This is our best selling independent Trans-Siberian trip or rather Trans-Mongolian trip using the scheduled trains from Moscow to Beijing. A once-in-a-lifetime journey of 7865km, travelling on the regular service train from Moscow to Beijing is the ultimate railway adventure and Regent Holidays can tailor-make your ideal Trans-Siberian holiday, planning your stops and excursions en route. Speak to a Russia Travel Specialist for our recommendations – perhaps stop in Irkutsk for a full-day tour to the shores of great Lake Baikal, opt to overnight in Yekaterinburg to explore the Romanov Monastery complex or disembark at Ulaanbaatar for a journey into the heart of Terelj National Park.
Transfer from the hotel to Irkutsk Railway Station for the train to Mongolia. Spend two nights aboard, and stop at the Russian border town of Naushki before continuing to Mongolia. (B)
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and enjoy a tour of the city with your local guide. See the main highlights of the city: the Gandan Temple - city's main Buddhist centre, the central city square with a grand statue of Genghis Khan and the Zaisan Memorial, an elevated hill on the city's edge providing a panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Museum of National History introducing Mongolia's history from early humans to modern era. In Ulaanbaatar stark Soviet structures and chaotic modern shopping streets contrast dramatically with the serenity of quiet monastery courtyards. (L,D)
Transfer by car to Terelj National Park, located some 80km outside Ulaanbaatar where most visitors spend at least one night in one of the many ger camps located within the park. En route stop at the Genghis Khan Statue. In 2008, this giant statue of Emperor of the Mongols riding a horse was erected fifty-four kilometres from the capital Ulaanbaatar. At forty meters high, it is the world’s largest equestrian statue.
Once in the park visit the famous Turtle Rock – an 80ft tall granite formation, enjoy hiking around the area, go horseback riding or try archery.’ A sightseeing tour of the area usually includes a visit to a nomadic family to learn about their lifestyle, sample local produce and help erect a traditional ger. (B,L,D)
After a morning exploring Terejl Nationl Park and a local lunch, transfer back to Mongolia's bustling capital. In the evening, enjoy a folk concert with dinner. (B,L,D)
Let me say a big Thank You to Christina for enabling me to have a wonderful Trans-Siberian experience this summer. I guess it must have been you who informed the company that I was celebrating my birthday when I arrived in Vladivostok...where to my surprise and delight was presented with a bottle champagne and birthcard by the hotel reception. Thank you...The vastness of Russia becomes more and more apparent as days go by on the train. I was amazed at how the scenery barely changes all the way from Moscow to Khabarovsk (except Lake Baikal). I began to think that the train was stationary and the scenery was being moved around. I am sure I saw the same forest a thousand times over! I would recommend Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and especially Ulan Ude!
Flexible and extremely well organised - the hotel Vega in Moscow and the home-stay in Mongolia were OK. Terelj Ger Camp was beautiful.
Carl Meadows was excellent. Your local partners in Mongolia were fantastic - we had a great time! Hotel Vega in Moscow and Ulanbataar Hotel both good and did the job!
My trip on the Trans Mongolian Express far exceeded my expectation, and this was mainly due to the expert and professionalism of support that I received from Carl Meadows and his team.
This was my first trip that I had booked through Regent Holidays, and on the basis of how much I enjoyed it, I will definitely be booking my next trip for 2014 through yourselves.
An excellent job well done – thank you.