Polny Tours - Westbound

Polny [полный] is a Russian word which means "complete, full, total, entire, overall, absolute". These tours build on our Osnova (framework) itineraries and include more time with your guide with in depth active or cultural tours at each stop and better hotel options. You also have the option to use the faster and better express trains where available.

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Polny Complete Tour, Beijing to Moscow, with tour programs in Mongolia (4 nights Central Mongolia + 1 Ulaanbaatar), Irkutsk & Lake Baikal (2 Listvyanka + 1 Irkutsk), Krasnoyarsk (2) and Ekaterinburg (2). 20 days

2,845

ITINERARY: Travel around central Mongolia (5 days), enjoy Lake Baikal (3 days), stop in Krasnoyarsk (2 days), then Ekaterinburg for winter or summer options (2 days) in the Ural Mountains before moving on to Moscow (1 day). It is an 20 day trip from Beijing to Moscow.

PRICE: Standard second class € 2,845*

WE SAY: This is probably aimed at the more active than the more cultural, although you can chose city tours instead of active options in Krasnoyarsk and Ekaterinburg if you prefer.

DATES: Depart Beijing twice weekly in summer 2016, on a Tuesday or Saturday, see note¹. From October 2018 until May 2017 weekly departures on a Saturday.

Details

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 2,845
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 4,280
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 2,570
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on all* journeys € 475
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 405

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ Monkey info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Beijing: 1 night 3 or 4* hotel, departure transfer and assistance at train station on departure
✓ Mongolia: 3 night central Mongolia program: Sandy Dunes, Karakorum and Hustai. Includes: land transportation, English-speaking guide, national park fees, support staff including horse/camel men and camp assistants, 3 night’s accommodation in local ger camps, all meals.
✓ Ulaanbaatar: 1 night 3-star hotel, guided city tour, all transfers
✓ Lake Baikal: fully inclusive tour to Listvyanka village, 2 nights UD Guesthouse (breakfast incl.), village and museum guided tour
✓ Hiking excursion around Listvyanka (5 hrs incl. picnic lunch)
✓ Irkutsk: 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, all transfers
✓ Krasnoyarsk: 2 nights 3* hotel, all transfers, guided city tour (car)
✓ Included activity in Krasnoyarsk, day trip hiking with experienced guide through Stolby National Park (picnic lunch included)
✓ Ekaterinburg 2 nights 3-star hotel, all transfers, guided city walking tour
✓ Excursion to Koptelovo village in Ural countryside, folkore performance and museum visit, local lunch
✓ Moscow: arrival transfer, 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, onward travel, food on train.

Route Map
Trans Siberian Route Map including stops in Beijing Ulaanbaatar Ulan Ude Irkutsk Ekaterinburg Kazan and Moscow
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01    Arrive Beijing ___ Staying at Emperor Hotel (Qianmen), 1 night.
Day 02    Transfer to train station. Depart Beijing on train #23 at 11:22 (Tuesday, Saturday (June-Oct.) or Wednesday [#3] departures only)
Day 03    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 14:35. Meet guide on the platform and transfer to central 3* hotel, 1 night. Enjoy a guided city tour
Day 04    After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel at 9am to begin the four day / 3 night trip.
Drive to Central Mongolia and Elsen tasarkhai (‘Piece of Sand Dunes’) (280km - 5-6 hrs).
Explore the area, with opportunity to ride a camel. Overnight in Elsen Tasarkhai (B|L|D)
Day 05    Continue on to Karakorum village (70km - 2 hrs), once the centre of the Great Mongolian empire.
Visit the monastery of Erdene Zuu, Kharakorum museums.
Overnight in Karakorum (B|L|D)
Day 06    Travel to Hustai National Park (270km - 5-6 hrs). Spend the late afternoon and evening exploring the mountainous scenery
and searching for the wild Takhi horses, a subspecies of the Przewalski. Horse riding opportunity. Overnight in the national park (B|L|D)
Day 07    Finish the tour with a drive back to Ulaanbaatar (100km - 1-2 hrs).
Free time before transfer to station, depart on train #263 at 20:25 [no dining car] (B)
Day 08    On the train crossing the Mongolian / Russian border
Day 09    Arrive Irkutsk at 07:15. Meet guide on platform. Enjoy a guided city tour of Irkutsk (2 hrs - by car). Transfer to Listvyanka, staying at UD Guesthouse, 2 nights. Guided tour of village and Lake Baikal museum
Day 10    Hiking excursion in Baikal National Park with picnic lunch (alternative activity by request) (B|L)
Day 11    Return to Irkutsk, free time. Staying at the Marussia Hotel, 1 night (B)
Day 12    Free day in Irkutsk before transfer to station, depart on train #69 at 18:34 (B)
Day 13    Arrive Krasnoyarsk at 11:42, transfer to Metelitsa Hotel, 2 nights.  Afternoon guided city walking tour (3 hrs.)
Day 14    Day excursion (Stolby or Dacha, etc) including picnic lunch, return to Krasnoyarsk, overnight (B|L)
Day 15    Free day in Krasnoyarsk before transfer to station, depart on train #69 at 12:16 (B)
Day 16    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 22:07, transfer to Chekhov Hotel, 2 nights 
Day 17    Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Ural Mountains (alternative activity by request) (B|L)
Day 18    Check-out, city tour. Depart Ekaterinburg on train #67 at 13:10 (B)
Day 19    Arrive Moscow at 16:58, transfer to Arbat House, 1 night
Day 20    Guided city walking tour (10am). Options to extend your stay in Moscow / St Petersburg / or travel onward
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.

