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Itinerary for Moscow-Tumangang (North Korea) Trans-Siberian Tour

>> check out our short Moscow-Tumangang Trans-Siberian tour

To make sure you get tickets for the desired dates please book your trip at least 2.5 months in advance.

Cross Eurasia over the longest railroad in the World and see the the whole Russia from the train! Stop by Irkutsk and enjoy Baikal lake for 2 days. Then move to Khasan, Russian city on the border with North Korea and enter DPRK by train via Friendship bridge. This is the only land link between Russia and North Korea. From the Friendship bridge you will see tri border area - where Chinese, Russian and North Korean borders come together in one point.

In North Korea our final destination will be Tumangang city, located in Rason free economic zone, which you can explore with KoreaKonsult in a 2 or 3 night tour with option to visit Chilbo mountain. From Rason you can go either back to Russia by train or go to China (Yanji) by bus.

Highlights
  • Lake Baikal - the biggest fresh water lake on the planet Earth
  • Tri-border area - the point in Tuman river where borders of three countries come together: Russian, Chinese and North Korea
Option before the trip
  • Book hotel in Moscow
  • Book a city tour around Moscow
Day
City
 
Day 1

Russia

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

 

Day 2-4
on the train
  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train
Day 5

 

Russia

Irkutsk / Baikal

Lake 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

 

Russia

Irkutsk / 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 Tumangang

 

Day 7-9

Russia

on the train
  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train
Day 10

Russia, North Korea

Tumangang

Tri-border area

  • In the morning arrival in Khasan (Russia), borfer with North Korea
  • While staying on train go through Russian passport control and customs. After customs formalities you can leave the train and explore Khasan railway station or do some shopping for about 1 hour
  • Get back on the train and depart to Tumangang via Friendship bridge over Tumen river
  • One of the highlights of this trip is the border crossing by train from North Korea to Russia via Friendship bridge, the only land connection between the 2 countries with passenger trains running only 4 times a month. From the bridge you can clearly see the unique tri-borders area where Chinese, Russian and North Korean borders come together in a single point
  • Arrive in Tumangang and pass through North Korean passport and customs controls
  • Welcome to North Korea (Rason free economic zone)!
  • Begin your tour in Rason

 

Options after the train trip
  • After your Trans-Siberian journey you can:
    • take 2/3 night tour in Rason
    • take 2/3 night tour in Rason + Chilbo mountain
  • from Rason you can go to:
    • to China
    • back to Russia (via Tumangang-Khasan border)

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 Tumangang in 2nd class (4 bed-sleeper)
  • Twin room shared accommodation at mentioned hotels (or same level hotels)
  • Guide and transportation service according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Tickets from your residence country to Moscow and from tour final point to your next destination
  • Transportation and guide in Moscow
  • North Korean and Russian visa fee (vary depending on your nationality).Please refer to our visa support service
  • Tour or Guide in North Korea: to enter North Korea the North Korean guide or tour in North Korea / Rason should be arranged in advance
  • Train meals
  • ev. single room supplement