Great Trans-Siberian Train Journey To Beijing Via Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk And Mongolia

16 day trans-siberian train tour from Moscow to Beijing Via Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk And Mongolia

The perfect way to enjoy the famous Trans-Siberian train, the longest rail journey on the world. Enjoy a low cost tour with like-minded travellers. Join a well organized English-language group tour, visiting diverse areas of Russia, Mongolia and China. Simply book your own flight / train to Moscow and departing from Beijing and we will do the rest.

Overview – Trans-Siberian Train to Beijing via Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk And Mongolia

 
  • Trans-Mongolian Train ride on the otherwise closed route of the Transsiberian Railroad along Lake Baikal with 2 extensive photo stops
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Boat ride on Lake Baikal
  • Moscow, Russia’s proud new capital
  • Traditional Bread and Salt welcome with balalaika
  • 40 hours at Lake Baikal
  • Modern History: Tiananmen Square
  • Typical Siberian villages
  • For connoisseurs: vodka and caviar tasting
  • Your Private Train: safe, clean and comfortable
  • Authentic: Mongolian horse show
  • Ulan Bator, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Kazan
  • Glorious: Icons and Cathedrals

Itinerary – Trans-Siberian Train to Beijing Via Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk And Mongolia

 

Day 1 – Arrival in Moscow

Arrive in Moscow to begin an exciting, once in a lifetime tour, which includes an iconic journey by Trans-Siberian train. You will be met, as arranged, by a driver who will transfer you to the 3 star Cosmos Hotel to check in for your two night stay. Tonight, enjoy the included buffet dinner at the hotel’s own Kalinka restaurant. There will be time for you to explore the facilities, bars and entertainment on offer at the hotel.

The Cosmos Hotel Moscow is located in the north-east of Moscow on one of the city’s major streets – Prospect Mira – just 20 minutes drive to the centre. It is located next to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (V.V.C.), close to Ostankino Telecom Tower, Count Sheremetyev’s Palace, “Olimpijsky” Sports Complex and “Sokolniki” Exhibition Complex. A wide range of facilties are available at the hotel for guests.

Day 2 – Moscow Sightseeing

This morning breakfast is included at the hotel. At 10.00 am your group will assemble in reception to meet your English speaking guide, before departing by bus for the Moscow panoramic city orientation tour. Included in the tour is a visit to the famous Novodevichy Convent, founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili III in commemoration of the conquest of Smolensk in 1514. The Convent was known to have sheltered many ladies from the Russian royal families and boyar clans, who had been forced to take the veil, such as Feodor I’s wife Irina Godunova (she was there with her brother Boris Godunov until he became a ruler himself), plus Peter the Great’s sister and his first wife. By the end of the 17th century, the Novodevichy Convent possessed 36 villages and by 1744, it owned 14,489 peasants.
The remainder of the afternoon is free, for exploration at your leisure. With the metro nearby you can easily head into Red Square or on foot, you could visit the lovely All-Russia Exhibition Centre or VDNK park, a historic site of 2,375,000 square metres (larger than the principality of Monaco). The park contains the original pavilions which were built to represent the many states of the former Soviet Union in 1935.

Day 3 – Kremlin

This morning breakfast is included at the hotel. Today’s tour includes a visit to Moscow’s famous Kremlin, not only the location of one of the largest and most interesting museums in the world, but also the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. Included in the visit will be one of the Cathedrals and the Armoury Chamber museum; exhibits here include ancient Russian regalia, Tsar’s ceremonial robes, vestments, gold and silverware by Russian, European and Eastern masters, arms and armouries, royal carriages and ceremonial harnesses. In the afternoon, time to explore independently or to relax before assembling for the transfer to the Yaroslavsky railway station to start your historic journey.
Departure on the Trans-Siberian train for Ekaterinburg – #16 at 16.50 hours (local time). (Times to be confirmed)

Day 4 – Arrival by Trans-Siberian train at Ekaterinburg

Arrival in Ekaterinburg at 20.17 hours (local time). Transfer to Hotel Iset. Check in for 2 nights.

