Polny Tours - Eastbound

Polny [полный] is a Russian word which means "complete, full, total, entire, overall, absolute". These tours build on our Osnova (framework) itineraries and include more time with your guide with in depth active or cultural tours at each stop and better hotel options. You also have the option to use the faster and better express trains where available.

  • Polny MB5 EIU
  • Polny MB 6EKIU
  • Polny MB 6EIUU
  • Polny MB7 KEIUU
  • Polny MB 8KEKIUUG

Polny Tour Moscow to Beijing with tour program in Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk/Lake Baikal and Mongolia (PO MB5EIU) 19 Days

2,535

ITINERARY: The tour starts in Moscow with one an orientation tour and one night accommodation (you can easily add on extra nights). Then board the train at the famous Yaroslavsky rail terminus where all Trans Siberian trains originate. You will travel on local and comfortable sleeper trains across Russia and Siberia to Mongolia and China, making frequent stops: in Ekaterinburg on the border of Europe/Asia; next up is Irkutsk famous for it's wooden buildings and for a not-to-missed visit to a village on the shores of Lake Baikal. You then board an International train to cross in to Mongolia, where you spend a few days on the Open Steppe at Hustai National Park, riding horses and visiting nomadic families - another unforgettable experience. The last train journey takes you through the Mongolian Gobi and the border into China, with the final day crossing the mountainous region north of Beijing with views of the Great Wall and final arrival into Beijing main station where you have one night included. Again possible to add on more nights and continue through China.

PRICE: Standard second class € 2,535*

WE SAY: An adventurous trip with some excellent excursions and regular stops to break up the train journeys.

DATES: Depart Moscow weekly throughout the year, with the first train departing Moscow on a Wednesday. There may be more options in the summer. See full dates in the tab below.

Details

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 2,535
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 3,240
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 2,390
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on all* journeys € 240
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 300

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer
✓ Ekaterinburg 2 nights 3* hotel, all transfers, day excursion and city tour with guide
✓ Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Urals with folkore performance and visit museum, local lunch
✓ Lake Baikal fully inclusive tour to Bolshoe Goloustnoe village with 2 nights homestay, all meals, guide, excursion
✓ Irkutsk 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, all transfers
✓ Mongolia Hustai National Park, 3 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights Hustai ger, 1 night Elstei ger
✓ Ulaanbaatar 1 night 3* hotel, guided city tour, all transfers
✓ Beijing: 1 night 3* hotel, private room with ensuite bathroom
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, onward travel, food on train.

Route Map
Beijing to Moscow including Mongolia Trans-Mongolian Train Route Map
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01    Arrive Moscow___  (optional arrival transfer).  Staying at Arbat House, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free morning in Moscow before transfer to station, departing on train #16 at 16:50 (ODD DATES only) (B)
Day 03    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 20:09, transfer to Chekhov Hotel, 2 nights 
Day 04    Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Ural Mountains (or alternative excursion by request) (B|L)
Day 05    Ekaterinburg city tour, free afternoon. Transfer to station, departing on train #70/80 at 22:17 (B)
Day 06    On board the train, crossing Siberia
Day 07    On board the train, crossing Siberia
Day 08    Arrive Irkutsk at 09:38, transfer to Bolshoe Goloustnoe on Lake Baikal (D)
Day 09    Day on the shore of Lake Baikal (B|L)
Day 10    Return to Irkutsk, city tour, free time. Staying at the Angara Hotel, 1 night (B)
Day 11    Free day in Irkutsk before transfer to station. Departing on train #362 at 21:50 (DAILY no dining car) (B)
Day 12    On train crossing from Russia into Mongolia 
Day 13    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:10, travel to Hustai National Park, free time. Ger Camp, 2 nights (L|D)
Day 14    Day trip to the beautiful mountain area, overnight (B|L|D)
Day 15    Travel to Elstei Ger Lodge, 1 night. Excursions: nomad family, Genghis Khan monument (horse riding options) (B|L|D)
Day 16    Elstei ger lodge. Return to Ulaanbaatar, free time. Staying at Bayangol Hotel, 1 night (B|L)
Day 17    Transfer to station, departing on train #24 at 07:15 (Thur / Sat - summer extra train) (B)
Day 18    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 14:04, check into Paragon Hotel across the road, 1 night
Day 19    Option to extend stay in Beijing, travel onward or tour in China (B)
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Arrive in Moscow on a Tuesday (or before) to depart on a Wednesday and connect with International train departing from Ulaanbaatar weekly on a Thursday. In summer there may be extra departures, ask us for more dates.

