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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

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

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

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 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.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3

Free Day in Beijing

You have the freedom to explore, and experience, the majesty of the Chinese capital at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

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.

  • 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 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 Ulaanbaatar to stay at the 4* Ramada Hotel.

  • Breakfast

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

Free Day and Departing Ulaanbaatar

After spending half of the day free to explore Ulaanbaatar, 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.

  • 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

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”.

  • Dinner

Day 10

Free time in Listvyanka

Free day free to relax, explore and experience Listvyanka and the incredible Lake Baikal.

  • 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

Select from Three Excursions

There are three fantastic options to choose from included in your itinerary;

A

Travel on the famous Circum-Baikal Railroad skirting the shores of Lake Baikal


B

A visit to a traditional settlement of the ancient Mongolian Buryat tribes


C

An escorted trip to the Baikal Museum and aquarium.

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.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

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.

  • 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

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.

Travel to

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 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.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Day 17

Free day in Yekaterinburg

Take some time to yourself to explore, discover and experience this important city, boarding both Europe and Asia.

  • Breakfast

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.

  • Breakfast

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

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.

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.