Trans-Mongolian Express

Rail, Beijing to Saint-Petersburg

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

From bustling Beijing to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals and spend nights in a Mongolian ger and a cozy Russian guesthouse. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

What’s included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Traditional Ger Stay, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • China-Mongolia Railway
  • Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace
  • Trans-Mongolian Railway
  • Irkutsk city tour
  • Lake Baikal stay (Listvyanka)
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Yekaterinburg walking tour
  • Trans-Ural Railway
  • Red Square visit and Moscow metro orientation tour
  • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour
  • St Petersburg walking tour
  • Hermitage Museum entrance
  • Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Ride the rails through mongolia's grassy steppe and siberia's taiga forests
  • Stay in a local village on lake baikal
  • Admire the grand structure of moscow's kremlin and red square
  • Marvel at the rich art collection in the hermitage museum

Itinerary

Beijing Arrive at any time. Want to experience more time in Beijing? Book the Beijing Express, a three-day pre-tour package. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.
Beijing/Ulaanbaatar Ride the rails through China and into Mongolia. Watch as the landscape changes and make friends with neighbours.
Ulaanbaatar Arrive to Ulaanbaatar and start exploring. Choose to take in a local cultural show or enjoy real Mongolian barbecue.
Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to learn more about the rich history and culture of Mongolia. Later, leave the metropolis and travel into Mongolia's Terelj National Park. Enjoy a night in a traditional ger camp.
Gorkhi Terelj National Park Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life.
Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Irkutsk Head back to Ulaanbaatar for a few hours before boarding the train to Siberia.
Irkutsk/Listvyanka Travel to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. Opt to visit Baikal Limnological Museum, enjoy a 'banya' (Russian sauna) or take a boat ride on the lake.
Listvyanka Spend a full day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal.
Listvyanka/Irkutsk Head back to Irkutsk for an included city tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia. Take some time to shop like the locals at the Central Market to stay well-fed on the voyage.
Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg Continue on from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg. Drink with locals in the dining car, buy homemade food on the platform from "babushkas" (Russian grandmothers), read, relax, play cards, meet your fellow passengers, watch the taiga forests go by — this is what the experience is all about!
Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.
Yekaterinburg Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument.
Yekaterinburg/Moscow Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24hr train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow.
Yekaterinburg/Moscow Arrive to Moscow and start exploring. Take an orientation walk of the metro then opt for a Moskva River boat trip or a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, the Tretiakov Gallery or St Basil's Cathedral.
Moscow Enjoy a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour before free time to explore.
Moscow Enjoy one last day with free time to explore the many museums, art galleries, or theatres that Moscow has to offer.
Moscow/Saint-Petersburg Take an early morning transfer to the train station and board a high speed train to St. Petersburg. Get oriented with the city before enjoying some free time to explore.
Saint-Petersburg Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the "Venice of Russia."
Saint-Petersburg Depart at any time.
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