Private Trans-Siberian Journey with Mongolia Extension
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Trans-Siberian Journey with Mongolia Extension

21 days8 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 372 Reviews
Private rail tour to Russia, Mongolia

Enjoy the best that incredible Russia and mysterious Mongolia have to offer, traveling along the world-famous Trans-Siberian Railway route onboard a comfortable Russian train! The tour program offers pit-stops in the most remarkable cities, the best hotels, rich sightseeing programs, and, most importantly, a chance to make plenty of indelible memories!

21 days8 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
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$5,080
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Moscow, Russia
3
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Russia

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

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Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

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

  • Please, note: due to the specific schedule of international trains, this tour starts every Wednesday and Saturday.

No meals included.

2
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Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

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.

3
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Tretyakov Gallery, Subway Ride & Panoramic Tour

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the vast 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 and a meal onboard are included.

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.

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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, Russia
4
days
Russia

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.

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4
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On Board the Train

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window. Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg, your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight. 

No meals included.

5
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Exploring the Highlights of Ekaterinburg

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

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.

As a highlight, you also visit the observation platform of Vysotsky hotel, one of the highest constructions in Ekaterinburg where you enjoy the breathtaking views of the city.

  • Please, note: you may choose to visit Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center instead of the Vysotsky observation platform and explore the museum dedicated to the first Russian president and contemporary history of the region (please confirm all the changes with your destination specialist at the time of booking). The museum is closed on Monday.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

Breakfast is included.

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On Board the Train

Today you check out from the hotel in Ekaterinburg very early in the morning. You are transferred to the railway station to board the train to Irkutsk to continue your Trans-Siberian journey.

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

A Breakfast box and meals onboard are included.

7
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On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

No meals included.

4-star hotel
4

Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

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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, Russia
1
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Russia

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

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8
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Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum

Early in the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

After some rest, you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the trip, you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an impressive 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.

  • Please, note: chair-lift is not available on Monday

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

Breakfast is included.

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.

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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, Russia
2
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Russia

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

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9
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Taltsy Village & Irkutsk City Tour

Following 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 many 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.

After the tour around the village, your driver takes you to the city of Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you have 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  - Sign Monastery is 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 a centrally located hotel, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

10
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On Board the Train

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

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

A breakfast box is included.

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.

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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, Mongolia
4
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Mongolia

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.

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11
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Gandan Monastery & Gorkhi-Terelji National Park

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 at 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 to the temple and enjoy the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

In the evening you enjoy dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

12
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Nomadic Family & Genghis Khan Statue

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 a 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.

13
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City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most exciting 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 State National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble of Mongolia (transfers are included). After the show the rest of the evening is free.

  • Please, note: folk show in Ulan Bator is available from the middle of May to the beginning of October.

Breakfast is included.

14
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Train to Ulan-Ude

In the afternoon you check out from your hotel in Ulan Bator. Your private driver takes you to the main railway station and you depart from Mongolia to the spectacular city of Ulan-Ude, Russia. You spend the night onboard the train.

5-star hotel
5

Stay at the comfortable 5-star hotel and enjoy outstanding service, best location and a wide range of indoor facilities.

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Ulan Bator
Ulan-Ude
15 hrs 10 min

Explore the magnificence of the Trans-Siberian Railway traveling onboard a regular Russian train, going from unparalleled Ulan Bator to amazing Ulan - Ude. 

Ulan Ude, Russia
3
days
Russia

Ulan-Ude was founded in 1666 and due to its location on trade routes between Russia, China and Mongolia it developed into a prosperous trading town.

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Enjoying Ulan-Ude

Your train arrives in Ulan-Ude early in the morning. Your private driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel, where you check-in, have breakfast and some rest before the city tour starts.

In the afternoon you meet your guide and driver and head for the Ivolginsky Buddhist monastery complex, considered as the center of Buddhism in Russia. Located 40 km from Ulan-Ude in the picturesque valley of the Ivolga River, the complex is home to the Buddhist institute Dashi Choinkhorlin, translated from Tibetan as “the land of happy learning”. Here monks, the future lamas, study oriental and Tibetan culture, medicine, Old Mongolian and Tibetan languages and philosophy of Buddhism. During the tour you make a sacred circle (“goroo”) around the territory, enter the temples, see the altar with many golden statues of Buddha, Buddhist stupas, Buddhist books, tankas, and even the sacred Bodhi tree.

Upon return to the city, you take a tour around the most interesting city landmarks. You enjoy the views from Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan rising high above the city (if time and weather conditions allow), see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin, take a walk at Lenin Street abundant in former merchant houses, explore Soviet Square and admire at beautiful Odigitria Cathedral.

