Osnova Trips - Eastbound

Osnova [основа] is a Russian word meaning "basis, base, framework, foundation, ground, or backbone" and exactly explains this type of tour.

Our Osnova tours are perfect for those travelling on a limited budget or with time restrictions. The Osnova package include all train tickets, arrival transfer in each stop with budget accommodation and essential tours.

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Osnova Basic Trip: Moscow to Beijing direct (Trans-Mongolian). 8 days

1,110 ITINERARY: From one Capital city to another. Leaving from Moscow you are on board for six days and six nights, crossing Siberia, Mongolia and into Beijing, China. You travel a total of 7,622 km crossing six time zones. Departure from Moscow is every Tuesday throughout the year.

PRICE: Standard Class from € 1,110*
PRICE: Deluxe Class upgrade from € 515*

WE SUGGEST: A fine option if you are really short of time, but consider breaking the journey by adding at least one stopover, particularly in the summer months.

ALTERNATIVE OPTION: The Trans-Manchurian route bypasses Mongolia, takes one day longer, but departs Moscow on a Saturday, which may suit you better. Ask us for this alternative itinerary if you prefer the less tourist route.

DATES: This trip runs year round on the same schedule - depart from Beijing each Tuesday at 21:35, arrive in Beijing the following Monday at 11:40.

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STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 1,110
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 1,220
GROUP PRICE: Three people booking in Second Class € 1,075
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class deluxe € 515
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 40

TRIP NOTES: You travel in a Chinese train with Chinese staff all the way to Beijing. You travel through Mongolia on this trip and will need a transit visa.

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ Train ticket on Chinese train #4, six nights on board, second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Info pack, local support including office in Beijing for additional services
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night central hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer, hotel to train station
✓ Beijing: own arrangements (or add on accommodation and tours)
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:Not included in the price are visa costs, extra accommodation and tours, onward travel, food on train.

Day 01    Arrive Moscow___ (optional arrival transfer). Staying at the City Comfort hotel, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free day in Moscow before transfer to station. Depart Moscow (Yaroslavsky station - Яросла́вский вокза́л) on Chinese train #4 at 21:35 (Tuesday departures only)
Day 03    On train, crossing from Europe into Asia through the Ural Mountains
Day 04    On train, across Siberia
Day 05    On train, across Siberia
Day 06    On train, crossing Russian border into Mongolia
Day 07    On train, crossing the Mongolian Steppes, the Gobi Desert and into China
Day 08    Arrive Beijing main station (北京站) at 11:40; end of tour (or add on accommodation and tours)
Route Map
Trans-Manchurian Beijing to Moscow Route Map
Price Notes

All prices based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.

You travel on a Chinese train which has Standard Class four berth, second class cabins. Deluxe Class on train #4 has two berth, first class cabins, with attached wash-room.


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Osnova Basic Trip: Moscow to Beijing, stopping in Irkutsk / Lake Baikal (2 Listvyanka + 1 Irkutsk) and Ulaanbaatar (2 Open Steppe + 1 UB). 15 days

ITINERARY: Visit amazing countryside and four great cities on this, the most popular route we offer. After one night in Moscow board the Trans-Siberian train through to Irkutsk to visit Lake Baikal. Then take an International train over the border to Ulaanbaatar, where you stay for one night before staying in a tradtional Mongolian ger on the Open Steppe for one night. Move on to Beijing with tours and accommodation options across China.

PRICE: Standard second class from € 1,060*

WE SAY: Our most popular trip for those wanting to experience the different cultures you pass through, but still limited on time and budget.

DATES: Arrive in Moscow every Friday for this tour which ends in Beijing on Sunday two weeks later. Extra departures are often possible during the summer.

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STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 1,060
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 1,280
GROUP PRICE: Three people booking in Second Class € 1,020
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 115

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night central hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer, hotel to train station
✓ Lake Baikal: car transfer Irkutsk to Listvyanka, 2 nights 'Sasha's' Guesthouse (incl. breakfast)
✓ Irkutsk: 1 night accommodation, private apartment, departure transfer: Irkutsk city centre to train station
✓ Mongolia / Open Steppe: 2 night guided Terelj National Park program, including: transfers, 2 nights family ger accommodation (full board), English speaking guide; excludes National Park entrance fee, Chinghis Khan museum and horse riding
✓ Ulaanbaatar: 1 night guesthouse, private room with bathroom, departure transfer: guesthouse or city center to train station
✓ Beijing: own arrangements (or add on accommodation and tours)
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS:Not included in the price are visa costs, extra accommodation and tours, onward travel, food on train or in hotels.

