Trans-Siberian and Mongolia tour, westbound

“An epic 6,000 km train journey, through China, Mongolia and Russia, from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to Moscow’s iconic Red Square”

Highlights

Beijing | Ulaanbaatar | Terelj National Park Ger camp | Ulan Ude | Lake Baikal | Trans-Siberian Railway | Kungur | Moscow

Description of Trans-Siberian and Mongolia tour, westbound

Forget the morning commute, this is a train journey that is ambitious, exciting and thoroughly out of the ordinary. This 16-day journey will cross continents and time zones, beginning in Beijing, then travelling through the wild, untamed wildernesses of Mongolia, to meet its historically nomadic people. Leave Asia behind as you cross into Siberia for some traditional hospitality and extraordinary natural landscapes in Lake Baikal and then on into Russia, ending your journey in its capital Moscow.

Travelling out of Beijing, watch the scenery change from urban to rocky desert, and then rolling green meadows as you enter the relative time warp of Mongolia. Discover the capital Ulaanbaatar, where you’ll find elderly Mongolians in traditional dress, business suit-clad entrepreneurs and young monks. Explore the city before discovering the unique Mongolian countryside in Terelj National Park. Think rolling meadows dotted with munching yaks, forested hills and imposing rock formations. Sleep in a ger camp here, and learn to cook buuz – traditional Mongolian dumplings!

Ulan Ude is another highlight, surrounded by vast, boundless steppes and alpine forests. The city is an ethnic and spiritual mix of Euro-Russian, Mongolian, and Buryat cultures. At the Old Believers Village here, established by orthodox Christians who fled European Russia centuries ago, you’ll discover a way of life that has changed very little since the 18th century. From here you drive to Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world and a new destination on the tourist map, where you can hike, swim or take a boat trip.

Obviously, you need to be ready for long days of travelling, both on and off the train, since you’re covering a vast landscape. You’ll spend three nights on the Trans-Siberian Railway, from Ulan Ude to Kungur, a pretty, provincial Russian town with lovely architecture. Simply settle into the rhythm and enjoy the ever-changing scenery, your book, or chatting with your fellow travellers. You travel in 2nd class carriages, where conditions are simple but comfortable, providing an authentic experience and a chance to meet, and travel like, the locals. On overnight trains, four people from your group share compartments, and there is a bathroom in every carriage with a sink and cold water. Off the train, accommodation is basic, staying in ger camps, local guesthouses and homestays with simple facilities. This is a real and authentic adventure, crossing continents and revealing vast, unchanged landscapes and fascinating history.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Map

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
08 Aug 2017
£ 2730
excluding flights
On Request
Click here to enquire about or book the 08 Aug 2017 departure
15 Aug 2017
£ 2645
excluding flights
On Request
Click here to enquire about or book the 15 Aug 2017 departure
22 Aug 2017
£ 2184
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 22 Aug 2017 departure
29 Aug 2017
£ 2670
excluding flights
3 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 29 Aug 2017 departure
12 Sep 2017
£ 2570
excluding flights
3 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 12 Sep 2017 departure
19 Sep 2017
£ 2530
excluding flights
Full
 
03 Oct 2017
£ 2480
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 03 Oct 2017 departure
10 Apr 2018
£ 2570
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 10 Apr 2018 departure
24 Apr 2018
£ 2570
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 24 Apr 2018 departure
08 May 2018
£ 2570
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 08 May 2018 departure
15 May 2018
£ 2665
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 15 May 2018 departure
22 May 2018
£ 2665
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 22 May 2018 departure
10 Jul 2018
£ 2770
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 10 Jul 2018 departure
17 Jul 2018
£ 2770
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 17 Jul 2018 departure
24 Jul 2018
£ 2770
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 24 Jul 2018 departure
07 Aug 2018
£ 2770
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 07 Aug 2018 departure
14 Aug 2018
£ 2770
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 14 Aug 2018 departure
28 Aug 2018
£ 2665
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 28 Aug 2018 departure
11 Sep 2018
£ 2665
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 11 Sep 2018 departure
18 Sep 2018
£ 2570
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 18 Sep 2018 departure
16 Oct 2018
£ 2570
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 16 Oct 2018 departure
Vouchers
Accepted
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-Siberian and Mongolia tour, westbound

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.

