Naadam Trans-Mongolian East-West: Beijing - Ulan Bator - Baikal - Yekaterinburg - Moscow (TS-19)

Our Trans-Mongolian tour not only includes fantastic city visits, but it also coincides with the famous Naadam Festival in Mongolia. Naadam is the highlight of the Mongolian festival calendar, dating back several centuries, and taking place each mid July. The festival tests nomad’s abilities in strength, marksmanship and skillful horsemanship, with much importance placed on the horse races. It is a great opportunity to combine our Trans-Mongolian tour with visiting the Naadam Festival.
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Day 1. Beijing
Arrival in Beijing. We will start with a tour around an old hutong neighbourhood. We take a rickshaw around the narrow alleys and on to the famous Shichahai Lake.
Day 2. Beijing
Today, you will see many of Beijing’s key tourist sights - Tiananmen Square, famous Imperial palace and the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace.
Day 3. Beijing
We will travel to China’s iconic Great Wall. For a slice of modern Chinese life, we will also visit the Olympic Green - Olympic park constructed in Beijing for 2008 summer Olympics.
Day 4. Beijing
Transfer to the railway station. Departure to Mongolia.
Day 5. Ulan Bator – Terelj
Our guide will meet you at the railway station. Transfer to Terelj National Park. We will drive to the Chinggis Khaan monument on the banks of the Tuul River, We will explore Turtle Rock, hike to the Aryabal monastery and will visit a real Nomad family before overnighting in a traditional Mongolian ger.
Day 6. Terelj - Ulan Bator
Transfer to Ulan Bator. We will visit the Gandan Hiid Monastery, Sukhebaatar square and the Museum of National History.
Day 7. Ulan Bator
A real travel highlight for anyone, today you will attend the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival. We will visit the Central Stadium for Sports and Cultural Performances. In the evening there will be a gala dinner.
Day 8. Ulan Bator - Hui Doloon Hudag - Ulan Bator
Today involves more Naadam Festival fun, including an Archery Tournament, wrestling, shooting, etc. Transfer to the Hui Doloon Hudag for horse racing. Later, we will transfer to Ulan-Bator and then to the railway station. We leave Mongolia and start our trip to Russia.
Day 9. Onboard
Onboard the train to Russia.
Day 10. Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Transfer to Listvyanka village where it is all about spending time at the lake.
Day 11. Listvyanka
Enjoy your free time in Listvyanka village.
Day 12. Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Transfer to Irkutsk. On our way to Irkutsk, we will stop to visit the open air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy, located the banks of the river Angara. We will also enjoy a guided city tour around Irkutsk. In the evening transfer to the railway station to board a train to Yekaterinburg.
Day 13. Onboard
Onboard the train across Siberia.
Day 14. Yekaterinburg
Arrival in Yekaterinburg. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 15. Yekaterinburg
We will visit the majestic Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the name of all Saints, which was built on the place of execution of the last Russian tsar Nikolay II and his family. Then continue to “Ganina Pit” monastery before driving out the see the obelisk that marks the "Border of Europe and Asia".
Day 16 - Monday - Yekaterinburg
Transfer to the railway station to catch an overnight train to Moscow.
Day 17. Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. We start with a Moscow walking tour, including visits to Lubyanka Square (the world-famous KGB centre), Tverskaya Street (the main and the busiest street in Moscow) and the Red Square.
Day 18. Moscow
Today, you will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. You will also visit the Armoury Museum and enjoy a guided tour of Moscow Underground.
Day 19. Moscow
Transfer to the airport.
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Beijing Beijing
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Irkutsk Irkutsk
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Listvyanka Listvyanka
Listvyanka is a small village located 70 km (43 ml) from Irkutsk, The main reason people come to Lisvyanka is to enjoy the magnificent Lake Baikal. Besides plenty of walking opport... Read more
Moscow Moscow
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Terelj National Park Terelj National Park
Gorkhi Terelj National Park is one of the Mongolia’s finest and best-known national parks established in 1994 and located just an hour’s drive away from the capital. It... Read more
Ulan Bator Ulan Bator
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Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Summer
  • Days: 19
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Day 1 - Beijing
Arrival in Beijing. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector. Transfer to the hotel. We will start with a tour around an old hutong neighbourhood by Shichahai Lake. Hutongs are a window into the Chinese past, but due to rapid development of the Chinese capital they are hard to find. We take a rickshaw around the narrow alleys and on to the famous Shichahai Lake and the Drum Tower in the centre of old Beijing. (D)
Day 2 - Beijing
Today, you will see many of Beijing’s key tourist sights. We start with a guided tour of Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world, covering 440 thousand square metres. Then it is on to the famous Imperial palace and the Forbidden City, listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. We end at the Summer Palace, 15 kilometres (9.4 miles), from central Beijing. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Beijing
China’s iconic Great Wall is best viewed at Badaling, the most preserved section. The Wall is a symbol of Chinese civilisation and one of the wonders of the world included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. For a slice of modern Chinese life, we will travel on to the Olympic Green – Olympic park constructed in Beijing for 2008 summer Olympics which hosts Beijing National Stadium, Aquatics Centre and the Green Hockey Field. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Beijing
Transfer to the railway station. Our driver will meet you with a signboard at the hotel lobby. An exciting day of rail travel awaits. Travelling by ‘train K3’ is probably the most popular way of getting from China into Mongolia and you will find many foreigners on the train. There are first class (2 berth compartment) and second class (4 berth compartment with two lower and two upper berths) carriages on this train. Hot boiled water, thermos kettles and a dining car with reasonable prices, are all available. (B)
Day 5 - Ulan Bator – Terelj
Our guide will meet you at the railway station. Transfer to Terelj National Park. We will drive to the Chinggis Khaan monument on the banks of the Tuul River, 33 miles east of Ulan Bator. It is a 40-metre tall statue of Chinggis Khan on horseback, erected in 2008 and the biggest equestrian statue in the world. The monument complex also features a visitor centre and an archaeological museum. Next, it’s on to the Terelj National Park, one of the most magical destinations on earth. It was the homeland of the tough horsemen who, for over 500 years from the 13th century, occupied lands far and wide. We will explore Turtle Rock, hike to the Aryabal monastery and will visit a real Nomad family before overnighting in a traditional Mongolian ger. (L, D)
Day 6 - Terelj - Ulan Bator
Our driver will meet you at your accommodation. Transfer to Ulan Bator. The city is situated on the bank of the river Tuur, surrounded by sacred mountains. We will visit the Gandan Hiid Monastery, the country’s largest remaining monastery, Sukhebaatar square and the Museum of Natural History, where you will see real dinosaur remains as well as other archeological findings found in the Gobi desert. Also, a stop at the National Museum of Mongolian History - one of the leading museums in Mongolia. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Ulan Bator
A real travel highlight for anyone, today you will attend the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival. Get your camera ready as nomads prove their strength, stamina, accurate marksmanship and skillful horsemanship. We will visit the Central Stadium for Sports and Cultural Performances next, where we will watch a wrestling and archery contest, in the evening there will be a gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Ulan Bator - Hui Doloon Hudag - Ulan Bator
Today involves more Naadam Festival fun, including an Archery Tournament, wrestling, shooting etc. Transfer to the Hui Doloon Hudag for horse racing – enjoy the atmosphere and take plenty of photographs. Later, we will transfer to Ulan-Bator and then, from the hotel, transfer to the railway station. We leave Mongolia and start our trip to Russia by comfortable train. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Onboard
Onboard the train to Russia.
Day 10 - Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Our guide will meet you with a signboard upon your arrival in Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka village (approx. 70 km). Listvyanka village is all about spending time at the lake, visiting the St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church and the Baikal Lake Museum where you will learn about Siberian traditions.
Day 11 - Listvyanka
Enjoy your free time in Listvyanka village, learn about the flora and fauna of the deepest freshwater lake in the world. (B)
Day 12 - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Our guide will meet you at your accommodation. Transfer to Irkutsk. On our way to Irkutsk, we will stop to visit the open air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy, located the banks of the river Angara. The museum conveys the lifestyle of 16th – 19th century Russia. A guided city tour around Irkutsk will provide an insight into 18th century churches as well as examples of modern Russian architecture.

