Russia & Beyond

Discover colourful cultures and vibrant landscapes as you travel by train from St Petersburg to Beijing. From the spectacular cathedrals of European Russia and quaint Siberian villages, to the sparsely populated steppe of Mongolia and the heaving streets of China's capital, this is a journey of epic proportions. Some of the accommodation is basic, but you will be touched by the warm hospitality of the locals you meet along the way and will finish the adventure with a unique insight into the cultures spanning this vast and fascinating region.

Itinerary

Days 3-4 Moscow

Orthodox churches stand proudly alongside Soviet icons and chic modern boutiques in Moscow, the nation's capital. Be transported back in time at the Kremlin and wowed by the onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral.

Days 5-7 Trans-Siberian Railway

Board the Trans-Siberian Railway bound for Siberia. Sit back and relax as the lush forests of the taiga roll by on this once in a lifetime travel experience along the worlds most famous train line.

Days 8-10 Lake Baikal/Irkutsk

Be a special guest of a local family during a traditional homestay on the shores of Lake Baikal. Later, enjoy time wandering through the streets of Irkutsk exploring the city's interesting mix of traditional Siberian and communist-era architecture.

Days 13-16 Ulaanbaatar/Nomad Camp

Witness the old and new facets of Ulaanbaatar. Make time to see the Winter Palace of Bogd Khan, Mongolia's last emperor, as well as the beautifully restored Gandan Khiid Monastery. Head out of town for an unforgettable stay with a family in their ger tent.

Days 1-2 St Petersburg

Begin this Trans-Siberian rail odyssey in Russia's opulent St Petersburg. Head to Nevsky Prospekt for a stroll through its heart, visit one of the many quirky museums or even follow in the footsteps of Rasputin on a walking tour of the city.

Days 11-12 Ulan Ude/Ulaan Baatar

Chill out in Ulan Ude, a Mongolian-influenced city with a unique mix of indigenous and Russian cultures. From here, travel into legendary Genghis Khan territory.

Days 17-18 Beijing

Travel to Beijing on an overnight train, arriving in the impressive Chinese capital in the afternoon. Perhaps stay a few days longer to walk a stretch of the Great Wall - a fitting conclusion to this epic railway journey.

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