From bustling Beijing 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.
Arrive at any time. Want to experience more time in Beijing? Book the Beijing Express, a three-day pre-tour package. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.
There are no planned activities until the group meeting in the evening.
Ride the rails through China and into Mongolia. Watch as the landscape changes and make friends with neighbours.
While on board, settle in and enjoy impressive views of the Great Wall as the train tackles the mountains before descending to the arid lands of Inner Mongolia and continuing into the heart of rural Asia.
In the evening, reach the border post of Erlian. Here, the train's wheels will be changed to accommodate a different gauge rail. Opt to stay on board and watch it happen.
Arrive to Ulaanbaatar and start exploring. Choose to take in a local cultural show or enjoy real Mongolian barbecue.
Awake to the stunning landscapes of the south Gobi. The classic image of Mongolian horses and gers (yurts) dot the scenery from horizon to horizon. The occasional nomad encampment appears mirage-like through the carriage window.
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.
Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Mongolia and hope for the chance to see chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom. After the Monastery, the tour will continue in the Winter Palace of the last Mongolian King (the only King's palace that survived the revolution). At the end of the tour, visit Zaisan Hill, a great viewpoint with a monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers.
Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life.
Walk through the valleys and live simply while overnighting in a traditional ger camp.
Head back to Ulaanbaatar for a few hours before boarding the train to Siberia.
Return back to Ulaanbaatar before boarding the next train.
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.
Spend a full day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. With free time, catch a glimpse into why this is the "Galapagos of Russia". Opt to go for a boat ride or take a short hike.
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.
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!
Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.
Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument.
With free time, opt to see a performance at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, visit the fine art gallery or spend some time at the military museum.
Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24hr train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow.
In the morning, board the Trans-Ural Railway. Say farewell to Asia while crossing the Urals into Europe.
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.
Enjoy a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour before free time to explore.
The area around the Red Square is perfect for sightseeing and people watching. Visit one of the many shops, wander the Alexandr Gardens or visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Head down into the metro to explore the beautiful stations or visit another part of the city.
Enjoy one last day with free time to explore the many museums, art galleries, or theatres that Moscow has to offer.
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.
St Petersburg, one of Europe's finest cities, is home to baroque European architecture combined with the opulent palaces of Russian royalty. Its tree-lined streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere make it a favourite destination for travellers from around the globe.
Upon arrival to St Petersburg take a walking tour of the city. Learn the sordid history of the city from the Peter the Great to Dostoevsky to the Seige of Leningrad.
Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the "Venice of Russia."
Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
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Absolutely amazing. I loved every minute. I was expecting it to be great but it exceeded all my expectations.Overall Rating
I've never taken a tour before and was hesitant about doing so. After such an awesome experience I plan to do this again (and hopefully soon). I enjoyed the accommodations. The transportation was good and I appreciate that after a long train ride we were able to get a minibus to take us to our hotel. We ran into the Intrepid group and they had to take a metro to their hotel, that sucks for them. Also the itinerary was good.Overall Rating
Groud was amazing. Very knowledgeable and patient. She was concerned for our well being at all times and was willing to connect with everyone in the group. The company was very good in making alternative arrangements for me when I was quarantined in China. The entire trip went smoothly. I would highly recommend this tour to others.Overall Rating
This was a long trip that never got boring or tedious because of the great organization and leadership from Groud. She was an exceptional guide that kept us informed and gave us great advice on things to do for each place we were in.Overall Rating
I am very glad that I made this trip. It was well planned and the tour guides were excellent.Overall Rating
My impression was/is that the tour was very carefully put together with excellent results. It seemed that everything was considered in advance, so surprises were rare. Time and again I was very pleasantly surprised at the results of this careful overall planning.Overall Rating
A comprehensive 21 day trip that covers the best of Beijing, Mongolia, Siberia and Russia. Made very special by such excellent and smooth organization.Overall Rating
Very good overall experience. We covered an amazing amount of territory and cultures on this single tour.Overall Rating
Overall it was a good tour and I would recommend it to friends and colleagues. I certainly feel it was good value for money and at high level is very well organized.Overall Rating
We thought the tour was terrifically interesting and good value for money.Overall Rating
A great experience. Most of all it was worry free.Overall Rating
Everything ran very smoothly. The tour itself was a great mix between free time to explore and provided activities. There was a great balance between different cities and the time spent in them. Having an amazing leader and a really reliable group also helped!Overall Rating
A great tour on a fantastic route. We had just the right amount of guidance when we needed it and plenty of necessary free time.Overall Rating
The tour was very well organised. We all agreed that an extra camp night would've been better than Ulanbatar for the night. THE MOST PROFESSIONAL COMPANY I'VE EVER USED!Overall Rating
I thought that the tour was a great experience and took in some really interesting places.Overall Rating
The trip through China, Mongolia and Russia was great. They did an excellent job of getting to see as many sights as possible. The train ride was an experience in itself. It was a great trip.Overall Rating
Overall the trip was excellent with good guidance and easy booking.Overall Rating
've never taken a tour before and was hesitant about doing so. After such an awesome experience I plan to do this again (and hopefully soon). I enjoyed the accommodations. The transportation was good and I appreciate that after a long train ride we were able to get a minibus to take us to our hotel. We ran into the Intrepid group and they had to take a metro to their hotel, that sucks for them. Also the itinerary was good.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Trans-Mongolian Express
Duration: 19 Days
From Price: $4,538
Supplier Tour ID: ACTM/126815
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