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Trans-Mongolian Train Eastbound & Westbound

China

Mongolia

Russia

The Railway Journey of a Lifetime

Travel the world's longest railway at a pace that suits you. Traverse the heart of Russia, and continue into Mongolia and China. Immerse yourself with an ever-changing view from your train compartment while we take care of the rest at any stops you take. Check out our Private and Group hop on / hop off train tours. All experiences are available as Eastbound or Westbound travel

Itinerary

Group Tour Dates 2020: 4 - 20 June / 16 July - 1 August / 6 - 22 August / 20 August - 5 September / 10 - 26 September / 6 - 22 October

Group Tour Dates 2021: 29 April - 15 May / 22 May - 7 June / 17 June - 3 July / 15 - 31 July / 5 - 21 August / 19 August - 4 September / 9 - 25 September / 23 September - 9 October / 7 - 23 October

17-day tour: Moscow (3 nights) - Kazan (1 night) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights) - Lake Baikal (2 nights) - Ulaanbaatar (1 night) - Terelj Yurt Camp (1 night) - Beijing (1 night) / 5 nights on board /

Day 1 Arrival at Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure In the evening meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Discover Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown. Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Discover Moscow art and history

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, continue discovering the city in the Izmaylovo Kremlin and learn more during Stalin's skyscrapers tour. Finish the day with the VDNKh tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Moscow at leisure

The morning is free at leisure or to explore other treasures of Moscow. At the appropriate time, transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. The Trans Siberian Adventure begins!

Day 5: Discover Kazan

Upon arrival at Kazan early morning, meet the driver and transfer to the hotel with guaranteed early check-in. Time at leisure for breakfast and rest. In the afternoon meet the guide for a full day tour. This day you will visit the Kremlin of Kazan, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-Chak museum and the old Tatar village. After the tour take a Tatar cusine cooking class and after have Tatar lunch. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: On board to Yekaterinburg

After early check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg. Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide to take a tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: On board to Irkutsk

After early check out of the hotel take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk.

Day 9: Train journey continues

The train ride continues. It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is 1st class with 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and 2nd class with 4-berth compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor.

Day 10: Irkutsk & Taltsy

After arrival in Irkutsk in the morning, have breakfast, meet the guide for the city tour. After take transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km). You will have stop for lunch and try local Buryat cuisine. Continue the tour visiting Taltsy Museum. Overnight stay in Listvyanka.

Day 11: Discover Baikal

After breakfast meet the guide and visit Baikal Museum, Shaman Rock, St. Nicholas church and a Fish Market. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Depart to Mongolia

After breakfast check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Ulaanbaatar.

Day 13: Discover Mongolia

Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to Terelj National Park, one of the most scenic areas in Mongolia. We shall see Turtle Rock, have lunch with a nomadic family, visit Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara and Aryabal Monastery. Other Rock Formation such as Praying Lama Rock/Old Man reading a Book we shall pass by. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp at Terelj National Park.

Day 14: Explore Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will take a transfer to Ulaanbaatar. Today we will visit Gandan Monastery, National History Museum and Sukhbaatar Square, Zaisan Memorial and take a walk through Buddha Garden. In the evening, enjoy Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: On board to Beijing

Transfer to the train station and departure to Beijing. The final leg of your 7261 km train ride!

Day 16: Arrival at Beijing

We've reached the final destination of our journey, welcome to Beijing! Transfer to your hotel and free time. Optional post-tours on request are available. Group departures will enjoy the farewell dinner at local Chinese restaurant.

Day 17: Departure from Beijing

Take a private transfer to the airport. Congratulations! You've just completed the most amazing journey, the ancient Trans-Mongolian tea-caravan route from China to Europe. We unlocked secrets of mysterious China, explored beautiful Mongolia, marvelled fascinating Russia. Hope it's been your best holiday ever!

