Lake in Mongolia | Trans-siberian Railway | Mongolia
FROM: R46,900 pp

TRANS-SIBERIAN JOURNEY MOSCOW TO BEIJING: Travel the Trans Siberian from Moscow, through Siberia, stopping in Irkutsk, gateway to beautiful Lake Baikal. Then travel the Trans Mongolian via Ulaan Baatar in the heart of Mongolia, where you can opt to camp in a ger, before ending your adventure in Beijing.

Prices & Dates

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
Visit Irkutsk, a former Cossack garrison & trading centre, with the option to spend two nights in Listvyanka on the shore of beautiful Lake Baikal
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
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


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
This journey is semi-independent and is unescorted. It is not a group departure and you will not have a tour guide.
Meals aboard the train


Days 1-2


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 a 3 hour 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 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, 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

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


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 add-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.
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.

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.

Price /
Highway to China - 15 days

In Brief

Trip Type
Hotel Rating
3 star (4 star available on request)
Tour Guide
For optional touring
Breakfast: 7
Moscow, Irkutsk , Ulaan Baatar
The church-studded cityscape of Irkutsk in Russia's Eastern Siberia

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