TRANS-MONGOLIAN EXPRESS: 21 Days from Beijing to St Petersburg – 24th June – €4529pp

From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in a Mongolian ger and in a cozy Russian homestay. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Trip Type: Small Group

Group trips average 12 travellers per departure

Day 1 Beijing

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Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the group meeting in the evening.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation

Chong Wen Men Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2 Beijing

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Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and soak in the history and scenery.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Great Wall (Mutianyu section). The Wall, an incredible piece of engineering, stretches 6,000km (3,728 mi) westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. It was originally constructed to protect the Chinese empires from the ‘barbarians’ of the north.

Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Mutianyu

Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

Optional Activities

Cable Car at Great Wall
Mutianyu

80-100CNY per person

The cable car ride is about 5 minutes ride up to tower 14, from where you may walk to the highest point of Mutianyu Great Wall at Tower 23. The walk from ticket check to tower 10 is about 30 minutes.The cable car ride is a good option if you are hoping to save energy to challenge the Tower 23. Return ticket is recommended as you may spend more time on the wall.

Toboggan at Great Wall
Mutianyu

80-100CNY per person

After your hike on the Great Wall, opt to take a Toboggan ride back down instead of the cable car!

Factory 798 Art & Galleries
Beijing

Explore the modern art district of Beijing! Named after 798 factory which was built in 1950’s, now an exhibition centre of Chinese culture and art, also the world – famous culture and creative industries centralized area. This is a place to not miss while in Beijing!

Accommodation

Chong Wen Men Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 Beijing

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Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Opt to see an acrobatics or kung fu show, visit the Temple of Heaven or Lama Temple, or enjoy a bicycle tour around the city.

Tiananmen Square
Beijing

Explore one of the world’s largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

Forbidden City Tour
Beijing

Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

Free Time
BeijingAfternoon

Get out and explore this busy city.

Optional Activities

Factory 798 Art & Galleries
Beijing

Explore the modern art district of Beijing! Named after 798 factory which was built in 1950’s, now an exhibition centre of Chinese culture and art, also the world – famous culture and creative industries centralized area. This is a place to not miss while in Beijing!

Accommodation

Chong Wen Men Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar

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Ride the rails through China and into Mongolia. Watch as the landscape changes and make friends with neighbours.

While on board, settle in and enjoy impressive views of the Great Wall as the train tackles the mountains before descending to the arid lands of Inner Mongolia and continuing into the heart of rural Asia.

In the evening, reach the border post of Erlian. Here, the train’s wheels will be changed to accommodate a different gauge rail. Opt to stay on board and watch it happen.

Overnight train (beds)
Beijing – Ulaanbaatar

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Border Crossing (China – Mongolia)
Erenhot – Zamiin Uud

Ready for a link more ink in your passport? Cross from China to Mongolia.

Day 5 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar

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Arrive to Ulaanbaatar and start exploring. Choose to take in a local cultural show or enjoy real Mongolian barbecue.

Awake to the stunning landscapes of the south Gobi. The classic image of Mongolian horses and gers (yurts) dot the scenery from horizon to horizon. The occasional nomad encampment appears mirage-like through the carriage window.

Train
Beijing – UlaanbaatarMorning

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time
UlaanbaatarAfternoon

Don’t waste a minute — start exploring.

Optional Activities

Mongolian Cultural Show
Ulaanbaatar

20,000 MNT per person

Enjoy an evening of song and dance at the Mongolian Cultural Show. The show includes 15 different performances, including traditional songs, dancing, throat singing, and contortionists.

Chinggis Beer Hall Visit
Ulaanbaatar

4000-5000MNT per person

Grab a beer and toast to a great vacation. Chinggis Beer is brewed right in town and has produced high quality beer since 1998. Cheers!

Accommodation

J Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (Dinner)

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Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to learn more about the rich history and culture of Mongolia. Later, leave the metropolis and travel into Mongolia’s Terelj National Park. Enjoy a night in a traditional ger camp.

Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Mongolia and hope for the chance to see chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom. After the Monastery, the tour will continue in the Winter Palace of the last Mongolian King (the only King’s palace that survived the revolution). At the end of the tour, visit Zaisan Hill, a great viewpoint with a monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers.

Gandan Monastery Guided Tour
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Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in the region and see if you can spot some chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom.

Bogd Khan Palace Guided Tour
Ulaanbaatar

Visit the Winter Palace of the last king (now a museum) and learn more about life in imperial Mongolia. Tour the six temples, and see clothing, furniture, and royal items from this interesting time period.

