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Trans-Siberian Express (Moscow - Beijing)

TS03: 16 Days Moscow - Ulaanbaatar - Karakorum - Erdene Zuu - Elsen Tasarkhai - Hustai National Park - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized

Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car

Accommodation: 3 to 4-star hotels & Ger Camp

Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Upon landing in Moscow, you will meet our driver outside the customs of the airport, and then be transferred to a downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for your own arrangements.

Accommodation: Budapest Hotel (3 stars)

Day 2: Moscow
This morning, we will set out for a 3-hour walking tour of Moscow city. With the company of our guide, you will have a visit to Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya Street, GUM Department Store, Red Square and the nearby St. Basil's Cathedral. After that, you will have a free afternoon exploring the city on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Budapest Hotel (3 stars)

  • Explore the city at your own pace
    Moscow city street
  • Explore the city at your own pace
    A corner of Moscow City
Day 3: Depart Moscow
Today, you can spend the whole daytime taking one last exploration of Moscow by yourself. At night, our driver will escort you to Yaroslavsky Railway Station for your onward trans-Siberian train to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and you will spend 5 nights in the comfortable cabin onboard.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: on the train

Day 4: On Board the Train
Today, you will enjoy tranquil rustic landscape of Russia through the window as the train passes by numerous towns and villages. En route, you can get off to buy food and drinks on the platforms when the train takes stopovers.

Accommodation: on the train

Day 5: On Board the Train
The train will cross the Europe-Asia border early this morning and then arrive in Ekaterinburg. You will have a glimpse of prosperous cityscape on the train. After leaving Ekaterinburg for a while, you will enjoy distinctive natural scenery of swamps and pine forests from the window.

Accommodation: on the train

  • On Board the Train
    Tour the whole city on the train
  • On Board the Train
    Explore the natural scenery outside the window
Day 6: On Board the Train
The train will pass by Krasnoyarsk City in the morning and then traverse rolling hills and a large stretch of forests. Sometimes there are clear rivers and ponds dotted at the foot of the mountains or in the midst of towering trees.

Accommodation: on the train

Day 7: On Board the Train
After passing Irkutsk at dawn, the train will run along the shore of Lake Baikal and then pull into Naushki Railway Station, located on the Russia-Mongolia border, for you to take border formalities. As the train ride continues, you will enjoy endless prairie through the window.

Accommodation: on the train

Day 8: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
You will arrive in Ulaanbaatar train station early this morning. Our local guide and driver will meet you outside the exit and then transfer you to the hotel where you can fresh up and take a rest. Later, let's get to know Ulaanbaatar by visiting the most famous and the largest Gandan Monastery, and then walk around Chinggis Khaan Square to find out how local people spend their free time. Later on, we will move to Zaisan Hill Memorial, standing on the top of the mountain, you'll have a panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. We will treat you a welcome dinner with local dance & music show.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel (3 stars)

  • Gandan Monastery Ulaanbaatar
    Gandan Monastery
  • Chinggis Khaan Square
    Chinggis Khaan Square
Day 9: Karakorum - Erdene Zuu
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Karakorum (Kharkhorin), it used to be the capital of the Great Mongolia Empire. And then visit the most ancient temple, Erdene Zuu, It is located on the open grassland on the right bank of the Orkhon River, and walk around this river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Day 10: Elsen Tasarkhai Semi Gobi - Hustai National Park
We will start our return trip to Ulaanbaatar today. Firstly, we will drive to Elsen tasarkhai, the semi Gobi, a magnificent place with both Gobi and oasis, visit a local herder family and ride a camel for one hour to explore around. Continue to Hustai National Park to see wild horses, well know as Takhi, or The Przewalski Horses.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ger Camp

  • Hustai National Park
    Hustai National Park
Day 11: Hustai - Ulaanbaatar
Ride a horse to hiking around this nature reserve, Drive back to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon and we will leave the rest of day free for you. You can do some shopping for souvenirs and cashmere in Ulaanbaatar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel (3 stars)

Day 12: Ulaanbaatar - Beijing
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the railway station for an overnight train to Beijing, China. After traversing boundless steppe and desert, you will arrive at Zamyn-Ude at night to go through immigration check, and then enter the territory of China.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: on the train

Day 13: Arrival in Beijing
You will arrive at Beijing Railway Station in late morning. Our local guide and driver will be waiting for you outside the exit and offer you a private transfer to the hotel. You will be free for the rest of the day to either rest at the hotel or stroll around.

Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing (4 stars)

Day 14: Beijing
After breakfast, you will be accompanied to Tiananmen Square to take great pictures of Tiananmen Tower, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao and Monument to the People's Heroes, and then have a glimpse of the luxuriant life of imperial family at the Forbidden City.

In the afternoon, the 15 days Moscow and Beijing tour continues to the Temple of Heaven, which used to be the site for emperors to hold national worshiping ceremony.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing (4 stars)

Day 15: Beijing
After a big breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Mutianyu Great Wall, which is one of the most popular and best preserved Great Wall sections in China. A round-trip cable car will help you go up and down from the ramparts.

Later, on the way back to downtown Beijing, we will alight from the vehicle for you to view the National Stadium from a distance. Lastly, we will conclude the day with a relaxing tour in the Summer Palace.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing (4 stars)

  • Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 16: Departure from Beijing
It is the last day of this Moscow to Beijing tour. Our guide will help you check out the hotel and transfer you to the Capital Airport for your leaving flight. Bon voyage!

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included
  • 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.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Economy class train of Moscow - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing.
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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