Day 5 – Ekaterinburg City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. At 10.00 hours meet with your English speaking guide for a panoramic city tour of Ekaterinburg. This will include a visit to the Mineralogical Museum. This impressive collection contains thousands of examples of minerals, stones and crystals from the region, many crafted into mosaics, jewellery and other artistic pieces. You will also visit the Europe-Asia Border Obelisk, representing the place where East meets West. In the afternoon, the tour continues with visits connected to the Romanov Family’s last days in the city.

Day 6 – Ekaterinburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have free time to explore the city on your own. Late this evening, with your fellow travellers, you will be transferred to railway station for the next leg of your historic rail trip. Hotel rooms are booked until late check out. Your guide will make sure you are settled into your compartments. Departure for Irkutsk by train #2 at 03.51 hours (local time) on Day 7.

Day 7 and 8 – Onwards Trans-Siberian train to Irkutsk

Boarding and on the train at 03.51 hours, early morning of Day 7. During these two days onboard, you will see the amazing sights of Russia racing by. The scenery will be different depending on when you choose to travel. The seasons will colour the countryside, towns and villages which make up this fascinating landscape. You will find plenty of inspiration for photo opportunities, Making new friends with fellow travellers and exchanging stories are part of the experience. On the train, you can enjoy the local refreshments of the restaurant car and snacks which are available at all times During the journey there are short stops made at local stations where you can (very!) quickly purchase food or souvenirs from the platform vendors before departing for the next highlight.

Day 9 – Irkutsk

After spending time on this legendary route, you arrive in Irkutsk at 07.30 hours (local time). You will be met by your local guide and taken for breakfast (included) before your introductory panoramic city tour of Irkutsk. Irkutsk still displays the spirit of 19th century Russia, with traditional wooden buildings decorated with carvings. Irkutsk is just 1 hour from Lake Baikal Lake, the world’s deepest freshwater lake, popular with international tourists. Afterwards, transfer to Listvyanka settlement, by Lake Baikal, approx 60 km south-east of Irkutsk, stopping en route in Taltsy village for lunch and a visit to the open air Ethnographic museum. A unique assemblage of history and culture of the peoples of Eastern Siberia. Located in a picturesque place on the bank of the Angara River on the way from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal. It is composed of more than 40 historical and architectural monuments and 8000 exhibits of great historical value. The Museum attracts visitors not only with it’s rich natural landscapes, but also with the possibility to get acquainted with material and spiritual culture of the peoples of the Baikal region – Russian, Buryat and Evenki. Expositions of the museum explore the peculiarities of life, customs and traditions of the peoples of the Baikal region in the 19th – 20th centuries. Tonight you will be staying with your fellow travellers in the Legend of Baikal Hotel in Listvyanka.

Day 10 – Listvyanka

Today breakfast is included at the hotel. With your local guide, enjoy a walking tour of Listvyanka to learn about the area and the people who live here. There will be time to explore on your own and to enjoy the attractions of the village. In the evening, with your group, you will be transferred to the railway station for the next part of your journey.
The train for Ulan-Bator #362 departs at 21.50 hours (local time).

Day 11 – Trans-Siberian train Towards Mongolia

A full day on board to relax, reflect upon the sights already seen, catch up on travel diaries, sort through your images, review guidebooks and enjoy the new scenery that will pass before you. As before, meals on the train are not included, so you will probably have the chance to share some of the delicacies you found in Irkursk with your fellow passengers and enjoy the now familiar experience of life on board the Tran-siberian train.

Day 12 – Ulan-Bator

An early arrival in Ulan-Bator at 06.10 hours (local time). With your new local guide, you will be taken for breakfast (included) at a local venue. After breakfast, enjoy the journey by bus, with your guide, to an exciting new landscape at the Terelj National Park. Here visitors enjoy nature and the opportunity to live like the locals in typical nomadic style. You will have the chance to explore turtle rock (it looks like a giant turtle!) and to visit a nomadic family to learn of their amazing life style. Today lunch is included. One of the recommended options here is horse riding, a way of life for the locals.
Tonight, experience nomadic life when you spend 1 night in a traditional Yurt camp, staying in a traditional Nomad’s hut style accommodation.

