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17 days
9 cities
1night
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Radiating a unique mixture of Mongolian traditions and Soviet housing, all spiced up with purely Eastern aesthetics, distinctive Ulan Bator has it all to become one of the most unforgettable destinations you've ever traveled to. Surrounded by the pristine countryside, the vibrant Mongolian capital pulsates with an indigenous vibe which is felt from the very first minutes of your stay. Consider having a walk around Sukhbaatar Square to see the Government Palace with the huge colonnade monument in honor of Genghis Khan, the legendary figure in Mongolian history. Discover local heritage in the National Museum of Mongolia, marvel at the ancient Gandan Monastery, meet nomadic families and even consider spicing up your experience by living in a traditional yurt in the stunning Gorkhi-Terelj National Park! Of course, make sure to try local specialties to fully experience the profound Mongolian soul and their endless love for freedom and nature....
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator! Your driver meets you at the airport or train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the city center on your own.

    Optional pre-tour extension available: begin your journey in Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem or to Vladivostok to visit one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. Contact your travel specialist for details.

    Day 2: Visiting the Gandan Monastery
    Following breakfast you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator.

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    Best Western Tuushin Hotel
    5-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    Set in the city center of amazing Ulaanbaatar, the 5-star Best Western...
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27 Jul
Car
Connection | Ulan Bator - Gorkhi-Terelj Park
Private Transfer Minivan
You depart from the capital for Gorkhi-Terelji National Park.
Ulan Bator hotel
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
1 h 30 min
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia
1night
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Mongolia, placed 60 km (37 mi) from Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital. The park became popular because of its unusual rocks, in their shapes, people sometimes see different animals, dinosaurs, human figures, etc. The park panorama is so picturesque that not only attracts numerous tourists from all over the world but is even often used as a set for filming movies....
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    Day 2: Gorkhi-Terelji National Park Tour & Meeting a Nomadic Family
    In the afternoon you arrive to the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

    Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and enjoy the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

    In the afternoon you visit a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. Later you enjoy dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

    Additional meals: lunch, dinner

    Day 3: Tour on the Way to Ulan Bator
    Following breakfast at the ger camp, you meet your guide and depart from ger camp.

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    Buuveit Ger Camp
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    2 days / 1 night
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    • Gorkhi-Terelji National Park & Chinggis Khaan Statue Sightseeing
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28 Jul
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Connection | Gorkhi-Terelj Park - Ulan Bator
Private Transfer & Exploring Genghis Khan Statue
You head for the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery. After a break for lunch, you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing. Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator.
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia
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Ulan Bator hotel
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
1night
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Radiating a unique mixture of Mongolian traditions and Soviet housing, all spiced up with purely Eastern aesthetics, distinctive Ulan Bator has it all to become one of the most unforgettable destinations you've ever traveled to. Surrounded by the pristine countryside, the vibrant Mongolian capital pulsates with an indigenous vibe which is felt from the very first minutes of your stay. Consider having a walk around Sukhbaatar Square to see the Government Palace with the huge colonnade monument in honor of Genghis Khan, the legendary figure in Mongolian history. Discover local heritage in the National Museum of Mongolia, marvel at the ancient Gandan Monastery, meet nomadic families and even consider spicing up your experience by living in a traditional yurt in the stunning Gorkhi-Terelj National Park! Of course, make sure to try local specialties to fully experience the profound Mongolian soul and their endless love for freedom and nature....
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    Day 3: Folk Show
    In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the National Academic Drama Theatre (transfers are included). After the show the rest of the evening is free.

    Note: Folk show in Ulan Bator is available from the middle of May to the beginning of October.

    Day 4: Ulan Bator Sightseeing Tour
    After breakfast you check out from the hotel and go on an exciting walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator. 

    During the tour you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

    After the tour you return to the hotel for your baggage, and your driver takes you to the train station.

