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Budgeting Bolshevik

Departing: Beijing, China - 13 days
Countries visited: China, Mongolia and Russia

All aboard the Bolshevik bargain train! Get your culture and country fix on this fantastic and fun Trans Mongolian Rail journey. Marvel in the magnificent city sites of Moscow and mingle with modern Mongolians all without borrowing a buck! The Budgeting Bolshevik cuts the unnecessary niceties and gets straight down to business; delivering an epic Trans Mongolian journey. Travelling like a local and bypassing the tourist traps means this journey isn't going to break the bank and most importantly leaves more room in your booze budget to party with your new friends. Nazdorovie!




Day 1 - Start your journey in Beijing and meet your fellow travellers. Time to visit the night markets before our departure tomorrow. 
Day 2 - A morning departure on the Trans Mongolian Railway to Ulaanbaatar. 
Day 3 - Afternoon arrival into Ulaanbaatar and an opportunity to explore the city. 
Day 4 - Out to Terelj National Park and time to indulge in some dumplings and other nomadic treats.
Day 5 - Return to Ulaanbaatar and board the train to Irkutsk in Siberia. 
Day 6 - A day to watch the world go by from the train, meet the locals and catch glimpses of local life.
Day 7 - Morning arrival in Irkutsk and transfer to Listvyanka, your shore side home at Lake Baikal. Don't forget to try a banya and jump in the lake! 
Day 8 - Relax by the lake before returning to Irkutsk to board your evening train to Moscow. 
Days 9-11 - Enjoy the change of pace with time on the train watching the scenery change and take the opportunity to practice your language skills in the dining car. 
Day 12 -  An early morning arrival into Moscow. Head out to see the Kremlin, visit Gorky Park and ride the metro.
Day 13 - Your journey ends in Moscow.


Visa support for pre-booked services

Services of Vodkatrain Honchos in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Irkutsk, Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) and Moscow. 

Accommodation on a share basis (twin/triple or dorm rooms, private facilities not guaranteed)

Accommodation in traditional gers in Mongolia

6-berth train tickets Irkutsk to Moscow.
4-berth train tickets Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk.

All departure and arrival transfers en-route. Please note: Arrival transfer on Day 1 and departure transfer at the end of your itinerary are not included. Please see the ‘Extra Stuff’ section for details on booking these services.

Extra stuff

Linger a little longer. Pre and Post tour accommodation including visa support… stay as long as you like.

Get me to the airport on time. Take the hassle out of arriving and departing… splurge on a transfer.

Rail Packs. Explore China and Vietnam at your own pace with a collection of the best rail tickets, pre-booked for your travel pleasure.