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Trans Mongolian Adventure

Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2013 Last Updated: August 20, 2013
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Introduction

Epic doesn't begin to describe this overland journey from Russia to China. From the cathedrals of Russia to the imperial palaces of Beijing, you'll encounter the best of St Petersburg and Moscow before boarding the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway en route to Lake Baikal. Experience secluded Mongolia's colourful culture 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. Offering a balance of guided excursions and free time, this adventure is proof that getting there is half the fun.

  • Wandering St Petersburg streets and Beijing hutongs
  • Taking the train across the steppes
  • Dining on Lake Baikal's fish
  • Admiring Red Square and Chinese temples
  • Spending the night in a traditional Mongolian ger.
Duration: 17 days
Start/Finish City: St Petersburg to Beijing
Service Level: Basic
  • Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences
  • Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character
  • Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction
  • Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Physical Grading: 2
There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Travel Style: Yolo
Adventures for 18 to thirty somethings

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Trip Type: Small Group
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.

Itinerary

Route map for Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT)

Days 1 St Petersburg

Travellers arrive from all corners of the world during the day. Though there are no arranged activities on Day 1 please arrive by 6pm as we have a group meeting. Please check hotel's noticeboard for details. You will be met by your Chief Experience Officer, who will run through the trip itinerary and answer your questions. After the meeting you can join your CEO for group dinner.

Day 2 St Petersburg (1B)

There is so much to see and do in St Petersburg that it's well worth staying a couple of extra nights if you have time. St Petersburg is a beautiful city, rightly known as the Venice of North Europe. One of the most delightful of Russian cities, St Petersburg is built of baroque European architecture, combined with the opulent palaces of Russian royalty. Its tree-lined streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere make it a favourite for many travellers.

Explore the immense treasures of the luxuriant Hermitage museum - Winter Palace. If you have arrived earlier, consider visiting famous royal residences - Pushkin and Peterhof.

On Day 2 in the evening we board the overnight train for the ride to Moscow (approximately 7 hours). Our first ride in what will be an epic journey.

Days 3-4 Moscow

We arrive to Russian capital in the early morning on day 3.

The great red city of Moscow has seen Russia through some of its most turbulent years, surviving the trauma and tribulations of revolution, from the days of the tsars through the communist era to the growing pains of democracy. Despite the glamour and show of modern capitalism, exploring Moscow is like taking a step back in time and being lost in history.

Names of places such as the 'Kremlin' and the infamous 'Red Square', bring forth unforgettable images of espionage, secrecy and the Cold War era. Explore the streets of this evocative city to truly gain a sense of Muscovite life. We also recommend visiting the fantastic Kremlin with its Armoury, Red Square and Ivan the Terrible's extraordinary St Basil's Cathedral, absolutely not to be missed.

In the afternoon or evening of Day 4 (train departure time depends on the train schedule) we board the train for 3 days and 4 nights long trip to Irkutsk.

Days 5-7 Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the world's most famous train line. Extending from Moscow across Siberia to the far flung town of Vladivostok, it is also the longest. We experience part of this celebrated train odyssey, boarding in the bustling hub of Moscow for the long journey to Irkutsk (approx. 78 hours).

Travelling through time zones in style, we pass mountain ranges and wind our way through taiga, big Russian cities and small Siberian villages.The train is a simple affair, but with enough modern luxuries to make it a comfortable journey. The carriage bathrooms are well equipped and have hot water, though if you wish to have a shower you will need to bring your own shower attachments. An attendant is assigned to every carriage to look after your needs and each compartment has four convertible beds, with luggage storage space provided.

Restaurant car tends to have a jovial atmosphere and can offer an interesting insight into local cuisine- it's also a great place to make friends on this long journey!

Trains run on Moscow time even though there may be several hours time difference, making for interesting meal times. Station platforms nearly always have an array of food for sale at stalls run by the Babushkas.There are lists of stations that the train will stop at and the time they stay there, ranging from two to twenty minutes. Always double check with the carriage attendant - it's a long wait for the next train to come through if you make a mistake!