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Group Tour Dates 2020: 31 May - 18 June / 12 July - 30 July / 2 - 20 August / 16 August - 3 September / 6 - 24 September / 2 - 20 October

19-day tour: St Petersburg (4 nights) - Moscow (3 nights) - Kazan (1 night) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights) - Lake Baikal (2 nights) - Terelj Yurt Camp (1 night) - Ulaanbaatar (1 night) / 4 nights on board /

Day 1: Arrival at St. Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg! Meet the driver at the airport, take transfer to your hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Discover St. Petersburg

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a guided tour to The Winter Palace/Hermitage. After take a city sightseeing tour and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Spilled Blood. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: The Royal Peterhof Palace

After breakfast, meet the guide to take a tour to the Royal Peterhof Palace, also you will visit this day the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. In the afternoon take a boat cruise and admire the views of St Petersburg and learn more about the city and its canals. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: The Cathrine Palace & Amber room

After breakfast, meet the guide and take a guided tour to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo, visit the Catherine Palace and world-famous Amber Room. The evening is free at leisure. Overmight at the hotel.

Day 5: Arrival at Moscow

After breakfast meet the driver and take transfer to the railway station to board the bullet train for 4 hours journey to Moscow. Upon arrival in Moscow, meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Discover Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown. Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Discover Moscow

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, continue discovering the city in the Izmaylovo Kremlin and learn more about Stalin's skyscrapers. Finish the day with the VDNKh tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Moscow at leisure

The morning is free at leisure or to explore other treasures of Moscow. At the appropriate time transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. The Trans Siberian Adventure begins!

Day 9: Discover Kazan

Upon arrival at Kazan early morning, meet the driver and transfer to the hotel with a guaranteed early check-in. Time at leisure for breakfast and rest. In the afternoon meet the guide for a full day tour. This day you will visit the Kremlin of Kazan, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-Chak museum and the old Tatar village. After the tour take a Tatar cuisine cooking class followed by Tatar lunch. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: On board to Yekaterinburg

After early check out take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg. Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide for tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, the place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: On board to Irkutsk

After early check out of the hotel take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk.

Day 13: Train journey Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk

The train ride continues. It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is a 1st class consisting of 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and a 2nd class providing 4 berths in a compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor.

Day 14: Irkutsk and Taltsy

After arrival in Irkutsk in the morning, have breakfast, meet the guide for the city tour. After take transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km). You will stop for lunch and try local Buryat cuisine. Continue the tour visiting Taltsy Museum. Overnight stay in Listvyanka

Day 15: Discover Baikal

After breakfast meet the guide and visit Baikal Museum, Shaman Rock, St. Nicholas church and a Fish Market. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Depart to Mongolia

After breakfast check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Ulaanbaatar.

Day 17: Discover Mongolia

Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to Terelj National Park, one of the most scenic areas in Mongolia. We shall see Turtle Rock, have lunch with a nomadic family, visit Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara and Aryabal Monastery. Other Rock Formation such as Praying Lama Rock/Old Man reading a Book we shall pass by. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp at Terelj National Park.

Day 18: Explore Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will take a transfer to Ulaanbaatar. Today we will visit Gandan Monastery, National History Museum and Sukhbaatar Square, Zaisan Memorial and take a walk through Buddha Garden. In the evening, enjoy Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Farewell

Take a private transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.

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Group Tour Dates 2020: 31 May - 20 June / 12 July - 1 August / 2 - 22 August / 16 August - 5 September / 6 - 26 September / 2 - 22 October

Group Tour Dates 2021: 25 April - 15 May / 18 May - 7 June / 13 June - 3 July / 11 - 31 July / 1 - 21 August / 15 August - 4 September / 5 - 25 September / 19 September - 9 October / 3 - 23 October

21-day tour: St Petersburg (4 nights) - Moscow (3 nights) - Kazan (1 night) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights) - Lake Baikal (2 nights) - Terelj Yurt Camp (1 night) - Ulaanbaatar (1 night) - Beijing (1 night) / 5 nights on board /

Day 1: Arrival at St. Petersburg

Welcome to St. Petersburg! Meet the driver at the airport, take transfer to your hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Discover St. Petersburg

