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Itinerary for Beijing-Moscow Trans-Siberian Tour

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To make sure you get tickets for the desired dates please book your trip at least 2.5 months in advance

Cross Eurasia and experience Russia, Mongolia and China in one go! You will spend 2 days in Ulaanbatar - Mongolian capital, enjoy 2 days in Irkutsk at Baikal lake - the biggest fresh water lake on the planet, and behold endless Russian landscapes from the train. Cover 7826 km in 11 days!

Hop from train to train and discover secluded treasuries of Eurasia. Decide for yourself whether Russia is Europe or Asia? How far is Ulaanbaatar from Beijing? How do Mongolians look like?

  • Lake Baikal - the biggest fresh water lake on the planet Earth
  • Ulaanbaatar - capital of Mongolia and journey to Terelj National Park to meet nomads and experience ger camping

Options before the trip

Day / Country

Day 1


  • In the morning departure from Beijing Railway Station to Ulaanbatar

Day 2


  • Arrival in Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Free time
  • Dinner with Mongolian folk show in the city centre
  • Overnight at the hotel


Day 3



  • Breakfast
  • Drive to the Terelj National Park famous for its alpine scenery and granite rock formations
  • En route, stop by the Turtle rock
  • Arrive at ger camp in Terelj Valley.
  • Enjoy a Mongolian BBQ (Khorkhog) with nomads
  • Local explorations and horse riding (optional)
  • Dinner in ger camp
  • Overnight in ger camp


Day 4



  • Breakfast
  • Drive back to Ulaanbatar
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour: Sukhbaatar square, Gandan monastery, statue of Migjid Janraiseg, Zaisan memorial, a museum of choice
  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • In the evening transfer to the railway station to take train to Irkutsk


Day 5


on the train
  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train

Day 6




Irkutsk / Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal

  • Arrival in Irkutsk in the morning
  • Transfer to the city's historical center. Breakfast at local restaurant
  • Transfer to Baikal Lake. En route: visit open-air ethnographical museum of wooden architecture "Taltsy" (comprehensive exhibition of Siberian-style folk houses of the former centuries)
  • Visit Listvyanka village and try famous Baikal fish Omul at a restaurant situated at Baikal's shore
  • Experience the lake's landscape and culture: get acquaintaned with Shaman-rock legend, visit ancient wooden orthodox church of St.Nicholas (who is believed to be the patron of fishermen and sailors), ride a funicular to Chersky peak observatory to enjoy picturesque view of the lake
  • Stop by local fish & souvenir markets to choose a gift for your family and friends
  • In the evening check-in at Nikolay private hotel-house in Listvyanka. Free time


Day 7




Irkutsk / Lake Baikal
  • Breakfast. Have your free morning time at Baikal lake
  • Transfer to Irkutsk
  • City tour: Irkutsk foundation place, the Eternal flame memorial, most important churches (including Znamensky cathedral ), Kirov square and several memorials dedicated to events in Siberian history, Irkutsk Linguistics University, and City administration. Put your feet at the crossing of Lenin and Karl-Marx streets (two main streets) in the center of the city, stroll along Gagarin boulevard, popular with locals as a dating spot. Overview the monument to tsar Alexander III overlooking one of the mightiest Siberian rivers Angara, and visit unique lore museum surrounded by centries-old buildings that keep the charm of Irkutsk
  • Lunch at the local restaurant and then enjoy your free time in Irkutsk
  • In the evening we will transfer to the Railway Station and depart to Moscow


Day 8-10


on the train
  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train

Day 11


  • Arrival to Moscow
  • This is end of the tour
Options after the trip
  • After your Trans-Siberian journey you can book (please contact us):
    • a tour around Moscow
    • a hotel in Moscow

Important! The itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one and it can be customized according to your request: you can add new stop over cities, choose trains, starting dates and stop's duration or connect it with journeys in North Korea, China, Mongolia, or South Korea.

The tour price covers:
The tour price doesn't cover:  
  • Train tickets from Beijing to Moscow in 2nd class (4 bed-sleeper)
  • Twin room shared accommodation if travel with friends, or single room if travel alone at mentioned hotels (or same level hotels)
  • Guide and transportation service in Ulaanbatar and Irkutsk according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Tickets from your residence country to Beijing and from Moscow to next destination
  • Transportation and guide in Moscow
  • Mongolian**, Russian and Chinese visa fees (vary depending on your nationality).Please refer to our visa support service
  • Train meals
  • ev. single room supplement

**Since 25 June 2014 Mongolian visa is not needed for citizens of 42 countries

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