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

Group size
2-14 people
All year
16 days
Mongolia, Russia
Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka, Ulaanbaatar, Terelj, Karakorum, Bayan Gobi
from $3,395
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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 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.

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Moscow by Night City Tour by CarMoscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.
3 hours | $95 per person
Diamond Fund Guided TourThe Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.
2 hours | $120 per person

Day 1 – Saturday
Transfer from the airport 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 City Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
Your tour starts in earnest today with a comprehensive included sightseeing program 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
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour
Moscow Metro Guided Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
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.
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Train: Moscow - Yekaterinburg
Day 3 – Monday
Night train: Moscow - Yekaterinburg
You will travel on a comfortable fast train to Yekaterinburg. Both 1st (2 berth) and 2nd (4 berth) class compartments are available. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided for each berth. The train also has a dining car that serves good meals. Arrival in Yekaterinburg late in the evening next day.
Day 4 – Tuesday
Transfer from the railway station 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.
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Day 5 – Wednesday
Ganina Yama & Cathedral on the Blood guided tour
Guided visit to the Europe - Asia border
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Today it’s time to delve into the past and your included sightseeing program 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.
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Train: Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
Day 5 – Wednesday
Night train: Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
We board our train late in the evening. Arrival in Irkutsk early in the morning three days later.
Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Olkhon Island Extension - 4 daysWe invite you to visit the heart of the lake Baikal - the island of Olkhon, glorified in many legends. It is the largest of the lake's 30 islands and it contains 143 unique archaeological objects – graves, remains of ancient settlements, ruins, shaman worship monuments and many others. You will also be able to enjoy magnificent natural views, sandy beaches and even swim in the lake (average water temperature in July – August 18 degrees C).
$575 per person
Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour by TrainThe Circum-Baikal is not just a railway, but a unique museum of history and nature, combining architecture with zoology, mineralogy and geology. Go Russia invites you to join us on the breathtaking journey around Lake Baikal, on the Circum-Baikal Railway, which runs along the North shore of the Southern part of the lake, from the village of Slyudyanka to the Port Baikal settlement. This is a full-day guided tour, which may start from either Irkutsk or the village of Listvyanka.
11 hours | $295 per person
Circum-Baikal Railway Walking TourEnjoy a walking tour along the Circum-Baikal railway – a truly historic line - starting from Port Baikal to the first or second tunnel. You’re bound to be impressed by the stunning views of Lake Baikal, its magnificent beauty and the surrounding hills. This is a circular route, which starts and ends in Listvyanka village.
6 hours | $85 per person
Trekking at Baikal with PicnicNote: you need to be fit to participate in this trek. This is a circular route hike which starts and ends in Listvyanka. First half of the walk goes through the Taiga forest, then the trail leads down to the shore of Lake Baikal. On the lake shore the guide will cook for you a delicious lunch on camp-fire. After sunbathing and swimming in the lake, we continue our walk on the hillside enjoying the panorama of Lake Baikal along the way. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
6 hours | $85 per person

Day 8 – Saturday
Transfer by car / minibus: Irkutsk - Listvyanka
At leisure at Baikal
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.
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Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Olkhon Island Extension - 4 daysWe invite you to visit the heart of the lake Baikal - the island of Olkhon, glorified in many legends. It is the largest of the lake's 30 islands and it contains 143 unique archaeological objects – graves, remains of ancient settlements, ruins, shaman worship monuments and many others. You will also be able to enjoy magnificent natural views, sandy beaches and even swim in the lake (average water temperature in July – August 18 degrees C).
$575 per person

Day 9 – Sunday
Transfer by car / minibus: Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Open-air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy
Irkutsk City Tour
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.
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Day 10 – Monday
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
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 and set off on another adventure, this time onwards to Mongolia.
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Train: Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar
Day 10 – Monday
Night train: Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar
We leave the warm hospitality of the Siberian Russians and start our trip to Mongolia by comfortable train. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar next day early in the morning.
Ulan Bator - Terelj
Day 11 – Tuesday
Transfer by car / minibus: Ulaanbaatar - Terelj
Chinggis Khaan Monument guided tour
Terelj National Park guided trip
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).
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Terelj - Ulan Bator
Day 12 – Wednesday
Transfer by car / minibus: Terelj - Ulaanbaatar
Ulan Bator City Tour
Guided Visit to the 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.
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Ulan Bator - Bayan Gobi
Day 13 – Thursday
Transfer by car / minibus: Ulaanbaatar - Bayan Gobi
Horse or Camel Riding
Visit to Ovgon Temple
While many travelers 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 Gobi, 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.
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Day 14 – Friday
Transfer by car / minibus: Bayan Gobi - Karakorum
Visit to the symbolic ruins of Karakorum
Visit 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 center 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.
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Karakorum - Hustai National Park - Ulan Bator
Day 15 – Saturday
Visit Khustain Nuruu National Park
Transfer by car / minibus: Karakorum - Ulaanbaatar
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
Transfer from the hotel to 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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Dates and prices
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07/27/2024 - 08/11/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
08/03/2024 - 08/18/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
08/10/2024 - 08/25/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
08/17/2024 - 09/01/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
08/24/2024 - 09/08/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
08/31/2024 - 09/15/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
09/07/2024 - 09/22/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
09/14/2024 - 09/29/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
09/21/2024 - 10/06/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
09/28/2024 - 10/13/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
10/05/2024 - 10/20/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
10/12/2024 - 10/27/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
10/19/2024 - 11/03/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
10/26/2024 - 11/10/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
11/02/2024 - 11/17/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
11/09/2024 - 11/24/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
11/16/2024 - 12/01/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
11/23/2024 - 12/08/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
11/30/2024 - 12/15/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
12/07/2024 - 12/22/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
12/14/2024 - 12/29/2024 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now
12/21/2024 - 01/05/2025 $3,395 $295 / $1,095 $525 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote for flights from any international airport.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  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.
  5. "Train upgrade" supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
  6. Discouns for children.
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We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
All tour guides were excellent, very knowledgable and friendly.
The whole experience was good, the programme was interesting and the guides were good or very good. We were met at each point as per the programme, the tickets were provided as necessary and sometimes we were taken to the hotel on arrival rather than having to wait as we had thought we would have to until after a city tour. Booking, visa support, assistance from your office were all excellent.
Our Mongolian guide and our Mongolian tour were the highlight of our trip. Our guide was extraordinary in terms of planning and accommodating and keeping everybody happy. He was tremendously knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour
Russia excellent on all things, Mongolia outstanding on all things, I would do the trip again for Mongolia. The guide and driver were the best. Train great fun.
I like very much the responsive of the office for any question and arrangement. Julia and Lilia were professional and very helpful. The tour itself went very smoothly all the pick ups, trains and tours where exactly at time and coordinated very well, including the joining of my wife in Mongolia. The hotels and the trains were exactly as promised.
The punctuality of drivers and guides they’re command of English excellent, and the itinerary was a perfect mix of cultural experience, trips and free time.
Whole trip went very smoothly. As a solo female traveler I felt very safe and everything went without any problems.
This was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Would I undertake the trip again? In a heartbeat! The support from London was great and the organisation on-route excellent. The guides were all good and several were outstanding and really catered for our needs. Thank you to the staff of Just Go Russia - loved it!
What was planned was fulfilled - meeting up with taxis, guides etc. Chosen venues to visit were as wanted. Knowledge of guides excellent.
Punctual and knowledgeable guides made our tour into the trip of a lifetime

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