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Discover Russia and Mongolia: from Moscow to Ulan Bator (TS-29)

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Discover Russia and Mongolia: from Moscow to Ulan Bator (TS-29)

This two week itinerary brings together the highlights of a Russian Trans-Mongolian rail journey with a more comprehensive dip into Mongolia’s wild national parks than most visitors allow themselves to experience. You’ll find that you’ll receive a warm welcome throughout your trip and learn a lot about the rich cultural heritage that characterises both nations. From the bustle of cosmopolitan Moscow to the vast empty spaces of the Mongolian countryside, this is a varied and most enjoyable tour.

Day 1
Saturday - Moscow
Arrival Transfer to the Hotel
Begin your Russian adventure in the capital, Moscow. On arrival at the airport, our driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Recognise him from his Go Russia sign.
Day 2
Sunday - Moscow
Exploring Moscow. Red Square, St. Basil’s, Lenin Mausoleum
Your tour starts in earnest today with a comprehensive included sightseeing programme encompassing Moscow’s most famous sights. Among the places you’ll visit today are Lubyanka Square. During the Soviet era, this was where you would have found the headquarters of the KGB. Nearby Teatralnaya Square, home to the famous Bolshoi Theatre, is next as well as several of Moscow's atmospheric backstreets and lanes. On Tverskaya Street you’ll encounter shops and restaurants housed in an architecturally eclectic series of buildings. Saving the best for last, you’ll round off the day in Red Square, ticking St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's mausoleum and GUM department store off your bucket list.
Day 3
Monday - Moscow
Kremlin & Armoury. Departure to Yekaterinburg
We couldn’t let you leave Moscow without a tour of its famous Kremlin. It used to be the residence of the Tsars and is now where the Russian president has his offices. Inside, a clutch of cathedrals adds a touch of historic mystique. You’ll also have time to stop by the Armoury Museum with its collection of works of art including Faberge's ornate eggs, the chalice of Yuri Dolgorukiy and centuries-old weapons. Before you leave for the railway station, take a ride on the Moscow Underground. Its fabulously lavish interiors are adorned with mosaics, stained glass and marble. This evening, your driver will escort you to the railway station and see you onto your train bound for Yekaterinburg. Settle into your sleeping car for an overnight journey.
Day 4
Tuesday - Yekaterinburg
Transfer to the Hotel
Our driver will meet you at the platform in Yekaterinburg. Few places in Russia send a chill down the spine like Yekaterinburg. It’s where the Imperial family met a tragic end a century ago. Tonight though, the city’s history will have to wait while you settle in and get a good night’s rest.
Day 5
Wednesday - Yekaterinburg
Ganina Yama & Cathedral on the Blood. Europe-Asia Border. Departure to Siberia
Today it’s time to delve into the past and your included sightseeing programme includes a stop at the Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the name of all Saints. This cathedral was built on the site where Tsar Nikolay II and his family were executed. Next up is Ganina Pit. This orthodox monastery originally housed the remains of the Royals until they were relocated. It’s a serene spot, a pine forest hiding seven quaint wooden churches among the trees. Afterwards, you’ll pause at a memorial commemorating the victims of Stalin’s mid-century repressions. Last up today is a visit to the obelisk which marks the invisible boundary between the continents of Europe and Asia. Charge your glasses and toast the occasion with champagne, as is customary. Finally, it’s back to the train station where you’ll connect with a train bound for Siberia.
Day 6 - 7
Thursday - Friday
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On board the train
Day 8
Saturday - Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Lake Baikal
The train to Irkutsk takes three days, but it’s a good opportunity to experience the Trans-Siberian as it should be enjoyed. Rest in your comfortable compartment as you travel sedately through the Russian steppe. Converse with your companions and others taking this popular long distance service. Your guide will be at the train station to meet you. Together, you’ll journey to Listvyanka, a charming little village on the shore of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake as well as the largest body of fresh water by volume. You’ll enjoy some free time. We’d recommend a visit to the Baikal Lake Museum, or a walk to see the St Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church. The market is also characterful. Make sure you hop on board a cruiser for a quick jaunt on the lake itself.
Day 9
Sunday - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy. Exploring Irkutsk
You’ll return to the city dubbed the Paris of Siberia this afternoon, calling in at the Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy on the way. It occupies a sweet spot on the banks of the Angara River, deep in the forest. A plethora of iconic wooden structures can be found here, including a Russian fort, a Shaman yurt and a 15th century watchtower. Your guide will fill you in on the lifestyles of the Buryat and Evenk people. Back in Irkutsk there’s an included city tour. You’ll find the architecture splendidly diverse, from huge stone townhouses to diminutive wooden cottages with fretwork shutters.
