- Trip Notes
- Dates & Rates
It’s possibly the most famous railway in the world. The awe-inspiring Trans Siberian Rail Experience crosses three nations – China, Mongolia, and Russia – and takes you deep into the heartland of Siberia. This adventure is the perfect way to see Siberia – travelling as it was most popular during the 18th and 19th centuries and evoking the spirit of progress and movement that train travel has always done. This is railway travel at its most epic.
- Travelling across the grassland steppes of Mongolia
- Taking a boat tour along the canals of St. Petersburg
- Sipping on medovukha, a local tipple made from honey
- Discovering the history at Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Armoury Museum in the Kremlin
- Exploring the quaint cottages and magnificent crumbling cathedrals in Suzdal
- Getting caught up in the energy and excitement of Beijing
- Falling in love with the lavish architecture in St. Petersburg
- Taking in the romantic local history at the Volkonsky House Museum – the former home of Maria Volkonsky, the ‘Princess of Siberia’
- Cooking Mongolian buuz, a traditional dish of dumplings, with the locals themselves
- Walking along the Great Wall of China
- Experiencing the best of Siberian hospitality during a home stay on Lake Baikal
- Wandering through the mysterious Forbidden City
- Enjoying Peking Duck in the city that made it famous
- Watching the world go by on a beautiful long railway journey
The journey begins in St. Petersburg with a short introduction to the Russian language. The adventure is comprised of overnight travel by train mixed with hotel stays. Over these 21 days, as the train takes you on to the next adventure, you’ll stop for awhile to explore what each new place has to offer. You’ll explore the ancient history of Suzal, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, enjoy a relaxing stop near Lake Baikal – the world’s largest freshwater lake, and discover traditional Siberian architecture as well as communist era architecture in Irkutsk.
The further you go the more the scenery shifts and the more you learn. As you head toward Mongolia and the land of Ghengis Khan you’ll spend a memorable night in a nomadic ger camp in Terelj National Park. After that it’s on to Beijing and the exciting sites and sounds of the city.
Days 1 – 3
Begin this Trans-Mongolian odyssey in St Petersburg, the shining star of modern Russia. After a boat tour along the city’s canals and waterways, pick up some basic Russian in a language class. The illustrious Hermitage Museum is a great place to visit for its collection of artistic treasures, or maybe just wander about, admiring the Baroque architecture and European atmosphere of the city.
ACCOMMODATION HOTEL (2 NTS)
ACCOMMODATION OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN (1 NT)
Experience how Suzdal, part of Russia’s Golden Ring of ancient capitals, holds a millennium’s worth of Russian history. Venture down rustic lanes and be enchanted by medieval monasteries and cathedrals while on a walking tour. Relax by the riverside with a glass of medovukha, a local tipple made from honey.
ACCOMMODATION HOTEL (1 NT)
Days 5 – 6
Travel to the enigmatic city of Moscow, a mixture of Orthodox churches, communist relics and brash capitalism. Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Armoury Museum in the Kremlin, then meander through Red Square, and perhaps peek inside the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral.
ACCOMMODATION HOTEL (2 NTS)
Days 7 – 10
Take a last wander around the city, or stock up on supplies, before descending into Moscow’s magnificent metro and heading to Yaroslavsky Station. From here begins the epic journey that is the Trans-Siberian Railway.
ACCOMMODATION OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN (4 NTS)
Days 11 – 12
Head to the world’s largest freshwater lake, Baikal. Stay on Baikal’s tranquil banks for a firsthand experience of life in remote, provincial Russia. While here, why not get steamy in a traditional Russian sauna.
ACCOMMODATION HOME-STAY (2 NTS)
Days 13 – 14
Wander the streets of Irkutsk and see both traditional Siberian buildings and stark communist-era architecture. Delve into romantic local history at the Volkonsky House Museum – the former home of the ‘Princess of Siberia’, Maria Volkonsky. Depart the land of Lenin and venture into the grasslands of Ghengis Khan on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
ACCOMMODATION OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN (2 NTS)
Days 15 – 18
Learn about Mongolia’s turbulent history at some of Ulaanbaatar’s fine museums, monasteries and palaces. Spend an unforgettable night in a nomadic ger camp in the magnificent Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There’s the chance to don an apron and help to prepare a classic meal of buuz – Mongolian dumplings – before returning to Ulaanbaatar to stock up on supplies for the rail journey to Beijing.
ACCOMMODATION HOTEL (2 NTS)
ACCOMMODATION GER (1 NT)
ACCOMMODATION OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN (1 NT)
Days 19 – 21
Revel in Beijing’s wealth of historical sights and cultural attractions. Stand atop the Great Wall and marvel at the might of the Middle Kingdom before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Beijing city for a final spot of sightseeing. While here, a delicious meal of Peking duck is an absolute must.
