Trans-Mongolian Express

Come along on an awe-inspiring journey traversing three great nations. From the opulence of Moscow and St Petersburg to the grace of imperial Beijing, travel along the most famous railway in the world through the heartland of Siberia and the vast grassy steppe of Mongolia - this is rail adventure at its finest.

Itinerary

Days 1-3 St Petersburg

This rail odyssey begins in St Petersburg, the shining star of modern Russia. After a boat tour of the canals and waterways, enjoy free time to explore this grand city. The illustrious State Hermitage Museum is a must-see for its huge collection of artistic treasures, while the city's Baroque architecture and European atmosphere is sure to charm.

Day 4 Suzdal

Part of Russia's famed Golden Ring of ancient capitals, this town holds a millennium of Russian history. Wander down rustic lanes and be enchanted by the medieval monasteries and cathedrals. Relax by the riverside with a glass of medovukha, a local tipple made from honey.

Days 5-7 Moscow

Russia's capital is a unique blend of Orthodox churches, communist relics and brash capitalism. Visit Lenin's Mausoleum and the Armoury Museum in the Kremlin, then perhaps step inside iconic St Basil's Cathedral.

Days 8-10 Trans-Siberian Railway

The famous Trans-Siberian train journey travels deep into the dense Siberian taiga - a perfect opportunity to chill out, sip tea with the locals and watch the scenery pass by. There are stops along the way, providing a chance to stock up on tasty dumplings at market stalls.

Days 11-12 Lake Baikal

Head to the world's largest freshwater lake. Experience a homestay on the banks of tranquil Lake Baikal for a unique insight into traditional life.

Days 13-14 Irkutsk/Trans-Mongolian Railway

Wander the streets of Irkutsk and explore the city's mix of traditional Siberian buildings and stark communist-era architecture. Delve into romantic local history with a visit to the Volkonsky House Museum - the former home of the 'Princess of Siberia', Maria Volkonsky. Then, depart the land of Lenin and venture into the grasslands of Ghengis Khan via the border town of Sukhbaatar.

Days 15-18 Ulaanbaatar/Ger Camp

Learn about Mongolia's turbulent history by exploring some of Ulaanbaatar's fine museums, monasteries and palaces. Spend an unforgettable night in a simple ger camp in the magnificent Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Days 19-21 Beijing

China's impressive capital offers up a wealth of historical sights. Stand atop the Great Wall and marvel at the might of the Middle Kingdom before heading back to the hustle and bustle of mighty Beijing.

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