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The Naadam Festival Tour

Tour Type: Small group Season: July - JulyDuration: 15 daysGroup tour dates: 06 Jul 2020 - 20 Jul 2020Cities: Beijing Mongolia Lake Baikal Ekaterinburg Kazan Moscow Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $4,240 USD per person

Combine travel along one of the world's most famous railways with a cultural festival unlike any other. Take the Trans-Mongolian Railway to Naadam, Mongolia's historic festival and what is sure to be the highlight of your trip. An annual midsummer event, Naadam showcases the development of Mongolian culture. Combining the main events of horse riding, archery and wrestling with other attractions like food, crafts and music, there is no better way to immerse yourself in Mongolia. Continue your journey on the Trans-Mongolian Railway to finish in Moscow, the heart of Russia. This is hop on/hop off train tour and it runs vice versa.

  • Accommodation, train tickets, transfers and guided tours in the cities are included

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from Beijing to Mongolia by train fare first class economy

from Mongolia to Lake Baikal by train fare first class economy

from Lake Baikal to Ekaterinburg by train fare first class economy

from Ekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare first class economy

from Kazan to Moscow 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
TOTAL TRIP COSTS: $4,240 USD

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Hand-picked centrally located hotels of selected category (3*, 4* or 5* hotel of your choice)
  • 2 nights Beijing // 2 nights Ulaanbaatar // 1 night Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores // 1 night Yekaterinburg // 1 night Kazan // 1 night Moscow
  • 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
  • 2 lunches: Lunch after master class on cooking the national Tatar food // Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal // Tea degustation in Taltsy Open Air Siberian Museum
  • 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 Lake Baikal by train fare economy

  • from Lake Baikal to Ekaterinburg by train fare economy

  • from Ekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Moscow by train fare economy

  • Superior trains on the route with a/c, heaters and dining carriage for your comfort
  • Full metro/public transport pass in Moscow
  • 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

Sightseeing

  • Beijing full day (8 hours) guided tour: Tiananmen Square with the National Flag Pole, Forbidden City, the Great Wall (The 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
  • Ulaanbaatar half day (4 hours) guided tour: Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Bronze age/13th Century Museum, Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert
  • Listvyanka day guided tour: Baikal Museum of Limnology, Shaman Rock, Chersky Stone observation point
  • Irkutsk full day (8 hours) guided tour: St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square, Taltsy Museum with national folk performance
  • Yekaterinburg half-day guided tour: Europe-Asia border, Pyzhma military museum
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Old Tatar village
  • 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

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 visa) are provided free of charge
  • Naadam Festival seats

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
  • The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

    Gary Edwards, Australia: Thank you for a very interesting trip!

    In July 2019 my wife and I went with Discovery Russia from Beijing to Moscow by train. This is not your common trip. This is to remote parts of the world and among very different cultures. We went to the Naadam Festival in Mongolia after riding through all of China. Then we went into Siberia going east to west. Then European Russia to Moscow. Our eyes were opened to a world we had never seen before.

    Our guides were great and all of our connections were very smooth. For such a long trip with so many connections things could not have gone better. We had a local guide in each town we stopped in, and they did a good job. We had a great time, we learned a lot, we saw a lot and we met people from another part of the globe. Discovery Russia did a very good job. I would give them nine out of ten points.

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