Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Moscow

Arrival in Moscow.Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - Moscow, guided walking tour

As Russia's vibrant capital, Moscow makes for one incredible visit.

Moscow's central district is characterised by a network of tiny streets and lanes, and walking through it, you'll find out all about the many theatres, hotels, museums and state institutions situated here.

Giving a real flavour of the unique combination of modern, ancient and Stalinist architecture is Tverskaya Street, Moscow's busiest thoroughfare.

The tour ends on Old Arbat Street, where your time is now your own to browse the many souvenir shops enjoy performances by street dancers, or a meal or drink in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Day 3 - Moscow - Red Square and the Kremlin

Red Square

Once best known for its communist military parades, Red Square is now the vibrant heart of this energetic capital city. Impossible to find a building here that isn't world renowned, you'll find out more about the lavish St Basil's Cathedral, the imposing Lenin Mausoleum, the impressive GUM department store and the magnificent Kazan Cathedral.

The Kremlin

A kind of ancient mini-city, the Kremlin comes complete with five palaces, four cathedrals, and a set of very impressive walls and towers.

Not just a site of historic interest, the Kremlin is now the seat of modern Russian government and also where Moscovites like to hang out – giving this venerable destination a distinctly contemporary edge.

The Armoury Museum

In 1508 the Armoury Museum was in use purely as a weapons store for the Kremlin, but within a few decades, a workshop and a repository for imperial treasures had been added.

By 1813, the building was officially an exhibition centre and a museum. Offering a myriad of exhibits, just the 50 Faberge eggs on show would be enough to get the pulse racing, but there's a whole lot more than that. Particularly impressive is the set of Boris Godunov's armour, although the Russian, European and Eastern applied art, spectacular weaponry and other precious artefacts are pretty amazing too.

Travel to Yekaterinburg

Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you to the train station.

Your train journey to Yekaterinburg can be completed in first class (two berth) or second class (four berth) compartments. Clean linen, including towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets are provided. There is also a dining car.

Arrival in Yekaterinburg will be late in the evening, the next day.

Day 4 - Yekaterinburg

On arrival in Yekaterinburg, our driver will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel.

Day 5 - Yekaterinburg

Ganina Yama and Church of All Saints guided tour

Yekaterinburg history has been turbulent. Tsar Nicholas II and his family were assassinated here in 1918.

Drawing on this bloody history, first we will visit the golden-domed Church of All Saints, which was built in 2003 on the Tsar Nicholas assassinations' site.

Next up is Ganina Yama, where the assassinated royals are buried. An Orthodox monastery built in 2000 on ancient imperial burial grounds, this poignant structure is built around seven wooden churches situated in centuries-old pine forest.

Europe - Asia border, guided tour

The Europe-Asia Obelisk marks the border between the two continents and provides a great opportunity to stand with a foot in each one. We'll celebrate your cross-continental experience with a glass of champagne, as is the local tradition.

Next we'll visit a memorial honouring the victims of Stalin's repressive regime. To mark their passing, 18,500 names run alphabetically along a series of walls.

At the end of the day, our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you the train station. Arrival in Irkutsk will be early in the morning in three days time.

Days 6 and 7 – en route to Siberia

Sit back and relax as the boundless grassland and impassable forests of the Altai Republic unfold outside your window. Crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk, you'll then head deep into Asia.

Day 8 - Irkutsk, Listvyanka

Arriving in Irkutsk early in the morning, our driver will meet you at the station and take you to you accommodation in Listvyanka.

A pretty village with views towards the distant snow-capped mountains, Listvyanka is perhaps best known for its easy access to lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world. Your time is your own to explore the village – make the most of boat and horse rides in the summer, and dog sledding in the winter. Don't forget though to pop in to the pretty St Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church and the Baikal Lake Museum, where you can learn about Siberian traditions and the flora and fauna of the lake.

Day 9 - Listvyank, Irkutsk

Our representative will meet you at your hotel to take you to Irkutsk.

Wooden Architecture Museum

The Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy makes for a perfect stop on the way to Irkutsk.

Situated on the wooded banks of the Angara, it's a beautiful, open-air museum which features an impressive collection of original houses and yurts dating back to the 16th and 19th centuries. Authentically furnished too, the museum is an opportunity to see how the Buryat and Evenk people lived. You'll get to look round a Russian fort and a 15th century watchtower too.

Irkutsk city tour

Irkutz is called the Paris of Siberia – and it's certainly as beautiful as its namesake. Renowned for its wooden houses, particularly those decorated with carvings and threadwork, you'll also get to see some great examples of modern Russian architecture.

Day 10 - Irkutsk

Our driver will meet you at your hotel to take you to the train station.

Day 11 - Ulan Bator – Terelj National Park

On arrival in Ulan Bator, you'll be driven by car to the Terelj National Park.

Genghis Khan Monument, guided tour

On the way we'll stop at the gigantic Genghis Khan monument. Erected in 2008, this 40-metre tall, stainless-steel equestrian statue makes for an impressive site. Pointed east towards his birthplace, there are also spectacular views over the Mongolian hills.

