Option 20 | Trans Mongolian Classic Journey | East to West

From the cobblestones of the Forbidden City to the cobblestones of the Hermitage St Petersburg

The direction of this itinerary is Westward (East to West) Beijing TO St Petersburg. If you want Eastward (West to East) click here.
The itinerary detailed below uses the standard train and is for more independent travellers. If you require different levels of travel take one of the following links.

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Departures (weekly independent):

Train No 23 -     Price - Costs and inclusions
Jun 2018 to 30 May 2019 Saturday  

05 Jun 2018 to 09 October 2018

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    Train Timetables
Train No3 - Chinese Train      
Until further notice every Wednesday   This train is not known to change its departure day.

For a number of years tickets the short journey, Beijing to Ulaan Baatar, have been possible on #3. The rail authorities have now cancelled this. All tickets are for long haul journeys. This was the system a few years back. Therefore the first station that can be booked is Krasnoyarsk in Russia. If you want #3 the method is now back to what is was before. You book to Krasnoyarsk and you get off at Ulan Bataar. The surcharge in 4 berth is US$222.


Itinerary (weekly independent):

Day 1 Own way to railway station. Train to Ulaan Baatar from Beijing.. Four berth. Departure times can change each year, or seasonaly. We can confirm the time when booking. Extra services for Beijing can be organised... Beijing Packages. Yes we can get a hotel near the train station. Currently trains depart at 07:27.
Day 2 Arrive Ulaan Baatar and transfer to homestay for one night. Balance of day to explore Ulaan Baatar.
Day 3 Transfer to ger camp for two nights. Approx 70km out of the city. Time for 'Grassland Pursuits'. Alternative stopover options
Day 4 Grassland pursuits.
Day 5 Transfer back to Ulan Bataar homestay for one night.
Day 6

Day for further sightseeing. Transfer to station for train to Irkutsk. Four berth.
Train timetables between Irkutsk and Ulaan Baatar (both directions) have changed significantly from December 2017. There now no daily departures.

From Ulaan Baatar you now have
#305 MON/TUE/SAT dep at 15:22 local time
#5 THU all year dep at 15:31 local time.
Friday departures (Nov, - May,, every 2nd week; Jun-Oct, every week).
Therefore, depending upon the start date (=day) of the complete programme we may need to adjust your stopover period for Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.
On board train. Russian border procedures. Info about the Train

Day 7 Arrive Irkutsk and transfer to Lake Baikal for two nights accommodation in local village. Our costs are based on using our chalet/lodge accommodation. If you prefer a dedicated homestay please request - no change to cost. If our chalet was full you would be accommodated with a homestay. Details about Lystvyanka accommodation and Lake Baikal sightseeing.
Day 8 Lake Baikal village.
Day 09 Transfer back to Irkutsk for one night homestay.
Day 10 Transfer to rail station for train (Odd Dates) to Moscow departing at. Four berth.
Day 11 On board train. Bring out that large novel, or travel chess set!
Day 12 On board train.
Day 13 Arrive Moscow. Meet and transfer to accommodation for three nights. Choice of homestay, hostel or budget hotel. Three hour introductory walking tour.
Day 14 Moscow Optional sightseeing Moscow Metro and Railways
Day 15 Moscow sightseeing.
Day 16 Own way to Leningradsky railway station. Depart Moscow on late afternoon fast train to St Petersburg. Transfer from station to accommodation for three nights. Choice of homestay, hostel or budget hotel.
Day 17 Three hour introductory walking tour.
Day 18 St Petersburg  Optional sightseeing.
Day 19 St Petersburg sightseeing.
Day 20 End of arrangements.

NOTES: There may be some variation due to train arrival or departure times and the date (odd or even). The content remains the same, but the order in which services are provided may vary. Additional, or less nights may be required to meet changed train schedules.
Free allowance for rail baggage is 35kg per person. For over-weight baggage you need to check these items at the Luggage Checkin Center of Beijing Railway
Station on the morning of the day prior to departure date.

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