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 guide will meet you at the hotel, to whisk 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!
Days 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. But them! They’re usually pretty good.
The Trans-Mongolian Express arrives into Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. The train makes a very brief stop, allowing time only to make a few purchases from Mongolian traders selling their wares on the station platform.
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Thunder on across China Early morning arrival into Beijing Central Station. Your trans-siberian journey comes to an end. For journeys into and beyond China see the Before and After section.