Route Map
Trans Mongolian Popular Route Image
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 00    Arrive Russia - tour and accommodation options
Day 01    Arrive Moscow___ (optional arrival transfer). Staying at the City Comfort hotel, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free morning in Moscow before transfer to station. Depart Moscow (Yaroslavsky station - Яросла́вский вокза́л) on train #70 at 13:05 (daily departures)
Day 03    On train, passing from Asia into Europe through the Ural Mountains
Day 04    On train, across Siberia
Day 05    On train, across Siberia
Day 06    Arrive Irkutsk 09:38; meet guide on platform, travel to Listvyanka by bus (with guide). Staying at Listvyanka guesthouse, 2 nights 
Day 07    Day on the shore of Lake Baikal, with free time to explore, overnight (B)
Day 08    Return to Irkutsk by yourself (guide will provide instructions), staying at private apartment, 1 night (B)
Day 09    Free day in Irkutsk. Transfer to station, depart on train #362 at 22:02 (daily departures) [no dining car]
Day 10    On train crossing from Russia into Mongolia 
Day 11    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:10.  Meet driver (limited English) on platform and transfer to Terelj National Park (70kms, about 1,5hrs on a good road). Arrive at family ger with free time to settle in before exploring the open steppe (L|D)
Day 12    Continue exploring; visit Turtle Rock or hike to the meditation centre, offering wonderful views over the valley  (B|L|D)
Day 13    Free morning on Open Steppe before transfer to UB and central guesthouse, 1 night (B)
Day 14    Early transfer to station, depart Ulaanbaatar on train #24 at 07:15 (Thursday departures only [extra summer service June-Oct TBC])
Day 15    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 11:40; end of tour (or add on accommodation and tours)
Price Notes

Train ticket prices in Russia are seasonal and based on shoulder season (200 days) with some high season dates 20% higher and some off season dates 20% lower.

Standard price is based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.

† Train #70 is a standard passenger service, operating an almost daily service from Moscow. It is possible to book a fast/firmenny(branded) passenger service on train #2 'Rossiya' which departs Moscow every other day. There is a supplement for this train, which is the flagship service of Russian Railways.


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Osnova Basic Trip: Moscow to Beijing, stopping in Ekaterinburg (2 nights), Irkutsk/Lake Baikal 2 Listvyanka + 1 Irkutsk) and Ulaanbaatar (2 Open Steppe + 1 UB). 17 days

1,235

ITINERARY: A 19 day tour. Start off in Moscow and then an overnight train journey to Ekaterinburg for two nights with an excursion to the EurAsia border. Move on to Irkutsk and a trip to Lake Baikal for two days before travelling across the border to Mongolia, where you stay for at least one night and have options to book extra tours in Mongolia. Finish up in Beijing with tour and accommodation options to consider across China.

PRICE: Standard second class from € 1,235*

WE SAY: A great budget trip which gives the ability to really explore the main tourist destinations along the Trans-Siberian railway, including little visited Ekaterinburg.

DATES: Weekly departures, more frequent in summer. Arrive in Moscow on a Wednesday for departure the next day, arriving in Beijing on a Friday two weeks later. During the summer you can also arrive in Moscow on a Friday for the start of the trip.

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STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 1,235
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 1,530
GROUP PRICE: Three people booking in Second Class € 1,185
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 135

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night central hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer, hotel to train station
✓ Ekaterinburg: arrival transfer, 2 nights hostel/apartment, countryside excursion
✓ Lake Baikal: transfer Irkutsk to Listvyanka, 2 nights Listvyanka Guesthouse with breakfast
✓ Irkutsk: 1 night accommodation, private apartment, departure transfer: Irkutsk city centre to train station
✓ Mongolia / Open Steppe: 2 night guided Terelj National Park program, including: transfers, 2 nights family ger accommodation (full board), English speaking guide; excludes National Park entrance fee, Chinghis Khan museum and horse riding
✓ Ulaanbaatar: 1 night guesthouse, private room with bathroom, departure transfer: guesthouse or city center to train station
✓ Beijing: own arrangements (or add on accommodation and tours)
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, extra accommodation and tours, onward travel, food on train or in hotels.

