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TS-B-04 Trans-Mongolian & Baikal

BEIJING ► IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL ► MOSCOW

11 nights from UK £ 1,580 per person

Price based on 2 people travelling in a shared 4 berth second class cabin. Upgrade to your own cabin from UK £ 540 per person. These prices are based on 2017 rates and are here to give guidance. Final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability.

Beijing to Moscow along the Trans-Mongolian route with a three night stopover at Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.

Start in BEIJING before taking the Trans-Mongolian to IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL where you spend 2 nights in the traditional Siberian village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe on the shores of Lake Baikal and one night in the attractive city itself. Four more nights on the train to MOSCOW with a final 2 nights in this amazing city.

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Day 1 - Arrival Beijing

Train Journey Up Into Inner Mongolia Reaching the China Mongolia Border

Morning transfer to the station to catch your first train. Pass through Beijing’s suburbs before entering the grasslands of inner Mongolia, an expansive land of villages and farms. Evening arrival at the China-Mongolia border at Erlian. Here the carriages are raised up (with you still in them!) and the new bogies of the Mongolian gauge fitted making for a unique experience. Once completed the train continues across the border to the Mongolian town of Zamyn-Ude for the Mongolian immigration formalities. By this time it is late in the night but try and catch some sleep as you continue your journey under darkness through the Gobi desert.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 2 - On The Train

Through the Gobi Desert & Grasslands of Mongolia to the Russian Border

If you wake up early this morning you will find yourself in the heart of Mongolia’s stoney Gobi desert. Keep your eyes peeled for camels! Gradually the landscape changes from desert to grassland as you approach Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. The afternoon is spent crossing Mongolia’s picturesque and wild grasslands and you will see plenty of gers, the homes of the local nomads. Evening arrival at the Mongolia-Russia border at Sukhe-Bator. The stops on each side are long but manageable as Mongolia’s track is the same gauge as Russia so the bogies do not need to be changed this time. Note that train times in timetables from now are all Moscow time.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 3 - Arrive Irkutsk

Pass Ulan Ude & Travel Along the Shores of Lake Baikal to Arrive at Irkutsk

Today is usually the scenic highlight of the entire journey, a day of lake, forest and mountain views. Early in the morning you reach Ulan Ude before joining the main Trans-Siberian line on to Moscow. Later in the day the train rumbles around the Southern shore of stunning Lake Baikal often passing within a matter of meters of the lake and providing endlessly changing vistas. Irkutsk itself is early afternoon.

Transfer from the station the 2 hour drive through dense forest to the remote village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe located inside Pribaikalsky National Park. The setting is quintessential Siberia with almost all the village’s houses made of wood running up to the lakeshore of beautiful Baikal, among the deepest in the world at 1,642 meters. Many of the 700 residents have lived their entire lives in the village which dates back to 1673.

Your accommodation here is in a Siberian house in the heart of the village. Once settled in take a walk with your guide through the village including a visit to the church. We walk along the lakeshore and can also climb into the forests and hills for views of Lake Baikal (good shoes or walking boots advisable). Return to the house for a pre-dinner Banya – the traditional Russian Sauna. Your guide will explain the procedure and after a hearty Siberian homestyle meal should set you up for a great nights sleep!

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THIS LAKE BAIKAL STOPOVER

Bolshoe Goloustnoe is a small village on the shores of Baikal and provides a genuine Siberian experience in beautiful surroundings. The village is far enough from the Irkutsk to keep day trippers to a minimum and has retained it charm. However, this does mean accommodation is in the traditional Siberian style of log cabins, separate, outside buildings for drop (not flush) toilets and a Russian banya (sauna) for washing. For many this is all part of the experience and feedback is overwhelmingly positive. If you would prefer more comfort we can arrange a higher level guesthouse in Bolshoe Goloustnoe or a different stopover in the more built up village of Listvyanka.

Meals Included: Dinner at the Guest House.

Day 4 - Lake Baikal

A Day Exploring the Lake Shore Village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe & Surrounds

There is no rush to wake this morning. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading off for a walk up a nearby mountain ascending 400 meters for panoramic views of Baikal (if this is too strenuous or the weather is bad your guide will make other suggestions). A leisurely return to the house for lunch. Free time in the afternoon to relax back at the house or further explore the village and surrounding forest and hills or enjoy another invigorating Banya.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at the Guest House.