Transfer to the railway station in the evening where we board a comfortable train to Yekaterinburg. Arrival in Yekaterinburg in the evening two days later. (B)
Day 13 - Onboard
Onboard the train across Siberia.
Day 14 - Yekaterinburg
Our driver will meet you at the carriage with a signboard with your names. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 15 - Yekaterinburg
We will visit the majestic Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the name of all Saints, which was built on the place of execution of the last Russian tsar Nikolay II and his family. Then continue to “Ganina Pit” the unique orthodox monastery before driving out the see the obelisk that marks the "Border of Europe and Asia". (B)
Day 16 - Yekaterinburg
Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby with a sign board with your names. Transfer to the railway station. Fast train 015. Departs Yekaterinburg at 09:19, arrives in Moscow at 09:23 next day (all times are local). (B)
Day 17 - Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Our driver will meet you with a China & Beyond signboard at the beginning of the platform. Transfer to the hotel. We start with a Moscow walking tour, including visits to Lubyanka Square (the world-famous KGB centre), Tverskaya Street (the main and the busiest street in Moscow) and the Red Square. You will instantly recognise the brightly-domed St. Basil's cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum, Kazan Cathedral and Kremlin towers.
Day 18 - Moscow
Today, you will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. You will also visit the Kremlin’s orthodox cathedrals, the Armoury Museum and enjoy a guided tour of Moscow Underground in its Socialist Realism style. (B)
Day 19 - Moscow
Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you with a China & Beyond 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.

 

COMFORT PACKAGE

Optional train upgrade: there are 4 rail sectors on this journey: Beijing - Ulan Bator, Ulan Bator - Irkutsk, Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg, Yekaterinburg - Moscow. 2nd class 4 berth compartments are included in the tour price, you can upgrade to 1st class 2 berth compartment if you prefer more comfort and privacy (4 berth compartment buyout where 1st class is unavailable).
Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
07.06.2019 - 25.06.2019 £2,995 £3,595 £325 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


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

DESCRIPTION
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.

PHOTOGALLERY


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

DESCRIPTION
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.

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





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