€2150

  • Duration

    22 Days

  • Group Size

    5 – 12 people

  • Next Dates

    9 – 30 Jun 2019
    25 Aug – 15 Sep 2019

Comfort
Cultural Experience
Physical Effort

The Trans-Siberian route is the mother or all journeys. A journey through time, crossing five time zones in three different countries. A cultural ride, where you’ll see different beliefs – from Buddhism to Shamanism. Different costumes, people speaking different languages from pasts apart. Dive in lake Baikal, the largest sweet water lake in the World, and enjoy horseback riding Mongolian wild horses on Mongolian steppes. You’ll be in close contact with people, whether through the intimate life in the train, or through the experience of living as a nomad in gers. At last, walking the Great Wall of China, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, will leave you on a high note at the end of this trip on the rails. Discover Moscow and Beijing, two huge metropolis and populated cities, but so contrasty on each other.

Come on board on the journey of a lifetime, on the most iconic railway of the World!

  • Days: 22
  • 21 nights accommodation: 9x hotel, 7x train, 2x guesthouse, 1x hostel, 2x ger;
  • Transportation: all train tickets and overland transportation mentioned on the programme
  • 14 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches e 2 dinners;
  • Activities: all activities mentioned on the programme;
  • Travel Insurance during the days of the programme;
  • Local guide / translator in Mongolia;
  • Monitoring and guidance throughout the journey by Tânia Neves;
  • International flights;
  • Airport transfers (from 10€);
  • Visas;
  • Single supplement: 160€* (not available on trains nor gers, others subject to availability)
  • Non specified meals: +/- 30€/day;
  • Russian Banya (+/- 20€)
  • Non specified activities and visits;
  • Personal expenses, showers, toiletries, communications, etc
  • Tips and gratitudes.

PROGRAMME

Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow!

Moscow is one of the World’s largest capitals. However, despite its 12 million inhabitants within a 40kms radius, the feeling we get is one from a clean, organised and airy city. 40% of the urban area is made of green areas, the streets are wide, and the architecture is stunning.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals:

Day 2 - Moscow

Free day in Moscow, and we will enjoy the best of our time here.

In the morning, after breakfast, we return to some of the most important parts of the city. In the afternoon, take a short tour of Moscow’s most incredible Metro stations, which are authentic Museums and chapters filled with history!

Accommodation: train
Meals: breakfast

Day 3 – Onboard

The provodnitsa, responsible for the proper functioning of each carriage, indicates us our beds. Let’s settle in. In the next couple days, this is our new home.

Passengers start accommodating themselves: slowly, each compartment begins to take the same contours of their houses. Here people cook, read, dream. Settle yourself, as are about to start the journey of a lifetime!

Accommodation: train
Meals:

Day 4 - Onboard

We will explore our train amongst its turns and shaky rides. The bar-carriage is open everyday from 9am til 12am, local time. Local time however, is always uncertain, because whilst we travel along the lines, we’ll be travelling across different time zones as well. When we reach our destination (by tomorrow), we would have crossed four time zones.

Along the route, there will be a couple stops where we can leave the train and explore the surrounding areas: Druzhinino and Yekaterinburg. Yekaterinburg it the Easter-nest city in the Ural Mountains, and marks the beginning of Asia: welcome to your next continent!

Accommodation: train
Meals:

Day 5 - Novosibirsk

We arrive in Novosibirsk during the morning. We’ve already crossed four time zones, and our journey has barely started!

Our hotel is conveniently located close to the station and amongst the cities main attractions. We jump in the well-deserved showers, lay down on those comfortable non-shaking beds, and lastly, we have dinner in a restaurant of our choice, here in the capital of Siberia.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals:

Day 6 – Novosibirsk

Another free day, today completely of your choice. Museums, parks, libraries… and for those who’d like, an excellent opportunity to enjoy the Russian banya with the traditional venik (not included). Novosibirsk is a city were we will conveniently shake off the hardness of the train. Together, or each one to their own, we’ll cease the day. Later, we meet back at the gigantic train station, already by night, where we can share stories under the huge palace-worthy chandeliers in the waiting lounges.

Accommodation: train
Meals: breakfast

Day 7 - Onboard

Another full day in the train. During morning time, we can exit the train at Ilanskaya. Here we can visit a little train museum, inside the train station. We do however recommend you to leave your cameras behind, since photography is not allowed here. Rumour has it a Lonely Planer photographer was arrested here a few years ago, and we’d love you to complete de journey with us, preferably all the way until Beijing!

Accommodation: train
Meals:

Day 8 - Olkhon Island

We will arrive during the morning at Irkutsk train station, and we’ll jump on the first bus to Olkhon Island.

When we arrive to our guesthouse, we’ll take some well-deserved showers, we’ll have dinner and then just relax. In the island, there isn’t much technology, but there are billions of stars above us and new experiences awaiting at each turn.

Accommodation: guesthouse
Meals: 

Day 9 - Olkhon Island

Today we’ll drive on a UAZ, a 4×4 Russian van, to the Northernness point of the island, Cape Khoboi, which is also the holiest shaman place in Baikal. It’s quite an impressive landscape, with steep sharp rocks plumbing into this water that reminds us of the ocean, but it’s sweet, like a lake.

