Eastern Europe & Rail Journeys by Intrepid Travel

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rail journeys trans-mongolian rail journey comfort 16 days beijing to moscow itinerary days 1-3 beijing our journey commences in exciting beijing after a morning visit to the great wall we explore the forbidden city and tiananmen square with a plus local payment us$200 physical culture shock local guide in the evening feast on delicious beijing duck day 4 train to ulaan baatar an overnight train offers ample time to take in the scenery it is not unusual to see gers and camels as we travel through some of the most beautiful but inhospitable terrain in the world days 5-7 ulaan baatar in mongolia s sprawling capital nomads wearing traditional dress are as common a sight as business people and 4wds visit the winter palace gandan monastery and a nearby ger camp to gain an insight into mongolia s rich history and traditional life day 8 trans-mongolian the russian border crossing is a great chance to interact with the locals and learn some handy russian phrases try some typical snacks sold by the babushkas along the station platforms day 9 irkutsk almost as famous for its rustic but ornate wooden houses as it is for neighbouring lake baikal irkutsk is surrounded by mountains forests and wild rivers while here we explore the deepest lake in the world by boat days 10-11 trans-siberian the world s most famous train line takes us past mountain ranges taiga forest quaint siberian villages and industrial soviet hubs the old-style restaurant car is always jovial or you can relax in your compartment and contemplate the ever-changing countryside day 12 yekatrinburg our final stop in asiatic russia is yekatrinburg the city s fascinating past has involved bolsheviks the mafia and the infamous execution of tsar nicholas ii day 13 train to moscow our final rail journey takes us from asia to europe as we cross the ural mountains which stretch from kazakhstan to the arctic ocean this is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque parts of the transsiberian route days 14-16 moscow from the kremlin to red square and st basil s cathedral the icons of moscow s past sit comfortably next to the boutiques and restaurant chains of its capitalist future we explore the streets and the sights before a final dinner in the heart of the city accommodation hotels 9 nts overnight trains 6 nts transport train private bus boat taxi metro walking group size max 12 meals 8 breakfasts 3 lunches 3 dinners budget allow us$300 for meals not included departs selected sun notes 1 while this trip gives you the opportunity to experience life aboard local trains you also get to relax in your own private 2-berth cabin at the end of the day bathroom facilities are shared 2 you will 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 not applicable as this is a new itinerary 2007 start 27 may 17 jun 08 jul finish 11 jun 02 jul 23 jul 22 jul 05 aug 19 aug 16 sep 06 aug 20 aug 03 sep 01 oct 2008 11 may 25 may 08 jun 22 jun 26 may 09 jun 23 jun 07 jul above tiananmen square beijing ewen bell below babushkas selling food russia benj binks · walk the great wall · explore the mystery of the forbidden city · experience traditional nomadic life in mongolia · enjoy a boat ride on lake baikal · take the epic transsiberian rail journey · see the iconic kremlin and red square rail journeys from continent to continent iconic city to iconic city through an ever-changing landscape of mountains lakes grasslands and desert a trans-asia rail journey has to be the ultimate way to travel sit back with vodka and enjoy the ride russia an intrepid trip is a life-changing experience where your mind is opened up to so many new places and cultures it even challenged my ideas of what travel is all about amanda brazier intrepid traveller okm indonesia trip code 26