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17 Day St. Petersburg to Beijing Railway Journey with Flights

St. Petersburg - Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park - Beijing

Small group tour

Return international airfare included

7 nights onboard the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Express

2 nights in a traditional Mongolian Ger

Stops in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Ulaan Baatar, and Beijing

Tour leader throughout the journey

From $7,199 $8,729 Include flight per person

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Description


Cross the Trans-Siberian off your bucket list with this beautiful package across Russia and Mongolia minus the worries of transport and accommodation.

Your epic adventure will begin with a flight from Australia to St. Petersburg where you'll have a few days to enjoy the canals and museums of the gorgeous city before boarding your train journey. While on the Trans-Siberian, you'll be sharing a 4-berth cabin with your fellow travellers and experiencing the authentic journey through Moscow, Kazan, and Yekaterinburg, before finally stopping at the Terelj National Park in Mongolia.

While in Mongolia, you'll have a chance to experience a 2-night stay in a traditional Mongolian Ger, a wood and felt-frame house of the nomadic people. You'll spend a few days in Mongolia and Ulaan Baatar before boarding the Trans-Mongolian Express towards your final destination and pit stop - Beijing.

A true one-of-a-kind journey for those looking to experience the immense beauty and landscapes of Russia, Mongolia, and China.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17

Day 1

Depart Australia

Fly from Australia to St Petersburg, Russia.

St. Petersburg with its beautiful canals, manicured parks, and graceful 18th-century architecture is a beautiful city to begin our journey. Join your Tour Leader and fellow travellers on Day 1 at 5 pm for your Welcome Meeting as detailed on your joining instructions.

Accommodation: Station Hotel or similar, St Petersburg

Meals included: inflight only

 

Day 2

St Petersburg

This morning we discover the world’s largest collection of paintings housed within the gilded halls of the Hermitage Museum, where works by Botticelli and Rembrandt to Van Gogh to Picasso are hung. In the evening we board our first overnight train travelling onto Moscow.

Accommodation: Trans-Siberian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 3

Moscow

You’ll soon see that Moscow is a vibrant and dynamic city. The Christ the Saviour Cathedral, built after the collapse of the Soviet Union, now dominates Moscow’s skyline and is sure to take your breath away. Beneath the city lies the palatial metro rail system draped in chandeliers, mosaics and baroque bas-reliefs. Nearby, you’ll find the cobblestone streets and discover Red Square surrounded by the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum as well as the iconic swirled cupolas of St. Basils Cathedral, now a museum.

Showcasing monumental walls, towers and golden-domed cathedrals, we pause at the city’s impressive Kremlin. Here we marvel at the exquisite collection of royal treasures, Faberge jewels and icons of the lavish Armoury Chamber.

Accommodation: Best Western Izmailovo Vega Hotel or similar, Moscow

Meals included: none

 

Day 4

Moscow

The day is yours to further explore this city drenched in fascinating history, before making our way to the station to meet our onward train to Kazan.

Accommodation: Trans-Siberian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 5

Kazan

The penultimate stop on this epic journey is the picturesque and historic city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. It’s an impressive city where the domes of Orthodox churches and the minarets of the Islamic mosques vie for attention in the skyline. Today, we visit Kazan’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kremlin. You cannot help but admire the marvelous towers, glistening domes, and ornate minarets encased within the Kremlin that is still today the very heart of the city.

Later in the evening we return to the station to recommence our train journey we pass through the Ural Mountains before stopping just inside Asia at Yekaterinburg, considered to be the dividing point between Europe and Asia.

Accommodation: Trans-Siberian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 6

Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is a vibrant, modern city with a brutal past. During a city walking tour, we delve into the history that brought the end to Tsarist Russia, always a fascinating stop en route.

Accommodation: Trans-Siberian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: none

 

Day 7

Trans-Siberian Railway

In the very early hours (around 3 am) we transfer to the station where we will rejoin the train that will carry us onto Mongolia.

Settle into life on board, as we cross the Irtysh and Ob rivers and head out over the vast Siberian silver and green taiga. The train skirts the shores of Lake Baikal which despite being the world’s largest freshwater lake, freezes in winter with ice over two metres thick!

Accommodation: Trans-Siberian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: boxed breakfast

 

Day 8

Trans-Siberian Railway

Enjoy the views of the countryside and enjoying the time to get acquainted with Russian travellers on the train.

