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Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

“Overall it was great! I would and have recommended it to several people. I especially like 'getting off the beaten… ”
Mongolia, Russian Federation, Europe

from $7,295* per person 15 Days July, September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 16 people max
  • Ulaanbaatar airport, mongolia
  • Culture & Nature trips
Travel on regularly scheduled Trans-Siberian trains over a dramatic and variegated route that offers limitless opportunities to meet the diverse local people - Mongol, Buryat and Russian. Experience the rolling green hills and nomadic traditions of Mongolia, and Siberia's UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and endless taiga forest on your way to the booming capital, Moscow. The July departure features Mongolia's Naadam Festival.

Locations visited/nearby

Mongolia, Russian Federation, Europe

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Fountain, CO USA
    Overall it was great! I would and have recommended it to several people. I especially like 'getting off the beaten path' to experience the true culture, I really don't like tours that stay only in the tourist areas. I especially enjoyed visiting typical Russian and Chinese homes... this gave real insight into the culture and everyday life
    5
  2. Reviewer: located in York, PA USA
    “When people ask about my trip, my response is always ‘It was awesome!’ It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Not only were the places visited outstanding, but all the diverse people we met along the way.”
    5

3 testimonials about the provider, MIR Corporation:

  • Reviewer: located in Malibu, CA USA
    Every day I am grateful for this fabulous trip. The destinations you specialize in are of much more interest now that I know what a well-delivered service you provide.

    MIR's tour manager made my trip more deeply meaningful and made sure that everyone on the train came away with a greater appreciation for this vast country. Thank you so much for your great itinerary, for the tremendous abilities of your staff... You can be certain I will recommend your company.



    5
  • Reviewer: located in Rockville Center, NY USA
    It is safe to say without the expertise of your superb cadre of guides in the country we never could have put it all together. In fact, we were totally dependent on them to benefit from the extraordinary experienced of visiting three regions of [Ukraine] within a two-week time period.

    Clearly, MIR Corporation has a well-deserved reputation for superb customer service. We support that well-deserved reputation, which is possibly rooted in the fact that your associates like their jobs and that job satisfaction has been transferred to customer and client relations.

    Honestly, we were duly impressed with each of the regional guides and the drivers who accompanied us. Their local knowledge of the unique features of their respective region was so evident, impressive, and unmatched by any we have encounters over our 40 years of visiting 140 countries.

    I want to thank you for a most stupendous trip; 5 stars plus. Loved Ukraine, the people, the sites, the precision of our tour; the fine quality of the guides and drivers - how much they care, how much they know and how much they kept our interests foremost in their hearts and their minds. It was just stupendous.

    It was so fabulous we cannot stop talking about it. Again, thank you very much. And I will certainly recommend MIR Corporation when it is appropriate for our friends & colleagues.

    It was excellent beyond all expectations.


    5
  • Reviewer: located in Princeton, NJ USA
    We dont know where to start a perfect itinerary which satisfied all of our needs, excellent accommodations superbly located, flawless execution of all aspects including visas, vouchers, theatre tickets, etc., and last but certainly not least, truly outstanding and professional guides and drivers.

    We only wish that MIR provided tours everywhere, in which case we would never use another tour company again..

    MIR Office in Seattle was outstandingWe have already told several friends about MIR and how wonderful they are! You all put together a trip for us that was perfect to our budget, time frame and interests. Russia is a fabulous destination wonderful history, magnificent sites we cant say enough about MIR and Russia.

    5

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

Days 1-4: UlaanBaatar, Gorkhi Terelj

Arriving in the capital of Mongolia, UlaanBaatar, visit the Gandan Monastery and explore the National History Museum. Drive to nearby Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, meet a nomadic family living on the steppe, and overnight in an authentic ger, with the option of an afternoon horseback ride. The July trip includes time at Mongolia's distinctive Naadam Festival back in UlaanBaatar. The September trip includes a visit outside the capital to Mandshir Monastery, built in 1749 and partially restored since its destruction in the 1930s. Board the overnight train heading for Siberia.

Days 5-6: Ulan Ude

Arriving in Russia, disembark near the border and drive to Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic. En route stop at Hargana, a lovely little Buryat village, to visit the flourishing local school and meet the teachers and students.

Tour the most interesting sites in and around Ulan Ude, including the Ivolginsk Datsan, the center of Buddhism in Russia. Pay a visit to a village of Old Believers -- members of an Orthodox sect who refused changes to their rituals in the 17th century and were sent to Siberia -- and share dinner with a local family.

Days 7-10: Lake Baikal, Irkutsk

Take the day train from Ulan Ude to Irkutsk, and enjoy a tour of the city, including the old wooden houses, many with the intricate carved fretwork typical of local Siberian architecture. Explore the outdoor Wooden Architecture Museum, a collection of authentic Russian and native houses and community buildings from the 17th century on, and visit the exiled Decembrist House Museum. Ride the old Circumbaikal Railway to Port Baikal, and board a boat crossing the Angara River to Listvyanka, a little village along the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on earth.

Days 11-13: Aboard the Trans-Siberian

Continue for three days along the legendary rails, traveling through Siberia's vast taiga forest to Moscow, the political and economic center of Russia.

Days 14-15: Moscow

Explore Moscow's classic sites, including Red Square, the Armory Museum and the Kremlin. Take a tour of the Moscow Metro: the stations in the city center are showpieces of Socialist art, furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics.

Commemorate the journey from Mongolia to Moscow with a farewell dinner and celebratory toast.

Optional Pre-Tours

Begin your adventure with an optional pre-tour in Beijing, Vladivostok or the Gobi Desert. Beijing's historic landmarks, ranging from the Temple of Heaven to Tiananmen Square, tell the long history of China. Vladivostok, on beautiful Golden Horn Bay, grew from its beginnings as a naval outpost to a thriving Pacific Rim port city. Or pay a visit to the Gobi Desert, where the heat and low humidity have protected and preserved the numerous dinosaur fossils that have been found here.

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