Siberia and Far East

Classic Trans Mongolian

Tour Description (pdf)

Days: 18

Start: St. Petersburg

Finish: Beijing

Route cities:

St. Petersburg Yaroslavl Moscow Irkutsk Lake Baikal Ulaanbaatar Beijing

Exploring Russia means feeling its diversity, tasting its multiculturalism, conceiving its size. Our Classical Trans Mongolian tour is the best option to catch the highlights of Russian land and beyond. Start from sparkling St. Petersburg famous for its controversial imperial past and magnificent palaces, you find yourselves in Yaroslavl – one of the oldest Russian cities, looking just like from a fairytale. Russian capital Moscow involves you in a violent life of contemporary megalopolis. Yet more remarkable will be the contrast between the huge city and almost unsettled territories of Siberia that you see from the window of Trans-Siberian Express! The experience of a train ride along the longest and one of the most famous railways of the world is really unique: you might start learning Russian with your train neighbors, might choose new goals for your future while listening rhythmical wobbling sound, or finally finish reading your book, as there is almost no internet on the way. Imagine these days in reality of moving through taiga – you even might start to understand the enigmatic Russian soul. Lake Baikal is a refreshing stop before going further on to Asia, Mongolia and China. In Mongolia we will have an overnight stay in traditional gers in close contact with local nomads and beautiful nature. The final point of our train journey is Beijing, the enormous capital of China, where we will take a walk around the world’s largest public square - Tiananmen Square, with area of more than 400000 sq. metres. We will also visit the most famous Donghuamen Night Market with a variety of very special Chinese street food. 

Start on Wednesdays or Fridays

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

Breakfast

The Hermitage tour (4 hours)
Free afternoon
Optional: Faberge museum
Optional: Theatre visit (World famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet House)
Stay overnight in hotel

Breakfast

Guided City tour (4 hours) with a visit to the city Fortress, photo stops with the most beautiful views of the historical city center which was built according to unique city plan.
Free time

Transfer to the train station.
Evening train to Yaroslavl
Night at the train

Breakfast

City tour+ Baking enamel workshop (4 hours) Central part of Yaroslavl is preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage and most of it (including numerous churches) was built by rich local merchants in XVII-XIX cc, competing to each other in beautifying of their city. Discover authentic Russian architecture with dozens of onion-shaped domes, tent-roofed belfries and white brick walls. Under supervision of famous local artist you will perform your own art piece in baking enamel technique, popular in Yaroslavl region.
Free time

Optional: Museum Music and Time, Pryanik Shop

Evening train to Moscow (4 h)
Transfer to hotel

Stay overnight in hotel

Breakfast

Metro Tour + Kremlin + Zaryadje observation point + GUM 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 walk inside the Kremlin walls to see the medieval Churches with well-preserved frescoes and Presidential Residence. All must-sees such as Red Square, Lenin Mausoleum (outside only), Newly opened Zaryadje park and stylish GUM department store are included in our walking tour.
Optional Folk-show

Stay overnight in hotel

Breakfast

Free day to explore Moscow. This majestic city is steeped in history and beauty. A trip here combines the old and the new - learn the story of communism at VDNKh park and the Cosmos Museum or enjoy the cosmopolitan life of modern-day Moscow. 

Optional Stalin Bunker museum (64 m under the ground)
Optional Tretjakov GalleryOptional Moscow River boat trip
Meeting at the hotel, transfer to 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 interaction, 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 the 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.

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
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

Departure day
OR Optional program
Optional additional days at the hotel

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

Prices

The package price** (EUR) based on 6 pax starts from 2882 €

*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
  • 9 nights at central located hotels 3***-4**** 1 night at a traditional Mongolian ger
  • 7 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: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinnersEmergency line support during the trip

Not included

  • Visa support issues
  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance

Included activities

  • The Hermitage tour
  • St. Petersburg Guided City tour with a visit to the city Fortress
  • Yaroslavl City tour
  • Baking enamel workshop in Yaroslavl
  • Walking tour in MoscowKremlin visit
  • Walking tour in Listvyanka with a museum visit and hiking
  • Tea party and cooking class in Listvyanka
  • Banya Irkutsk city tour with Talci museum visit
  • Trip to National Park Gorki-Terelj (meeting local family, horse riding, hiking)
  • Visit of a Chinggis Khaan monument
  • Beijing city tour