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15 days  |  Moscow to Beijing  |  from USD $3,699  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Riding the Trans-Siberian & Trans-Mongolian from Moscow east to Beijing; crossing Siberia the train pulls into Irkutsk, gateway to Lake Baikal and Ulaan Baatar in the heart of Mongolia.

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Days 1-2
Moscow

Moscow. Arrival transfer from Moscow airport. Enjoy free time in Russia’s lively capital. On day 2 you can independently explore the sights or book an optional guided walk around Red Square, escorted by a knowledgeable local guide.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 3-6
Train to Siberia

Moscow - Irkutsk. The morning of day 3 is free for you to relax before a midday transfer to the rail station to start your Trans-Siberian journey. Settle into life aboard the train as it plies its way across the Urals and large tracts of Siberia.

Settle into life on board as the train plies its way across the Urals and large tracts of Siberia on days 4 to 6. Enjoy the views of the changing landscape, relax and get to know your fellow passengers.
Overnight: Train  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 7-9
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 from the following optional excursions:

Listvyanka & 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

Day 10
Train to Mongolia

Irkutsk - Ulaan Baatar. Very early morning transfer to the rail station to continue your momentous journey into the heart of Mongolia, a land of endless steppe, towering mountains, pristine lakes, rivers and desert.
Overnight: Train

Days 11-13
Mongolia

Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia). Morning arrival into Ulaan Baatar after crossing the Mongolian border during the very early hours of day 11. The pine-covered mountains, wide boulevards, vast public squares and park give the city a feeling of spaciousness, while the ger communities, Buddhist temples and bustling market places give it a rustic charm. Transfer to your hotel and spend three days at leisure exploring the city. Or book an optional two night excursion to Terelj National Park:

Terelj National Park & ger camp bolt-on: Spend two nights camping out in a Mongolian ger on the steppe in Terelj National Park.
Overnight: Ulaan Baatar  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 14-15
Train to Beijing

Ulaan Baatar - Beijing. Morning transfer to rail station on day 14 for the final leg of your journey. Enjoy panoramic views of uninterrupted steppe, with the occasional nomad, camel and ger dotting the landscape. Continuing south the train enters the flat, dry and sparsely populated landscape of the Gobi desert before crossing the border into China on day 14. The train pulls into Beijing, China’s bustling capital, in the afternoon on day 15.
Overnight: Train (day 14)  |  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, Russia’s lively capital
Irkutsk - former Cossack garrison & trading centre
Ulaan Baatar - Mongolia's capital, set on banks of the Tuul River
Trans-Siberian, Mongolian & Manchurian route
Views of Siberian forest, Gobi Desert and Lake Baikal en route
Beijing - extend your stay to visit the sights

Included

7 breakfasts
3 nights 3 star hotel in Irkutsk
6 nights on board train (2nd class, 4 berth sleeper cabin)
Moscow airport arrival transfer on day 1
Return rail station transfers in Irkutsk and Ulaan Baatar
2 nights 3 star hotel in Moscow
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
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.

Hi Sarah,

Just thought that I'd let you know that we've had a great trip - I've just made it down to Shanghai, ready to fly back on Monday.

The stop-overs in Moscow, in Irkutz for the Baikal trek and Ulaan Bataar were superb - I have to highlight the ger camp which was superb and in such a wonderful setting.

Your representatives in both places were excellent - as was Constantin in Moscow.

Thanks again.

Regards

We really enjoyed our Trans-Siberian experience especially our stays in Lake Baikal, Terelj NP and Beijing. The family we stayed with were very hospitable, friendly and excellent food.

Hi Jane

Just to let you know have done the trip and it went without a hitch. All the guides turned up on time at the right place and were very helpful to me.... couldn't have asked for much more.... the accommodation was situated in the right area of town at all stops, and the service offered by them was good to excellent.... the meals that were included were all of a good standard....

Overall I would recommend this tour to others... keep up the good work... Lastly but not least, thank you for organising and making the trip booking as smooth as possible, i'm glad i took your advice to do the classic it was definitely the right thing to do for me.

Thanks Jitinder

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
Fridays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
For optional touring
Meals
Breakfast: 7
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Summer Trek & Camp
USD $279 / Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal Discovery
USD $539 / Lake Baikal
Cross Country Ski
USD $429 / Lake Baikal

Hi Sarah,

Just thought that I'd let you know that we've had a great trip - I've just made it down to Shanghai, ready to fly back on Monday.

The stop-overs in Moscow, in Irkutz for the Baikal trek and Ulaan Bataar were superb - I have to highlight the ger camp which was superb and in such a wonderful setting.

Your representatives in both places were excellent - as was Constantin in Moscow.

Thanks again.

Regards

Jon Burgess
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.