After breakfast at the hotel, head for a guided tour to The Winter Palace/Hermitage. After take a city sightseeing tour and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Spilled Blood. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: The Royal Peterhof Palace

After breakfast, meet the guide to take a tour to the Royal Peterhof Palace, also you will visit this day the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. In the afternoon take a boat cruise and admire the views of St. Petersburg and learn more about the city and its canals. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: The Cathrine Palace & Amber room

After breakfast, meet the guide and take a tour to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo, visit the Catherine Palace and world-famous Amber Room. The evening is free at leisure. Overmight at the hotel.

Day 5: Arrival at Moscow

After breakfast meet the driver and take transfer to the railway station to board the bullet train for 4 hours journey to Moscow. Upon arrival in Moscow, meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Discover Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown. Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel

Day 7: Discover Moscow art and history

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, continue discovering the city in the Izmaylovo Kremlin and learn more about Stalin's skyscrapers. Finish the day with the VDNKh tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Moscow at leisure

The morning is free at leisure or to explore other treasures of Moscow. At the appropriate time, transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. The Trans Siberian Adventure begins!

Day 9: Discover Kazan

Upon arrival at Kazan early morning, meet the driver and transfer to the hotel with a guaranteed early check-in. Time at leisure for breakfast and rest. In the afternoon meet the guide for a full day tour. This day you will visit the Kremlin of Kazan, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-Chak museum and the old Tatar village. After the tour take a Tatar cuisine cooking class followed by Tatar lunch. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: On board to Yekaterinburg

After early check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg. Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and take a tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia s when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: On board to Irkutsk

After early check out of the hotel take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk.

Day 13: On board

The train ride continues. It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is 1st class, 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and 2nd class, 4-berth compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor.

Day 14: Irkutsk & Taltsy

After arrival in Irkutsk in the morning, have breakfast, meet the guide for the city tour. After take transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km). You will stop for lunch and try local Buryat cuisine. Continue the tour visiting Taltsy Museum. Overnight stay in Listvyanka

Day 15: Discover Baikal

After breakfast meet the guide and visit Baikal Museum, Shaman Rock, St. Nicholas church and a Fish Market. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. the rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: On board to Mongolia

After breakfast check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Ulaanbaatar.

Day 17: Discover Mongolia

Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to Terelj National Park, one of the most scenic areas in Mongolia. We shall see Turtle Rock, have lunch with a nomadic family, visit Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara and Aryabal Monastery. Other Rock Formation such as Praying Lama Rock/Old Man reading a Book we shall pass by. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp at Terelj National Park.

Day 18: Explore Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will take a transfer to Ulaanbaatar. Today we will visit Gandan Monastery, National History Museum and Sukhbaatar Square, Zaisan Memorial and take a walk through Buddha Garden. In the evening, enjoy Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: On board to Beijing

Transfer to the train station and departure to Beijing. The final leg of your 7261 km train ride!

Day 20: Arrival at Beijing

We've reached the final destination of our journey, welcome to Beijing! Transfer to your hotel and spend free time. Optional post-tours on request are available. Group departures will enjoy the farewell dinner at local Chinese restaurant.

Day 21: Departure from Beijing

Take a transfer to the airport. Congratulations! You've just completed the most amazing journey, the ancient Trans-Mongolian tea-caravan route from China to Europe. We unlocked secrets of mysterious China, explored beautiful Mongolia, marvelled fascinating Russia. Hope it's been your best holiday ever!

