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 4.79 out of 5 based on 38 reviews in the last year.
The Trans-Mongolian Experience from Moscow to Beijing via Ulan Bataar is an interesting experience, but probably not for the younger travellers. Because you're stuck on a train for 1/3 of the trip, the group you're with will make or break your experience. Make friends with other tourists/travellers doing the same trip for random encounters as you continue your journey!
Review submitted 18 May 2018
If you are interested in experiencing the vastness of Siberia and Mongolia and if you enjoy variety, such as visiting museums, hiking in the wilderness, eating with locals or exploring new cities, then this trip ticks a lot of boxes. Be prepared to see and do a wide range of activities and if you’re someone who appreciates some independence and free time, I highly recommend this trip. Be prepared for sharing some close quarters on the trains, but don’t worry - there’s plenty of opportunities to roam around and enjoy some down time in some truly beautiful places. This adventure is worthy of any traveler’s bucket list.
Review submitted 13 May 2018