The Circum-Baikal railroad | Trans-siberian Railway
FROM: R59,900 pp

TRANS-SIBERIAN JOURNEY MOSCOW TO BEIJING: Bolshoi (Russian for BIG). Go large on our sensational big ticket from Moscow all the way to Beijing. It's the Trans Siberian rail 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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Trip Highlights

Independently explore Russia's capital or book a Moscow city tour. Visit Red Square home to spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the mighty Kremlin
Spend two nights in Yekaterinburg, City of the Romanovs and gateway to the beautiful Ural Mountains
In Eastern Siberia discover Ulan Ude, the charming Buryat capital with its fascinating Mongol-Buddhist culture
Explore Ulaan Baatar, set on the banks of the Tuul River. With the option to spend two nights in a traditional Mongolian ger, camping in beautiful Terelj National Park
Travel from Moscow to Beijing, along the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway lines, taking in incredible views of Siberian forest, Lake Baikal and the Gobi Desert en route
Visit Irkutsk, a former Cossack garrison & trading centre, with the option to spend two nights in Listvyanka on the shore of beautiful Lake Baikal
Discover the unique beauty of Mongolia, with endless steppe, rugged mountains and nomadic tribes people.
End your adventure in Beijing and consider extending your stay to explore China's captivating capital and visit the famous Great Wall


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
This journey is semi-independent and is unescorted. It is not a group departure and you will not have a tour guide.
No meals aboard the train


Days 1-2


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 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 - 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. 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 from the optional activities on offer 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, 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

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


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 18. Day 19 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


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


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 • Submitted 10 Jul 2011

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.

Gavin and Kim • Submitted 07 Jan 2011


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!!

Liz Schillinger • Submitted 07 Jun 2009

In Brief

Trip Type
Hotel Rating
3 star (4 star available on request)
Tour Guide
For optional touring
Breakfast: 10
Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk
The skyline of Yekaterinburg with the golden domes of the Byzantine-style Church on the Blood
The church-studded cityscape of Irkutsk in Russia's Eastern Siberia

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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
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