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Group Tour Dates 2020: 2 - 28 May / 29 August - 24 September

Group Tour Dates 2021: 16 May - 11 June / 6 June - 2 July / 22 August - 17 September / 4 - 30 September

27-day tour: Beijing ( 3 nights) - Ulaanbaatar (1 night ) - Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (2 nights) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights) - Kazan (1 night ) - Nizhny Novgorod (1 night) - Vladimir (1 night) - Yaroslavl (1 night) - Suzdal (1 night) - Moscow (3 nights)- St. Petersburg (4 nights) - Terelj Yurt Camp (1 night ) / 5 nights on board

Day 1: Arrival at Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Beijing at glance

After breakfast meet the guide for a sightseeing tour. This day you will visit Tiananmen Square with the National Flag Pole, The Monument to the People's Heroes, Forbidden City. After Traditional Chinese lunch you will continue the tour and visit Temple of Heaven, and the Chinese traditional medicine centre. Finish the tour with Chinese tea ceremony. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Discover Beijing

After breakfast meet the guide and visit the Summer Palace, enjoy a walking tour in the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. After traditional Chinese lunch we will discover the Great Wall of China (Cable car is available and optional). Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: The adventure begins

Check out and transfer to the train station. The first leg of your journey will last just about one day. This weekly Trans-Siberian Train N3 leaves Beijing every Wednesday morning. The 7,621 km (4,735 miles) journey takes 6 days.

Day 5: Discover Mongolia

Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to Terelj National Park, one of the most scenic areas in Mongolia. We shall see Turtle Rock, have lunch with a nomadic family, visit Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara and Aryabal Monastery. Other Rock Formation such as Praying Lama Rock/Old Man reading a Book we shall pass by. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp at Terelj National Park.

Day 6: Terelj National Park

After breakfast meet the guide to explore landscape of Terelj NP. On the way to Ulaanbaatar we will stop at Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Bronze age and visit 13th Century Museum. Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar we will visit Gandan Monastery, National Zaisan Memorial and take a walk through Buddha Garden. In the evening, enjoy Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk

After breakfast you will have a guided city tour. Places to visit: Gandan Monastery, National History Museum and Sukhebaatar Square. After lunch take a transfer to board a train to Irkutsk.

Day 8: Arrival at Lake Baikal

Upon arrival in Irkutsk meet the driver and take transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km). You will stop en-route for lunch and try local Buryat cuisine.Overnight stay in Listvyanka.

Day 9: Lake Baikal tour and cruise

After breakfast meet the guide and visit Baikal Museum of Limnology & Shaman Rock, St. Nicholas church. Visit local souvenir market. In the evening enjoy Lake Baikal boat cruise. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Discover Irkutsk

After breakfast you will have a guided tour in Taltsy Museum. After lunch with tea and honey degustation in Taltsy you will be transferred to Irkutsk where you will visit St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square. After the tour take transfer to the train station for departure to Yekaterinburg.

Day 11: On board

The train ride continues. It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is a 1st class consisting of 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and a 2nd class with 4 berths in the compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor

Day 12: Arrival at Yekaterinburg

Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide for the tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, the place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia s when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: On board to Kazan

After breakfast take transfer to the train station to board the train to Kazan. Upon arrival in Kazan meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Discover Kazan

After breakfast at the hotel meet the guide for a full day tour. Guided tour in Kazan: Kremlin of Kazan, Kazan Arena, Millennium Bridge, Tatar Sloboda, Mardzhani Mosque, Kaban Lake, Bogoroditsky Monastery, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Bauman Street, Freedom Square. After the tour take a Tatar cusine cooking class and after have Tatar lunch. At the appropriate time take transfer to the train station to board the train to Nizhny Novgorod

Day 16: Discover Central Russia

Upon arrival at Nizhny Novgorod meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel with a guaranteed early check-in. Take time to have breakfast and refresh after the train ride. In the afternoon you will have Gorodets full-day guided tour including Samovar museum, Pryaniki museum and of course Russian Samovar tea ceremony! Overnight at the hotel (Nizhny Novgorod)

Day 17: Discover Nizhny Novgorod

After breakfast have Nizhny Novgorod guided city tour. Then take transfer to the train station to board the train to Vladimir. Upon arrival in Vladimir, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 18: Vladimir & Bogolyubovo

After Breakfast you will have a guided city tour over Vladimir: Dormition Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Dimitriy, Museum of Crystal, Lacquered Miniatures and Embroidery. After lunch drive to the most iconic of all Russian churches: "the Nerl". After the tour transfer to Yaroslavl. Overnight in Yaroslavl.

