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Trans Mongolian Discovery

Departing: Beijing, China - 21 days
Countries visited: China, Mongolia and Russia

Now, here's an incredible journey. Begin in Beijing where you can walk the incredible Great Wall of China. Then ride the rails through northern China, far across the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert and the Siberian steppe. Still farther on, we find an historic city where Islamic and Orthodox architecture stands side by side. And in the distance, discover Russia's two grandest cities.

  

 

Itinerary

Days 1-3. Beijing
Begin your journey in the ever-changing metropolis of Beijing. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the ancient laneways of the hutongs or sample a rare delicacy at Donghuamen Night Market. The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Mao's Mausoleum all provide a fascinating insight into China's history. Beyond the city the Great Wall of China cannot be missed. 


Days 4-5. To Mongolia
All aboard the Ulaanbaatar Express for an overnight journey across the Gobi Desert bound for the Mongolia's capital. The scenery as you approach Ulaanbaatar is impressive. The train winds around tight bends to provide excellent photo 
opportunities. Finally, the capital appears, set amid endless grassy steppe. 


Day 6-9. Across the Mongolian Steppe
The wide open spaces beckon and you answer the call by driving into the spectacular Terelj National Park to spend two nights in a traditional ger - faithful in design to those still used by the country's nomadic herdsman. 

Returning to the capital you enjoy a final night in this quirky city, before rejoining the Trans Mongolian Railway that will carry you into Siberia. 


Day 10. Aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway

Days 11-12. Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
You find Irkutsk after the train trip north. It's a charming city with a history dating back from the fur and tea trading days when it began as an isolated Cossack outpost. Aristocratic exiles from the west brought a touch of elegance with their ornately decorated wooden houses, while Asian traders from Mongolia and China introduced a touch of the Orient. Nearby, the small traditional village of Listvyanka by the shore of Lake Baikal is typically rural Russia and a perfect spot to relax. 

On Day 12, return to Irkutsk and board the evening train to Kazan.


Days 13-14. The Trans Siberian Railway  


Days 15-16. Kazan and on to Moscow
Kazan is one of Russia's most progressive cities - the capital of the Tatarstan Republic within Russia, where Orthodox and Islamic cultures meet. Spend the day wandering the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kazan Kremlin before boarding the overnight train to Moscow. 


Days 17-21. Moscow & St. Petersburg 
It is time to discover two of Russia's grandest cities. Walk the cobblestones of the infamous Red Square, see the iconic onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral and perhaps go behind the walls of The Kremlin to visit the Armoury Chamber with its vast array of treasures. St. Petersburg is only an overnight train trip away, and it's well 
with the wait. Marvel at St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the restored 18th century buildings that line the historic boulevards. And to round off your journey, perhaps view one of the world's finest collections of European art at the Hermitage Museum. 

 

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 (12) 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 - 9 nights (twin share)
Siberian Guesthouse - 1 night (twin share)
Mongolian ger - 2 nights
Trains - 8 nights. Comfortable 4-berth sleepers