Meet your fellow adventurers and let the journey begin! Jump on a rickshaw or bicycle to the Art District and Hutong neighbourhood; these ancient alleyways have been here since Kublai Khan established his capital here. Yup, Beijing used to be Mongolian. Make time to visit a lesser known section of the Great Wall - your Honcho will have lots of good suggestions.
Travel across the fringes of the Gobi Desert then over the steppe of Mongolia. Arrive in Mongolia’s capital and head to Zaisan Memorial for panoramic views.
Time to explore this fascinating city now a jumble of traditional gers and modern skyscrapers. Grab some snacks at the market for your adventure to the steppe.
Enjoy your first night as a nomad in our ger camp. Perhaps test out your ger building skills. Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, the spiritual and intellectual home of Mongolia.
From Kharkhorin we travel to the home of the ‘Takhi’ horses, were introduced after previously becoming extinct in their native habitat. Enjoy another night under the starts, with plenty of time to relax and learn more about the lifestyle of Mongolia’s nomadic peoples. Back for a final night in UB and perhaps some karaoke!
Rise and shine! It’s an early start this morning as you make your way by bus to Ulan Ude.. Plan what activities you might like to do once you arrive in the home of the Buryats, and if you can read in a moving vehicle, brush up on a brand-new language.
Spend a full day exploring Russia’s home of Buddhism and the world’s biggest statue of Lenin’s head, standing at 7.7 meters tall.
Time to unwind at the world’s deepest and oldest lake. Splash by the shoreline or and hike in the hills for magnificent views. Explore further with a visit to the serene Bolshiye Koty settlement, it’s an excellent way to blow away any vodka-induced cobwebs.
After wandering the streets of Irkutsk we hop back on board to take the train to Yekaterinburg. Spend time sharing stories with the locals over tea (or something stronger).
The city is infamous as the brutal murder site of the Romanov family, which brought Tsarist rule to an end, and ushered in the Communist era in 1918. Pay your respects at the church recently built on the site or see the obelisk which marks the spot where Europe and Asia meet. Alternatively check out the mafia cemetery complete with fast cars and gold teeth.
Watch the changing landscape of European Russia and perfect your card skills with the locals.
Welcome to Tartarstan where Orthodox Christianty and Islam unite under the unofficial Tartarstan motto of "Bez Buldırabız!" - "We can"! Tuck into the local delicacies which have a distinct Central Asian influence which will make a change from borscht soup on the train.
The old capitals of Russia await. Relax as you wander through Vladimir and Suzdal’s famous churches and dome-spotted skyline, then unwind in a Russian banya (sauna).
You’ve got 2 nights and 2 days to explore Russia’s capital, and we recommend you start with a bang! Head to Red Square and take in the fantastic St. Basils. Part fairytale palace, part gingerbread creation, Napoleon tried to blow up the psychedelic masterpiece as it offended his architectural sensibilities. From here, walk in any direction and you’ll discover more jaw-dropping wonders, including, the Kremlin, Lenin’s Tomb, the State Museum and the GUM department store. It’s not all about the buildings though, dive into the metro, visit the underground bunkers and explore the pulsing nightlife of this vibrant city.
A final overnight train brings you 9,062 km to St. Petersburg. Stroll down Nevsky Prospect, beside the canals or by the river. Take in the magnificence of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, an immense work of art. Visit the Hermitage Museum housed in the Winter Palace and see if you can spot one of the 70 feline guards that protect the art collection from hungry mice.
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Shared accommodation (1 twin share hotel night, 14 hostel nights, 2 nights at a Siberian guesthouse, 2 nights at ger camp, 5 nights on the train (4-berth). Please note that private facilities are not guaranteed.)
Honchos throughout your journey, however, with no pre-arranged sightseeing, you have complete freedom to roam. Stay with your group or explore on your own.
All departure and arrival transfers en-route *
* Arrival transfer on Day 1 and departure transfer at the end of your itinerary are not included.