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Naadam Westbound Discoverer Ulaanbaatar to St Petersburg

Type:Small group
Season:All year round
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Duration:17 days
Group dates: 09 Jul 2022 — 25 Jul 2022
Grade:Moderate Consider some walking (about 2 hours per day).
Destinations:Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar Lake Baikal Yekaterinburg Kazan Moscow St. Petersburg
Rate:from $3,730 USD per person

Crossing three vast countries, each as fascinating as the next, the Trans Mongolian train trundles through the 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 Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - 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 Moscow by train fare first class economy

Rate from: $3,730 USD



  • 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel of your choice, hand-picked by our staff for their excellent amenities and central location
  • 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


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


  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar 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

  • 4-hour standard class high-speed train fare from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Ask us about upgrading to a Business/First Class ticket or 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. If you'd like more privacy, we can buy out an entire compartment for you.
  • Metro pass for 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)


  • Terelj National Park full day guided tour: Turtle Rock, Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara, Aryabal Monastery, Praying Lama Rock
  • Ulaanbaatar half day guided tour: Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex, 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), local souvenir market, boat cruise
  • Irkutsk half-day (4 hours) guided tour: St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square, Taltsy Museum guided tour with national folk performance
  • Yekaterinburg half-day (4 hours) guided tour: Europe-Asia border or Pyzhma military museum
  • Full-day (8 hours) guided tour of Kazan: Highlights include the Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Old Tatar village
  • Full-day (8 hours) guided tour of Moscow; Highlights include Moscow Kremlin (visiting the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre (outside), metro tour
  • Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the State Tretyakov Gallery, panoramic city tour, the Novodevichy Convent with the guided tour inside, Sparrow Hills, the VDNKh and the guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics, cable car ride over Moscow River
  • 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
  • Full-day (8 hours) guided tour of St. Petersburg; Highlights include the Royal Palace of Peterhof, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, boat cruise
  • 6-hour guided tour of Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo, including Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all included sightseeing attractions (except optional)
  • 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

We value your comfort

  • Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program
  • 24/7 support before and during your trip with us
  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the tour operator that specializes in Russia. Tips already included
  • Group tours are fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Maximum group size 20 people

    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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