Price Notes

Train ticket prices in Russia are seasonal and based on shoulder season with 151 high season dates up to 20% higher and 214 off season dates as much as 20% lower.

Standard price is based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.


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Polny Tour Moscow to Beijing with stops in Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Lake Baikal/ Irkutsk and Mongolia (PO MB6 EKIU) 21 Days

2,895

ITINERARY: The tour starts in Moscow with one an orientation tour and one night accommodation (you can easily add on extra nights). Then board the train at the famous Yaroslavsky rail terminus where all Trans Siberian trains originate. You will travel on local and comfortable sleeper trains across Russia and Siberia to Mongolia and China, making frequent stops: in Ekaterinburg on the border of Europe/Asia; in Krasnoyarsk in the heart of Siberia and a lovely city and region to visit; next up is Irkutsk famous for it's wooden buildings and for a not-to-missed visit to a village on the shores of Lake Baikal. You then board an International train to cross in to Mongolia, where you spend a few days on the Open Steppe at Hustai National Park, riding horses and visiting nomadic families - another unforgettable experience. The last train journey takes you through the Mongolian Gobi and the border into China, with the final day crossing the mountainous region north of Beijing with views of the Great Wall and final arrival into Beijing main station where you have one night included. Again possible to add on more nights and continue through China.

PRICE: Standard second class € 2,895*

WE SAY: This is probably aimed at the more active than the more cultural, although you can chose city tours instead of active options in Krasnoyarsk and Ekaterinburg if you prefer.

DATES: Depart Moscow weekly throughout the year, with more departures during the summer.

Details

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 2,895
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 3,875
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 2,695
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on all* journeys € 240
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 395

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer
✓ Ekaterinburg 2 nights 3* hotel, all transfers, day excursion and city tour with guide
✓ Excursion to Tavolgi village in the Urals with pottery demonstration and visit museum, local lunch
✓ Krasnoyarsk 2 nights 3* hotel, all transfers, guided city tour (car)
✓ Included activity in Krasnoyarsk, day trip hiking with experienced guide through Stolby National Park (incl. picnic lunch)
✓ Lake Baikal fully inclusive tour to Bolshoe Goloustnoe village with 2 nights homestay, all meals, guide, excursion
✓ Irkutsk 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, all transfers
✓ Mongolia Open Steppe, 2 day tour, transfers, guide, optional excursions, 2 nights Elstei ger full board
✓ Ulaanbaatar 1 night 3* hotel, guided city tour, all transfers
✓ Beijing: 1 night 3* hotel, private room with ensuite bathroom
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, onward travel, food on train.

Route Map
Trans Siberian Route Map including stops in Beijing Ulaanbaatar Ulan Ude Irkutsk Ekaterinburg Kazan and Moscow
Possible Start Dates from Moscow

Extra dates may be possible on request with small changes to the itinerary.

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Arrive in Moscow on a Monday (or before) to depart on a Tuessday and connect with International train departing from Ulaanbaatar weekly on a Thursday. In summer there may be extra departures, ask us for more dates.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01    Arrive Moscow___  (optional arrival transfer).  Staying at Arbat House, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free morning in Moscow before transfer to station, departing on train #16 at 16:50 (ODD DATES only) (B)
Day 03    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 20:10, transfer to Chekhov Hotel, 2 nights 
Day 04    Ural Countryside excursion to Tavolgi Village (or alternative excursion by request) (B|L) 
Day 05    Ekaterinburg city tour, free afternoon. Transfer to station, departing on train #92/292 at 18:29
Day 06    On train
Day 07    Arrive Krasnoyarsk at 07:47, transfer to Metelitsa Hotel. Morning city tour.
Day 08    Breakfast. Day excursion (Stolby or Dacha - including picnic lunch), return to Krasnoyarsk, overnight (B|L)
Day 09    Free morning before transfer to station. Departing on train #78/12 at 12:34 (Even/Odd dates) (B)
Day 10    Arrive Irkutsk at 07:37. Meet guide on platform, transfer to Bolshoe Goloustnoe on Lake Baikal (L|D)
Day 11    Day on the shore of Lake Baikal (B|L|D)
Day 12    Return to Irkutsk, city tour, free time. Staying at the Angara Hotel, 1 night (B)
Day 13    Free day in Irkutsk before transfer to station. Departing on train #362 at 21:50 (DAILY no dining car) (B)
Day 14    On train crossing from Russia into Mongolia 
Day 15    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:10, travel to Hustai National Park, free time. Ger Camp, 2 nights (L|D)
Day 16    Day trip to the beautiful mountain area, overnight (B|L|D)
Day 17    Travel to Elstei Ger Lodge, 1 night. Excursions: nomad family, Genghis Khan monument (horse riding options) (B|L|D)
Day 18    Elstei ger lodge. Return to Ulaanbaatar, free time. Staying at Bayangol Hotel, 1 night (B|L)
Day 19    Transfer to station, departing on train #24 at 07:15 (Thur / Sat - summer extra train) (B)
Day 20    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 14:04, check into Paragon Hotel across the road, 1 night
Day 21    Option to extend stay in Beijing, travel onward or tour in China (B)
Price Notes