After the tour, you return to your Ulan-Ude hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

16
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On Board the Train

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and have some free time before a private transfer to the railway station where you take the train heading to the capital of Russian Far East, Khabarovsk.

You spend the rest of the day onboard the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window. 

Breakfast is included.

17
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On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

No meals included.

4-star hotel
4

Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

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Ulan-Ude
Khabarovsk
2 days 8 hrs
Prepare for a long leg of your Trans-Siberian exploration as today you start your journey towards the Russian Far East, noted for exceptional wild nature and mountainous landscapes.
Khabarovsk, Russia
2
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Russia

Standing on the banks of the Amur River, Khabarovsk is one of the most significant and beautiful cities of Russia's Far East.

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Arrival in Khabarovsk & Free Evening

Today your train arrives in the beautiful city of Khabarovsk. Your driver meets you at the railway station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after a long trip.

No meals included.

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Khabarovsk City Tour

After breakfast, you have free time to explore the city on your own or relax in your comfortable room. In the afternoon you check out and have free time for lunch.

Following lunch, you meet your private guide and driver in the hotel lobby and set off on a tour of Khabarovsk. You start sightseeing from the Monument to Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky, a Russian general, statesman, and diplomat. Continue to Amur Cliff which offers exciting views on the Amur River and hills. The river had a special historical significance as a route much used by the Russians when exploring and opening up eastern Russia. Nowadays it forms a part of the Chinese–Russian border.

You then make a riverside walk along picturesque Nevelsky Embankment, witness the Spaso-Transfiguration Cathedral, the third tallest church in Russia, and see the eternal flame memorial.

Finally, you ride across Khabarovsk Bridge. The railway bridge over the Amur River is the longest, at 1.6 km (5,250 ft), on the Trans Siberian Railway. The bridge, as well as Muravyov-Amursky Monument, is famous for being depicted on a 5000-ruble banknote.

After the tour, you have free time for dinner. In the evening you are transferred to the train station where you board the train that takes you to Vladivostok.

Breakfast and meals onboard are included.

Boutique Hotel Khabarovsk City, Khabarovsk
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Set close to the picturesque embankment of the River Amur, the Boutique Hotel Khabarovsk City offers comfortable classic accommodation with modern amenities.

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Khabarovsk
Vladivostok
11 hrs 30 min

This is the final leg of your adventure along the longest railroad in the entire world. You board your regular Russian train and travel along the Trans-Siberian railway towards the south to the city of Vladivostok.

Vladivostok, Russia
2
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Russia

Described as "Russia's San Francisco", Vladivostok is literally closer to the west coast of the US than it is to Moscow.

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20
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Vladivostok City Tour

After traveling through 8 time zones and covering around 6,600 miles (10,600 km) along the epic Trans-Siberian route, early in the morning, your train finally arrives in Vladivostok, one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan.

Upon arrival, you meet your guide at the train station and embark on an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions. Your first stop for today is the Eagle's Nest observation point where you enjoy the breathtaking bird's-eye views over the city and Golden Horn Bay.

You then drive across the Russky Bridge, the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, to reach Russky Island. An integral part of Vladivostok's history, the island attracts numerous tourists with charming Primorye nature, dozens of picturesque bays, majestic coastal rocks, and a number of unique military fortifications. While being on the island, you have a great chance to visit one of them - "Novosiltsevskaya battery" fortification. A beautiful panoramic view of the bridge opens from there.

Afterward, you get to visit the legendary Submarine S-56 which successfully fought against a fascist’s fleet during WWII. Your today's journey ends with an exploration of the Vladivostok Railway Station that serves as the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

21
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Departure from Vladivostok

This is the final day of your Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your driver 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.

Lotte Hotel, Vladivostok
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Being a luxurious property in Vladivostok, Lotte Hotel offers amazing opportunities for a comfortable and memorable stay. The range of Lotte Hotel's services includes such modern facilities as free WiFi, a business center, top-notch spa-center with a large swimming pool, 2 restaurants, a bar and more.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village, Ulan Ude, Khabarovsk, and Ulan Bator;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st or 2nd class tickets for Moscow - Yekaterinburg, Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk, Irkutsk - Ulan Bator, Ulan Bator - Ulan Ude, Ulan Ude - Khabarovsk and Khabarovsk - Vladivostok trains;
  • 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;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Taltsy Musem, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia, Ivolginsky Datsan, Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Hotel's availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

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

Note: For the 1st class package: if we are not able to get 1st class train tickets, a whole 2nd class compartment (4 berths for 2 people's use) will be booked instead.​

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfera throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • A taste of the traditional Mongolian nomadic way of life at the ger camp;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness;
  • Comprehensive sightseeing journey across 2 continents along the major part of the Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok.

What To Know

  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
Dates & Rates

Dates & Rates

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