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    Best Western Tuushin Hotel
    5-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    Set in the city center of amazing Ulaanbaatar, the 5-star Best Western...
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    • Half Day Private Walking City Tour
    • Folk Show with Transfers
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29 Jul
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Connection | Ulan Bator - Irkutsk
1st Class Sleeper
You board a train that takes you to the next destination - Irkutsk. You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.
Central Station
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
23 h
Central Station
Irkutsk, Russia
1day
Irkutsk, Russia
Discover another must-see of Russia - the Paris of Siberia - Irkutsk. After visiting Lake Baikal, spend at least couple days in the Russian heritage city, full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames, the large city built earlier than other biggest cities in Russia. Make sure to see the real landmarks of the city - Volkonsky and Trubetskoy Houses, where the largest salons and social gatherings took place in the 19th century. Another important sights you should stop by are Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Sukachev Art Museum - one of the largest art galleries east of the Ural Mountains. ...
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    Day 5: Arrival
    In the afternoon you arrive in Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore.

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30 Jul
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Connection | Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Private Transfer Sedan
Irkutsk Hotel / Station
Irkutsk, Russia
1 h
Listvyanka Hotel
Listvyanka, Russia
2nights
Listvyanka, Russia
Are you dream to see the Lake Baikal? Listvyanka is located in one of the most picturesque places on Earth - the shores surrounding Lake Baikal. The village is truly remarkable with its wooden architecture, visible in all type of buildings from cabins, stores to even churches. The small village doesn’t lack in terms of tourist attractions, make sure to see the Baikal Limnological Museum with exposition dedicated to the lake and its history, flora, fauna and all other aspects regarding the largest freshwater lake in the world. Don’t miss a chance to see the marvelous St. Nicholay Church. ...
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    Day 5: Arrival
    You arrive to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free to have rest after your trip.

    Day 6: Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum
    Following breakfast you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour, you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

    Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas Church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Please, note: chair-lift is not available on Monday

    Day 7: Trip to Taltsy Village & Transfer to Irkutsk
    After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! You then take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

    This reconstructed Siberian village consists of many buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

    After the tour, your driver takes you to Irkutsk.

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    Anastasia Hotel
    3-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Perched right on the shore of the vast Lake Baikal by the promenade, t...
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    • Russian Visa Processing Service
    • Half Day Tour of Listvyanka
    • Half Day Trip to Taltsy Village
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01 Aug
Car
Connection | Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Private Transfer Sedan
Listvyanka Hotel
Listvyanka, Russia
1 h
Irkutsk Hotel / Station
Irkutsk, Russia
1night
Irkutsk, Russia
Discover another must-see of Russia - the Paris of Siberia - Irkutsk. After visiting Lake Baikal, spend at least couple days in the Russian heritage city, full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames, the large city built earlier than other biggest cities in Russia. Make sure to see the real landmarks of the city - Volkonsky and Trubetskoy Houses, where the largest salons and social gatherings took place in the 19th century. Another important sights you should stop by are Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Sukachev Art Museum - one of the largest art galleries east of the Ural Mountains. ...
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    Day 7: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you check in to your centrally-located hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

    Day 8: Irkutsk City Tour
    Following breakfast, you check out, meet your guide and driver and have a tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

    You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk. 

    You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia  - Sign Monastery is also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine-style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

    After the tour, your driver transfers you to the station.

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    Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center
    4-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    Centrally located within walking distance of the Kirov square, Angara ...
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    • Half Day Private Guided Tour
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02 Aug
Rail
Connection | Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg
1st Сlass Sleeper
At the station you board a train to Irkutsk to continue your Trans-Siberian journey. You spend these days onboard enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.
Central station
Irkutsk, Russia
2 d 2 h
Central station
Yekaterinburg, Russia
2nights
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Visiting Yekaterinburg? Allow yourself three days to thoroughly explore the fourth-largest city in Russia, also known as the “window to Assia”. The wonderful city is packed with must-see attractions, starting with the Church on Blood - a memorial for Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family to the striking architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House. During your time in the city ensure to pay a visit to the renowned Europe-Asia monument where you can experience being at two places at once. Put one foot in Europe and the other in Asia - visit Yekaterinburg!...
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    Day 10: Arrival
    Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg, your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

    Day 11: Exploring the Highlights of Yekaterinburg
    After breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

    During the tour you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov House, admire Sevastyanov's House - the symbol of the city, and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

    The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
    Your guide also takes you to the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

    The day is crowned with a visit to the famous observation platform of Vysotsky hotel - one of the tallest buildings in Yekaterinburg, where you enjoy the bird's-eye panoramic views of the city.

