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Premium Trans-Mongolian
Holiday Length: 18 days
Start City: Beijing (China)
End City: St. Petersburg (Russia)
Departures: Monday or Thursday

Independent rail journey

Our premium programme offers accommodation in 4-star hotels, 2-berth rail compartments and comprehensive sightseeing at all your stopover points with your own English speaking local guide. This popular itinerary is tailor-made by us so is totally flexible. If you would like extra stopover points, longer stays, alternative accommodation or more sightseeing, just ask us and we'll create an itinerary just for you – we have been doing this for 29 years.

Day 1
  Beijing arrival

Arrive Beijing and transfer by car to your hotel.  Overnight Beijing
Day 2
    Full day tour of the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace.  Overnight Beijing (B)

Day 3

  Beijing - Ulaanbaatar
You will be transferred to the station for your morning departure to Ulaanbaatar.  Border formalities for entry into Mongolia will be finalised on the train in the early hours of the following morning. Overnight on board. (B)

Day 4

    Arrive mid-afternoon, meet our local representative and transfer by car to your hotel.  Overnight Ulaanbaatar.
Day 5
  Terelj National Park
This morning travel by car with guide to the Terelj to see Turtle Rock, visit a nomadic Mongolian family and enjoy lunch in a traditional ger camp. Free time to relax and enjoy the surroundings and
perhaps ride a horse or camel (extra cost).  Tonight you dine at the camp. Overnight ger camp.(B,L,D)

Day 6 - 7

  Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk
After breakfast, return via the Genghis Khan statue to Ulaanbaatar for a city tour and later free time to shop and explore before transferring to the station for your evening departure to Irkutsk. There is usually no dining car on this train. The following day you complete border formalities and cross into Russia. 2 nights on board.  (B)
Day 8
Early morning arrival in Irkutsk. Meet your local guide and drop your luggage at your hotel. Then enjoy a city tour to include the Polish Roman Catholic Cathedral, Kirov Square, Karl Marx St and Alexander III
monument. Overnight Irkutsk
Day 9
Full day tour to Listvyanka and Lake Baikal with a visit to the open-air Wooden Architecture Museum at Taltsy and the Museum of Lake Baikal. Visit the fish market at Listvyanka, enjoy a delicious lunch and
take a cable car ride for panoramic views of the lake. Later visit St. Nicholas church and see the sacred place of the Buryat people. Overnight Irkutsk.  (B, L)
Day 10 - 12
  Irkutsk - Moscow
Morning transfer to the station by car with guide assistance for your onward journey to Moscow. En-route, you'll pass through a number of large cities including Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Kazan. Take the time to meet your fellow passengers as you watch the changing landscape unfold. You can
purchase food from stalls during many scheduled stops. The train also has a dining car serving traditional dishes at reasonable prices. The dining car is also a great place to meet the locals. 3 nights on board. (B)
Day 13
Early morning arrival Moscow. You will be met and transferred by car to your central 4-star hotel. Drop your luggage then enjoy a city tour followed by a guided tour of the most spectacular stations of the Moscow metro system. Afternoon free. Overnight Moscow.
Day 14
Morning walking tour of the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals before visiting the State Armoury Museum with its unique collection of crown jewels, costumes, carriages, Fabergé eggs and
more. Overnight Moscow.  (B)
Day 15
  Moscow - St. Petersburg
Free time before your car transfer to catch the high speed Sapsan train to St. Petersburg. On arrival transfer by car to your central 4-star hotel. Overnight St. Petersburg.  (B)
Day 16
  St. Petersburg
This morning, your city tour introduces you to the major landmarks of this beautiful northern city with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanovs. This afternoon, your guide will
take you on a private tour of the world famous Hermitage Museum, housing one of the finest art collections in the world. Overnight St. Petersburg.  (B)
Day 17
  St. Petersburg
Today visit one of the tsars' summer palaces – Peterhof (Petrodvorets) commissioned by Peter the Great to rival Versailles, or Catherine's Palace at Pushkin, one of the finest examples of Russian Baroque architecture. Overnight St. Petersburg.  (B)
Day 18
  St. Petersburg departure
Tour services end after breakfast with your departure transfer.  (B)


10 nights accommodation with breakfast in 4-star hotels
1 night in Mongolian ger with lunch, dinner and breakfast
6 nights in 2-berth rail compartment
Arrival/departure transfers throughout by car
Sightseeing by car and on foot with  local English speaking guides
Beijing – Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace tour
Ulaanbaatar – City tour
Terelj National Park – 2 day tour including overnight stay in a ger and visit to the Genghis Khan statue
Irkutsk – City tour, Lake Baikal & Taltsy open-air Museum tour with lunch
Moscow – City tour & Metro, Kremlin and Armoury Museum
St. Petersburg – City tour with Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and choice of Peterhof or Pushkin
Economy class high speed Sapsan train Moscow-St. Petersburg


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