Day 8 Listvyanka - Lake Baikal (1D)

The long journey brings us to the charming Siberian city of Irkutsk where we transfer to a bus for the short trip to Listvyanka (approx. 2 hours), a small and picturesque village on the shores of Lake Baikal. We spend the rest of the day exploring the area and an invigorating swim in this Siberian lake is highly recommended.

Days 9-10 Trans-Mongolian Railway (1B)

After a free day in Listvyanka we re-board the train for a two-night journey that crosses the Russia/Mongolia border and takes us into the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar. This train is the most local of all the trains we take on this journey and, as such, the amenities are limited. A restaurant car is normally not provided so we take time to stock up in one of Irkutsk's markets.

Days 11-13 Ulaanbaatar & Traditional Ger camp (2B,1L,1D)

There is plenty of time to explore all the fantastic museums and temples the Mongolian capital has to offer. The 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.

We also spend overnight (Day 12) in the Ger camp enjoying nomadic life in traditional Mongolian "house"—a ger.

Day 14 - Trans Mongolian Railway (1B)

We board our last train on the morning of Day 14 from Ulaan Baatar which brings us into the capital of China in the afternoon the next day, traversing dramatic desert-scapes that give way to the rugged mountainous terrain that is home to China's ancient defense system, The Great Wall- keep an eye out for glimpses of it as we get closer to the journey's end.

Days 15-16 Beijing

Beijing, China's capital city, is one of the world's largest and most fascinating cities.

There is enough time to explore the most famous attractions - legendary Tiananmen Square and enigmatic Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and the Lama Temple Monastery or get lost in Beijing's hutongs - traditional alleys hiding a labyrinth of courtyard dwellings.

Day 17 Beijing

Our epic journey concludes in Beijing and you may depart at any time on day 17. Check-out time is 12:00 pm. The hotel has luggage storage facilities, and taxis to the airport can be arranged.

What's Included

St Petersburg cathedrals and canals, Trans-Siberian Railway, Trans-Mongolian Railway, Moscow Red Square, local homestay in Listvyanka, tradtional ger stay outside Ulaanbaatar, Tiananmen Square

Highlights

Wandering St Petersburg streets and Beijing hutongs, taking the train across the steppes, dining on Lake Baikal's fish, admiring Red Square and Chinese temples, spending the night in a traditional Mongolian ger.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

1. You will require a Letter of Invitation for Russia for this trip in order to get your Russian visa. You must complete the visa information form which will be automatically sent to you or your travel agent via email upon time of booking.
2. Booking Theatre tickets in advance: to avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance. Please consider carefully which performances you are going to want attend and make sure that the dates correspond to your trip. Here are some useful internet sites to check for what will be on (ballet, opera, exhibitions, etc) in Moscow and St Petersburg when you are there. In particular we recommend you see what's playing at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there especially during White Nights in St Petersburg. The most useful sites to check in English are www.mariinsky.ru, www.bolshoi.ru and www.ticketsofrussia.com.
3. Due to the restrictions on changing money in Russia, Mongolia and China, only notes/bills printed after 1996 and in good condition will be accepted for exchange. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate.
4. Due to Russian Railroad schedule and tickets availability, departure from Moscow to Irkutsk on Day 4 will wary: either by afternoon train or by night train.
5. On arrival in Russia you will receive a double immigration card, you must fill out both parts and one is taken away upon entry, the other must remain with your passport at all times and you must have it when you are leaving Russia to hand to the relevant authorities.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, avg 10.

Meals Included

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Meal Budget

Allow USD350-425 for meals not included

Transport

Train, private bus, taxi, metro

About our Transportation

All long distance trains are 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleepers: 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors. Overnight train from St Petersburg to Moscow is 3rd Class Hard sleeper: 4 berth in compartments with no doors and two additional beds in the corridor. Bed linen is provided on all trains. There is enough space for medium size luggage under bottom bunks and in overhead shelf up top. Each carriage has two toilets and one hot water boiler. Each carriage is accompanied by two train attendants - they take care of passengers and clean the facilities. All trains, apart from the train Irkutsk - UB have dining cars.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Guesthouses/hotels (7 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt)

My Own Room

Not available on this tour.

