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Mongolia and Beyond

Departing: Beijing, China - 19 days
Countries visited: China, Mongolia and Russia

Experiences take on a different and sometimes quirky feel on this interesting journey along the famous Trans Mongolian Railway. Once you have shared a traditional Russian banya, learned about the building of a traditional Mongolian ger and seen the ancient wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine, life back home may never be the same again...

  

 

Itinerary


Days 1-2. Beijing

Beijing will prove unforgettable, all senses assailed - colour and sound, smell and taste - leaving indelible memories of continual contrast, history and tradition, alongside 20th century technology. This city offers an incredible array of sights and experiences  - Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven, feast on many tasty morsels at the local markets, and of course walking the Great Wall of China cannot be missed!   
     

Day 3. Trans Mongolian Railway
leaving the big cities behind you reach the Mongolian border where rail enthusiasts won't want to miss the changing of the bogies.  

Days 4-8. Ulaanbaatar & The Mongolian Steppe
You arrive in the Mongolian capital ready to explore this interesting city. Take in the views from the Zaisan Memorial, built to honour Soviet soldiers killed in WWII or take the opportunity to visit Gandan Khiid Monastery to mingle with monks, as they go about their daily prayers. 

Although 40% of Mongolia's population live in the capital, a great many Mongolians cling to their traditional nomadic ways, grazing cattle and living on the steppes. You travel out across the grasslands to understand more about their lifestyle and spend the next two nights in a traditional ger set amongst rock formations and wild rolling hills. In the evening of Day 8 you rejoin the train to head north in to Russia's vast Siberian wilderness.

Day 9. Aboard the Trans Siberian Railway

Days 10-12. Irkutsk & Lake Baikal
Your first stop in Russia is the Siberian capital Irkutsk, an important tea trading hub. On arrival in Irkutsk you will transfer to Lake Baikal where you can relax in a lakeside guesthouse taking in the local port and picturesque Siberian village of Listvyanka, famous for its intricately decorated wooden buildings. Transferring back to Irkutsk you board the train to the modern heart of Russia - Moscow.    

Days 13-15. Trans Siberian Railway
Journey across the Ural Mountains which divide Europe and Asia, passing vast Taiga forests bound for Moscow.

Days 16-17. Moscow
After 4 nights on the train you wake in a city reborn with stores overflowing with imported consumer goods, a far cry from the dowdy days of the Soviet era. You have ample time to take in the sights, and Red Square with the coloured onion-like domes of St. Basil's, and the red brick facade of the Kremlin are top of the list. 

In the evening of Day 17 you board your last overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Days 18-19. St.Petersburg - Journey Concludes
Get acquainted with this beautiful city of richly filled palaces and museums, wide boulevards and canals. Home to the the world famous gilded halls of the Hermitage Museum that are hung with the works of Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many other great masters, and beyond the city lie the incomparable summer palaces of the Tsars at Petrodvorets.

 

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 (11) 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 - 6 nights (twin share)
Siberian Guesthouse - 2 nights (twin share)
Mongolian ger - 2 nights
Trains - 8 nights. Comfortable 4-berth sleepers