Zaisan Hill Visit
Ulaanbaatar

Head to the top of Zaisan Hall to see the Russian monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in World War II. Take in a bird’s-eye view of the city.

Private Vehicle
Ulaanbaatar – Gorkhi Terelj National Park40km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Ger Camp (or similar)

Day 7 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

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Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life.

Walk through the valleys, visit nomadic families, and live simply while overnight in a traditional ger camp.

Accommodation

Ger Camp (or similar)

Day 8 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Irkutsk (Breakfast)

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Head back to Ulaanbaatar for a few hours before boarding the train to Siberia.

Return back to Ulaanbaatar with enough time to buy some souvenirs and snacks for the ride before boarding the next train.

This leg is 2 nights on board, crossing into Siberia and continuing on to Irkutsk.

Private Vehicle
Gorkhi Terelj National Park – Ulaanbaatar Morning

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
UlaanbaatarAfternoon

Enjoy a few more hours in this fascinating capital city.

Overnight train (beds)
Ulaanbaatar – Irkutsk

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Accommodation

J Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 Ulaanbaatar/Irkutsk

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Spend a full day on the train heading deeper into Russia and watching the landscape change.

Border Crossing (Mongolia – Russia)
Sukhbaatar station – Naushki

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Say goodbye to Mongolia and hello to Russia.

Overnight train (beds)
Ulaanbaatar – Irkutsk

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Day 10 Irkutsk/Listvyanka (Dinner)

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Travel to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. Opt to visit Baikal Limnological Museum, enjoy a ‘banya’ (Russian sauna) or take a boat ride on the lake. Learn more about local life with a homestay.

Private Vehicle
Irkutsk – Listvyanka

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities

Baikal Limnological Museum
Listvyanka

350RUB per person

Tour the Baikal Limnological Museum and learn all about Lake Baikal and surrounding area’s wildlife and local flora. Visit its living exhibition full of fish and marine life, and check out the arboretum located nearby.

Russian Banya (Bathhouse)
Listvyanka

2000-3500RUB per person

Enjoy some relaxing in a banya (Russian sauna), which is very popular in Russia. Typically, Russians visit their local neighbourhood banya once a week to get a good scrub, sweat out the toxins, and drink tea with their friends. They often wear floppy felt hats in the sauna and beat each other with birch branches tied together — it’s only true way to get all the vodka out.

Lake Baikal Boat Trip
Lake Baikal

Head out by boat to explore beautiful Lake Baikal. Enjoy the sun and scenery of this isolated region.

Accommodation

Nikolai’s Guesthouse (or similar)
Guesthouse

Day 11 Listvyanka/Irkutsk (Breakfast)

Head back to Irkutsk for an included city tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia. Take some time to shop like the locals at the Central Market to stay well-fed on the voyage.

Irkutsk Guided City Tour
Irkutsk

Enjoy a guided tour of Irkutsk and learn about the history of how this Siberian gem came to be. Soak in the beautiful architecture of the quaint wooden houses and visit the bustling central market.

Overnight train (beds)
Irkutsk – Yekaterinburg

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Optional Activities

Decembrists Museum Visit
Irkutsk

300RUB per person

The Decembrists Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into early 19th century life in Siberia. On December 14, 1825, there was an uprising of high-ranking officials in St Petersburg demanding reform. The uprising was suppressed and those that weren’t executed were exiled to Siberia for life. Wander room to room, learn about their struggle, and their important role in developing the now charming city of Irkutsk.

Day 12Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

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Continue on from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg. Drink with locals in the dining car, buy homemade food on the platform from “babushkas” (Russian grandmothers), read, relax, play cards, meet your fellow passengers, watch the taiga forests go by — this is what the experience is all about!

Basic overnight train (beds)
Irkutsk – Yekaterinburg

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Day 13Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.

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Irkutsk – YekaterinburgMorning

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Park Inn Hotel (or similar)

Day 14 Yekaterinburg (Breakfast)

Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument.

With free time, opt to see a performance at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, visit the fine art gallery or spend some time at the military museum.

Yekaterinburg City Tour
Yekaterinburg

Head out for a guided walking tour of the important sites around Yekaterinburg. Take note of the contrast between the elegant onion-domed churches and the gray soviet bulk. Learn more about the devastating history of the Romanov family, and visit the moving monuments at the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood.