Accommodation: Trans-Siberian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: none

 

Day 9

Trans-Siberian Railway

Enjoy the views of the countryside and enjoying the time to get acquainted with Russian travellers on the train.

Accommodation: Trans-Siberian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: none

 

Day 10

Terelj National Park

At daybreak, classic scenes of traditional nomadic life greet us as the train winds impressively across the Mongolian steppe and into the capital. Arriving into Ulaan Baatar, we have the chance to visit the Zaisan Memorial to admire the panoramic views, and the city’s largest and most important monastery, Gandan Khiid, en route to Terelj National Park.

Later in the day, we travel out across the grasslands to Terelj National Park where we spend the next two nights in a Mongolian ger - a traditional felt and wood frame house used by nomadic herdsmen for centuries, set amongst spectacular rock formations and wild rolling hills.

Accommodation: Mongolian Ger

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

 

Day 11

Terelj National Park

Among nomadic families and their grazing livestock, we can explore nearby valleys or just relax and enjoy the area.

Accommodation: Mongolian Ger

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

 

Day 12

Ulaan Baatar

We return to Ulaanbaatar for a final night in the capital, with the opportunity to listen to unique Mongolian throat singing at an evening cultural performance (optional) and a last chance to soak up the charm of this beautiful country.

Accommodation: J Hotel or similar, Ulaan Baatar

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 13

Mongolian Railway

The Beijing Express departs in the morning. We travel over the steppe of Mongolia and further to the south, the Gobi Desert, towards the Chinese frontier at the border town of Erlian where the train’s bogies are changed from a wider gauge used by Russia and Mongolia to a narrower Chinese gauge.  It’s a smooth operation, and train buffs tend to stay aboard to see it firsthand.

Accommodation: Trans-Mongolian Express in a 4 berth cabin

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 14

Beijing

Arrive Beijing – a city that never sleeps! Immerse yourself in this bustling metropolis. During your free time explore the remarkable Temple of Heaven, wander through Tiananmen Square and the Hutong area to see a vanishing world.

Accommodation: Chong Wen Man Hotel or similar, Beijing

Meals included: none

 

Day 15

Beijing

Our epic journey concludes with and excursion to the remarkable Great Wall at the Mutianyu section. Built as a defence against the fierce and capable Mongol equestrians, the Wall stretches 500 km across China’s mountainous northern frontier - you will literally walk through history.

Accommodation: Chong Wen Man Hotel or similar, Beijing

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 16

Depart China

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

 

Day 17

Arrive Australia

Arrive back in Australia

Meals included: inflight only

 

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide*, Canberra* or Hobart* (*surcharge applies)
  • International flights with Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways or Etihad Airways (subject to availability)
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • 6 nights hotel or guesthouse accommodation on twinshare basis
  • 2 nights in a Mongolian Ger on shared basis
  • 7 nights on-board the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Express overland train journeys in a 4 berth cabin with western bathroom facilities at the end of the carriage.
  • Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • Russian invitation letter to facilitate visa process (Russian visa is not included)

 

Accommodation

St Petersburg - Station Hotel or similar
Trans-Siberian Express - 4 berth cabin with western bathroom facilities at the end of the carriage.
Moscow - Best Western Izmailovo Vega Hotel or similar
Trans-Mongolian Express - 4 berth cabin with western bathroom facilities at the end of the carriage.
Mongolian Ger - each cozy ger accommodates 2 to 3 people with a single electric light bulb and a fireplace. We recommend packing a torch as the electricity supply can be intermittent. Bathroom facilities take the form of an outhouse and a bucket of water for washing.
Ulaan Baatar - J Hotel or similar
Beijing - Chong Wen Men Hotel or similar

 

Exclusions

  • Entry visas to Russia, Mongolia, and China (where required)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • All Drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips ( Driver, Representative & Guide )

 

Child Policy

The minimum age to participate in this tour is 18 years old.

 

Departure Dates


SEP 2019
07 th
Saturday 07 Sep 2019  ‐  Monday 23 Sep 2019
SEP 2019
28 th
Saturday 28 Sep 2019  ‐  Monday 14 Oct 2019
OCT 2019
19 th
Saturday 19 Oct 2019  ‐  Monday 04 Nov 2019
MAR 2020
14 th
Saturday 14 Mar 2020  ‐  Monday 30 Mar 2020
APR 2020
18 th
Saturday 18 Apr 2020  ‐  Monday 04 May 2020

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