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The Trans Siberian Railway with China and Mongolia

Departing: Hong Kong - 28 days
Countries visited: China,Mongolia and Russia

Imagine a 12,000 kilometre journey from Hong Kong to St. Petersburg retracing the original and most comprehensive Sundowners Overland journey aboard the famous Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian Railways.

  

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Hong Kong
Begin your epic journey in Hong Kong - a city that has it all! Full of simple pleasures that will leave you with priceless memories. 


Day 2. Depart to Guangzhou and on to Xian
There's an air of excitement in the bustling city of Hong Kong as you board your first train. From Hong Kong our great journey across the vast Eurasian landmass begins. With nearly 12,000 kilometres and the anticipation of the world's greatest rail journey ahead of you, travel to Guangzhou (Canton) then north through the ever-changing landscape of southern China, towards the gateway of the great Silk Road.


Day 3. Evening arrival in Xian
Rice paddies give way to the wheat fields of central China, thundering over the Yangtze at Wuhan and west to Xian, old Chang'an – the great capital of ancient Cathay.


Days 4-5. Xian
The city still captures the romance of its rich imperial past and the glories of the Silk Road. Beyond the city the entombed Terracotta Warriors await your inspection - over 6,000 life-sized figures. The following days are free to explore the old city walls, the Bell and Drum towers , Little Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before boarding your overnight train to Beijing. 


Days 6-9. Beijing
Morning arrival in to this fascinating city. Here you have ample opportunity to take in Beijing' many wonderful sights - the magnificent Lama Temple, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City.  

Be sure to save time to visit two of China's most popular destinations, the Ming Dynasty Tombs and the Great Wall of China!

In the morning of Day 9 you return to the railway station where the overnight express awaits to carry you north to Mongolia.


Days 10-13. Ulaanbaatar & Terelj National Park
Arriving in the modern capital of Ulaanbaatar here you have the opportunity to visit the Gandan Khiid Monastery, the focal point of the Buddhist faith and the Zaisan Memorial for panoramic views. In the countryside, you see the remains of Genghis Khan's seat of power and spend time in our rural retreat in Terelj National Park. Enjoy the stunning mountain views, go horse of yak riding and learn of traditional Mongolian culture while staying in a ger camp, the traditional homes of the Mongolian people. 

Returning to Ulaanbaatar on Day 13 board the Trans Mongolian Railway to Siberia. 


Day 14. Aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway
Travel northwards across the vast Gobi Desert to the Russian frontier, and on to Irkutsk in the heart of Siberia. 


Days 15-16. Arrive Irkutsk (Siberia) and to Lake Baikal
A visit to Irkutsk is always a highlight with its rich cultural heritage including the architectural influences of exiled aristocrats from the west, and the Asiatic influences introduced by ancient traders from Mongolia and China. The nearby resort town of Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, is perfect for a break in your  journey. Meander along the serene lake shore or for the adventurous - a swim! 

Leaving the lakeside village of Listvyanka, return to Irkutsk where you can visit the central market, cathedrals and take the opportunity to learn the history of the Decembrists and their exile to Irkutsk in the 1860's. 


Day 17-18. Depart to Yekaterinburg
Late afternoon you bid farewell to Siberia as you board the train for Yekaterinburg. There's plenty of time to enjoy the company of Russian travellers as you head towards Europe, crossing the great Ob River at Novosibirsk, passing through Omsk onto Yekaterinburg.


Days 19 - 20. Arrive Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg, a city founded by Peter the Great in 1723 is situated just 40 kilometres inside Asia. Infamous as the site of the brutal executions of the Romanov's - take in the history and intrigue surrounding the murder of the Romanov family, an event which ushered in the Communist era in 1918.

The city has a much brighter side to its tragic history. Today Yekaterinburg is rich in architectural monuments, museums and theatres.


Day 21. Aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
A mid morning departure as we farewell Asia, cross the Urals and enter Europe aboard the train to Moscow. As you boom over the steel bridges spanning Siberia’s nerve system of 5,000 rivers, the flickering silvers and greens of the birch forests speed past.


Days 22-24. Moscow
During your stay in Moscow you will have plenty of time to explore the wonderfully diverse monuments and spectacles on offer, above and below the ground; from the echoing vastness of Red Square, to the twirled cupolas of St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin itself - that fabled palace-fort of gilded domes, where you can go beyond the dominating brick walls to inspect the Armoury Chamber and marvel at the exquisite collection of over fifty Faberge eggs! 


Days 25-27. St. Petersburg
A day train takes you to St. Petersburg where you'll enjoy the 18th century architecture which abounds throughout the city. Wander this beautiful city perhaps visiting the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Summer Palace of Petrodvorets, Palace Square and the not to be missed collections of the Hermitage Museum. 


Day 28. Depart St. Petersburg
The journey is complete; a brilliant and unforgettable experience along one of the world's greatest rail journeys.

 

Essentials

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

Hotels

Choose from ‘Classic’ or ‘Premium’.

Meals

Many breakfasts (20) 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 - 16 nights (twin share)
Siberian Guesthouse - 1 night (twin share)
Mongolian ger - 2 nights
Trains - 8 nights. Comfortable 2-berth sleepers