Accommodation

Park Inn Hotel (or similar)

Day 15 Yekaterinburg/Moscow (Breakfast)

Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24hr train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow.

In the morning, board the Trans-Ural Railway. Say farewell to Asia while crossing the Urals into Europe.

Overnight train (beds)
Yekaterinburg – Moscow

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Day 16 Yekaterinburg/Moscow

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Arrive to Moscow and start exploring. Take an orientation walk of the metro then opt for a Moskva River boat trip or a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Tretiakov Gallery or St Basil’s Cathedral.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time
Moscow Full Day

Make the most of your time in this fascinating city.

Optional Activities

Moskva River Boat Trip
Moscow

400RUB per person

Come aboard this riverboat trip to enjoy some fresh air and a whole new way to see Moscow. Spot famous attractions while cruising down the river, and catch many sights you may miss on shore. Perhaps, discover some new places to visit later on foot.

Lenin’s Mausoleum
Moscow

Free

Ready to meet one the most famous embalmed leaders in the world? Lenin’s Mausoleum is a popular stop for travellers in Russia and is located conveniently in Red Square.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Moscow

Check out the colourful onion-domed towers of stunning St Basil’s Cathedral, located right in the middle of a sprawling open square. It is the most quintessential Russian sight, and definitely lives up to its hype.

Accommodation

Best Western Izmailovo Vega Hotel (or similar)

Day 17 Moscow

Enjoy a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour before free time to explore.

The area around the Red Square is perfect for sightseeing and people watching. Visit one of the many shops, wander the Alexandr Gardens or visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Head down into the metro to explore the beautiful stations or visit another part of the city.

Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow

Enjoy a visit to one of the most famous symbols of Russia. For centuries, it was a residence of the tsars, and today it is the official residence of the President of Russian Federation. The Armoury Chamber is a massive treasure trove that houses thousands of items gifted to the Russian tsars and emperors by royals and ambassadors from around the world. Get ready to be stunned by gold goblets, famous Faberge eggs, 18th century embroidery, and gilded royal carriages.

Free Time
Moscow – Afternoon

With so much to see and do, get exploring.

Accommodation

Best Western Izmailovo Vega Hotel (or similar)

Day 18 Moscow/Saint Petersburg

Spend another day in Moscow before an overnight train to St Petersburg.

Continue your exploration of the Russian capital before catching the last train of the journey to St Petersburg in the late evening.

Free Time
MoscowFull Day

Finish exploring this capital city.

Basic overnight train (beds)
Moscow – Saint Petersburg

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Day 19 Saint Petersburg

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Arrive in the morning and enjoy a walking tour of the back streets and hidden alleys of St Petersburg.

St Petersburg, one of Europe’s finest cities, is home to baroque European architecture combined with the opulent palaces of Russian royalty. Its tree-lined streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere make it a favourite destination for travellers from around the globe.

Upon arrival to St Petersburg take a walking tour of the city. Learn the sordid history of the city from the Peter the Great to Dostoevsky to the Seige of Leningrad.

Saint Petersburg Walking Tour
Saint Petersburg

Take a guided walking tour to get familiar with the city – each walking tour is different based on the route the local guide chooses to take. Discover the hidden back alleys and small parks St Petersburg is famous for, as the local guide lifts the veil on this hidden world. Learn about the city’s fascinating history, and hear retelling of stories about famous buildings and local residents. Typically, the tour will stay around Nevsky Prospekt and will often end at the Hermitage, with visits to the Kazan Cathedral, the Church on Spilled Blood, and St Isaac’s Cathedral along the way.

Free Time
Saint Petersburg – Afternoon

Spend the afternoon soaking in the sights, eating in a local café or riding the world’s deepest metro.

Accommodation

Anabel Hotel (or similar)

Day 20 Saint Petersburg (Breakfast)

Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the “Venice of Russia.”

Hermitage Museum Visit
Saint Petersburg

Visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the biggest museums in Europe, famous for its amazing art collection. Be inspired by its varied exhibitions, and wander among storied walls – the museum was previously home to the Tsars for almost 200 years.

Free Time
Saint Petersburg – Afternoon

Explore the opulent streets of this city.

Optional Activities

Midnight Canal Boat Tour
Saint Petersburg

800RUB per person

Opt for a midnight canal cruise in St Petersburg during the summer months when the sun barely sets. The experience is particularly fantastic in June during the White Nights’ celebrations.

Accommodation

Anabel Hotel (or similar)

Day 21 Saint Petersburg (Breakfast)

Depart at any time.

