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The epic Trans-Siberian Railway spans some 9000 km, 2 continents, 3 countries, 8 time zones and offers fascinating people and cultures, historical monuments and is the pinnacle of iconic travel experiences. Journey from Beijing to St Petersburg via the mysterious Mongolia, Siberia and Lake Baikal the grand cities of Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Moscow. The July 5, 2020 departure takes in 2 days of the magnificent Naadam Festival in Mongolia.
Walk along the incredible Great Wall, China's modern wonder
Journey across dramatically changing landscape
Enjoy the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival in Mongolia's capital
Experience the grandeur of Moscow which boasts a history that spans 8 centuries
Our Trans Siberian Railway - Naadam Departure itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Beijing, the capital of China, for a 2-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.
You will rise early this morning to avoid the crowds and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass to take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Later, visit the Jade Museum. In the afternoon, stroll through Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner.
Depart the hotel this morning and head to the Beijing Railway Station for the Trans Mongolian Railway Journey. The train follows the Trans-Siberian Railway until Ulan-Ude in Russia, where it splits off and takes the Trans-Mongolian route. Watch as the landscape changes, while enjoying views of the Great Wall of China as the train tackles the mountains before descending to the arid lands of Inner Mongolia and continuing into the heart of rural Asia.
Wake bright and early and pull up your cabin blind to witness a dramatic change in scenery as you get your first look at Mongolia – rolling hills, wild horses dashing along with the train and nomad gers spread out along the open steppe and along the Gobi Desert. Arrive in Ulaanbaator in Mongolia and transfer to your hotel. Later in the day visit Chinggis Khaan Square and the Zaisan Hill Memorial and the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan. Tonight, experience a famous Mongolian BBQ and a rich artistic cultural performance of traditional throat and ‘long song’ singers, musicians, dancers and contortionists.
This morning, visit a ger district located in Northern outskirts of the city, where you’ll meet some of the residents, have a cup of traditional Mongolian tea and a chat about life in an urban ger community. Visit Gorkhi Terelj National Park Ger Camp. This popular national park is characterised by picturesque alpine scenery, open grassland fields and magnificent mountain ranges where you could experience and enjoy outdoor activities including horseback riding, camel or yak trekking, hiking, and photography. Travel to Turtle Rock for a hike and visit a Mongolian nomadic family for the taste of nomadic lifestyle, traditional food, culture and traditions and warm hospitality.
On the way back to Ulaanbaator, stop and visit the huge Genghis Khan Monument, Mongolia's most iconic landmark, a 40m-high silver Chinggis Khaan statue. Atop, enjoy spectacular views of the steppe below. On your return, you will visit the Gandan Monastery. This monastery is one of Mongolia’s most important, and also one of its biggest tourist attractions. Return to Ulaanbaatar city for Naadam Eve and visit Central Square where you can view the Naadam Mongol costumes on display.
One of the special features you will encounter over the next 2 days is experiencing first-hand the annual Naadam Festival. The highlight of your journey begins as the group mix with locals and nomads alike to witness the Opening Ceremony of the Naadam Festival, at Central Stadium. Here you can see featured events that include wrestling, horseracing and archery. You will have the chance to view the procession of the athletes, officials and monks, as the first round of competition in the wrestling tournament begins.
A thrilling day unfolds as you to view the cross-country horseracing. Also known as ‘tumnii ekh’ (leader of ten thousand), this certainly is sought after amongst the
younger competitors. Cheer along with the locals as the athletes compete and enthral in the carnival-like atmosphere. Boxed meals will be provided for lunch in the horse racing field today. There’s free time to do some shopping and stock up on supplies for tomorrow's overnight train ride. You could also search out local handicrafts like cashmere and felt products. This afternoon transfer to the train station for the Trans Mongolian Railway journey into Russia.
Tour the city on arrival visiting the Lenin Statue, the city centre, the Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan Tibetan temple and the Odigitrievsky Cathedral. Later, spend the afternoon at the Old Believers' village of Tarbagatay following the beautiful Selenge river valley. Upon arrival in Tarbagatay, you’ll be greeted by local ladies in full traditional dress who will show you around their traditional house. Visit a small Old Believers church, a fascinating museum put together by the local priest to learn about their way of life. Enjoy a village hall dinner with a veritable feast of sumptuous food, vodka and wine whilst being entertained with local dancing and folk singing.
Depart the hotel for the Trans-Siberian Railway journey to Irkutsk and onto the pretty Lake Baikal town of Listvyanka. Day 10 offers the best scenery of the entire trip when Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, comes into view on one side and mountains on the other. The train twists around some tight turns near the lake and skirts the edge just metres away, so you can take some great photos. Travel via Irkutsk to the small Lake Baikal town of Listvyanka, 70km southeast arriving at your wooden Siberian forested guesthouse.
