Climb aboard and discover Russia, Mongolia and China on one of the world’s most famous and exciting rail journeys.
Your chance to experience 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.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Climb aboard and discover Russia, Mongolia and China on one of the world’s most epic journeys
- Live life on the shores of magnificent Lake Baikal in a Siberian village
- Cross 8,000 kilometres to end in buzzing Beijing and discover China’s ancient past and contemporary culture
- Experience a traditional Russian banya – a refreshing steam, wash, and birch branch ‘massage’
23 December 2019
11 January 2020
27 January 2020
15 February 2020
6 April 2020
25 April 2020
20 April 2020
9 May 2020
4 May 2020
23 May 2020
11 May 2020
30 May 2020
18 May 2020
6 June 2020
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- Suzdal – Russian Dinner & Traditional Pastry Baking
- Suzdal – Guided Walking Tour
Moscow – Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
- Moscow – Lenin’s Mausoleum
- Irkutsk – Decembrists Museum
- Irkutsk – Central Market
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Hotel (8 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (8 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Ger Camp (1 night)
- 11 breakfasts
- 4 lunches
- 3 dinners
Who is this trip for?
This trip has a physical rating by the operator of 3 out of 5. Get in touch to find out more about what this means and what to expect.
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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).
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 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.
Do we spend a lot of time on the train?
This trip is based around long train journeys, including a 4 night trip from Moscow to Irkutsk and 2 nights from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar. Conditions are simple but comfortable – an authentic experience and a great way to meet, and travel like, the locals. 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 the operator always try to have the group staying together, there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages.
Is the train the only means of travel?
As well as overnight train travel, you’ll experience a variety of different transport types on this journey including public & private bus, metro and of course plenty of exploring on foot.
What's the accommodation like?
Some of the accommodation along the way is basic, staying in ger camps, local guesthouses and homestays with limited facilities. Some facilities are shared and some accommodation has only cold water. This all adds up to a real and authentic adventure.
We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.
They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.
In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
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