Trans-Mongolian: ride the rails from Beijing to St. Petersburg

Small Group Holiday



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Travel from China's capital Beijing through the steppes of Mongolia and the taiga of Russia to Moscow and St. Petersburg. En-route, stop in at a nomadic camp in Terelj, stay in a village on Lake Baikal, take a break in the pretty provincial Russian town of Kungur, visit Suzdal's monasteries and churches on the Golden Ring, and explore Novgorod's Kremlin. This 23-day adventure on the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railways will give you unique insights in to the Mongolian and Russian culture, psyches and landscapes.

Activity / Theme


Culture, Nature & Wildlife, Rail Journey

China, Mongolia, Russia

Comfort Level

Physical Rating

Basic / Moderate



Overnight sleeper train, Public bus, Private Bus, Taxi, Train, Metro, High-Speed Train


Hotel (10 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (7 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights), Ger Camp (2 nights)

Months of Operation

March, April, May, June, July, August, September

Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:

When I travelled by train in Russia, a shared my compartment with three Russians.  We had delightful conversations about every day life and politics.  When you are offered the chance to stay with people you do not know, jump on it.


DAY 1 Join Beijing
DAY 2 Morning sleeper train to Ulaanbaatar
DAY 3 Arrive Ulaanbaatar mid-afternoon, free time
DAY 4 To Terelj National Park, stay in Ger Camp
DAY 5 To Ulaanbaatar, free time
DAY 6 Tour of Ulaanbaatar, overnight Trans-Mongolian Train
DAY 7 Early arrival Ulan Ude, to Lake Baikal
DAY 8 Free time at Lake Baikal
DAY 9 To Ulan Ude, walking tour, free time
DAY 10 Old believers village, overnight Trans-Siberian Train
DAYS 11-12 On the Trans-Siberian Railway
DAY 13 Arrive Kungur, walking tour & Family visit
DAY 14 To Perm, Overnight Train to Moscow
DAY 15 On the train, late afternoon arrival in Moscow
DAY 16 Free time in Moscow
DAY 17 To Suzdal, walking tour & homestay
DAY 18 To Moscow, free time
DAY 19 Red Square, Kremlin & Armory. Overnight Train to Novgorod
DAY 20 Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin
DAY 21 To St Petersburg, Tea party with local family
DAY 22 Free day in St Petersburg
DAY 23 End St Petersburg


14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Terelj National Park
Terelj National Park - Buuz Cooking class
Ulaanbaatar - Genghis Khan Monument
Ulaanbaatar - City Tour including Zaisan Hill, Winter Palace & Gandan Monastery
Lake Baikal - Banya (Russian sauna)
Ulan Ude - Tarbagatay Old believers village
Kungur - Family visit
Kungur - Guided walking tour
Suzdal - Home-cooked dinner
Suzdal - Guided Walking Tour
Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow - Red Square & Lenin's Mausoleum
Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin
St Petersburg - Tea party with local family

Sample tour.  Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice.  Please inquire.

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