TRANS-SIBERIAN JOURNEY BEIJING TO MOSCOW: Riding the Trans-Mongolian, from Beijing to Mongolia - a land of unique beauty, with the option to visit breathtaking Terelj National Park before crossing the border into Russia. Stopping at Irkutsk en route, where you can opt spend two nights by beautiful Lake Baikal, before continuing your journey through Siberia and on to Moscow.
Beijing. Arrival transfer from Beijing airport to your hotel. Enjoy free time in China’s bustling capital.
Opt to walk the Great Wall
Spend the day at leisure, independently exploring Beijing or book an optional sightseeing tour escorted by a knowledgeable local guide. On the tour, walk a section of the legendary Great Wall at Badaling in the morning before heading back to Beijing for an included lunch and a visit to Tiananmen Square and the vast Forbidden City, which was the centre of power for five centuries.
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast
Beijing - Ulaan Baatar. Transfer to the Beijing rail station this morning to board the train to Ulaan Baatar, capital of Mongolia, one of the most elevated countries in the world. Leaving Beijing behind and crossing the border the train enters the flat, dry and sparsely populated landscape of the Gobi desert before travelling north through landscapes of uninterrupted steppe, with the occasional nomad, camel and ger dotting the landscape.
Overnight: Train | Breakfast
Ulaan Baatar - breakfast (days 5 & 6). Day 4, mid-afternoon arrival into Ulaan Baatar. The pine-covered mountains, wide boulevards, vast public squares and parks give the capital 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 two days at leisure exploring the city or opt to camp out in Terelj National Park.
Terelj National Park & ger camp add-on: Spend two nights camping out in a Mongolian ger on the steppe in Terelj National Park.
On the afternoon of day 6 board the train for your onward journey to Irkutsk. In the evening the train will reach the Mongolia border point at Sukhe-Batorcross and after inevitable customs and immigration formalities and delays, you will cross the border into Russia after midnight (day 7).
Overnight: Ulaan Baatar (days 4 & 5), Train (day 6) | Breakfast x 2
Irkutsk & optional Lake Baikal
Irkutsk. Mid afternoon arrival into Irkutsk, a town with the Asiatic influences of nearby Mongolia and China and curious architecture - which is a legacy of Siberia’s exiled aristocrats. Spend the next three days at leisure exploring the town or book one of the following optional excursions:
Listvyanka & Lake Baikal: Spend two relaxing days in the village of Listvyanka by beautiful Lake Baikal, where you can independently explore or opt to also add-on our Lake Baikal Discovery package to include guided sightseeing.
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
On the train
Irkutsk - Moscow. Late afternoon transfer to the rail station for the onward journey to Moscow across tracts of Siberia and the Ural Mountains. Enjoy views across tracts of Siberia and the Ural Mountains before continuing west and on to mighty Moscow.
Overnight: Train | Breakfast x 1
Moscow. A very early arrival into Russia’s capital, at approximately 4am, when your journey of a lifetime ends.
Although schedules dictate an early morning arrival into Moscow, we recommend spending at least one night in the capital in case of delays. Please contact us for Moscow stopover rates.
Travel on to St Petersburg
Add-on a 4 day Baltic Express and visit the northern city of St Petersburg - city of the tsars, home of the incredible Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace, the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood and the lavish Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof palace
Prices & Dates
The prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room in 3 star hotels and a 2nd-class 4-berth train cabin. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price, train accommodation remains 2nd class 4 berth. Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel. Please contact us for departure dates.
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