Day 19: Yaroslavl and Rostov

After breakfast meet the guide for Yaroslavl city tour and the Residence of Maslenitsa. After the tour transfer to Rostov the Great. Upon arrival you will have Rostov the Great city tour: the Rostov Kremlin and participate in the master class on national crafts. Finish the day with transfer to Suzdal and overnight in Suzdal.

Day 20: Ancient Suzdal

After breakfast check out and start the guided tour in Suzdal. Visit the famous Kremlin, St Euthimius monastery (or Intercession Convent), open air Museum of Wooden Architecture. After the tour you will have a Traditional local crafts master-class in Suzdal followed by degustation of old Russian national Medovukha with traditional "pirozhki". At the appropriate time take transfer to Moscow. Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 21: Discover Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown. Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 22: Moscow tour

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, the most famous museum of Russian art in the world, continue discovering the city with a panoramic driving tour and visit the Novodevichy Convent with the guided tour inside, Sparrow Hills. This day yu will also learn more about Stalin's skyscrapers and the VDNKh. Finish the day with a guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 23: Moscow - St. Petersburg

After breakfast meet the driver and take transfer to the railway station to board the bullet train for 4 hours journey to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg , meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 24: Peterhof Palace

After breakfast, meet the guide to take a tour to the royal Peterhof Palace, also you will visit this day the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. In the afternoon take a boat cruise and admire the views of St Petersburg and learn more about the city and its canals. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 25: Discover St Petersburg

After breakfast at the hotel visit The Winter Palace/Hermitage with a guide. After take a city sightseeing tour and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Spilled Blood. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 26: The Cathrine Palace & Amber room

After breakfast, meet the guide and take a tour to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo, visit the Catherine Palace and world-famous Amber Room. In the evening enjoy the farewell dinner. Overmight at the hotel.

Day 27: Farewell

Take a private transfer to the airport. Congratulations! You've just completed the most amazing journey, the ancient Trans-Mongolian tea-caravan route from China to Europe. We unlocked secrets of mysterious China, explored beautiful Mongolia, marvelled fascinating Russia. Hope it's been your best holiday ever!

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Group Tour Dates 2020: 2 - 20 May / 29 August - 16 September

Group Tour Dates 2021: 16 May - 3 June / 6 - 24 June / 22 August - 9 September / 4 - 22 September

19-day tour: Beijing (3 nights) - Terelj Yurt Camp (1 night) - Ulaanbaatar (1 night) - Lake Baikal (1 night) - Irkutsk (1 night) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights ) - Kazan (1 night ) - Nizhny Novgorod (1 night ) - Moscow (2 nights) / 5 nights on board

Day 1: Arrival at Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing , meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Discover Beijing

After breakfast meet the guide for a sightseeing tour. This day you will visit Tiananmen Square with the National Flag Pole, The Monument to the People's Heroes, Forbidden City After Traditional Chinese lunch you will continue the tour and visit Temple of Heaven and the Chinese traditional medicine centre. Finish the tour with Chinese tea ceremony. Overnight a the hotel.

Day 3: Beijing and the Great Wall

After breakfast have a full day guided tour. We start with Ming Tombs, the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history; proceed to Jade Carving Factory.After traditional Chinese lunch we will discover the Great Wall of China (Cable car is available and optional). The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: The adventure begins

Check out and transfer to the train station. The first leg of your journey will last just about one day. This weekly Trans-Siberian Train N3 leaves Beijing every Wednesday morning. The 7,621 km (4,735 miles) journey takes 6 days.

Day 5: Discover Mongolia

Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to Terelj National Park, one of the most scenic areas in Mongolia. We shall see Turtle Rock, have lunch with a nomadic family, visit Temple of Aryavalokiteshvara and Aryabal Monastery. Other Rock Formation such as Praying Lama Rock/Old Man reading a Book we shall pass by. Dinner and overnight at the Ger camp at Terelj National Park.

