Visit China and Mongolia before reaching Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway
Travel across continents and time zones on one of the world's greatest train journeys. Start in busy Beijing before heading to the untamed wilderness of Mongolia to meet its historically nomadic people. Leave Asia behind as we cross into Siberia for some traditional hospitality and stunning natural landscapes in Lake Baikal and then into Russia to arrive in majestic Moscow. This trip will open your eyes to the history, scenery and unique cultures that make up this fascinating region, so climb aboard for the ultimate Trans-Siberian experience.
Experience this incredible rail adventure through China, Mongolia, and Russia – one of the world’s greatest and most epic journeys.
Be accompanied for the whole journey by an experienced leader who can share the languages, culture and insider secrets in each destination. Here's just some of what is in store for you: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/trans-siberian-express/
Stay in the Mongolian wilderness local-style with an overnight in a tourist ger camp.
Immerse yourself in Mongolia's rich cultural heritage, from the country’s original Buddhist temple to the city built by Genghis Khan
Discover a way of life that has changed very little since the 18th century with a visit to an ‘Old Believers Village’ near Ulan Ude
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’
Encounter fascinating sights over the 6,000 kilometres from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to Moscow’s iconic Red Square
Be prepared for some very long travel days on this trip (both on and off the train) – you are crossing the largest country on Earth after all! Settle into the rhythm and enjoy the scenery, your book, or chatting with your fellow travellers or the locals.
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. For some more on what train travel in Russia (and around the world) is like, see our blog article here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/overnight-train-travel-around-...
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.
Be prepared for three vastly different countries and experience all the cultural differences they have to offer, both from your home country, and from each other.
If you'd like to extend your travels all the way to St Petersburg, see trip code CBSQC on our website. If you'd prefer to travel the reverse direction, from St Petersburg to Beijing, see our Trans-Mongolian Experience (WBSB) trip.
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 2, 4, 5, 7-12, 14), 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 in advance.
Our Beijing to Moscow trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 92 reviews in the last year.
Pack a basin plug for Russia, if you plan to wash anything! Also, learn to read Cyrillic characters before you leave. It only takes an hour.
Review submitted 16 Aug 2018