Eastern Europe & Rail Journeys by Intrepid Travel

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rail journeys trans-mongolian express eastbound original 21 days st petersburg to beijing itinerary days 1-3 st petersburg the gargantuan hermitage museum and the illustrious winter palace are mustsees days 4-5 moscow russia s capital is a unique blend of plus local payment us$300 physical culture shock orthodox churches communist relics and emerging capitalism days 6-7 suzdal en route to the golden ring city of suzdal we stop at vladimir and the assumption cathedral its foremost attraction days 8-10 trans-siberian this renowned rail journey takes us deep into the forests of the siberian taiga the perfect opportunity to chill out sip vodka with the locals and watch the world pass by days 11-12 irkutsk/listvyanka from the military post of irkutsk we head to listvyanka on the shores of lake baikal here we are welcomed into the lives of the locals in an overnight homestay days 13-14 transmongolian depart the land of lenin and venture into the grasslands of ghengis khan days 15-17 ulaan baatar gain an insight into mongolia s turbulent history at some of ulaan baatar s fine museums we also stay at a simple ger camp in beautiful terelj national park days 18-21 beijing admire the expansive beauty of the forbidden city and tiananmen square stand atop the great wall and marvel at the might of the middle kingdom a fitting conclusion to our journey accommodation hotels 10 nts homestay 1 nt overnight trains 8 nts mongolian ger 1 nt transport train private bus taxi metro walking group size max 12 meals 4 breakfasts 1 lunch 2 dinners budget allow us$350 for meals not included departs selected mon notes 1 you require a letter of invitation in order to get your russian visa you must complete the visa information form that will be sent to you or your travel agent via email at time of booking 2 for departures between june september the last few days of the itinerary may change slightly due to the train timetable from ulaan baatar beijing we may not arrive in beijing until day 19 please make sure you book additional accommodation if you wish to have extra time to explore beijing traveller rating 4.74 out of 5 2007 start 09 apr 07 may 21 may 04 jun 18 jun 25 jun 09 jul finish 29 apr 27 may 10 jun 24 jun 08 jul 15 jul 29 jul 16 jul 23 jul 30 jul 06 aug 13 aug 20 aug 27 aug 03 sep 05 aug 12 aug 19 aug 26 aug 02 sep 09 sep 16 sep 23 sep 17 sep 07 oct 01 oct 21 oct 15 oct 04 nov 2008 28 apr 18 may 05 may 25 may 12 may 01 jun 26 may 09 jun 16 jun 23 jun 30 jun 15 jun 29 jun 06 jul 13 jul 20 jul ulaan baatar mongolia ewen bell · while away the hours in the hermitage museum · unwind aboard the trans-siberian railway · experience the land of ghengis khan this trip also runs in reverse as the trans-mongolian express westbound osm osb trip code a taste of russia original 8 days moscow to st petersburg itinerary days 1-2 moscow our journey begins in one of the great cities of the world moscow spend time marvelling at the collection of monuments churches and antiquities plus local payment us$100 physical culture shock within the walls of the kremlin before exploring some of the city s other treasures including st basil s cathedral and red square days 3-4 vladimir/suzdal the unique architecture of the golden ring route including the impressive assumption cathedral can be seen in the towns of vladimir and suzdal where we stay overnight you may decide to do as the locals do and take a banya to cleanse the body before an evening drink of vodka and a delicious bowl of borscht day 5 pskov continue to the beautiful town of pskov legend has it that many centuries ago a princess came to the banks of the vilkaya river and prophesised that it would become the site of a great city she was right medieval walls still surround the town and its towering trinity cathedral be sure to wander down to the river for picturesque views of the spires in the evening days 6-8 st petersburg the former capital of imperial russia st petersburg retains much of its old-world beauty there are many mysterious characters in the city s history including rasputin the famous priest of healing and confidant of tsarina aleksandra this magnificent city also boasts the hermitage museum home to many art works from all around the world st basil s cathedral moscow ewen bell accommodation hotels 5 nts apartment 1 nt overnight train 1 nt transport local bus train private bus metro walking group size max 12 meals 4 breakfasts budget allow us$220 for meals not included departs selected sun notes you require a letter of invitation in order to get your russian visa you must complete the visa information form that will be sent to you or your travel agent via email at time of booking traveller rating 4.67 out of 5 2007 04 may 11 may start finish 15 jul 22 jul 21 oct 28 oct 11 may 18 may 08 apr 15 apr 22 jul 29 jul 11 nov 18 nov 18 may 25 may 22 apr 29apr 29 jul 05 aug 09 dec 16 dec 08 jun 15 jun 06 may 13 may 05 aug 12 aug 16 dec 23 dec 15 jun 22 jun 20 may 27 may 12 aug 19 aug 2008 22 jun 29 jun 27 may 03 jun 19 aug 26 aug 20 jan 27 jan 29 jun 06 jul 10 jun 17 jun 26 aug 02 sep 17 feb 24 feb 17 jun 24 jun 02 sep 09 sep 23 mar 30 mar 24 jun 01 jul 09 sep 16 sep trip code 06 apr 13 apr 01 jul 08 jul 16 sep 23 sep 20 apr 27 apr 08 jul 15 jul 07 oct 14 oct · explore moscow s kremlin · see the beautiful golden ring · get to know the locals in medieval pskov · admire tsarist treasures in the hermitage darrell wade founder this is the trip i really want to do this year russia has always been alluring for me and this trip covers the iconic sights while also offering a peek into the local culture and roads less travelled osr 24