Polny Tours - Westbound

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, in depth active or cultural tours at each stop. You also have the option to use the faster and better express trains where available.

This page has trips which last between 12 and 19 days and include three or five stops. For longer trips with more stops, have a look at the next page.

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Polny Tour Moscow to Beijing with tour program on the Open Steppe of Mongolia and an introduction to the Gobi (POMB3UG) 18 days

2,145

ITINERARY: Really concentrating on Mongolia, you will experience the three capitals, but more importantly the Mongolian Open Steppe, river valleys, horse-riding, camel-riding, the arid Gobi and the sandy dunes of the desert. An 18 day trip with some real adventures in Mongolia

PRICE: Standard Class € 2,145

WHAT WE SAY: A popular trip where you will experience the varied landscapes, cultures religion of Mongolia

DATES: Depart from Moscow on Wednesday throughout the year, with a limited schedule operating during the winter. The Gobi is best experienced outside of winter, but the tour does operate year-round, with hotel substituting Gobi gers during the colder months.

DETAILS

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 2,145
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 2,905
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 1,960
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on all journeys € 375
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 205

Friendly Russian Providnista

A camel in the Mongolia

WHAT YOU GET:
✓ 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
✓ Mongolia Open Steppe, 4 day tour, transfers, guide, optional excursions, 2 nights Elstei, 2 days Terelj ger full board
✓ Mongolian Gobi 3 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights ger camp
✓ 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 Mongolian Route Map from Moscow - Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand - Erlian - Beijing
POSSIBLE START DATES

Departures from Moscow weekly on a Wednesday. Depart from Ulanbaatar every Thursday (and Friday/Sunday on some dates in the summer). During the winter a restricted departure schedule operates from Moscow, as indicated on the dates below, accurate for the year 2014.

Exact Dates dd-mm-yy

02-01-14
08-01-14
15-01-14
22-01-14
29-01-14

12-02-14
26-02-14
04-03-14
18-03-14
02-04-14
16-04-14
30-04-14
07-05-14
21-05-14
28-05-14
04-06-14
11-06-14
18-06-14
25-06-14

02-07-14
09-07-14
16-07-14
23-07-14
30-07-14

06-08-14
13-08-14
20-08-14
27-08-14

03-09-14
10-09-14
17-09-14
24-09-14

01-10-14
08-10-14
15-10-14
22-10-14
05-11-14
19-11-14

03-12-14
17-12-14
31-12-14

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, departing on train #6 at 21:30 WED (add day) / THU (works) (B)
Day 03    On train, passing from Europe into Asia through the Ural Mountains
Day 04    On train, across Siberia
Day 05    On train, across Siberia
Day 06    On train, crossing from Russia into Mongolia
Day 07    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:30, city tour and transfer to Elstei Ger Lodge. 2 nights (L|D)
Day 08    Endless walks, visit local nomad family, Genghis Khan Monument or horse riding options, overnight (B|L|D)
Day 09    Travel to Terelj National Park. Visit Turtle Rock and a Monastery of Meditation with your guide, offering spectacular views over the valley. Dinner and overnight at ger camp (B|L|D)
Day 10    Full day at Terelj to explore the valley with walking/hiking/riding options, or rest at the camp (B|L|D)
Day 11    Morning departure back to Ulaanbaatar with free time to visit museums. Bayangol Hotel, 2 nights (B|L)
Day 12    Full day in Ulaanbaatar at your leisure (B)
Day 13 EXTRA DAY??
Day 14    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 15    Day excursion to the Khamariin Khiid monastery, meditation caves and Khar Uul lookout. Free time at camp (B|L|D)
Day 16    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 17    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 14:04, staying at Paragon Hotel, 1 night
Day 18    Option to extend stay in Beijing, travel onward or tour in China (B)
PRICE NOTES

All prices 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.

The tour operates year round, but please note the Gobi Desert and some other Ger Camps in Mongolia operate in 'winter mode' from October to May; Western facilities such as shower rooms and restaurants are closed (due to frozen pipes) and traditional local facilities replace them - so a basin with water instead of electric shower and a ger with stools instead of purpose built restaurant. In some respects your experience will be all the more authentic.


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The tours on this page are from Moscow to Beijing and last between 12 and 19 days, for more tour options including more stops, more excursions and longer duration, up to 25 days, please click through to the next page.

Understanding the tour codes:

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

last updated 16th April, 2014