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Le Grand Trans Mongolian 2020: Beijing to St Petersburg

Tour Type: Small group Season: All year roundView full info: Save (PDF)Duration: 27 daysGroup tour dates: 02 May 2020 - 28 May 202029 Aug 2020 - 24 Sep 2020Cities: Beijing Ulaanbaatar Lake Baikal Yekaterinburg Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Vladimir Bogolyubovo, Yaroslavl, Rostov the Great, Suzdal Moscow St. Petersburg Grade: EasyTour suitable for any age and level of fitness.Rate from $6,575 USD per person

Travel the ancient Trans Mongolian tea-caravan route from China to Europe. Unlock secrets of mysterious China, explore beautiful Mongolia, marvel faschinating Russia. Check out the best itinerary 2020 and get ready for the most amazing holiday in your life. This is hop on/hop off train tour.

  • Accommodation, train tickets, transfers and guided tours in the cities are included

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  • Centrally located hand-picked hotels
  • 3 nights Beijing // 1 night Ulaanbaatar // 2 nights Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores // 2 nights Yekaterinburg // 1 night Kazan // 1 night with early check-in Nizhny Novgorod // 1 night Vladimir // 1 night Yaroslavl // 1 night Suzdal
  • 3 nights in Moscow // 4 nights in 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
  • 2 lunches: Lunch after master class on cooking the national Tatar food // Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal // Russian tea ceremony in Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2 lunches in local restaurants in Vladimir and Suzda
  • Degustation of Medovukha in Suzdal
  • Trains have a dining car for your comfort
  • Group tour: Farewell dinner


  • Train tickets
  • From Beijing to Ulaanbaatar// From Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk// From Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg// From Yekaterinburg to Kazan// From Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod// From Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir// From Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • Return airport/train station transfers
  • Meet & greet at every location
  • Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg


  • 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)
  • 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 half day (4 hours) day guided tour: Zaisan Memorial, Buddha Garden, Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert
  • 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: 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 Kul Sharif Mosque, the Kazan Kremlin, Chak-chak museum, Old Tatar Slobodal // Nizhny Novgorod full day (8 hours) guided city tour // Gorodets full day (8 hours) guided city tour
  • The Golden Ring guided tours: Vladimir: the Assumption Cathedral, St Demetrius Cathedral, Golden Gates, Museum of Crystal // Yaroslavl: the Residence of Maslenitsa // Suzdal: Kremlin and the ensemble of the Monastery of St. Euthymius
  • The Golden Ring guided tours: Rostov the Great: the Rostov Kremlin, master class on national crafts // Bogolyubovo: the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River
  • 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: the State Tretyakov Gallery, Stalin's skyscrapers tour, the Izmailovo Kremlin, the VDNKh & Museum of Cosmonautics
  • St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral
  • St Petersburg day (6 hours) guided tour: the Royal Palace of Peterhof
  • Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions
  • Russian visa letter of invitation (required by the Ministry of Tourism to grant you a Russian visa) is provided free of charge
  • Mongolian visa letter of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visa) is provided free of charge
  • Chinese visa letter of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visa) is 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
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  • 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.

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    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.

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