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TS01: 16 Days Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk - Moscow

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: Selected 3 to 4-star hotels & Ger Camp
Highlights:

  • Enjoy a long train ride from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia.
  • Cover all highlights in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Moscow.
  • Admire the vast rippling Lake Baikal.
  • Experienced bilingual guide, professional driver & comfortable private car.

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Beijing Arrival, Airport Pick-up

Hello, everyone! It’s our pleasure to have you in this Trans-Mongolia tour package from Beijing all the way to Moscow. Our service will start with the timely airport pick-up. After warm welcome, our guide and the driver will send you to the well-selected hotel by a clean and comfortable private car. 


The rest of the day is for your own plan. If you are not tired, you may travel around to get familiar with the city. Both Wangfujiang and Qianmen Streets are not far away, which are good places to buy featured souvenirs and taste delicious food.


Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing (4 stars)

Day 2: Beijing City Highlights

According to the plan of this 16 days trans-Mongolia tour package, we will spend 2 days touring Beijing, the capital of China before moving on to Mongolia. 


Today, the guide will firstly accompany you to visit Tiananmen Square in the city center, and then walk northward to visit Forbidden City, which used to be the imperial palace of 24 emperors during Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911). Later, head to Temple of Heaven where the emperors performed national sacrificial ceremonies in old days. At the end of the day, send you back to the hotel.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing (4 stars)

  • Forbidden City, Beijing
    Forbidden City
Day 3: Beijing with Great Wall of China

You’d better have a big breakfast, because the morning visit to the world famous Great Wall of China, specifically Mutianyu section in suburb, will take a little longer time. Winding along the rolling mountain ranges, the Great Wall is like a giant dragon swimming in the sea of plants. A round-trip cable car ride is included in our price to save you energy. 


After the visit, we will drive back to the downtown area. When pass by the National Stadium, aka Bird’s Nest, you will be given some time admiring it by the roadside. Then, continue our trip to the Summer Palace to enjoy a leisurely afternoon in this scenic royal garden.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing (4 stars)

  • Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4: Beijing - Ulaanbaatar

It’s time to say goodbye to Beijing today. After checking out from the hotel, our guide will transfer you to the railway station and help you board the train to Mongolia. It will be a long ride. But do not worry. You can spend time appreciating the picturesque scenery outside the window, from busy city to quiet countryside, from modern skyscrapers to small farmhouses, from busy traffic flow to green fields, from rolling mountains to vast grassland…


In the evening, the train will arrive in the border city in China, Erlian to change the wheels, and then go on to Zamyn-Ude in Mongolia, where you need to finish the immigration formalities. After that, the journey will continue and you can have a sound sleep onboard.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: on the train

Day 5: Ulaanbaatar Arrival & City Tour

Today, the train will finally arrive at Ulaanbaatar Railway Station. Our local guide will wait for you there and then accompany you to visit some highlights of the city, including Gandan Monastery- the largest lamasery of Mongolia, Chinggis Khaan Square in city center and Zaisan Hill Memorial where you can have a bird’s eye view of the city. Tonight, we will arrange you a welcome dinner with the local dance & music before transferring you to the hotel.


Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel (3 stars)

  • Zaisan Hill Memorial
    Zaisan Hill Memorial
Day 6: Hustai National Park

After breakfast, make a side trip to Hustai National Park, featured by Takhi wild horses and various rock formations. It is also home to many other wild animals. On arrival, the guide will escort you to hike around this park to come across the wild animals and appreciate the scenery. Then, visit a local family to learn some nomadic customs and enjoy horse riding for about an hour. Later in the afternoon, we will drive a little far to the hinderland to trace the Takhi horses.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hustai Ger Camp

Day 7: Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk
In the morning, take the last chance to hike around in the Hustai National Park. Then, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar to visit the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum in the combined style of Mongolian, Tibetan Buddhism and traditional Chinese. After lunch, the guide will assist you to board the train to Irkutsk.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: on the train

Day 8: Irkutsk Arrival & City Tour
The train will pass by Ulan-Ude and run along the Lake Baikal to reach Irkutsk in the afternoon. According to the itinerary of this trans-Mongolia tour, 2 and half a days will be spent here, touring the city highlights and beautiful Lake Baikal. This afternoon on arrival, our local guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Then, set out for a 2-hour walking tour to some local parks, War Memorial, churches beside Angara River, main streets in city center and Statue of Alexander III.

Accommodation: Boutique Marussia Hotel (3 stars)

  • Main city center streets
    Irkutsk city center street
  • Main city center streets
    Irkutsk city center street
Day 9: Lake Baikal

We will spend the whole day touring Lake Baikal- the pearl of Siberia and its surroundings. After breakfast, we will drive 2 hours to Bolsho Goloustnoe, a typical Siberian village by the Lake Baikal. On arrival, firstly pay a visit to a local church and then take a stroll along the shore to enjoy the lake view. Then, ascend a nearby hill covered by lush forests to enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Baikal. When the day is over, the guide will lead you to check in a Siberian Guest House.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Siberian Guest House

Day 10: Lake Baikal & Irkutsk Departure

In the morning, we will further explore the tranquil Bolshoe Goloustnoe and the picturesque Lake Baikal. This afternoon, the guide will accompany you to go back to Irkutsk by the private car and send you onto the train to Moscow. It will be quite a long ride, lasting for as long as three days. However in the other hand, it’s a great chance to empty your mind and fill your eyes with changing sceneries along the way. 


Meals: Breakfast. Lunch

Accommodation: on the train

Day 11 - 13: On the Train

While on the train, you can enjoy time taking in distinctive views of forests, hills, streams, ponds, swamps, and cityscapes outside the window. The train will pass by several main cities, including Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, and Yekaterinburg. 


Accommodation: on the train

Day 14: Moscow Arrival & City Tour

The train will arrive in Moscow in the morning. Please pack your luggage befoehand and get off one by one. Our locally based driver will meet you outside the exit of the railway station and then escort you to check in the hotel. After settling down, enjoy the hearty breakfast at first and then you will be accompanied to tour around the city on foot and stop by some landmarks, including Bolshoi Theater- the oldest and largest theaters in Russia, Tverskaya Street, GUM Department Store, Red Square and St. Basi's Cathedral.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Budapest Hotel (3 stars)

  • Red Square
    Red Square
  • Red Square
    Red Square
Day 15: Free Day in Moscow

We will not arrange any sightseeing activities today. After breakfast, you may explore Moscow City on your own. It is suggested you stop by the State Historical Museum and art museums. As well, it is a good choice to spend some leisure time at Red October Area.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Budapest Hotel (3 stars)

Day 16: Departure from Moscow

Our service will end today after the guide transfer you from the hotel to the airport or railway station at the appointed time. Hope you will be satisfied with our service!


Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included
  • Economy class train of Beijing - Ulaanbaatar; Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk; Irkutsk - Moscow.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into Beijing and out Moscow.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • China, Mongolia and Russia Visa Fees.
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