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. Discover China, Mongolia and Russia whilst riding the world-famous Mongolian Express train.
Special Chistmas and New Year itinerary and lots of winter fun! Cross Asia and a half of Europe during one epic journey. Continue to the Baltics or Scandinavia
Day 1, Arrive Beijing
Day 2, The adventure begins!
Day 3, A glimpse of Mongolia
Day 4, Discover Mongolia
Day 5, Ulaanbaatar Tour
Day 6, Arrive Irkutsk & Tour
Day 7, Lake Baikal & Dog Sledding
Day 8, Taltsy Tour
Day 9, On Board to Yekaterinburg
Day 10, Across Siberia
Day 11, Arrive Yekaterinburg
Day 12, Belated Christmas
Day 13, On board to Kazan
Day 14, Discover Kazan
Day 15, Arrive Moscow
Day 16, Mighty Kremlin & The City
Day 17, Happy New Year!
Day 18, Farewell
Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary
from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar & Terelj National Park by train fare economy
from Ulaanbaatar & Terelj National Park 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
Bruce C., Australia: TRIP OF A LIFETIME - SEEING RUSSIA AS IT REALLY IS
I went with Discovery Russia on their 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!