Trans-Mongolian Express

Trans-Mongolian Express


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Itinerary

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Ride the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage Museum

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.

Day 1: Beijing
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.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Chong Wen Men Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Beijing/Ulaanbaatar
Ride the rails through China and into Mongolia. Watch as the landscape changes and make friends with neighbours.
Transport: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Activity: Ready for a link more ink in your passport? Cross from China to Mongolia.

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar
Arrive to Ulaanbaatar and start exploring. Choose to take in a local cultural show or enjoy real Mongolian barbecue.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute — start exploring.
Accommodation: J Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Ulaanbaatar/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.
Activity: Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in the region and see if you can spot some chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom.
Activity: Visit the Winter Palace of the last king (now a museum) and learn more about life in imperial Mongolia. Tour the six temples, and see clothing, furniture, and royal items from this interesting time period.
Activity: Head to the top of Zaisan Hall to see the Russian monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in World War II. Take in a bird's-eye view of the city.
Activity: Enjoy the simple life in the grasslands of Mongolia. Stay in traditional gers, which are round wooden tents covered in felt, with a stove in the middle. There are beds inside the spacious interior and the gers stay quite cozy, even in Mongolia's brutal winters. Enjoy some typical Mongolian fare and try your hand at archery, or opt to hike to a Tibetan monastery with a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Ger Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 5: Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life.
Activity: Enjoy the simple life in the grasslands of Mongolia. Stay in traditional gers, which are round wooden tents covered in felt, with a stove in the middle. There are beds inside the spacious interior and the gers stay quite cozy, even in Mongolia's brutal winters. Enjoy some typical Mongolian fare and try your hand at archery, or opt to hike to a Tibetan monastery with a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape.
Accommodation: Ger Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Irkutsk
Head back to Ulaanbaatar for a few hours before boarding the train to Siberia.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Enjoy a few more hours in this fascinating capital city.
Transport: Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Say goodbye to Mongolia and hello to Russia.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Irkutsk/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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Usadba Demidova (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner (Enjoy fantastic local food at a guesthouse.)

Day 8: Listvyanka
Spend a full day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal.
Free Time: Enjoy a full day in Listvyanka exploring the surrounding countryside.
Accommodation: Usadba Demidova (or similar)

Day 9: Listvyanka/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.
Activity: Enjoy a guided tour of Irkutsk and learn about the history of how this Siberian gem came to be. Soak in the beautiful architecture of the quaint wooden houses and visit the bustling central market.
Transport: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Irkutsk/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!
Transport: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Day 11: Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg
Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Park Inn Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: Yekaterinburg
Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument.
Activity: Head out for a guided walking tour of the important sites around Yekaterinburg. Take note of the contrast between the elegant onion-domed churches and the gray soviet bulk. Learn more about the devastating history of the Romanov family, and visit the moving monuments at the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood.
Accommodation: Park Inn Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Yekaterinburg/Moscow
Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24hr train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow.
Transport: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Yekaterinburg/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.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in this fascinating city.
Accommodation: Best Western Izmailovo Vega Hotel (or similar)

Day 15: Moscow
Enjoy a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour before free time to explore.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to one of the most famous symbols of Russia. For centuries, it was a residence of the tsars, and today it is the official residence of the President of Russian Federation. The Armoury Chamber is a massive treasure trove that houses thousands of items gifted to the Russian tsars and emperors by royals and ambassadors from around the world. Get ready to be stunned by gold goblets, famous Faberge eggs, 18th century embroidery, and gilded royal carriages.
Free Time: With so much to see and do, get exploring.
Accommodation: Best Western Izmailovo Vega Hotel (or similar)

Day 16: Moscow
Enjoy one last day with free time to explore the many museums, art galleries, or theatres that Moscow has to offer.
Free Time: Spend the day soaking in the sights, eating in a local café or visiting museums.
Accommodation: Best Western Izmailovo Vega Hotel (or similar)

Day 17: Moscow/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.
Activity: Take a guided walking tour to get familiar with the city - each walking tour is different based on the route the local guide chooses to take. Discover the hidden back alleys and small parks St Petersburg is famous for, as the local guide lifts the veil on this hidden world. Learn about the city's fascinating history, and hear retelling of stories about famous buildings and local residents. Typically, the tour will stay around Nevsky Prospekt and will often end at the Hermitage, with visits to the Kazan Cathedral, the Church on Spilled Blood, and St Isaac's Cathedral along the way.
Transport: Hop on the high speed train and head to St. Petersburg.
Accommodation: Hotel Dostoevsky (or similar)

Day 18: Saint-Petersburg
Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the "Venice of Russia."
Activity: Visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the biggest museums in Europe, famous for its amazing art collection. Be inspired by its varied exhibitions, and wander among storied walls - the museum was previously home to the Tsars for almost 200 years.
Free Time: Explore the opulent streets of this city.
Accommodation: Hotel Dostoevsky (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 19: Saint-Petersburg
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport
Train, private bus, metro, walking.

Inclusions
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 and Bogd Khan Palace. 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.

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Accommodations

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

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Questions & Answers

Question: Can we upgrade to a sleeper cabin for two people

Unfortunately, there is no option to upgrade to first-class for the train on this itinerary. There may be another itinerary that has this option. Please give us a call and speak to a travel consultant so they can give you more suggestions. 1-800-935-2620.

Question: What type of sleeper cabin do we have on the train?

All long distance trains are 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleepers. These are 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 2 reviews . Currently showing 1 reviews with comments only.
By Heather P on May 27, 2019

We were disappointed with this trip. The hotel rooms were of low quality. The tour manager gave us minimal information along the way. We felt like the price we paid was excessive given the quality of the experience. Very few meals were included. The train accommodations were of very low quality. We would not recoil it.


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