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Reviews for Trans Mongolian railway holiday


review 25 Sep 2019

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

Visiting Mongolia was the highlight. We even had two extra days and a night in the country as we were 'bumped' off the train (with some other passengers) from Ulaan Bataar to Beijing. We ended up flying with Air China instead (this airline is not recommended - inflight service is truly grim!). Although it was disappointing not to complete the journey be rail, we were impressed with the operators for making excellent alternative arrangements. We stayed in an Eco-Ger camp and went camel trekking on the edge of the Gobi during our additional time in the country. We also really enjoyed Russia and the three days on the train from Yekaterinburg to Ulaan Bataar were very relaxing and more enjoyable than expected - the waiter in the Russian restaurant car was really friendly and the chef produced great food at very reasonable prices.

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

Prepare as much as possible before you go; especially read as much as you can about the trip and learn some Russian. The information provided by the operator was very useful. Nevertheless: Expect the unexpected! We had been to China many years ago, but had forgotten what a weird place it was - so different from any where else we have ever been to.

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

Yes, especially in Mongolia. We used local services and by staying in a national park, this benefitted the local economy. It was great to meet nomads in their Gers and share some of their food. Fermented mare's milk is an acquired taste though! Traveling by train is more eco-friendly than flying and perfect for holidays. We travelled all the way by train from UK to St Petersburg before the start of the holiday. The high-light of this leg was the high-speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg - better than anything running in UK!

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

Excellent - definitely a trip of a lifetime, but we would do it again, if the opportunity arose. We were fortunate to be part of a very small group and had an excellent guide, who went the extra-mile on several occasions and who was a great ambassador for her country of origin (Mongolia).

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