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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

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

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

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in Moscow

Arrival in Moscow, with a transfer to the centrally located 3* Maxima Panorama Hotel.

Day 2

Free Day in Moscow

Today your adventure begins – you have a free day to explore, discover and experience everything the Russian capital has to offer.

  • Breakfast

Day 3

Depart Moscow

The majority of the day is free, allowing you to relax and explore Moscow, or take an optional tour, before packing, and preparing, to check out of the hotel. You will be provided with a 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

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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

Travelling Through European Russia

You will spend the day on the train, heading past the cities of the Golden Ring, the great industrial city of Kirov and finally the ex-military city of Perm, at the eastern most edge of European Russia, before crossing through the Ural Mountains and into Asia.

Day 5

Venturing into Siberia

Passing through the previously forbidden Soviet city of Yekaterinburg, you will spend the day on the train while it leaves the eastern foothills of the Ural mountains and heads for Novosibirsk; the largest city in Siberia, and the third largest in Russia, behind only Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Day 6

Heading into Asia

Enjoy your day on the train, travelling along the seemingly limitless tracks, and through the incredible forests of Siberia, you will pass the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk, before heading deep into Asia.

Day 7

Lake Baikal and the Mongolian Border

Travelling through Irkutsk and then past the awesome, and unique, Lake Baikal (the world’s largest fresh water lake), you will then spend the day on the train continuing on to the mountains that border Mongolia. Leaving the last major Russian city at Ulan-Ude, you will cross the border into Mongolia, heading onwards to the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator on the edge of the Gobi desert.

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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 8

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

After your arrival at the station, you will be provided with a transfer which will take you to the 3* Great Empire Hotel where you will have a chance to freshen up and eat a hearty breakfast.

  • Breakfast

Day 9

Free Day in Ulaanbaatar

Breakfast is followed by free time to investigate the distinctive charm of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding region or relax. Why not take a look at a few of the excursions you could arrange while there?

  • Breakfast

Day 10

Free Day in Ulaanbaatar

Enjoy a second day of free time in the Mongolian capital. After breakfast, you are free to investigate the distinctive charm of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding region or relax. Why not take a look at our range of optional excursions?

  • Breakfast

Day 11

Free Day in Ulaanbaatar

Enjoy a final day exploring the amazing sites and exquisite charm of Ulaanbaatar. Breakfast is followed by free time to investigate the distinctive charm of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding region or relax.

  • Breakfast

Day 12

Depart Ulan Bator and Cross the Gobi Desert

Catch your transfer for your train to Beijing before travelling on through the majestic Gobi Desert and towards the Chinese border. Later in the evening, the train will reach the Chinese border where the impressive procedure of bogie-changing takes place, before heading off for Beijing.

  • Breakfast

Travel to

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 13

Arrival in Beijing

Throughout the morning and afternoon, you will pass through rural China as well as mountainous river valleys, before continuing on past the amazing Great Wall of China, finally arriving in the Chinese capital, Beijing, where your transfer will take you to your hotel, airport or railway station.

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.