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Trans-Mongolian Express Eastbound

Overview

A fast-track Trans-Mongolian Railway experience! Our Trans-Mongolian Express tour is designed for those wanting to travel from Moscow to Beijing is the shortest time possible, while enjoying the spectacular changing landscapes of North China, Siberia and the Gobi Desert.   If train travel is your highlight and are looking for a less expensive, unique backpacker-style rail experience, this Trans-Mongolian Railway tour is the one for you. Your 9-day journey starts in Moscow and takes you to Irkutsk via the breathtaking Lake Baikal, and through the Gobi Desert before arriving at the Chinese capital of Beijing.

  • All relevant Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian rail tickets

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

  • A transfer with a personal guide to accompany you to the train on the start of your journey

  • Russian letter of invitation and visa support documents for China

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

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

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will meet you at your arrival point and take you to your hotel for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Moscow

Today, you will be met bright and early after breakfast by your expert guide who will run you through a brief itinerary of the day and answer any questions you may have. After, you will begin your 3-hour tour of Moscow by car where you will get to see many of the highlights including Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, followed by the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Novodevichy Convent, Moscow State University, New Arbat, Sparrow Hills and more.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour by car

  • Red Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral

  • Novodevichy Convent

  • New Arbat

  • Sparrow Hills Viewpoint

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Free time in Moscow

After breakfast, you will have most of the day free to relax and explore Moscow or take one of our optional Moscow city excursions. Later on, you will have a late check-out and meet your driver at the hotel for a transfer to the train station. At the train station, our guide will advise you, answer any last-minute questions, and make sure you have everything you need for your train journey.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Optional excursions

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Transfer

  • Expert Guide

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

Depart Moscow and travel on the Trans-Mongolian Railway to Beijing

You will spend the next five days travelling across Russia and Mongolia on the incredible Trans-Mongolian Railway.

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Border crossing

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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 9

Arrival in Beijing

You will spend the morning and part of the afternoon passing through rural China and the mountainous river valleys, before continuing past the amazing Great Wall of China.

  • New Destination by Train

  • 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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