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Trans-Mongolian Express

19 days, Beijing to Saint-Petersburg

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From bustling Beijing to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals and spend nights in a Mongolian ger and a cozy Russian guesthouse. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

19 days

Beijing to Saint-Petersburg

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Trip Code: ACTM

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From bustling Beijing to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals and spend nights in a Mongolian ger and a cozy Russian guesthouse. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Rail

Get closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

Countries visited during this trip have special visa requirements applicable to many nationalities.

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19 days

Beijing to Saint-Petersburg

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: ACTM

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

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Map of the route for Trans-Mongolian Express

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Beijing

Arrive at any time. Want to experience more time in Beijing? Book the Beijing Express, a three-day pre-tour package. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Beijing/Ulaanbaatar

Ride the rails through China and into Mongolia. Watch as the landscape changes and make friends with neighbours.

Day 3Ulaanbaatar

Awake to the stunning landscapes of the south Gobi. The classic image of Mongolian horses and gers (yurts) dot the scenery from horizon to horizon. The occasional nomad encampment appears mirage-like through the carriage window. Arrive to Ulaanbaatar, get your bearings on an orientation walk, then start exploring. Choose to take in a local cultural show or enjoy some Mongolian barbecue.

Day 4Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to learn more about the rich history and culture of Mongolia. Later, leave the metropolis and travel into Mongolia's Terelj National Park. Enjoy a night in a traditional ger camp.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Traditional Ger Stay

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Traditional Ger Stay

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Irkutsk

Head back to Ulaanbaatar for a few hours before boarding the train to Siberia.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Irkutsk/Listvyanka

Travel to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. Opt to visit Baikal Limnological Museum, enjoy a 'banya' (Russian sauna) or take a boat ride on the lake.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 8Listvyanka

Spend a full day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Listvyanka/Irkutsk

Head back to Irkutsk for an included city tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia. Take some time to shop like the locals at the Central Market to stay well-fed on the voyage.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

Continue on from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg. Drink with locals in the dining car, buy homemade food on the platform from "babushkas" (Russian grandmothers), read, relax, play cards, meet your fellow passengers, watch the taiga forests go by — this is what the experience is all about!

Day 11Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.

Day 12Yekaterinburg

Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Yekaterinburg/Moscow

Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24hr train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Yekaterinburg/Moscow

Arrive to Moscow and start exploring. Take an orientation walk of the metro then opt for a Moskva River boat trip or a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, the Tretiakov Gallery or St Basil's Cathedral.

Day 15Moscow

Enjoy a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour before free time to explore.

Day 16Moscow

Enjoy one last day with free time to explore the many museums, art galleries, or theatres that Moscow has to offer.

Day 17Moscow/Saint-Petersburg

Take an early morning transfer to the train station and board a high speed train to St. Petersburg. Get oriented with the city before enjoying some free time to explore.

Day 18Saint-Petersburg

Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the "Venice of Russia."

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 19Saint-Petersburg

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Local Living Moment: Traditional Ger Stay, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • China-Mongolia Railway
  • Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery, Zaisan Hill and Bogd Khan Palace
  • Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex visit
  • Trans-Mongolian Railway
  • Irkutsk city tour
  • Lake Baikal stay (Listvyanka)
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Yekaterinburg walking tour
  • Trans-Ural Railway
  • Red Square visit and Moscow metro orientation tour
  • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour
  • St Petersburg walking tour
  • Hermitage Museum entrance
  • Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), sleeper trains (5 nts), Mongolian ger (2 nts).

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Allow USD580-755 for meals not included.

Transportation

Train, private bus, metro, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

Trans-Mongolian Express

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