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Trans Siberian Railway with China & Mongolia

Departing: Hong Kong - 29 days
Countries visited: China, Mongolia and Russia

Sundowners Overland's original Trans Siberian & Trans Mongolian journey and still our most comprehensive itinerary along this legendary route.This is the railway that crosses the Gobi and the grasslands to reach the homeland of the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan, those long-range plunderers who conquered half the known world. It is the railway that shares these wide horizons with their heirs, for here still are the hardy horsemen and herdsmen, the nomads of the Mongolian Steppe. It is the railway known as the Trans Mongolian, and to travel it, together with the Trans Siberian, is one spectacular & unforgettable journey!




Please note: this journey is of a more inclusive nature than other Trans Mongolian journeys, (excluding Luxury Train Journeys) devoting more time to each city’s sights, history & culture. It enjoys a higher standard of hotel accommodation in many cities & offers a more comprehensive sightseeing program & more meals throughout. 

For our special festival departure that includes Naadam Festival celebrations an alternative dossier is available.  Please contact one of our Travel Advisors to request a copy.

Day 1.  Arrive Hong Kong
The adventure begins; join your Tour Leader and fellow travellers this evening as final preparations are made for your departure.

Days 2-3. Depart Hong Kong to Xian via Guangzhou
There's an air of excitement in the bustling city of Hong Kong as you join the tour and board our 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 us, we travel to Guangzhou (Canton) where we will spend the night, before continuing north through the ever-changing landscape of southern China, towards the gateway of the great Silk Road, Xian.

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 day we have the opportunity to explore the old city walls, the Bell and Drum towers, Little Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening we board our overnight train to Beijing.  (Join Beijing: If commencing in Beijing your program begins tonight. Accommodation is included and meals start with breakfast on Day 6).

Days 6-9. Beijing
Morning arrival in to this fascinating city. Here our sightseeing includes the magnificent Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and a visit to the almost timeless lanes and family courtyards of the Hutong area.  

No visit to Beijing is complete without walking the ancient cobble stones of the Great Wall! We venture beyond the city to visit two of China's most popular destinations, the Ming Dynasty Tombs and the Badaling section of China's Great Wall. 

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

Days 10-13. Ulaanbaatar & Terelj National Park
Arriving in the modern capital of Ulaanbaatar you'll visit the Gandan Khiid Monastery, the focal point of the Buddhist faith and the Zaisan Memorial for panoramic views. In the countryside, we 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 we 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 our  journey. Meander along the serene lake shore or for the adventurous - a swim! 

Leaving the lakeside village of Listvyanka we return to Irkutsk where we 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 we bid farewell to Siberia as we board the train for Yekaterinburg. There's plenty of time to enjoy the company of our Russian travellers as we 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, on our city tour we will 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 we 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
We'll enjoy a full day sightseeing in Moscow including Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral and a visit inside the Kremlin walls to see the Armoury Chamber with its lavish collection of tsarist treasures. 

The following day we venture outside the capital to visit Sergiev Posad, a pilgrimage site for Russian Orthodox adherents, and home to the famous Matryoshka dolls. You'll enjoy an introduction to the Metro before some free time to further explore the city. 

Days 25-27. St. Petersburg
A day train takes us to St. Petersburg where you'll enjoy the 18th century architecture which abounds throughout the city and visits to The Peter and Paul Fortress, St Issac's Cathedral, Palace Square, and the Hermitage with is awe-inspiring art collection. On our final day together we enjoy an excursion to the fabulous summer palaces and royal residences of Peterhof.

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



Group Size
24 maximum, plus Tour Leader.

Hotels - 17 nights (twin share) for this tour we will be using 3-4 star hotels.
Mongolian Ger - 2 nights (shared).
Siberian Guesthouse - 1 night (twin share).
Trains - 7 nights (Sitting Class rail Hong Kong to Guangzhou & Guangzhou to Xian, 4 berth from Guangzhou to Beijing and 2 berth from Beijing to Moscow).

Breakfast (21), lunch (11), dinner (11).

Travel by
Train: Comfortable 4 berth sleepers or Sitting Class Rail in China and 2 berth sleepers from Beijing to Moscow.
There are 8 rail sectors on this journey
- Hong Kong to Guangzhou (Day train)
- Guangzhou to Xian (Day train)
- Xian to Beijing (1 night)
- Beijing to Ulaanbaatar (1 night)
- Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk (2 nights)
- Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg (2 nights)
- Yekaterinburg to Moscow (1 night)
- Moscow to St. Petersburg (Day Train)

2 Berth Rail (Included)
Provided on all rail sectors between Beijing and Moscow. Single travellers will be sharing with other single travellers or the Tour Leader.

Scheduled Sightseeing is part of the itinerary and includes all transport, entrance fees and English speaking local guide. This journey enjoys a greater number of included sights than others within this brochure.

Guangzhou: Chen’s Temple, Qing Ping Market.

Xian: Terracotta Warriors, Silk Factory and cultural performance.

Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Hutongs tour, Ming Tombs, Great Wall, cultural performance.

Ulaanbaatar: Zaisan Memorial, National History Museum, Gandan Khiid Monastery, Terelj National Park, cultural performance.

Irkutsk (Siberia): Walking City tour, Local History Museum, Museum of Wooden Architecture, Limnological Museum and Lake Baikal. 

Yekaterinburg: Walking City tour, Romanov's Church & Memorial, Mineralogical Museum and Europe/Asia Obelisk. 

Moscow: City Tour, The Kremlin and Armoury Chamber, Novodevichy Convent, excursion to Sergiev Posad, Metro Tour, Arbat Street, Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and evening performance. 

St.Petersburg: City tour, St.Isaacs Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress, Palace Square, Hermitage Museum, excursions to Peterhof and a cultural performance. 

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