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21 Days, Beijing to Saint Petersburg

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From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world's great trains a read more...

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What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 20 nights accommodation (Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (2 nts)).
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, private bus, metro, walking).
  • Great Wall entrance (Beijing).
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour.
  • China-Mongolia Railway.
  • Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace.
  • Overnight in Mongolian ger camp.
  • 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.
  • Local meal suggestions and language and border-crossing support throughout.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 595 - 775 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Day 3 Beijing
Day 4 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar
Day 5 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar
Day 6 Ulaanbaatar
Day 7 Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Day 8 Gorkhi Terelj National Park.
Day 9 Ulaanbaatar/Irkutsk
Day 10 Irkutsk/Listvyanka
Day 11 Listvyanka/Irkutsk
Day 12 Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg
Day 13 Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg
Day 14 Yekaterinburg
Day 15 Yekaterinburg/Moscow
Day 16 Yekaterinburg/Moscow
Day 17 Moscow
Day 18 Moscow/Saint Petersburg
Day 19 Saint Petersburg
Day 20 Saint Petersburg
Day 21 Depart Saint Petersburg
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Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Beijing
  • On Board Train
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Listvyanka
  • On Board The Train
  • Yekaterinburg
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • DAY 1 Arrive Beijing

    Arrive at any time.
    There are no planned activities until the group meeting in the evening

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Beijing

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

    Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
    Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. Also located in the square is the National Museum of China with artifacts such as relics from the First Opium War of 1840.

    Forbidden City
    Your city guide will steer around crowds and help to make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

    Opt to see an acrobatics or kung fu show, visit the Temple of Heaven or Lama Temple, or enjoy a bicycle tour around the city.

    Free Time
    Get out and explore this busy city. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Beijing

    Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and soak in the history and scenery.

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Great Wall (Mutianyu section). The Wall, an incredible piece of engineering, stretches 6,000km (3,728 mi) westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. It was originally constructed to protect the Chinese empires from the 'barbarians' of the north.

    Great Wall Mutianyu visit
    Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar

    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.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Beijing - Ulaanbaatar30h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

    Border Crossing (China - Mongolia)
    Erenhot - Zamiin Uud
    Ready for a link more ink in your passport? Cross from China to Mongolia. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Beijing/Ulaanbaatar

    Arrive to Ulaanbaatar and start exploring. Choose to take in a 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.

    Beijing - UlaanbaatarMorning
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Don't waste a minute — start exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Mongolian Cultural Show

    15000MNT per personEnjoy an evening of song and dance at the Mongolian Cultural Show. The show includes 15 different performances, including traditional songs, dancing, throat singing, and contortionists.

    Chinggis Beer Hall Visit
    30000-35000MNT per personGrab a beer and toast to a great vacation. Chinggis Beer is brewed right in town and has produced high quality beer since 1998. Cheers! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Ulaanbaatar

    Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to learn more about the rich history and culture of Mongolia.

    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 monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers.

    Gandan Monastery Guided Tour
    Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in the region and see if you can spot some chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom.

    Bogd Khan Palace Guided Tour
    Visit the Winter Palace of the last king (now a museum) and learn more about life in imperial Mongolia. Tour the six temples, and see clothing, furniture, and royal items from this interesting time period.

    Zaisan Hill Visit
    Head to the top of Zaisan Hall to see the Russian monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in World War II. Take in a bird's-eye view of the city.

    Free Time
    Walk through the main square, visit the English pub or shop for souvenirs. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park

    Leave the metropolis and travel into Mongolia's Terelj National Park. Spend the night in a ger camp learning about traditional life.

    Walk through the valleys, visit nomadic families, and live simply while overnight in a traditional ger camp.

    Private Vehicle
    Ulaanbaatar - Gorkhi Terelj National Park 40km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Traditional Ger Stay
    Gorkhi Terelj National Park
    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, ride the local horses, or opt to hike to a Tibetan monastery with a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

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

    Return back to Ulaanbaatar with enough time to buy some souvenirs and snacks for the ride before boarding the next train.

    This leg is 2 nights on board, crossing into Siberia and continuing on to Irkutsk.

    Private Vehicle
    Gorkhi Terelj National Park - UlaanbaatarMorning40km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk 40h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

    Free Time
    Enjoy a few more hours in this fascinating capital city. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Ulaanbaatar/Irkutsk

    Spend a full day on the train heading deeper into Russia and watching the landscape change.
    Border Crossing (Mongolia - Russia)
    Sukhbaatar station - Naushki
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Say goodbye to Mongolia and hello to Russia.
    Overnight train (beds)
    Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Irkutsk/Listvyanka

    Travel to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal.

    Private Vehicle
    Irkutsk - Listvyanka 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Listvyanka Homestay
    Enjoy a homestay in beautiful Listvyanka along the shores of Lake Baikal and learn about the local culture hands on. The host, Nikolai, is a warm and welcoming, not to mention a fantastic chef. Enjoy the charming home he built himself and his delicious cooking. Opt to try out his banya (Russian sauna), too.

    Opt to visit Baikal Limnological Museum, enjoy a 'banya' (Russian sauna) or take a boat ride on the lake. Learn more about local life with a homestay.

    Optional Activities
    Baikal Limnological Museum

    350RUB per personTour 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.