Day 6: Terelj National Park

After breakfast meet the guide to explore landscape of Terelj NP. On the way to Ulaanbaatar we will stop at Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Bronze age and visit 13th Century Museum.rival at Ulaanbaatar we will visit Gandan Monastery, National Zaisan Memorial and take a walk through Buddha Garden. In the evening, enjoy Tumen Ekh-traditional folklore concert. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk

After breakfast we will go for a city tour. Places to visit: Gandan Monastery, National History Museum and Sukhebaatar Square. After lunch take a transfer to board a train to Irkutsk

Day 8: Arrival at Lake Baikal

After arrival in Irkutsk meet the driver and take transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km). You will stop for lunch and try local Buryat cuisine. Overnight stay in Listvyanka.

Day 9: Lake Baikal tour and cruise

After breakfast meet the guide and visit Baikal Museum of Limnology & Shaman Rock, St. Nicholas church. Visit local souvenir market. In the evening enjoy Lake Baikal boat cruise. Ovrnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Taltsy and Irkutsk tour

After breakfast you will have a guided tour in Taltsy Museum. After lunch with tea and honey degustation in Taltsy you will be transferred to Irkutsk where you will visit St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square. After the tour take transfer to the train station for departure to Yekaterinburg.

Day 11: On board

The train ride continues. It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is a 1st class with 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and a 2nd classwith 4-berth compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor

Day 12: Yekaterinburg

Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide to take a tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, the place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia s when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: On board to Kazan

After breakfast take transfer to the train station to board the train to Kazan. Upon arrival in Kazan meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Kazan

After breakfast at the hotel meet the guide for a full day tour. At the appropriate time take transfer to the train station to board the train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Day 16: Discover Central Russia

Upon arrival at Nizhny Novgorod meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel with a guaranteed early check-in. Take time to have breakfast and refresh after the train ride. In the afternoon you will have Gorodets full-day guided tour including Samovar museum, Pryaniki museum and of course Russian Samovar tea ceremony! Overnight at the hotel (Nizhny Novgorod)

Day 17: Nizhny Novgorod - Moscow

After breakfast have Nizhny Novgorod guided city tour. Then take transfer to the train station to board the train to Moscow. Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown. Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel

Day 19: Departure

After breakfast take transfer to the airport for your flight back home

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China

Citizens of the UK should apply for a visa personally (85 GBP for a visa, issued in 4 days). Сitizens of New Zealand can apply for a visa by mail (140 $ for a visa, issued in 5 days). Citizens of Australia should apply for a visa through Chinese Visa Application Service Centers (109,5 $ AUD, issued in 4-5 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada should apply for visa personally (140 USD for the USA citizens and 100 USD for the citizens of Canada).

Mongolia

Citizens of the UK should apply for a visa personally through an authorized company (40 GBP for a standard visa, issued in 5 days). Сitizens of New Zealand should apply for a visa only by mail (160 $ NZ for a standard visa, issued in 2-5 days). Citizens of Australia can apply for a visa by mail (230 AUD, issued in 4-5 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada can travel to Mongolia without a visa in case a travel period is less than 90 days.

Russia

Citizens of the UK should apply for a visa only personally (63 GBP for a visa, issued in 20 days). Сitizens of New Zealand can apply for a visa by mail (120 $ NZ for a visa, issued in 10 days). Citizens of Australia can apply for a visa through Visa Application Service Centers (120 AUD, issued in 4-10 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada can apply for visa personally or through Visa Application Service Centers (160 USD for the USA citizens and 112 CAD for the citizens of Canada).

