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TRANS MONGOLIAN


The epic Trans-Mongolian railway is arguably the world’s greatest journey. It is the longest continuous railway on earth; spanning more than a third of the entire globe's surface, covering a huge 6000 miles (10000 km).

The trip takes in the huge cities of Moscow and Beijing at either end of the journey and stops off en route in Siberia where we visit beatufiul Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal and also a trip around Terelj National Park in Mongolia. This is a tour we feel everyone should take at least once in their lifetime!



Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against all travel to.

We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise ytou to do your own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.

Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.


Our Trans-Mongolian tours run weekly throughout the year and can be done both West to East and vice versa.

We offer various options, including a monthly departure which links up with our North Korea tours.

Most nationalities will require visas for each of the 3 countries visited on this tour. We provide visa support documents for each.

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UPCOMING TOURS

Our current upcoming group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
Sierra Leone/Liberiatour-open2021-07-032021-07-26West Africa tour: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin & Togo232765500dynamic10July
Sierra Leone/Liberiatour-open2020-07-042020-07-27West Africa tour: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin & Togo232765500dynamic10July
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-Moscow Comfort)tour-openEast to West Comfort Tour131695500dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-Moscow)tour-openWest to East Tour131025300dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-Pyongyang)tour-openMoscow to Pyongyang Tour211869500dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-St. Petersburg)tour-openWest to East Extended Tour181299300dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Moscow-Beijing Comfort)tour-openWest to East Comfort Tour141695500dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Moscow-Beijing)tour-openEast to West Tour13995300dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (St. Petersburg-Beijing)tour-openEast to West Extended Tour181259300dynamic6

2020 TOURS

Our 2020 Trans Mongolian tour packages can be seen below. 


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
Trans-Mongolian (Wigan-Pyongyang)tour-closed2020-04-252020-05-24Wigan to Pyongyang Tour303195500static0April
Trans-Mongolian (Atherton-Pyongyang)tour-closed2020-09-122020-10-12Atherton to Pyongyang Tour303245500dynamic0September

2021 TOURS

Our 2021 Trans Mongolian tour packages can be seen below. 


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
Sierra Leone/Liberiatour-open2021-07-032021-07-26West Africa tour: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin & Togo232765500dynamic10July
Sierra Leone/Liberiatour-open2020-07-042020-07-27West Africa tour: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin & Togo232765500dynamic10July
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-Moscow Comfort)tour-openEast to West Comfort Tour131695500dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-Moscow)tour-openWest to East Tour131025300dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-Pyongyang)tour-openMoscow to Pyongyang Tour211869500dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Beijing-St. Petersburg)tour-openWest to East Extended Tour181299300dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Moscow-Beijing Comfort)tour-openWest to East Comfort Tour141695500dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (Moscow-Beijing)tour-openEast to West Tour13995300dynamic6
Trans-Mongolian (St. Petersburg-Beijing)tour-openEast to West Extended Tour181259300dynamic6

TOUR ITINERARY


Day 1 - Arrive Moscow


Arrive at Moscow Yaroslav station and leave aboard the 13:50 train. Head out of Moscow's suburbs and begin your journey east towards Siberia.


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Day 2  - Journey through the Ural Mountains


In the morning we will visit the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, and the archaeological site of Nisa. Here there are mud brick remains of fortifications and palaces, temples, ceremony hall and treasury building. It covers the remains of Parthian civilization, which combined traditional Turkmen art and culture with Greek and Roman elements. The richly decorated architecture of religious, royal power and ordinary domestic functions has been revealed as the result of archaeological excavations which started at the beginning of 20th century and continues in the present day. Nisa or Parthaunisa is presumed to be the first capital of Parthians. The ancient civilisation lived along the Kopet Dag mountain range (modern Turkmenistan and Iran). UNESCO states that Nisa played an important role of a barrier to Roman Empire expansion to the East, whilst also acting as the communication and trading centre between East and West, between Central Asia and Mediterranean cultures. Afterwards we visit Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque in Kipchak before returning to hotel and spending the evening at leisure.