Train ticket prices in Russia are seasonal and based on shoulder season with 151 high season dates up to 20% higher and 214 off season dates as much as 20% lower.

Standard price is based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.


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Polny Tour Moscow to Beijing with tour program in Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk/Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, and Mongolia (PO MB 7 KEIUU) 22 Days

3,500

ITINERARY: This is 22 day trip making frequent stops a total of 5 times between Moscow and Beijing. Featuring fully organized and interesting stopover options along the route for those with enough time. Start off with an overnight train journey from Beijing to Mongolia where you travel to Hustai National Park and Elstei Ger Lodge before a night in Ulanbaatar. Learn about Buryat religion in Ulan Ude. Move to the other side of Lake Baikal to Irkutsk and a trip to the small village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe on the shore of Lake Baikal before travelling across Siberia and the Europe Asia border, visit Ekaterinburg with a cutural tour day in the Ural Mountains. Then it's a heavily packed tour in Kazan learning about Tartarstan independence before continuing on to Moscow with a city tour and one night 3* hotel in this delightful city.

PRICE: Standard second class € 3,500*

WE SAY: Packing a lot into a three week trip, with well thought out excursions in each place you stop. You will gain an amazing insight into different cultures of the region.

DATES: Depart Moscow weekly throughout the year, with more departures during the summer.

Details

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 3,500
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 4,695
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 3,190
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on all* journeys € 285
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 185

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer
✓ Kazan Tartarstan 1 night 3* hotel, all transfers, full day city tour with guide
✓ Ekaterinburg 1 night 3* hotel, all transfers, guided city walking tour
✓ Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Urals with folkore performance and visit museum, local lunch
✓ Lake Baikal fully inclusive tour to Bolshoe Goloustnoe village with 2 nights homestay, all meals, guide, excursion
✓ Irkutsk 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, all transfers
✓ Buryatia 2 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, all meals, special local lunch, 3 nights local accommodation Ulan Ude
✓ Mongolia Hustai National Park, 3 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights Hustai ger, 1 night Elstei ger
✓ Ulaanbaatar 1 night 3* hotel, guided city tour, all transfers
✓ Beijing: 1 night 3* hotel, private room with ensuite bathroom
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, onward travel, food on train.

