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Trans-Mongolian Adventure

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.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ARTM/145314
  • Starts: Moscow, Russia
  • Finishes: Beijing, China
You will Visit
  • Moscow
  • Beijing

Itinerary

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Day 1: Moscow

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.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Moscow

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


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Day 3: 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.

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Day 4: Trans-Siberian Railway

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

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Day 5: Trans-Siberian Railway

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

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Day 6: Trans-Siberian Railway

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

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Day 7: Irkutsk/Listvyanka

Arrive into Irkutsk in the morning. Drive to the village of Listvyanka and enjoy a guesthouse on the shore of Lake Baikal. Opt to try a banya (Russian sauna), go on a boat trip on the lake, or take an invigorating swim. Enjoy incredible local meals prepared by your host.

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Day 8: Listvyanka/Ulaanbaatar

Enjoy a guided tour of Irkutsk before 2 nights on the train to Ulaanbaatar.
Explore Irkutsk before boarding the train for a 2-night journey that crosses the Russia/Mongolia border and continues to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.

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Day 9: Listvyanka/Ulaanbaatar

Cross the border into Mongolia and watch the scenery change from dense forests to grassland.
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.

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Day 10: Ulaanbaatar

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

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Day 11: Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Drive to nearby Terelj National Park to stay in a traditional ger (yurt). Options to hike, or try traditional archery.

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Day 12: Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar

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.
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.

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Day 13: Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

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.

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Day 14: Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and start exploring this buzzing capital of China. Opt to visit the Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square.
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.

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Day 15: Beijing

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

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Day 16: Beijing

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: 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
    Accommodation
    • Simple guesthouses/hotels (7 nts), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt)
    • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, private bus, taxi, metro, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Journey by train across the steppe
  • Dine on Lake Baikal's fish
  • Admire Red Square and Chinese temples
  • Spend the night in a traditional Mongolian ger
  • Wander Beijing's hutongs.