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Westbound essential Ulaanbaatar to St Petersburg

Tour Type: Private Season: April - NovemberView full info: Save (PDF)Duration: 21 daysCities: Ulaanbaatar Lake Baikal Yekaterinburg Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Moscow St. Petersburg Grade: EasyTour suitable for any age and level of fitness.Rate from $6,583 USD per person

A leisurely journey from the Mongolian steppes across the endless forests of Siberia, passing by the most remarkable highlights of two countries. Arrive in Moscow & St Petersburg to discover the best Russia with stops at picturesque Lake Baikal, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. It is a perfect choice for travellers. This is hop on/hop off train tour.

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

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Travelling Trans Mongolian, you will see cities, people, villages, famous sightseeing spots and hidden gems, the best of Asia and Europe. Mighty Moscow, romantic St Petersburg, arts and craft of Nizhny Novgorod, treasures of Kazan, open air private military museum in Ekaterinburg, natural wonders of Baikal, wilderness and authetic Mongolia. Choosing a private railway holiday, you can spend as much time at every location, as you want. Traveling in a group, you are escorted by our bilingual tour director to facilitate your train trip.


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Dates & rates

from Ulaanbaatar to Lake Baikal by train fare first class economy

from Lake Baikal 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 first class economy

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




  • Centrally located hand-picked hotels
  • 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)
  • 4 nights on board


  • Full breakfast in 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
  • Group tour: Farewell dinner
  • Trains have a dining car for your comfort


  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Ulaanbaatar to Lake Baikal by train fare economy

  • from Lake Baikal 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 every location
  • Return airport/train station transfers
  • Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Superior trains on the route


  • 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 full day (8 hours) guided tour: Baikal Museum of Limnology, Chersky Stone observation point, local souvenir market
  • Irkutsk full day (8 hours) guided tour: Taltsy Open Air Siberian Museum with Matryoshka painting master class and interactive program Tea in Russia & Great Tea Way with tea degustation, Irkutsk historical downtown, St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square
  • Yekaterinburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: Church of All Saints, Museum of minerals, the Ipatiev House, Europe-Asia border, Pyzhma military museum
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-chak museum, 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, the Armory, the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Moscow metro tour, Novodevichy convent & Sparrow Hills
  • Moscow day (6 hours) guided tour: the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Stalin's skyscrapers, the VDNKh, Museum of Cosmonautics
  • 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, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral
  • St. Petersburg day (6 hours) guided tour: Royal Palaces of Peterhof, boat cruise
  • Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions
  • Mongolian and Russian visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visa) 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 Australian tour operator
  • The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

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    I went with Discovery Russia on their 20 day tailored Tran-Mongolian Railway Tour from Sydney, Australia. On this trip, I visited Beijing, Ulaan Baatar, Listvyanka, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow and St Petersburg using the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railway.

    I've travelled by myself to multiple countries in the past and I'd be happy to say that Discovery Russia offers a unique service at an affordable price. Not only do they have prompt visa advisory services (they helped to expedite all three of my visas in three weeks after I decided to do the trip with short notice) but they also have passionate and extremely knowledgable local private guides who will show you the many gems hidden in towns across Russia and with their partner company in Mongolia.

    They were prompt in ensuring that all my transfers are covered and that my trip went with a minimal amount of hiccups. In fact they even helped me arrange a Russian SIM card (price included in the trip) so that I could communicate back home in Australia. They also have an extremely friendly 24hr help line with your own private trip organiser, so if anything goes awry, there was an extremely reliable safety net.

    As a result of this trip, I have made many friends abroad and I have no hesitations to return back to Russia a second time again with this tour operator. The tour guides themselves are so friendly and speak English well - the local knowledge they have you simply cannot find in guide books.

    Russia is not the easiest country to navigate (especially with its language barriers and sponsorship issues for tourists) but with its richness culturally, it is a place that is extremely worthwhile to visit at least once in your lifetime. I would recommend this company with its extremely friendly and helpful staff and guides - they really helped me to fall in love with a part of the world which I was quite apprehensive about before I went.

    Indeed, two thumbs up and thank you to the team at Discovery Russia for helping me realise my dream in travelling across the full breadth of Asia!

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