This 15 day adventure is the trip for you if you are short on time & are on a budget, but don’t want to miss out. It gives you Moscow, Mongolia and Beijing all in a two week journey. Genghis Khan was known for covering vast distances at speed, now you can too! Just because you are a bit tight on time it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a Trans Mongolian adventure. Delve into history in Moscow, experience traditional Mongolian hospitality at a ger camp and try exotic delicacies at the Beijing night markets. Hit three countries and do all this in two weeks – now that’s what we call an adventure!This trip also operates in reverse
Day 1:Arrive Beijing: Meet your new travel buddies and Honcho in the hotel lobby at 5pm for a pre-departure meeting. A visit to Beijing is not complete without a night spent at the
Dong Hua Men Night Market with vendors offering everything from scorpion skewers and smelly tofu to duck pancakes and crab cakes! Get amongst the action and tantalize your taste buds with some of your new buddies.
Day 2:Trans Mongolian adventure: Beijing – Peking Duck anyone?
How about a trip to the acrobats for some mind-boggling stunts after a day wandering the fascinating Forbidden City? The former home of China’s emperors that was off limits to mere mortals for more than 500 years. Ride a bicycle around to get an idea of the scale of the city, or travel by metro to grasp the density of the population.
Day 3:Trans Mongolian adventure: Depart Beijing
This morning you climb aboard the first of the trains that will carry you across Asia! Travelling northwest towards Mongolia settle in for the ride and watch from the train window for sporadic views of the Great Wall, through mountains and steppe-lands to catch glimpses of towns, villages and scenes of local life of Inner Mongolia.
Day 4:Trans Mongolian adventure: Arrive Ulaanbaatar
Afternoon arrival into Ulaanbaatar – Check out this quirky capital a city that is filled with contradiction, pulsating nightlife, chaotic traffic and century old traditions.
Day 5 & 6: Trans Mongolian adventure: To Terelj National Park and Ger Camp – Settle into life as a nomad
Head out into Mongolia’s serene grasslands – the land of the nomad where you will spend two nights in our ger camp. Relax in the fresh air and sample some nomadic delicacies, climb Turtle Rock or play pool with the locals in the Wilderness. This will be a true highlight of your Trans Mongolian journey.
Day 7:Trans Mongolian adventure: Get camp and return to Ulaanbaatar
This morning you farewell your hosts as we head back to Ulaanbaatar. En route you will visit the enormous Chinggis Khan Statue – to Mongolian’s he is a national hero and a symbol of Mongolian culture, and for good reasons.
Day 8:Trans Mongolian adventure: Ulaanbaatar – Throw it all on the Barbie Mongolian style
Get a great view of the town from the Zaisan Memorial or mingle with monks at the Gaandan Khiid Monastery.
Day 9:Trans Mongolian adventure: Ulaanbaatar and depart for Moscow
Ulaanbaatar and to Moscow Early afternoon you board your train to begin your epic journey across Russia.
Day 10:Trans Mongolian adventure: Trans Mongolian Railway – Crossing the border to Russia new landscapes emerge
Cross the border into Russia and watch the landscapes change as you enter Siberia.
Day 11 & 12:Trans Mongolian adventure: Trans Siberian Railway – Track the kilometres as the train approaches Moscow
Spend time with the locals, exchange stories and share food in the dining car!
Day 13:Trans Mongolian adventure: Arrive Moscow
Afternoon arrival into Moscow. A fascinating city scattered with many reminders of its imperial and Soviet past as well as a plethora of chic clubs, art cafes plus hipster bars, and Moscow
gives it all till the very early hours of the morning!
Day 14:Trans Mongolian adventure: Moscow – Get lost in the maze of little streets in Kuznetsky and discover old Moscow
Take in the iconic sight of St. Basils swirling, colourful cupolas and the impressive Red Square. Perhaps check out the amazing treasures in the Armory, go 18 stories down into an old bunker or explore the glitzy stores of GUM department store. Get lost in the maze of little streets in Kuzetsky or discover Old Moscow. Filled with painters, Matryoshka dolls, musicians and souvenirs, don’t miss the eclectic Arbat Street!
Day 15: Trans Mongolian adventure: Moscow
Today your journey concludes so with the rest of the day free spend some time in Gorky or the fallen monuments park, head to the space museum or admire the many gorgeous churches and museums. Ensure you take a ride in the world beautiful and famous metro system -every station is a masterpiece
Price from $2390 per person no single supplements!
- Visa support for pre-booked services
- Services of Vodka train Honchos (tour leader) in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Moscow
- Accommodation on a share basis (twin/triple or dorm rooms, private facilities not guaranteed)
- Accommodation in traditional gers in Mongolia
- 4-berth train tickets Beijing – Ulaanbaatar – Moscow
Style of accommodation: Your accommodation for every night of the itinerary is included in the price. You’ll stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels and guesthouses along the way which are all nice and close to transport and clean! We’ve chosen them for their character and with your costs in mind. Sometimes it will be multi-share, but mostly twin share, with a mixture of private and shared bathroom facilities. Further afield in the Mongolian countryside we live the life of a nomad and stay in a traditional ger camp. Hostels/Hotels – 7 nights We know you’ll love the hang-out areas, the beds are comfy and most hostels will have Wi-Fi so you can start bragging to Facebook and Instagram from day one!
On board the trains – 5 nights Overnight accommodation in trains is in mixed gender, four berth sleeping compartments – two upper and two lower bunks. Depending in your group size you may be sharing with other group members or with local travellers. Don’t be afraid to say hello! Compartments have bedding, reading lights a big window, a small table, room for a rucksack or two and if you are REALLY lucky – a vase with a plastic flower!
Ger Camp – 2 night
Gers are the homes of the Mongolian nomads. In Mongolia today still over half of the population live in gers, either out on the steppe or nestled amongst the high rises in the city. Gers
are made up of round wooden-framed felt tents covered in canvas. The basic framework is constructed of collapsible lattice wall sections (khana), a low wooden door, two central support
posts (bagana), a wheel-shaped roof frame (toono) and between 80 to 100 poles (uni). Amazingly the nomads can take these down in just 30 minutes, pack them on their ox carts and head off across the steppe to fresh pastures. They’re also useful if you get lost – all doors face south so you don’t need to bring a compass!
Staying in a traditional ger is a highlight on a trip to Mongolia. Venturing out to the grasslands you’ll feel just like a nomad. The ger camps have a small group of gers with some basic
facilities (toilets and a restaurant). Each of the gers have beds and a pot-belly stove that the local family will keep burning when cold – very welcome on those winter mornings!!
Group size: No 60-seat buses and definitely no nametags! Want to avoid feeling lost in the crowd? So do we which is why your group is limited to 15 like-minded travellers from around
the world – big enough to form a posse, small enough to give you space. They come as singles, couples or buddies, and with the flexibility to choose your own daily routine, you have
enough personal space or company as you see fit. Solo travellers applaud! There are no single supplement costs!
Solo travellers pay the same as couples and share with other solo travellers (same sex). In the hotels, hostels & guest houses you will be sharing with fellow members of the same sex. In the ger camp travellers usually have a choice of who they want to share with. Depending on the group size, you may be sharing with local travellers and members of the opposite sex on train sectors.
All departure and arrival transfers en-route.
Please note: Arrival transfer on Day 1 and departure transfer at the end of your itinerary are not included. Please ask about transfers, pre & post accommodation with your inquiry.