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17-Day Great Trans-Siberian Journey to China via Mongolia

 

(MOSCOW 2 nights – train 4 nights – IRKUTSK/LISTVIANKA 1 night – train 2 nights – ULAN-BATOR 2 nights – train 1 night – BEIJING 2 nights)

 

Day 01: Sydney – Beijing

Depart to Moscow via Beijing in the evening on Air China and fly overnight.

 

Day 02: Beijing – Moscow (D)

Connect your flight in Beijing to Moscow and arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you are transferred to the “Cosmos” Hotel (3-star). Check in, buffet dinner at “Kalinka” restaurant.

 

Day 03: Moscow (B.L.D)

At 10am, meet with guide at reception for city tour including visit to the Novodevichy convent. Afternoon is free for you.

 

Day 04: Moscow – Irkutsk (B.L.D)

You are free at leisure in the morning. Afternoon tour will take you to the Kremlin including visit of a Cathedral and Armoury Chamber. In the evening transfer to railway station and depart for Irkutsk by train #2 at 23:45 pm.

 

Days 05 – 07: On the train (B.L.D)

Enjoy your train journey.

 

Day 08: Irkutsk – Listvyanka (B.L.D)

Arrival in Irkutsk at 07.30.  After breakfast, start your city tour. Afterwards, transfer to Listvyanka settlement with stop in Taltsy village for lunch and visit of open air Ethnographic Museum. Accommodation at “Legend of Baikal” Hotel in Listvyanka.

 

Day 09: Listvianka – Ulan-Bator (B.L.D)

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Listvianka. Transfer to railway station and depart for Ulan-Bator by train #362 at 21:50 pm.

(PS: On train #362, there is no dining car, passengers can bring food with them and eat in their compartment. Carriage conductor at extra cash payment serves hot tea/coffee. There is boiler with hot water in each carriage. Our operator may arrange box meal for tourists to be supplied in Irkutsk at extra 12 Euro pp.)

Day 10: On the train.

Enjoy your train journey to Ulan-Bator.

 

Day 11: Ulan-Bator (B.L)

Arrive in Ulan-Bator, Mongolia at 06.10 am. After breakfast, drive to the Terelj National Park. Explore turtle rock and visit nomadic family. After lunch, make acquaintance with their life style and you can enjoy a horse riding if you want. Stay overnight in a Yurta (nomad’s conical hut) camp.

 

Day 12: Ulan-Bator (B.L)

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour including visits to the Gandan monastery, Natural Museum, Bogd Khan Winter Palace, Zaisan Hill and Sukhabaator Square with a lunch included. Stay overnight at hotel “Edelweiss” (3* hotel).

 

Day 13: Ulan-Bator – Beijing (B)

After breakfast, you are transferred to railway station. Depart for Beijing by train #4 at 08.05 am. (We cannot arrange meals on train #4. Passengers may purchase their own meals in the restaurant carriage.)

 

Day 14: Beijing (D)

Arrive in Beijing (on Monday) at 14: 04 pm (local time). Upon arrival, you are transferred to “Beijing Novotel Xin Qiao” Hotel (4-star) and you are free in Beijing.

 

Day 15: Beijing (B.L.D)

Today you will enjoy a day tour including the Great Wall and the sacred path to the Ming Tombs followed by a tricycle tour to historical Hutong and Alley of Beijing old town. Stay overnight in Beijing.

 

Day 16: Beijing – Sydney (B.L)

Today’s tours include Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City as well as the Olympic site including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cubes (outside for photo shot only). Afterwards you are transferred to airport for your flight homewards to Sydney.

 

Day 17: Sydney

Arrive in Sydney in the morning. Your unforgettable Tran-Siberian tour ends.

 

2013 Tour Dates:

May: 14-29, June: 04-19, July: 02-17, August: 06-21, September: 10-25, October: 08-23   

 

Tour Price: $4,820 per person, twin share on land and quad share on train            

Single Supplement: $360 for land portion. On the train, you will share with other people on a Quad share compartment. 

 

Tour price includes:

  • Air China air-ticket: Sydney – Beijing – Moscow//Beijing – Sydney and airport tax and fuel surcharge;
  • Twin hotel accommodation with breakfast as indicated in the itinerary;
  • English-speaking guide for excursions;
  • Arrival and departure transfers (vehicle and driver only)      
  • Meals as per program;
  • Guided tours by private vehicle as per the above program;
  • Second class train tickets: Moscow – Irkutsk – Ulan-Bator – Beijing (4-berth compartment).

PS: If you want to upgrade your compartment to 1st class (twin share) for your train trip, there will be an extra charge of $750 per person. On train #362 two passengers who pay extra to upgrade to 1st class will occupy a 4-berth compartment for two people. Single passenger paying for 1st class will share compartment with other 1-2 unknown passengers.

Tour price doesn’t include:

  • Travel insurance;
  • Russia, Mongolia and China visa fees;
  • Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Tips to guide and driver;
  • Personal expense.

 

Bathrooms - Toilets - Restrooms on Trans Siberian

Most Russian trains do not have retention-toilets as on aircraft. Therefore, the toilets discharge onto the track, which results in the toilets being, locked about 30 min. before arriving at stations until about 30 min. after departure. They can (and do) vary according to the train, age of carriage, and attention of the carriage attendants and how long the journey has been. They are a lot better than what they were!!!

All Mongolian and standard Russian trains have a toilet and hand basin (hot and cold water) cabin at each end of each carriage - NO shower unit.



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