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  • Journey by train across the steppe
  • Dine on lake baikal's fish
  • Admire red square and chinese temples
  • Spend the night in a traditional mongolian ger
  • Wander beijing's hutongs

Incredible doesn't begin to describe this railway journey from Russia to China. Beginning in Moscow, your trip on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway will take you across the steppe to experience secluded Mongolia's colourful culture. Disembark and spend a night in a ger before continuing on to the palaces of Beijing. An experienced CEO will lead the way and take care of the details so you’re free to enjoy one of the world's greatest train rides. Whether on board or off, this will be 16 days to remember for the rest of your life.

Trip Description
Trans-Mongolian Adventure
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
Trans-Mongolian Adventure



Tour was well organized and I got exactly what i expected. Organizing this tour on myself would be too much effort. So it is worth to have this done by you. April 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A good start into more travel a bit a different way

Operator G Adventures



A fantastic journey which extends across half May 2015

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
A fantastic journey which extends across half the world. Exploring different cultures and visiting beautiful places.

Operator G Adventures



Trip was remarkable, covered alot of ground in china. Guide was a real encyclopaedia on china. Although some of the experiences were challenging challenging they were priceless. December 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Operator G Adventures



Our tour guide for the China Express. Leah is amazing . November 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour gave us a great over view of the culture and history of China

Operator G Adventures



great tour, even better tour guide (Howard Hu) November 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Everything was such a wonderful experience. From the group lunches to the hotels to the activities. Everything was planned so well and it was obvious that Howard knew what he was doing and what he was talking about
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Day 1 Moscow

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Want to explore more of Russia? Add the “St Petersburg Express” to your adventure and spend three days getting to know the city with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty package includes arrival transfer, two nights accommodation in St Petersburg, a guided walking tour, entrance to the Hermitage, and wraps up with an overnight train ride to Moscow with free time before the next leg of your journey begins. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Moscow

Ride the metro and check out the beautiful stations, visit Red Square, the Kremlin, and St Basil's, or line up to catch a glimpse of an embalmed dictator.

Days 3-5 Moscow

Board the train and start one of the world's most famous rail routes. Journey 88 hours across the Ural Mountains and through the wilds of the Siberian taiga forests. Arrive in the evening on Day 6. Additional Notes: Please be advised that some of the train rides can be quite lengthy. We recommend bringing along books and games to play with your fellow travellers, as it will enhance the rail experience. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 4 Trans-Siberian Railway

Continue on your journey and soak in the amazing landscapes. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers— Russians and foreigners alike. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 5 Trans-Siberian Railway

Continue on your journey and soak in the amazing landscapes. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers— Russians and foreigners alike. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 6 Trans-Siberian Railway

Continue on your journey and soak in the amazing landscapes. Share laughs and drinks with fellow passengers— Russians and foreigners alike. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 7 Irkutsk/Listvyanka (1D)

Arrive into Irkutsk in the morning. Enjoy a walking tour of Irkutsk before driving to the village of Listvyanka. Overnight in a guesthouse on the shore of Lake Baikal. Enjoy incredible local meals prepared by your host. Included Activities: Irkutsk Guided City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Listvyanka (1B, 1D)

Free day to explore the shores of Lake Baikal. Opt to try a banya (Russian sauna), go on a boat trip on the lake, or take an invigorating swim.

Day 9 Listvyanka/Ulaanbaatar

These train rides are relaxation days built right into the itinerary. Stare out the window, explore the train, jump out at stations to see what's going on, or just read and play cards. The journey is what you make of it. A restaurant car is normally not provided on this train, so take the opportunity to stock up on food and drinks for the ride. Don't worry, there are always kiosks on the platforms selling a variety of items from chocolate to instant mashed potatoes to vodka. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Russia - Mongolia) Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 10 Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Mongolia and spend some time getting to know the capital city.

