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19D Trans-Mongolian Express (from Beijing to St. Petersburg)

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From bustling Beijing to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia.

Share train carriages with locals and spend nights in a Mongolian ger and a cozy Russian guesthouse. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

The Trans-Mongolian Express is all about community! Imagine spending days with native Chinese, Mongolians and Russians making their way across Siberia and Mongolia to visit friends and family. This trip provides such a unique experience to support community, not only through economic means but through communication, sharing and impacting the personal spirit. Your local homestay in the Siberian town of Listvyanka means a lot to your host as it is his way to travel the world without leaving home. You will be guaranteed to walk away from this trip forever changed!

Don’t forget about one of the highlights of this trip; the world heritage sites forever protected by UNESCO via your continued support. Beijing has the famous Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven. There is also the World Natural Heritage Site of Lake Baikal in Siberia, and the famous World Heritage Sites of Saint Petersburg, Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, among others.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Discovery, History, Rail Journeys
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
  • Group Size Medium Group
    16
All about the 19D Trans-Mongolian Express (from Beijing to St. Petersburg).

SIGNATURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride the rails through Mongolia’s grassy steppe and Siberia’s taiga forests
  • Stay in a local village on Lake Baikal
  • Admire the grand structure of Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square
  • Marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage Museum

If you have any questions in regards to this trip, please use the following form to contact us:

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Traditional Ger Stay
  • Entrance fees for Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • China-Mongolia Railway
  • Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace
  • Trans-Mongolian Railway
  • Irkutsk city tour
  • Lake Baikal stay (Listvyanka)
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Yekaterinburg walking tour
  • Trans-Ural Railway
  • Red Square visit and Moscow metro orientation tour
  • Kremlin and Armoury guided tour
  • St Petersburg walking tour
  • Hermitage Museum entrance
  • Border-crossing support throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International air-tickets (return) into Beijing, China
  • Meals not indicated in the above itinerary
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses: meals, drinks, telephone calls, room service, laundry, etc.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, portage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above
  • Cancellation, baggage or medical insurance;
  • Any new and sudden increase of Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • Comprehensive personal travel insurance
  • Tips for tour leader, driver and staff on tours
  • All Other Services not mentioned above
  1. Day 1 Please enquire for next available dates

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities until meeting up with the group in the evening.

  2. Day 2 Please enquire for next available dates

    Ride the rails through China and into Mongolia. Watch as the landscape changes and make friends with neighbours.

    While on board, settle in and enjoy impressive views of the Great Wall as the train tackles the mountains before descending to the arid lands of Inner Mongolia
    and continuing into the heart of rural Asia.

    In the evening, reach the border post of Erlian. Here, the train’s wheels will be changed to accommodate a different gauge rail. Opt to stay on board and watch it
    happen.

  3. Day 3 Please enquire for next available dates

    Arrive to Ulaanbaatar and start exploring. Choose to take in an optional local cultural show or enjoy real Mongolian barbecue.

    Awake to the stunning landscapes of the south Gobi. The classic image of Mongolian horses and gers (yurts) dot the scenery from horizon to horizon. The occasional nomad encampment appears mirage-like through the carriage window.

    You will have an afternoon free at your own leisure here.

  4. Day 4 (D) Please enquire for next available dates

    Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to learn more about the rich history and culture of Mongolia. Later, leave the metropolis and travel into Mongolia’s
    Terelj National Park.

    Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Mongolia and hope for the
    chance to see chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom. After the Monastery, the tour will continue in the Winter Palace of the last Mongolian King (the only King’s palace that survived the revolution). At the end of the tour, visit Zaisan Hill, a great viewpoint with a monumentdedicated to Soviet soldiers.

    Enjoy the simple life in the grasslands of Mongolia. Stay in traditional gers, which are round wooden tents covered in felt, with a stove in the middle. There are beds inside the spacious interior and the gers stay quite cozy, even in Mongolia’s brutal winters. Enjoy some typical Mongolian fare and try your hand at archery, or opt to hike to a Tibetan monastery with a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape.

     

  5. Day 5 (B, L ,D) Please enquire for next available dates

    Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life.

    Walk through the valleys and live simply, in a traditional ger camp.

  6. Day 6 (B) Please enquire for next available dates

    Head back to Ulaanbaatar for a few hours before boarding the train to Siberia.

    Return back to Ulaanbaatar before boarding the next train.