Day 13 – Ulan-Bator

Breakfast is included this morning in the camp. After breakfast, your local guide will introduce you to the sights of the city and included are visits to the Gandan monastery, with its huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered ‘thanks’. Then a visit to the National History Museum, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present., Bogd Khan’s Winter Palace, which used to be a winter residence of the last Bogd Khaan of Mongolia, Javzandamba. The palace compound was built between 1893 and 1903, and is well known for it’s Gate of Peace, Temple and personal library of Bogd Khaan. Among the museum exhibits are sculptures by Mongolia’s first Bogd Khaan Zanabazar, the famous Taras. The museum has 21 valuable sculptures of Taras. You also see Zaisan Hill memorial and Sukhabaator square, named after Damdin Sukhbaatar, the ‘hero of the revolution’ who declared Mongolia’s final independence from the Chinese. During your full itinerary, lunch is included today. Tonight your group will be staying for one night at the 3 star Hotel Edelweiss, which has a restaurant offering Mongolian and European cuisine.

Day 14 – Ulan-Bator

Breakfast is included this morning in the camp. After breakfast, your local guide will introduce you to the sights of the city and included are visits to the Gandan monastery, with its huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered ‘thanks’. Then a visit to the National History Museum, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present., Bogd Khan’s Winter Palace, which used to be a winter residence of the last Bogd Khaan of Mongolia, Javzandamba. The palace compound was built between 1893 and 1903, and is well known for it’s Gate of Peace, Temple and personal library of Bogd Khaan. Among the museum exhibits are sculptures by Mongolia’s first Bogd Khaan Zanabazar, the famous Taras. The museum has 21 valuable sculptures of Taras. You also see Zaisan Hill memorial and Sukhabaator square, named after Damdin Sukhbaatar, the ‘hero of the revolution’ who declared Mongolia’s final independence from the Chinese. During your full itinerary, lunch is included today. Tonight your group will be staying for one night at the 3 star Hotel Edelweiss, which has a restaurant offering Mongolian and European cuisine.

Day 15 – Bejing

Arriving at your final destination, Beijing at 14.04 hours (local time), you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the 4 star Beijing Novotel Xin Qiao Hotel where you will spend one night. The hotel is ideally located in the city centre of Chongwenmen. Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Wangfujing are just a short walk away. The New World Shopping Mall is just across the street. The Hotel offers free high speed WiFi broadband in all rooms and public areas. There is access to the web corner with Apple Mac computers. Unique to this hotel is the source of hot spring water supplied to its rooms and spa. Subway Line 2 and 5 are right in front of hotel and 30km to the airport. The rest of the day and evening is yours, to explore at your leisure. The local guide or hotel reception will be able to advise you how to get around and will help with information about the local area.

Day 16 – Final Departure

Breakfast at the hotel is included. Check out today. At the agreed time, you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport or station for your onward journey.

Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure transfers (vehicle and driver)
  • Hotel and Train accommodation (13 nights)
  • Guided tours by private vehicle as per the above itinerary
  • English-speaking guide for excursions
  • Meals as per the itinerary (buffer dinner on Day 1, breakfast in hotels, lunch on Day 10)
  • Second class train tickets Moscow – Irkutsk – Ulan-Bator – Beijing (sharing a 4-berth compartment)

Not included in price

  • Any meals, beverages, sightseeing entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
  • Photo and video charges at museums and places of interest
  • Extra personal costs incurred on the train or at hotels
  • Extended visa support
  • Visa service
  • Visa registration fees (payable locally)

Notes

  • Accommodation may be substituted with similar grade hotels.
  • There are no showers on the trains, only basic facilities.
  • You may purchase meals and drinks on the train (not train #362) and in the hotels. Food is also available on the platforms of the stops you make en route.
  • Singles – sorry, we do not operate a shared room scheme for single travellers.
  • Visa support – is supplied for duration of tour only. Extension of Russian visa support costs EUR 20 per person.
  • Visa Support – is granted to eligible foreign nationals only. This is at the discretion of the authorities.
  • Russian, Mongolian and Chinese Visas – you must obtain your visas in advance of travel.
  • Visa Service – if you are residing in the UK, please ask about our low cost visa service.

Pre- and Post Tour Extensions

For pre-and post-tour extensions. Note that extending your stay means extending your visa! Check with us for details!
Trans-Siberian train from Moscow to Beijing

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