Siberia and Far East

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Tour Description (pdf)

Days: 14

Start: Moscow

Finish: Beijing

Route cities:

Moscow Irkutsk Lake Baikal Ulaanbaatar Beijing

If you want to see the real Russia please seat in a train. Historically it is the most popular way to travel in Russia and a trip along the longest rail route in the world is one in a lifetime must. Beautiful scenery from the train windows, meeting the locals, couple of days on Baikal lake, in Mongol steppes and three grandiose capitals which all have a unique combination of Asian and European contrasts.

Start on Sundays

Welcome to Moscow
Arrival day(meeting with tour leader or company representative to discuss the program and route)
Stay overnight in hotel

Breakfast
Transfer to the train station. Leave luggage in lockers’ room.

Walking tour. This majestic city is steeped in history and beauty. A trip here combines the old and the new - learn the story of communism while enjoying the cosmopolitan life of present-day Moscow. We will explore the real wonder of Russian Capital: the Underground constructed in Soviet times with the idea of becoming Palaces for workpeople – that is why beautiful and unique decoration was used for each station. You will see expensive materials, mosaics, sculptures and the best architectural solutions of that time. Then we will have a walk around the city center, visit all must-sees including Red Square, Lenin Mausoleum (outside only), Newly opened Zaryadje park and stylish GUM department store.

Free time till train.

Optional Moscow River boat trip

Meeting at the train station

0.35 departure of train to Irkutsk
3 Days and 3 nights at the train
If you travel with the Group Leader - Lessons: Local communication tips, Russian Language

Evening arrival at Irkutsk
Transfer to Lake Baikal (1 h)
Dinner
Stay overnight in hotel

Spend all day on a shore of Baikal - the largest freshwater lake in the world. Breakfast
We will have a nice walk in Listvyanka, learn the story of Baikal evolution in the unique Baikal Museum and climb on a picturesque Chersky stone panoramic point (728 m above sea level). After a short break, let’s meet the locals. We invite you to spend your evening in a local house not far from Listvyanka. You will learn how to make Russian pancakes at a cooking class, prepare batter and fry them under the supervision of the host. Banya is also included.

Optional Baikal boat trip
Stay overnight in hotel

Breakfast. Transfer back to Irkutsk
On the way to the city a visit to Talci museum of wooden Siberian architecture.
Guided city tour (3 hours) Irkutsk is a city that can tell you all controversial history of Russian Siberia: this history is mostly about extraction of mineral recourses and exile of state prisoners. In some areas the city still preserves the atmosphere of 19th century with old wooden houses of resettlers. We will visit the House Museum of Maria Volkonskaya. Sometimes called the Princess of Siberia, Maria was one of the many Decembrist revolutionaries' wives who voluntarily accompanied their husbands into exile.
After the tour we will have free time to visit local market to buy local specialties, such as cedar nuts, herbal teas, etc.
Stay overnight in hotel

Breakfast
Transfer to the train station
Morning train to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Day and night at the train
Crossing of the Russian-Mongolian border

Early arrival at Ulaanbaatar, the capital and the only city in Mongolia with the majority of country population living in it.
Originally the people of Mongolia are nomads and still lots of them (even in Ulaanbaatar) live in gers – portable round tents made of wooden sticks and covered with felt.
After breakfast we will transfer to National Park Gorki-Terelj (70 km from Ulan Bator) to explore the life of modern nomads. Terelj National Park is one of the most beautiful destinations in Mongolia. You can take leisurely strolls on meadows carpeted with variety of wild flowers, enjoy fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine-covered mountains and wander along the wooded banks of a mountain stream. 

Let’s spend time like Mongolians: start and end a day with a song. We will visit a local family and explore the main sites of the National park. One hour of horse riding is included. Meals during the day are included

Stay overnight in a ger.

After breakfast we will depart back to Ulaanbaatar.
En route we will stop by at the Chinggis Khaan monument which is the biggest equestrian statue in the world (40 m high). It was constructed at the place where the Great Emperor Chinggis Khaan had found a golden whip as told in a historical writings. You can take an elevator to the viewing deck on the horse’s head and enjoy the view of magnificent Mongolian steppe.
Meals during the day are included. Free time in Ulaanbaatar.
Optional city tour

Optional Mongolian Folk Show

Stay overnight in hotel

7.30 train to Beijing,
Day and night at the train

Morning arrival at Beijing, final point of the route. The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is quickly losing its historical face in favour of modernity.
Transfer to hotel. Short rest.
Guided walking tour around Tiananmen square district, visit to the Night market.
Optional Traditional Local dinner with Peking duck

Stay overnight at the hotel

Departure day
OR Optional program
Optional additional days at the hotel

We highly recommend you to plan some extra days in Moscow and Beijing.

You can also book an Optional St. Petersburg Package tour to see the so called ‘northern capital of Russia’ that also won the prize as the best cultural tourism city at World Travel Awards-2017.

Prices

The package price** (EUR) based on 6 pax starts from 2336 €

*Please contact us in case you have less or more passengers for recalculations
**For this tour you can add an escorting guide en-route with the surcharge. Please reqeust us for additional price.

Included

  • Accommodation
  • 6 nights at central located hotels 3***-4****
  • 1 night at a traditional Mongolian ger
  • 6 nights at overnight trains
  • Train tickets 2 class (four-berth compartment) according to the route
  • Railway station-hotel transfers
  • Guided tours and entrance fees
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Emergency line support during the trip

Not included

  • Visa support issues
  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance

Included activities

  • Walking tour in Moscow
  • Walking tour in Listvyanka with a museum visit and hiking
  • Tea party and a cooking class in Listvyanka
  • Banya
  • Irkutsk city tour with a Talci museum visit
  • Trip to National Park Gorki-Terelj (meeting local family, horse riding, hiking)
  • Visit of a Chinggis Khaan monument
  • Beijing city tour