Trip ends today 15th July – your transfer will take you to the airport for your flights home.

What’s Included

*International flights are included
*(Fares change all the time and will be repriced at the time of quote)
Airport transfers
Great Wall entrance (Beijing).
Tienanmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour.
China-Mongolia Railway.
Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace. Overnight in Mongolian ger camp.
Trans-Mongolian Railway.
Irkutsk city tour.
Lake Baikal stay (Listvyanka).
Trans-Siberian Railway.
Yekaterinburg walking tour.
Trans-Ural Railway.
Red Square visit and Moscow metro orientation tour.
Kremlin and Armoury guided tour.
St Petersburg walking tour.
Hermitage Museum entrance.
Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

PRICE: €4529pp

Book this amazing adventure today on 059 86 33 836

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Highlights

Explore the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall of China, ride the rails through Mongolia’s grassy steppe and Siberia’s taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Important Notes

1. OFFICIAL LETTER OF INVITATION
An official letter of invitation for Russia is needed in order to get your Russian visa. We work with a local operator to obtain these letters, so please complete the visa information form which will be emailed at time of booking in a timely manner so the visa process is completed before your departure. Please note that we enter Russia on day 9 of this trip

2. IMMIGRATION CARD
On arrival in Russia you will receive a double immigration card, you must fill out both parts and one is taken away upon entry, the other must remain with your passport at all times and you must have it when you are leaving Russia to hand to the relevant authorities.

3. BOOK THEATRE TICKETS IN ADVANCE
Booking Theatre tickets in advance: to avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance. Please consider carefully which performances you are going to want attend and make sure that the dates correspond to your trip. Here are some useful internet sites to check for what will be on (ballet, opera, exhibitions, etc) in Moscow and St Petersburg when you are there. In particular we recommend you see what’s playing at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there especially during White Nights in St Petersburg. The most useful sites to check in English are http://www.mariinsky.ru, http://www.bolshoi.ru and http://www.ticketsofrussia.com .

4. MONEY
Due to the bank restrictions on changing money in Russia, Mongolia and China, only notes/bills printed after 1996 and in good condiition will be accepted for exchange. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate.

Group Leader Description

All our adventures group trip is accompanied by a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in China. The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 15, avg 12

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling on our adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport

Train, private bus, metro, walking

About our Transportation

All trains are 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleepers: 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors. There an overhead locker and storage space under the bottom bunk that is sufficient space for your luggage. Bed linen is provided on all trains. Each carriage has two toilets and one hot water boiler. There are two train attendants in each carriage to take care of passengers and maintain the facilities. Most of the trains (but not all) will have dining car. This being said, it is always a good idea to bring your own snacks aboard for more variety of food options while travelling.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (2 nts).

About Accommodation

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In some local guest houses the rooms can be small and simple with shared toilet facilities and showers. A sleep sheet and travel pillow are recommended for the overnight train journeys, although simple bedding is provided. The trains have sleeper carriages with 4 beds per cabin.

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions

When arriving to Beijing International Airport, a representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned.

A representative will organise a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning

What to Take

You will be on the move a good deal, so pack as lightly as possible. It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage, though distances are never great. Most travellers carry their luggage in a pack, which is the most suitable. Suitcases are not recommended for adventure travellers! It is important that your bag can be locked.
You will also need an overnight pack for the Terelj stay. This should be big enough to carry a spare set of clothes and basic necessities (approx. 30 litre capacity).
If you are not sure about what kind of clothes to bring – check some weather web sites, and remember that layers are always good when it’s chilly.

Essentials:
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Light Hiking:
• Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
• Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)

Train Travel:
• Slip-on shoes
• Small container with lid
• Travel cutlery
• Travel or camp cup

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

What’s Included

Flight from Dublin to Beijing (Indirect)
Airport Transfers
Meals as stated in itinerary
Great Wall entrance (Beijing).
Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour.
China-Mongolia Railway.
Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace. Overnight in Mongolian ger camp.
Trans-Mongolian Railway. Irkutsk city tour.
Lake Baikal stay (Listvyanka).
Trans-Siberian Railway.
Yekaterinburg walking tour.
Trans-Ural Railway.
Red Square visit and Moscow metro orientation tour.
Kremlin and Armoury guided tour. St Petersburg walking tour.
Hermitage Museum entrance.
Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Flight from St Petersburg to Dublin (Indirect)

Accomodation

Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), home stay (1 nt), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (2 nts).