Trans-Mongolian Adventure
16 days from Moscow to Beijing
From $ 2359
Duration16 days

Incredible doesn't begin to describe this railway journey from Russia to China. Beginning in Moscow, your trip on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway will take you across the steppe to experience secluded Mongolia's colourful culture. Disembark and spend a night in a ger before continuing on to the palaces of Beijing. An experienced CEO will lead the way and take care of the details so you’re free to enjoy one of the world's greatest train rides. Whether on board or off, this will be 16 days to remember for the rest of your life.

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  • Duration: 16 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Moscow
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Beijing
    Ages: 12+
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Moscow

Start place: Moscow

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrive at any time. Want to experience St Petersburg? Book the St Petersburg Express, a four-day pre-tour package. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Want to explore more of Russia? Add the “St Petersburg Express” to your adventure and spend three days getting to know the city with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty package includes arrival transfer, two nights accommodation in St Petersburg, a guided walking tour, entrance to the Hermitage, and wraps up with an overnight train ride to Moscow with free time before the next leg of your journey begins. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

End place: Moscow

Day 2: Moscow

Start place: Moscow

Ride the metro and check out the beautiful stations, visit Red Square, the Kremlin, and St Basil's, or line up to catch a glimpse of an embalmed dictator.

Enjoy free time to explore Moscow's numerous museums and galleries, the Kremlin, or Lenin's Mausoleum.

End place: Moscow

Day 3: Moscow

Start place: Moscow

Board the train and start one of the world's most famous rail routes. Journey 88 hours across the Ural Mountains and through the wilds of the Siberian taiga forests. Arrive in the evening on Day 6. Please be advised that some of the train rides can be quite lengthy. We recommend bringing along books and games to play with your fellow travellers, as it will enhance the rail experience.

End place: Moscow

Day 4: Trans-Siberian Railway

Start place: Moscow

Continue on your journey and soak in the amazing landscapes. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers— Russians and foreigners alike.

End place: Irkutsk

Day 5: Trans-Siberian Railway

Start place: Moscow

Continue on your journey and soak in the amazing landscapes. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers— Russians and foreigners alike.

End place: Irkutsk

Day 6: Trans-Siberian Railway

Start place: Moscow

Continue on your journey and soak in the amazing landscapes. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers— Russians and foreigners alike.

End place: Irkutsk

Day 7: Irkutsk/Listvyanka

Start place: Irkutsk

Arrive into Irkutsk in the morning. Enjoy a walking tour of Irkutsk before driving to the village of Listvyanka. Overnight in a guesthouse on the shore of Lake Baikal. Enjoy incredible local meals prepared by your host.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at the guesthouse.

End place: Listvyanka

Meals: D
Day 8: Listvyanka

Start place: Listvyanka

Free day to explore the shores of Lake Baikal. Opt to try a banya (Russian sauna), go on a boat trip on the lake, or take an invigorating swim.

End place: Listvyanka

Meals: B, D
Day 9: Listvyanka/Ulaanbaatar

Start place: Listvyanka

These train rides are relaxation days built right into the itinerary. Stare out the window, explore the train, jump out at stations to see what's going on, or just read and play cards. The journey is what you make of it.

A restaurant car is normally not provided on this train, so take the opportunity to stock up on food and drinks for the ride. Don't worry, there are always kiosks on the platforms selling a variety of items from chocolate to instant mashed potatoes to vodka.
Board the train in the early morning and settle in for a full day of train travel. Cross the border into Mongolia and watch the scenery change from dense forests to grassland.

End place: Ulan Bator

Day 10: Ulaanbaatar

Start place: Ulan Bator

Arrive in Mongolia and spend some time getting to know the capital city.

End place: Ulan Bator

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Start place: Ulan Bator

Drive to nearby Terelj National Park to stay in a traditional ger (yurt). Options to hike, or try traditional archery.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 12: Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar
This sleepy capital is an evolving city, showing many signs of its Soviet past contrasted with an increasing Chinese influence and a re-emergence of traditional Mongolia. Don't forget to sample some Mongolian barbecue straight from the source and try locally brewed beer from the Chinggis Brewery.
Head back to Ulaanbaatar with a free day to explore the capital. Opt to visit the local Chinggis Brewery, watch a cultural show with Mongolian throat singing, or visit the Gandan Monastery for a taste of Tibetan Buddhism.

End place: Ulan Bator

Meals: B
Day 13: Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

Start place: Ulan Bator

Board the train for the final 30 hr train ride. At the border, the train changes wheels to match the different gauge. Opt to stay on the train and watch.

End place: Beijing

Meals: B
Day 14: Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

Start place: Ulan Bator

Choose which sights to visit in this massive city— the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, or the Lama Temple Monastery.

Opt to get lost in Beijing's hutongs— traditional alleys hiding a labyrinth of courtyard dwellings— or shop for bargains in one of the many markets.
Arrive in Beijing and start exploring this buzzing capital of China. Opt to visit the Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square.

End place: Beijing

Day 15: Beijing

Start place: Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall and walk along the Mutianyu section.

End place: Beijing

Day 16: Beijing

Start place: Beijing

Depart at any time.

End place: Beijing

Inclusions

Included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Traditional Ger Stay, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Trans-Mongolian Railway
  • Irkutsk city tour
  • Great Wall entrance (Beijing)
  • Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Train, Private bus, Taxi, Metro, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Simple guesthouses/hotels (8 nts), Sleeper trains (6 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt)
  • Meals

    4 breakfasts,
    1 lunches,
    3 dinners

Dates & availability: Trans-Mongolian Adventure

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Departing Sat, 04/06/2019 Finishing Sun, 04/21/2019 Catalog Price $ 2949 Sale Price $ 2359 10 Book
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Departing Sat, 07/27/2019 Finishing Sun, 08/11/2019 Catalog Price $ 3249 Sale Price $ 3249 14 Book

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