Trans Mongolian Eastbound, St Petersburg to Beijing
Description of Trans Mongolian Eastbound, St Petersburg to Beijing
Travel eastwards from the land of the Tsars to the wonders of China, via the kingdom of Genghis Khan, on this undeniably epic small group tour which takes you along the Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railways. You’ll be accompanied throughout by a professional tour leader as you depart from St. Petersburg to explore Moscow, Siberia, Ulaanbaatar, Irkutsk and Beijing, with an itinerary that promises a wealth of cultural discovery.
Visit unmissable sites around St. Petersburg including the fabulous Catherine Palace, the Hermitage, and the Peter & Paul Fortress. Wander the Armoury Museum of the Kremin, home to a stunning collection of Faberge eggs as well as vast quantities of historical artefacts and artworks. Admire the views of Lake Baikal, the vast Siberian lake that may be the deepest in the world, near Irkutsk where you switch (smoothly) between the Trans Siberian and the Trans Mongolian.
Watch a spirited display of traditional Mongolian throat singing in Ulaanbaatar, and stay a few nights in a typical ger lodging, hosted by a welcoming local family, in Terelj National Park. Finally arriving in China, after some three weeks on the move, you’ll be free to take in the myriad landmarks of Beijing, and of course a walk along the Great Wall is included.
As anyone that has ever taken this famed route will know, it’s all about the journey, not the destination. Riding the rails with an ever-changing cast of fellow passengers, the scenery shifting constantly through the carriage windows, you’ll have many opportunities to share stories, and perhaps food, with local people. Comfortable sleeping arrangements are in order, and with a dedicated tour leader available at all times you need have no concerns about the practicalities. Just enjoy the ride.
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PlanetWe are committed to positive environmental impacts through our Responsible Travel Policy. As an overland company we have extremely low carbon emissions throughout all our journeys. This departure operates exclusively on the 12,054km of rail network spanning the Trans-Mongolian railway from St Petersburg to Beijing and we also use local buses in Mongolia when transferring to Terelj National Park and public transport in both Russia and China, avoiding air travel wherever possible. We aim to ensure the clients do as much walking as possible during sightseeing and city tours, reducing our negative impact on the environment.
We use Local Partners in Mongolia who we work with closely to ensure they mirror our Responsible Travel Policy to ‘protect our planet’ and reduce the consumption of one time plastics. We have worked with the same Local Partner for several years now basing our working relationship on trust and equality and always ensure that on visits to National Parks, we brief our clients on environmental responsibility asking them to use re-usable water bottles during their stay and refrain from using single use carrier bags, which are becoming an serious issue in areas such as the Gobi desert.
PeopleWe have a very clear mandate to support the local community and without these Local Partners our on ground experiences wouldn’t be the same. We have been operating journeys throughout Asia for over 50 years and strive to build on our long established reputation for having the utmost respect for the places and communities that we visit.
We contract the services of Local Guides and City Ambassadors through our Local Partners. We use Aiur, a Local Guide in Russia for many of our tours including this departure. Aiur specialises in translation, teaching and of course guiding, and his manta is, 'Helping people to discover this world.' His favourite place to visit is Mongolia citing its, ‘unusual mix of nomadic culture, communist past and modern life.’
In addition, we partner with local families in Terelj National Park, which we find not only enriches the overall experience but allows us to understand local traditions and create sound relationships between clients and locals.
In China we visit the local Hutongs and markets again helping to serve as an authentic and cultural experience and one, which maintains a closer bond between client and local. We always encourage our group to buy locally and encourage local trade and artistry.
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