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19 days  |  Moscow to Beijing  |  from USD $4,599  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Bolshoi (Russian for BIG). Go large on our sensational big ticket from Moscow all the way to Beijing. It's the journey that offers a stunning smorgasbord of all our en route destinations including Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk (for Lake Baikal), Ulan Ude and Ulaan Baatar!

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Days 1-2
Moscow

Welcome to Russia’s vibrant capital city. Arrival transfer from Moscow Sheremetyevo or Domodedovo airport to your hotel. The remains of days 1 and 2 are free for you to explore the sights of Moscow. On day 2 there is the option to travel to the legendary Red Square by Metro for a guided walking tour where you will see brightly coloured St Basil’s Cathedral, the impressive GUM department store and Lenin’s Mausoleum. If open you can pay your respects to Lenin himself! Rest of the day is free - consider a visit to the mighty Kremlin.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 3
Moscow

Moscow - Yekaterinburg. Explore the city independently today. This afternoon transfer to rail station to board the train to Yekaterinburg.
Overnight: Train  |  Breakfast

Days 4-5
Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg. On the evening of day 4 the train pulls into Yekaterinburg. Transfer to your hotel. On day 5 there is an optional city tour, which takes in the new monastery that marks the site of the Romanov family’s execution in 1918 and Ganina Yama - a beautiful monastic complex built on the site where their bodies were discarded and later found. The guided tour also takes you to the Europe/Asia border where you can stand with a foot in each continent!
Overnight: Yekaterinburg  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 6
Optional Activities

Yekaterinburg. Today you can choose one of the optional activities detailed or spend the day at leisure. This evening relax at the hotel before your transfer to the station to board the train to Irkutsk.
Overnight: Train  |  Breakfast

Days 7-8
On board the Train

Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk. Relax on board and enjoy the views as you travel through Siberia en route to Irkutsk.
Overnight: Train

Days 9-11
Irkutsk & optional Lake Baikal

Irkutsk. Morning arrival into Irkutsk, a town with the Asiatic influences of nearby Mongolia and China and curious architecture - a legacy of Siberia's exiled aristocrats. Spend the next three days at leisure exploring the town. Or choose one of the following optional excursions:

Listvyanka and Lake Baikal: Spend two relaxing days in the village of Listvyanka by beautiful Lake Baikal and perhaps choose one of the optional activities.

Irkutsk Summer Trek & Camp: Enjoy an overnight trekking excursion through the scenic taiga of the Primorsky Mountain to Lake Baikal, camping overnight in a picturesque bay.
Overnight: Irkutsk   |  Breakfast x 2

Days 12-14
Train to Ulan Ude

Irkutsk - Ulan Ude - breakfast. Spend day 12 at leisure in Irkutsk before your evening departure for the overnight train to Ulan Ude. Very early the following morning arrive into Ulan Ude and transfer to your hotel. Day 13 is free for you to independently explore the city or take an optional Ulan Ude city tour. Thanks to its proximity to Mongolia and China, the indigenous people of the region, the Buryats, clung on to their Tibetan-Buddhist faith through the Communist era. The guided city tour visits Ivolginsky Datsan - a centre of Buddhist culture and the open air Ethnographic Museum dedicated to the lives of local people and architecture through the ages.

On day 14, the morning is free before your midday transfer to rail station for the train to Ulaan Baatar.
Overnight: Train - days 12 & 14, Ulan Ude - day 13  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 15-17
Mongolia

Ulaan Baatar. Morning arrival (subject to border formalities and inevitable delays) into Outer Mongolia after crossing the border in the very early hours of day 15, transfer to your hotel in Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia is a country of unspoilt natural beauty, with endless steppe, nomadic tribes people, stunning Terelj National Park, double-humped (Bactrian) camels and wild Przewalski horses. Due to its high elevation, located 1350 metres above sea level Ulaan Baatar is the coldest national capital in the world, so make sure you wrap up warm! Enjoy free time exploring the National History Museum, Bogd Khan’s winter palace, the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet and Sukhbataar Square. Spend the following 3 days at leisure or book an optional two night excursion to Terelj National Park:

Optional Terelj National Park & ger camp: Upon arrival on day 15 transfer to nearby Terelj National Park, stopping for lunch and a visit to Turtle Rock en route. With scenic alpine surrounds this protected area is host to diverse flora and fauna and famous for its unique granite rock formations. Spend two nights camping out in a Mongolian ger on the steppe. On day 17 transfer back to Ulaan Baatar stopping to visit a nomadic family en route.
Overnight: Ulaan Baatar  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 18-19
Train to Beijing

Ulaan Baatar - Beijing. Early morning transfer to rail station for your onward train journey through endless steppe and the Gobi Desert before crossing the border into China in the evening on day 17. Day 18 is the final leg of your Big Ticket, passing through Shaanxi province en route to the capital. Afternoon arrival into Beijng signals the end of your epic Trans-Siberian journey.
Breakfast x 1

Bolt-on a 3 day Beijing Stopover

To see the sights of Beijing including the legendary Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City with its 9999 rooms, book our 3 day Beijing Stopover. Includes an arrival transfer from Beijing rail station, 2 nights 3 star hotel, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and guided sightseeing with an English speaking local guide.

Trip Highlights

Moscow - home to Red Square and the mighty Kremlin
Yekaterinburg - gateway to the Ural Mountains
Views of Siberian forest, Gobi Desert and Lake Baikal en route
Ulaan Baatar - set on the banks of the Tuul River
Trans-Siberian, Mongolian & Manchurian route
Irkutsk - former Cossack garrison & trading centre
Ulan Ude - capital of the Russian Republic of Buryatia
Beijing - extend your stay and visit the Great Wall

Included

10 breakfasts
2 nights 3 star hotel in Yekaterinburg
1 night 3 star hotel in Ulan Ude
7 nights on board train (2nd class, 4 berth sleeper cabin)
Moscow airport arrival transfer on day 1
Return rail station transfers in Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude and Ulaan Baatar
2 nights 3 star hotel in Moscow
3 nights 3 star hotel in Irkutsk
3 nights 3 star hotel in Ulaan Baatar
Train journey: Moscow - Beijing
Transfer to Moscow train station (not platform) on day 3

Not Included

Flights and visas
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
No meals aboard the train
This journey is semi-independent and is unescorted. It is not a group departure and you will not have a tour guide.

Sally and I would like to thank you Ryan for arranging and coordinating this holiday. Once again On the Go has excelled. We cannot recommend you all highly enough and we both hope our enthusiasm for holidaying with you is reflected with increasing bookings.

Once again

Thanks Ryan

Yekaterinburg has a lot to offer to tourists. During our stay we were taken to khaski dog sledding a fantastic day, we really enjoyed ourselves. The following day we had an interesting tour of the city and were taken to the Europe/Asia border. In all a very enjoyable stay made even special by our host Nonna. Our guide Natalia was very helpful and informative, many thanks.

Janet,

I should have written to you 10 days ago to let you know how fantastic our Trans-Sib, Trans-Mong trip was. We enjoyed every minute from Moscow to Beijing! The arrangements were flawless, and our hosts were outstanding. We had long, interesting, and endearing conversations with every one of them. And Evdochia Lebeda in Irkutsk makes to-die-for bliny and chicken cutlet! We learned a lot in every venue and along the way from our compartment mates (and Bryn Thomas's Trans-Siberian Handbook. We found this really dull at home and absolutely fascinating once we were enroute). Our guides and our hosts pulled out all the stops for us and gave us a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Thanks to all of you who pulled this off!!

Prices shown are per person travelling based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling sharing a twin room/2nd-class 4-berth train cabin. The 'single supplement' applies to travellers requiring a single hotel room at stops along the way, train accommodation remains 2nd class 4 berth. Please add this supplement to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Tour Details
Starts
Moscow
Ends
Beijing
Departs
Mondays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
For optional touring
Meals
Breakfast: 10
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Summer Lake & Village
USD $429 / Yekaterinburg
Khaski Dog Sledding
USD $629 / Yekaterinburg
Summer Trek & Camp
USD $279 / Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal Discovery
USD $539 / Lake Baikal
Cross Country Ski
USD $429 / Lake Baikal

Sally and I would like to thank you Ryan for arranging and coordinating this holiday. Once again On the Go has excelled. We cannot recommend you all highly enough and we both hope our enthusiasm for holidaying with you is reflected with increasing bookings.

Once again

Thanks Ryan

James and Sally Patterson
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.