Trans-Siberian Small Group Tour | Moscow - Ulan-Bator

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Trip Overview

Set off on an unforgettable journey in comfort of our friendly small group tour with 8 to 18 travelers along Trans-Mongolian railway line. Discover the local way of life during your city stays and get unique local insights from your professional tour leader during your time on board the train. Enjoy comfortable accommodation in the cities and 1st class train cabins of your own private train car. Cross 1/3 of the world on the legendary Trans-Mongolian railway in just 17 days: from mighty Moscow to glorious Kazan, the cradle of Tatar culture, and Ekaterinburg set right on the border of Europe and Asia. Absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal and explore the Buddhist and nomadic traditions of Mongolia.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.78 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels: 9 nights
    3-star lakeside hotel: 2 nights
    Tourist Ger Camp: 1 night
    On board the train in a private train car: 4 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    4 train rides between cities in a private train car
    Private drivers for day trips
    Chairlift ride & 1 boat cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 11 guided tours with private transportation
    10 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activities: cooking class,
    folk show, pony ride
  • MEALS
  • 15 breakfasts
    3 lunches
    2 dinners
    Tatar sweets tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

  • Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the magnificent Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the brightest gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces by Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class

In the morning your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

Upon arrival you walk to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

After some time for rest you explore the historical ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace.

You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish.

Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds a huge cauldron.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5
Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets, and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world.

Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist and the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius.

After break for lunch (not included) you proceed to the Chak-Chak Museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak and Tatar pastila.

After the tour you return back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast and chak-chak tasting included.

Day 6
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

Early in the morning you walk to the train station to continue your journey to the capital of Ural - Ekaterinburg. You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

In the evening you arrive in Ekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast box is included.

Day 7
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg

After breakfast you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

During the tour you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

After the tour you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

Day 9
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

No meals included.

Day 10
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum

In the morning you arrive to Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

After some rest you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Trip to Taltsy Village & Lake Baikal Cruise

After breakfast you take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy Museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

After lunch at a local restaurant we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

After the cruise you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 12
Irkutsk City Tour

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your driver takes you to Irkutsk for a guided tour of the most remarkable city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sigh Monastery is also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine-style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour, you are transferred to centrally-located hotel, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

Day 13
On Board the Train

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and your driver transfers you to the train station. You board a train that takes you to the final destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - Ulan Bator.

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

Day 14
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive to the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and admire the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

In the evening you enjoy a 1-hour pony riding and have dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 15
Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue

Following breakfast at the ger camp you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. 

You continue to the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery.

After a break for lunch you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing.

Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 16
City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator.

During the tour you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

After the tour you return to the hotel to take some rest or continue exploring the city center on your own. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (the show venue is located within the walking distance from your hotel). After the show you are invited to the restaurant to have a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 17
Departure from Ulan Bator

This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem. Contact your travel specialist for details.
  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Vladivostok and spend 4 days exploring one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan! Contact your travel specialist for details.

Included

9 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels, 2 nights at a 3-star lakeside hotel

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st class tickets for Moscow - Kazan, Kazan - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk and Irkutsk - Ulan Bator trains;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan-Bator;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan-Bator;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 18 travelers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Kazan Kremlin, Temple of all Religions, Chack-Chack Museum with tasting, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia;
  • Cooking master class in Kazan;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

 

Note: Departures are guaranteed with minimum 8 travelers. If a particular departure will not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued 4 months prior to the tour start date.

Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

Note: Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have single supplement for train cabin as well.

Tour Highlights
  • Intimate group size of up to only 8 to 18 travelers;
  • Comfort of traveling in a private train car and attention of a professional English-speaking tour leader that turn your adventure into a carefree journey;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Comprehensive tours providing in-depth insights into local culture throughout the journey;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness during a private cruise;
  • A taste of the traditional Mongolian nomadic way of life at the ger camp including pony riding;
  • Journey across 2 continents along Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Ulan-Bator.
What to Know
  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates
May 12
May - 28, 2019
May 24
Jun - 9, 2019
Jul 12
Jul - 28, 2019
Jul 24
Aug - 9, 2019
Aug 16
Sep - 1, 2019
Aug 18
Sep - 3, 2019
Aug 28
Sep - 13, 2019
Friend's trip (4+ travelers)
$7,498
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
reverse
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
reverse
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
deposit
$1,500
$8,398
reverse
deposit
$1,680
$7,498
reverse
deposit
$1,500
Two travelers: double occupancy
$7,698
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
reverse
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
reverse
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
deposit
$1,540
$6,998
reverse
deposit
$1,400
$7,698
reverse
deposit
$1,540
Single traveler
$8,898
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
reverse
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
reverse
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
deposit
$1,780
$8,398
reverse
deposit
$1,680
$8,898
reverse
deposit
$1,780
Dates
May 12
May - 28, 2019
May 24
Jun - 9, 2019
Jul 12
Jul - 28, 2019
Jul 24
Aug - 9, 2019
Aug 16
Sep - 1, 2019
Aug 18
Sep - 3, 2019
Aug 28
Sep - 13, 2019
Friend's trip (4+ travelers)
$7,498
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
reverse
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
reverse
deposit
$1,500
$7,498
deposit
$1,500
$8,398
reverse
deposit
$1,680
$7,498
reverse
deposit
$1,500
Two travelers: double occupancy
$7,698
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
reverse
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
reverse
deposit
$1,540
$7,698
deposit
$1,540
$6,998
reverse
deposit
$1,400
$7,698
reverse
deposit
$1,540
Single traveler
$8,898
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
reverse
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
reverse
deposit
$1,780
$8,898
deposit
$1,780
$8,398
reverse
deposit
$1,680
$8,898
reverse
deposit
$1,780

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