Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound

“An epic train journey along the most famous railway on the planet, this adventurous trip covers almost half of the world across three nations - Russia, Mongolia and China.”

Highlights

St Petersburg | Hermitage Museum | Suzdal | Moscow | Lenin's Mausoleum | Red Square | Kremlin | Trans-Siberian Railway | Lake Baikal | Irkutsk | Volkonsky House Museum | Trans-Siberian Railway | Ulaanbaatar | A night in a ger camp at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park | Beijing | The Great Wall of China

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Our top tip:
Some roads are rough and winding - don't forget your meds if your prone to travel sickness.
Trip type:
Small group, max 12 adults.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
1 night ger camp, 2x homestay, 9x hotel, 8x sleeper train.
Solos:
Welcome. Single rooms available at hotels only for a surcharge.
Meals:
11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, tour leader, transfers, listed activities.
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Holiday type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound

We provide all travellers with reusable bags and chopsticks in order to avoid waste and encourage use of “tea flasks” for drinking water (or tea, like the locals do!) so as not to purchase multiple plastic bottles. Safe drinking water available in all our accommodation and transport. Any bottles that are purchased are given to the community of waste collectors who rely on this for an income.

Food left over after group meals is collected and boxed up to be left where homeless/street people might easily find it and take it without them having to go through garbage for a meal.

All suppliers issued with RT recommendations in their local language and leaders and groups acting as “ambassadors” for spreading the RT message beyond just our travellers but also trying to involve the local tourism industry.

We include informal local language lessons to give our travellers a head start into understanding the culture and communicating with the people we meet along the way.

Wherever possible we take local transport in China and Russia. This can mean anything from public bus, trolley bus, tram or subway. We also have the opportunity to explore on bikes and on foot and travel overland on all our basix trips. When taking trains we travel 2nd or 3rd class (hard sleeper in China, kupe or platzkart in Russia) which is the way the majority of locals travel - this gives us maximum chance to meet and share stories, food, games and the journet with local travellers.

At the end of out journey we encourage our travellers to donate unwanted clothes, toiletries or other goods which we then distribute to local organisations.

Our tour leaders are all Chinese or Russian locals.

This trip is an epic journey traversing 3 national and through areas that area rarely visited by tourists. In particular this trip exposes the outer reaches of rural Mongolia and the vast taiga of Siberia, as well as the grandness of the huge cities of Beijing, Moscow and St Petersburg.

In Mongolia the itinerary takes in the beautiful Terelj National Park for 2 days in this grassland wilderness. The group stays in a traditional Ger camp, where they can experience the lives of nomadic families. The gers sleep up to 4 people with comfy beds and plenty of blankets. In the colder months you might want to stoke up the wood heater in the centre of the ger and you'll be toasty warm in no time! Horseriding is also an option here, and is a great way of learning more about the local people's lives.

In the heart of Siberia travellers head to Lystvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. Here accommodation is arranged in homestays - the group splits up as travellers are welcomed into the lives and homes of local Listvyanka villagers for two nights. This is a unique experience that allows immersion into the local way of life.

Reviews of Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Lake Baikal Homestay and the Mongolian Ger Camp... both have incredible memories for me that will stay with me for life!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind... chat to as many people as you can on the train! Take cards and make sure you buy some vodka before you get on as you won't have another chance. I think it is the people that make it, so chat to as many people as you can! Don't be scared of buying food on the platform... it is so worth it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely!! It was obvious everywhere we went that we were supporting local people and environmentally aware - collecting rubbish etc!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


5 out of 5!

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I loved the train journey, chatting to the locals, making food, using the hot
water urns at the end of the carriage and having the wheels changed on the
Mongolia/China border was a fantastic experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take warm clothes if you are going in the autumn and a mug and spoon for the
train. Learn some Russian before you go and take maps of the train journey as
these are a great way to start conversations.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant. Could not fault this trip at all.

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Putting aside getting ill and having a camera stolen, the most memorable was staying in a ger at Terelj National Park [Mongolia] and walking in the park. Peace, calm, wide open spaces, and a cosy little 'home'. Eating our evening meal at Lena's in Suzdal came a close second - a great way to learn about Russia and Russians. The most exciting was seeing the cosmonaut memorial in Moscow and balancing a Kazakh hunting eagle on my arm outside Terelj.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Try and learn the Cyrillic alphabet, it makes life a lot easier in Russia. Bring a Chinese phrase book with you. Don't bother with travellers cheques - they are time-consuming and difficult to change. US$ and plastic works everywhere. Beware pickpockets in temples - keep your hand on your camera, or keep it round your neck. Don't be surprised if the other participants are much older/younger than you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


This was the reason that we came with this operator, and mostly it worked - train travel, boat travel, a visit to a circus project in Moscow. However I was disappointed by the opportunities in Mongolia. We had been asked to bring things for a project working with young women [Lotus], which I did. However our tour leader seemed to know nothing about Lotus, and instead asked me to give my gifts to a class of secondary school children. This was a bit disappointing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was very good. We wanted to reach Beijing overland to have a holiday in China, but without travelling independently, and this worked well. Our tour leader, Anastasia Markova, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and good in a crisis. Being in such a small group [4 travellers, one leader and 2 trainee leaders] could have been a problem, but it wasn't, and we all got on well together.

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the cities, the homestays and meeting local people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not to expect too much from the rail journey. For me it was just a means to an end and not a particularly memorable part of the overall trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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