Discover the authentic beauty of Russia and Mongolia on a small group tour ! Start traversing the legendary Russian railway from the Trans-Mongolian line and enjoy a ride with local pros. A professionally tailored tour includes traveling in a comfortable private train car with 1st-class lockable cabins and top-notch service, coupled with seeing major highlights of both countries along the way. Moreover, you can enhance your trip even more, adding an extension to St. Petersburg and Beijing!
Day 1 : Arrival in Ulan Bator
Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.
Optional pre-tour extension available : Begin your journey with an exploration of Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 2 : Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park
Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and set off on the explorations the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator with your guide. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive to the camp and enjoy traditional lunch. Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds, there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and enjoy the magnificent view of surrounding valleys. In the evening you enjoy a 1-hour pony riding and have dinner at the camp. You spend the night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.
Day 3 : Meeting a Nomadic Family, Genghis Khan Statue & Folk Show
After having breakfast at the camp, you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a local family to find out more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. You continue to the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour, you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top, you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery. After a break for lunch, you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill to catch the best panoramas of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing. After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator for check-in. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (the show venue is located within the walking distance from your hotel). Following the, show you are invited to the restaurant to have dinner with your fellow travelers.
Day 4 : Ulan Bator Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and have the morning at leisure. After lunch, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on an exciting walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator. During the tour, you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square. After the tour, you continue exploring the city center on your own. Later the same day you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!
Day 5 : Arrival in Irkutsk & Transfer to Baikal
Today you arrive in Irkutsk, often referred to as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel located on the shores of Lake Baikal. The rest of the day is free.
Day 6 : Trip to Taltsy Village & Lake Baikal Cruise
After breakfast, you take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village. This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture. After lunch at a local restaurant, we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals. After the cruise, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 7 : Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum
Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and set off on a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour, you enjoy a visit to the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake. After the tour, you say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! You are transferred to Irkutsk where you check in at the centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 8 : Irkutsk City Tour
After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and have some free time. Following lunch, you meet your guide and driver to set off on a guided tour of the most remarkable Irkutsk attractions. You first walk along the most popular meeting place among the locals, Angara River embankment, to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk. You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sigh Monastery that's also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine-style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century. After the tour, you are transferred to the train station to continue your journey further to Ekaterinburg.
Day 9 : On Board the Train
You spend this day on board the train enjoying striking scenery passing by your window together with your fellow travelers from all over the world.
Day 10 : Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Today you arrive in the capital of Ural Region, legendary Ekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.
Day 11 : Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg
After breakfast, you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable landmarks of Ekaterinburg. The tour includes a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family. Following the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free.
Day 12 : Arrival in Kazan
In the morning you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the train station to continue your Trans-Siberian journey. You spend this day on board your train enjoying the fascinating Russian nature passing by your window. In the evening your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. Upon arrival, you get to your centrally located hotel for check-in and overnight.
Day 13 : Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Visit to the Kremlin
After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on a panoramic tour around the most outstanding attractions of Kazan. During the tour, you see the main treasures of the Kazan Kremlin, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace. You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish. Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds a huge cauldron. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 14 : Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum
After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way, you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world. Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk, you have a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist and the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius. After a break for lunch (not included) you proceed to chak-chak museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar dessert. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak and Tatar pastila. After the tour, you board a train that takes you to the final destination of your trip - Moscow.
Day 15 : Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
Early in the morning, your train arrives in the iconic capital of Russia - Moscow. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast. Later in the morning you meet your guide and set off on the explorations of the heart of Russian capital. You walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals. Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs. After a short coffee break, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store. After the tour you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 16 : Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov. After the outstanding art therapy, you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow. After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 17 : Departure from Moscow
This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!
Optional post-tour extension : Continue your journey further to the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Ulan-Bator, Listvyanka Village, Irkutsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, and Moscow.
Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp.
1st class tickets for Ulan-Bator - Irkutsk, Irkutsk - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Kazan, Kazan - Moscow trains.
Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Ulan-Bator to Moscow.
Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Ulan-Bator to Moscow.
Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries.
Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary.
Breakfasts at the hotels.
Other meals according to the itinerary.
Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 18 travelers.
Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides.
Entrance tickets to Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Temple of all Religions, Ganina Yama, Chack-Chack Museum with tasting, Temple of all Religions, Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Kazan Kremlin.
Folk show in Ulan Bator.
3-hour Lake Baikal cruise.
Cooking master class in Kazan.
Emergency line support during the trip.
Followings are not included in tour:
other meals not mentioned in the program.
Optional tours and services.
Gratuities and all personal expenses.