Days 1-2: Moscow
Arrive in Moscow and meet your fellow travellers. Explore Russia's fascinating capital and take in the patchwork of Soviet, Imperial and modern architecture. Visit Red Square and marvel at the iconic sights of St. Basils Cathedral and the Kremlin. Hop on the beautiful metro (yes, apparently public transport can be a work of art) to the many sights within this vibrant city of 10 million.
Wander in art galleries and parklands, then party like a local with a synonymous serving of vodka and pickles. Try some local fare such as Borsch before hitting a lively venue for late night shenanigans. Whatever you're into, live music, sweaty underground dance parties, luxury cocktails with a view, or something altogether more casual, you'll find it in Russia's capital.
Days 3-7: Trans Siberian Railway
Climb aboard the Trans Siberian Railway and listen for the whistle that marks the start of your journey into the lands of Genghis Khan. Settle into life on board as you watch the stunning scenery transform outside your window. Get to know your group and experiment with new language skills on unsuspecting locals; with a little inventive sign language, you'll all be laughing in no time. The train will make minor stops along the way, ask how long it's staying before you hop off and devour homecooked delights from babushkas along the platform.
Day 8: Ulaanbaatar
Welcome to Mongolia! Head to the Zaisan Memorial to get a great view over the sprawling capital. A skyline of Soviet blocks, Buddhist temples and ger suburbs ringed by empty grasslands for hundreds of miles in every direction. See the ruby-robed monks at Gandantegchinlen Monastery a name which translates to 'the great place of complete joy'. And get a taste for the life of a Khan with a visit to the Winter Palace of Bogd Khan one of the only historical attractions in Mongolia that the Soviets or Mongol communists didn't destroy. As an introduction to the region and the national psyche, visit The National History Museum before you head into the wilderness.
Days 9-10: Terelj National Park
We'll leave city life behind us to enter the lands of the nomads. Settle into your ger - a felt, tarp and wooden tent the enduring dwelling of roving herders that call the vast steppe home. Learn about their way of life, sample hearty food and sip on the local brew, airag a fermented milk liquor. If offered, you should take a sip so as not to offend.
Explore the nature reserve with a climb to Turtle Rock or saddle up for a ride across the steppe your Honcho can help organise activities such as cooking classes, horse riding, eagle holding and archery. Enjoy a peaceful sunset before getting cosy around the campfire. Remember to head outside at night to witness the Milky Way ignite the night sky.
Day 11: Return to Ulaanbaatar
Heading back to the city, you have a final night to explore Mongolia before rolling on to China. On the way, we'll stop off at an enormous Genghis Khan Statue, an impressive work of art and museum housing archaeological discoveries. Back in town, get into the spirit of things with a feast of local cuisine and a tasty brew, like Crazy Shaman IPA at Hop & Rocks Brewery Mongolia's first ever producer of craft beer. Night owls will find plenty to keep them up; from live music venues, beer gardens and chill bars, to pulsing clubs and luxury lounges.
Day 12: Ulaanbaatar to Beijing
Back on board, this time on the Trans Mongolian line. Glide across the green grasslands and pass the golden Gobi before launching into China. Use your time to learn a few words of Chinese and plan what you'd like to see and eat in Beijing. There are eight national cuisines to try, so that should keep you busy when you're not exploring Imperial Palaces or strolling along the great wall.
Days 13-14: Beijing
Welcome to China and congratulations. You've just travelled 7,865 km and experienced three diverse countries. Let's celebrate with a visit to one of the many snack markets. Fried scorpion on a stick anyone? Jump on a bicycle or rickshaw and explore the sheer scale of the city. Get acquainted with the ancient philosophical culture and discover the patchwork of Imperial opulence and modern life with a visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Head for the hills and enjoy a stroll at the most peaceful part of the Great Wall at Huanghaucheng.
Note: Upon your arrival in Beijing, please meet your Honcho outside the first ticket-checking point, not on the platform.
Extend your experience: Shack up in Shanghai for a couple of nights, see the iconic skyline sprouting from the water's edge then enter the labyrinth of colour and culture.