Nomads & Deserts - 11 days
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Explore the sights of Russia's capital city, then journey the Trans Mongolian route, spending time in the land of gers, nomads and deserts, before flying onward to the destination of your choice!
Day 1: Moscow
Welcome to Moscow! Arrival transfer from Moscow Sheremetyevo or Domodedovo airport to hotel. Overnight - Moscow
Day 2: Red Square
The capital that spawned dozens of spy novels. Catch the Metro to Red Square, from where you'll enjoy a guided walk. You'll spot Moscow's bastion of power, the gold onion-domed Kremlin, GUM department store and more. Rest of day free. Lenin's fascinating granite mausoleum located in Red Square is a Mecca for the curious and worth a look. Overnight - Moscow (B)
Day 3: Moscow
Moscow - Ulaan Baatar. Free time in the capital. Moscow has a staggering array of art galleries, museums and shops, as well as unique attractions such as famous Gorky Park. Tonight, an included transfer to Yaroslavl rail station for the train to Ulaan Baatar. Overnight - train (B)
Days 4 - 6: On board the train
Settle into life aboard the Trans-Mongolian Express as it winds its way east. The train actually follows well-worn ancient tea caravan routes. Back in those days, it took an arduous 40 days or more. Since the inception of the Trans-Mongolian route in the 1950s the journey has been considerably shortened! Overnight - train
Day 7: Views of Lake Baikal
Via Irkutsk and skirting along the shores of breathtaking Lake Baikal, the 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. Mongolia and China each have their own kilometre markers. In Mongolia, 0 km is the Russian/Mongolian border town of Naushki. Once over the Chinese border, the markers measure the distance to Beijing which is 0 km. Overnight - train
Day 8: Mongolia
Ulaan Baatar - Terelj NP. Morning arrival in Outer Mongolia. One of the most elevated countries in the world, Mongolia was also once one of the world's most powerful. At its height in the 13th century, Genghis Khan had by the time of his death in 1227, unified the Mongol people, organized a nearly invincible army of fearless nomadic warriors and set into motion the first stage in the conquest of an enormous territory that would be completed by his sons and grandsons. With extraordinary speed and devastating ruthlessness, the Mongols created the world's largest empire, stretching at its greatest extent from Korea to Hungary.
Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and transfer to nearby Terelj National Park where you will spend two nights in a traditional Mongolian Ger Camp. Elevated Terelj is cool and the scenic alpine surrounds spectacular. The protected area is host to diverse flora and fauna and is famous for its unique granite rock formations.
*Please note: Due to extreme weather, clients undertaking a classic adventure during the winter will be accommodated in permanent accommodation and not Mongolian gers. Overnight - Mongolian Ger Camp* (L, D)
Day 9: Terelj National Park
Get in touch with nature. Hike, horse ride (at additional cost), climb some rocks, the choice is yours. Overnight - Mongolian Ger Camp* (B, L, D)
Days 10 - 11: Ulaan Baatar
Terelj NP - Ulaan Baatar. Transfer back to Ulaan Baatar on day 10 with a visit to a nomadic family. Despite the prominence of grim, utilitarian Soviet architecture, Ulaan Baatar is a laid-back provincial capital set in the rolling foothills of the Bogd mountain range, on the banks of the Tuul River. Free time to explore the capital city independently. Overnight - Ulaan Baatar (B:1)
Day 12: Ulaan Baatar
Onward transfer to airport after breakfast. (B)