Trans-Mongolian Experience

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 20 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Ends Beijing, China
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discover Russia, Mongolia and China on sample two of the world’s greatest overland journeys – the TransSiberian and TransMongolian railroads.
  • Visit some of Intrepid’s local friends in St Petersburg and share some afternoon tea in a unique setting – a Sovietera communal apartment.
  • Combine train travel with time to explore cities and villages along the way, including two nights in a homestay with a Russian family near Lake Baikal.
  • Immerse yourself in Mongolian wilderness during a night in a ger camp in Terelj National Park, including a locallyguided hike to a Buddhist retreat and a handon dumpling dinner.
Starting in Saint Petersburg and ending in Beijing, the Trans-Mongolian Experience trip is a guided train tour that takes 20 days. You will be touring through Irkutsk, Saint Petersburg, Terelj and 6 other destinations in China, Mongolia and Russia. Trans-Mongolian Experience is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

Looking for a journey that combines epic train travel with immersive local experiences? Come on board for an adventure through three nations – Russia, Mongolia and China – via the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Trans-Mongolian Railroad. This 20-day transcontinental odyssey takes you from the opulence of Moscow and St Petersburg to the grace of imperial Beijing. Travel along the most famous railway in the world through the heartland of Siberia and to the vast steppes of Mongolia, discovering classical Russian architecture in Irkutsk and rugged natural beauty in Lake Baikal along the way. With traditional accommodation, authentic local experiences and insider knowledge, this tour showcases overland travel at its best.

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“Had a very good tour. Perfect booking experience. And perfect tour execution. Really all I could have hoped for. The itinerary was neither too rushed nor to loose. Great way to explore Europe and nice to have a guide showing the way.”
  • Day 1: St Petersburg
  • Day 2: St Petersburg
  • Day 3: St Petersburg / Moscow
  • Day 4: Moscow
  • Day 5: Moscow
  • Day 6: Pereslavl-Zalessky/Yaroslavl
  • Day 7-10: Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Day 11: Lake Baikal
  • Day 12: Lake Baikal
  • Day 13: Irkutsk
  • Day 14: Trans Mongolian Train
  • Day 15: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 16: Terelj National Park
  • Day 17: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 18: Ulaanbaatar / Overnight Train
  • Day 19: Beijing
  • Day 20: Beijing
  • Hotel (10 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (6 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)
  • 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Overnight Sleeper Train , Private Bus , Public Bus , Metro , Taxi
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • St Petersburg - Tea party with local family
  • Moscow - Red Square & Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Pereslavl-Zalessky - Goritsky Monastery
  • Pereslavl-Zalessky - Red Square
  • Irkutsk - Central Market
  • Irkutsk - Angara Icebreaker Museum
  • Ulaanbaatar - Zaisan Hill Memorial
  • Ulaanbaatar - Gandan Monastery
  • Ulaanbaatar - Winter Palace Museum of Bogd Khan
  • Terelj National Park
  • Terelj National Park - Buuz Cooking class
  • Ulaanbaatar - Genghis Khan Monument
  • Any international flights to Saint Petersburg and from Beijing 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 Trans-Mongolian Experience 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 Trans-Mongolian Experience tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 19 December 2020, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 19 December 2020, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 23 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Trans-Mongolian Experience 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 Trans-Mongolian Experience 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.

Is this trip right for you:
  • This trip is based around long train journeys, including a four-night trip from Yaroslavl to Irkutsk, an overnight from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar and another overnight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. This is an authentic experience and a great way to meet, and travel like, the locals. Conditions on the trains are simple but comfortable. There is a toilet/bathroom and compartments with bunks/berths. Please note that we travel 2nd class on all overnight trains (four people per compartment). While we always try to have our groups staying together, there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages. For some more on what train travel in Russia (and around the world) is like, see our blog article here:
  • As well as train travel, you’ll experience a variety of different transport types on this journey including public and private buses, metro and, of course, plenty of exploring on foot.
  • We like to do things the local way wherever possible. But sometimes you’ve got to rough it to get amongst it. Some of the accommodation used during this trip is basic, including the nights in tourist ger camps, local guesthouses and homestays. Sometimes facilities are shared and properties may not have hot water. But hey, we think that’s all part of the adventure.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this tour. Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing is highly encouraged, and frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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.
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