This route is a 22 day trip taking you all the way from St Petersburg to Beijing via Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar. You’ll spend 14 nights in your accommodation and 7 nights on the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian express.
- St Petersburg
- Ulaan Baatar
It’s one of the world’s most iconic journeys – the Trans-Siberian is on everyone’s bucket list. If you’ve covered most parts of Western Europe and are looking for a little bit of a challenge, why not take a leap into the unknown with this epic voyage. Russia borders both Finland and China… With this Trans Siberian route you’ll see the country from end to end, as well as Mongolia and China to boot.
Russia is historic and mysterious on an epic scale… start your discovery here
Choose to begin in the imperial capital St Petersburg, the City of the Tsars, designed to impress and showcase the best that Russia has to offer. Also called The Venice of the North, you won’t stop being charmed by its hundreds of canal bridges or beautifully ornate palaces.
Move on swiftly to the modern-day capital. Moscow’s main sights centre around its stunning Red Square, where you’ll find the world famous St Basil’s Cathedral as well as the nearby Kremlin. Both are open to the public for visits year-round. Made the most of the sights? Then it’s time to let your hair down – just as well Moscow’s nightlife is world renowned.
Once you’ve had your fill of beautiful Russian history and culture, you’ll board the trans-siberian express – in winter passing on through snow covered forests, icy pools and breathtaking wilderness. In summer, drink in the luscious forest landscape of Siberia as you make your way around Lake Baikal near Irkutsk. Take a refreshing dip in the world’s largest freshwater lake, and pick up some of its famous smoked fish from traditional sellers on the shores. Eat, sleep and relax on board the train as it delivers you from the cathedrals of Europe to the plains of Mongolia.
Here, discover the traditional way of life led by nomadic people across the region – as well as the stark contrast with Ulaanbaatar – Mongolia’s capital and home to 1.3m people. Take a tour to Terelj National Park and stay with a local family in a yurt, and go horseriding across the Mongolian steppe through breathtaking scenery.
Next it’s on to Beijing, an overnight journey passing through hundreds of miles of scenery – you’ll notice the landscape change from rolling green hills and yurts, to the dry plains of the Gobi desert, to lush green mountains and lakes, until finally passing into the outskirts of Beijing – China’s capital and its third largest metropolis.
Explore Beijing’s palaces and gardens, or take a trip out to the Great Wall to discover one of the world’s most awesome feats of engineering. From here, fly home from Beijing’s capital airport (not included). Alternatively why not continue your adventure across Asia and beyond…
Whether this is the end of your journey or just the beginning, the Trans Siberian is an experience you’ll never forget.
Travelling from London to Russia
You can get to Russia quickly from London by train to Amsterdam, then a connection in Lubeck, Germany to board you straight onto a 2-night ferry to Helsinki, from where you can travel easily on to St Petersburg or Moscow to begin your adventure. Alternatively, you can forego the ferry and travel up through Berlin, Warsaw, and the Baltics – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, for a real sample of some of the former Soviet Union. Remember that everything is customisable so just let us know what suits your travel plans and we will be happy to make a route just for you at no extra cost. You can also travel there taking a southerly route via Kiev, Ukraine.
This route requires a Russian tourist visa, a Mongolian tourist visa and a Chinese Tourist Visa. You can apply for a Russian visa up to 6 months before your trip. Once you have the visa, you MUST enter Russia within 6 months otherwise it will expire. Mongolian and Chinese tourist visas can only be applied for up to 3 months in advance and are valid for 30 days; you must enter each country within 90 days of the respective visa issue date.
Euroventure is not able to provide visas. For further information on how to apply, please go to your nearest Russian Embassy website and look up the entry requirements for your nationality. Make sure you allow plenty of time to process this (at least 2 months).
Our partners at Real Russia are the experts in Trans-Siberian visas, and can process all three visas for a set fee. Learn more about their Trans-Siberian Visa service.
- All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
- Seat reservations on all trains
- Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
- Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
- Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
- A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
- Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
The 3 week cross-continental trip is the journey of a lifetime. You’ll travel overnight on the world famous Trans-Siberian and Mongolian Express trains, as well as spending several nights in each city. Please note you’ll need a tourist visa to enter Russia, Mongolia and China.
St Petersburg (2 Nights)
Saint Petersburg is the city of the Tsars. From glorious opera houses to underground music scenes, classical masterpieces to street art – immerse yourself in kaleidoscopes of Russian colour and culture. When you’re done, make the most of the city’s famous White Nights to party into the early hours – you can sleep when you’re dead.St Petersburg Guides
- Marvel at the incredibly ornate “Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood”, Pushkin and Catherine Palaces.
- Join local residents for all night parties in June – during Summer’s “White Nights”, the sun barely sets.