About Accommodation

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers.

Joining Hotel

The joining hotel for this tour will be:

Hotel Anabel
88/68, Nevsky Prospekt
St Petersburg
Russia
+7 812 571-04-13

Joining Instructions

St Petersburg's airport is at Pulkovo, 17 kms to the south of the city.

Hotel Anabel ("Анабель") is located in the very center of St.Petersburg on Nevskiy prospect, 88 (на Невском проспекте, 88)
From the aiport the same direction to the metro, and then take a metro till station Mayakovskaya (Маяковская), get off here;
Cross Nevskiy prospect, turn to the left and go to the yellow colour building with the number 88.
Go inside the yard through the big arch ( the sign of Hotel Anabel is on the right hand of the Arch).
Pass through the 1st round yard and you will see the big building on the left side: Hotel Anabel

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Operator (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

If your call is specifically concerning Airport Transfer complications please call our local G Adventures Transfer provider directly at:
Svetlana: +7 921 936 98 58

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Asia Manager: Julie Fitzgerald

G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time)
From outside Thailand: +66 2 381 5574
From within Thailand: 02 381 5574

After hours emergency number
From outside Thailand: +66 87 049 6074
From within Thailand: 087 049 6074

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 01805 70 90 30 00
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

You will be on the move a good deal, so pack as lightly as possible (try to stay under 10kg / 22lb). It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage. Please, note that we use public transport on this trip - the walking distance is never too far, but having a backpack makes travelling easier. We don't recommend bringing suitcases.
It is important that your bag can be locked. You will also need an overnight pack for the Terelj ger stay (Ger camp in Mongolia). This should be big enough to carry a spare set of clothes and basic necessities (approx. 30 litre/8 gallons capacity).

Checklist

Travel documents and their copies: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher.
Health requirements arranged.
Money: cash/credit card
Money pouch
First aid kit
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock
Torch or flashlight
Lightweight travel towel
Mosquito repellent
Refillable water bottle
Cutlery and plastic mug for the train journeys
Ear plugs and eye mask can be useful if you are a light sleeper
Tampons can be difficult to buy in Mongolia and China,
Phrase books
Guide books. The Trans-Siberian Handbook by Bryn Thomas is a good book to have on this journey
Inner sheet/sleeping sheet for train journeys - bed linen is provided on all trains but some people like to travel with their own
Comfortable clothes for the train - tracksuits and open toe shower shoes are the best combination
Raincoat or umbrella
Comfortable walking shoes
Lock for your bag
Sunscreen and sunglasses - Spring and Summer
Waterproof shoes and clothes, scarf, hat, gloves and fleece for Winter
Some warmer clothes if the air conditioning on the train is turned up high
Lightweight clothes for all seasons - indoors are very well heated in Autumn/Winter

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap. Aboard the expedition ship Explorer laundry facilities are provided at a charge.

Visas

It is your responsibility to arrange visas before you travel. Your travel agent can assist.

RUSSIA: almost all nationalities require a visa to visit Russia. Exceptions: holders of Israeli and Thai passport and citizens of most former Soviet Republics. Russian government often changes visa obtain rules, so we recommend you to double check all info with Russian embassy in your home country.

Single entry tourist visa provides maximum 29 days (30 nights) stay in Russia. Please, remember that it is impossible to extend tourist visa within the country. If you are planning to travel in Russia before the trip starts and total time in the country is more than 29 days, you will have to arrange business visa (there are no double entry Russian visas). In this case, please, contact the nearest Russian embassy or consulate for details.

To obtain Russian visa everyone required Letter Of Invitation (LOI) from one of the companies in Russia, who has a tourist license.

