Arrival in Moscow! With Global Village we transfer you directly to your hotel from the airport or railway (want to Start in St Petersburg – look at our before and after section) for your first night in Moscow (Also ask about our great flight deal into Russia and back from Asia!).
After breakfast your local expert will meet you at the hotel, to whiz you round the highlights. This is using public transport to familiarise you with the city centre and help smooth your path… at least until lunchtime! Afternoon and evening free to explore.
A full free day for you to pack in the rest! Have you been to Pushkin Square? “The” place to meet friends or Izmailovsky Flea market for souvenirs? Perhaps you have pre-booked one of our city based excursions for today Mid-evening we take you to your waiting train to Siberia!
Day 4 - 7
The first leg of the trans-sib is the longest - 3 days from Mongolia to Irkutz, crossing 5 time zones. This might seem like a long time to spend on a train, but it passes pretty quickly. The train usually stops a couple of times a day so you can get off and stretch your legs, moreover the Tran-Sib is a lot more modern than you'd expect. Its usually air-conditioned in the summer or hot in the winter - the train attendants (usually old Russian Grannies called Provodniks in Russian) like the heat! Also on many of the station platforms there will be old ladies selling home made food. There is some fantastic stuff here, such as some great home-made dumplings and pastries. Buy them! They’re usually pretty good.
Early morning arrival in Outer Mongolia. Transfer from station, directly to 3* Hotel. Shower, and breakfast. Depart for two hour familiarisation of Ulaanbaatar, to include the Gandan Monastery ceremony. Tour ends city centre. Lunch at own expense. Transfer to Ger Camp. Supper included.
Free time at Elstei Ger Camp. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to partake in activities (weather permitting) that include; a visit to a Nomad family, Mongolian wrestling, horse riding (small local fee) to name but a few. All meals included.
After Breakfast transfer back to Ulaanbaatar. Check into the Bayangol Hotel 3* day at leisure in the capital.
Early transfer to the station for your Beijing bound train. Midnight border crossing, onwards into China.
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Transfer to your departing Beijing bound train this morning. Midnight border crossing and onwards to China! For services in China and beyond please see china tours.