Polny MB6 (EKIU)

21 days / 4 stops – €3,105 (per person, twin share)

21 day itinerary with tours in Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal and Mongolia

Tour Introduction
An adventurous 21-day trip showcasing the cultural riches of Ekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk, along with the natural beauty and splendour of Lake Baikal and central Mongolia.

Route
Moscow — Ekaterinburg — Krasnoyarsk — Irkutsk / Lake Baikal — Ulaanbaatar — Beijing

Departure dates
Take a look at the Trains and Schedules page for the specific details regarding Beijing departures and onward travel.

Tour includes
√  Monkey info pack, local support, visa invitation documents
√  Train tickets in standard second class (4-berth) cabins
√  Moscow: 1 night centrally located 3* hotel; guided city walking tour; departure transfer
√  Ekaterinburg: station transfers; 2 nights central 3* hotel
√  Ekaterinburg: guided city walking tour; guided excursion in Ural Countryside
√  Krasnoyarsk: station transfers; 2 nights 3* boutique hotel
√  Krasnoyarsk guided city tour and full day hiking excursion in Stolby Nature Reserve
√  Lake Baikal: all transfers; 2 nights guesthouse accommodation in Listvyanka village
√  Guided tour of Listvyanka tour and Lake Baikal Museum
√  Listvyanka guided hiking excursion
√  Irkutsk: 1 night 3* Marussia hotel, guided city tour
√  Mongolia: 3 night fully guided central Mongolia tour program
√  Mongolia: 1 night centrally located 3* hotel; departure transfer
√  Beijing: arrival transfer: 2 nights 3* hotel; guided city tour
√  Guided city walking tour, including: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Houhai Hutong rickshaw; English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch (public transport or taxi at guests’ expense)
√  Meals as listed in the itinerary (B – breakfast | L – lunch | D – dinner)

Prices (per person)
€4,755 – based on solo travel:
€3,105 – based on two people travelling together:
€2,820  – based on three people travelling together:
€2,685  – based on four people travelling together:

Highlights
»  Ekaterinburg: excursion to traditional village in Ural Countryside
»  Hiking among the unique rock formations in Stolby Nature Reserve on the doorstep of Krasnoyarsk
»  Days by the shore of Lake Baikal
»  3 night guided tour program in central Mongolia
»  Moscow and Beijing city tours

Flexibility and further considerations

Upgrade to first-class or private second-class cabin
Add an extension from Saint-Petersburg to Moscow with accommodation in Saint-Petersburgovernight or express day train and extra nights accommodation in Moscow, along with a number of additional tours in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.
Consider alternative tour programs and excursions in 
Ekaterinburg or Krasnoyarsk, adding or subtracting days to coordinate with your interests, time frame and budget.

Consider a 3-night tour program on magical Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal
Add on a night or two in central Mongolia to visit the Tsetserleg Hot Springs or the Orkhon Valley 
Add extra nights in Beijing and additional tour excursion, such as: The Great Wall, The Summer Palace or to the Olympic of the 798 Art Districts

Day 1
Moscow arrival and city tour
Arrive Moscow___ (optional arrival transfer can be added). Staying at the centrally located 3* hotel, 1 night.
We can book extra accommodation and tours in Moscow, along with an extension from Saint Petersburg.

Enjoy a guided orientation tour of Moscow (usually at 2pm  or switch to following morning – 3 hrs).
The Moscow guides have their own personal touch, while of course visiting the main sites and introducing you to the diversity of Moscow’s architectural styles from Russian-Moscow Baroque and Art Nouveau to the Pseudo-Chinese and Moorish influences. The three-hour walking tour generally includes: Tverskaya street and it’s important buildings, Manezhnaya square, Marshal Zhukov monument, Lubyanka (former KGB building), Aleksandrovsky Gardens and of course the Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Day 2
Moscow departure
Free morning in Moscow before transfer to station. Depart Moscow around 1pm.

Day 3
Train | Ekaterinburg
Arrive in Ekaterinburg in the evening around 6:22pm. Meet your guide at the platform and transfer to the centrally located 3* hotel, where you will stay two nights.

Day 4
Ekaterinburg  | Ural Mountains
Full day excursion to the city of Nevyansk (80km from Ekaterinburg), the one time capital of the Demidov dynasty, a very successful family of factory owners. The trip includes a visit to the famous and recently restored Nevyansk “leaning tower”, and the Transfiguration Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, plus the traditional craft center and famous Nevyansk icons.
You will stop at Byngi village on the return trip for lunch. (B|L)

Day 5
Ekaterinburg  | Ural Mountains
After breakfast, enjoy a 3-4 hours guided tour of the historical center with a local guide. Visit 1905 Revolution Square, Church of Spilled and the Chapel of St. Elizabeth, the Hill of Ascension, the Ural Museum of Minerals, statues of Ekaterinburg founders and communist leaders.
Free afternoon to explore further on your own before evening transfer to the train station. Depart on train #92 at 9:41pm.

Day 6
On board train
The train stops around ten times per day, at cities such as Omsk and Novosibirsk  This is the ‘mid Siberian railway’, which was built between 1893 and 1898 crossing the great rivers Ob and Yenisei.