Route Map
Trans-Siberian Railway tourist destinations route map
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 00    Arrive Russia - tour and accommodation options
Day 01    Arrive Moscow___ (optional arrival transfer). Staying at the City Comfort hotel, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free morning in Moscow before transfer to station, Depart Moscow (Yaroslavsky station - Яросла́вский вокза́л) on train #76 (even) at 13:10 (B) (or #118 [odd] at 13:20)
Day 03    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 17:52; meet guide on platform, transfer to budget hostel/apartment, 2 nights
Day 04    Tour to Romanov Monastery (3 hrs). Free afternoon in Ekaterinburg. Overnight (B)
Day 05    Free day in Ekaterinburg. Own transfer to station, depart on train #70 at 22:17
Day 06    On train, across Siberia
Day 07    On train, across Siberia
Day 08    Arrive Irkutsk 09:38; meet guide on platform, travel to Listvyanka by bus (with guide). Staying at Sasha's guesthouse, 2 nights 
Day 09    Day on the shore of Lake Baikal, with free time to explore, overnight (B)
Day 10    Return to Irkutsk by yourself (guide will provide instructions), staying at private apartment, 1 night (B)
Day 11    Free time. Transfer to station, depart on train #362 at 22:02 (daily departures - no dining car)
Day 12    On train crossing from Russia into Mongolia 
Day 13    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:10.  Meet driver (limited English) on platform and transfer to Terelj National Park (70kms, about 1,5hrs on a good road). Arrive at family ger with free time to settle in before exploring the open steppe (L|D)
Day 14    Continue exploring; visit Turtle Rock or hike to the meditation centre, offering wonderful views over the valley  (B|L|D)
Day 15    Free morning on Open Steppe before transfer to UB and central guesthouse, 1 night (B)
Day 16    Early transfer to station, depart Ulaanbaatar on train #24 at 07:15 (Thursday departures only [extra summer service June-Oct TBC])
Day 17    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 11:40; end of tour (or add on accommodation and tours)
Price Notes

Train ticket prices in Russia are seasonal and based on shoulder season (200 days) with some high season dates 20% higher and some off season dates 20% lower.

Standard price is based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.

† Train #70 is a standard passenger service, operating an almost daily service from Moscow. It is possible to book a fast/firmenny(branded) passenger service on train #2 'Rossiya' which departs Moscow every other day. There is a supplement for this train, which is the flagship service of Russian Railways.

¹ Train #24 Ulaanbaatar to Beijing is a joint service operated and shared bi-annually by Chinese and Mongolian Railways. Departing Ulaanbaatar throughout the year on a Thursday, during the summer (June to October) there is often an extra departure, perhaps on a Saturday or a Monday depending which Railway bureau operates the service.


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Osnova Basic Trip: Moscow to Beijing, stopping in Ekaterinburg (2 nights), Krasnoyarsk (2), Irkutsk / Lake Baikal (2 Listvyanka + 1 Irkutsk) and Ulaanbaatar (2 Open Steppe + 1 UB). 19 days

1,495

ITINERARY: 19 day tour. Start off in Moscow for one night and city tour before an overnight train journey from Moscow to Ekaterinburg to see the EurAsia border and the Romanov's Monastery. Move on to Krasnoyarsk in the middle of Siberia for two nights and stay in a traditional countryside home 'dacha'. A short trip to Irkutsk and a trip to Lake Baikal for two days before travelling across the border to Ulaanbaatar where you stay for at least one night and have options to book extra tours in Mongolia before ending up in Beijing.

PRICE: Standard second class from € 1,495

WE SAY: For those of you with enough time, this 19 day trip with options to extend in Mongolia (and other cities if requested) is the perfect tour to see the various cultures and landscapes along the Trans-Mongolian train journey.

DATES: Weekly departures, more frequent in summer. Arrive in Moscow on a Monday for departure the next day, arriving in Beijing on a Friday two weeks later.

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STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 1,495
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 1,995
GROUP PRICE: Three people booking in Second Class € 1,395
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 135

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Moscow 1 night central hotel, guided city walking tour, departure transfer, hotel to train station
✓ Ekaterinburg: arrival transfer, 2 nights hostel/apartment, countryside excursion
✓ Krasnoyarsk: return station transfers, 1 night countryside dacha accommodation, 1 night city hostel + refresh
✓ Krasnoyarsk guided city walking tour
✓ Lake Baikal: transfer Irkutsk to Listvyanka, 2 nights Listvyanka Guesthouse with breakfast
✓ Irkutsk: 1 night accommodation, private apartment, departure transfer: Irkutsk city centre to train station
✓ Mongolia / Open Steppe: 2 night guided Terelj National Park program, including: transfers, 2 nights family ger accommodation (full board), English speaking guide; excludes National Park entrance fee, Chinghis Khan museum and horse riding
✓ Ulaanbaatar: 1 night guesthouse, private room with bathroom, departure transfer: guesthouse or city center to train station
✓ Beijing: own arrangements (or add on accommodation and tours)
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, extra accommodation and tours, onward travel, food on train or in hotels.

