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Trans-Mongolian Express tour
Beijing Gandan Monastery Trans-Mongolian Express Trip

Trans-Mongolian Express

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
19 days
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  • Ride the rails through mongolia's grassy steppe and siberia's taiga forests
  • Stay in a local village on lake baikal
  • Admire the grand structure of moscow's kremlin and red square
  • Marvel at the rich art collection in the hermitage

Short Description

From bustling Beijing to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals and spend nights in a Mongolian ger and a cozy Russian guesthouse. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Beijing
End City Saint-Petersburg

Travel Theme

Train & Rail Journeys


China Russia Mongolia

Age Requirement

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.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Local Living Moment: Traditional Ger Stay
  • Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • China-Mongolia Railway
  • Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace
  • Trans-Mongolian Railway
  • Irkutsk city tour
  • Lake Baikal stay (Listvyanka)
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Yekaterinburg walking tour
  • Trans-Ural Railway
  • Red Square visit and Moscow metro orientation tour
  • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour
  • St Petersburg walking tour
  • Hermitage Museum entrance
  • Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Day 1 Beijing

There are no planned activities until the group meeting in the evening. Additional Notes: Want to explore more of Beijing? Add the “Beijing Express” to your adventure and spend three days getting to know the city with the expertise of a local guide. This package includes two nights accommodation in Beijing, a hike along the Great Wall and a tour of the Forbidden City. With time to indulge in local cuisine and explore the ancient laneways of central Beijing, this three day express is the perfect way to kickstart any trip. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar

While on board, settle in and enjoy impressive views of the Great Wall as the train tackles the mountains before descending to the arid lands of Inner Mongolia and continuing into the heart of rural Asia. In the evening, reach the border post of Erlian. Here, the train's wheels will be changed to accommodate a different gauge rail. Opt to stay on board and watch it happen. Included Activities: Border Crossing (China - Mongolia) Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (30.00 hour(s))

Day 3 Ulaanbaatar

Awake to the stunning landscapes of the south Gobi. The classic image of Mongolian horses and gers (yurts) dot the scenery from horizon to horizon. The occasional nomad encampment appears mirage-like through the carriage window.

Day 4 Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1D)

Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Mongolia and hope for the chance to see chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom. After the Monastery, the tour will continue in the Winter Palace of the last Mongolian King (the only King's palace that survived the revolution). At the end of the tour, visit Zaisan Hill, a great viewpoint with a monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers. Included Activities: Gandan Monastery Guided Tour Bogd Khan Palace Guided Tour Zaisan Hill Visit Traditional Ger Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (40km)

Day 5 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk through the valleys and live simply while overnighting in a traditional ger camp. Included Activities: Traditional Ger Stay

Day 6 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Irkutsk (1B)

Return back to Ulaanbaatar before boarding the next train. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mongolia - Russia) Transport: Private Vehicle (40km) Overnight train (beds) (24.00-24.00 hours)

Day 7 Irkutsk/Listvyanka (1D)

Travel to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. Opt to visit Baikal Limnological Museum, enjoy a 'banya' (Russian sauna) or take a boat ride on the lake. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Listvyanka

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. With free time, catch a glimpse into why this is the "Galapagos of Russia". Opt to go for a boat ride or take a short hike.

Day 9 Listvyanka/Irkutsk (1B)

Head back to Irkutsk for an included city tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia. Take some time to shop like the locals at the Central Market to stay well-fed on the voyage. Included Activities: Irkutsk Guided City Tour Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 10 Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

Continue on from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg. Drink with locals in the dining car, buy homemade food on the platform from "babushkas" (Russian grandmothers), read, relax, play cards, meet your fellow passengers, watch the taiga forests go by — this is what the experience is all about! Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 11 Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region. Transport: Train

Day 12 Yekaterinburg (1B)

With free time, opt to see a performance at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, visit the fine art gallery or spend some time at the military museum. Included Activities: Yekaterinburg City Tour

Day 13 Yekaterinburg/Moscow (1B)

In the morning, board the Trans-Ural Railway. Say farewell to Asia while crossing the Urals into Europe. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (24.00 hour(s))

Day 14 Yekaterinburg/Moscow

Arrive to Moscow and start exploring. Take an orientation walk of the metro then opt for a Moskva River boat trip or a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, the Tretiakov Gallery or St Basil's Cathedral. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

Day 15 Moscow

The area around the Red Square is perfect for sightseeing and people watching. Visit one of the many shops, wander the Alexandr Gardens or visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Head down into the metro to explore the beautiful stations or visit another part of the city. Included Activities: Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour

Day 16 Moscow

Enjoy one last day with free time to explore the many museums, art galleries, or theatres that Moscow has to offer.

