Trans-Mongolian Adventure

Epic 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 youre 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
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145314
Starts: Moscow, Russia Finishes: Beijing, China
You will visit
  • Moscow
  • Beijing



Day 1: Moscow

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Moscow/Irkutsk

Spend the day exploring the sprawling city of 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.

Board the train late in the evening for 3 days and 4 nights riding the rails to Irkutsk.

Overnight train (beds) (88.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Moscow/Irkutsk

Riding 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. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers— Russians and foreigners alike. Arrive in the evening on Day 6.

Overnight train (beds)


Day 6: Moscow/Irkutsk

The long stretch by rail culminates in beautiful Irkutsk, the Paris of Siberia.


Day 7: Irkutsk/Listvyanka (1D)

Enjoy a homestay in the village of Listvyanka, 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.

Included Activities:
Listvyanka Homestay

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 8: Listvyanka/Ulaanbaatar (1B)

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.

Additional Notes:
A restaurant car is normally not provided on this train, so take the opportunity to visit Irkutsk's sprawling central market 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.

Included Activities:
Irkutsk Guided City Tour

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Overnight train (beds) (33.00 hour(s))


Day 9: Listvyanka/Ulaanbaatar

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.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Russia - Mongolia)

Overnight train (beds)


Day 10: Listvyanka/Ulaanbaatar

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


Day 11: Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Traditional Ger Stay


Day 12: Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B)

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.

Private Vehicle (40km)


Day 13: Ulaanbaatar/Beijing (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Mongolia - China)

Train (30.00 hour(s))


Day 14: Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

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 the afternoon and head to the hotel.


Day 15: Beijing

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

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu visit


Day 16: Beijing

Depart at any time.

    • Trans-Siberian Railway
    • Trans-Mongolian Railway
    • Irkutsk city tour
    • Homestay experience (Listvyanka)
    • Traditional ger stay (Terelj National Park)
    • Great Wall entrance (Beijing)
    • Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple guesthouses/hotels (6 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    • Train, private bus, taxi, metro
    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.