Day 10
Monday - Irkutsk
Departure to Mongolia
You’ll be collected from your hotel in the morning today for a short transfer to the railway station. It’s time to bid farewell to Russia where we hope you’ve enjoyed the legendary hospitality of this vast nation. It’s time to set off on another adventure, this time onwards to Mongolia by comfortable train.
Day 11
Tuesday - Ulan Bator - Terelj
Arrival in Mongolia. Enjoy Terelj National Park
The train pulls into Ulan Bator station but for now, the Mongolian capital city will have to wait. Instead, you’ll be driven out into the Mongolian countryside to get a close look at the statue of Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan to some). This towering statue glitters in the sunshine, the world’s largest equestrian statue and a sight to behold. Make sure you climb up to the horse’s head to enjoy the view. Back in the car, you’ll aim for Terelj National Park. It’s one of Mongolia’s finest, famous for its granite rock formations and pristine alpine scenery. Bag a selfie at Turtle Rock and take a stroll to discover Aryabal Monastery. For many, the highlight of today is an encounter with a nomad family. You’ll have chance to milk a cow and get to know a little more about the family’s way of life, before bedding down for the night in a felt tent known as a ger (in winter, stay toasty in a traditional wooden lodge).
Day 12
Wednesday - Terelj - Ulan Bator
Ulan Bator City Tour. National History Museum
Our driver will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Ulan Bator where you'll enjoy a city tour. We will visit Gandan Hiid Monastery, the country’s largest remaining monastery, Sukhebaatar Square and the Museum of Natural History, where you will see dinosaur remains as well as other archaeological finds from the Mesozoic Era excavated from the Gobi desert. We will also pay a visit to the National History Museum where your guide will teach you about Mongolia's rich cultural heritage.
Day 13
Thursday - Ulan Bator - Bayan Gobi 
Horse or Camel Riding. Visit Ovgon Temple
While many travellers depart Mongolia in haste, keen to push on to Beijing, those who linger a while are rewarded with some fascinating sights. It’s a 175 mile drive to Bayan Gibi, but when you arrive late this afternoon, there’ll be time to try horse or camel riding amid the Mongol Els Sand Dunes. We’ll squeeze in a visit to Ovgon Temple before returning to base and overnighting in a traditional felt tent known as a ger.
Day 14
Friday – Karakorum
Visit Karakorum. Erdene-Zuu Monastery
It’s a relatively short hop to Karakorum, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the 16th century Erdene-Zuu Monastery. It was built to be one of the country’s biggest monasteries but was almost destroyed in the 1930s, a casualty of spreading Communism. The brick used in its construction came from Karakorum, the city at the centre of the Mongol Empire, founded in 1220. When the capital was moved to Beijing, Karakorum went into a steep decline before being destroyed by Manchu soldiers towards the end of the 14th century. Of the little that remains, two giant stone tortoises once used to carry inscribed stele (stone tablets) are an undisputed highlight. You’ll tour the monastery grounds and some of its chapels, admiring the Buddhist iconography. The temples here were built without the use of a single nail. The wall has 108 stupas, each for a special event; the Golden Stupa contains 100,000 different Buddhas. Since 1990 Erdene-Zuu is once again an active monastery so please be mindful of its sacred nature.
Day 15
Saturday – Karakorum – Hustai National Park - Ulan Bator
Enjoy Hustai National Park
This morning you’ll enjoy an early breakfast at base camp before setting off back to the Mongolian capital. En route, we’ll make a detour into Hustai National Park, also known as Khustain Nuruu National Park. The park’s well known for its population of Takhi horses, reintroduced in the early 1990s. Other fauna inhabiting the park includes deer, boar, ibex, foxes, marmots and lynx. Departing the park, we’ll make our way back to UB arriving late afternoon.
Day 16
Sunday - Ulan Bator
Departure for the Airport
Today, your tour ends. A driver will escort you for your transfer to the airport. We trust you’ll have had a memorable trip.