Day 11 Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to nearby Terelj National Park to stay in a traditional ger (yurt). Options to hike, or try traditional archery. Included Activities: Traditional Ger Stay

Day 12 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B)

This sleepy capital is an evolving city, showing many signs of its Soviet past contrasted with an increasing Chinese influence and a re-emergence of traditional Mongolia. Don't forget to sample some Mongolian barbecue straight from the source and try locally brewed beer from the Chinggis Brewery. Transport: Private Vehicle (40km)

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar/Beijing (1B)

Board the train for the final 30 hr train ride. At the border, the train changes wheels to match the different gauge. Opt to stay on the train and watch. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mongolia - China) Transport: Train

Day 14 Ulaanbaatar/Beijing

Choose which sights to visit in this massive city— the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, or the Lama Temple Monastery. Opt to get lost in Beijing's hutongs— traditional alleys hiding a labyrinth of courtyard dwellings— or shop for bargains in one of the many markets. Transport: Arrive in the afternoon and head to the hotel. Train

Day 15 Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall and walk along the Mutianyu section. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

Day 16 Beijing

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 159 per day
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Aug-18-2018Sep-02-2018$ 3,299YesSold Out Reserve
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Sep-22-2018Oct-07-2018$ 3,299Yes4 spots left Reserve
Oct-06-2018Oct-21-2018$ 2,549Yes3 spots left Reserve
Oct-20-2018Nov-04-2018$ 2,999Yes5 spots left Reserve
Apr-06-2019Apr-21-2019$ 2,999Yes15 spots left Reserve
Apr-20-2019May-05-2019$ 2,999Yes15 spots left Reserve
Apr-27-2019May-12-2019$ 2,999Yes15 spots left Reserve
May-11-2019May-26-2019$ 2,999Yes15 spots left Reserve
May-18-2019Jun-02-2019$ 2,999Yes16 spots left Reserve
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Trip Includes
  • Local Living: Traditional Ger Stay
  • Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Trans-Mongolian Railway
  • Irkutsk city tour
  • Great Wall entrance (Beijing)
  • Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportTrain, private bus, taxi, metro, walking.All long distance trains are 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleepers: 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors. Bed linen is provided on all trains. There is enough space for medium size luggage under bottom bunks and in overhead shelf up top. Each carriage has two toilets and one hot water boiler. Each carriage is accompanied by two train attendants. All trains, apart from the train Irkutsk – UB, have dining cars.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Simple guesthouses/hotels (8 nts), sleeper trains (6 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers.
Start City
End City
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. LETTER OF INVITATION You will require a Letter of Invitation for Russia in order to get your Russian visa. You must complete the visa information form which will be automatically sent to you or your travel agent via email upon time of booking. 2. BOOK THEATRE TICKETS IN ADVANCE To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow in advance. Please consider carefully which performances you are going to want attend and make sure that the dates correspond to your trip. Here are some useful internet sites to check for what will be on (ballet, opera, exhibitions, etc) in Moscow when you are there. In particular we recommend you see what's playing at the Bolshoi, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there. The most useful sites to check in English are and 3. MONEY Due to the restrictions on changing money in Russia, Mongolia and China, only notes/bills printed after 1996 and in good condition will be accepted for exchange. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate. 4. TRAIN TRAVEL Due to Russian railroad schedule and ticket availability, departure from Moscow to Irkutsk on Day 4 will vary: either by afternoon train or by night train. 5. IMMIGRATION CARD On arrival in Russia you will receive a double immigration card, you must fill out both parts and one is taken away upon entry, the other must remain with your passport at all times and you must have it when you are leaving Russia to hand to the relevant authorities. 6. ST. PETERSBURG EXPRESS If you have booked the St. Petersburg Express Extension, you will have an included arrival transfer to the start hotel. Overnight Train details: The train ride will be approximately 7 hours. Trains are 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleepers, with 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors. Bed linen is provided on all trains. There is enough space for medium size luggage under bottom bunks, and in the overhead shelf up top. Each carriage has two toilets, and one hot water boiler. Each carriage is accompanied by two train attendants. Your train may also be a Double deck train, which will have similar arrangements.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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