Moscow (St. Petersburg) - Irkutsk - Ulaan-Baatar - Beijing 7855 km:
1) Train Nr 10 Moscow to Irkutsk departs on the odd dates, late in the evening. It takes about 78 hours, distance 5192 km.
2) Train Nr 362 from Irkutsk to Ulaan-Baatar departs daily at 21:00 local time and goes 35 hours ( two nights and one day).
3) Train from Ulaan-Baatar to Beijing departs year around once a week on Thursdays . It leaves from Ulaan-Baatar at 08:05 am local time and arrive in Beijing next day at 14:31 local time. Resume: You are welcomed to change the program and number of days in each city, but essential is to leave Moscow on the odd date and VERY IMPORTANT: from Ulaan-Baatar to Beijing on Thursday!!
Day 1: (Odd date ): Arrive in Moscow by plane (as usual in the afternoon) / or by train Transfer to Hotel/Homestay, / OPTIONAL Accommodation Hotel / Homestay 2 nights, b/b
Day 2: Free time, or city tour on request / OPTIONAL
Day 3 (Odd date only !!!!): Free time. Hotel check out at 11:59 am Transfer Hotel / Homestay - Jaroslavky Train Station / OPTIONAL Train Nr 10 Moscow - Irkutsk, leaves at 23:29.
Day 4: In train
Day 5: In train
Day 6: In train
Day 7: Arrive in Irkutsk 09:13 in the morning local time Transfer Station - Listvyanka settlement, located on Baikal shore, 70 km from Irkutsk Accommodation: Hotel / Chalet / Homestay 2 Nights b/b Full day (walking or car) sightseeing in Listvyanka including Baikal museum with sweet water aquarium, where you can see Baikal seals & fish, St. Nicolas Church, view point etc.
Day 8: Free time or special programs (Please see note I below)
Day 9: Transfer Listvyanka - Irkutsk (midday) Accommodation in Hotel / Homestay 1 Nt b/b Free time or city tour (walking or car 3 hours, one museum) / OPTIONAL
Day 10: Free time Or visit to Ust-Orda for private Buryat folk show/ OPTIONAL. Transfer Hotel - Station / OPTIONAL Train Nr 362 (daily) at 21:00 local time
Day 11: In the train
Day 12: Arrive in Ulaan-Baatar at 07:05 in the morning local time Transfer Station - Ger camp Terelij 70 km Accommodation in Ger camp 1 Nt b/b with or without a guide
Day 13: In the afternoon Transfer Ger camp - Ulaan-Baatar Accommodation: Hotel / Homestay, 2 nights b/b.
Day14: Free time or city tour / OPTIONAL
Day 15 ( Thursday only !!! Please see note II below) In the morning Transfer Hotel - Station / OPTIONAL Train Nr 24 Ulaan-Baatar - Beijing 08:05 local time
Day 16: Arrive in Beijing at 14:31 in the afternoon local time Transfer Station - Hotel ( no homestay option) Hotel: three or more nights b/b
Day 17: Free time or full day Great Wall excursion / OPTIONAL
Day 18: Free time or city tour / OPTIONAL
Day 19: Transfer Hotel-Airport or station / OPTIONAL.
NOTE I: Additional options at Baikal in Listvyanka settlement:
1) Dog sledding in the forest or on lake Baikal
2) Rent hovercraft to drive on frozen lake (speed about 60 km/h),
3) Down hill ski
4) Skating on Baikal ice (from the end of February till the end of March)
5) Cross country ski.
6) Ice diving (for certified divers )
1) Adventure Tour
2) Hiking in taiga forest
3) Scuba Diving
4) Rent small private boat
Note II: From early July till beginning of September an additional train Ulaan-Baatar to Beijing on Fridays or Saturdays is launched. It uses the same time table as rain Nr 24