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IMBMB - Mongolia and Beyond - Independent

Experiences take on an exciting, different and sometimes quirky feel on this fascinating journey along the famous Trans Mongolian Railway. Hit the highlights along the way taking in the iconic cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Beijing and venturing into the wild rolling steppe of Mongolia, once the stomping ground of Genghis Khan and his marauding horde.


Group size
Tour Provider Sundowners Overland
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $4,030
Start Location
St Petersburg, Russia
End Location
Beijing, Russia
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
1 to 15
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Adventure, Self Guided
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
01 Jan 201801 Jan 2019Please see web site for departure detailsAUD $4,030
Day 1-2: Moscow
Moscow has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years and its world-class theatres and galleries are once more alive with culture. Take in the great sights of Red Square, the splendid twirled cupolas of St. Basil's Cathedral and perhaps make your way to the soaring 100m titanium obelisk that houses the fascinating Cosmonautics Museum for an interesting perspective and significant artefacts from Russia's space race.
Day 3-6: Moscow and the Trans SIberian Railway
Absorb Moscow's eclectic vibe. Explore the 'Old Moscow' ambience off Arbat Street, head underground for adventure of the palatial Moscow Metro or hang out in trendy Gorky Park a favourite pastime of Muscovites. Late in the evening on Day 3 transfer to Yaroslavsky Station where you join the Trans Siberian Railway for the four-night journey across the Ural Mountains, the divide between Europe and Asia, venturing deep into Siberia and on to Irkutsk as the flickering silvers and greens of the birch forests speed past the train window.
Days 7-8: Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
After your evening arrival into Irkutsk transfer to Lake Baikal where you will spend the next two nights and relax in the lakeside guesthouse taking in the local port and picturesque Siberian village of Listvyanka. Here you have time to explore the village with its traditional houses, Limnological Museum and spectacular landscapes.
Days 9: Return to Irkutsk
Almost in the geographical centre of Asia, Irkutsk made its fame as a stopping place on the caravan route from China. The city today still boasts 18th century churches and is renowned for its brightly painted shutters and log houses decorated with wooden lace work. Wander on foot and explore the city's major landmarks and historic sites before spending your final night in Siberia.
Days 10: All aboard Trans Mongolian Railway
Almost in the geographical centre of Asia, Irkutsk made its fame as a stopping place on the caravan route from China. The city today still boasts 18th century churches and is renowned for its brightly painted shutters and log houses decorated with wooden lace work. This afternoon's walking tour will reveal the city's major landmarks and historic sites before climbing back aboard our evening train bound for Mongolia! Settle into life on board with your fellow travelling companions. As the train leaves Irkutsk you will skirt the shores of the magnificent Lake Baikal, before entering the mountains that border Mongolia to our next stop, Ulaanbaatar.
Day 11: Hello Mongolia!
At daybreak, classic scenes of traditional nomadic life greet you as the train winds impressively across the Mongolian steppe arriving into the capital in the early hours of the morning. This quirky city is a clash of the old and new, where modern life comfortably blends with the Mongolian traditional lifestyle. Here, you have time to spend the most part of the day exploring this fascinating capital. The National History Museum provides an interesting insight into Mongolian history and culture including real examples of 12th century Mongol armour. In the evening you have the opportunity to listen to unique Mongolian throat singing at an evening cultural performance - it truly is amazing!
Day 12: Khustai National Park
Spend tonight beyond the city amongst what was once the homeland of the brilliant, tough, well-drilled horsemen who, for over 500 years in the 13th century, plundered and occupied lands from the Yellow River to the Danube. Here you can enjoy aspects of Mongolian nomadic life when you stay in traditional gers. Make your way to Khustai National Park home of the Przewalski horse. Once on verge of extinction, the Mongolian government declared this region as a protected national park and initiated a breeding program that enabled the reintroduction of the Prezwalski horse (Takhi) into the wild.
Day 13-14: Terelj National Park
Continue across the steppe towards Terej National Park. Here you spend two nights at our ger camp set amongst spectacular rock formations and wild rolling hills. Among nomadic families and their gazing livestock, you can explore nearby valleys or just relax and enjoy the area.
Day 15: Return to Ulaanbaatar
On Day 15 return to Ulaanbaatar for a final night in the capital, your last chance to soak up the charm of this beautiful country.
Day 16: Across the Gobi Desert to Beijing
Rise and shine you are off to China! Very early this morning you return to the railway station to meet the Beijing express train to take you across the Mongolian steppe and Gobi Desert into China. At the Mongolian border town of Dzamin Ude you will pause for border formalities and the train's bogies are changed, quite a sight to behold, before continuing towards Beijing.
Days 17-19: Beijing
Arriving into Beijing around midday, spend the next two days taking in some of the cities greatest sights and unique experiences. Visit the late evening (or early morning) local markets to sample some local delicacies, try some morning Tai Chi in the many parks that surround the city, or wander the ancient hutongs where life continues as it has for hundreds of years. Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis of Beijing, exploring the remarkable Temple of Heaven, wandering through Tiananmen Square or enjoy the significance of the astonishing Forbidden City, with its moated complex of superb awe-inspiring halls, palace and gates. A trip to Beijing is not complete without setting foot on the legendary Great Wall of China a must do!