Day 5 - Lake Baikal to Irkutsk

Return to Irkutsk With a City Tour and Free Time to Relax at Your Hotel

After breakfast drive the 2 hours back to Irkutsk arriving late morning at your hotel. Once settled in you will have a 2 hour walking tour of the city centre including the park and War Memorial, some of the beautiful churches along the Angara river, the main city centre streets and the statue of Alexander III – the Tzar responsible for the Trans-Siberian railway. Return to your hotel with free time for the rest of the day.

Meals Included: Breakfast at the Guest House.

Day 6 - Depart Irkutsk

Free Day to Explore the City or Perhaps Visit Listvyanka Before an Evening Departure

Free time today to further explore Irkutsk or perhaps, if time, even take a quick trip to Listvyanka – a more built up village on Lake Baikal. Evening transfer to the station for your onward train.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 7 - On The Train

Good Scenery Today Passing Krasnoyarsk & Onto Novosibirsk

Some good scenery today with a landscape consisting of gently rolling hills and dense forests of larch, pine and birch trees. There are many rivers and ponds and if it hasn’t happened before now you will start to comprehend just how vast and quite untouched much of Russia is. Pass attractive and prosperous Krasnoyarsk reaching Siberia’s largest city of Novosibirsk in the evening.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 8 - On The Train

Last Day in Siberia, Ekaterinburg & Cross Euro-Asia Border

The scenery today is flat, often swampy or forested and with few major settlements except for Omsk. Late in the evening you enter the rolling hills of the Ural’s before reaching Ekaterinburg, historic capital of this mineral rich region. Shortly after Ekaterinburg you pass the Europe Asia border and so leave Siberia behind to the East.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 9 - On The Train

The Land Becomes More Utilized & Populated as Moscow Is Approached

Your last day on the train through a relatively highly populated region by Russian standards – a landscape of farms, small towns and villages. There are a few large cities to stop at but by now most people’s minds are focused on the final stop of Moscow reach very early tomorrow morning.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 10 - Arrive Moscow

Arrival in Moscow & a Walking Tour of the City

A very early morning arrival at Moscow’s large Yaroslavsky station where a driver will be meeting you to transfer you to the hotel. Note that due to parking restrictions and enthusiastic traffic police you will need to check-in yourselves. Check-in time is offically 2pm and we cannot guarantee that a rooms will be available before this time. Breakfast has been pre-booked for you so you will have the opportunity to eat before starting to explore the city.

Later this morning you will have the perfect introductory walking tour of central Moscow designed to orientate and open up its hidden treasures. Your guide will take you along the main streets and less visited back roads to see the diversity of architectural styles from the austere and restrained Russian style to richly decorated Moscow Baroque, elegant Empire, fascinating Art Nouveau and even Pseudo-Chinese and Moorish. Hear stories and legends not found in the guidebooks as well as passing the most important sites in the city including the Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya street, GUM Department store, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 11 - Moscow

Free Day to Explore Russia’s Capital & Its Many World Class Sights

A free day to explore Moscow. The city has much to offer whatever the weather from the famous museums such as Pushkin Fine Arts and Tretyakov Art Gallery to more outdoor areas including the Park of the Fallen Idols and Novodevitchy Convent. Of course, if the weather is not so good Moscow is one of the few cities where a day spent on the metro is a tourist attraction with many beautiful stations to visit and all for the price of a single ticket! For relaxing we recommend the bars, galleries and cafes of the Red October district or the fabulous Gorky Park.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 12 - Depart Moscow

Depart Moscow & Russia After Your Epic Trans-Siberian Adventure

Today is a free until a transfer to your onward travel from Russia. We sincerely hope that you will have enjoyed your epic journey as much as we have many times already and we look forward to welcoming you back on another one of our trips!

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Hand-picked Accommodation for this Trip

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Trains Used for this Trip

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Destinations Visited on this Trip

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What is included?

Train tickets in second class – ask us about upgrades.

All accommodation as specified under the accommodation tab

All private transfers and any other transportation as described

All meals as specified in the itinerary

All tours as specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees to sights toured in the itinerary

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Visa Paperwork you need in order to obtain the visas

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Our exclusive 200+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The Russian, Mongolian and Chinese visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

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