ACCOMMODATION HOTEL (2 NTS)
Additional Trip Notes:
Start point: St Petersburg, Russia
Finish point: Beijing, China
This Trans Siberian Rail experience is made up of a small group of adults, from the ages of 15, with a maximum of 12 people.
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part.
Overnight sleeper train (8nts)
Overnight trains are simple but comfortable. There is a toilet/bathroom and compartments with bunks/berths. Please note that we travel 2nd class on all overnight trains (4 people per compartment). While we always try to have our groups staying together there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages. If the group number does not divide into 4 then you can also expect that some group members will be sharing a compartment with other travelers including local people. Please note that it is NOT possible to upgrade to a higher class train compartment on any section of this trip. There are generally no power points available in the compartments of the trains. The only power outlet occasionally available is one in the corridor for the whole carriage, and this is not guaranteed to have a steady flow of electricity or to be accessible from the compartment. Trains are generally heated but most do not offer air conditioning. The train can become very hot even in winter and the train attendants will not allow the windows to be opened, please pack clothing appropriate for the warmer conditions on these train journeys.
Some of the accommodation along the way is very basic, staying in local guesthouses and home-stays with limited facilities. Some facilities are shared and some accommodation has cold water only.
HOME-STAYS and GUESTHOUSES:
Please note that at our home-stays and guesthouses you might be required to share a room with people of the opposite sex or with your leader. When we stay at people’s homes, beds might be pull-out couches or mattresses on the floor.
Please be aware that Russia requires all foreign nationals to register their passports upon arrival in each city. Since March 25th, 2011 the registration rules for foreigners have been relaxed in Russia. According to these rules, foreign citizens must register themselves within 7 business days of their arrival into Russia (instead of the 3 days required before). This means that if you are arriving in Russia before the trip start date or staying extra days after the trip has finished (less than 7 days), whether at our The Trip Operator hotels or at accommodation of your choice, you don’t have to be registered and pay any registration fees. The Trip Operator will take responsibility for registration of passports at our first place of stay in Russia including any associated costs. If you are arriving more than 7 days prior to the start of the trip, or staying more than 7 days post-trip, you will need to be responsible for your own passport registration and any extra charges for this service. Failure to register could lead to problems at immigration when departing the country.
Please note that in many cities in Russia, including Moscow, hot water is turned off for up to one month during summer for routine maintenance. During this time only cold water may be available. In Ulaanbaatar due to the fact that much of the city’s infrastructure lacks regular maintenance, we may only have access to cold water at our hotel year round.
BEDS AND ROOMS:
Some travelers have reported that hotels/accommodation in this region tend to have harder bed mattresses than those they are used to at home. Passengers that require a soft bed should consider bringing an inflatable camping mattress or sleeping mat.
Smoking is prevalent in China and hotels generally do not offer specific nonsmoking rooms. Larger hotels with central air conditioning will sometimes transport the smell of smoke between rooms. While we ask our hotels to ensure our rooms are ventilated well before occupation in some cases this is not possible.
WIFI, in room, or in public areas of accommodation is not as common as travelers may be used to in other regions.
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveler feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
On this Trans Siberian Rail experience we will make use of the following transport measures – Boat, Bus, Metro, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Train.
Dates & Rates
Trip length: 20 days
- 11 April 2016
- 23 May 2016
- 6 June 2016
- 20 June 2016
- 4 July 2016
- 25 July 2016
- 8 Aug 2016
- 22 Aug 2016
- 12 Sept 2016
- 10 Apr 2017
- 8 May 2017
- 22 May 2017
- 5 Jun 2017
- 19 Jun 2017
- 3 Jul 2017
- 10 Jul 2017
- 24 Jul 2017
- 7 Aug 2017
- 21 Aug 2017
- 11 Sep 2017
- 25 Sep 2017
Price from: £2,595 per person
- Bolshoye Goloustnoye – Banya (Russian sauna)
- Ger Camp – Cooking class
- Ger Camp – Terelj National Park
- Great Wall – Mutianyu section
- Irkutsk – Central Market
- Irkutsk – Decembrists Museum
- Moscow – Kremlin & Armoury guided tour
- Moscow – Lenin’s Mausoleum
- St Petersburg – Boat tour
- Suzdal – Guided walking tour
- Suzdal – Traditional cooking class
- Ulaanbaatar – Family visit
- Ulaanbaatar – Gandan Monastery
- Ulaanbaatar – Zaisan Hill
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Trans Siberian Rail Experience
- Trip Code: AWA136
- Dates: Various dates April – Sept
- Price: from £2,595 per person
- Depart: St Petersburg, Russia
- Arrive: Beijing, China
- Length: 20 Days
- Adventure: Travel from Russia to China on this epic transcontinental adventure railway tour.