Visit China and Mongolia before reaching Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Travel across continents and time zones on one of the world's greatest train journeys. Start in busy Beijing before heading to the untamed wilderness of Mongolia to meet its historically nomadic people. Leave Asia behind as we cross into Siberia for some traditional hospitality and stunning natural landscapes in Lake Baikal and then into Russia to arrive in majestic Moscow. This trip will open your eyes to the history, scenery and unique cultures that make up this fascinating region, so climb aboard for the ultimate Trans-Siberian experience.

Beijing, China
Moscow, Russia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
652kg pp per trip


  • Traverse Russia by rail on the Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Take a dip in the icy waters of Lake Baikal
  • Experience the warmth of a Siberian home stay
  • Get a taste Mongolian tradition with a night in a ger
  • Get among the bustle of Beijing
  • Explore the seldom visited town of Kungur
  • Mix with Buryat, Russian and Old Believer cultures in Ulan Ude
  • Make a date with Lenin in his Moscow mausoleum


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Welcome to the irrepressible capital of China. If you'd like to explore Beijing's myriad incredible sights, we'd recommend arriving a few days earlier to witness places like the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China.
Cross the border into Mongolia and journey into the grasslands of Genghis Khan. Stay in a traditional ger, walk through alpine parks, cook Mongolian dumplings and visit a community project that supports disadvantaged children.
Enjoy feasting on local food while on an overnight homestay and participate in traditional customs on the shores of sparkling Lake Baikal.
The route of the famed Trans-Siberian Railway covers vast terrain, crosses the taiga and travels through five time zones on its way from Asia to Europe. Watch the world go by and relax on this famous locomotive.
Break up the journey with a stop in tranquil Kungur, home to an onion-domed skyline and an abundance of beautiful natural landscapes. See one of the world's biggest ice caves, which is permanently frozen all year round.
Wander the streets of Moscow, Russia's capital, and take in the famous Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the magnificent Kremlin. Visit the Armoury Museum and Lenin's Mausoleum for a dose of history.
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8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train, Underground/Subway
Ger (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (6 nights)
Included activities
  • Ger Camp - Cooking class
  • Ger Camp - Terelj National Park
  • Informal Mongolian Language Lesson
  • Kungur - Family visit
  • Kungur - Guided walking tour
  • Lake Baikal - Banya (Russian sauna)
  • Perm - Perm-36 Memorial Complex tour
  • Ulaanbaatar - Gandan Monastery
  • Ulaanbaatar - Winter Palace of Bogd Khan
  • Ulaanbaatar - Zaisan Hill
  • Ulan Ude - Old Believers Village


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Important notes

1. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking in order for us to obtain your train tickets
2. Due to international train schedules there are no departures of this trip that will be in Mongolia during Naadam Festival in 2015.

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