Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow the classic! Visit all the best places, from Russia’s ‘Venice of the North’ through to electrifying Beijing. You’ll live with the nomads in Mongolia and party in quirky Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy a dip in Lake Baikal after a few nights on the train and absorb fascinating history in Moscow or while strolling on the Great Wall.
Experience the world differently with Vodkatrain. Our small group journeys and other adventures are a great combination or independent backpacking and small group travel at affordable do-it-yourself prices.
Do as the locals do, experience the country the way it really is. Whether it’s spending time in a Ger Camp in Mongolia or using camels as transport in India, our journeys have been carefully constructed to give you an authentic and life changing experience.
Vodkatrain is your support network – providing accommodation, transport, transfers en-route and local Honchos to help you get the most out of the fascinating destinations you visit. Vodkatrain is all about freedom and flexibility so you can decide what you want to see, eat and experience on your journey, paying local prices along the way.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 1. Start your journey in Beijing Welcome to China’s bustling metropolis, Beijing, and your launching pad for your epic adventure on our Vodkatrain Journey! Peking duck anyone?
Your Honcho will meet you in the hotel lobby at 5pm for a Pre departure meeting. After your meeting the night is yours to explore the eclectic night life or karaoke bars.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 2-3. Beijing Test out your haggling skills at one of the many colourful markets in Beijing, wander through the ancient hutongs on foot or rickshaw – this is a city oozing history and fascinating sights you just need to decide where to start! Leave some time (most of a day) to tick one off your bucket list – China’s Great Wall of China!
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 4. Beijing to Ulaanbaatar This morning you ride the rails aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway bound for Ulaanbaatar. Catch a glimpse of your first Yak in Mongolia and witness the incredible landscapes from your train window.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 5. Hello Mongolia! Welcome to the land of the mighty Genghis Khan. Early afternoon you arrive into Mongolia’s capital – Ulaanbaatar. Perhaps visit the giant Genghis statue or check out the cities ‘Black Market’ – (nothing too dodgy hear, just interesting instruments, souvenirs and random goods!).
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 6-7. Terelj National Park Beyond the city lays the endless rolling steppe of Terelj National Park. Settle into life as a nomad staying in our ger camp. Explore Aryabal Temple and see the parks unique rock formations along with breathtaking views. If you’re feeling adventurous jump aboard a Mongolian horse for a ride across the valley or try your hand in some archery!
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 8. Return to Ulaanbaatar and to Irkutsk Relax in the serenity of the wide-open steppe before returning to Ulaanbaatar. Explore more of this quirky capital before we meet our evening train to Irkutsk.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 9. Trans Mongolian Railway Watch the ever-changing landscapes flicker past your window.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 10. Hello Siberia! Morning arrival in Irkutsk and to Lake Baikal – go for a refreshing swim and try the lake’s famous, tasty fish!
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 11. Lake Baikal Soak in the scenery and enjoy a hike along its beautiful shores. Depending on the weather the lake may be ideal for a dip in the sunshine or frozen enough for snow activities. Head down to the market and try the local delicacy Omul.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 12. Return to Irkutsk and to Moscow This morning we make our way back to Irkutsk (the Paris of Siberia) where you can explore the story of high society in exile. Early evening board your train to Moscow.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 13-15. Trans Siberian Railway Head to the dining car and practice your Russian with some of the locals – if can be a fast learning curve!
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 16-17. Welcome to Moscow! Rise and shine! We arrive into the capital in the very early hours of the morning – 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.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 18. Moscow and to St. Petersburg 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! After a day exploring Moscow you will board an overnight train to St. Petersburg.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 19. Arrive St. Petersburg Welcome to Russia’s Venice of the north and the final stop on your incredible journey. Walk through this imperial jewels fairy tale streets and then treat yourself at Yeliseev’s Food hall! If museums are your thing, for something different, check out the Soviet Arcade Machine Museum, the Faberge museum or the very unusual Kunstkamera museum of curiosities.
Trans Mongolian Beijing to Moscow Day 20-21. St. Petersburg – Journey Concludes Take in the sights and discover the local live music scene, your Honcho is sure to have some favourites. Wander the labyrinth of canals and beautiful bridges, visit the spectacular Hermitage Museum (with the world’s largest collection of paintings) venture outside of the city to the summer retreat of the Tsars in the town of Pushkin.
Beijing to Moscow trans Mongolian: Price from $3650 per person no single supplements!
We’re here to ensure your journey with us is smooth sailing from start to finish, so we offer a few inclusions with each journey to make your life a little easier!
• Train tickets: 4-berth train tickets from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk, Irkutsk to Moscow and Moscow to St. Petersburg.
• Accommodation: Your accommodation nights will include the following; train (8 nights/4-berth), ger (2 nights/shared), Siberian guesthouse (2 nights/shared), hotels (4 nights/twin
share), hostels (4 nights/shared).
• Honchos: (Tour leader) Honchos services are provided in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Terelj National Park (Ger Camp), Listvyanka (Lake Baikal), Irkutsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
• Visa Support: We will supply you with all the necessary documentation to help you process the required visas for China, Mongolia and Russia.
• Station Transfers: All station transfers are included while you are with the group.
Please note, arrival and departure transfers are not included, please inquire about these along with pre and post 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 – 8 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 – 8 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!
Guesthouse – 2 night
Whilst at Lake Baikal you’ll stay in a Siberian Guesthouse – a Siberian wooden Chalet where Tatyana (a very welcoming Russian lady) will cook up some traditional Russian food when you get back from your day by the lake. For those who are game enough there is even a traditional Russian Banya (sauna) so grab some birch twigs and you’ll soon discover a whole new cleansing experience!
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! !