ClASSIC Trans-Mongolian
Saint-Petersburg - Beijing

Exploring Russia means feeling its diversity, tasting its multiculturalism, conceiving its size.
Our Classical Trans Mongolian tour is the best option to catch the highlights of Russian land and beyond. Start from sparkling St. Petersburg famous for its controversial imperial past and magnificent palaces, you find yourselves in Yaroslavl – one of the oldest Russian cities, looking just like from a fairytale. Russian capital Moscow involves you in a violent life of contemporary megalopolis. Yet more remarkable will be the contrast between the huge city and almost unsettled territories of Siberia that you see from the window of Trans-Siberian Express! The experience of a train ride along the longest and one of the most famous railways of the world is really unique: you might start learning Russian with your train neighbors, might choose new goals for your future while listening rhythmical wobbling sound, or finally finish reading your book, as there is almost no internet on the way. Imagine these days in reality of moving through taiga – you even might start to understand the enigmatic Russian soul. Lake Baikal is a refreshing stop before going further on to Asia, Mongolia and China. In Mongolia we will have an overnight stay in traditional gers in close contact with local nomads and beautiful nature. The final point of our train journey is Beijing, the enormous capital of China, where we will take a walk around the world's largest public square - Tiananmen Square, with area of more than 400000 sq. metres. We will also visit the most famous Donghuamen Night Market with a variety of very special Chinese street food.

From 18 days
Start on Wednesdays or Fridays
7 cities
From 1 person to a group
No special physical training required
Hundreds of fabulously beautiful photos
The price includes: train tickets, accommodation, professional guides in each city, admission fees to all the museums according to the program
Come to Russia with UTA! Join us on an unforgettable journey and create memories that will last forever!
Day 1, Saint Petersburg
Welcome to St. Petersburg,

Arrival day

(meeting with tour leader or company representative to discuss the program and route)

Stay overnight in hotel
Day 2, Saint Petersburg

The Hermitage tour (3 hours)

Free time

Optional: Faberge museum

Optional: Theatre visit (World famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet House)

Stay overnight in hotel
Day 3, Saint Petersburg - Yaroslavl

Guided City tour (4 hours) with a visit to the city Fortress, photo stops with the most beautiful views of the historical city center which was built according to unique city plan.

Free time

Transfer to the train station. Evening train to Yaroslavl

Night at the train
Day 4, Yaroslavl - Moscow
Morning arrival at Yaroslavl


City tour+ Baking enamel workshop 4 hours

Central part of Yaroslavl is preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage and most of it (including numerous churches) was built by rich local merchants in XVII-XIX cc, competing to each other in beautifying of their city. Discover authentic Russian architecture with dozens of onion-shaped domes, tent-roofed belfries and white brick walls. Under supervision of famous local artist you will perform your own art piece in baking enamel technique, popular in Yaroslavl region.

Free time

Optional: Museum Music and Time, Pryanik Shop
Evening train to Moscow (4 h)

Transfer to hotel

Stay overnight in hotel

Day 5, Moscow

Metro Tour + Kremlin + Zaryadje observation point + GUM

We will explore the real wonder of Russian Capital: the Underground constructed in Soviet times with the idea of becoming Palaces for workpeople – that is why beautiful and unique decoration was used for each station. You will see expensive materials, mosaics, sculptures and the best architectural solutions of that time. Then we will walk inside the Kremlin walls to see the medieval Churches with well-preserved frescoes and Presidential Residence. All must-sees such as Red Square, Lenin Mausoleum (outside only), Newly opened Zaryadje park and stylish GUM department store are included in our walking tour.

Optional Folk-show

Stay overnight in hotel
Day 6, Moscow

Free day to explore Moscow. This majestic city is steeped in history and beauty. A trip here combines the old and the new - learn the story of communism at VDNKh park and the Cosmos Museum or enjoy the cosmopolitan life of modern-day Moscow.

