Your Itinerary - St.Petersburg to Beijing
Day 1 - Arrival in St. Petersburg
Arrival in St. Petersburg. We transfer you directly to your hotel.
Day 2 - Around St. Petersburg
After breakfast one of our local expert guides will meet you at your hotel in the lobby for a three hour walking tour. The rest of the day is your own.
Day 3 - Departing St. Petersburg
A full day for you to pack in the best of the rest. Own transfer this evening to Moskovsky Station where you will board the Moscow bound train.
Day 4 - Arrival in Moscow
We transfer you directly to your hotel. Today thereÕs a three hour walking tour to introduce the city (and its public transport system) and to get your sightseeing off to a flying start. The rest of the dayÕs your own.
Day 5 - Explore Moscow
After breakfast the day is free to explore Moscow independently.
Day 6 - Departing Moscow
A full day to continue your sightseeing. Evening transfer to Yaroslavsky Station where you will board the Irkutsk bound train.
Day 7 - On board The Trans-Sib
Travelling through Kazan and Ekaterinburg.
Day 8 - On board The Trans-Sib
Onwards into Siberia itself via Novosibirsk.
Day 9 - On board The Trans-Sib
Across the River Enisei at Krasnoyarsk.
Days 10 to 13 - Baikal programmes
Here we give you the option to make a choice of either Siberian Village which is staying in Listvyanka Village on the shores of Lake Baikal. OR Adventure Trek, which is available for two or more passengers travelling together, for arrivals between 1st June until 1st September. The Adventure Trek is a camping expedition and requires a good level of fitness.
Option 1: Siberian Village
Day 10 - Arrival in Irkutsk
Arrival in Irkutsk, transfer to Listvyanka Village on shore of Lake Baikal.
Day 11 - Choose one activity from the list
(A) Siberian trek (B) Circum Baikal Picnic (C) Do your own thing.
Day 12 - Explore Listvyanka
Day at your leisure at Listvyanka Village.
Day 13 - Departing Irkutsk
Transfer back to the city of Irkutsk, free time to explore. Evening transfer to the station where you will board the Ulaanbaatar bound train.
Option 2: Adventure Trek
Day 10 - Arrival in Irkutsk
Transfer to your host(s) where you will have the opportunity to have a shower and enjoy breakfast before preparing for your trek. Depart by public bus to Goloustnoe Village. On arrival there will be a short trek of 3km before setting up camp on the shore of Lake Baikal.
Day 11 - Trekking along the Baikal shore (25 km)
Picnic lunch along the way. Set up camp at Sennaya Bay.
Day 12 - Trek to Bolshie Koty (9km)
Ride the Hydrofoil back to Irkutsk city. Travelling on Lake Baikal along the Angara River. Arrival at home-stay, in a soviet style apartment. Or upgrade to tourist class hotel if you rate comfort over authenticity.
Day 13 - Departing Irkutsk
Free time before evening transfer to the station, where you will board the Ulaanbaatar bound train.
Day 14 - On board The Trans-Sib
Circumnavigating Lake Baikal towards Mongolia.
Day 15 - Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Transfer from the station, shower and breakfast. Depart for city tour to include the Gandan Monastery ceremony. Depart Ulaanbaatar for the Bayangobi region. Evening arrival at the encampment. Tonight you are the guests of the herdsmen, and youÕll stay in a nomadic ger tent.
Day 16 - Onwards to Harhorin
Depart after breakfast for a day trip through the countryside of vrkhangai Province in the direction of Harhorin. Our route takes us into the Orkhon Valley, a World Heritage Site. This afternoon we arrive at modern Harhorin Š the settlement Genghis Khan would have known as Karakorum. Nothing is left of the ancient settlement, but on its site is the (rather later) monastery of Erdene Zuu, one of the most important Buddhist centres in Mongolia. Returning back to our nomad host family.
Day 17 - Elstei Ger Lodge
Evening arrival at Elstei Ger Lodge. This is a different experience from staying with nomads, as Elstei is purposely set up for foreign visitors. This evening, chill out and relax after the long journey.
Day 18 - Elstei Ger Lodge
Free time at Elstei Ger Lodge. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to partake in optional activities.
Day 19 - Return to Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast transfer back to Ulaanbaatar and check into the Bayangol Hotel. Day at leisure in the capital.
Day 20 - Departing Ulaanbaatar
Early morning transfer to the station where you will board the Beijing bound train.
Day 21 - Arrival in Beijing
Arriving into Beijing Central Station at the end of your Trans-Siberian journey.
The above description is just a brief outline of the journey. To see a detailed account of our trip and find out essential trip information, we recommend you download the trip itinerary. We can also start the tour in Moscow or Beijing if required.
The journey you have chosen has some “extras” that are necessary and then “extras" that will enhance your trip. We cannot re-iterate too much that at Russia Experience we pride ourselves on making the trip you have chosen the best it can be – so if we don’t mention something you want, ask us and we’ll try our best to make it happen! In return, we try to inform you about any great “extras” along the way, so that you have the chance to try them if you want! Visas are a necessary extra and needed for all the countries you travel through and the current costs and what is needed can be found under Visas.
Upgrading to 2- berth compartment
Upgrading to 2- berth compartment on the train is also an option, you will see under Prices. This service is becoming more popular every year and not helped by the train operators only confirming this request 30 days or less prior to your departure. We have however devised a workaround for this that’s proving very reliable. We request a 2-berth at the time of booking but if this comes back not possible we block out a 4-berth compartment for 2 person occupancy. The standard of these cabins remains the same, and you get the extra space and privacy one way or the other.
We offer a range of unique day trip options
We offer a range of unique day trip options in and from St. Petersburg and Moscow which we recommend you pre-book prior to departure to avoid disappointment. We cannot guarantee them as an option to book locally in Russia (as the specialist local guides will probably already be allocated to pre-booked clients). The options and costs be will found under Russian Cities.
Starting or ending in China
We have a range of services for passengers wanting to stay or continue their journey into China at the start or end of their journey.
Tour Start Dates
2013 - 21 Days
May 04, 11, 18, 25
June 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
July 06, 13, 20, 27
August 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
2013 - 22 Days
May 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 07, 14, 21, 28
July 05, 12, 19, 26
August 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
*Please note a seasonal supplement of £60 per person is applicable on all St. Petersburg "full on" trips between 01 MAY - 30 SEP inclusive.
Prices here are for guidance only. Formal prices will be provided when we provide a formal invoice.