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Mongolian Encounter

Departing: Hong Kong - 23 days
Countries visited: China, Mongolia & Russia

This gem starts in either Hong Kong or St.Petersburg and includes extra stops in Russia and China. Discovery the mystery surrounding Anastasia Romanov in Yekaterinburg or get your camera into night mode for some amazing shots of The Bund in Shanghai.

  

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Hong Kong
Beginning your journey in Hong Kong, board the overnight express to China's largest and most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai.

Days 2-4. Shanghai
Arrive Shanghai and transfer to your hotel (AT). Shanghai boasts a unique fusion of old and new China. Explore the Bund and the Old Town, the beautiful French Quarter and modern Pudong. Then continue north on a day train to Beijing, China's seat of political power since the reign of Kublai Khan.

Suggested sightseeing: Nanjing Road, People's Square, Bund, Yuyuan garden, Shanghai Museum.

Days 5-6. Beijing

Arrive Beijing and transfer to your hotel (AT). The Forbidden City, once home to the Ming and Qing Emperors, is now Beijing's most impressive museum and an absolute must-see. Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and beyond the city, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall are other highlights waiting to be explored. For a taste of the traditional, try the Peking Opera, a Peking Duck banquet and explore the old hutong district. Return to the railway station then depart Beijing aboard Trans Mongolian Railway to Ulaanbaatar.

Suggested sightseeing: The Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Acrobats, Tiananmen Square, Hutongs, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven.

Day 7. Arrive Ulaanbaatar
Continuing north beyond the Great Wall your journey takes you through the Gobi Desert and across the Mongolian steppe. This is the land of the nomadic armies that conquered China and installed Kublai Khan as Emperor. Today nomads still roam the steppe, this vast empty landscape a stark contrast to China's urban sprawl. Arrive Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel (AT)

Days 8-9. Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital, is where the steppe meets the city as traditional gers and horses vie for space amongst modern high-rise and motor vehicles. Some great ways to gain an insight into this proud nation are to visit the Gandan Khiid Monastery, National History Museum and take an excursion to Terelj National Park, where you can experience nomadic life. Then depart Ulaanbaatar aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway to Irkutsk.

Suggested sightseeing: Natural History Museum, Art Museum, throat singing performance, Zaisan Memorial, Gandan Hiid Monastery, Sukhbaatar Square, National History Museum.

Day 10. Trans Mongolian Railway
Following the Selenge River the train continues north through the vast taiga, across the mighty rivers of Siberia and skirts the southern shores of the world's largest and deepest freshwater lake, Baikal.

Days 11-13. Irkutsk
Arrive Irkutsk and transfer to your hotel (AT). Irkutsk is the ideal base to explore picturesque Lake Baikal, before boarding the Trans Siberian Railway once again bound for Yekaterinburg.

Suggested sightseeing: Trans Siberian Monument, Local History Museum, Decembrist’s Museum, day trip to Lake Baikal and Wooden Architecture Museum.

Day 14. Trans Siberian Railway

Days 15-17. Yekaterinburg

Arrive Yekaterinburg and transfer to your hotel (AT). Situated just 40km inside Asia, Yekaterinburg is city founded by Peter the Great in 1723 and infamous for its bloody and intriguing history that surrounds the murder of the last Tsar of Russia. Continuing on the Trans Siberian Railway we bid farewell to Asia as we cross the Urals and enter Europe bound for magical Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Suggested sightseeing: Romanov Memorial, Europe/Asia Obelisk.

Days 18-20. Moscow
Arrive Moscow and transfer to your hotel (AT). For a while now Moscow has been regaining its reputation as one of the most impressive cities in Europe and with your time here you'll no doubt see why. The magnificent historic centre around the Kremlin, Red, Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Theatre and National History Muesum is easily accessible on foot and it's only a quick ride on the palatial metro to Gorky Park and Novodevichy Convent. Then it's back aboard the train for the last leg of the journey by overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Suggested sightseeing: Tretyakov Gallery, Church of Christ the Saviour, Kremlin, Red Square, Metro, Boat cruise, Pushkin Gallery.

Days 21-23. St.Petersburg
Arrive St.Petersburg and transfer to your hotel (AT). Russia's imperial capital founded by Peter the Great will take your breath away. Also known as the 'Venice of the North' it is filled with renaissance architecture, canals and fine boulevards. In this wonderful city discover the Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress. The perfect finale to your incredible overland journey.

Suggested sightseeing: St.Isaac's Cathedral, Hermitage, Summer Palace.



 

Essentials

Transfers
(AT) = arrival transfer included Hotels Choose from ‘Classic’ or ‘Traveller".

Sightseeing
The suggested sightseeing in these itineraries is not included in the prices shown.

2 berth rail supplement - Optional
Only available when 2 people travel together. Available on all rail sectors between Beijing and St.Petersburg.

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

From Hong Kong

Travel & Accommodation
Hotels - 14 nights. Twin or Single.
Trains - 8 nights. Comfortable 4 berth sleepers (optional 2 berth rail supplement also available).