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.
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 4.8 out of 5 based on 45 reviews in the last year.
If you are thinking of doing the Trans Mongolian Rail Journey, stop thinking, and do it!!! It was the trip of a lifetime. Hopefully you will be lucky enough to get Ksenia as your group leader.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2018
The trans Mongolian trip is a fantastic way to see countries you dreamed about when you were a child. Never did I think that I would ever see a place like Moscow or Mongolia but there I was. This trip allowed me to see all this & more, so I would recommend this trip to anyone thinking about touring this part of the world. I felt completely safe on all occasions & the people of these countries were polite & helpful when needed. They also appeared be just as excited to see you, visiting them. The train was also a welcome rest break in the middle of the trip, which allowed a bit of extra sleep time or catching up on a book & also looking out the window at the magnificent landscape passing by. There are always some small niggles doing these sorts of trips, but they a minor compared to the memories you will have at the end of it. Money well spent
Review submitted 22 Jun 2018