Russia & Beyond Itinerary

Take an adventure holiday from St Petersburg to Beijing. Visit Moscow, travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway and explore Siberia, Mongolia and Beijing.

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Great Wall of China

Forbidden city, Beijing

Chinese street food

St Basil's cathedral, Moscow

Days 1-2 St Petersburg

Launch this Trans-Siberian rail odyssey in opulent St Petersburg. Head to Nevsky Prospekt and indulge in some fresh pastries, traipse through one of many quirky museums or even follow in the footsteps of Rasputin on a city walking tour.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-4 Moscow

See how Orthodox churches stand proudly alongside Soviet icons and chic boutiques in Moscow. Be transported back in time at the Kremlin and be wowed by the onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 5-7 Trans-Siberian Railway

Board the Trans-Siberian Railway bound for Siberia. Sit back and relax as the thick forests roll by. Make acquaintance with other travellers, deal out a deck of cards or simply sit back and take in this once in a lifetime experience.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 3

Days 8-10 Lake Baikal/Irkutsk

Be a special guest of a local Buryat family during a traditional homestay on the shores of Lake Baikal. While here, why not take the scenic surrounds on a boat ride or cycling adventure. Then, upon arrival in Irkutsk, saunter through the winding streets, admiring the city's mix of traditional and communist-era architecture.
ACCOM: Homestay - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 11-12 Ulan Ude/Ulaanbaatar

Chill out in this Mongolian-influenced city that has a unique blend of indigenous and Russian cultures. Visit a small village and see structures that have existed since the 18th-century. There's a chance to take part in a folk performance and maybe have a meal of tasty home-cooked dishes. From here, head out to explore the ancient former stomping ground of Genghis Khan.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 13-15 Ulaanbaatar/Nomad Camp

Discover the old and new faces of Ulaanbaatar and make time to see the Winter Palace of Bogd Khan, Mongolia's last emperor. Venture further afield for an unforgettable homestay. Spot wild Mongolian horses in Khustai National Park before joining a nomadic family as they go about their simple daily lives, dining on basic Mongolian fare and sleeping in a traditional ger tent.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2, Nomad Tent - 1

Day 16 Ulaanbaatar/Overnight train

Return to Ulaanbaatar and spend a free day further exploring this unforgettable Mongolian city. Clamber aboard an overnight train, making tracks into China.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 17-18 Beijing

Arrive in the impressive Chinese capital in the afternoon. Perhaps stay a few days longer to walk a stretch of the Great Wall or hear tales of treachery in the Forbidden City.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1