Tour Type: group or private Season: December - FebruaryDuration: 22 daysGroup tour dates: 17 Dec 2019 - 07 Jan 2020Cities: Beijing Mongolia Lake Baikal Yekaterinburg Kazan Moscow St Petersburg Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $5,755 USD per person

Train tour in winter? Yes, why not! Once you check out from your train at any city for a sightseeing tour, you overnight in a hotel and catch the next train in a day or two. This itinerary is set for those willing to dig deeper into local life and discover secret spots of great cultural and historical heritage. Christmas edition is a very special one. Epic and world-famous, the Trans Mongolian railway holiday is the ultimate white winter adventure.

  • Special Chistmas itinerary and lots of winter fun! Cross Asia and a half of Europe during one epic journey. Continue to the Baltics or Scandinavia. Hop on/hop off train tour

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from Lake Baikal to Yekaterinburg by train fare first class economy

from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare first class economy

from Kazan 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 Beijing // 1 night Ulaanbaatar // 3 nights Irkutsk/Baikal // 2 nights Ekaterinburg // 1 night Kazan // 3 nights Moscow // 4 nights St. Petersburg
  • 1 night at Terelj National Park in ger camp (yurt)
  • 5 nights on board


  • Full breakfast in the hotels // 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
  • Vodka tasting in Talty museum (Lake Baikal)
  • New Year dinner and party in Moscow
  • Group tour: Chinese tea ceremony as welcome dinner

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions
  • Chinese, Mongolian and Russian visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visa) are provided free of charge
  • Russian national folk show in St Petersburg's Nikolaesvky Palace
  • Husky dog sledding tour with picnic in taiga
  • Russian, Mongolian, Chinese visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visas) are provided free of charge
  • Moscow City observation desk, the highest in Europe


  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Lake Baikal to Yekaterinburg by train fare economy

  • from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Moscow by train fare economy

  • from Moscow to St Petersburg by train fare economy

  • Bullet train Moscow to St. Petersburg, second class, 4 hours ride. Please inquire about 1st class upgrade or flight options
  • Meet & greet at every location
  • Return airport/train station transfers
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus


  • Terelj National Park tour: camel riding experience, hiking, horse riding, Turtle Rock visiting, Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex visiting
  • Ulaanbaatar day guided tour: Gandan Monastery, National History Museum and Sukhebaatar Square
  • Lake Baikal (Listvyanka) full day (8 hours) guided tour: Baikal Museum of Limnology, Chersky Stone observation point, local souvenir market, dog sledding
  • Irkutsk guided tour: St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square, Taltsy Museum // Yekaterinburg day guided tour: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Church of All Saints, Europe-Asia Border, the UMMC military equipment museum
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-chak museum, Old Tatar village
  • Moscow half day (4 hours) guided tour: the highest observation deck in Europe, Christmas markets
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin, the Kremlin Armory, the Red Square, Saint Basil's Cathedral (outsite), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow metro tour, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow hills
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Kolomenskoye Estate & Wooden Palace, Metro tour, VDNKh & skating experience
  • St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood
  • St. Petersburg day (6 hours) guided tour: Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine’s palace, Troyka ride experience

Your comfort counts

  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line
  • Russian local sim card with data
  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the Australian tour operator
  • Group tour is fully escorted by bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum


    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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