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The Vodkatrain

Departing: St Petersburg, Russia - 21 days
Countries visited: Russia, Mongolia & China

The classic Trans Mongolian journey! Visit all the best places, from Russia's 'Venice of the North' through to electrifying Beijing. You'll live with the nomads in Mongolia and party in quirky Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy a dip in Lake Baikal after a few nights on the train and absorb fascinating history in Moscow or while strolling on the Great Wall.




Day 1 - Arrive St.Petersburg
Day 2 - St.Petersburg - Enjoy a coffee at the famous bookstore on Nevsky Prospect before watching the bridges rise at night.
Day 3 - St.Petersburg and depart on overnight train to Moscow.
Day 4 - Arrive Moscow - Discover the colourful architecture of Red Square.
Day 5 - Moscow - Travel the metro, take a boat ride, venture out to Gorky Park.
Day 6 - Moscow and an afternoon departure for Irkutsk
Day 7-9 - Trans Siberian Railway - Head down to the dining car and practice your Russian.
Day 10 -  Morning arrival into Irkutsk and head out to Lake Baikal.
Day 11 - Lake Baikal - Soak in the scenery and enjoy a hike along its beautiful shores.
Day 12 - Head back to Irkutsk and depart for Ulaanbaatar in the evening.
Day 13 - Trans Mongolian Railway - Into Mongolia! Watch the traders at the border and catch a glimpse of your first yak in Mongolia.
Day 14 - Early morning arrival into Ulaanbaatar - The Home of Genghis Khan, so famous even the beer's named after him!
Day 15 - Terelj National Park - Settle into life as a nomad staying in our ger camp.
Day 16 - Terelj National Park - Explore the Aryabal Temple.
Day 17 - Ger camp and return to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 18 - Morning departure for Beijing - Back on the train through the Gobi desert and across our final border to China.
Day 19 - Arrive Beijing.
Day 20 - Beijing - Peking Duck anyone?
Day 21 - Beijing - Your epic journey is complete! 



Visa support for pre-booked services

Services of Vodkatrain Honchos in St.Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk, Mongolia and Beijing

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

Accommodation in traditional gers in Mongolia

4-berth train tickets St.Petersburg - Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

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.