Day 17 Moscow/Saint-Petersburg

St Petersburg, one of Europe's finest cities, is home to baroque European architecture combined with the opulent palaces of Russian royalty. Its tree-lined streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere make it a favourite destination for travellers from around the globe. Upon arrival to St Petersburg take a walking tour of the city. Learn the sordid history of the city from the Peter the Great to Dostoevsky to the Seige of Leningrad. Included Activities: Saint Petersburg Walking Tour Transport: Hop on the high speed train and head to St. Petersburg. Train (3.50-4.00 hours)

Day 18 Saint-Petersburg (1B)

Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the "Venice of Russia." Included Activities: Hermitage Museum Visit

Day 19 Saint-Petersburg (1B)

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.


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Excellent experience. Great balance between included activities, optional activities and free time. Hotels were of higher standard than expected. Meals included were very good. Ideal group size. Loved the train. Wish I was still there!
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Excellent well rounded trip. With Ulzii and Nika the tour group well looked after, and allowed to share in unique traditional experiences of China, Mongolia and Russia.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Train, private bus, metro, walking. All trains are 2nd Class Kupe Soft sleepers: 4 berth compartments that have lockable doors. There an overhead locker and storage space under the bottom bunk that is sufficient space for your luggage. Bed linen is provided on all trains. Each carriage has two toilets and one hot water boiler. There are two train attendants in each carriage to take care of passengers and maintain the facilities. Most of the trains (but not all) will have dining car. This being said, it is always a good idea to bring your own snacks aboard for more variety of food options while travelling.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

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.


Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), sleeper trains (5 nts), Mongolian ger (2 nts).

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In some local guest houses the rooms can be small and simple with shared toilet facilities and showers. A sleep sheet and travel pillow are recommended for the overnight train journeys, although simple bedding is provided. The trains have sleeper carriages with 4 beds per cabin.


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. OFFICIAL LETTER OF INVITATION An official letter of invitation for Russia is needed in order to get your Russian visa. We work with a local operator to obtain these letters, so please complete the visa information form which will be emailed at time of booking in a timely manner so the visa process is completed before your departure. Please note that we enter Russia on day 9 of this trip (See Visa section) 2. 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. 3. BOOK THEATRE TICKETS IN ADVANCE Booking Theatre tickets in advance: to avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg 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 and St Petersburg when you are there. In particular we recommend you see what's playing at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there especially during White Nights in St Petersburg. The most useful sites to check in English are, and 4. PASSPORT Please confirm the tour with the same passport you will be travelling with on the Trans-Mongolian Express. If you happen to change passports before departure, please reach out to our Sales team with your new passport details so they can notify our teams on the ground. At approximately 60 days from date of departure our local teams purchase our train tickets with the passport provided. If your passport information changes within this time please notify our Sales team as soon as possible with your new information. You could be subject to rebooking fees. 5. MONEY Due to the bank restrictions on changing money in Russia, Mongolia and China, only notes/bills printed after 1996 and in good condiition will be accepted for exchange. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate. 6. Regarding Chinese and Mongolian Letter of Invitation Applications, please refer to these exit and entry days at the China/Mongolia border in order to apply for your visas accurately for departures between October 1st, 2018 - May 30th 2019: ACTM181015-O1 - Exit China October 17th, Enter Mongolia October 17th ACTM190415-O1 - Exit China April 17th, Enter Mongolia October 17th ACTM190422-O1 - Exit China April April 24th, Enter Mongolia April 24th ACTM190429-O1 - Exit China May 1st, Enter Mongolia May 1st ACTM190513-O1 - Exit China May 15th, Enter Mongolia May 15th ACTM190527-O1 - Exit China May 29th, Enter Mongolia May 29th


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.

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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.

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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Meals Included:

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

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