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Accommodation

Train 2nd class (4-berth) compartment or 1st class (2-berth) compartment as per itinerary

Hand-picked centrally located hotels of selected category (choose 3* or 4*) as per itinerary

Early check-in where applicable

1 night at a Yurt Ger Camp (twin yurt, shared bathroom) at Terelj National Park in Mongolia

Meals

Full breakfast at the hotels (except Day 1)

Traditional Russian lunch at Lake Baikal

Traditional Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal

Farewell dinner

Tatar cooking master-class with lunch in Kazan

Lunches in China (apply to tours #4, #5)

Russian pancakes experience in Yaroslavl / Medovukha degustation in Suzdal / 1 lunch in Vladimir (apply to tour #4)

Trains have a dining car for your comfort

Guided tours

2 Moscow full day tours

Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Terelj National Park, Ulaanbaatar full day tours

3 St Petersburg full day tours including Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo (apply to tours #2, #3, #5)

2 Beijing full day tours (apply to tours #4, #5)

2 full day Golden Ring guided tours (apply to tour #4)

2 full day tours: Nizhny Novogorod & Gorodets (apply to tour #4, #5)

Transportation

Superior trains on the route with a/c, heaters and dining carriage for your comfort

Meet & greet at the airports/train stations

Private return airport/train station transfers

Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg

Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus

Support

Chinese, Mongolian and Russian visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visa)

Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program

Russian 4G SIM card with data

24/7 English-speaking support line

Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure

The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director

Entrance tickets

Entrance tickets to all listed attractions as per itinerary (including the Moscow Kremlin)

National folk performance in Irkutsk

Traditional folklore concert in Ulaanbaatar

Not Included

Travel insurance

Visa fees

International flights

Meals not mentioned

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

Highlights

Unique journey from Europe to Asia

One of the world’s most dreamed about train rides

Remote & Breathtaking Scenery each day of the tour

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Our reviews

Andrew Weifler

Australia

I decided to use the Tour Service of the World Cup after some extensive research into the tour alternatives. These guys seemed to differentiate its tour Service by providing a more culturally based service with a healthy dose of Football and Fun. My experience was that it as well run ie they delivered on their promises. They have a health mix of local staff and Australian staff. The Russian staff had a great empathy for the challenges for us Aussies traveling in a country where you had no language skills they bridged that gap with there wonderful help. I know there are many alternative tours but this one certainly lived up to its name. I felt I discovered part of Russia but there’s plenty more to go!’ Overall just a great experience

Rick, Emily and John Stewart

Australia

Impeccable service, incredible Trans Siberian! In fact, the great services provided by your team started from my first correspondence with Julie. She has been very professional with providing details of the itinerary and assuring and re-assuring that the trip will be well-planned, It was because of her assurance that gave us the confidence to take the next step and book our Trans Sibetian holiday. And everything ran like clockwork from Moscow to Vladivostok. The Russian people were extremely friendly throughout. The Trans Siberian was a great experience and fulfilled our dreams. The scenery and ever changing vistas were spectacular. The train facilities were adequate but perhaps a shower facility in 1st Class would have been nice. I will recommend your services in the future!

Mark Dawson

Australia

This has been an incredible trip. The service has been exceptional and the guides provided were knowledgeable about their cities and gave us an experience we will never forget. If I do this trip again I would take even longer to see this amazing country.

Lyn Lennard

Australia

We have finished our trip in Mongolia and I busted to say thank you very much for all your assistance while we were on the ground in Russia. By far the best guide we had was Yuri in Moscow - he was excellent. We had a very good visit to Novgorod where Natalia was an excellent guide too, and we learnt much about Russian history: It was very good to have the car to take us around the Golden Circle and Victor was a good driver. and the guide in Peterhof and Faberge museum was very nice, approachable, taxis were always waiting for us when we got off the boat etc. We both had a very good holiday and learnt a lot about Russian history and culture: thanks again.

Rami Selim

Egypt / Australia

Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.

Francisco Caycedo

USA

Travelled to Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 with a family of 4 including (2 boys: 4 and 12 y/o) . What an amazing experience it was! Super well organized, transfers were always on time, hotels were good, we couldn’t ask for a more responsible tour guide, Phillip was awesome and in care of every little detail to make us feel like at home, would recommend the company with no hesitation at all!

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