Route Map
Trans Siberian Route Map including stops in Beijing Ulaanbaatar Ulan Ude Irkutsk Ekaterinburg Kazan and Moscow
Possible Start Dates from Moscow
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 01    Arrive Moscow___  (optional arrival transfer).  Staying at Arbat House, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free day in Moscow before transfer to station, departing on train #50 at 19:20 (daily) (B)
Day 03    Arrive Kazan at 08:20, transfer to Giuseppe hotel and city tours, free evening and overnight
Day 04    Continue the tour of Kazan. Free afternoon, transfer to station, departing on train #378 at 20:00 (B)
Day 05    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 12:25, transfer to the Chekhov Hotel, 1 night (option to extend stay).  Afternoon city tour.
Day 06    Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Ural Mountains (or alternative excursion by request). Transfer to station, departing on train #70/80 at 22:17 (B|L)
Day 07    On board the train, crossing Siberia
Day 08    On board the train, crossing Siberia
Day 09    Arrive Irkutsk at 09:38, transfer to Bolshoe Goloustnoe on Lake Baikal (D)
Day 10    Day on the shore of Lake Baikal (B|L|D)
Day 11    Return to Irkutsk, city tour, free time. Staying at the Angara Hotel, 1 night (B)
Day 12    Morning transfer to station. Departing on train #70/80 at 10:13 (daily). Travel along shore of Lake Bake during daylight. Arrive Ulan-Ude 17:38; transfer to homestay, 3 nights (B)
Day 13    Day excursion to Atsagatski Datsun and local area, visit Buryat family (B|L|D)
Day 14    Day tour to Datsun/Old Believer Village, visit family. Overnight (B|L|D)
Day 15    Early transfer to station, depart on train #362 at 07:02
Day 16    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:10. Travel to Hustai National Park, free time. Ger Camp, 2 nights (L|D)
Day 17    Day trip in the beautiful mountain countryside, overnight (B|L|D)
Day 18    Travel to Elstei Ger Lodge, 1 night. Excursions: nomad family, Genghis Khan monument (horse riding options) (B|L|D)
Day 19    Elstei ger lodge. Return to Ulaanbaatar, free time. Staying at Bayangol Hotel, 1 night (B|L)
Day 20    Transfer to station, departing on train #24 at 07:15 (Thur / Sat - summer extra train) (B)
Day 21    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 14:04, check into Paragon Hotel across the road, 1 night
Day 22    Option to extend stay in Beijing, travel onward or tour in China (B)
Price Notes

Train ticket prices in Russia are seasonal and based on shoulder season with 151 high season dates up to 20% higher and 214 off season dates as much as 20% lower.

Standard price is based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.


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Polny Tour Moscow to Beijing with tour program in Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, and Mongolia (PO MB 8 KEKIUUG) 26 Days

4,400

ITINERARY: This tour has 8 stops which means you are never on the train for more than one night. You will visit the Gobi and Open Steppe in Mongolia, explore Buryat religion in Ulan Ude, before heading to the other side of Baikal to visit a small fishing community at Bolshoe Goloustnoe, stay a night in Irkutsk before heading into central Siberia to hiking in Stolby National park outside Krasnoyarsk. Further west you arrive in Ekaterinbur and the Ural Mountans which is the geographical border between Europe and Asia, also the last resting place of the Romanov's. Next up is Kazan the capital of Tartarstan and a mix of Muslim and Catholic religions. Finally end up in the 'centre' of Russia, in vibrant Moscow!

PRICE: Standard second class € 4,400*

WE SAY: You mix countryside and culture with religion and relaxation (a bit!) on this 25 day tour, you may miss out on a long train journey but certainly make up for it with a spectrum of different stop-overs.

DATES: Depart Beijing twice weekly in summer 2014, on a Tuesday or Saturday, see note¹. From October 2014 until May 2015 weekly departures on a Saturday.

Details

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 4,400
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 6,150
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 3,920
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on all* journeys € 215
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 375

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer
✓ Kazan Tartarstan 1 night 3* hotel, all transfers, full day city tour with guide
✓ Ekaterinburg 2 nights 3* hotel, all transfers, day excursion and city tour with guide
✓ Excursion to Tavolgi village in the Urals with pottery demonstration and visit museum, local lunch
✓ Krasnoyarsk 2 nights 3* hotel, all transfers, guided city tour (car)
✓ Included activity in Krasnoyarsk, day trip hiking with experienced guide through Stolby National Park (incl. picnic lunch)
✓ Lake Baikal fully inclusive tour to Bolshoe Goloustnoe village with 2 nights homestay, all meals, guide, excursion
✓ Irkutsk 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, all transfers
✓ Buryatia 2 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, all meals, special local lunch, 3 nights local accommodation Ulan Ude
✓ Mongolia: Hustai National Park, 3 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights Hustai ger, 1 night Elstei ger
✓ Ulaanbaatar 1 night 3* hotel, guided city tour, all transfers
✓ Mongolian Gobi 3 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights ger camp
✓ Beijing: 1 night 3* hotel, private room with ensuite bathroom
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, onward travel, food on train.