Stopping off at the visitor centre and archaeological museum, you’ll be able to find out more about the history behind this incredible man and the lands he ruled over.

Terelj National Park, guided tour

Terelj National Park is famous for its unique granite rock formations, pristine alpine scenery and diverse flora and fauna – making it a beautiful place to visit. It's also a brilliant insight into the kinds of lands Genghis Khan used to roam. A brilliant, tough, well-drilled horsemen, his military might meant that for 500 years from the 13th century, lands and cities from the river Yellow to the Danube were united as one.

We will explore Turtle Rock, a peculiar rock formation which looks like a turtle, and after lunch at the camp, hike to Aryabal monastery. We'll also get to visit a Nomad family and experience their traditional way of life by milking cows and preparing dairy products.

In the summer, you'll stay overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger - a sturdy tent made from wood and felt - while in winter, a wooden lodge will keep out the cold.

Day 12 - Terelj - Ulan Bator

Transfer to Ulan Bator by car.

Ulan Bator, city tour

The capital of Mongolia is situated on the banks of the river Tuur amidst four mountains that are believed by locals to be sacred. The tour of the city includes Mongolia's largest remaining monastery, Gandan Hiid and central Sukhbaatar Square.

Natural History Museum, guided tour

The National Museum of Mongolian History is one of the leading museums in Mongolia, offering a fascinating collection of Mongolian artefacts.

Top of the list is perhaps the real dinosaur remains, as well as other archaeological finds from the Mesozoic Era found in the Gobi desert. You'll also find out about the Hunnu, Turkish and Uighur periods as well as the Mongolian Empire in the 13th and 14th centuries.

There are some great displays of Mongolian traditional clothing and jewellery too, as well as information on current democratic reforms and modern states of affairs.

Day 13 - Ulan Bator

Transfer to the railway station for the journey into China. Our driver will meet you with a sign board at the lobby of the hotel.

Train 24

The most popular way of getting from Mongolia into China fast is on train 24. More popular with tourists than locals, it's a good way to meet people from all over the world.

First class compartments are two birth, with one upper and one lower birth. Second class compartments are four berth, with two upper and two lower berths. First class compartments also feature a comfortable chair, a small table and a toilet with a shower shared between two neighbouring compartments. Second class compartments do not have private facilities. There are two toilets in each carriage, but no showers. Hot boiled water is available in all carriages and attendants can supply thermos kettles. The train has a reasonably priced dining car and a bar.

Day 14 - Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, our driver will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel.

Hutong, guided tour by rickshaw

Travelling by rickshaw, we'll explore the narrow, curving alleyways of the hutong neighbourhood by Shichahai Lake.

An ancient part of the city, a hutong generally means an area with narrow streets and the word dates back to the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century. Due to Beijing's rapid development, many hutongs have been demolished to make way for new modern roads and buildings. However, some hutong areas have been protected to preserve Beijing’s cultural heritage.

Shichahai Lake

The picturesque Shichahai Lake is one of three lakes in the centre of Beijing. You'll get to enjoy fantastic views across the water and its surrounds. These include former princes' houses and well preserved Chinese courtyards, and also a pretty drum tower. An optional boat trip is on offer.

Free evening in old Beijing

There are lots of small restaurants, cafes and bars in Shichahai. Opt to relax and enjoy this fascinating area in your own time, or you can choose to return to your hotel with a guide. If you decide to stay in the hutong area, getting back to your hotel by taxi or metro is easily done. Your local guide will explain the easiest way.

Day 15 - Beijing

Tiananmen Square – guided tour

Tiananmen is the largest city square in the world. an area of 440 thousand square metres, to be specific. The square though is perhaps better known for it’s cultural significance and being the site of several key events in the Chinese history. The most memorable in recent years is undoubtedly the government massacre of pro-democracy protesters in 1989.

Forbidden City and Imperial Palace, guided tour

The Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City are listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The impressive Forbidden City is situated to the north of Tiananmen Square and was the royal palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Summer Palace, guided tour

The magnificent Summer Palace is about 15 kilometres outside central Beijing. Representing a spectacular example of Chinese landscape design, it's another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 16 – Great Wall of China

One of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is an incredible symbol of Chinese civilisation. The tour will take you to the Badaling Great Wall, the best preserved part of the wall, which is situated about 70 kilometres north of Beijing, and is also the site of the 2008 Olympic Park.

Olympic Green

The Olympic Park constructed in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics includes the Beijing National Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, Green Hockey Field and makes for a pretty impressive trip.

Day 17 - Beijing

Transfer to the airport and return flight home.

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

Russian National Tourist Office price in Black

Travel 55 discount price in Red

Tel Russian National Tourist Office on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 ref: RU55

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Single supp

25 March

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

1, 15, 29 April

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

6, 13, 20, 27 May

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432
£195

3, 10, 17, 24 June

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

5, 12, 19, 26 August

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

2, 9, 16, 30 September

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

14, 21, 28 October

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

11, 25 November

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

9 December

£2010
£1910

£2560
£2432

£195

Prices are per person, based on two sharing. *The price including flight is approximate and may vary up or down. We will confirm final price of your flight after we receive your booking.

