The Mammoth Trans-SiberianTrans-Siberian Railway
The Mammoth Trans-Siberian
Three Russian Cities…
Three Russian cities, three Asian cities and two magical stops are at the heart of this itinerary operating between May and September. You’ll visit Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow with a fantastic selection of activities and outdoor pursuits to choose from along the way. Whether its local history, tradition and culture or exploring more remote locations, this tour perfectly highlights that the Trans-Siberian is as magical an experience off the train as it is aboard it.
|DEPARTURE DATES 2019 – 22 Days
|03, 10, 17, 24
|01, 08, 15, 22, 29
|05, 12, 19, 26
DAY 01 – Arrival in Beijing
On arrival in Beijing you make your own way to the hotel – any taxi driver will quickly find the address. The convenient location of the hotel positions you to get the most of this legendary Imperial city. The hotel is in the heart of the golden area of the capital, surrounded by major business centres, tourist attractions and only minutes away from the Wangfujing Street, Tiannamen Square and the Forbidden City.
DAY 02 – Departing Beijing
Own transport to Beijing Central Station, where you will you will board the Ulaanbaatar bound train.
DAY 03 – Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Afternoon arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer from the station, to a hotel with a chance to freshen up and have light snack, before departing for your city tour. Then depart for Elstei Ger Lodge (70km) which includes a scheduled stop at the enormous monument to Genghis Khan along the way. It may not be quite traditional in style (since it’s made of stainless steel) but it’s an astounding edifice and a testament to Genghis’s place in Mongolian culture. Taking the elevator to the top of this 10 metre high monument you visit the exhibition hall from where you will have an excellent panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond. On arrival to Elstei Ger Lodge you will be allocated a 4-person share Ger. (2- person upgrade available).
DAY 04 – Elstei Ger Lodge
With no specific activities planned you can choose to chill out, read, or go walking, or (for a small payment made directly to them locally) you can go horse riding with local nomad horsemen.
DAY 05 – Bayangobi region
After breakfast depart for the Bayangobi region. Picnic lunch en-route. Arriving at herdsmen encampment late afternoon. Tonight you are the guests of the herdsmen, and you’ll stay in a nomadic ger tent.
A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT NOMAD STAYS: When we say “nomad stay” it means exactly that – you are sharing the lives of herdsmen who live on the Mongolian Steppe. There’s often no electricity, they don’t speak English, and there isn’t any plumbing!
DAY 06 – Onwards to Harhorin
Depart after breakfast for a day trip through the countryside of Övörkhangai Province in the direction of Harhorin. Our route takes us into the Orkhon Valley, a World Heritage Site. This afternoon we arrive at modern Harhorin – the settlement Genghis Khan would have known as Karakorum. Nothing is left of the ancient settlement, but on its site is the (rather later) monastery of Erdene Zuu, one of the most important Buddhist centres in Mongolia. Returning back to our nomad host family.
DAY 07 – Return to Ulaabaatar
After breakfast you make the return trip to Ulaanbaatar, named the coldest capital in the world during the winter months. Check into the Bayangol 3★ Hotel. This is a great centrally located property. The balance of today is free to explore more of the city. A worthwhile trip would be to visit the Naraan Tull Market where you can buy not only everyday items but great traditional Mongolian costumes, boots even saddles. It`s easy to pick up your email`s in one of the numerous internet cafes on Peace Avenue or pick-up some snack food for the train in one of the many supermarkets…. in the evening a wide range of traditional and new style Mongolian eateries are vying with European style places or maybe go to see a Folklore concert?
DAY 08 – Departing Ulaanbaatar
If you are interested in Mongolian Buddhism you may be interested in making a visit to the Gandan Monastery this morning, to see the morning prayer ceremonies in progress. This evening we will transfer you to the station where you will board the Ulan-Uday bound train.
DAY 09 – Arrival in Ulan-Ude
Arrival late evening in Ulan-Ude, transfer to your host family.
DAY 10 – Guided trip to Atsagatsky Buddhist Lamasery
After breakfast a guided trip to Atsagatsky Buddhist Lamasery, and the strange history of its Abbot Dorjiev and his role in the life of Russia’s last Tsar. After the monastery, try the cuisine of Buryatia for lunch with a village family. Return to host(s) for traditional supper. If you rate comfort over authenticity hotel upgrades are available.
