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Trans-Mongolian Express

19 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

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Day 1 Beijing
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar
Ride the rails through China and into Mongolia. Watch as the landscape changes and make friends with neighbours.
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive to Ulaanbaatar and start exploring. Choose to take in a local cultural show or enjoy real Mongolian barbecue.
Day 4 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. (Dinner)
Exclusive Inclusions: Local Living Traditional Ger Stay
Day 5 Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life. (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Exclusive Inclusions: Local Living Traditional Ger Stay
Day 6 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Irkutsk
Head back to Ulaanbaatar for a few hours before boarding the train to Siberia. (Breakfast)
Day 7 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. (Dinner)
Day 8 Listvyanka
Spend a full day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal.
Day 9 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. (Breakfast)
Day 10 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!
Day 11 Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg
Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.
Day 12 Yekaterinburg
Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument. (Breakfast)
Day 13 Yekaterinburg/Moscow
Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24hr train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow. (Breakfast)
Day 14 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.
Day 15 Moscow
Enjoy a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour before free time to explore.
Day 16 Moscow
Enjoy one last day with free time to explore the many museums, art galleries, or theatres that Moscow has to offer.
Day 17 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.
Day 18 Saint-Petersburg
Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the "Venice of Russia." (Breakfast)
Day 19 Saint-Petersburg
Depart at any time. (Breakfast)
All This Included
From the Great Wall of China 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, overnight in a Mongolian ger and in 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.
  • Local Living: 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
  • 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.
Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts)
Sleeper trains (7 nts)
Mongolian ger (2 nts)
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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