Day 7
Train | Krasnoyarsk
Early morning arrival around 8:54am. Meet driver / guide on platform. Transfer to the lovely Metelitsa Hotel, where you will stay for two nights.
Enjoy an afternoon guided city tour by car with an English speaking guide, including: downtown Mira Prospekt, the Chapel of Saint Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, Communal Bridge, Victory Memorial, local Ethnographic Museum (entrance not included), learning some fascinating stories along the way.

Day 8
Krasnoyarsk | Stolby Nature Reserve
This is a full day excursion to the beautiful countryside of Siberia, and a strenuous but exhilarating day. [there are alternative options if you prefer a more relaxed tour]. Crossing the Yenisei River you head out to Stolby Nature reserve and hike 4km to the first outcrop of Stolby rocks.
Here you can gain access to a number of unique rock formations, including: ‘Little Elephant’, ‘Grandfather’, ‘Feathers’ and ‘Lion’s gate’.
There are a number of peaks offering views throughout the reserve and how many you visit will depend on your level of fitness, time and the weather. Enjoy a picnic lunch during the outing. Return to city for free evening.

Day 9
Krasnoyarsk | Train
A few hours free in the morning to relax at the hotel or explore the city’s shops before transfer to the train station. Departure on train #70 a little before 3pm. Spend the day relaxing in your comfortable cabin, enjoying the view of the Siberian taiga forest. The train winds around the Sayan mountains with some lovely views.

Day 10
Irkutsk | Listvyanka
Arrive in Irkutsk a little before 11am. Meet your guide on the station platform and transfer to Listvyanka (70km from Irkutsk). Staying 2 nights at comfortable UD Guesthouse. Enjoy a tour of Listvyanka village and the Limnological museum.

Day 11
Lake Baikal | Listvyanka Village
Enjoy a moderate hiking excursion (4-6 hrs) in Baikal National Park, navigating the taiga forests surrounding Listvyanka and skirting the high cliffs looking over Lake Baikal. Excursion includes a stop by the foreshore to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Note: for alternative excursions, check out the Lake Baikal tour programs.

Day 12
Irkutsk
Return to Irkutsk, staying overnight in a boutique hotel in the interesting District 130, an restaurant and shopping area refurbished to showcase the unique wooden architecture of the city. Enjoy a 2-hour guided city walking tour of the main sites in the city center, including: Karl Marx Street, the Church of the Transfiguration, the Epiphany Cathedral and the former Polish Cathedral.

Explore further on your own. The main part of Irkutsk is easy to navigate by foot. The Decemberists homes are definitely worth visiting, so remember to ask your guide for directions. 

Day 13
Irkutsk | Train to Ulaanbaatar
Early transfer to station. Depart on train #306 at 08:08 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday departures only).
Passing southern shore of Lake Baikal during the day. (B)

Passing Ulan-Ude in the afternoon, the train meanders along the Selenge River to the Russian border.
Cross the Russian – Mongolian border in the evening, spending time in Naushki (Russia) and Sukhebaatar (Mongolia) for immigration and customs formalities. Custom and immigration procedures are carried out on board the train before continuing on and travelling alongside the Orkhon River and the open plans of Northern Mongolia.

Day 14
Ulaanbaatar | Central Mongolia – Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes and Karakorum
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar early morning around 6:50am. Meet your local guide on the station platform.
Chance for breakfast before beginning the four-day trip (suggested start time: 8am).
Travel west of UB (260km) to Elsen Tasarkhai, known as the ‘mini-Gobi’ sand dunes. Enjoy a picnic lunch or at a local ger camp. Opportunity to ride a camel or horse.
Travel on to Karakorum (85km). Staying overnight at local hotel or guesthouse. (B|L|D)

Day 15
Karakorum and Ugii Lake
Visit Erdene Zuu monastery, and the Karakorum history museum. Travel (65km) to Ugii Lake. Enjoy lunch at ger camp before exploring the fabulous lake environs at your leisure (boating on the lake can be arranged). Staying overnight at tourist ger camp. (B|L|D)

Day 16
Hustai National Park
Travel (270km) to Hustai National Park. Introduction to the national park’s work in re-introducing the wild Takhi horses, a subspecies of the Przewalski. Lunch in the park. Spend the afternoon searching for the horse within the national park.
Travel on from the park (70km) to spend the evening and overnight at a local nomadic family ger. (B|L|D)

Day 17
Return to Ulaanbaatar
Finish the tour with a drive back to Ulaanbaatar (100km – 1-2 hrs). Staying overnight at central 3* hotel.

Day 18
Train to Beijing
Early transfer to station. Depart Ulaanbaatar on train #24 around 07:30am. 
The southern plains of Mongolia are very flat and the green grasslands slowly give way to the barren open landscape of the Gobi desert.
The Mongolian – Chinese border crossing takes around five hours for immigration and customs procedures and for changing the bogies to accommodate the different gauge railway lines between China and the rest of the Trans-Mongolian / Siberian network.
Following the formalities, the train continues its journey through the mountains north of Beijing.

Day 19
Beijing arrival
Passing the Yanshan mountains and sections of the Great Wall, arriving in Beijing Main Station around 14:35. Meet your driver at the exit of the station and transfer to a central 3* hotel, staying 2 nights.

Day 20
Beijing city tour
Guided city sightseeing tour, including: The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Houhai Hutongs (incl. lunch)

Day 21
Beijing
Continue to explore Beijing on your own, or add on additional nights in Beijing and guided tours, such as: The Great Wall, The Summer Palace, 2008 Olympic district, 798 Art District or elsewhere.