We’ll have the traditional fish soup for lunch, with omul, the Baikal fish, and a tea made from local herbs. Both prepared to us by our driver, while we walk around the area.

Accommodation: guesthouse
Meals: breakfast

Day 10 - Irkutsk

Early morning, we get on our mini-bus that will take us to Irkutsk. We’ll be sleeping in a central hostel, a place that was completely renovated by two young locals. Today we take the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Irkutsk, walking through the 130 Kvartal neighbourhood, where we’ll understand better why Irkutsk is nicknamed the “Paris of Siberia”. We’ll keep our walk  alongside the river.

Accommodation: hostel
Meals: breakfast

Day 11 - Ulan Ude

We said goodbye to Irkutsk, and we prepare to get our train after lunch – get ready for the most beautiful part of the whole trip! Between the 5185km and 5321km it is time to make good use of the cameras: the tight corners and slope of the line (the steepest of the whole trip) make this the photogenic pinnacle of the trip. Get to the left side of the train, and stick to the windows: admire Lake Baikal in all its fullness, almost skimming the line, while the convoy encircles, enchanted, towards Ulan Ude, our last stop before Mongolia.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals:

Day 12 - Ulan Ude

Today we spend the day in the peculiar Ulan Ude, capital of Buryatia, a city that until 1991 was closed to tourists. One of its main attractions is the gigantic head of Lenin in the main square which, with its stunning 42 tons and almost 8m high, makes it not only Lenin’s biggest head but also the largest monument to Lenin throughout world. We’ll then visit a buddhist temple with a spectacular sunset view over the Selenge, a river that springs in Mongolia, where we will be travelling to tomorrow.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 13 - Onboard

Today we bid farewell to Russia and Siberia, and head towards Mongolia. We will cross the border at Naushki, 5902Kms from Moscow, and 0km from Mongolia. This small village, which is just a border post, with one foot in Russia and another in Mongolia, is our interregnum for passport verification and other customs affairs. We stand still here for about 1h50, and then we will do anther 1h45 stop in Sukhbaatar, where we repeated the process, this time with the Mongolian officers.

By night, look through the windows: this is most likely, one of the starriest sky on the planet!

Accommodation: train
Meals: breakfast

Day 14 – UlaanBaatar

We arrive in UlaanBaatar at 6.50am. It’s early to check-in, so we can just drop our backpacks and walk to the centre, go for a walk, have lunch, and observe this city which is still torn between a large Asian capital and an old rumbled Asian city.

Later in de day, we will watch a live show featuring the best of Mongolian culture and traditional performative arts: the incredible throat singing and swirly dances, as well as theatre and acrobatics.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals:

Day 15 - Terelj National Park

Today we’ll commence our nomad lifestyle experience. Early morning, our private van will come to pick us up, to take us across the Mongolian steppes. We will visit soviet monuments, royal palaces, buddhist temples, the Genghis Khan giant statue and the Terelj National Park.

We will be staying with a local family, and have a traditional mongolian barbecue for dinner.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals:

Day 16 - Karakorum

Today we head west towards Karakorum, the ancient mongol empire’s capital city. On the way we will stop in a small village where we have our philanthropic project and have lunch with a local family. Just before reaching Karakorum, we will stop at the Khamba Monastery, near the sand dunes. At night we still have time to watch a traditional throat singing show.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 17 - Hustai National Park NGO

Before heading back to UlaanBaatar, we stop nearby a lake for a scenic picnic lunch. Later in the day, we will visit the Hustai National Park NGO, where we will have the opportunity to know more about the Takhi horse, the only wild breed of horses in the world.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 18 - UlaanBaatar

Free day today, to use wisely: we’ll split between launderettes, museums, temples and markets. Mongolia is a nice place for souvenirs, and the post office is conveniently located in the city centre. Time to send some post to our family and friends!

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 19 - Onboard

One more train ride, the last from our transiberian journey.

On this journey, we crossed the new border. We await at the modern customs in Erlian, while the train adapts to the narrower Chinese lines.

Accommodation: train
Meals: breakfast

Day 20 - Beijing

China – Beijing. The land where there’s no Google, no Facebook, no Twitter. Chinese people have strange habits, they love “selfying” with tourists, eating fried scorpions and smoking everywhere. Beijing is a long distance away from the chique Moscow we seen eight time zones ago.

We stay in a hotel that oozes Chinese culture, right in the heart of Beijing, and grab some food from the traditional hutongs!

Accommodation: hotel
Meals:

Day 21 - Great Wall of China

Early morning, we start our long way to the Great Wall of China, where we’ll spend the entire day. It’s a long ride (around 2h), but it’s well worth it! Waving through the mountains, this millennial and overpowering fortifications were built to protect the Chinese people against the Mongol invaders.

The wall is extremely challenging! If you’d like to take it easy, you can take a cable car that will drop you off in the middle of the wall (price is not included on our tour). However, if you like challenges, you can climb up the 2kms to the wall, where you can face the 10kms of wall with breathtaking views that will make you feel completely overwhelmed with joy!

By the end of the day, when we go back to Beijing, where I suggest you to try the prime of Beijing food: Peking duck!

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 22 - Return from Beijing

Here ends our transiberian adventure. See you on a next adventure! 🙂

Accommodation: –
Meals: breakfast

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