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The Trans-Mongolian Accommodation & Tour Package - Moscow to Irkutsk to Ulaanbataar to Beijing

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Want to experience the Trans-Mongolian Railway but be free of all the hassle of taking care of everything yourself? Leave everything in our capable hands as we take care of all the planning parts of your journey. We will book all the trains (4 berth compartments) from Moscow to Beijing with a stop in Irkutsk and a stop in Ulaanbataar, accommodation along the way as well as any local tours that are relevant for you. You make sure to take care of all the visas (we will provide you with any necessary invitational letters and additional documents you may need to apply for the visas) and to take care of your flights to and from your point of departure/arrival!

The Trans-Mongolian Railway (The name depends on the exact routing you end up taking), is an unforgettable and exciting journey which will take you by train from the Russian capital of Moscow (or Saint Petersburg) to Vladivostok or more popularly to the Chinese capital of Beijing.

The choice to travel directly from Moscow/Saint Petersburg to Beijing or to make stops along the way in places such as Siberia and Mongolia is entirely up to you and how much time you have available. If you choose to stop along the way you could enjoy a home stay with a Russian family on the shore of the beautiful Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake, visit Ulaanbataar and discover amazing Mongolia before going to China. You also have the option to go to Vladivostok, which is the original Trans-Siberian Railway route and will see you arriving at the eastern most part of Russia.

The Trans-Mongolian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. It is the longest continuous rail line on earth, each run clattering along in an epic journey of almost 10.000 km, over one third of the globe. A great part of the pleasure of such a trip is simply sitting back and watching the land go by. The Trans-Mongolian Railway is all about the physical journey. It's about being able to see the slow change in cultures as you cross several thousands kilometers by one of the oldest travelling methods of the modern era. It's about meeting the locals on their home turf and enjoying their hospitality wheter it be on the train or out and about on your stops. This journey is for people who are in no rush to get to where they are going. Even if you take the express connection from Moscow to Beijing it will still take you a minimum of 8 days, if all goes according to plan that is.

In other words, if you are thinking of doing the Trans-Mongolian Railway the only thing we can say is "Welcome to one of your life's most challenging adventures, remember to enjoy it!"
  • Day 1 - Monday

    Arrive into Moscow at any time. Upon arrival recieve transfer from the airport/train station to your hotel.

  • Day 2 - Tuesday

    Depart the hotel at 10:00 for a 5-hour walking excursion in Moscow. We will visit such historic sites as Red Square, The Kremlin, Arbat Street and the Moscow Metro. In the evening depart by train towards Irkutsk (4 berth compartment).

  • Days 3 to 6 - Wednesday to Saturday

    Spend your time on the train as it slowly meanders towards Irkutsk, the chaotic metropolis regarded as the capital of Siberia. As the journey takes 4 days make sure to bring along a lot of reading material to pass the time. The train will make small scheduled stops along the route where you will have the possibility to buy food from the local vendors. We arrive in Irkutsk very early saturday morning around 05:00 and transfer to the village of Listvyanka on the shore of Lake Baikal, approximately 70 km's from Irkutsk (transfer time is around 1 hour depending on local traffic and weather). Check in to your accommodation and have a go at exploring this old Russian fishing village. Walk along the shore of the lake (the worlds deepest fresh water lake), chow down on some smoked omul, a species of fish only found in Lake Baikal and considered a delicacy by the locals or visit the limnological (limnology is the study of bodies of fresh water) museum and learn about the history of the lake and its place in Russian culture.

  • Day 7 - Sunday

    Transfer back to Irkutsk in the morning. You have the rest of the day to explore Irkutsk on your own but make sure that you don't get lost as we depart Irkutsk by train in the evening in the direction of Ulaanbataar.

  • Days 8 to 9 - Monday to Tuesday

    We spend the next day on the train from Irkutsk to Ulaanbataar. The train will make small scheduled stops along the route where you will have the possibility to buy food from the local vendors. We arrive in Ulaanbataar on Tuesday morning and transfer by car/bus from the train station to Terelj National Park (approximately 70 km from Ulaanbataar). On the way we will visit the famous Turtle Rock as well as a nomad family and experience their way of life which is deeply bound to tradition, partaking in the traditional nomad foods and having a go at some horseback riding. Upon arrival in the park you will be accommodated in a ger camp (gers are the traditional dwellings of the nomadic mongols).
    Meals: L/D

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Aktiviteter

Included activities:
- Moscow city tour
- Terelj National Park tour

Optional activities:
- Explore Ulaanbaatar in your own tempo
- Explore Irkutsk
- Explore Lake Baikal

Overnatning

1 nights accommodation included in Moscow
1 nights accommodation included in Listvyanka (Lake Baikal)
1 nights accommodation included in Terelj National Park in a ger camp
1 nights accommodation included in Ulaanbataar
All train journeys are in 4 berth compartments unless otherwise specified.

Transport

Arrival transfer from train station/airport to accommodation in Moscow is included
All train segments are included

Måltider

There are some meals included in this package. (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner while at Terelj National Park)
Most trains are equipped with a hot water dispenser which gives you the chance to make noodles and the like.
The train will also be making short stops along the route which means there is always a chance to buy food from the local vendors or babushkas.
Occasionally the trains also have a restuarent cart which you can use.

Ekstra information

- Bring along anything which can help you pass the time on the long journeys. This could be books, music or games to play with the locals.
- Not all trains will have shower facilities, come prepared

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