The Naadam Festival - 14 days

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Take an unforgettable Trans-Siberian rail journey from Moscow to Beijing, heading to a traditional Ger Camp in Terelj National Park and stopping in Ulaan Baatar for the opening ceremony of Mongolia's legendary Naadam Festival, where locals compete in the three manly games of archery, horse riding and wrestling

Days 1 - 2: Moscow
Tuesday 1st July 2014. Moscow. Welcome to the capital that spawned dozens of spy novels. Arrival transfer from Moscow airport to your hotel.

Day 2 is free for you to explore or book an optional Moscow walking tour where you’ll visit Red Square, home to the historic GUM department store, Lenin’s mausoleum and the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral. Overnight - Moscow (B:1)
A restaurant carriage on a Trans-Siberian train
Days 3 - 7: On board train
Moscow - Ulaan Baatar. Spend day 3 at leisure in the capital before your included transfer to Yaroslavl rail station for the train to Ulaan Baatar. Settle into life aboard the Trans-Mongolian Express as it winds its way east. The train actually follows well-worn ancient tea caravan routes. Travelling via Irkutsk and skirting along the shores of breathtaking Lake Baikal, enjoy the views as your journey continues via far Eastern Siberia. The train branches off the main Trans-Siberian line at a place called Zaudinsky, which lies just beyond Ulan Ude. Overnight - on board train (B:1)
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Days 8 - 9: Ger Camp - Terlj National Park
Ulaan Baatar. On the morning of day 8 the train pulls into Ulaan Baatar, the laid-back provincial capital of Mongolia set in the rolling foothills of the Bogd mountain range on the banks of the Tuul River. Transfer to nearby Terelj National Park, stopping for lunch, visiting Turtle Rock and a nomadic family 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. Overnight - Terelj National Park (B:1, L:2, D:2)
Wrestlers prepare for the Nadaam Festival in Mongolia
Day 10: Free time in UB
Terelj National Park - Ulaan Baatar. Today we travel back to the capital where the day is free to spend at leisure. Get into the festive spirit as the most remote capital on earth prepares for its most famous festival. Overnight - Ulaan Baatar (B)
Days 11 - 12: The Naadam Festival
Ulaan Baatar. This morning we attend the festivities of Mongolia's annual Nadaam Festival with a local guide. We get to observe the elaborate opening ceremony which consists of local dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians, before watching the national horse race.

The three manly games that are referred to are archery, horseracing and wrestling, these three feats being considered the most important to a Mongolian warrior. Perhaps fittingly, wrestling still remains an entirely manly affair – though to Westerners, the outfits worn do vaguely resemble a bikini worn backwards! The Naadam Festival is the most widely enjoyed festival throughout Mongolia, and is also celebrated in regions of China with large Mongolian populations.

On day 12 you are free to head back to the festival independently or alternatively explore more of UB at your own pace. Overnight - Ulaan Baatar (B:2)
People walking a section of the Great Wall of China seen on our China Tours
Days 13 - 14: Train to Beijing
Ulaan Baatar - Beijing. Morning transfer to rail station for onward train to Beijing. Beyond Ulaan Baatar the landscape becomes a panorama of uninterrupted steppe. Continuing south the train enters original Gobi country, then onwards to the border, where after formalities the train crosses into Chinese territory on day 13. On day 14 travel through the Shaanxi province of China en route to the capital. Arrival scheduled for mid-afternoon into Beijing where your Trans Siberian adventure comes to an end. train
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Moscow / Ends in: Beijing
  • Departs: 01 July 2014
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 3 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes - for optional touring and Naadam Festival
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