Great Rail Explorer

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 34 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 12+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Great Rail Explorer tour starts in Beijing and ends in Saint Petersburg. The Great Rail Explorer is an explorer tour that takes 34 days taking you from Beijing to Saint Petersburg and through other destinations in Asia.

From Beijing, it’s just over 12,000 kilometres to St Petersburg. Along the way, walk on China’s Great Wall, enjoy Almaty in the shadow of the mighty Tien Shan Mountains and follow the great Silk Road to the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara.
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Loved every minute
5 - Excellent
  • Pieta Maree Mace
  • From New Zealand
  • On Dec 01 2019
“This journey ticked so many boxes on my Bucket List and I loved every minute. So many contrasts a real highlight of my travel experiences. Excellently guided with fabulous behind the scenes support. Thank you Sundowners Overland!”
  • Day 1: Beijing
  • Day 2: Beijing
  • Day 3: All aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway
  • Day 4: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 6: Terelj National Park
  • Day 7: Return to Ulaanbaatar and Trans Mongolian Railway
  • Day 8: To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
  • Day 9: Lake Baikal
  • Day 10: Irkutsk and to Novosibirsk
  • Day 11: Trans Siberian Railway
  • Day 12: Arrive Novosibirsk
  • Day 13: Novosibirsk to Almaty
  • Day 14: Novosibirsk to Almaty
  • Day 15: Almaty
  • Day 16: Almaty and to Tashkent
  • Day 17: Tashkent
  • Day 18: Samarkand
  • Day 19: Samarkand
  • Day 20: Samarkand and Shahrizabz
  • Day 21: To Bukhara
  • Day 22: Bukhara
  • Day 23: Bukhara
  • Day 24: Return to Tashkent
  • Day 25: Tashkent
  • Day 26: Farewell Uzbekistan
  • Day 27: Silk Road Railway
  • Day 28: Silk Road Railway
  • Day 29: Welcome to Moscow!
  • Day 30: Moscow
  • Day 31: Moscow and to St. Petersburg
  • Day 32: St. Petersburg
  • Day 33: St. Petersburg
  • Day 34: St. Petersburg
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  • 21 hotel / guesthouse (twin share)2 ger (shared) 10 train (shared 4-berth)
  • 23 breakfasts 4 dinners
  • All transfers including to and from the airport.
  • Comprehensive schedule of sightseeing with certified Local Guides. You’ll have a generous sprinkling of free time to relax or explore on your own.
  • An experienced Tour Leader accompanies the whole journey to keep your adventure on track. Local Guides are native to each destination and as certified professionals will share their immense knowledge with you. 24/7 support is available in the office and on the ground.
  • Any international flights to Beijing and from Saint Petersburg are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Great Rail Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Great Rail Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 80 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 79 days of departure.


A deposit of 0 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 79 days before departure. For any departures within 13 August 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Great Rail Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Great Rail Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.