Train tour in winter? Yes, why not! Cities, people, villages, top sightseeing and hidden gems, the best of Asia and Europe packed for you in one hassle-free journey through amazing winter landscapes across 2 continents and 3 countries. This is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating journeys in the world!
Accommodation, train tickets, transfers and guided tours in the cities are included
Camel riding in Mongolia, dog sledding in Russian taiga, vodka tasting, at Lake Baikal, the highest observation desk in Europe (in Moscow) , Russia national folk show in the Tsar's Palace in St Petersburg and Tatar folk show and cooking class in Kazan!
Special Chistmas itinerary and lots of winter fun! Cross Asia and a half of Europe during one epic journey from Beijing, China to St Petersburg, Russia. Pre- and post tours on request
Merry Xmas in Russia, New Year in Moscow, Russian Xmas in St Petersburg!
Train tickets, accommodation in the cities, extensive sightseeing program and special winter activities!
Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line. Local sim card (Russia) with data is provided
Mighty Moscow, romantic St Petersburg, treasures of Kazan, Romanov Tsar's last shelter in Yekaterinburg, natural wonders of Lake Baikal, secrets of Mongolia & splendid Beijing packed into a hassle-free journey across two continents.
Day 1, Beijing
Day 2, The adventure begins
Day 3, A glimpse of Mongolia
Day 4, Discover Mongolia
Day 5, On board to Russia
Day 6, Irkutsk
Day 7, Taltsy & Listvyanka
Day 8, Lake Baikal
Day 9, Merry Christmas
Day 10, Across Siberia
Day 11, Across Siberia
Day 12, Discover Yekaterinburg
Day 13, Train to Kazan
Day 14, Discover Kazan
Day 15, New Year in Moscow
Day 16, Moscow explored
Day 17, Moscow delights
Day 18, To St Petersburg
Day 19, Classic St Petersburg
Day 20, Splendid St Petesburg
Day 21, Russian Christmas
Day 22, Farewell
Train 1st class compartment (2-berth) as per itinerary
from Mongolia to Lake Baikal/Irkutsk by train fare first class
from Lake Baikal/Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg by train fare first class
from Kazan to Moscow by train fare first class
from Moscow to St Petersburg bullet train, second class, 4 hours ride. Please inquire about 1st class upgrade or flight options
Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary
from Mongolia to Lake Baikal/Irkutsk by train fare economy
from Lake Baikal/Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg by train fare economy
from Kazan to Moscow by train fare economy
from Moscow to St Petersburg by train fare economy
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!