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Gobi & Gulag Trans-Siberian

Starts

Moscow

Finishes

Beijing
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Day 1
Day 01 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!).
Day 2
After breakfast a local expert will meet you at your hotel to whisk you around the highlights. You’ll use public transport to familiarise you with the city centre and help smooth your path… at least until lunchtime! Afternoon and evening free to explore.
Day 3
Your day is free in Moscow until mid-evening car transfer to Yaroslavsky Station and departure Eastwards...
Day 4
Full day along the Trans-Siberian Railway, arriving mid-evening in Perm. Car to your centrally located hotel. Overnight.
Day 5
Depart to the Kungur Ice Caves (2 hrs by road) including an underground visit (on lit paths, no scrambling). Lunch included nearby. Road transfer (3 hrs) to the Usva River and raft-assembly/loading. Begin rafting trip, and overnight camp at the Rocky Cliffs, campfire supper. (Overnight in tents - guides assist to assemble etc).
Day 6
Rafting along the Usva, with some liberal stops en-route to visit scenic spots, for a picnic lunch and campfire supper. Overnight in tents.
Day 7
Breakfast, continue by raft to Mys, unpack and disassemble raft, load into vehicle. Onwards to the Perm-22 Gulag Camp (now operated as a Memorial Museum by Pamyat - the Russian organisation for former political prisoners and their families). The Gulag is spread over two locations 2 km apart - we visit both (“Regular Category”, and “High-Security”). Picnic lunch. Return to Perm’ by road (2 hrs), check-in to hotel.
Day 8
Free day in Perm to follow-up on ideas and activities from yesterday’s sightseeing. Car Transfer (evening) to station and departure towards Mongolia…
Day 9
on board the Trans-Siberian via Novosibirsk. 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.
Day 10
on board the Trans-Siberian via Krasnoyarsk
Day 11
on board the Trans-Siberian via Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, midnight border crossing
Day 12
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.
Day 13
Free time at Elstei Ger Camp. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to partake in activities that include; a visit to a Nomad family, Mongolian wrestling, horse riding (small local fee) to name but a few. All meals included.
Day 14
After Breakfast transfer back to Ulaanbaatar. Check into the Bayangol Hotel 3* day at leisure in the capital.
Day 15
Early breakfast transfer to the station for your Beijing bound train. Midnight border crossing, onwards into China.
Day 16
Across the Steppes of Inner Mongolia, and past the Great Wall of China, finally arriving in Beijing mid-afternoon. The end of your Trans-Siberian itinerary.
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