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 deals 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! Mid-evening we take you to your waiting train to Siberia!
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. Today you pass Kazan and Ekaterinburg.
Then onwards into Siberia itself, via Novosibirsk…
Across the River Yenisei, at Krasnoyarsk…
Days 7 - 9
You have a choice of Baikal programmes.
Choose either our 3 day Siberian Village option or the 3 day Adventure Trek to the Fisherman’s Cape of Lake Baikal.
Either The Siberian Village
Arrival into Irkutsk and transfer (1hr) to Listvyanka Village on the shore of Lake Baikal. Stay in an authentic Siberian log cabin (izba). Lunch. See the village, the old Church, and the Lake Wildlife Museum with your friendly local expert. Then get it all off your chest the Siberian way in the sauna! (banya) You’ll be ready for your home-cooked supper after all that, then sleep like a log in a log cabin.
Choose one activity from below its all included in the trip price:
(A) SOFTIES TREK through the Taiga Forest, with a Forester Guide to explain the wildlife, ecosystem and lore of the Taiga. (May-Oct).
(B) SIBERIAN SCUBA in Lake Baikal (they say you gain a year of life if you dive in!) with qualified CMAS-instructors (requires PADI-1), 2 dives included. (May-Sep).
(C) SNOWMOBILE TRIP (2 hrs) with a local guide through the forest, or even out over the deep-frozen lake! (Dec-Apr).
(D) DO YOUR OWN THING maybe take off on a Cliffside walk, or mosey around the village, or take a dip in Lake Baikal! Supper, then maybe try the local bar? Overnight with host family.
Transfer to Irkutsk (1hr) and stay in a city apartment with a local family, in soviet city style. Day free to explore, overnight with host family. Or upgrade to tourist-class hotel if you rate comfort over authenticity.
Or The Adventure Trek to the Fisherman’s Cape of Lake Baikal
Transfer directly from Station to the remoter village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe (110km on rural roads). Your local guide shows you the village, the Old Church, and lake shoreline. Get the 20th Century out of your system in a real Russian banya (sauna) which will sharpen your appetite for home-cooked food for supper. Sleep soundly the modern world is far, far away.
Leisurely lakeside walk (8km) to Ushkani Cape, and visit our friends the fishermen for lunch at their cabin. Leisurely walk back to Bolshoe Goloustnoe Village. Supper, then relish the hushed silence away from the tourist throng.
By car to Irkutsk (110km) and stay in a city apartment with a local family, in soviet city style. Day free to explore the city, overnight with host family. Or upgrade to tourist-class hotel if you rate comfort over authenticity.
Early car to the station you’re heading out of Russia tonight! Late night border crossing (2+ hours halt for formalities).
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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Thunder on across China past the Great Wall. Mid-afternoon arrival into Beijing Central Station. Your trans-siberian journey comes to an end. For services in China and beyond please see china tours.