G Adventures passengers can obtain this letter through our visa support agent in Russia by completing our on-line visa application. LOI support link will be sent to you or your travel agent at the time you make a booking and will be sent to the email address that you give our sales department. LOI will be sent to the same address later, after you filled in online application form.

We recommend to contact nearest Russian embassy or consulate before filling the form, as document requirements might vary from country to country. Please, be aware that many Russian embassies throughout the world issue visas only to citizens or official residents of the country where embassy located.

Submitting online form, you must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details. Group spends days 9 - 21 of the trip on the territory of Russia. We recommend to add at least one extra day at the start and one extra day at the end. If you departure later, put departure day in the application one day after your actual departure from Russia.

First Name: should include your First and Middle and Third names - as per your passport. Russian embassies have a right to deny visa, if the information in passport is different from information you provided for the LOI.

Arrival date: we recommend to put arrival date 1-2 days before your actual arrival to Russia.
Departure date: group departs Russia on day 10 of the trip. We also recommend to put departure date 1-2 days later than your actual departure

Your russian visa LOI will be emailed to you or your travel agent directly within 5 working days upon submission of your online application.

If you haven't received email with your Russian LOI within 5 working days after the submission - check your SPAM folder. Emails sent from .ru server are sometimes automatically directed into SPAM.

Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your Russian visa by going to your closest Russian embassy or by using a visa service recommended by your travel agent. Do not obtain your visa until 6 weeks prior to your trip departing in the unlikely event that the trip does not meet the minimum number of 4 participants.

Take LOI to the embassy along with your passport, three passport photos, the filled in visa application form, a copy of your trip voucher and proof of onward travel from Russia and they will issue the visa. Please, contact the embassy you are going to apply in and check - what documents you are required to bring. It can take up to 15 working days for the embassy to issue your visa.

Fees vary with nationalities but the cost for a 30-day single entry tourist visa can range from $45-$170USD depending on nationality and processing time. Most countries have a Russian embassy or consulate. For more information, please consult the following websites:

www.russialink.org.uk/embassy/, www.russianembassy.org/ and www.sydneyrussianconsulate.com

Helpful Hints for completing your application:

*Please wait until you receive your Russian visa LOI before completing your application as information must match in order for you to receive your visa from the embassy.
* Please ensure that entry and exit dates on the LOI match the dates that you will be in Russia as these will be the dates that your visa is issued for.
* Please, note that Letter Of Invitation may state hotels or cities that are different from your tour. These hotels may not be the exact hotels that you will be staying at during your trip. It is critical however, that when you complete your Russian visa application that you copy the hotels that are on your visa support letter rather than those that are on your G Adventures voucher or dossier.

*Answers to questions on Visa Application:
1. The type/purpose of visa: Tourism
2. Company or organization in Russia to be visited: Karelia Plus
3. Name of Russian Travel Agency: Karelia Plus
4. Reference number of Russian tour agency: This is in the top right hand corner of your visa support letter
5. Route of Journey: Copy the dates and cities that appear below your name on the left hand side of your visa support letter (Moscow & St Petersburg)
6. Confirmation voucher/Invitation number: This usually starts with SPC

MONGOLIA: most nationalities require visa to Mongolia. Exceptions: holders of US, Filipino and Thai passports. For more exceptions, please, contact nearest Mongolian embassy. Some nationalities might require Letter of Invitation. In this case G Adventures will be able to provide one through our local supplier.

When filling out embassy visa application form please list "Monkhutuch Trade & Travel, Bayanzurkh Duureg, 13-r Horoolol 12-179, Ulaanbaatar, tel: 976 1199199291" as the hosting company or individual in Mongolia.

Groups enter Mongolia on Day 10 of the trip and depart on day 14, travelling by rail.

CHINA: all nationalities require a visa.

