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Mongolian & Russian Journey with Naadam Festival
Commences Ulaan Baatar 06 July and ends St Petersburg 30 July 2019

  • Lake Baikal
    Lake Baikal
  • Naadam Festival, Mongolia
    Naadam Festival, Mongolia
  • Trans-Mongolian Express
    Trans-Mongolian Express
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $ 13,850
  • Program Code GCTMR19
  • Single Supplement TBA
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Hugh Morgan

Tour Itinerary

  • 24 Nights
    • 2 - Arrive Ulaan Baatar and transfer to Tsomtsog Ger
    • 1 - Gan Galuut Ger
    • 1 - Hustai Ger
    • 3 - Ulaan Baatar
    • 1 - Trans-Monolian to Irkutsk
    • 1 - Irkutsk
    • 1 - Lake Baikal
    • 2 - Irkutsk
    • 3 - Trans-Siberian to Moscow
    • 4 - Moscow
    • 1 - Sapsan fast train to Veliky Novgorod
    • 4 - St PetersburgK

Commences Ulaan Baatar 06 July and ends St Petersburg 30 July 2019

Tour Highlights

  • The great icons and museums of St Petersburg
  • The kremlin and sights of historic Novgorod
  • The Armoury Museum, Kremlin and highlights of Moscow
  • Perhaps Russia's finest and most impressive monastery at Sergiev Posad
  • Performances at St Petersburg's Mariinsky and Moscow's Bolshoi Theatres 

Tour Overview

The Euro-Asian Continental Plate represents the largest landmass in the world. This program traverses this expanse, from Ulaan Baatar to St Petersburg via some of the world's remotest areas; from the Mongolian Steppes to the vast expanse of the Siberian taiga and tundra, over the Ural Mountains (the divide between Asia and Europe) to the waterways of Russia's St Petersburg. Our program uses two of the great rail journeys of the world; the Trans-Mongolian and the Trans-Siberian, and concludes with multi-night stays in Moscow and St Petersburg joined by a new fast train.

We are in Mongolia at the time of its national festival, when the whole country dresses up to celebrate Mongolia’s independence, and we take the opportunity to visit the newly opened and acclaimed Chinggis Khaan Statue complex, which reconstructs the life of 13th-century Mongolia. Our stay in Russia allows us to explore UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake, as well as having an illuminating exploration of Russia’s quintessential cities, Moscow and St Petersburg and their imperial palaces and icons.

Tour Inclusions

  • 16 nights hotel accommodation in en-suite share twin rooms
  • 4 nights in traditional Mongolian yurts or gers (felt tents)
  • 1 night aboard the Trans-Mongolian from Ulaan Baatar to Irkutsk in 2-berth compartments
  • 3 nights travel aboard the Trans-Siberian in 2-berth compartments
  • Fast train between Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Typical local breakfast daily and dinner or lunch daily with lunches also provided in Mongolia
  • Typical local breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard the Trans-Siberian Express
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
  • Services of a Program Leader
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Cost for Mongolian & Russian Visas
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.