Travel on the world's finest railway from Russia to China
Come along on an awe-inspiring adventure traversing three great nations - Russia, Mongolia and China. From the opulence of Moscow and St Petersburg to the grace of imperial Beijing, travel along the most famous railway in the world through the heartland of Siberia and the vast grassy steppe of Mongolia - this trip showcases rail travel at its finest.
Climb aboard and discover Russia, Mongolia and China on one of the world’s greatest and most epic journeys
Share in traditional tastes with a visit to the home of one of our local friends – indulge in a meal of hearty regional flavours and assist the family in baking pastries
Live life on the shores of magnificent Lake Baikal in a Siberian village
Experience a traditional Russian banya – a refreshing steam, wash, and birch branch ‘massage’
Stay in the Mongolian wilderness local-style with an overnight in a tourist ger camp
Discover Mongolia's rich cultural heritage, from the country’s original Buddhist temple to the city built by Genghis Khan
Cross 8,000 kilometres to end in buzzing Beijing and discover China’s ancient past and contemporary culture
This trip is based around long train journeys, including a 4 night trip from Moscow to Irkutsk and 2 nights from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar. Conditions are simple but comfortable – an authentic experience and a great way to meet, and travel like, the locals. There is a toilet/bathroom and compartments with bunks/berths. Please note that we travel 2nd class on all overnight trains (4 people per compartment). While we always try to have our groups staying together, there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages.
As well as overnight train travel, we experience a variety of different transport types on this journey including public & private bus, metro and of course plenty of exploring on foot.
Some of the accommodation along the way is basic, staying in ger camps, local guesthouses and homestays with limited facilities. Some facilities are shared and some accommodation has only cold water. This all adds up to a real and authentic adventure.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
1. A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, with the exception of overnight trains, ger camp stay and Lake Baikal guesthouse (Day 3, 7-12, 14, 16, 18), subject to availability.
2. In order for our local operator to book train tickets we require the scan of your passport information page to be provided to your booking agent no later than 45 days before departure.
Below information must be provided at the same time:
• Passengers full name (First/ Middle/ Last)
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
• City of Birth
3. To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance.
Our Trans-Mongolian Experience trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 52 reviews in the last year.
A fascinating trip covering huge areas of central Asia for which you need to be prepared. Train travel is not for the faint hearted - you will need to be prepared to hump your luggage up and down series of stairs (escalators are rare), up and down steep train steps and along uneven pavements. Feed yourself (carrying food) tiny washing facilities (own toilet paper) and try to get a lower bunk on the train or you can't see out of the window. Despite this, this is an adventure like no other and you make or break your own achievements.
Review submitted 02 Sep 2018