Enjoy your surroundings today and explore the beautiful Lake Baikal nature by going on a hike along the lakeshore. Hop aboard a boat that will take you along the shore to some impressive viewpoints. Back in town you can admire the sculptures made of Soviet car parts at Retro Park or get up close and personal with Baikal’s aquatic life at the Baikal Museum aquarium. Enjoy a dinner of smoked omul (Baikal whitefish) and shashlyk (grilled meat skewers) at the waterside market and picnic on the pebble beach with weekending Russians. Enjoy some local Siberian lager, vodka and plenty of laughs!
Travel back to Irkutsk for a tour of the city. The de facto capital of Eastern Siberia, pleasantly historic Irkutsk is by far the most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and all points east. View 19th-century wooden architecture, impressive churches, Central Market and Trans-Siberian Railway Angara Icebreaker Museum.
Enjoy lunch at the blockbuster 130 Kvartal project - an entire neighbourhood given over to typical Siberian timber buildings housing new restaurants, classy bars, cafes and the odd museum and board the train and depart Irkutsk bound for Yekaterinburg.
Continue your epic Trans-Siberian Railway adventure. No other rail journey can compare to the Trans-Siberian Railway, once hailed as 'the fairest jewel in the crown of the Tsars'. Survivor of revolution, wars, natural calamities and extreme weather, this historic iron way provides access to both contemporary metropolises and timeless villages, as well as beautiful landscapes.
Continue your epic Trans-Siberian Railway adventure. Arrive at Yekaterinburg and transfer to your hotel. Yekaterinburg is not only Russia's 4th largest city at 1.3 million people and the political capital of the Ural Mountains, it is like a piece of conceptual art with a fascinating historical subtext.
Check out of your hotel and tour the Romanov Death Site and take part in a Mafia Gangster Tour to learn about history of Yekaterinburg of the 1990s. Board the Trans-Siberian Railway this evening for your 15 hours, 30 minutes journey to Kazan.
Arrive in Kazan and transfer to your hotel. Walk along the 4 kms long Baumanm Street on arrival. Walking along the pedestrian Bauman street is an indispensable thing that any traveller must do in Kazan. Continue on and visit Kazan Kremlin, Chak-Chak Museum, Kul Sharif Mosque, an old Tatar Settlement and the Soviet Lifestyle Museum.
Check out of your hotel and leaved your bags in storage and visit the Temple of All Religions, the Virgin Monastery of Raifa, take part in a boat trip along the scenic Volga River to visit the Sviyazhsk Island Fortress. Return to the city centre for dinner at a Tatar Restaurant. After dinner board the Trans-Siberian Railway for your 12-hour journey to Moscow.
Take part in a walking tour seeing the city’s main sights: St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, The Kremlin plus the Armoury and Diamond Fund, the GUM Department Store and the Bolshoi Theatre. Later walk along the trendy Tverskaya Street, which houses the famous Four Seasons Hotel is the best-known street in Moscow and one of most expensive shopping streets in the world. Continue along the classy Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street and visit the Bolshoi Theatre (best known theatre in the world and home of the famous ballet and opera companies) and the Monument to Karl Marx.
In the morning continue touring this grand city visiting the Moscow State University, Novodevichy Convent, Stalin’s Seven Sisters, Eliseyevskiy Delicatessen, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Red October Arts District. Enjoy dinner at a Georgian Restaurant and enjoy some sundowner drinks at a local bar for magnificent views over the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Moskva (Moscow River).
Today you will take a cruise on the Moscow river seeing some of Moscow’s famous sights, go underground and take part in a metro tour, shop at the colourful Izmailovo Markets, tour at the Palaces for the Workers and relax in Gorky Park.
Catch the morning 4-hour fast train from Moscow to St Petersburg and transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival, tour the stunning pink pastel-coloured State Hermitage Building and the Winter Place, the neoclassical Kazan Cathedral and five-domed dazzler the Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood.
This morning tour the ‘Russian Versailles’ at Peterhof, have a traditional Russian lunch in Siberian forested lodge, visit Catherine’s Palace to swoon at its lavish Rococo interiors like the replica of the incredible Amber Room and enjoy a boat trip along the Neva River seeing some of St Petersburg main sights.
Start the day by visiting the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre from the outside and Smolny Cathedral. Later, visit the Monument to Heroic Defenders of Leningrad on Victory Square, stroll through the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars, visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman, the General Staff Building and Palace Square. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel where you can freshen up, enjoy a farewell dinner and at 8.30pm transfer the 30 minutes to the St Petersburg airport for your evening flight arriving in Australia 2 days later.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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