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The legendary Trans- Siberian train all the way from Moscow to Beijing is definitely the most popular train journey in the world. Travel the Trans-Mongolian route from Beijing, China to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia then to Irkutsk, Russia and enjoy wonderful stops in these distinctive 3 countries - the endless steppes and wilderness of Mongolia, bustling city of Beijing and blue pearl of Russia, the lake Baikal.
The Trans-Siberian Train Adventure is unique and exciting, and is definitely a lifetime experience. This fantastic 15 day trip will first take you to the ancient culture and sedentary civilization of the Chinese people. You will spend 4 days exploring the wonderful cultural and historical remains of China including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Hutong Experience and the Temple of Heaven.
Then a fun 30 hr ride on the legendary Trans-Siberian (Trans-Mongolian route) train will take you across the Gobi Desert and the vast Mongolian steppe. By diving in to the depth of nomadic civilization of Mongolia, where you will feel like travelling back to the past as the lifestyle and culture of Mongolian nomads have not changed much from the days of mighty Genghis Khan. You will spend 4 nights in ancient Mongolian traditional dwelling Ger, visit national parks and meet Mongolian nomads and witness their hospitality. A short horse ride in the Mongolian steppes will leave you with an unforgettable beautiful memory from Mongolian steppes.
Your tour will then bring you to the land of lakes of forest, Siberia. This is a land of endless forest, historically important sites/museums and the deepest lake of the world, the might Lake Baikal.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Beijing, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Beijing has served as the capital of China for over 800 years and is the second largest city by population. Home to the sprawling Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, as well as the most popular spot to visit the world famous Great Wall.
Beijing has many great restaurants and bars. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Subsequently, you will go to visit the old Hutongs by bike with your guide and explore the local people's life.
Enjoy free time in the evening.
Forbidden City: The Forbidden City was the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties, known as the Palace Museum. The construction took 14 years and was finished in 1420. In the following years, the capital of the Ming Dynasty was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. Twenty-four emperors, 14 in the Ming and 10 in the Qing dynasties ruled from here. The last dynasty fell in 1911, but Emperor Puyi still lived in the Inner Court until 1924, when he was thrown out of the palace by the troops of General Feng Yuxiang. After that, the palace was opened to the public as the Palace Museum and it was no longer forbidden to the common people.
The Tian An Men square: With a total area of 440,000 square meters, the Tiananmen Square found in the centre of Beijing boasts the largest of its kind. Over a hundred years, many ceremonies and demonstrations have been held here.
Visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, cable car is included) this morning.
Afterwards, transfer to visit the Chang Tomb of the Ming Tombs in the afternoon.
Enjoy free time in the evening to explore the city on your own.
The Great Wall, one of the eight ancient wonders of the world and the only man-made construction on earth that the astronauts can see from space. Starting out in the east on the banks of Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Wall stretches westwards for 12,700 kilometres to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. It was built as a defensive structure from Mongolian warriors and gradually become the symbol of the ancient Chinese civilization.
In the morning, visit the Temple of Heaven where we can see local people doing morning exercises if weather permits. Later, transfer to the Summer Palace including boat cruise on Kunming Lake. Transfer back to hotel and explore the city on your own in the evening.
Transfer to the train station at 10:00 am with boxed breakfast. Traveling northwest towards Mongolia we settle in to our comfortable compartments as we pass through mountains and watch from the window as the towns and villages and the scenes of local life of Inner Mongolia go by. In the evening we cross the Gobi Desert. There’s a restaurant carriage on the train, where you can eat.
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, we will have lunch and then drive out of the city to Gun Galuut Nature Reserve. On the way, take photos and visit the world’s largest equestrian monument – a far sighted Genghis Khan on horseback. Arrive in Gun-Galuut and transfer to Steppe Nomads tourist camp. Hike or ride horses to Mt. Baits to try to view the gorgeous Argali mountain sheep (if lucky) and the White Napped Crane, Whooper Swan and other birds.
Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve:
The Reserve is truly the marvellous combination of high mountains, colourful flowers, pretty lakes, rivers and wetlands with its famous rare species. It is a home to endangered wild Mountain sheep-Argali the Big Horns, White-napped crane, Siberian White Crane, Hooded Crane, the rare Black stork, Asian heron, Whooper swan, Swan Goose and so on. Over 80 Argali sheep inhabit peacefully in Gun-Galuut now. Tourists visiting the Nature Reserve have the opportunities to do watching and taking photos of the Endangered species, rafting and fishing in the lakes and rivers, camping in a beautiful and peaceful nature, visiting nomadic families, riding horse, yak and camel and introducing with traditional nomadic lifestyle and culture.
Today, we head to Hustai national park where the last remaining wild horses on earth, the Takhi wild horses, graze peacefully with other wildlife. Hiking around and enjoying the beautiful serene nature.
Drive to Karakorum this morning. Visit the historic sites such as the legendary Erdene- Zuu monastery and its surroundings like ruins of Tumen Amgalant Palace, Museum of Karakorum and King’s Monument. Admire the breathtaking Unesco world heritage site Orkhon valley.
We head out to Elsen tasarkhai through the green grassland, and arrive at the stunning sand dunes, streams and rocky mountains. Enjoy camel riding for 1 hr, hiking through Hugnu Khan Mountain and Erdenehamba. Visit nomadic families to learn their ways to tend their livestock and live within the harmony of mother nature.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar at lunch time and start the city tour after lunch: the city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan's empire- building. Folklore concert and farewell dinner in the evening.
Free time in the morning, and explore the city on your own. We will board the Transiberian train to Irkutsk at 4 pm. Overnight on the train.
Your guide will greet you at the train station upon arrival. Transfer to a centrally located hotel and free time for the reminder of the day.
In the morning, transfer to Listvyanka. On the way, stop at the fascinating Taltsy open air museum, the wooden architecture museum which is a great experiential excursion. Then visit a local biological museum with the diverse collection of Baikal flora and fauna. Lunch at a local restaurant by the lake. In the afternoon, take a chairlift to have a panoramic view of the beautiful Baikal lake and its surrounding areas. Enjoy your visit to a local 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and a local fish market where you will see a great variety of local goods. Transfer to Irkutsk.
The city tour starts with the historical part of the city: Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone structure. You will also visit the Polish Roman Catholic church in the downtown area. The tour then leads you through the Kirov square and circus, taking you to the main street of Irkutsk, the Karl Marks Street. You will walk along the street to get to the Angara River embankment. In the afternoon, visit the Decemberist Museum and fine art museum.
You will be transferred to the airport or train station in the morning, and conclude your wonderful journey through the heart of Central Asia.
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"In Mongolia, the people were so generous and we felt really well looked after! Russia was interesting. We have loved the train. Irkutsk was also interesting and our guide and driver were good. Not too cold and not busy so a great time of year to go. The scenery from Beijing to Irkutsk was amazing. About half way from Irkutsk to Ekaterinburg you see forests, bogs and lakes. So the scenery was better than I expected and the trains. Fantastic hotels too! " — Mr and Mrs Cameron, Mongolia and Transsiberian Railway, 31/05/2017
" Russia was interesting, amazing locals and fascinating ballet, opera, shows, and history and great journey on Trans Siberian " — Doug and Sue, Sydney, October 2017
"Some feedback on our trip to Mongolia - The train was very good and their food was pretty tasty actually. We met people who were staying for three weeks and going up into the NW region for the Eagle Festival, riding horses in the mountains etc. The memorial to Ghengis Khan is wonderful. This is their horse headed old musical instrument. " — Mr and Mrs Martin, Sydney, October 2017