  7. Day 7 (D) Please enquire for next available dates

    Travel to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal.

    Option to visit Baikal Limnological Museum, enjoy a ’banya’ (Russian sauna) or take a boat ride on the lake.  Tour the Baikal Limnological Museum and learn all about Lake Baikal and surrounding area’s wildlife and local flora. Visit its living exhibition full of fish and marine life, and check out the arboretum located nearby.

  8. Day 8 Please enquire for next available dates

    Spend a full day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. With free time, catch a glimpse into why this is the ”Galapagos of Russia”. You will have the option to go for a boat ride or take a short hike.

  9. Day 9 (B) Please enquire for next available dates

    Head back to Irkutsk for an included city tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia. Take some time to shop like the locals at the Central Market to stay
    well-fed on the voyage.

  10. Day 10 Please enquire for next available dates

    Continue on from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg. Drink with locals in the dining car, buy homemade food on the platform from ”babushkas” (Russian grandmothers),
    read, relax, play cards, meet your fellow passengers, watch the taiga forests go by – this is what the experience is all about!

  11. Day 11 Please enquire for next available dates

    Continue on your train journey and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.

  12. Day 12 (B) Please enquire for next available dates

    Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument.

    With free time, opt to see a performance at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, visit the fine art gallery or spend some time at the military museum.

  13. Day 13 (B) Please enquire for next available dates

    Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24hr train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow.

    In the morning, board the Trans-Ural Railway. Say farewell to Asia while crossing the Urals into Europe

  14. Day 14 Please enquire for next available dates

    Arrive to Moscow and start exploring. Take an orientation walk of the metro then opt for a Moskva River boat trip or a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Tretiakov Gallery or St Basil’s Cathedral.

  15. Day 15 Please enquire for next available dates

    Enjoy a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour before free time to explore.

    The area around the Red Square is perfect for sightseeing and people watching. Visit one of the many shops, wander the Alexandr Gardens or visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Head down into the metro to explore the beautiful stations or visit another part of the city.

    The Red Square is an excellent place to start exploring Moscow. Indulge in the many fantastic food and shopping options nearby; you also have easy access to
    St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and Armoury Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and Alexandr Gardens. Most of Moscow’s main streets lead from Red Square and
    the famous Moscow metro provides easy access in and out of it.

  16. Day 16 Please enquire for next available dates

    Enjoy one last day with free time to explore the many museums, art galleries, or theatres that Moscow has to offer.

  17. Day 17 Please enquire for next available dates

    Take an early morning transfer to the train station and board a high speed train to St. Petersburg. Get oriented with the city before enjoying some free time to explore.

    St Petersburg, one of Europe’s finest cities, is home to baroque European architecture combined with the opulent palaces of Russian royalty. Its tree-lined streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere make it a favourite destination for travellers from around the globe.

    Upon arrival to St Petersburg take a walking tour of the city. Learn the sordid history of the city from the Peter the Great to Dostoevsky to the Seige of Leningrad.

  18. Day 18 (B) Please enquire for next available dates

    Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the ”Venice of Russia.”

    The Hermitage Museum, one of the biggest museums in Europe, is famous for its amazing art collection. Be inspired by its varied exhibitions, and wander among storied walls – the museum was previously home to the Tsars for almost 200 years.

  19. Day 19 (B) Please enquire for next available dates

    Depart at any time to catch your international flight out of Russia.  Optional transportation can be arranged for the transfer to the airport.

    We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

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A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip.

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this tr. In some local guest houses the rooms can be small and simple with shared toilet facilities and showers. A sleep sheet and travel pillow are recommended for the overnight train journeys, although simple bedding is provided. The trains have sleeper carriages with 4 beds per cabin.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Russia:

***PLEASE READ THE ENTIRETY OF THE TEXT BELOW AS THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENTRY INTO RUSSIA***

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the Embassy of Russia. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.

To apply for a Russian visa, all nationalities must present an official Russian Letter of Invitation (LOI).

***It is the responsibility of the traveller to check with their nearest Embassy and confirm the requirements for entry into Russia***

IMPORTANT: Once your trip is confirmed, at 90 days prior to your entry into Russia, you must submit an application for your Letter of Invitation. A link will be emailed to you in your confirmation email. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in Russia and as a Russian visa is only valid for 90 days once it is issued, you will be emailed your Russian Invitation Letter about 10 business days after submission. Russian LOI’s can be rushed in extreme circumstances.

