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 2017 - 31 December 2017
1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding nights on the train, homestays and ger camp.
2. Please note in order for our local operator to book train tickets in Russia, we require the following information at time of booking or no later than 60 days prior to departure.
• Passengers full name (First and Last)
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
• City of Birth
Our Trans-Mongolian Experience trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 35 reviews in the last year.
This trip involved long periods on a train. also at the ger camp and even in hotels where we are in close quarters with each other and don't always have the facilities that we are used to for maintaining personal hygiene.A couple of our travellers were quite on the nose so some advice on this would not go astray. For most of us a packet of wet wipes, deodorant and regular change of undies kept us all smelling like roses. My only other concern was our optional metro tour. After paying for the tour we then needed to buy our own train tickets, they didn't cost much but we were all surprised that they weren't included. Our guide was a real sweetheart but with the most delicate voice, I could see she was struggling to talk as loudly as possible, but most of us missed out on a lot of what she told us,which was a shame. What I did hear was so amazing. There were a load of people around us always and a train going by every few minutes. We suggested to her she use a microphone and earplugs. We told our leader so that the next people who do the tour would enjoy it more. She spoke to Urban Adventures about it and they said they would refund a large part of the cost to us, which I wasn't looking for and didn't expect but I thought that was very generous of them.
Review submitted 16 Oct 2017
Highly recommend it, every dollar is worthy to do it once in their lifes. The countryside is amazing and much better than expected, Autumn also gives an additional colorful Landscape touch. Its also full of history and culture.
Review submitted 12 Oct 2017