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Hotel Katerina City Moscow 4*
Katerina City is located in the picturesque district of the Russian capital, on the bank of the Moscow River, just two metro stations to the Red Square. A wide range of facilities makes the guests' stay comfortable and pleasant and modern European architecture and fresh interiors in a Scandinavian style combined with the home-like atmosphere make this hotel a perfect holiday retreat. The hotel rooms feature elegant and modern design, comfortable furniture and superb amenities. Your accommodation also includes free drinking water and tea / coffee making facilities. Sauna and fitness center are free of charge: 07:00 – 23:00.Learn more
Hotel Novotel Yekaterinburg Center 4*
The Novotel Yekaterinburg Centre is one of the best hotels in the city. It is conveniently located right in the heart of the capital of the Urals, within walking distance of the city's main attractions and the business and shopping centers of Yekaterinburg. All rooms feature climate control and free WIFI, combining modern decor, ergonomics and high-tech equipment. The hotel is fully equipped with new-generation Novotel rooms meaning MediaHub panel allowing to charge Mac, iPhone and plug laptop to TV, watch movies and make video-calls. Standard rooms have air conditioning, rain shower, satellite TV, tea/coffee amenities, laptop safe, minibar.Learn more
"U Nikolaya" Listvyanka B&B
A traditional Russian guest-house “U Nikolaya” (meaning in Russian “At Nikolay’s Place” where Nikolay is the chalet owner) consists of two buildings – a two storey charming "log cabin" style chalet and a brick three storey house, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere and rustic ambiance. It is located on the shore of the world famous Lake Baikal and in the middle of the valley surrounded by houses of local people. A spectacular view to the Lake Baikal's blue mirror opens up from windows of the lodge. Lovely heels with bush forest start beyond the garden of chalet. It's a great place to admire the outstanding nature of the lake feeling real Russian countryside atmosphere.Learn more
Hotel Angara 3*
The Angara Hotel was named after the great Siberian River and is situated right in the heart of business and financial life of Irkutsk - on the Kirov Square. There are 285 comfortable standard rooms, semi-deluxe and deluxe rooms equipped with a private bathroom, safe, color TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, air-conditioner and Internet access. The hotel has two restaurants, post office, currency exchange office, massage room, sauna with a pool, gym, casino and billiards.Learn more
Terelj Lodge Ger Camp
Ger camps we use on our tours are slightly modified for Western travelers, however they do offer a genuinely authentic experience and most of them are situated in picturesque areas. The gers are made of a wooden frame that is covered with felt. Inside they are generally brightly painted and feature two or four single beds, a small table, chairs, a lamp, electricity sockets and a stove for heating. Learn more
Hotel Platinum Ulan-Bator 4*
Located in the Sukhbaatar district of central Ulan Bator, the Platinum Hotel is a comfortable 4* hotel which has proved popular with guests. Its proximity to Sukhbaatar Square ensures guests are based at the very heart of the Mongolian capital, and premier attraction such as the National Museum of Mongolian History, the Mongolian Theatre Museum, Presidential Palace and the Chinggis Khan Gardens are just a short stroll away.
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  2. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote an airfare for you. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
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  4. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
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The local guides and drivers were first class. They all took really good care to ensure that all of the programme was followed. It was an adventure but thanks to the guides and drivers we felt secure at all times
Joel Ahmed
All the transfers and arrangements were perfect. Hotels very well chosen. Excellent: transfers and greetings from trains - very time you were there for us, no worries about being in a strange place on our own. We felt cared for throughout.
Emily Kerr
Overall it was a very good experience and we were very pleased. The guide in Mongolia, Ulanbator was excellent. She was very caring looked into our individual needs and went out of the way to make our tour in Ulanbator special. She was very knowledgeable enthusiastic and passionate. Thank you.
Samuel Schmidt
Excellent organisation with everything running smoothly - transfers to and from trains/hotels/airport, knowledgeable and friendly guides. I especially liked staying in the ger in Mongolia. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip...
Sylvia Day
What a holiday we had! It was everything we expected and more. Go Russia were superb throughout, From pre-booking (when the trip was designed) to booking, to sorting out the visas that we needed, to keeping us informed throughout, to providing all the documents on the website and via email and giving us so much guidance and helpful tips.
Emmett Valdez
The tours were very good with good, knowlegable guides, especially the Russian ones. It was excellent value for money and a very enjoyable trip.
Gregory Stewart
The guide and accommodation in Mongolia at the Ger Camp was superb! We felt very much at home in our tents and would have liked to stay much longer :)
Ruth Hopkins
I don't think I've ever dealt with a better organized or more efficient tour operator. At each phase we were met at exactly the time an place appointed. The accommodations were as advertised. The food was very good and mostly arranged to give us examples of local cuisine. The guides were helpful and flexible. You responded to all my questions quickly so there were no unpleasant surprises. Thank you very much for helping to make our trip as enjoyable as it was.
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