As Russian visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates. We also recommend that you add an extra day to the end of your trip so your visa length will cover any unexpected delays. Please also remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the visa application at the Russian Embassy.

Input your name the same way it is in your passport. The information on the application form must match your passport (if you have 2 or more names – all of them have to be listed under “first name”).

If you have an umlaut or other character not recognized in the english alphabet in your name (ie. ü), please enter it in the longer form (ie. ue).

For the following multi-country trips, the days spent in Russia are as follows:

ACTM – Trans-Mongolian Express: Days 6-19

Please note: Our Supplier will provide the Russian LOI by email only. This Supplier is based in Russia, so please make sure to check your SPAM folder – emails from addresses ending with .ru often get redirected as SPAM.

Some nationalities may require an original copy of the LOI – please contact the Russian Embassy or Consulate to confirm. If you do require an original copy, please send an email to experience@gadventures.com to request this. You will be required to provide a valid mailing address and cover the cost of postage to receive this document.

The LOI will contain 2 sections. The section on the right in Russian is identical to the section on the left in English. Beside ‘Confirmation voucher SPC’ you will find the confirmation/application/approval number you will need when filling out your visa application. The Supplier information can be found at the bottom of the left page in English (Supplier name can be found in the quotations, address, email, website and phone number follow).

At time of writing, the below documents will be needed to obtain your visa (however, we do advise you confirm this with your nearest Embassy):

1. A standard visa application form from the Embassy or Consulate where you will collect your visa
2. 2 colour, passport sized photos (taken within 14 days)
3. Payment for the visa (this will be dependent on nationality and will sometimes need to be made at a local nearby bank – check with your Embassy to confirm details)
4. Passport with empty pages and at least 6 months validity
5. Russia Letter of Invitation
6. We also recommend bringing your vouchers as well as proof of onward travel (flight tickets entering and leaving the country) and a copy of the itinerary, printable from our website. While this may not be needed, we recommend having a copy on hand if needed.

***Please carefully check all the information below prior to submitting***

Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the Russian Embassy. Please remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct.

PASSPORT DETAILS
Please confirm the tour with the same passport you will be travelling with on the Trans-Mongolian Express. If you happen to change passports before departure, please reach out to our Sales team with your new passport details so they can notify our teams on the ground. At approximately 60 days from date of departure our local teams purchase our train tickets with the passport provided. If your passport information changes within this time please notify our Sales team as soon as possible with your new information. You could be subject to rebooking fees.

Information accurate as of January 21st, 2016

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Mongolia:

***PLEASE READ THE ENTIRETY OF THE TEXT BELOW AS THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENTRY INTO MONGOLIA***

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the Embassy of Mongolia. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.

To apply for a Mongolian visa, many nationalities must present an official Mongolian Letter of Invitation (LOI).

***It is the responsibility of the traveller to check with their nearest Embassy and confirm the requirements for entry into Mongolia***

Noted Exemptions: Some countries do not require an LOI to apply for a tourist visa valid up to 30 days including Canada, Germany and the United States. Please be sure to check with the Embassy or Consulate to determine if your country may also be exempt.

IMPORTANT: Once your trip is confirmed, at 90 days prior to your entry into Mongolia, you must submit an application for your Letter of Invitation. A link will be emailed to you in your confirmation email. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in Mongolia and you will be emailed your Mongolian Invitation Letter about 10 business days after submission. Mongolia LOI’s can be rushed in extreme circumstances.

Mongolian visas can be used up to 3 months from the date the visa is issued, and once you have entered Mongolia, the visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days. Therefore, please time your application accordingly and do not apply for the visa more than 3 months in advance of your trip.

Input your name the same way it is in your passport. The information on the application form must match your passport (if you have 2 or more names – all of them have to be listed under “first name”).

If you have an umlaut or other character not recognized in the english alphabet in your name (ie. ü), please enter it in the longer form (ie. ue).

For the following multi-country trips, the days spent in Mongolia are as follows:

ACTM – Trans-Mongolian Express: Days 2-6

If your country has an official Mongolian Consulate/Embassy, you must choose this as as your ‘Visa pickup Embassy’. If you do not see a local Consulate/Embassy on this list or you are unable to go there due to prior travel arrangements, please contact your Travel Agent or G Adventures for further assistance.

Once you have received your Mongolian LOI and are completing the visa application from the Mongolian Embassy or Consulate, please refer to the LOI for the Supplier details required.

