Trans-Mongolian route: Moscow – Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

Built between 1940 and 1956, the Trans-Mongolian train route takes you through Siberian plains and forests, Mongolian steppe and even parts of the Gobi Desert, all the way to China. This route spans over 5,700 miles.

Moscow

The starting point of your mammoth train journey – Moscow is the capital of Russia. Be sure to lay your eyes upon St Basil’s Cathedral before you leave this enigmatic city.

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Yekaterinburg

Founded in 1797, the highly industrial Yekaterinburg is the main city in the Urals, the mountains that separate Europe and Asia.

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Tyumen

Tyumen, one of Russia’s wealthiest cities, is the oldest Russian settlement in Siberia. The city is one of the most important industrial and economic areas east of the Ural Mountains.

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Omsk

Omsk is a regional hub for Western Siberia and the Altai mountains in Russia, as well as northern Kazakhstan. The historical part of town is centered on Lyubinsky district and the area has some of the best shopping centres and nightlife in the city.

Novosibirsk

This rapidly developing city is the biggest in Siberia, and is the main cultural and scientific centre east of the Urals.

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is home to a number of mesmerising historic churches such as Ascension ChurchEpiphany CathedralOur Lady of Kazan Church, and Saviour Church.

Ulan-ude

A hidden reward for intrepid travellers, Ulan-Ude has a distinct Asian feel, attributed to its proximity to Mongolia. Its people are renowned for being warm and welcoming to travellers.

Ulaanbaatar

The capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar is on the great tea route between China, Russia and Europe.

Beijing

This end of your journey but could just be the beginning. Beijing is the gateway to China – a country with a mind-blowing array of attractions.

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