Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Trans-Mongolian - Beijing to St. Petersburg
Code: UABS Style: Adventurer Duration: 19 Days
2005 and 2006 Departures
Land only: CAD $2875 Local Payment: USD $300 -
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The Trans Mongolian is one of the great train journeys of the world and enables you to traverse the vast Eurasian land mass from the west of Russia to the east of China, including the immense wilderness of Siberia.
Day 1, BEIJING Arrival day.
Day 2, TRAIN Board the Trans-Mongolian train and head north through China and over the border into Mongolia. We will see a part of the Great Wall on the way.
Day 3, ULAAN BAATAR Arrive in the Mongolian capital in the early afternoon and head out into the rolling grasslands that start right on the edge of the city. We spend the night in a traditional ger (a round felt nomad's tent). (D)
Day 4, GER CAMP A full day in the Mongolian grasslands with options for hiking or horse riding. There may also be the chance to visit a local nomadic family. (BLD)
Day 5, ULAAN BAATAR Head back to Ulaan Baatar to board the evening train to Irkutsk. (B)Day 6, TRAIN Our train heads through Northern Mongolia, following the Selenga river through mile after mile of grasslands and over the border into Siberia.
Days 7-8, IRKUTSK - LAKE BAIKAL Arrive in the early morning of day 7 in Irkutsk, capital of Siberia and a pleasant laid back town. We then head out to Lake Baikal and here we spend two nights with local families in Listvyanka, a traditional wooden Siberian village on the shores of the lake. (Day 7 - LD, Day 8 - BLD)
Days 9-10, TRAIN Head back to Irkutsk and board the train bound for Ekaterinburg. During this stretch of our journey we cross the vast wilderness of Siberia.
Day 11, TRAIN - EKATERINBURG Arrive in Ekaterinburg in the afternoon and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this very pleasant city which dates back to the 18th century.
Day 12, EKATERINBURG A full free day in Ekaterinburg.
Day 13, EKATERINBURG - TRAIN We board the morning train, continuing over the Volga, Danilov and Vytka as well as the Ural Mountains. (B)
Day 14, MOSCOW Arrive in Moscow and transfer to our hotel.
Day 15, MOSCOW A full free day in Moscow. Explore Russia's vibrant capital with its huge communist buildings, the onion-domed St Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's tomb or perhaps make a trip out to the monasteries of Sergiev Posad, the heart of Russian orthodox Christianity. (B)
Day 16, MOSCOW - TRAIN A day to further explore Moscow before we take an overnight train to St. Petersburg. (B)
Day 17, ST PETERSBURG Arrive and transfer to our hotel. There is plenty of time to day to start exploring the contrasts between this very European city and the heavily soviet Moscow.
Day 18, ST PETERSBURG A full day to visit the numerous sights such as the world famous Hermitage and the palaces and gardens of Pushkin and Pavlovsk. Alternatively you could head for Petrodvorets, a spectacular palace built by Peter the Great and famed for its avenue of fountains. (B)
Day 19, ST. PETERSBURG Tour ends. (B)

IMPORTANT - ITINERARY CHANGE Due to changes in the train schedules in Russia there has been a small change to this itinerary; 2 nights are now spent at Lake Baikal and 2 nights are spent in Ekaterinburg. See the itinerary below for further details. Schedules may change again at any time so please be prepared for this.

Maximum Group Size 18Arrival Transfer Airport transfer to hotel day 1Fully Escorted By Imaginative Traveller tour leaderTransport Trans-Mongolian train, bus, metro & taxiActivities Optional hiking and horse ridingAccommodation 7 nights on board the train, 7 nights simple hotels (shared facilities in some cases), 2 nights homestay, 2 nights Mongolian gerMeals As per itinerary. B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner. Where meals are not included allow US$10-15 per day (US$15-20 in Moscow and St. Petersburg)Entrance Fees Not included. Allow US$50LOCAL PAYMENT (compulsory) payable to your tour leader on arrival.
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