- Discover authentic bargains at Udelka flea market on the weekend
Moscow (3 Nights)
Russia’s Capital, home to the grand treasures of the Tzars, Russia’s modern political hub (The Kremlin) and more cultural heritage than you can shake a stick at; it’s clear that any trip to Russia starts with Moscow. For this particular journey, it’s also your gateway to Siberia. Here is the starting point of the Trans Siberian Express – one of the World’s most iconic trains journeys.Moscow Guides
- Check out Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedrals – arguably Russia’s most famous sight
- Eat your way through delightfully stodgy cuisine – potatoes, Borscht, any kind of meat you can imagine and plenty of local beers (and maybe vodka) to wash it down.
- Sweat out all the toxins you’ve acquired in a classic Russian Banya, or bath house.
Irkutsk (2 Nights)
Irkutsk is the capital of Siberia itself, and a welcome spot to stretch your legs after a few nights socialising and relaxing on the train. The city lies close to the world-famous Lake Baikal, which legend has it will give you an extra 5 years of life if you just paddle near the shore, or an amazing 25 years longer if you go for a swim! In winter, the lake freezes over people are known to actually drive on the thick ice! If you go in the summer, the lake is frequented by local fishermen who sell their amazing catch on the shore, smoked and hung and ready for eating!Irkutsk Guides
- Take a trip to Lake Baikal, about an hour’s drive from the city
- Visit the stunning cathedrals and churches
- Use the opportunity to wash your clothes ready, stock up on food and supplies ready for your next adventure to Mongolia!
Ulaan Baatar (5 Nights)
The capital of Mongolia, a quirky future-meets-the-past city with skyscrapers mixed in with traditional yurts, Ulaanbaatar will keep you interested just wondering about and discovering. Learn about one of the world’s most famous empires lead by Genghis Khan, and visit his statue at the main square. Whilst you’re in the city, be sure not to miss the opportunity to take a tour of nearby Terelj National Park, where you will be able to experience a slice of nomadic life yourself.Ulaan Baatar Guides
- Visit Genghis Khan Square and see the giant statue dedicated to the former warrior
- See the Buddhist Gandantegchenling Monastery
- Go horseriding in Terelj National Park and stay overnight in a yurt
Beijing (3 Nights)
Beijing is China’s capital and one of its biggest cities. A treasure trove of cultural and historical interest, start your exploration at the Forbidden City – the Royal palace closed off to visitors until recently. Check out the Olympic Park as well as the world famous Tiannemen Square. For food, don’t miss the hutongs of the old town – famous for their traditional courtyards and street vendors. In the temperate north, filling wheat-based dishes like noodles and pancakes are the speciality. Eat real Peking Duck, feast on dumplings fit for a king – even sample some street Scorpions or snake meat if you dare…Beijing Guides
- Visit the Great Wall – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Stick to the maintained sections close to Beijing, or head out to the more rural sections for something a little more adventurous.
- Try Beijing’s famous local specialities – from noodles and dumplings to deliciously savoury Hot Pot.
- Beat your way through the crowds in the Forbidden city and discover this breathtaking palace
How to get there
The quickest and cheapest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a budget flight. Use a search engine such as Kayak or Skyscanner to do this. If you want to travel from the UK to Russia and back by train, why not have a look at our Northern Loop.
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Fabulous trip around Europe. Very well planned out with plenty of extra information. The hotels they chose were brilliant value for money and all in easy and close locations. Anyone planning a rail trip we would thoroughly recommend Euroventure.
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I took my granddaughter around Europe using euroventure to book everything. They were amazing from train reservations to hostels it all went to plan. We even prebooked tickets for attractions with Bogi our euroventure contact. From Paris to Rome to the hot baths in Budapest, castles in Prague and shopping in Berlin. Who knew there was still C &A on the high st! We ended in Amsterdam tired but fulfilled. euroventure took all the guesswork and worry although travelling independently you knew they were always a phone call away if needed. I loved it so much I’m going to do it all again very soon. Ty Euroventure for the trip of a lifetime.
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We had an amazing time on our trip! I am so grateful for the assistance I received from Richard and Bogi. They helped me put together the perfect trip. I had only a short time, but was able to visit all the places I wanted to. All train tickets and reservations were in order and everything went smoothly. I was traveling with my daughter, so I opted to stay in hotels. They were in good locations, nice and clean. We also received a package before our trip with all tickets, hotel reservations and useful tips for places to visit, foods to try, how to say certain phrases in each country we visited, etc. - it was very helpful! Overall, we are so happy we booked with Euroventure! They made it all very easy. We will definitely book with them again soon...
2 days ago
Highly recommend Euroventure to any traveller, as a first time traveller, Euroventure made the whole process hassle and stress free from start to end! I can’t thank our tour leader, Tom enough, as if it wasn’t for him I’d still be lost! He was very organised, as well as having a laugh with us! I’ll definitely be recommending to a friend!
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I am a first time traveler that just finished up a group tour, and it was perfect for me! Our tour leader was excellent and I really enjoyed visiting all of the cities. All of the hostels we stayed in were great and the choices for activities in each city were awesome. Everything was planned out really well which made it very easy to enjoy. Definitely would recommend this to any first time travelers like myself!
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