    Russian Banya (Bathhouse)
    Listvyanka 1h-1h30m
    2000-3500RUB per person Enjoy some relaxing in a banya (Russian sauna), which is very popular in Russia. Typically, Russians visit their local neighbourhood banya once a week to get a good scrub, sweat out the toxins, and drink tea with their friends. They often wear floppy felt hats in the sauna and beat each other with birch branches tied together -- it's only true way to get all the vodka out.

    Lake Baikal Boat Trip
    Lake Baikal
    Head out by boat to explore beautiful Lake Baikal. Enjoy the sun and scenery of this isolated region. (Dinner)

  • DAY 11 Listvyanka/Irkutsk

    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.

    Irkutsk Guided City Tour
    Enjoy a guided tour of Irkutsk and learn about the history of how this Siberian gem came to be. Soak in the beautiful architecture of the quaint wooden houses and visit the bustling central market.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg40h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

    Optional Activities
    Decembrists Museum Visit

    300RUB per personThe Decembrists Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into early 19th century life in Siberia. On December 14, 1825, there was an uprising of high-ranking officials in St Petersburg demanding reform. The uprising was suppressed and those that weren't executed were exiled to Siberia for life. Wander room to room, learn about their struggle, and their important role in developing the now charming city of Irkutsk. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

    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!
    Overnight train (beds)
    Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Irkutsk/Yekaterinburg

    Continue on and arrive to the soviet-style city in the Ural Mountain region.
    Irkutsk - YekaterinburgMorning
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 14 Yekaterinburg

    Enjoy a guided tour of Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument.
    Yekaterinburg City Tour
    Head out for a guided walking tour of the important sites around Yekaterinburg. Take note of the contrast between the elegant onion-domed churches and the gray soviet bulk. Learn more about the devastating history of the Romanov family, and visit the moving monuments at the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Yekaterinburg/Moscow

    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.
    Overnight train (beds)
    Yekaterinburg - Moscow 24h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 16 Yekaterinburg/Moscow

    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.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Moscow Full Day
    Make the most of your time in this fascinating city.

    Optional Activities
    Moskva River Boat Trip

    400RUB per person Come aboard this riverboat trip to enjoy some fresh air and a whole new way to see Moscow. Spot famous attractions while cruising down the river, and catch many sights you may miss on shore. Perhaps, discover some new places to visit later on foot.

    Lenin's Mausoleum
    Free Ready to meet one the most famous embalmed leaders in the world? Lenin's Mausoleum is a popular stop for travellers in Russia and is located conveniently in Red Square.

    Saint Basil's Cathedral
    Check out the colourful onion-domed towers of stunning St Basil's Cathedral, located right in the middle of a sprawling open square. It is the most quintessential Russian sight, and definitely lives up to its hype. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 17 Moscow

    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.

    Kremlin and Armoury Guided Tour
    Enjoy a visit to one of the most famous symbols of Russia. For centuries, it was a residence of the tsars, and today it is the official residence of the President of Russian Federation. The Armoury Chamber is a massive treasure trove that houses thousands of items gifted to the Russian tsars and emperors by royals and ambassadors from around the world. Get ready to be stunned by gold goblets, famous Faberge eggs, 18th century embroidery, and gilded royal carriages.

    Free Time
    Moscow Afternoon
    With so much to see and do, get exploring. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 18 Moscow/Saint Petersburg

    Spend another day in Moscow before an overnight train to St Petersburg.
    Continue your exploration of the Russian capital before catching the last train of the journey to St Petersburg in the late evening.
    Free Time
    MoscowFull Day
    Finish exploring this capital city.
    Overnight train (beds)
    Moscow - Saint Petersburg 8h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 19 Saint Petersburg

    Arrive in the morning and enjoy a walking tour of the back streets and hidden alleys of St Petersburg.
    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.
    Saint Petersburg Walking Tour
    Saint Petersburg
    Take a guided walking tour to get familiar with the city - each walking tour is different based on the route the local guide chooses to take. Discover the hidden back alleys and small parks St Petersburg is famous for, as the local guide lifts the veil on this hidden world. Learn about the city's fascinating history, and hear retelling of stories about famous buildings and local residents. Typically, the tour will stay around Nevsky Prospekt and will often end at the Hermitage, with visits to the Kazan Cathedral, the Church on Spilled Blood, and St Isaac's Cathedral along the way.

    Free Time
    Saint Petersburg Afternoon
    Spend the afternoon soaking in the sights, eating in a local cafe or riding the world's deepest metro. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 20 Saint Petersburg

    Visit the Hermitage Museum with free time to continue exploring the "Venice of Russia."
    Hermitage Museum Visit
    Saint Petersburg
    Visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the biggest museums in Europe, 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.

    Free Time
    Saint Petersburg Afternoon
    Explore the opulent streets of this city.

    Optional Activities
    Midnight Canal Boat Tour
    Saint Petersburg

    800RUB per person Opt for a midnight canal cruise in St Petersburg during the summer months when the sun barely sets. The experience is particularly fantastic in June during the White Nights' celebrations. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 Depart Saint Petersburg

    Depart at any time.
    We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 595 - 775 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Goods & Services Tax of 5 % payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

    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)

    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.

    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, and

  12. 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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