Free time

Optional Stalin Bunker museum (64 m under the ground)

Optional Tretjakov Gallery

Optional Moscow River boat trip

Meeting at the hotel, transfer to the train station
Day 7, Day and night on the train
Day 8, Day and night on the train
If you travel with the Group Leader - Lessons: Local interaction, Russian Language
Day 9, Day on the train
Day 10, Irkutsk
Evening arrival at Irkutsk

Transfer to Lake Baikal (1 h)


Stay overnight in hotel
Day 11, Baikal
Spend all day on a shore of Baikal - the largest freshwater lake in the world.


We will have a nice walk in Listvyanka, learn the story of Baikal evolution in the unique Baikal Museum and climb on a picturesque Chersky stone panoramic point (728 m above sea level). After a short break, let's meet the locals. We invite you to spend your evening in a local house not far from Listvyanka. You will learn how to make Russian pancakes, prepare batter and fry them under the supervision of the host. Banya is also included.

Optional Baikal boat trip

Stay overnight in hotel
Day 12, Baikal - Irkutsk
Breakfast. Transfer back to Irkutsk

On the way to the city a visit to Talci museum of wooden Siberian architecture.

Guided city tour (3 hours)

Irkutsk is a city that can tell you all controversial history of Russian Siberia: this history is mostly about extraction of mineral recourses and exile of state prisoners. In some areas the city still preserves the atmosphere of 19th century with old wooden houses of resettlers.

We will visit the House Museum of Maria Volkonskaya. Sometimes called the Princess of Siberia, Maria was one of the many Decembrist revolutionaries' wives who voluntarily accompanied their husbands into exile.

After the tour we will visit local market to buy local specialties, such as cedar nuts, herbal teas, etc.

Stay overnight in hotel
Day 13, Day and night on the train

Transfer to the train station

Morning train to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Day and night at the train

Crossing of the Russian-Mongolian border
Day 14, Ulaanbaatar Ger camp
Early arrival at Ulaanbaatar, the capital and the only city in Mongolia with the majority of country population living in it. Originally the people of Mongolia are nomads and still lots of them (even in Ulaanbaatar) live in gers – portable round tents made of wooden sticks and covered with felt. After breakfast we will transfer to National Park Gorki-Terelj (70 km from Ulan Bator) to explore the life of modern nomads. Let's spend time like Mongolians: start and end a day with a song. We will visit a local family and explore the main sites of the National park. One hour of horse riding is included.

Meals during the day are included

Stay overnight in a ger.
Day 15, Ger camp Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we will depart back to Ulaanbaatar. En route we will stop by at the Chinggis Khaan monument which is the biggest equestrian statue in the world (40 m high). It was constructed at the place where the Great Emperor Chinggis Khaan had found a golden whip as told in a historical writings. You can take an elevator to the viewing deck on the horse's head and enjoy the view of magnificent Mongolian steppe.

Meals during the day are included.

Free time

Optional city tour

Optional Mongolian Folk Show

Stay overnight in hotel
Day 16, Day and night at the train
7.30 train to Beijing, Day and night at the train
Day 17, Beijing
Morning arrival at Beijing, final point of the route. The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is quickly losing its historical face in favour of modernity.

Transfer to hotel. Short rest.

Guided walking tour around Tiananmen square district, visit to the Night market.

Optional Traditional Local dinner with Peking duck
Day 18, Beijing
Departure day


Optional program

Optional additional days at the hotel
The program includes:
  • Accommodation according to the program;
  • 13 breakfast;
  • English-speaking guide;
  • Train tickets;
  • Admission fees to all museums according to the program;
  • A permit for photo/video at the museums;
  • Head sets;
  • All local taxes
The program doesn't include:
  • Lunches and dinners;
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Porterage fee

Why choose us
We offer all kinds of traditional and specialized programs for your stay in Russia, which cover historical and cultural aspects.
Our managers are always ready to answer your questions
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