Trans-Siberian Golden Small Group Tour to Russia & Mongolia
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Trans-Siberian Golden Program

Tour rating: 4.95 / 5, Based on 367 Reviews
Small group rail tour to Russia, Mongolia

Set off on an unforgettable journey with our small group tour on the Trans-Mongolian railway line in a group of 8 to 18 travelers, accompanied by our local expert. Take advantage of complimentary visas, convenient accommodations in hand-picked hotels in the cities as well as onboard the private train car in 1st-class lockable cabins.

Trans-Siberian Golden Program

14 days5 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
Small group rail tour to Russia, Mongolia
From
$6,298
Tour rating: 4.95 / 5, Based on 367 Reviews

Set off on an unforgettable journey with our small group tour on the Trans-Mongolian railway line in a group of 8 to 18 travelers, accompanied by our local expert. Take advantage of complimentary visas, convenient accommodations in hand-picked hotels in the cities as well as onboard the private train car in 1st-class lockable cabins.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

  • Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
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Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
Museum
City tour

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the magnificent Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

After the tour you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Breakfast is included.

Note: 2019 small group tour itinerary includes 2 program days with a sightseeing tour of Kazan and a day trip to Sviyazhsk. Two nights at the Kazan centrally located hotel are also included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

train
Moscow
Ekaterinburg
25 hrs 40 min

Enjoy the authentic experience of traveling on a regular Russian train along the Trans-Siberian Railway from the capital city of Moscow to the gem of Ural, Ekaterinburg. Travel as the locals do in either a 1st or 2nd class train cabin and take in the views of the Russian countryside.

Ekaterinburg

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Transfer

In the evening you arrive in Yekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 5
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg
City tour

During the tour you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

After the tour you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 7
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

No meals included.

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Park Inn, Ekaterinburg
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Park Inn is a vibrant hotel in Ekaterinburg that boasts central location and a variety of facilities for a perfect stay.

Welcome to Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg is a key-city to endless and rich Siberia and "a window overlooking Asia". Resting in the Ural region, Ekaterinburg is a thriving city where East meets West.

train
Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs
Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure along the Siberia region. Spend your time with use, relax, read books, and meet new people as you travel on the regular Russian train.

Listvyanka Village

third destination
1 day in the village
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a great location hotel
Day 8
Listvyanka Village Tour & Lake Baikal Cruise
City tour
Museum

In the morning you arrive to Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. On the way you make a stop at a local cafe for breakfast (not included).

After some rest you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

After the cruise you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Lunch is included.

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Anastasia Hotel, Listvyanka
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Set gracefully in a picturesque location near the gorgeous gem of Siberia, Lake Baikal, cozy Anastasia Hotel is a nice property to stay at.

Welcome to Listvyanka Village

Tucked beneath the rolling wooded hills that surround Lake Baikal, Listvyanka is a culturally rich and relaxing place.

car
Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk

Enjoy your short car ride with a trusted driver from the petite town, standing on the shores of Lake Baikal to the heart of Siberia, Irkutsk. Along the way, you enjoy the countryside views and pass numerous beautiful riverside areas.

Irkutsk

fourth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Trip to Taltsy Village & Irkutsk City Tour
City tour
Day tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your guide and driver take you on a trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

Your driver takes you then to Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sigh Monastery also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour you are transferred to centrally located hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
On Board the Train
Transfer

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and your driver transfers you to the train station. You board a train that takes you to the final destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - Ulan Bator.

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

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Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
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The elegant hotel Marriott Courtyard is located in the city center of Irkutsk just near the embankment. Guests are welcome to stay in modern rooms equipped with modern facilities.

Welcome to Irkutsk

Irkutsk - the former residence of exiled artists and nobles is a real architectural and cultural treat.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan Bator
22 hrs 40 min

Reboard your train for another leg of your route, heading to the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, with a change to the Trans-Mongolian Railway. Marvel at the changing panoramas from Lake Baikal and the Russian Buryatia Region to Mongolian steppes.

Ulan Bator

fifth destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 11
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park
Day tour

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive to the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and admire the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

In the evening you enjoy a 1-hour pony riding and have dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 12
Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue
Day tour

Following breakfast at the ger camp you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. 

You continue to the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery.

After a break for lunch you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing.

Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 13
City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator
City tour
Show

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator.

During the tour you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

After the tour you return to the hotel to take some rest or continue exploring the city center on your own. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (the show venue is located within the walking distance from your hotel). After the show you are invited to the restaurant to have a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

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Day 14
Departure from Ulan Bator
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem or to Vladivostok to visit one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. Contact your travel specialist for details.
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Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulan Bator
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The luxurious Best Western Premier boasts an amazing central location, just near the State Government House, Sukhbaatar Square and National Museum of Mongolian History. The property provides elegant air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, 3 on-site restaurants, great spa and fitness facilities, and even a nightclub.

Welcome to Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator, meaning "Red Hero," is the capital of Mongolia. With a population of around 1.2 million, it is also the largest city in the country.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st class tickets for Moscow - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk and Irkutsk - Ulan Bator trains;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan-Bator;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan-Bator;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 18 travelers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 8 travelers. If a particular departure will not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued 4 months prior to the tour start date.

Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

Note: Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have a single supplement for train cabin as well.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

First class trains

Private train car

Russian visa

Russian visa

Remarkable downtown hotels

Downtown hotels

Tour director

Tour director

 
  • Petite group size of no more than 18 people
  • Private 1st class train car for the Trans-Siberian rail portion
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany you
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator
  • A boat ride along Lake Baikal
  • Authentic Mongolian experience: a night in a Mongolian ger camp
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble and the Mongolian tugrik in Mongolia. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Since you'll be staying at many hotels along the way, not only on the train, it is wise to have smaller luggage or a carry on to take with you for overnights at the hotels (opposed to all of your suitcases which you can leave in the lockable private train car).
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
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