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2018 Trans-Mongolian train Journey, with Yekaterinburg

Category: Rail Journeys







 Rail Journeys of a Difference

This 16-day Trans-Mongolian train journey to Beijing, now with a 
stopover in Yekaterinburg, a thriving capital of the Ural Mountains, border divide between Europe and Asia



Yekaterinburg's history is closely associated with the final days of Russia's last Romanov Czar Nicholas II and his family, rise of Boris Yeltsin and other crucial pages of country's turbulent history  




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Itinerary Overview:


Day 1     Moscow
Day 2     Moscow
Day 3     PM train to Yekaterinburg
Day 4     PM: arrive Yekaterinburg 
Day 5     Yekaterinburg, sightseeing 
Day 6     Yekaterinburg, sightseeing; p.m. train to Irkutsk
Day 7-8  In transit, aboard train 
Day 9     AM: arrive Irkutsk & transfer to Listvyanka on Lake Baikal
Day 10   Listvyanka, Sightseeing. PM train to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
Day 11   In Transit, aboard train
Day 12   AM: arrive Ulaan Baatar & activities at Terelj Nat'l Park 
Day 13   Ulaan Baatar, Sightseeing
Day 14   AM: depart Ulaanbaatar by train to Beijing
Day 15   AM: arrive Beijing
Day 16   Depart Beijing






Day-By-Day Program: 

Day 1   WED               Welcome to Moscow
Arrive in Moscow. You will be met and transferred to your hotel ***(*). Check-in for a 2 nights’ stay (D)

Day 2   THU           Moscow, Sightseeing 
Breakfast at hotel. Panoramic city tour of Moscow featuring the most noteworthy landmarks such as the historic Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi theatre, Tverskaya Street and much more. Drive to Sparrow Hills for city’s breathtaking views with Moscow State University, Luzhniki Sports complex and New Maidens' Convent (B)

Day 3    FRI             Moscow, Sightseeing | Train to Yekaterinburg 
Visit the heart of Moscow, the almighty Kremlin. For most of eight centuries - it has been, at the very heart of Moscow - the seat of power of the grand princes, czars and most recently, presidents, as well as an important religious and spiritual 

For Westerners, the adjacent Red Square, especially the bulbous, multi-colored domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, have been an image synonymous with the Soviet Union and Russian state since the advent of television.

Also visit the world-class Czars treasury collection known as the Armoury Chambers, the oldest and the richest museum inside the Kremlin. In the afternoon, transfer to rail station to board your train to Yekaterinburg, dep 16.50 (B)

Day 4      SAT          Arrive in Yekaterinburg
Arrive in Yekaterinburg by train before 9 pm. You will be met and transferred to the Grand Avenue Hotel (or similar) for a 2 nights' stay      


Day 5      SUN          Yekaterinburg, Sightseeing
Today your City Highlights tour will introduce you to the most noteworthy landmarks of Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains, Russia's fourth largest city. And, geographically, known as the Great Divide as it marks the border between Europe and Asia. You will drive to the obelisk marking this geographical border where you will stand with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.
Also visit the Mineralogical Museum as the city is famous as a treasure trove of minerals and precious stones       

Day 6       MON        Yekaterinburg, Sightseeing and train to Irkutsk
Breakfast at hotel. A tour of the sights associated with the exile and the last days of Romanov dynasty czar Nicholas II and his family.

In the evening transfer to rail station to continue your rail journey. Board your train, Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk, in the chosen class of service, departs at 10 pm. Late check-out from hotel in Yekaterinburg is provided


Day 7-8    TUE-WED    On Board Train 

Relax on board as the train travels through Siberia. Enjoy the ever-changing panoramas of natural beauty, as your train speeds through huge spans of land, taiga forest, mighty rivers, into the heart of Siberia. Make new friends or catch up on your reading list

Day 9       THU                Irkutsk & Lake Baikal
AM: arrive Irkutsk, a major city in the middle of Siberia, the closest to Lake Baikal, Siberia's main attraction and unique phenomenon. Breakfast upon arrival.

Your City Highlights tour takes in the most significant sites of Irkutsk. One of them being the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like decorations that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. 

After a good intro to the city, you will be transferred direct to Listvyanka settlement on the shores of the legendary Lake Baikal. En route stop at Taltsy village for lunch and visit an open-air museum of wooden architecture. Overnight at the Legend of Baikal Hotel *** (B,L) 

Day 10    WED               Lake Baikal | Train to Ulaanbaatar 
Breakfast at hotel. A walking tour of Listvyanka and Lake Baikal shoreline. Transfer to Irkutsk rail station for train No 362 for Ulaanbaatar, dep at 22.10 (B)

Day 11     THU              On Board Train 

Relax on the train and enjoy the ever changing scenery. Communicate with the locals, play chess or write your diary. Or just enjoy doing nothing

Day 12    FRI                 Ulaanbaatar & Terelj National Park

Arrive in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, at 6.10 am. Breakfast and transfer to Terelij National Park. Enjoy pristine beauty of the surroundings, explore the Turtle rock, engage in outdoor activities, visit a local nomadic family. Overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger (B,L,D)


Day 13    SAT               Ulaanbaatar, Sightseeing

Return to the capital, check-in at the Edelweiss Hotel. City tour of Ulaanbaatar including the Natural History Museum, Gandan monastery, Bogd Khan Winter Palace, Zaisan Hill and Sukhebaatar Square. Lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight at Khabu Hotel *** (B,L)

Day 14    SUN            Train to Beijing

Transfer to Ulaanbaatar rail station to board train No 4 to Beijing, dep 7 am

Day 15   MON             Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing at 11.40 local time. Transfer to the Beijing Novotel Xin Qiao Hotel **** 

Day 16  Tue                Depart Beijing

After breakfast your tour ends (B)





 Dates & Prices, 2018:


Tour Dates: Tour Dates:
15 Jan-30 Jan, 2018 23 July-07 August
12 Feb-27 Feb, 2018 30 July-14 August
19 March-03 April 03 Sept-18 Sept
09 April-24 April 01 Oct-16 Oct
21 May-05 June  05 Nov-21 Nov 
04 June-19 June  24 Dec, 2018 - 08 Jan, 2019
Tour Price:   
$ 4,475 per person, in 2nd class train, a 4-berth compartment
$ 5,435 per person, in 1st class compartment, a 2-berth compartment  
The above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person. A single supplement is available upon request






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