Best of Trans-Mongolian: Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Baikal - Mongolia - Beijing (TS-11)

A once-in-a-lifetime tour, on our Best of Trans-Mongolian you will visit the key cities of the longest railway in the world, travelling from west to east through Russia, Mongolia and China. Each has distinct cultures and landscapes. Our expert English-speaking guides will make sure you get the most out of each stop.

Day 1. Moscow
Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2. Moscow
We will go on a short walk around central Moscow visiting the Red Square, Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil`s Cathedral.
Day 3. Moscow
We will discover the interior of the Kremlin and the Armoury. We will also explore the Moscow metro - one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era. In the evening we will board the train to Yekaterinburg.
Day 4. Yekaterinburg
Our driver will meet you at the carriage. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 5. Yekaterinburg
We will visit the majestic Memorial Cathedral built on the place of execution of the last Russian tsar Nikolay II, and the obelisk "Border of Europe and Asia". In the evening we will board our train to Siberia.
Days 6-7. Onboard through Siberia
Days 6-7 are spent onboard the train.
Day 8. Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Our guide will meet you with a sign board upon your arrival in Irkutsk and transfer to Listvyanka village where you will enjoy your free time.
Day 9. Listvyanka - Taltsy - Irkutsk
We will visit the open air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy - a large collection of original wooden houses. After a guided city tour around Irkutsk we start our trip to Mongolia by train.
Day 11. Ulan Bator - Terelj
We drive to the stunning Terelj National Park stopping at the Chinggis Khaan monument. We will explore Turtle Rock and enjoy hiking to Aryabal monastery. We will visit a real Nomad family. Overnight in a ger.
Day 12. Terelj - Ulan Bator
We drive back to Ulan Bator and enjoy a full day city tour including visit to the National History Museum.
Day 13. Ulan Bator
Transfer to the railway station and board the train to China.
Day 14. Beijing
Our guide will meet you at the station. We will visit an old part of Beijing – hutong neighbourhood and enjoy a guided ride by rickshaw.
Day 15. Beijing
We will tour Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
Day 16. Beijing
We will visit the Badaling Great Wall and the Olympic park constructed in Beijing for 2008 summer Olympics.
Day 17. Beijing
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Days: 17
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Day 1 - Saturday - Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector with a sign board. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 - Sunday - Moscow
Today we explore the highlights of Moscow, one of the world’s greatest cities. Key sights include Lubyanka Square (the world-famous KGB centre), Lenin’s Tomb standing at the foot of the Kremlin wall, the Red Square with St. Basil's cathedral (our guided tour here will explain why this is a symbol of Russia), Teatralnaya Square next to the majestic Bolshoi Theatre. Then we will continue our walk through the small central streets and lanes taking in Stalinist and modern architecture. (B)
Day 3 - Monday – Moscow
A deeper look at Moscow with visits to the Kremlin Grounds and orthodox cathedrals, including the Cathedral Square with its links to Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov and the early Romanovs. A visit to the Armoury Museum and its Tsar Treasures to look at the fabulous Faberge eggs and artworks by Russian, European and Oriental masters. Lastly, a tour of the Moscow Underground with its marble, mosaics and stained-glass panels.

In the late afternoon our driver will bring you to the railway station where you will board the fast, comfortable train to Yekaterinburg. Arrival in Yekaterinburg late in the evening the next day. (B)
Day 4 - Tuesday - Yekaterinburg
Our driver will meet you at the carriage with a board showing your names. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 5 - Wednesday - Yekaterinburg
Today, in the fourth largest city in Russia, we will visit the Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the name of all Saints, built where the last Russian tsar Nikolay II and his family, were slain. Then we will travel on to “Ganina Pit”, a unique orthodox monastery. We will also visit the obelisk which marks the "Border of Europe and Asia". It’s traditional here to drink a glass of champagne at the spot.

We board our train late in the evening. Arrival in Irkutsk early in the morning three days later. (B)
Day 8 - Saturday - Irkutsk - Listvyanka
You’ll be met by our guide who will meet you with a signboard on your arrival in Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka village (appr. 70 km). A relaxing free day, taking in Listvyanka village, enjoy the lake, St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church and the Baikal Lake Museum where you can learn all about the deepest freshwater lake in the world. (B)
Day 9 - Sunday - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
An exciting stop today, en-route to Irkutsk. The open air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy has a large collection of original wooden houses, giving you a unique insight into life in local villages and the lifestyle of 16th – 19th century Russia. Also today, a guided city tour around Irkutsk, it’s easy to see why it is known as the Paris of Siberia.