At time of writing, the below documents will be needed to obtain your visa (however, we do advise you confirm this with your nearest Embassy):

1. A standard visa application form from the Embassy or Consulate where you will collect your visa
2. 2 colour, passport sized photos (taken within 14 days)
3. Payment for the visa (this will be dependent on nationality and will sometimes need to be made at a local nearby bank – check with your Embassy to confirm details)
4. Passport with empty pages and at least 6 months validity
5. Mongolia Letter of Invitation
6. We also recommend bringing your vouchers as well as proof of onward travel (flight tickets entering and leaving the country) and a copy of the itinerary, printable from our website. While this may not be needed, we recommend having a copy on hand if needed.

***Please carefully check all the information below prior to submitting***

Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the Mongolian Embassy you listed in the online application. Please remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct.

Information accurate as of January 21st, 2016

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CHINA: all nationalities require a visa to visit China

Most nationalities also need an official Letter Of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for their Chinese visa.

You can obtain the LOI through our visa support agent in China. The visa support link you need to complete will be sent to you or your travel agent by email when you confirm your booking. You must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details.

When filling out your Chinese Visa Application form, Please ensure that you list the same details as appear on your LOI when filling out your Chinese Visa Application form.

Passengers traveling to Tibet:
As Tibet continues to be a sensitive area for travel to the Chinese government you must refrain from listing Tibet as one of the places you are going to visit as your application form or your Visa will be denied. We will provide you with the necessary documents to obtain your Chinese Visa, please use the details provided when filling out your Chinese Visa application form.

HOW TO FILL IN CHINA LOI FORM ONLINE:

As Chinese visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates as per your flights entering and exiting China. Please remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the application at the Chinese embassy. You will need to provide additional documentation to the consulate (i.e. flights tickets, hotel reservations) if these dates fall outside the duration of the tour.

Please do not submit the below application until 3 months prior to your entry into China. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in China and you will be emailed your Chinese Invitation Letter (With day by day Itinerary) only once we are within 60 days of the trip start date.

Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the nearest Chinese embassy.Please, remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct.

As of April 3rd, 2018, all Chinese visa application forms must be typed. Handwritten forms will no longer be accepted.

Detailed Trip Notes

An official letter of invitation for Russia is needed in order to get your Russian visa. We work with a local operator to obtain these letters, so please complete the visa information form which will be emailed at time of booking in a timely manner so the visa process is completed before your departure.

Due to Internet restrictions, some popular websites and applications – including social media sites like Facebook and email services like Gmail – may not work in China. If you think these restrictions may affect you, we suggest you do research before your departure in order to be prepared. Bear in mind the availability of websites and apps can change without notice at any time.

Important Notes

1. OFFICIAL LETTER OF INVITATION
An official letter of invitation for Russia is needed in order to get your Russian visa. We work with a local operator to obtain these letters, so please complete the visa information form which will be emailed at time of booking in a timely manner so the visa process is completed before your departure. Please note that we enter Russia on day 9 of this trip (See Visa section)

2. IMMIGRATION CARD
On arrival in Russia you will receive a double immigration card, you must fill out both parts and one is taken away upon entry, the other must remain with your passport at all times and you must have it when you are leaving Russia to hand to the relevant authorities.

3. BOOK THEATRE TICKETS IN ADVANCE
Booking Theatre tickets in advance: to avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance. Please consider carefully which performances you are going to want attend and make sure that the dates correspond to your trip. Here are some useful internet sites to check for what will be on (ballet, opera, exhibitions, etc) in Moscow and St Petersburg when you are there. In particular we recommend you see what’s playing at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there especially during White Nights in St Petersburg. The most useful sites to check in English are www.mariinsky.ru, www.bolshoi.ru and www.ticketsofrussia.com.

4. PASSPORT
Please confirm the tour with the same passport you will be travelling with on the Trans-Mongolian Express. If you happen to change passports before departure, please reach out to our Sales team with your new passport details so they can notify our teams on the ground. At approximately 60 days from date of departure our local teams purchase our train tickets with the passport provided. If your passport information changes within this time please notify our Sales team as soon as possible with your new information. You could be subject to rebooking fees.

5. MONEY
Due to the bank restrictions on changing money in Russia, Mongolia and China, only notes/bills printed after 1996 and in good condiition will be accepted for exchange. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate.

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