CHINA – MONGOLIA – RUSSIA
Including The Trans-Siberian Express
DAY 01: Arrive Beijing. After clearing customs you will be met and driven to the comfortable PENTA hotel or similar downtown property.
DAY 02: Free day in Beijing to enjoy the city on your own or take one of the many optional sightseeing excursions available around town or out of town to the Great Wall (please enquire for details and prices.
DAY 03: Early morning transfer to the central railroad station for the 7:40 AM departure of Chinese train #3. Cross the border into Mongolia during the night.
DAY 04: On the train as you traverse the Gobi and the Mongolian grasslands. Arriving in Ulan Bator at approximately 1:15 PM you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the BAYANGOL. After a chance to freshen up you will have an introductory city tour including a visit to the museum of National history before returning to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 05: This morning you will have a visit to the Bogdo Khan Palace, home of the last Khan and now a museum before a drive into the countryside area of Chingsiin khuree camp where you will have lunch. There will be time to relax and enjoy the Mongolian countryside before driving back to Ulan Bator perhaps with a chance to meet some of the local people on the way. (it is possible to spend overnight in a traditional "ger" if you prefer, returning to Ulan Bator the next morning – please advise). This evening you will be taken to a see a special treat � a traditional Folk Dance concert.
DAY 06: Today continue sightseeing with your personal English-speaking guide by making a visit to Gandan monastery before lunch then the Fine art museum in the afternoon. After dinner you will be taken to the train station to board train #264 bound for Irkutsk departing 9:00 PM.
DAY 07: On board the train crossing from Mongolia to Russia you will have a chance to view rural life and the fascinating scenery in these remote areas.
DAY 08 Cross into Russia and travel along the shores of Lake Baikal into Irkutsk for a scheduled arrival at 8:45 AM local time. You will be met and taken to the hotel IRKUTSK located downtown near the Angara river.
DAY 09: Today you will have an excursion to beautiful Lake Baikal and the fishing village of Listvyanka by private car with your own English speaking guide.
DAY 10: Free time to look around this pleasant city on your own before an afternoon transfer to the train station for the 4:30 PM departure of Trans-Siberian Express train #9 for Moscow
DAY 11 & 12: On board the train crossing from Asia into Europe.
DAY 13: Arrive Moscow at 5:00 PM. You will be met and transferred to the first class hotel COSMOS or similar.
DAY 14: Free day to enjoy the capital city of Russia on your own or take some of the optional sightseeing excursions available.
DAY 15: Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
TOUR COST: $ 4875 per person, twin sharing.
LIKE TO HAVE MORE TIME IN MONGOLIA? It is easy for us to extend this itinerary to spend longer in Mongolia including a visit to the South Gobi to see the giant sand dunes, and a visit to the ruins of Karakoram and Erdene-Zuu monastery. Please ask for a fuller itineray and price if interested.
TOUR INCLUDES: Hotels with breakfast, sleeper train tickets in 2-berth compartments (or 4-berth compartments for use by 2 pax when 2-berth not available), sightseeing as mentioned, daily sightseeing and 3 meals in Mongolia and transfers on arrival and departure in each city.
NOT INCLUDED: Visa fees, meals (other than listed), sightseeing (other than listed), services of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry or any other items not specifically mentioned as being included.