Travel from Beijing to the Mongolian capital, Ulaan Baatar and stay in a ger camp in Terelj National Park; Spend time in Irkutsk, and discover the worlds deepest lake, Lake Baikal. From here discover the treasures of Russia as you travel through to St Petersburg.

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Explore St Petersburg, the ‘Venice of the North’

Cross the Gobi Desert by rail

Discover Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake

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Trans Siberian Explorer - Beijing to St Petersburg

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Day 1

BEIJING

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Spend two days exploring the city, including your choice of a Forbidden City or Great Wall tour.

Day 2

IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL

Please see day 8 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 3

SIBERIA

Travel west on the Trans Siberian Railway towards Yekatarinburg. (B)

Day 4

SIBERIA

Please see day 11 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 5

YEKATERINBURG

Tour Yekaterinburg, the city founded by Peter the Great in 1723. By the 20th century Yekaterinburg became one of Russia’s largest and most important financial, industrial and cultural centres. See the famous Romanov Church and the Europe/Asia obelisk. (B)(D)

Day 6

YEKATERINBURG

Please see day 13 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 7

YEKATRINBURG - KAZAN

Built on the intersection of two rivers, Kazan has endured a tumultuous history. In 1553 Ivan the Terrible took it from the ‘Golden Horde’ and the city underwent a process of Russification. Today Tatars, the descendants of the Golden Horde, make up about 43% of the population, maintain their own language, culture and history. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kazan Kremlin. (B)

Day 8

YEKATRINBURG - KAZAN

Please see day 15 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 9

KAZAN

Today take the train to Moscow. (B)

Day 10

KAZAN - MOSCOW

Arriving in Moscow early this morning. (B)(D)

Day 11

Moscow

Explore this incredible city with its rich culture and history and breathtaking architecture. (B)

Day 12

Beijing

Please see day 1 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 13

MOSCOW - ROSTOV VELIKIY

Travel by train to Rostov, and explore its monasteries and kremlin. (B)

Day 14

MOSCOW - ROSTOV VELIKIY

Travel by train to Rostov, and explore its monasteries and kremlin. (B)

Day 15

SUZDAL & VLADIMIR

Explore Suzdal’s magnificent monasteries and continue by road to Vladimir, with its 12th century Golden Gates and the Assumption Cathedral. (B)

Day 16

SUZDAL & VLADIMIR

Please see day 22 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 17

SUZDAL & VLADIMIR

Please see day 22 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 18

ST PETERSBURG

Our final train sector takes us to the stunning ‘Venice of the North’, St. Petersburg. Tour the Kremlin and Armoury Chamber, and of course the stunning Hermitage Museum. Explore further during your free time.

Day 19

ST PETERSBURG

Please see day 25 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 20

ST PETERSBURG

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure. (B)

Day 21

BEIJING

Please see day 1 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 22

BEIJING - ULAANBAATAR

From Beijing’s Central Station we board the Ulaanbaatar Express for the overnight journey across the Gobi Desert to the Mongolian capital. (B)

Day 23

ULAANBAATAR

In Ulaanbataar, Mongolia’s unique capital, visit the Gandan Khiid Monastery and explore the highlights of the city.

Day 24

ULAANBAATAR - TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

Travel by road to Terelj National Park and stay in a ger camp amongst the rolling hills and mountains.(D)

Day 25

TERELJ NATIONAL PARK - IRKUTSK

Return to Ulaanbataar and board your train to Irkutsk in Siberia. (B)

Day 26

IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL

See Irkutsk’s church-lined river embankment, and travel to Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake, staying in a lakeside village.

Day 27

IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL

Please see day 8 for today's itinerary. (B)

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