Route Map
Beijing to Moscow including Mongolia Trans-Mongolian Train Route Map
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01    Arrive Moscow___  (optional arrival transfer).  Staying at Arbat House, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free day in Moscow before transfer to station, depart on train #50 at 19:20 (daily) (B)
Day 03    Arrive Kazan at 08:20, transfer to Giuseppe hotel and city tours, free evening and overnight
Day 04    Continue the tour of Kazan. Free afternoon, transfer to station, departing on train #378 at 20:00 (B) [or #140 EVEN 16:50 arr 10:44]
Day 05    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 12:25 transfer to the Chekhov Hotel, 2 nights. Afternoon guided city walking tour, 
Day 06    Ural Countryside excursion to Tavolgi Village (or alternative excursion by request). Transfer to station, departing on train #92/292 at 18:21 (Odd/Even) (B|L)
Day 07    On train
Day 08    Arrive Krasnoyarsk at 07:47, transfer to Metelitsa Hotel, 2 nights. Afternoon city tour (car). 
Day 09    Day excursion to Stolby Nature Reserve (incl. picnic lunch), return to Krasnoyarsk, overnight (B|L)
Day 10    Free morning, transfer to station, departing on train #78/12 at 12:34 (Even/Odd dates) (B)
Day 11    Arrive Irkutsk at 07:47, transfer to Bolshoe Goloustnoe on Lake Baikal (D)
Day 12    Day on the shore of Lake Baikal (B|L|D)
Day 13    Return to Irkutsk, city tour, free time. Staying at the Angara Hotel, 1 night (B)
Day 14    Morning transfer to station. Departing on train #70/80 at 10:13 (daily). Travel along shore of Lake Bake during daylight. Arrive Ulan-Ude 17:38; transfer to homestay, 3 nights (B)
Day 15    Day excursion to Atsagatski Datsun and local area, visit Buryat family (B|L|D)
Day 16    Day tour to Datsun/Old Believer Village, visit family. Overnight (B|L|D)
Day 17    Early transfer to station, depart on train #362 at 07:02
Day 18    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:10. Travel to Hustai National Park, free time. Ger Camp, 2 nights (L|D)
Day 19    Day trip in the beautiful mountain countryside, overnight (B|L|D)
Day 20    Travel to Elstei Ger Lodge, 1 night. Excursions: nomad family, Genghis Khan monument (horse riding options) (B|L|D)
Day 21    Elstei ger lodge. Return to Ulaanbaatar, free time. Staying at Bayangol Hotel, 1 night (B|L)
Day 22    Transfer to Ulaanbaatar train station with guide.  Train #286 depart Ulaanbaatar at 09:35, arrive Sainshand 20:00 with transfer to ger camp (D)
Day 23    Day excursion to the Khamariin Khiid monastery, meditation caves and Khar Uul lookout. Free time at camp (B|L|D)
Day 24    Visit the sandy dunes, organic project and museum in Sainshand. Transfer to station and board train #24 at 16:03 (Thur / Sat - summer extra train) (B|L)
Day 25    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 14:04, staying at Paragon Hotel, 1 night
Day 26    Option to extend stay in Beijing, travel onward or tour in China (B)
Possible Trip Start Dates from Beijing
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07-01-14
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Tuesday only departure until May 2014. Tuesday and Saturday departure from Beijing from June to September. Saturday only until May 2015.
Price Notes

Train ticket prices in Russia are seasonal and based on shoulder season with 151 high season dates up to 20% higher and 214 off season dates as much as 20% lower.

¹ Train #23 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar is a joint service operated and shared bi-annually by Chinese and Mongolian Railways. Either departing Beijing on a Tuesday and run by Chinese Railways or on a Saturday when operated by Mongolian Railways. The schedule changes every year in May.

† Train #69/79 is a standard passenger service, operating an almost daily service. It is possible to book a fast/firmenny(branded) passenger service on train #1 'Rossiya' which passes Irkutsk every other day. There is a supplement for this train, which is the flagship service of Russian Railways.

Standard price is based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.


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Understanding the tour codes:

PO - stands for Polny (as opposed to OS Osnova).
BM - signifies the route (Beijing to Moscow).
4 - the number of stops (Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk - Moscow is 4).
G - some times we use a suffix to denote a small variant of a trip (G stands for Gobi for example).

This page has trips which last between 18 and 26 days and include six, seven or eight stops. For shorter trips with up to five stops , return to the previous page