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Christmas specials: Trans Mongolian express

Tour Type: group or private Season: December - FebruaryDuration: 17 daysGroup tour dates: 17 Dec 2019 - 02 Jan 2020Cities: Beijing Mongolia Lake Baikal/Irkutsk Yekaterinburg Kazan Moscow Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $4,763 USD per person

One of the most fascinating and amazing winter itineraries, this Trans Mongolian Train Tour from Beijing to Moscow is a stress-free way to enjoy Russian winter and the White Christmas. Celebrate New Year in magic festive Moscow!

  • 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/Irkutsk by train fare first class economy

from Lake Baikal/Irkutsk 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

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 COSTS PER BOOKING: $4,763 USD
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: $4,763 USD

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Centrally located hand-picked hotels
  • 1 night Beijing // 1 night Ulaanbaatar // 3 nights Irkutsk/Baikal // 2 nights Ekaterinburg // 1 night Kazan // 2 nights Moscow
  • 1 night at Terelj National Park in ger camp (yurt)
  • 5 nights on board

Meals

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

Transportation

  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Beijing to Mongolia by train fare economy

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

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

  • from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Moscow by train fare economy

  • Train tickets
  • Beijing - Ulaanbaatar // Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk // Irkutsk - Ekaterinburg // Ekaterinburg - Kazan // Kazan - Moscow
  • 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 pass in Moscow

Sightseeing

  • Terelj National Park tour: camel riding experience, hiking, horse riding, Turtle Rock visiting, Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex visiting
  • Ulaanbaatar half day (4 hours) guided tour: Gandan Monastery, National History Museum, 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 full day (8 hours) guided tour: St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square, Taltsy Museum // 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, 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 Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Kolomenskoe Museum
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: Tretyakov State Art Gallery, Kolomenskoye Estate & Wooden Palace, Metro tour, VDNKh & skating experience

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

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
  • 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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