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‘Three Capitals of Eurasia’ Westbound

Overview

Explore three spectacular countries on one unforgettable rail journey. Our Three Capitals of Eurasia tour expands on the traditional Trans-Mongolian Railway, with several days in one of the world’s most elusive capital cities, Ulaanbaatar. If you are looking for a unique culture-packed rail adventure that includes a stop in Ulaanbaatar, then look no further. Your 10-day experience starts in Beijing, traversing the Gobi Desert into Siberia and over to Moscow, while offering several culture-packed days in 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

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

  • Free Time

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 3

Depart Beijing

Today you will leave Beijing behind and embark on the spectacular Trans-Mongolian train route.

  • Breakfast

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • 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 4

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and visiting Gorkhi Terelj National Park

After your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be free to visit 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, before returning to the Ger camp for an evening meal and overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Border crossing

  • New Destination by Train

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Turtle Rock

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Ger camping experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 5

Sightseeing around Ulaanbaatar

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

  • City Tour

Day 6

Continuing on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

After having most of the day free to explore Ulaanbaatar, our professional driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and take you via private transfer to the railway station.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Transfer to Train

Day 7

Depart Ulaanbaatar

You will spend the next four days travelling on the Trans-Mongolian railway venturing into Siberia.

  • Border crossing

  • Day on the Train

  • Night 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 10

Arrival in Moscow

Today, you will reach your destination, the Russian Capital of Moscow, where your transfer will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel if you wish to spend a few more days in Moscow, or to the railway station or airport.

  • 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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