Wander St Petersburg streets and Beijing hutongs, journey by train across the steppes, dine on Lake Baikal's fish, admire Red Square and Chinese temples, spend the night in a traditional Mongolian ger.
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.
- Journeys on the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railways. Tour of Irkutsk. Homestay experience (Listvyanka). Tradtional ger stay outside Ulaanbaatar. Visit to the Great Wall.
- 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. (Allow USD380-450 for meals not included)
- Simple guesthouses/hotels (7 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt)
- Train, private bus, taxi, metro
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Day 1 St Petersburg
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 St Petersburg (1B)
Optional visit to the Hermitage or St Isaak's Cathedral, or take a boat trip around the canals. Overnight train to Moscow.
Day 3-4 Moscow
Free time to explore Moscow's numerous museums and galleries, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum.
Day 5-7 Russia
Riding one of the world's most famous rail routes, journey 72 hours across the Ural Mountains and through the wilds of the Siberian taiga. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers, Russians and foreigners alike.
Day 8 Listvyanka/Lake Baikal (1D)
Enjoy a homestay in the village of Listvyanka, on the shore of Lake Baikal. Opt to try a banya (Russian sauna), go for a boat trip on the lake or take an invigorating swim.
Day 9-10 Trans-Mongolian Railway (1B)
Guided tour of Irkutsk before two nights on the train to Ulaanbaatar. Cross the border to Mongolia. Watch the scenery change and sample the different local foods along the way; life by rail can be quite interesting!
Day 11-13 Ulaanbaatar (2B,1L,1D)
Explore Mongolia's capital and stay one night in a traditional ger camp.
Day 14 Trans-Mongolian Railway (1B)
Relax on the final train journey of 36 hours through Inner Mongolia to Beijing with a border crossing into China.
Day 15-16 Beijing
Explore the buzzing capital of China. Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall and walk along the Mutianyu section. Opt to see the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Day 17 Beijing
Depart at any time.
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