When filling out the visa application form list the trip's finishing Point Hotel in Beijing as the "company or person to visit in China". We enter China on the day 14 of the trip, travelling by rail. Exit date will vary depending on how long you are planning to spend in China after trip is finished. We recommend to put departure date 1-2 days later your actual departure from China

Detailed Trip Notes

1. You will require a Letter of Invitation for Russia for this trip in order to get your Russian visa. You must complete the visa information form which will be automatically sent to you or your travel agent via email upon time of booking.
2. A minimum of 4 travellers is required for this trip to run.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

China : USD1 = approx 6.7 Yuan. Mongolia: USD1 = approx. 1400 Tugriks. Russia: USD1 = approx 30 Roubles.
You will find that USD and EUR are the easiest to exchange currency in all three countries (AUD and CAD can be exchanged also, mostly in big cities).

IMPORTANT: due to bank restrictions, you will not be able to exchange banknotes printed earlier than 1996; and also notes with stamps or marks on them.

For security reasons the safest way to carry your money is as travellers cheques. But you should be aware that not many banks in the region are familiar with travellers cheques, and there might be very long delays when changing them. The easiest cheques to change are Thomas Cook or American Express in US currency.

The easiest and quickest way is to change USD or EUR cash but please, remember about the security risk of carrying large sums of money. In any case some money should be taken as cash in case of emergencies. Black markets do exist but we strongly advise that you do not get involved. We recommend that you don't use money changers on the street.

There are lots of ATM's in every big city on the way: in all of them you can withdraw local currency. Some ATM's in Moscow and St Petersburg allow to withdraw USD. Major credit cards are accepted in the shops and restaurants almost everywhere in Mongolia and Russia. Some banks in Beijing, Irkutsk, Moscow and St Petersburg (but not Ulaanbataar) will allow cash advances against a credit card but cash withdrawals are subject to a 3% to 4% service charge, depending on the local bank rules.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

Tipping

Tipping is never a compulsory, but always a sign of appreciation. If you are happy with the guide or driver service, you can tip them (about 2-5 USD p/p, depending on how much guide/driver spent with the group). Before tipping in restaurants, check your bill and menu - many dining facilities in Russia include 10% service charge in the bill. There is no restaurant tipping culture in Mongolia and China.
if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline of $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

We suggest you bring along USD 250 for additional sightseeing.

The Hermitage museum (St Petersburg) - USD11
St Isaacs Cathedral (St Petersburg) USD10
St Petersburg Walking Tours (St Petersburg) - USD14-18
Canal tour (St Petersburg) - USD12
Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg) - various USD25 - USD250
Peterhof (St Petersburg) - USD17
Kremlin (Moscow) - USD26
River Cruise (Moscow) - USD11
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum (Moscow) - USD8
Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) - USD8
St Basils Cathedral (Moscow) - USD5
Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow) - various USD50 - USD250
Regional Museum (Irkutsk ) - USD4
Russian Banya (Listvyanka) - USD5
Boat Trip (Lake Baikal) - USD60 p/boat p/hr
Horse riding at ger camp (Ulaanbaatar) - USD5 p/hr
Gandan Monastery (Ulaanbaatar) - USD3
Bogd Khaan Palace (Ulaanbaatar) - USD3
Statue of Chingis Khan (Ulaanbaatar neighbourhood) - USD8
Temple of Heaven (Beijing) - USD5
Summer Palace (Beijing) - USD5
Forbidden City (Beijing) - USD8
Entrance to the Great Wall (Beijing) - USD7


All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators. Prices include entrance fees only, and exclude transportation to the sights.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

There are no specific health requirements for this trip. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information about before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Trip Specific Safety

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Local Dress

When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout the area. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and practical. As a general guideline shoulders and knees should be covered at all times - shorts, singlets and tank tops are not suitable.

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that you'll receive a special discount code for free online prints and we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Please visit http://www.gadventures.com/evaluations

Newsletter

Our adventure travel e-newsletter is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories and contests. To avoid missing out on special offers and updates from G Adventures, subscribe at www.gadventures.com/newsletters/

Stay current on how our company invests in our global community through our foundation – Planeterra. Sign up for Planeterra's monthly news to learn more about how to give back and support the people and places we love to visit.

Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If you're interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share some travel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located at wateringhole.gadventures.com.