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Classic Trans Mongolian

Departing: St Petersburg, Russia - 16 days
Countries visited: Russia, Mongolia & China

This brief journey captures the highlights perfectly. You'll visit a collection of the world's most fascinating cities; St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Ulaanbaatar, and Beijing - each as diverse as they are iconic. And you'll experience two of the world's most famous railways. Put it all together and it's an amazing experience!

  

 

Itinerary

Days 1-2. St. Petersburg
The former capital of Imperial Russia, St. Petersburg is a luxurious city with richly filled palaces and museums, wide boulevards and canals. With a long list of magical attractions, the entire city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the gilded halls of the prestigious Hermitage Museum that house dazzling treasures once owned by the Romanov family along with works of the great masters to the stunning gardens of Peter the Great's first Summer Palace, you will fall in love with the 'Venice of the North".

Days 3-4. Moscow
Moscow will amaze you, its palaces and public buildings restored to their former glory. Beneath the city lies the palatial metro rail system draped in chandeliers, mosaics and baroque bas- reliefs while the vast Cathedral of Christ the Saviour again dominates Moscow's skyline. The echoing vastness of Red Square, the splendid twirled cupolas of St.Basil's. The Kremlin itself - the fabled palace-fort of gilded domes where we marvel at the exquisite collection of royal treasures in the stunning Armoury Chamber; the Cathedral of the Assumption where Tsars were crowned, the Bell Tower and the Faberge jewels and icons.

Days 5. Kazan
Welcome to Kazan! The capital of the Tatarstan Republic and the Muslim capital of Russia. After enduring a tumultuous history Kazan has risen to become one of Russia's most progressive cities.

Days 6-9. Aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway via Yekaterinburg
Settle into life on board, enjoying the company of your fellow passengers and the stunning scenery that we you'll enjoy for the next four nights.  First travelling along the Trans Siberian Railway over the steel bridges spanning Siberia's nerve system of 5,000 rivers. We pass over the Ural mountains which divide Europe and Asia, and cross the Irtysh and Ob rivers stopping for a night in Yekaterinburg, infamous for its bloody history. Continue through Irkutsk, the Paris of Siberia and catch a glimpse of stunning Lake Baikal from the train window.

Day 10. Hello Mongolia!
At daybreak, classic scenes of traditional nomadic life greet you as the train winds impressively across the Mongolian Steppe and into the capital. Travel out across the grasslands to Terelj National Park where you spend two nights in a traditional Mongolian nomad's ger, set amongst spectacular rock formations and wild rolling hills. 

Day 11-12. The Mongolian Steppe & Ulaanbaatar
Among nomadic families and their grazing livestock you can explore the nearby valleys or just relax and enjoy the area before leaving our ger camp and make your way back for our final night in the quirky capital of Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar, is a contradiction - a metropolis amid endless grass steppes, with donkeys and motorbikes, concrete apartment blocks and traditional gers.

Day 13. Trans Mongolian Railway
A morning departure aboard the Beijing Express. You travel over the steppe-lands of northern Mongolia and to the south, the Gobi desert which until the middle of this century was the rough track across this desolate country. This afternoon you arrive at the Mongolian border town of Dzamyn Ude. After formalities are completed continue on to the Chinese border town of Erlian for immigration and customs formalities.  Here the train's bogies are changed from a wider gauge used by Russia and Mongolia to a narrow Chinese gauge.

Days 14-15.  Arrive Beijing
Beijing will prove unforgettable, all senses assailed - colour and sound, smell and taste - leaving indelible memories of continual contrast, history and tradition alongside 21st century technology. Immerse yourself in this bustling metropolis exploring the remarkable Temple of Heaven, wandering through Tiananmen Square, and travel beyond the city to walk the ancient cobblestones of the mind-boggling Great Wall of China. 

Day 16. Depart Beijing
The last day has arrived too soon. The adventure is complete, the legendary rail journey that started many days ago has taken you across Asia, through lands and cultures literally worlds apart.




 

Essentials

Transfers
All transfers are included once you have begun this journey. See the Journey Itinerary for further details.  

Hotels

Choose from ‘Traveller’ or ‘Classic.

Meals

Many breakfasts (9) are included.  

Sightseeing

The suggested sightseeing in these itineraries is not included in the prices shown. You are free to arrange this locally or we can arrange this for you in advance separately. 


Visas
Required for China, Mongolia & Russia. Sundowners Overland will provide all required visa invitation letters and full visa support including detailed visa guidelines.

Accommodation: 

Hotels - 7 nights (twin share)
Mongolian ger - 2 nights (shared)
Trains - 6 nights. Comfortable 4-berth sleepers