Late in the evening we leave the warm hospitality of the Siberian Russia to begin our trip to Mongolia by comfortable train. (B)
Day 11 - Tuesday - Ulan Bator - Terelj
Our guide will meet you at the railway station. Two Mongolian highlights today – the Chinggis Khaan monument, located 33 miles east of Ulan Bator. It is the biggest equestrian statue in the world and is a warm-up to the fantastic Terelj National Park which we will visit next, home of fierce horsemen, it also has unique granite rock formations, and clean alpine scenery. We will also explore Turtle Rock, have a picnic, hike to the Aryabal monastery and visit a real Nomad family. (L, D)
Day 12 - Wednesday - Terelj - Ulan Bator
Our driver will meet you at your accommodation. Transfer to Ulan Bator for your city tour. Based on the banks of the river Tuur, the city is home to Gandan Hiid Monastery, the country’s largest remaining monastery and the Museum of Natural History, both of which we will visit. At the National Museum of Mongolian History we will have a special tour to learn about Mongolian cultural heritage. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - Thursday - Ulan Bator
Our driver will meet you with a signboard at the lobby of the hotel. Travelling by ‘train K24’ is the best way to travel from Mongolia into China and it is popular with other tourists. There are first class (2 berth compartments with one lower and one upper berth) and second class (4 berth compartments with two lower and two upper berths) carriages on this train. First class has an armchair, a small table and a toilet with a shower shared between two neighbouring compartments. Second class compartments do not have private facilities. Hot boiled water is available in thermos kettles. The train has a dining car and bar. (B)
Day 14 - Friday - Beijing
Arrival to Beijing. Our driver will meet you with a sign board at the station. Transfer to the hotel. An exciting day of Beijing activities awaits, we will start with a tour of an old Hutong neighbourhood by rickshaw, before moving on to Shichahai Lake, also by rickshaw, to visit both the famous Shichahai Lake and the Drum Tower right in the centre of old Beijing. In the evening you are free to enjoy the historical old part of Beijing or to return to the hotel with your guide. (D)
Day 15 - Saturday - Beijing
Today is about Beijing’s best sights. Starting with a guided tour of Tiananmen Square – covering 440 thousand square metres – the tour moves on to a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace - the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The Forbidden City is located to the north of Tiananmen Square. Then, it’s time for the Summer Palace, which highlights the art of Chinese landscape garden design. (B, L, D)
Day 16 - Sunday - Beijing
We start with a guided tour of the Badaling section of the mighty Great Wall of China, the country’s enduring icon before moving onto a great example of modern China – the Olympic Green, constructed in Beijing for the 2008 summer Olympics. (B, L, D)
Day 17 - Monday - Beijing
Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you with a sign board at the hotel lobby. (B)

Want to travel on different dates?
Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.


Park Hotel 4*
Address: Park Hotel, Lhagvasuren street-32, 4th Khoroo, Bayanzurkh, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Telephone: +976 7015 9900

Park hotel is a newly opened 4* hotel in Ulan Bator, located in the south – eastern part of the Mongolian capital, about 8 kilometres from the central train station and 19 kilometres from the international airport.

Park hotel has 52 rooms, including comfortable and spacious standard twin, king, superior rooms and deluxe junior suites. All rooms are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, 32’ LCD television, high speed internet access, mini bar, hairdryer. Deluxe junior suite has a bar and extra bathroom for guests.

Park hotel offers 24 hour room service, luggage storage, spa and fitness facilities, currency exchange and business centre services. There is also park restaurant, tequila lounge and a coffee shop. Visa and Master card are accepted.


Typical Mongolian Ger
In the countryside your accommodation will be in a typical ger camp located in scenic areas. Every couple or a single traveller are allocated a private ger unless you are willing to share with other travellers. All ger camps are very similar in their set –up, facilities and services.

A “ger” or a yurt is a traditional, portable dwelling structure used by Mongolian nomads in the countryside, it is their link with the past, future and spiritual world. The central pillar – the smoke hole on the top of the tent is directly directed to cosmic axis and represents highway for spirits as according to Mongolian traditions, the universe is full of invisible spirits and humans have to develop good relationship with them, win them over and not to offend them.

Ger camps we use on our tours are slightly modified for Western travellers, however they do offer a genuinely authentic experience and most of them are situated in picturesque areas. The gers are made of a wooden frame that is covered with felt. Inside they are generally brightly painted and feature two or four single beds, a small table, stools, a lamp, electricity sockets and a stove for heating. You can ask a member of staff to start the fire in your ger at a specified time to make it warm, for example early in the morning before you get up.

Toilet and shower facilities are outside in a separate block, they are basic but are kept very clean. There is both hot and cold water available. Restaurants and bars are located in separate blocks or quite often in larger gers.

Staying in a typical ger really adds to your travelling experience.

Tiantan Hotel Beijing 4*
Address: No.1, Ti Yu Guan Road, Chong Wen District, Beijing 100061
Telephone: +86 10 6719 0666

The Tiantan (The Temple Of Heaven) Hotel is a modern 4 star hotel located in downtown Beijing. The hotel was fully renovated in 2005 and opened in June that year. Tiantan hotel is just minutes walk from the famous Temple of Heaven and the nearby park. The major tourist attractions like Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are within less than a 15-minute drive, and it is only 40 minutes to Beijing Capital International Airport.

There are 300 guest rooms in the Temple of Heaven hotel, all equipped with telephone, central air-conditioning, safe-box, mini-bar, satellite TV system and bed-side control panel.

The hotel also features Chinese and Western restaurants, coffee shop, lobby bar, karaoke dancing club, billiard and recreational centre with gym, sauna and massage room. Business centre offers fax, photocopying and telex services.

  • 24 hour reception
  • Private parking
  • Business centre
  • Deposit boxes
  • Air-conditioning
  • Night Club
  • Fitness centre and sauna
  • Beauty-centre

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