Beijing to St Petersburg Itinerary

Explore China, Mongolia and Russia on a journey from Beijing to St Petersburg via Ulaanbaatar, Lake Baikal and Moscow. Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway to remote Mongolian and Russian communities and townships on this amazing journey.

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      USD $4,745
      CAD $4,795
      AUD $4,995
      EUR €3,475
      GBP £2,990
      NZD $5,920
      ZAR R45,465
      CHF FR4,285
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Ger camp, Mongolia

St Petersburg, Russia

Days 1-2 Beijing/Train

Welcome to Beijing, China's colossal capital city. Brimming with historical attractions, fantastical architecture and a burgeoning nightlife, this is a city that demands some time to get to know. As this trip only includes one night in Beijing before departing for the Mongolian border, booking a couple of pre-trip days to suss out the sights is recommended.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-6 Ulaanbaatar/Ger Camp

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.
ACCOM: Ger - 1, Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 7-10 Ulan Ude & Lake Baikal

Enjoy feasting on local food while on an overnight homestay and participate in traditional customs on the shores of sparkling Lake Baikal.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2, Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 11-12 Trans-Siberian Railway

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.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 2

Days 13-14 Kungur

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 15-16 Moscow

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 17-18 Suzdal

Farewell Moscow and travel to ancient Suzdal. Marvel at this glittering former capital, which forms part of Russia’s legendary Golden Ring. Wander past decorative wooden cottages and peek inside crumbling churches that line the narrow streets and alleys of this magical spot. Perfect local specialties in a hands-on cooking lesson before winding down with a glass of medovukha – a light alcoholic drink made from honey – while watching the shadows lengthen across the weathered city walls. Return to Moscow before relaxing aboard a northbound overnight train.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 19 Novgorod

Descend upon the oldest city in Russia and see how well-preserved architectural treasures linger as echoes of medieval times. Travel back in time with a visit to the Millennium of Russia monument and the Cathedral of St Sophia, both concealed within the walls of Novgorod’s riverside Kremlin. Join locals for a refreshing steam at the public banya (bath house) - no trip to Russia would be complete without experiencing this quirky custom.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 20-22 St Petersburg

Complete the final leg of the journey to St Petersburg. Join a guided tour and hear tales about the colourful characters who are associated with each historical attraction in St Petersburg. Later, be a special guest of a local family for a Russian tea party. Before heading home, perhaps spy famous works of art in the Hermitage Museum or, for a final dose of mystery and intrigue, visit the Kunstkamera, home to a collection of Peter the Great's ghoulish oddities.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2