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Itinerary of Moscow-Beijing Trans-Siberian Tour

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Cross Eurasia and experience Russia, Mongolia and China in one go via Trans-Siberian Railway! You will stop over for 2 days in Irkutsk to visit lake Baikal, and then another stop over in Ulaanbaatar for 2 days - to explore Mongolian capital. Cover 7826 km for 11 days/10 nights!

Hop from train to train and discover secluded treasuries of Eurasia. Decide for yourself whether Russia is Europe or Asia? How far is Ulaanbaatar from Beijing? How do Mongolians look like?

  • Lake Baikal - the biggest fresh water lake on the planet Earth
  • Ulaanbaatar - capital of Mongolia and journey to Terelj National Park to meet nomads and experience ger camping
Options before trip
  • Book hotel in Moscow
  • Book a city tour around Moscow
Day / Country

Day 1


  • In the afternoon or evening catch up train at Moscow Yaroslavsky Railway Station, departure to Irkutsk

Day 2-4


Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk
  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train (cross Europe - Asia border on the way)

Day 5



Irkutsk / Lake Baikal

Laike Baikal

  • Arrival in Irkutsk in the morning
  • Transfer to the city's historical center. Breakfast at local restaurant
  • Transfer to Baikal Lake. En route: visit open-air ethnographical museum of wooden architecture "Taltsy" (comprehensive exhibition of Siberian-style folk houses of the former centuries)
  • Visit Listvyanka village and try famous Baikal fish Omul at a restaurant situated at Baikal's shore
  • Experience the lake's landscape and culture: get acquaintaned with Shaman-rock legend, visit ancient wooden orthodox church of St.Nicholas (who is believed to be the patron of fishermen and sailors), ride a funicular to Chersky peak observatory to enjoy picturesque view of the lake
  • Stop by local fish & souvenir markets to choose a gift for your family and friends
  • In the evening check-in at Nikolay private hotel-house in Listvyanka. Free time
Day 6



Irkutsk / Lake Baikal
  • Breakfast. Have your free morning time at Baikal lake
  • Transfer to Irkutsk
  • City tour: Irkutsk foundation place, the Eternal flame memorial, most important churches (including Znamensky cathedral ), Kirov square and several memorials dedicated to events in Siberian history, Irkutsk Linguistics University, and City administration. Put your feet at the crossing of Lenin and Karl-Marx streets (two main streets) in the center of the city, stroll along Gagarin boulevard, popular with locals as a dating spot. Overview the monument to tsar Alexander III overlooking one of the mightiest Siberian rivers Angara, and visit unique lore museum surrounded by centries-old buildings that keep the charm of Irkutsk
  • Lunch at the local restaurant and then enjoy your free time in Irkutsk
  • In the evening we will transfer to the Railway Station and depart to Ulaanbaatar

Day 7


  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train: forest is replaced by steppe and stereotypical Russian landscape is morphing to Mongolian one
  • Spend a few hours in the Russian border city Naushki. Cross Mongolian border in the evening

Day 8



  • In the morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar
  • Drive to the Terelj National Park famous for its alpine scenery and granite rock formations. En route, stop by the Turtle rock
  • Arrive at ger camp in Terelj Valley. Enjoy a Mongolian BBQ (Khorkhog) lunch
  • Local explorations and horseriding (at request for extra charge)
  • Overnight in ger camp. Lunch and dinner included

Day 9



  • Breakfast and transfer back to Ulaanbaatar
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour: Sukhbaatar square, Gandan monastery, statue of Migjid Janraiseg, Zaisan memorial, history museum
  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • Overnight at hotel Edelweiss

Day 10


on the train
  • Breakfast and then transfer to the railway station to catch a train to Beijing

Day 11



  • Arrival in Beijing in the afternoon
  • This is end of the tour
Options after the train trip

Important! The itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one and it can be customized according to your request: you can add new stop over cities, choose trains, starting dates and stop's duration or connect it with journeys in North Korea, China, Mongolia, or South Korea.

The tour price covers:
The tour price doesn't cover:  
  • Train tickets from Moscow to Beijing in 2nd class (4 bed-sleeper)
  • Twin room shared accommodation at mentioned hotels (or same level hotels)
  • Guide and transportation service in Irkutsk and Ulaanbatar according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Tickets from your residence country to Moscow and from Beijing to next destination
  • Transportation and guide in Beijing and Moscow
  • Mongolian**, Russian and Chinese visa fees (vary depending on your nationality). Please refer to our visa support service
  • Train meals
  • ev. single room supplement

**Since 25 June 2014 Mongolian visa is not needed for citizens of 42 countries

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