The Epic Trans-Sib
St.Petersburg to Beijing via Mongolia

"Couldn’t we have the two best en-route stops", you asked us, "but with more time in each one?"
"What a great chance to get to the Gobi Desert!" we answered.
And The Epic Trans-Sib was born. The highlight here, obviously, is getting to Erdenezuu, in Bayan-Gobi. It’s built on the site of Genghis Khan’s former Great Encampment (“Kuriltai”), and modern “Harhorin” is actually… Karakorum.

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Your Itinerary - St.Petersburg to Beijing

Day 1 - Arrival in St. Petersburg

Arrival in St. Petersburg. Your driver will meet on arrival and transfer you by private car to the hotel.

Day 2 - Around St. Petersburg

After breakfast one of our local experts will meet you at your hotel in the lobby for a three hour walking and familiarisation tour.
The rest of the day is your own.

Day 3 - Departing St. Petersburg

A full day for you to pack in the best of the rest. Own transfer this evening to Moskovsky Station where you will board the Moscow bound train.

Day 4 - Arrival in Moscow

We transfer you by private car directly to your hotel. This morning there's a three hour walking and familiarisation tour, to introduce the city (and its public transport system) and to get your sightseeing off to a flying start. The rest of the day's your own.

Day 5 - Explore Moscow

Free time to explore Moscow independently.

Day 6 - Departing Moscow

Transfer to Yaroslavsky Station where you will board the Irkutsk bound train.

Day 7 - On board The Trans-Sib

Travelling through Kazan and Ekaterinburg.

Day 8 - On board The Trans-Sib

Onwards into Siberia itself via Novosibirsk.

Day 9 - On board The Trans-Sib

Across the River Enisei at Krasnoyarsk.

Day 10

Arrival in Irkutsk, transfer to Listvyanka Village on shore of Lake Baikal.

Day 11 – Choose one activity from the list

Arrival in Irkutsk, transfer to Listvyanka Village on shore of Lake Baikal.

  • (A) Siberian trek
  • (B) Circum Baikal picnic
  • (C) Taltsy wooden museum
  • (D) Do your own thing

Day 12 – Explore Listvyanka

Day at leisure at Listvyanka Village.

Day 13 – Explore Listvyanka

Transfer back to the city of Irkutsk, Evening transfer to the station where you will board the Ulaanbaatar bound train.

Day 14 - On board The Trans-Sib

Circumnavigating Lake Baikal towards Mongolia.

Day 15 - Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Transfer from the station, shower and breakfast. Depart for city tour to include the Gandan Monastery ceremony. Depart Ulaanbaatar for the Bayangobi region. Evening arrival at the encampment. Tonight you are the guests of the herdsmen, and you’ll stay in a nomadic ger tent.

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT NOMAD STAYS:When we say "nomad stay" it means exactly that - you are sharing the lives of herdsmen who live on the Mongolian Steppe. There's often no electricity, they don't speak English, and there isn't any plumbing!

Day 16 - Onwards to Harhorin

Depart after breakfast for a day trip through the countryside of Övörkhangai Province in the direction of Harhorin. Our route takes us into the Orkhon Valley, a World Heritage Site. This afternoon we arrive at modern Harhorin – the settlement Genghis Khan would have known as Karakorum. Nothing is left of the ancient settlement, but on its site is the (rather later) monastery of Erdene Zuu, one of the most important Buddhist centres in Mongolia. Returning back to our nomad host family.

Day 17 - Elstei Ger Lodge

Evening arrival at Elstei Ger Lodge. This is a different experience from staying with nomads, as Elstei is purposely set up for foreign visitors. This evening, chill out and relax after the long journey.

Day 18 - Elstei Ger Lodge

Free time at Elstei Ger Lodge. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to partake in optional activities.

Day 19 - Return to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast transfer back to Ulaanbaatar and check into the Bayangol Hotel. The balance of the day is your own to explore this city of contrasts. Culture, shopping, food? This capital city won’t disappoint.

Day 20 - Departing Ulaanbaatar

Early morning transfer to the station where you will board the Beijing bound train.

Day 21 - Arrival in Beijing

Arriving into Beijing Central Station at the end of your Trans-Siberian journey.

The above description is just a brief outline of the journey. To see a detailed account of our trip and find out essential trip information, we recommend you download the trip itinerary. We can also start the tour in Moscow or Beijing if required.


The journey you have chosen has some “extras” that are necessary and then “extras" that will enhance your trip. We cannot re-iterate too much that at Russia Experience we pride ourselves on making the trip you have chosen the best it can be – so if we don’t mention something you want, ask us and we’ll try our best to make it happen! In return, we try to inform you about any great “extras” along the way, so that you have the chance to try them if you want! Visas are a necessary extra and needed for all the countries you travel through and the current costs and what is needed can be found under Visas.

Upgrading to 2- berth compartment

Upgrading to 2- berth compartment on the train is also an option, you will see under Prices. This service is becoming more popular every year and not helped by the train operators only confirming this request 30 days or less prior to your departure. We have however devised a workaround for this that’s proving very reliable. We request a 2-berth at the time of booking but if this comes back not possible we block out a 4-berth compartment for 2 person occupancy. The standard of these cabins remains the same, and you get the extra space and privacy one way or the other.

We offer a range of unique day trip options

We offer a range of unique day trip options which we recommend you pre-book prior to departure to avoid disappointment. We cannot guarantee that you can book them locally as the specialist local guides may already be allocated to pre-booked clients.

Starting or ending in China

We have a range of services for passengers wanting to stay or continue their journey into China at the start or end of their journey.

Tour Start Dates

2018 -20 Days

May 06, 13, 20, 27
June 03, 10, 17, 24
July 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
August 05, 12, 19, 26
September 02

2018 – 21 Days

May 05, 12, 19, 26
June 02, 09, 16, 24, 30
July 07, 14, 21, 28
August 04, 11, 18, 25
September 01









Full On

20 days full on £2985


21 days  full on £3045 £2530 £2395
Extra night St. Petersburg from: £65 £35 £35
Extra night Moscow midweek from: £80 £45 £45
Extra night Moscow weekend £60 £40 £40
2-berth upgrade St. Petersburg-Moscow £75 £75 £75
2-berth upgrade Moscow-Beijing £575 £575 £575
Seasonal Supplement May-Sept £60 £60 £60

Prices here are for guidance only. Formal prices will be provided when we provide a formal invoice.

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