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Naadam Westbound Discoverer Beijing to St Petersburg

Tour Type: Small group Season: July - JulyDuration: 20 daysGroup tour dates: 06 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020Cities: Beijing Mongolia Lake Baikal Yekaterinburg Kazan Moscow St. Petersburg Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $5,373 USD per person

Crossing three vast countries, each as fascinating as the next, the Trans Mongolian train trundles through the urban landscape and skyscrapers of Beijing into an entirely different world of steppes dotted with gers (traditional yurts) and the stark Gobi Desert in Mongolia, the seemingly endless birch forests of Russia, skirting impressive Lake Baikal and the wilds of the Siberian taiga. Exprience the biggest cultural event in Mongolia, fascinating Naadam festival, and end your journey exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg. This is hop on/hop off train tour and it runs vice versa.

  • 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 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 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
Rate from: $5,373 USD

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Hand-picked centrally located hotels of selected category (3*, 4* or 5* hotel of your choice)
  • 2 nights Beijing // 2 nights Ulaanbaatar // 1 night Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores // 1 night Yekaterinburg // 1 night Kazan // 2 nights Moscow // 4 nights St. Petersburg
  • 1 night at Terelj National Park in ger camp (yurt)
  • 5 nights on board

Meals

  • Full breakfast at the hotels (except Day 1) // Full board in Mongolia
  • 3 lunches: Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal // Siberian lunch at the Taltsy Museum // Tatar cooking master-class with lunch in Kazan
  • Group tour: Farewell dinner
  • Vodka tasting at the Taltsy museum (Lake Baikal)

Transportation

  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Beijing to Mongolia by train fare economy

  • from Mongolia to Lake Baikal by train fare economy

  • from Lake Baikal to Yekaterinburg by train fare economy

  • from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by train fare economy

  • from Kazan to Moscow by train fare economy

  • Bullet train Moscow to St. Petersburg, standard class, 4 hours ride. Please inquire about business or 1st class upgrade and flight options
  • Superior trains on the route with a/c, heaters and dining carriage for your comfort. 1st class: one place in 2-seats compartment. 2nd class: one place in 4-seats compartment
  • Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg
  • Meet & greet at the airports/train stations
  • Private return airport/train station transfers
  • Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)

Sightseeing

  • Beijing full day (8 hours) guided tour: Tiananmen Square with the National Flag Pole, Forbidden City, the Great Wall (The 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
  • Ulaanbaatar half day (4 hours) 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. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, local souvenir market, boat cruise
  • Irkutsk half-day (4 hours) guided tour: St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square, Taltsy Museum with national folk performance
  • Yekaterinburg half-day (4 hours) guided tour: Europe-Asia border, Pyzhma military museum
  • Kazan full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Old Tatar village
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin (including the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters, Moscow metro tour
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Novodevichy Convent with the guided tour inside, Sparrow Hills, the VDNKh and the guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics, Stalin's skyscrapers tour
  • St. Petersburg full-day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood
  • St Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Royal Palace of Peterhof, the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral, boat cruise
  • Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions (except optional)
  • Chinese, Mongolian and Russian visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visas) are provided free of charge
  • Naadam Festival premium seats

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 tour operator that specializes in Russia
  • Group tours are fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

    Gary Edwards, Australia: Thank you for a very interesting trip!

    In July 2019 my wife and I went with Discovery Russia from Beijing to Moscow by train. This is not your common trip. This is to remote parts of the world and among very different cultures. We went to the Naadam Festival in Mongolia after riding through all of China. Then we went into Siberia going east to west. Then European Russia to Moscow. Our eyes were opened to a world we had never seen before.

    Our guides were great and all of our connections were very smooth. For such a long trip with so many connections things could not have gone better. We had a local guide in each town we stopped in, and they did a good job. We had a great time, we learned a lot, we saw a lot and we met people from another part of the globe. Discovery Russia did a very good job. I would give them nine out of ten points.

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