    Note: you may choose to visit Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center instead of Vysotsky observation platform and explore the museum dedicated to the first Russian president and contemporary history of Russia (please confirm with your destination specialist at the time of booking).
    The museum is closed on Monday.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 12: Departure
    Today you check out from the hotel and depart from Yekaterinburg.

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    Four Elements Ekaterinburg
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    The modern 4-star hotel in Ekaterinburg is located right at the heart...
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    • City Tour & Last Days of Russian Imperial Family
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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06 Aug
Rail
Connection | Yekaterinburg - Kazan
2nd Class Sleeper
You take a train to the capital of Tatarstan - Kazan. You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.
Central Station
Yekaterinburg, Russia
13 h 30 min
Central Station
Kazan, Russia
2nights
Kazan, Russia
Visiting Kazan? Make sure to spend at least few days learning more about Russia’s Tsarist past in the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. Explore the top sights of Kazan, also known as the “Third Capital of Russia”, including the Kremlin of Kazan and the magnificent Kul Sharif Mosque - the largest Muslim place of worship. Discover Russian heritage and unique architectural marvels with a visit to Temple of All Religions, which after 25 years is still under construction....
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    Day 12: Arrival
    Today your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

    Upon arrival, your guide meets you at the train station, and together you walk to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
     
    Day 13: Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class
    Following breakfast, you meet your guide and explore the historic ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour, you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace.

    You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish.

    Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds the Tatar of the cauldron that beautifully reflects local culture.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Additional meals: lunch

    Day 14: Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum
    Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world.

    Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk, a former fortress, which once helped Ivan IV to conquer Kazan Khanate, you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist.

    Later you also visit a very unique for Russia museum - museum of wood, built right on a 500 years old archaeological site. At the excavation zone of 900 square meters, you will see the real location of the wooden city buildings from the XVI - XVIII centuries.

    After a break for lunch (not included) you proceed to chak-chak museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak and Tatar pastila.

    After the tour you are transferred to the station.

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    Ramada Kazan City Centre
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    The 4-star hotel offers a central location in the stunning city of Kaz...
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    • Full Day City Tour with Cooking Master Class
    • Full Day Trip to Sviyazhsk & Chak-Chak Museum
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08 Aug
Rail
Connection | Kazan - Moscow
1st Class Sleeper
At the station you board the train to Moscow.
Central station
Kazan, Russia
12 h
Kazanskiy station
Moscow, Russia
2nights
Moscow, Russia
Traveling to the capital of Russia? Make sure to leave extra time to really see all of the world-famous sights of Moscow, starting with St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theater, to GUM - State Department Store, that once boasted 1200 different stores and continues to astonish travelers with its size, elegance, and opulent architecture. When visiting Moscow, make sure to pop up to Kremlin and see the remarkable red brick building that is the principal symbol of Russia....
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    Day 15: Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
    Early in the morning your train arrives in the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

    After lunch you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

    Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

    After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

    After the tour you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 16: Tretyakov Gallery, Subway Ride & Panoramic Tour
    Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

    After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

    Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

    After the tour you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 17: Departure
    Following breakfast you check out from your hotel, and your driver transfers you to the train station.

    Optional post-tour extension available: continue your journey further to the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.

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    Marriott Courtyard Moscow
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    The 4-star hotel located on a charming 18th-century street is less tha...
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    • Walking Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
    • Tretyakov Gallery, Subway Ride & Panoramic Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Ulan Bator, Listvyanka Village, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Moscow;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st or 2nd class tickets for Ulan Bator - Irkutsk, Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg, Yekaterinburg - Kazan and Kazan - Moscow trains;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Full Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (not required for US and Canadian citizens);
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to National Museum of Mongolia, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Ganina Yama, Kazan Kremlin, Temple of all Religions, chack-chack museum with tasting, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • Cooking master class in Kazan;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included:international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

3. Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

4. For the 1st class package: if we are not able to get 1st class train tickets, a whole 2nd class compartment (4 berths for 2 people's use) will be booked instead.

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