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Trans-Siberian Discovery (Ulaanbaatar - Moscow)

TS02: 17 Days Ulaanbaatar - Karakorum - Ugii Lake - Hustai National Park - Terelj National Park - Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow

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 Ulaanbaatar
Welcome to Ulaanbaatar. Our tour guide will pick you up at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we can get the first impression of Mongolia by wander around the Sukhbaatar Square and take a panoramic view of the whole city on the top of Zaisan Hill.

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel (3 stars)

  • Zaisan Memorial Ulaanbaatar
    Zaisan Memorial
  • Sukhbaatar Square
    Sukhbaatar Square
Day 2: Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery
After breakfast, we will drive for 4-5 hours to Karakorum, also called Kharkhorin, the world's center dated back in 13th century. On the way, we will take a magnificent break at Elsen Tasarkhai – the Bayan Gobi and visit a local family. Continue our trip, the most ancient Erdene Zuu Monastery located in Karakorum. Visit this monastery and the Karakorum Museum to know more about this ancient capital of the Great Mongolia Empire.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Day 3: Ugii Lake
In the morning, we will head to Ugii Lake, the distance is about 280km and we will drive about 4-5 hours. We will take breaks at scenic places on the way. Ugii Lake is a freshwater lake and it is the habitat of anatidae birds. You can take a boat or observe birds. Then, visit the Khusuu Tsaidam Museum, famous for its collections of ancient Turkic State dated back to 6- 8th Centuries A.D.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Day 4: Hustai National Park
Today we will head to Hustai National Park to see Takhi, also known as The Przewalski Horses. This national park is the sanctuary of the only surviving wild horse in the world. If you have a chance, you can see other wild animals like marmots and red deers. Hiking around and feel the magical nature.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Day 5: Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex - Terelj National Park
Today we will visit another famous national park - Terelj National Park, famous for its admirable grassland, forest and strange but interesting stones. Hiking over the top of the mountain and overlook the panoramic of the whole park. On the way to this nature reserve, we will stop at the Chinggis Khaan statue complex to feel the Chinggis Khaan's world, all information or items are related.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ger Camp

  • Terelj National Park
    Terelj National Park
Day 6: Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk
In the Drive back to Ulannbaatar. In the afternoon, your Siberian railway trip continues to Irkutsk, Russia. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the railway station and help you check in for the train.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: on the train

Day 7: Irkutsk Arrival
In the morning, you will enjoy the cityscape of Ulan Ude and also the picturesque views of Lake Baikal on the train. Upon arrival in Irkutsk, you will be met by our local guide and then we will set out for a 2-hour walking tour to some highlights of the city, including park and War Memorial, some churches by Angara River, prosperous streets in city center and Statue of Alexander III. By the end of the day, you will be transferred to the hotel for a sound sleep.

Accommodation: Boutique Marussia Hotel (3 stars)

Day 8: Lake Baikal
After breakfast, we will set out for a 2 hours' ride on this Trans Siberian railway tour to the village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe beside Lake Baikal. After checking in a local guest house, the guide will lead you to explore the village on foot. We will visit an old church and also take in splendid natural scenery. A hiking into forests and hills enables you to have better views of the lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Siberian Guest House

Day 9: Depart Irkutsk & Lake Baikal
Today, we still have a whole morning exploring more about the village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe and Lake Baikal. Our guide will lead you to climb a mountain for a panoramic view of the surroundings. After lunch, you will be transferred back to Irkutsk and then board a train to Yekaterinburg.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: on the train

Day 10: On the Train
Today, you will enjoy distinctive natural scenery of remote Siberian regions in Russia, which is consisted of rolling hills, lush forests, gurgling rivers and clouds which are almost tangible in the sky. The train will also pass by some modern cities, including Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk.

Accommodation: on the train

Day 11: Yekaterinburg Arrival
During today's Siberian railway trip, the train will traverse sparsely populated regions and unspoiled natural scenery will put on a visual feast before your eyes. After passing by rolling hills of Ural Mountains for a while, you will finally arrive in Yekaterinburg and meet our guide at the railway station. A comfortable ride will transfer you to a cozy hotel.

Accommodation: Chekhov Boutique Hotel (3 stars)

Day 12: Yekaterinburg
After breakfast, we will head for Koptelovo Village nestling in Ural Mountains. There you will have a chance to delve into local traditional lifestyle and customs, and admire distinctive wooden residences called izba. Besides, it could be a special experience to tour around by a horse carriage or a sledge. At the end of the day, you will be transferred back to Yekaterinburg.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Chekhov Boutique Hotel (3 stars)

  • Countryside & Siberian village experience
    Countryside and village experience
  • Countryside & Siberian village experience
    Matryoshka dolls on the markets
Day 13: Yekaterinburg
Today, we will have a 3-hour walking tour of Yekaterinburg. Our guide will lead you to sight-see historical monuments in the city, such as Central Square, statues of Ekaterinburg's founders, 1905 Revolution Square, Church of Spilled Blood and Romanovs' Death Site. Then the trip continues to the Romanovs Secret Grace in suburb area. After that, we will come to the Europe-Asia border to enjoy the frontier scenery. During the return trip to downtown area, we will alight at a private museum of arms to admire a large collection of weapons.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Chekhov Boutique Hotel (3 stars)

Day 14: Yekaterinburg - Moscow
Today, this Trans-Siberian trip continues to Moscow. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the railway station and help you check in for your onward train. The train will cross the Europe-Asia border and traverse a number of towns and villages. You will spend the night onboard.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: on the train

Day 15: Moscow Arrival
You will reach at Moscow Railway Station early this morning. Our warm guide will meet you outside the train station and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After settling down, you will be accompanied to tour around some essential sights in Moscow, including Bolshoi Theater, Tverskaya Street, GUM Department Store, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Budapest Hotel (3 stars)

  • Red Square
    Red Square
  • Red Square
    Red Square
Day 16: Moscow
Today is free for you to discover Moscow at your own pace. The city is brimmed with museums, galleries and typical Stalinist architecture featuring a towering main building, spires and white appearance. You may wander around to take some great photos.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Budapest Hotel (3 stars)

Day 17: Departure from Moscow
Today is the last day of this Trans-Siberian railway holiday, but you still have a free morning to explore more about Moscow. After that, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport or railway station. Nice journey home!

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included
  • Economy class train of Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk; Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg; Yekaterinburg - 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.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into Ulaanbaatar 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.
  • Mongolia and Russia Visa Fees.
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