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Day 3 - Pass the 2102km point


Relax onboard the train and make the most of the restaurant car as you head towards Omsk and pass the 2102km point, which officially marks the border of Siberia. Give your legs a stretch at each stop and buy food from the many sellers on the platforms.


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Day 4 - Ob River bridge


Travel onwards towards Krasnoyarsk as you pass through the busiest section of railway in the world.  Here you'll view freight trains, mainly full of coal heading towards the Ural smelting works from the Kubas Basin. Further along you will cross one of the world's longest rivers on the 870m long Ob River bridge.


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Day 5 - Arrival into Irkutsk


Arrival into Irkutsk at approximately 10:40. Transfer to your hostel and spend the day at leisure around Irkutsk. Maybe go for a leisurely stroll and take in the beautiful wooden buildings before visiting the Church of the Saviour, the Znamensky monastery and Irkutsk Museum. Later, head to the market to pick up some supplies then head out for a tradition Siberian meal at one of the city's many restaurants before continuing onto a bar or club later.


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Day 6 - Primorsky mountains


Our driver will pick you up at 09:00 and drive you to Irkutsk station where you will transfer onto a bus and head north 250 km along the Primorsky Mountains on Baikal's western shore towards Lake Baikal*, the deepest lake in the world at 1673m. We have a coffee stop en route before arriving at the Olkhon Island ferry around 14:00. After a short stroll around the ferry station we make the crossing to Olkhon Island, 71km long and 14.5km wide; making it the largest lake island in the world. Olkhon is populated primarily by the Buryati people who are of Mongolian descent and whose Buddhist practices coexist with their shamanism. Upon arrival you are transferred to your accommodation at a fisherman's family guesthouse, made up of wooden chalets. After lunch group members can explore the village and visit the museum of Local Lore. A walking excursion can be done through the village to the Cape of Burkhan to see the famous Crag of Shaman (Rock Temple) which was generally regarded as one of the 9 sanctuaries of Asia. Return to dine on a local Baikal speciality of home-cooked grayling (when available), before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.


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Day 7 - Olkhon Island


In the morning depart by jeep or minibus to explore Olkhon Island and classic Lake Baikal vistas. Head north and make your first stop at Sagaan-Khushun Cape, a beautiful cliff covered in red lichen. Then head forward to the coastal sand dunes and stretches of beach along the way, including the 200m high cliffs of Khoboy Cape at the northern tip of the island. After a picnic-lunch (Baikal omul fish-soup), cooked on an open fire in Uzuri bay you will return to Khuzir village. Experience a traditional Russian banya (sauna) before being served a traditional Olkhon dinner. Again spend the rest of the evening at leisure.


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Day 8 - Drive to Irkutsk



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Day 9 - Crossing into Mongolia



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Day 10 - Ulaanbaatar



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Day 11 - Terelj National Park



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Day 12 - Chinggis Khan complex



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Day 13 - Journey through the Gobi Desert



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Day 14 - Tour Ends



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*During a period of 3-5 days in April, the lake becomes too dangerous to cross due to melting ice. The dates depend on the weather conditions. Therefore for April trips we cannot guarantee the tour. In this case we will replace the tour with a visit to Listvnyanka or the Circumbaikal railway.

** for anyone not keen on horse riding we can offer the alternative option of hiking or simply relaxing at the Ger camp.

Please note that for any bookings coming less than 12 weeks prior to departure we cannot guarantee availability of train tickets.

DETAILS

Includes:


- All train tickets (2nd class) throughout the journey
- Hostel accommodation (or hotel for upgrade tour) in each stop along the route except Olkhon Island (wooden cabin) and Terelj National Park (Ger camp).
- Train station transfers in Irkutsk and Ulaanbataar
- All meals included on Olkhon Island and during Terelj NP tour
- Public transport to Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island 
- Private transport to Terelj NP
- Driver/guide for Olkhon Island tour
- English speaking driver and guide for Terelj tour
- Russian visa invitation and supporting documents for Chinese and Mongolian visas


Excludes:


- International flights to/from Russia and China
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Meals on trains and in each city
- Tips for guides