Travel from Beijing to St Petersburg via Mongolia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Big, bigger, biggest! Travel from the world’s greatest wall, along the world’s longest railway line, through the world’s largest nation, to the world’s deepest freshwater lake. Explore far-flung cities, small rural villages and everything in between in this breathtaking part of the world. Journey to China and see the sights of Beijing, stay overnight in a Mongolian ger, then ride the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia to see impressive St Petersburg and the small town of Kungur. Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of this region on this exciting trip, while gaining insight into a big part of the world that is little explored.

Start
Beijing, China
Finish
St Petersburg, Russia
Countries
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSQC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
896kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Delve into the delights of buzzing Beijing
  • Get acquainted with Genghis Khan in Ulaanbaatar
  • Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of Terelj National Park
  • Explore an Old Believers village in Ulan-Ude
  • Relax on the banks of Lake Baikal
  • Ride the epic Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Visit the sobering museum of Perm-36
  • Journey to the Red Square in Moscow
  • Marvel at the beauty of St Petersburg

Itinerary

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.
Learn why the city of Moscow is one of the greatest capitals in the world - a place where old-world orthodoxy meets audacious free enterprise. Explore the Kremlin and witness its huge collection of imperial treasures, including exquisite Faberge eggs and ceremonial regalia. Walk among the cathedrals and museums within the Kremlin walls and get a glimpse of Lenin in his eternal resting state. While here, be sure to visit Moscow's metro stations - these lavishly decorated 'Palaces of the People' are unlike any others in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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Inclusions

Meals
13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Metro, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Taxi, Train, Train (bullet)
Accommodation
Ger (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (7 nights)
Included activites
  • 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)
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Novgorod - Public Banya
  • Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin
  • Perm - Perm-36 Memorial Complex tour
  • St Petersburg - Boat or Walking Tour (dependant on season)
  • St Petersburg - Tea party with local family
  • Suzdal - Guided Walking Tour
  • Suzdal - Russian Dinner and Traditional Cooking Class
  • Ulaanbaatar - Gandan Monastery
  • Ulaanbaatar - Winter Palace of Bogd Khan
  • Ulaanbaatar - Zaisan Hill
  • Ulan Ude - Old Believers Village

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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. Please note a Single Supplement is available to book at an extra cost. Please note single rooms are not available on overnight train journeys, home-stays or Ger camps.
3. 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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