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Go large on our sensational big ticket from Moscow all the way to Beijing. It’s the journey that offers a stunning smorgasbord of all our en route destinations including Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk (for Lake Baikal), Ulan Ude and Ulaan Baatar!
Days 1 – 2: Moscow
Arrival transfer from Moscow airport to your hotel. Days 1 and 2 are free for you to explore the sights of Moscow.
On day 2 there is the option to travel to the legendary Red Square by Metro for a guided walking tour where you will see brightly coloured St Basil’s Cathedral, the impressive GUM department store as well as Lenin’s Mausoleum.
Rest of the day is free – consider a visit to the mighty Kremlin.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast x 1
Day 3: Moscow
Moscow – Yekaterinburg. Explore the city independently today. This afternoon transfer to the rail station to board the train to Yekaterinburg.
Overnight: Train | Breakfast
Days 4-5: Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg. On the evening of day 4 the train pulls into Yekaterinburg. Transfer to your hotel. On day 5 there is an optional city tour, which takes in the new monastery that marks the site of the Romanov family’s execution in 1918 and Ganina Yama – a beautiful monastic complex built on the site where their bodies were discarded and later found. The guided tour also takes you to the Europe/Asia border where you can stand with a foot in each continent!
Overnight: Yekaterinburg | Breakfast x 1
Day 6: Optional Activities
Yekaterinburg. Today you can choose from the optional activities on offer or spend the day at leisure. This evening relax at the hotel before your transfer to the station to board the train to Irkutsk.
Overnight: Train | Breakfast
Days 7-8: On board the Train
Yekaterinburg – Irkutsk. Relax on board as well as enjoy the views as you travel through Siberia en route to Irkutsk.
Days 9-11: Irkutsk & optional Lake Baikal
Irkutsk. Morning arrival into Irkutsk, a town with the Asiatic influences of nearby Mongolia and China as well as curious architecture – a legacy of Siberia’s exiled aristocrats. Spend the next three days at leisure exploring the town. Or choose one of the following optional excursions:
- Listvyanka as well as Lake Baikal: Spend two relaxing days in the village of Listvyanka by beautiful Lake Baikal and perhaps choose one of the optional activities.
- Irkutsk Summer Trek & Camp: Enjoy an overnight trekking excursion through the scenic taiga of the Primorsky Mountain to Lake Baikal, camping overnight in a picturesque bay.
Overnight: Irkutsk | Breakfast x 2
Days 12-14: Train to Ulan Ude
Irkutsk – Ulan Ude – breakfast. Spend day 12 at leisure in Irkutsk before your evening departure for the overnight train to Ulan Ude. Very early the following morning arrive into Ulan Ude and transfer to your hotel. Day 13 is free for you to independently explore the city or take an optional Ulan Ude city tour. The guided city tour visits Ivolginsky Datsan – a centre of Buddhist culture as well as the open air Ethnographic Museum dedicated to the lives of local people and architecture through the ages.
On day 14, the morning is free before your midday transfer to rail station for the train to Ulaan Baatar.
Overnight: Train – days 12 & 14, Ulan Ude – day 13 | Breakfast x 1
Days 15-17: Mongolia
Ulaan Baatar. Morning arrival (subject to border formalities and inevitable delays) into Outer Mongolia after crossing the border in the very early hours of day 15, transfer to your hotel in Ulaan Baatar. Ulaan Baatar is the coldest national capital in the world, so make sure you wrap up warm! Enjoy free time exploring the National History Museum, Bogd Khan’s winter palace, the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet as well as Sukhbataar Square. Spend the following 3 days at leisure or book an optional two-night excursion to Terelj National Park.
Overnight: Ulaan Baatar | Breakfast x 2
Days 18-19: Train to Beijing
Ulaan Baatar – Beijing. Early morning transfer to rail station for your onward train journey through endless steppe as well as the Gobi Desert before crossing the border into China in the evening on day 17. Day 18 is the final leg of your Big Ticket, passing through Shaanxi province en route to the capital. Afternoon arrival into Beijing signals the end of your epic Trans-Siberian journey.
Breakfast x 1