Trans-Siberian Rail Journey from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia
A 14 day Trans-Siberian Rail Journey from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia
The perfect way to enjoy the famous Trans-Siberian Rail Journey to Beijing, the longest rail journey on the world. Enjoy a low cost tour with likeminded travellers. Join a well organized 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 Rail from Beijing to Moscow via 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 rail from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia
Day 1 – Arrival in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow to begin an exciting once in a lifetime tour which includes an iconic journey by rail.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 your to explore the facilities, bars and entertainment on offer at the hotel.The Cosmos Hotel Moscow is located in the north-east 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 in 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 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 we transfer you to the Yaroslavsky railway station to start your historic journey.Departure for Irkutsk on Train #2 at *13.50 hours (local time).
Day 4 – 6 – Trans-Siberian Rail Journey
During this time 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 Trans-Siberian rail journey, 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. Arrival in Irkutsk on day 6 at 20.57hrs (local time); Overnight in Hotel Victoria, Irkutsk
Day 7 – Irkutsk
Breakfast in hotel. You will be met by your local guide and taken for your introductory panoramic city tour of Irkutsk. Irkutsk still has 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, on 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 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 8 – Listvyanka
Today breakfast is included at the hotel.With you local guide enjoy a walking tour of Listvianka 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 railway station for the next part of your jouney.The train for Ulan-Bator #362 departs at 21.50 hours (local time).
Day 9 – Towards Mongolia on Trans-Siberian Rail Journey
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 Transiberian express.
Day 10 – 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 the nature and 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.During 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 11 – 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 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’s exhibits are sculptures by Mongolia’s first Bogd Khaan Zanabazar, the famous Taras. The museum has 21 valuable sculptures of Taras., Zaisan Hill memorial and Sukhabaator square, named after Damdin Sukhbaatar, the ‘hero of the revolution’ who declared Mongolia’s final independence from the Chinese.Lunch is included today. Tonight you will be staying for one night at the 3 star Hotel Edelweiss, which has a restaurant offering Mongolian and European cuisine.
Day 12 – Departure to Beijing
This morning an early breakfast is included at the hotel, before departing for the railway station. Depart for Beijing aboard classic Train #4 at 08.05 hours (local time).The remainder of the day is yours to relax on board and to check out your Beijing guide book before the next and final exciting leg of your journey across the world’s greatest continent. 7600 kilometers through three distinctly different cultures, five time zones and 80 degrees of longitude.
Day 13 – Beijing
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 city centre of Chongwenmen. Tiananmen Square, 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 about how to get around and will help with information about the local area.
Day 14 – Final Departure
Breakfast at the hotel is included. This is the end of your Trans-Siberian Train Journey to Beijing as you 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.
- 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)
- 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.