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Best of Trans-Mongolian Express

14 Days - 5 % discount

Prices from £1910

Prices from £1910

This is a once in a life-time holiday, an unforgettable experience.

When the Trans-Siberian railway, the longest uninterrupted railway in the world, first opened at the end of the 19th century, it was considered a miracle.

Could there be a more fascinating adventure than to journey on it? Yes! The Trans-Mongolian railway!

A branch of the Trans-Siberian, it runs through Russia, Mongolia and China, travelling from Moscow to Beijing, and offers an incredible range of unforgettable experiences and things to see and do.

To book this fascinating Best of Trans-Mongolian Express holiday telephone the Russian National Tourist Office direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

The Travel 55 discount of 5% is applicable for all Russian National Tourist Office holidays and tours. To book call direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

Highlights

  • Explore Russia’s capital – mighty Moscow
  • Visit Yekaterinburg, where the last Russian Tsar Nikolay II and his family were executed
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world
  • Experience Asian Buryat culture
  • Discover China’s Great Wall and Tiananmen Square

Hotels

Moscow - Ibis Moscow Paveletskaya

Ibis Moscow Paveletskaya is located in Moscow's business district, two metro stops from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.

The hotel boasts 147 comfortable rooms with modern décor. The 24-hour Rendez-Vous lobby bar offers drinks and meals, while a hearty buffet breakfast is on offer in the Table Rouge restaurant. Other facilities include complimentary wi-fi.

Yekaterinburg - Hotel Novotel Yekaterinburg Centre

Novotel Yekateringburg Centre is located in the heart of the city close to the Church of All Saints, restaurants and shops. The 168 rooms feature modern décor, complimentary wi fi and satellite TV.

The Oliver Brasseire Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while drinks and snacks can be enjoyed in the 24-hour Olive Lounge Bar. Other features include a complimentary fitness centre and hammam.

Mongolian ger

A ger is a traditional, tent-like dwelling used by rural Mongolian nomad. Spiritually significant, the ger's central pillar opens up to the skies not just to let out smoke, but also to provide a cosmic axis and a highway for the spirits.

Ger camps used on our tour are modified for Western travellers, but do still offer an authentic experience. Gers are made from a wooden, felt-covered frame and are brightly painted inside. Facilities include two or four single beds, a small table, chairs, a lamp, electricity sockets and a stove for heating.

Basic, clean toilet and shower facilities are located in a separate, outside block. Hot and cold water is available. Meals and drinks are served in restaurants and bars located in nearby buildings, often in larger gers.

Ulan Bator: Park Hotel 4*

Park Hotel is located in Ulan-Bator's university district, a 10-minute drive from the Natural History Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and Mongolia's parliament. Built in 2012, rooms feature elegant, modern furnishings and balconies with views over the mountains. Facilities include an en-suite bathroom, complimentary wi-fi and cable TV.

The Park Restaurant serves a selection of European and Mongolian dishes, while drinks can be enjoyed in Hanka’s Coffee Shop.

Other facilities include a spa and wellness centre and a billiard room, and banquet facilities.

Beijing: Best Western Premier Royal Phoenix 4*

Best Western Premier Royal Phoenix Hotel is located in downtown Beijing just 3km from the Forbidden City and 5 km from Tiananmen Square. European-style rooms feature modern décor and come with air-conditioning, minibar and flat-screen TV. En-suite bathrooms include showers.

A Chinese menu is offered at the hotel's onsite restaurant while drinks can be enjoyed in the lobby bar. The 24-hour front desk offers daily newspapers, luggage storage and currency exchange.

What's Included

  • Accommodation: Moscow: IBIS Paveletskaya 3*: Yekaterinburg Hotel Guru 3*: Listvyanka villa: Guest house (en-suite) Terelj National Park: Mongolian ger tent: Ulan-Bator: Park Hotel Ulan-Bator 4*: Beijing: Best Western Premier Royal Phoenix 4*
  • Meals: breakfasts in the hotels, full-board in Mongolia and China
  • Transport: for sightseeing we generally use a small minibus or coach, and for city exploring we use public transport, the underground or just go on foot
  • Tour staff and support: English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees: all entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Visas: Mongolian and Chinese visas (standard processing)
  • Solo supplement: £445. Solo supplement applies only if the total number of travellers on your tour is just one person (just yourself and no other participants). Solo supplement will be waived should other people book the same tour on the same departure date
  • Flights: subject to availability

Optional services fees

  • 1st class train upgrade (4 berth buyout where 1st class unavailable): £495 per person

Visas - 7% discount off full visa service

All UK residents need a visa to enter Russia.

A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, permitting stay in Russia for a specific period of time. Visa lists entry/exit dates, your name, passport details, and a purpose of travel.

Please note, that your Russian visa is an exit permit just like it’s an entry permit: if you lose it or stay over your designated departure date, leaving the country could be more troublesome than entering it.

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