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Westbound express 2020: Beijing to Moscow

Tour Type: Small group Season: All year roundDuration: 19 daysGroup tour dates: 02 May 2020 - 20 May 202029 Aug 2020 - 16 Sep 2020Cities: Beijing Ulaanbaatar Lake Baikal Yekaterinburg Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Moscow Grade: EasyTour suitable for any age and level of fitness.Rate from $4,811 USD per person

Travelling along the Trans Mongolian route promises to become the most fascinating adventure in your life. The journey starts in China, continues in Mongolia and finally ends in Russia. On the way, you will learn local culture and see places which have no analogues around the world - unique national parks, UNESCO Heritage objects, beautiful landscapes and the most significant cities in the history of Russia. 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, arts and craft of Nizhny Novgorod, treasures of Kazan, open air private military museum in Ekaterinburg, natural wonders of Baikal, secrets of Mongolia and splendid Beijing... you can spend as much time at every location, as you want! This is undoubtedly one of our best Russian trips and Trans Mongolian Tour is more than just a train journey. This is the world's most epic train tour, after all!


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from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by train fare first class economy

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




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


  • Full breakfast in the hotels // Full board in Mongolia
  • 2 lunches: Lunch after master class on cooking the national Tatar food // Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal // Russian tea ceremony in Nizhny Novgorod
  • Group tour: welcome dinner


  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by train fare economy

  • from Ulaanbaatar to Lake Baikal by train fare economy

  • from Lake Baikal to Yekaterinburg by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by train fare economy

  • from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow by train fare economy

  • Meet & greet at every location
  • Return airport/train station transfers
  • Full metro/public transport pass in Moscow
  • Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus
  • Superior trains on the route


  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin, the Armory, the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow metro tour, Novodevichy convent & Sparrow Hills
  • 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
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-chak museum, Old Tatar village // Kazan half day (4 hours) guided city tour
  • Yekaterinburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: Church of All Saints, Museum of minerals, the Ipatiev House, Europe-Asia border, Pyzhma military museum
  • Lake Baikal (Listvyanka) full day (8 hours) guided tour: Shaman rock, Baikal Museum of Limnology, Chersky Stone observation point (Cable car), St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church
  • 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
  • Terelj National Park full day (8 hours) guided tour: Praying Lama Rock, Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara, Aryabal Monastery, Turtle Rock, Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Bronz 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
  • Beijing full day (8 hours) guided tour: Tiananmen Square with the National Flag Pole, the Monument to the People's Hero, the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Great Hall of People, the National Museum, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
  • Beijing full day (8 hours) guided tour: Ming Tombs, Jade Carving Factory, the hike on Badaling Great Wall (Cable car is available and optional)

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

  • 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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