Route Map
Trans-Siberian Railway tourist destinations route map
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 00    Arrive Russia - tour and accommodation options
Day 01    Arrive Moscow___ (optional arrival transfer). Staying at the City Comfort hotel, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm - or change to following morning)
Day 02    Free morning in Moscow before transfer to station, Depart Moscow (Yaroslavsky station - Яросла́вский вокза́л) on train #76 (even) at 13:10 (B) (or #118 [odd] at 13:20)
Day 03    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 17:52; meet guide on platform, transfer to budget hostel/apartment, 2 nights
Day 04    Tour to Countryside and Romanov Monastery (3 hrs). Free afternoon in Ekaterinburg
Day 05    Free day in Ekaterinburg. Own transfer to station, depart on train #92/292 at 18:29
Day 06    On train
Day 07    Arrive Krasnoyarsk at 07:47, transfer to Downtown Hostel, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (3 hrs.)
Day 08    Breakfast before travelling to countryside Dacha. Fere time to explore the area. Overnight (B)
Day 09    Return to Krasnoyarsk; visit hostel to freshen up. Transfer to station, depart on train #78/12 at 12:34 (daily departures) (B) 
Day 10    Arrive Irkutsk 07:37; meet guide on platform, travel to Listvyanka by bus (with guide). Staying at Listvyanka guesthouse, 2 nights 
Day 11    Day on the shore of Lake Baikal, with free time to explore, overnight (B)
Day 12    Return to Irkutsk by yourself (guide will provide instructions), staying at private apartment, 1 night (B)
Day 13    Free time. Transfer to station, depart on train #362 at 22:02 (daily departures - no dining car)
Day 14    On train crossing from Russia into Mongolia 
Day 15    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 06:10.  Meet driver (limited English) on platform and transfer to Terelj National Park (70kms, about 1,5hrs on a good road). Arrive at family ger with free time to settle in before exploring the open steppe (L|D)
Day 16    Continue exploring; visit Turtle Rock or hike to the meditation centre, offering wonderful views over the valley  (B|L|D)
Day 17    Free morning on Open Steppe before transfer to UB and central guesthouse, 1 night (B)
Day 18    Early transfer to station, depart Ulaanbaatar on train #24 at 07:15 (Thursday departures only [extra summer service June-Oct TBC])
Day 19    Arrive Beijing Main Station at 11:40; end of tour (or add on accommodation and tours)
Price Notes

Train ticket prices in Russia are seasonal and based on shoulder season (200 days) with some high season dates 20% higher and some off season dates 20% lower.

Standard price is based on two people sharing. The Single Price is charged if no one else is booked on the same trip, while Single Supplement applies if you travel as a group and request your own hotel rooms. Train travel is based on a standard four berth second class cabin. Upgrade to a two berth first class cabin is available on some routes subject to availablity.

† Train #70 is a standard passenger service, operating an almost daily service from Moscow. It is possible to book a fast/firmenny(branded) passenger service on train #2 'Rossiya' which departs Moscow every other day. There is a supplement for this train, which is the flagship service of Russian Railways.

¹ Train #24 Ulaanbaatar to Beijing is a joint service operated and shared bi-annually by Chinese and Mongolian Railways. Departing Ulaanbaatar throughout the year on a Thursday, during the summer (June to October) there is often an extra departure, perhaps on a Saturday or a Monday depending which Railway bureau operates the service.


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Understanding the tour codes:

OS - stands for Osnova (as opposed to PO Polny).
MB - signifies the route (Moscow to Beijing).
4 - the number of stops (Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing is 4).
K - some times we use a suffix to denote a small variant of a trip (K stands for Krasnoyarsk for example).

All eastbound Osnova tours include one nights accommodation in Moscow with city tour, transfer on departure from Moscow and two nights in Beijing. The mini hotel is in the center of Moscow on the New Arbat street, and in Beijing just across the street from the station upon arrival.

You can stop in Ulanbaatar, or at Lake Baikal, the half way point, or perhaps our most popular route, which is to stop in both Ulanbaatar to feel a sense of the wide open steppe and Irkutsk to visit Lake Baikal. From Irkutsk it is a three day journey to Moscow and there are options to stop more along the way.