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25 days Trans-Mongolian Beijing to St Petersburg

Tour Type: Private Season: All year roundDuration: 25 daysCities: Beijing Mongolia Irkutsk / Lake Baikal Irkutsk Yekaterinburg Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Moscow St. Petersburg Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $5,682 USD per person

Travel the ancient Trans-Mongolian tea-caravan route from China to Europe. Unlock secrets of mysterious China, explore beautiful Mongolia, marvel fascinating Russia. Check out the best itinerary 2020 and get ready for the most amazing holiday in your life. This is hop on/hop off train tour. We customize tours on request.

  • China, Mongolia and Russia in 25 days by hop on/hop off trains. Cross Asia and a half of Europe during one epic journey

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Dates & rates

from Beijing to Mongolia by train fare first class economy

from Mongolia to Irkutsk / Lake Baikal by train fare first class economy

from Irkutsk / Lake Baikal to Irkutsk

from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg by train fare first class economy

from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare first class economy

from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by train fare first class economy

from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow by train fare sitting bullet train, 3.5 hours ride economy

from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train fare first class economy

RATE PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN TRIPLE ROOM: $0 USD
Rate from: $5,682 USD

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Hand-picked centrally located hotels of selected category (3*, 4* or 5* hotel of your choice)
  • 3 nights Beijing // 1 night Ulaanbaatar // 2 nights Lake Baikal/Irkutsk // 2 nights Ekaterinburg // 2 nights Kazan // 2 nights Nizhny Novgorod // 2 nights Moscow // 4 nights St. Petersburg
  • 1 night at Terelj National Park in ger camp (yurt)
  • 5 nights on board

Meals

  • Full breakfast at the hotels (except Day 1) // Full board in Mongolia
  • 3 lunches: Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal // Russian lunch in Taltsy with tea and honey degustation // Tatar cooking master-class with lunch in Kazan
  • Russian tea ceremony in Gorodets (on Day 17)
  • Group tour: Farewell dinner
  • Trains have a dining car for your comfort

Transportation

  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Beijing to Mongolia by train fare economy

  • from Mongolia to Irkutsk / Lake Baikal by train fare economy

  • from Irkutsk / Lake Baikal to Irkutsk

  • from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg by train fare economy

  • from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by train fare economy

  • from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow by train fare economy

  • from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train fare economy

  • Meet & greet at the airports/train stations
  • Private return airport/train station transfers
  • Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Superior trains on the route with a/c, heaters and dining carriage for your comfort. 1st class: one place in 2-seats compartment. 2nd class: one place in 4-seats compartment

Sightseeing

  • Beijing full day (8 hours) guided tour: Tiananmen Square with the National Flag Pole, the Monument to the People's Hero, the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Great Hall of People, the National Museum, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
  • Beijing full day (8 hours) guided tour: Ming Tombs, Jade Carving Factory, the hike on Badaling Great Wall (Cable car is available and optional)
  • Terelj National Park full day (8 hours) guided tour: Praying Lama Rock, Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara, Aryabal Monastery, Turtle Rock, Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Bronze age/13th Century Museum
  • Ulaanbaatar full day (8 hours) guided tour: Zaisan Memorial, Buddha Garden, Gandan Monastery, National History Museum, Sukhebaatar Square, Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert
  • Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) full day (8 hours) guided tour: Baikal Museum of Limnology, Shaman Rock, Chersky Stone observation point, local souvenir market
  • Irkutsk half-day (4 hours) guided tour: St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square, Taltsy Museum with national folk performance
  • Yekaterinburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Church of All Saints, Europe-Asia Border, the UMMC military museum
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Old Tatar village
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: Kazan Arena, Millennium Bridge, Tatar Sloboda, Mardzhani Mosque, Kaban Lake, Bogoroditsky Monastery, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Bauman Street, Freedom Square
  • Gorodets full day (8 hours) guided tour with Russian craft master-class and Russian tea ceremony// Nizhny Novgorod day (6 hours) guided tour: the Kremlin, historic downtown
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin (including the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters, Moscow metro tour
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Novodevichy Convent with the guided tour inside, Sparrow Hills, the VDNKh and the guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics, Stalin's skyscrapers tour
  • Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room
  • St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Petersburg day (6 hours) guided tour: Royal Palaces of Peterhof, boat cruise

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions (except optional)
  • Chinese, Mongolian and Russian visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visas) are provided free of charge

Your comfort counts

  • Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program
  • Russian local sim card with data
  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line
  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the tour operator that specializes in Russia
  • Group tours are fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

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