Highlights of Trans-Mongolian Railway Journey: Irkutsk - Baikal - Mongolia - Beijing (TS-14)

China & Beyond offers you the chance to take on this giant railway journey in just twelve exciting days. Starting from Lake Baikal in Siberia and finishing in Beijing, you will enjoy a stopover in Moscow before your flight to Siberia too. The “Highlights of Trans-Mongolian Railway” tour is the best value and option for those tight on time or budget.

Day 1. Moscow
We take an internal less than 6 hours overnight flight to Irkutsk.
Day 2. Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Our guide will meet you upon your arrival in Irkutsk and transfer to Listvyanka village where you enjoy your free time.
Day 3. Listvyanka
Free day at leisure. Spend some time at the lake, visit the St. Nicolas Russian Church and the Baikal Lake Museum or do some walking.
Day 4. Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Today we return to Irkutsk. On our way we will stop to visit the open air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy. After an orientation city tour around Irkutsk and some free time we board our train to Mongolia.
Day 6. Ulan Bator - Terelj
Our guide will meet you at the railway station. On our way to Terelj we will explore Chinggis Khaan monument - a 40-metre tall statue, erected in 2008. Later in Terelj we will explore Turtle Rock and after lunch we will enjoy hiking to Aryabal monastery.
Day 7. Terelj - Ulan Bator
We return to Ulan-Bator. After a city tour we will visit the National History Museum. 
Day 8. Ulan Bator
After a short transfer to the railway station we board our train to China.
Day 9. Ulan Bator
Arrival in Beijing. Our driver will meet you with a sign board at the station. We will visit an old part of Beijing – hutong. We will enjoy a guided ride by rickshaw through narrow and curved alleys of this unique old part of Beijing.
Day 10. Beijing
Today we will explore Tiananmen square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
Day 11. Beijing
We drive to the Great Wall of China and visit the Badaling section. After, we will see the Olympic park constructed in Beijing for 2008 Summer Olympics.
Day 12. Beijing
Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you with a sign board at the hotel lobby.
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Days: 12
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Day 1 - Thursday - Moscow
An internal overnight flight to Irkutsk, taking under six hours.
Day 2 - Friday - Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Our guide will meet you with a signboard upon your arrival in Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka village (approx. 70 km away).
Day 3 - Saturday - Listvyanka
Enjoy some free leisure time in Listvyanka village, and take in the lake, St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church and the Baikal Lake Museum where you will learn all about Siberian traditions from history to the flora and fauna of the lake. (B)
Day 4 - Sunday - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Our guide will meet you at your accommodation. Transfer to Irkutsk. On the way to Irkutsk, we will visit the Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy, located in a pretty forest on the bank of the river Angara. This open-air museum portrays the lifestyle of 16th – 19th century Russia. You can see the interiors of a Russian fort and a 15th century watchtower and even a Shaman yurt. Next, we will have a guided city tour around Irkutsk, home to 18th century churches, brightly painted shutters and log houses. Afterwards, our driver will meet you at your accommodation with a signboard. Transfer to the railway station and onwards to Mongolia by comfortable train. (B)
Day 6 - Tuesday - Ulan Bator - Terelj
Our guide will meet you at the railway station. Transfer to Terelj National Park and a visit to the Chinggis Khaan monument, 33 miles east of Ulan Bator. A 40-metre tall statue of Chinggis Khan on horseback, erected in 2008. Once at the Terelj National Park dramatic Mongolian landscapes open up. We will explore Turtle Rock and after lunch at the camp we will enjoy hiking to Aryabal monastery. We will overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger ("home") - a sturdy wood and felt type tent. In winter we stay in a wooden lodge. (L, D)
Day 7 - Wednesday - Terelj - Ulan Bator
Our driver will meet you at your accommodation. Transfer to Ulan Bator and a city tour. The tour will include time spent at Gandan Hiid Monastery, the country’s largest monastery, Sukhebaatar square and the Museum of Natural History, as well as an enlightening guided tour of the National Museum of Mongolian History. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Thursday - Ulan Bator
Transfer to the railway station. Our driver will meet you with a signboard at the lobby of the hotel. Today you’ll take the fast-train, specifically ‘train K24’, probably the most popular way of getting from Mongolia into China. This is a good chance to meet people from all over the world and to experience a decent dining car and bar. There are first class (two berth compartments with one lower and one upper berth) and second class (four berth compartments with two lower and two upper berths) carriages on the train. First class compartments also feature an armchair, a small table and a toilet with a shower shared between two neighbouring compartments. (B)
Day 9 - Friday - Beijing
Arrival in Beijing. Our driver will meet you with a signboard at the station. Transfer to the hotel. A city tour taking in the best of Beijing’s historical architecture and streets. We will visit an old part of Beijing – a hutong neighbourhood by Shichahai Lake, travelling by rickshaw through narrow alleys. We will also see the famous Shichahai Lake and Drum Tower. In the evening you are free to enjoy Beijing’s restaurants, cafes and bars. (D)
Day 10 - Saturday - Beijing
Today we will see Beijing’s most famous landmarks, starting with Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. We then move on to a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace, listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Next, it’s a world of gardens at the beautiful Summer Palace, located 15 kilometres (9.4 miles) away from central Beijing. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Sunday - Beijing
A guided tour of the Great Wall of China – a symbol of Chinese civilisation and icon of the country. We start at Badaling, the best preserved section. Next, we will see the Olympic Green –constructed in Beijing for 2008 summer Olympics, home to the Beijing National Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Green Hockey Field. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - Monday - Beijing
Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you with a signboard 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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