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Grand Trans Siberian: Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulan Bator - Beijing

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Russia   Mongolia   China  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Cultural Journey  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4321 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5938 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates:
- May 13 - May 28
- May 27 - June 11
- June 3 - June 18
- June 17 - July 2
- July 1 - July 16
- July 15 - July 30
- Aug. 5 - Aug. 20
- Aug. 19 - Sept.
- Sept. 9 - Sept.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Moscow. Arrival to Moscow. We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. This day is reserved for rest as you will be tired after the flight. However, if you prefer to see something on the first day, we recommend you our driving tour of Moscow.

Day 2: Moscow. This day is reserved for an in-depth exploration of Russia's capital. There will be a quick orientation meeting in the morning after which we will take you to famous Red Square and the Kremlin. You will visit Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kremlin and 2 inside cathedrals, and Armory.

Day 3: Departing Moscow. Today is a start of your great journey across Eurasia. During this trip you will explore the mighty Ural Mountains and Baikal Lake, drive through the dunes of Mongolian desert Gobi, observe agricultural and economical miracles of China. But before that you will visit Tretiakov Gallery and Moscow Subway.

Day 4: The Urals. This day our train will cross the Ural Mountains, which divide Europe and Asia. The Urals have been the backbone of Russia's industrial production for over 300 years.

Day 5: Into Siberia. Having left the Urals behind, our train will be crossing the Great Eurasian Plateau towards Siberia. Siberia is distant, but not desolate. In fact, we will visit Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, which has almost as many inhabitants as Atlanta. Novosibirsk is an important scientific center and even Microsoft maintains offices here.

Day 6: Altai. Altai is a gorgeous mountain range in the southern part of Siberia. It features breathtaking landscapes, rich wildlife and untouched nature.

Day 7: Irkutsk. 09:07 Arrive in Irkutsk, met by guide and driver and visit a local eatery for a hot breakfast. 10:30 One and half hour “Round up” city tour of Irkutsk by car taking in the most interesting sights and peculiar features of Irkutsk including its beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), it wooden houses decorated with "wooden laces" (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20 century and the Decembrists' House. 12:00 Transfer to Listvyanka village on lake Baikal. 13:00 Check-in to Chalet and free time. 18:00 Evening barbecue at the Chalet.

Day 8: Baikal, Listvyanka. 10:00 Visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture containing unique wooden structures donated from all over Russia and historic houses and buildings of the indigenous people saved from a valley flooded during the construction of a Soviet dam. 13:30 Lunch at a local Siberian restaurant (Sibirskaya Zaimka) to try local Siberian food and visit its private zoo of native animals. 15:00 Transfer back to Listvyanka village stopping at Shaman rock on-route. 17:30 Optional sauna in a village “Banya” – included in price but must be pre-booked. 19:30 Evening meal at the Chalet.

Day 9: Baikal Day 2. 10:00 Visit to a Buryat (original people indigenous to Siberia) settlement 70 km from Irkutsk on the remote Siberian plane, including; visiting the local lore museum, experience the local greeting ceremony, local arts, crafts and music, meet the Shaman and be “cleansed” and visit a Yurt to sample local teas and join in a traditional meal. 19:00 Tour ends back at a hotel in Irkutsk.

Or: 10:00 Starting with a ferry trip to Port Bikal this is a full day trip around Lake Baikal by the famous Circum Baikal Railroad on one of the most complicated stretches of railways in the world that includes 39 tunnels totaling 7 km in its 86 km length. The tour stops at some the most picturesque places on-route to experience the nature of this unique area and at the marble mining city of Sludyanka before rejoining the Trans-Siberian to arrive at Irkutsk. 21:40 Transfer to hotel in Irkutsk.

Day 10: Into Mongolia. 6:25 am Departure from Irkutsk. Day on the train, through Irkutsk and the past the awesome raw nature of Lake Baikal onto the mountains the border Mongolia. Leaving the last Russian major city at Ulan-Ude, a midnight crossing into Mongolia and onwards to Ulan-Bator.

Day 11: Arrive Ulan-Bator and Gorkhi Terelj National Park. 07:30 Transfer from railway station to a hotel to take a shower, freshen up and have a hot breakfast. 10:00 Transfer to national park. 12:00 Lunch at a local Ger camp followed by walking in the hills, an excursion to Turtle rock and a meditation centre and finally to return to the Ger camp for an evening meal and overnight stay.

Day 12: Visiting the nomads. After breakfast free time to enjoy the local area. After lunch a visit to a local herdsman’s family to experience the daily life of nomadic people before being transferred to Ulaanbaatar to check in a hotel at around 17:00 p.m.

Day 13: Full day tour of Ulan-Bator. 10:00 Full day city tour including the Gandan Monastery and the incredible national history museum. 13:00 Lunch at local restaurants – cost not included. 15:00 Time for shopping at art, antique and cashmere shops before visiting Zaisan Hill to view the city panorama 18:00 Performance of the Mongolian folk music and dance and traditional meal. 19:30 Tour ends at hotel.

Day 14: Free day in Ulan-Bator. A free day to explore Ulaanbaatar on your own, relax or take an optional tour and in the evening join one of the parties at one of the many night clubs, bars and restaurants which seem to be never ending.

Day 15: Departure from Ulan-Bator, the Gobi desert. 07:00 Check out and transfer to the train station. 08:05 Train departs leaving the city, crossing the arid Gobi desert, changing the trains bogies at the Chinese border and on into China.

Day 16: Arrive in Beijing. Throughout the morning and afternoon, passing through rural China and mountainous river valleys, past the incredible Great Wall of China to finally arrive in the stunning Beijing at 14:30 where this part of the journey ends – and the next begins!

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- First Class: $5,058
- Second Class: $4,321
- Single Supplement: $880.

Price Includes:
- Train tickets
- Accommodation at quality hotels:
* Moscow: Hotel Aerostar 4 stars
* Irkutsk: Hotel Victoria 4 stars
* Ulan-Bator: Hotel Gomez - 3 stars
- Accommodation in Mongolian Ger Camp (Nomadic Style Tourist Resort) and chalet Baikal on Lake Baikal (Listvyanka village)
- Airport transfers and all other transportation
- Professional guides and tours at each destination
- Museum entry fees
- Russian, Chinese and Mongolian visas
- Breakfasts, Lunches according to the itinerary.

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