Rails of Fury… The Trans-Mongolian
*Accommodation might vary between hotels, and train cabins (Check below for further info)
17 days, Beijing, China to Moscow
Visiting 3 countries: China, Mongolia, Russia
Are you seeking an extraordinary adventure? This trip is for you! Our Trans-Mongolian railway journey is set to send your social brag-o-meter into overdrive. Mountainous scenery = check! Authentic nomadic stay in a ger camp = check! Opportunities to practice your chopstick wielding = check! Over 7000+ kilometers from one side of the continent to the other, you’ll experience Russia, Mongolia and China. Epic adventure? Absolutely. Trip of a lifetime? Coming right up.
Day 1: Moscow, Russia
Join your new friends to get clued up about the trip. Then: off to dinner, Moscow-style, to celebrate the start of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Day 2: Moscow
Today is a big day of touristing style. This morning = a guided tour of Moscow. Check out the Red Square, the Kremlin and the GUM department store (just to name a few). Oh, and don’t worry about meals today, we’ve got you covered.
Day 3: Moscow to Yekaterinburg, via Overnight Train
Hurrah! You’ve got free time after breakfast this morning so it’s time to cram in the last of your Moscow travel wish list. Then it’s all aboard, tonight we catch the train to Yekaterinburg (pronounced ‘Ye-ka-te-rin-boork’) so grab some snacks and game cards. In the morning, try and spot the Ural mountains in the distance – we’re getting close to the Asia border!
Day 4: Yekaterinburg
Jump off the train in Yekaterinburg, it’s time to explore. We’ve got a guide ready to show you the city with the following local line up: the Yeltsin museum, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Ganina Yama Monastery and the secret grave of the Romanovs, the last imperial dynasty to rule Russia. Get ready to fill your brain with knowledge: there’s history for days here.
Day 5: Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk, via Overnight Train
Wake up, it’s your last ditch effort to make the most of Russia’s fourth largest city. Have you tried the dumplings yet? Walk around as much as you can, we’re about to bunk up and settle in for three epic nights of train travel.
Day 6: Overnight Train
Sit back and chill, today your travel is sorted and the hardest thing you need to do is look out the window. You’ll venture past remote villages, mountains and forests. Want time to zone out and read? You gotcha!
Day 7: Overnight Train
Same again today! Train games to pass the time? We think so. Hot tip: look out for local vendors selling everything from fruit, bread, boiled eggs, pot noodles and assorted trinkets at your designated stops along the way.
Day 8: Arrive in Irkutsk to go to Lake Baikal
After two days en route, it’s time to stretch those legs in Eastern Siberia. Say hello to Irkutsk because today we’re making a beeline for Listvyanka and Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake. Created by a rift in two tectonic plates splitting apart, this is actually a future ocean in the making. Mind blown. Learn more from your guide as they show you around this oh-so beautiful part of the world.
Day 9: Irkutsk
Today we leave Lake Baikal after breakfast and stop in at the Taltsy Museum before hitting the city. Time to give Irkutsk (pronounced ‘ear-kootsk’) the attention it deserves. See the sights on a city tour where you can flash your camera at a bunch of stunning churches and tip your hat to the monument of Alexander III, he’s the guy that had the idea of constructing the Trans-Siberian railway. Pretty cool, huh.
Day 10: Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Mongolia
It’s a travel day, Trans-Mongolian style. Gulp down an early breakfast before we head to the train station. Get your passports ready, today we get another stamp for the collection.
Day 11: Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Hello Mongolia. Off the train and into the forest. Today is a nature lover’s dream. Think: rolling hills, wild flowers and radical rock formations. Hello relaxation. Become one with the Mongolian nomads as we settle into a traditional ger camp (gers = round, wooden-framed tents) for a truly memorable experience.
Day 12: Ulaanbaatar
Did you ever think you’d make it to the capital of Mongolia? Well congrats, you did! Hop on an optional tour and learn about the rich history of the Mongols, admire the Buddhist Gandantegchinlen Monastery and embrace UB’s city views at the Zaisan Memorial. What a day!
Day 13: Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, China, via overnight Train
Breakfast + train to Beijing is all you have to remember today. Try and bagsy a window seat; you’re gonna wanna take pics.
Day 14: Beijing
You made it! Welcome to the capital of China – one of the great megacities of the world and home to over 20 million people. Hustle and bustle your way around town and if you’re feeling up to it, there’s an acrobatic show to go and enjoy tonight (optional).
Day 16: Beijing
Wake up and hit the breakfast buffet. Don’t be shy either, today you experience one of the most impressive architectural feats in history, The Great Wall of China. Crossing 9 provinces and municipalities the wall is around eight metres high on average and at its tallest, exceeds 14 metres. Peckish for Peking? There’s an optional dinner on tonight that you’ll love.
Day 17: Beijing
Hug your travel besties goodbye, today you bail home or plow forward with your travels.
China, Mongolia, Russia
EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS, IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
2 Weeks +
East & Central Asia, Europe & Russia
- See the Forbidden City
- See Tiananmen Square
- Moscow city tour
- Irkutsk city tour
- See Terelj National Park
- Yekaterinburg city tour
- See Great Wall of China
- Beijing city tour
- Taltsy Museum visit
- 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
- 6 nights on overnight trains, 9 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night in traditional ger camp
- 4 berth traditional sleeper cabins on the Trans-Siberian & Trans-Mongolian Railways
- Awesome Trip Leader + local guides
The 17 Day Trans-Mongolian Railway trip also runs from Moscow to Beijing. Due to train timetables, the Moscow to Beijing trip will spend one night in Yekaterinburg.
The Trans-Siberian Railway (utilizing Russian, Mongolian and Chinese trains)
Meet at 2pm in Beijing
Approximately 10am in Moscow
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract with us. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar
City tour of Ulaanbaatar
China – Beijing
Evening Acrobatic show
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travellers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.