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The Cossack

Departing: Beijing, China - 24 days
Countries visited: China, Mongolia & Russia

Get off the beaten track on this epic journey - If we packed anymore in to this trip it would be bursting at the seams! Sites of Russia's oldest religious Minorities? Check! Deepest lake in the world? Check! World's longest wall? Check! Camp amongst the resting place of the first dinosaur fossils? Check! World's largest statue of Lenin's head? CHECK! Oh, and then we threw in a few extra freebies too... You're welcome.

  

 

Itinerary

Day 1 -  Beijing - Get to know your group over a feast of Peking Duck.
Day 2 - Beijing - How about a trip to the acrobats?
Day 3 - Evening departure on the Trans Mongolian Railway. 
Day 4 - Early morning arrival into Hohhot - Inner Mongolia awaits.
Day 5 - Evening departure to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 6 - Trans Mongolian Railway - Look out for the gers as you pass through the countryside.
Day 7 - Mid morning arrival into Ulaanbaatar.
Day 8 - Transfer to the Gobi Desert and our ger camp at Bayangobi.
Day 9 - Discover life as nomad at Genghis Khan's capital of Kharkhorin. 
Day 10 - Kharkhorin & return to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 11 - Explore Ulaanbaatar & depart to Ulan Ude in the evening.
Day 12 - Evening arrival Ulan Ude -  Russia's home of Buddhism. Don't forget to take a photo with the world’s biggest statue of Lenin’s head. 
Day 13 - Ulan Ude & evening departure to Irkutsk.
Day 14 - Early morning arrival into Irkutsk and to Lake Baikal.
Day 15 - Explore the natural beauty of the world's largest freshwater lake.  
Day 16 - Return to Irkutsk and depart for Kazan in the late evening. 
Days 17-18 - Trans Siberian Railway -  Watch the scenery change as we pass from Asia to Europe across the Urals.
Day 19 - Late afternoon arrival in Kazan - Home of the Tatars.
Day 20 - Evening departure for Murom.
Day 21 - Early morning arrival into Murom and transfer to Suzdal - Time for one final banya?
Day 22 - Transfer to Moscow
Day 23 - Moscow -  No trip is complete without a trip to Sparrow Hills to spot the Seven Sisters.
Day 24 - Moscow - Your journey concludes. 

Head out to China's Great Wall and marvel at this enduring feat of engineering, learn to construct a Mongolian ger, visit the picturesque village of Bolshiye Koty in Lake Baikal and be whacked by birch in a traditional Russian Banya in Suzdal! Extra activities are available for all Cossack departures. What more information? Chat to us now...
 

Essentials

Inclusions
Visa support for pre-booked services

Services of Vodkatrain Honchos in Beijing, Hohhot, Mongolia, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Listvyanka (Lake Baikal), Kazan, Suzdal and Moscow.


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

Accommodation in traditional gers in Mongolia

4-berth train tickets Beijing - Hohhot - Ulaanbaatar - Ulan Ude - Irkutsk - Kazan - Murom

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 Inclusions
All Cossack Journeys starting in Beijing will also include some extra activities - A trip to China's Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, learn how to build a ger in Mongolia, trek along the shores of Lake Baikal to Bolshoi Koty, relax in a traditional Russian Banya (sauna) in Suzdal. 

Extra stuff

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

Why not travel further West into Scandinavia and the Baltics? Ask us about getting you down to Tallinn, where we can hook you up with our friends at Busabout for their Scandi-Baltic Adventure.

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.