Environment
We provide all travellers with reusable bags 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.
There are a lot of small things that we can do to make a difference for the region we travel through. While we are at Lake Baikal, the deepest fresh water lake in the world, we’ll go and pick up the garbage along the shore of the lake to help protect this amazingly beautiful nature. While on the train, the train attendant can provide glass cups (coming with beautiful Russian style cup holder, a great souvenir) for you to drink tea and coffee so we can avoid using paper or plastic cups. In Mongolia, we should only leave our footprint behind when we visit Terelj National Park and stay overnight in the Ger camp by taking out our garbage.
There are quite a few trains that we’ll take on this journey, and it’s encouraged to share the snacks/food we buy so that we don’t created as much wasted packaging. And taking the trains is the best way to reduce our carbon footprint as well. In fact, when it comes to carbon emissions, as a company we operate a carbon neutral policy, offsetting all passenger travel ‘on the ground’ while on tour.

Community
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.
When taking trains we travel 2nd or 3rd class (kupe or platzkart) which is the way the majority of locals travel - this gives us maximum chance to meet and share stories, food, games and the journey with local travellers.
You are accompanied by a leader for the duration of the tour who will be able to help you understand more about the realities of living and travelling in Russia and help to facilitate your interaction with locals along the way. The local guides who take you on excursions and walking tours in each of the places we visit are passionate about their country and allow you to get a real insight into places significant to the history, culture and development of the nation.
During the journey there are numerous opportunities for local interaction and getting to know people. 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!
You'll have the opportunity to support local industries by shopping for food at local farmers markets, buying direct from the babushka's who sell their home produce on the streets or visiting local handicraft stalls; talk to our hosts in our Guesthouse near Lake Baikal to learn about their life the far reaches in Siberia, or learn ginger bread making from our wonderful host family in Kungur.
Through staying in these local guesthouses/camps, we establish a true connection with the locals who welcome us into their life and it’s a very heart-warming experience to get to know these people and their community.
There are also some great projects that you have the option to support through our foundation – Nochlezhka, a local charity that helps the homeless people in St Petersburg (you can donate unwanted clothes or toiletries), Lotus Children’s Home which provides housing and schooling for orphans from the city in Ulaanbaatar, or Huiling school in Beijing, a local NGO that supports the reintegration of mentally challenged people into society.

1 Reviews of Trans-Siberian and Mongolia tour, westbound

5 out of 5 stars
SHOW
1
0
0
0
0

Reviewed on 14 May 2017 by

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


The Mongolian ger camp was wonderful. ...the local guides Tuya and
Nimo were terrific and made the Mongolian stop off great. Lake Baikal was also amazing...great fun with the sauna and jumping in the freezing river..standing on the frozen lake...beautiful and memorable. The entire train journey was special and being escorted by a brilliant guide was just the best way to feel safe yet given every opportunity to meet and interact with travellers from everywhere, learn new languages and it made for a fascinating insight into these less travelled places.

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


Read some online information on travelling the trans siberian express. I got some good tips there on what to take, what to eat, what type of bags to take (wheelie suitcase actually ) plus small ruck sack as train corridors are tight and steps to platforms steep so need to be able to manage your own stuff. Be prepared for some hard beds but all linen and bedding was lovely. Be prepared for the toilets in China and along the way..it's not pretty but you'll manage and all part of a real adventure.

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


All inclusive parts of the trip were very local and superb. Local guides and even cafes opened just for us on request so we were able to use small local places much of the time. It was a 2 way experience for us and all we met along the way..we were not just tourists.

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


Excellent. ..loved it all!

Popular similar holidays

Trans Siberian Railway holiday, Russian Summer

Trans Siberian Railway holiday, Russian Summer

Remarkable Moscow to Vladivostok train journey, Tailor-Made

From €3200 - €4100 18 days excluding flights

Trans Siberian railway tour

Trans Siberian railway tour

Watch this epic land glide by through the window of a comfortable train

From £2363 - £2779 17 days excluding flights

Trans Siberian rail journey, winter in Russia

Trans Siberian rail journey, winter in Russia

From Moscow to Baikal, tailor-made

From €1800 - €2350 12 days excluding flights

Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound

Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound

Russia to China on the Trans-Siberian Railway

From £2815 - £3080 20 days excluding flights

Convert currencies