DAY 11 – Visit to the Ivolginsky Datsan
Visit to the Ivolginsky Datsan. Excursion to Tarbagatay, a village with traditional brightly painted house, home to the “Old Believers”, whose simple life of hard work and avoidance of luxuries have led some to call them “Russia’s Amish” – they claim to be the true branch of Russian Orthodox Christianity, and refused to accept religious reforms of the C17th when they fled to Siberia. Late evening transfer to the station where you will board the Irkutsk bound train.
DAY 12 – Arrival in Irkutsk
Arrival in Irkutsk, transfer to U Ozera 3★ Hotel situated in Listvyanka Village (70km) travelling by road through the forest. The Hotel is set just 50 metres from the shores of Lake Baikal.
DAY 13 – Choose one activity from the list
It’s all included in the trip price! You’ll need to inform us of your choice before commencing your journey, so that we can have the right staff on hand for when you arrive.
- (A) Siberian trek
- (B) Circum Baikal picnic
- (C) Taltsy wooden museum
- (D) Port Baikal excursion
DAY 14 – Return to Irkutsk
After breakfast transfer back to Irkutsk city. Our local staff will provide a map and some recommendations of interesting places to visit. Some of our top suggestions (please check opening times/days before setting off) Decembrist Museum, Volkonsky House and The Epiphany Cathedral. Early evening transfer to the station, where you will board the Ekaterinburg bound train.
DAY 15 – On board The Trans-Siberian
On Board Trans-Siberian.
DAY 16 – Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Evening arrive in Ekaterinburg where our driver will meet you at the end of the platform, and will be holding a meeting-board with your name on. Transfer to the Chekhov 3★ Hotel, which is centrally located.
DAY 17 – Ekaterinburg
After breakfast there’s a walking tour around the well known and less obvious attractions of Ekaterinburg, with a local expert guide. You’ll visit the historical centre of the city, including the scene of the assassination of the Romanov Royal Family, on which a Cathedral now stands to mark the event. You’ll also see something of Ekaterinburg’s involvement in Russia’s military history. The last half-hour will be spent at The Museum of Gems. The tour ends in the downtown area (we make sure you know the way back!), where you are poised for multiple lunch choices and a free afternoon to explore independently.
DAY 18 – Your choice of Ekaterinburg activities
Please make a choice of one of the day trip options, it is all include in the price.
- (A) Romanov Graves & Europe Asia Border
- (B) Siberian countryside and historic village
- (C) Hiking in the Urals
- (D) Walk in the Urals Forest
DAY 19 – Departing Ekaterinburg
Early morning transfer to the station where you will board the Moscow bound train.
DAY 20 – Arrival in Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Your driver will meet you at the end of the platform and you will travel by private car to the Panorama 3★ Hotel. (We can obtain rates for superior hotels ask a member of the reservations team for details.) One of our local expert staff will meet you at the hotel around noon to take you on a three hour walking tour round the highlights – you’ll use public transport around the centre to avoid the traffic jams and get the hang of the system for when you come to use it independently. Our staffers are full of ideas for this walk but are flexible about other ideas if you have your own. Your walk ends in the city centre mid afternoon. The rest of the day’s your own.Your complimentary InfoPack is full of ideas for getting the most out of your free time.
DAY 21 – Explore Moscow
This morning you can continue sightseeing the Lenin Mausoleum is only open in the mornings, and getting there early (it’s in Red Square) helps beat the queues. If you haven’t pre-booked any of our range of city excursions the rest of the day is your own to explore further. Some of our top suggestions (please check opening times/days before setting off) would include visiting the Moscow Kremlin, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, or a boat trip along the Mosvka River?
DAY 22 – End of Trans-Siberian journey
You will need to check out of your room by 12 noon. Own transport to the airport or station on departure.
|Standard extra night Beijing
|Standard extra night Moscow
|Superior extra night Beijing
|Superior extra night Moscow
|Upgrade 2 berth rail
Due to the nature of these destinations all prices are subject to change. Contact us to confirm exact price.
Deposits hold bookings but fares can still vary with exchange rates and only final payment guarantees price.