • The Circular Mound Altar

  • The Cypress Grove Temple

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

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 platform, and answer any last-minute questions. You will then leave Beijing station for Ulaanbaatar.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Expert Guide

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Mongolian Ger

  • Walking Tour

  • Turtle Rock

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 6

Visiting the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex

After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Genghis Khan Statue Complex that includes a unique museum and scenic views from the top of the statue.

  • Breakfast

  • Genghis Khan Statue Complex

  • Museums

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Meet the local herdsman’s family

  • Expert Guide

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

  • Expert Guide

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

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

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Transfer to Train

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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

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Village ‘Banya’

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

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Lake Baikal

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

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

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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

  • Expert Guide

  • Polish Cathedral

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Transfer to Train

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 on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg stands close to the divide between Russia and Kazakhstan and is known as the ‘window on Asia’ due to its close proximity to the border. The city is commonly referred to as Russia’s ‘third capital’ as it is ranked third for tourism, transport, and economic size. It holds crucial significance in Russian History as the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty.

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 3* Hotel.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer

Day 16

City tour of Yekaterinburg

Today, you will embark on a half day tour, featuring some of the main attractions that Yekaterinburg has to offer, including the Cathedral on the Blood, Ascension Hill and the Literary Quarter, with a follow up visit to see the Europe/Asia border marker outside the city.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Church on the Blood of All Russian Saints

  • Ascension Hill

  • Literary Quarter

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 17

Free time in Yekaterinburg

You will have a free day to explore, discover and experience everything Yekaterinburg has to offer.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 18

Train to Moscow

After checking out of your hotel, you will be met by your driver for the transfer to the railway station where you will catch the train to Moscow.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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 19

Arrival in Moscow

In the morning, you will arrive in Moscow where your tour will end. Your transfer will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel, if you have chosen to spend a few more days in the city, or to the airport.

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • 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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