¹ Train #23 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar is a joint service operated and shared bi-annually by Chinese and Mongolian Railways. Either departing Beijing on a Tuesday and run by Chinese Railways or on a Saturday when operated by Mongolian Railways. The schedule changes every year in May.

† Train #69 is a standard passenger service, operating an almost daily service. It is possible to book a fast/firmenny(branded) passenger service on train #1 'Rossiya' which passes Irkutsk every other day. There is a supplement for this train, which is the flagship service of Russian Railways.

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.


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Polny Complete Tour, Beijing to Moscow, with tour programs in Mongolia (2 nights Hustai + 1 Open Steppe + 1 Ulaanbaatar), Ulan-Ude (2), Irkutsk & Lake Baikal (2 Bolshoe Goloustnoe + 1 Irkutsk), Ekaterinburg (2) and Kazan (1 night/2 days). 22 days

2,765

ITINERARY: This is 22 day trip making frequent stops a total of five times between Beijing and Moscow. Featuring fully organized and interesting stopover options along the route for those with enough time. Start off with an overnight train journey from Beijing to Mongolia where you travel to Elstei Ger Lodge before a night in Ulanbaatar. Learn about Buryat religion in Ulan Ude. Move to the other side of Lake Baikal to Irkutsk and a trip to the small village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe on the shore of Lake Baikal before travelling across Siberia and the Europe Asia border, visit Ekaterinburg with a cutural tour day in the Ural Mountains. Then it's a heavily packed tour in Kazan learning about Tartarstan independence before continuing on to Moscow with a city tour and one night 3* hotel in this delightful city.

PRICE: Standard second class € 2,765*

WE SAY: Packing a lot into a three week trip, with well thought out excursions in each place you stop. You will gain an amazing insight into different cultures of the region.

DATES: Depart Beijing twice weekly in summer 2016, on a Tuesday or Saturday, see note¹. From October 2016 until May 2017 weekly departures on a Saturday.

Details

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 2,765
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 3,990
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 2,530
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on all* journeys € ???
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 330

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ Monkey info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Beijing: 1 night 3 or 4* hotel, departure transfer and assistance at train station on departure
✓ Mongolia Hustai National Park, 3-day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights Hustai ger, 1 night Elstei ger
✓ Ulaanbaatar: 1 night 3-star hotel, guided city tour, all transfers
✓ Ulan-Ude: 2 nights Geser Hotel (breakfast incl.)
✓ Buryatia: day excursion to Ivolginsky Datsun (6-hrs incl. lunch with local family), transfers, guide
✓ Lake Baikal: fully inclusive tour to Bolshoe Goloustnoe village, 3 nights Guesthouse, all meals, guide and transfers;
✓ Irkutsk: 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, all transfers
✓ Ekaterinburg 2 nights 3-star hotel, all transfers, guided city walking tour
✓ Excursion to Koptelovo village in Ural countryside, folkore performance and museum visit, local lunch
✓ Kazan Tartarstan: 1 night 3-star hotel, return station transfers, guided city walking tour (8-hrs split over two days)
✓ Moscow: arrival transfer, 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, onward travel, food on train.

Route Map
Trans Siberian Route Map including stops in Beijing Ulaanbaatar Ulan Ude Irkutsk Ekaterinburg Kazan and Moscow
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01    Arrive Beijing ___ Staying at Emperor Hotel (Qianmen), 1 night.
Day 02    Transfer to train station. Depart Beijing on train #23 at 11:22 (Tuesday, Saturday (June-Oct.) or Wednesday [#3] departures only)
Day 03    Arrive Ulaanbaatar 14:35, Transfer to Hustai National Park with ger camp, 2 nights (D)
Day 04    Explore the steppe for the wild Przewalski horses (B|L|D)
Day 05    Travel to Elstei ger; possible excursion to Genghis Khan monument or local nomad family (horse riding options), overnight (B|L|D)
Day 06    Free morning before returning to UB. Guided city tour. Overnight at Bayangol Hotel, 1 night (B|L)
Day 07    Free day in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to station, depart on train #263 at 20:35 [no dining car] (B)
Day 08    Arrive Ulan-Ude at 21:35; Meet guide on station platform and transfer to Geser Hotel, staying 2 nights
Day 09    Day tour to Ivolginsky Datsun and local area, visit Buryat family, overnight (B|L)
Day 10    Transfer to station, depart on train #69 at 10:30. Arrive Irkutsk 17:59; transfer to Bolshoe Goloustnoe. Guesthouse accommodation, 3 nights  (B|D)
Day 11    Your guide will be on hand to help you explore the area (B|L|D)
Day 12    Free day to explore the area on your own (B|L|D)
Day 13    Return to Irkutsk, guided city walking tour and free time. Staying at Marussia Hotel, 1 night (B)
Day 14    Early transfer to station, depart on train #1 at 06:23 (odd date departures [even until 8th - after month ending 31st])
Day 15    On train travelling across Siberia 
Day 16    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 05:37, transfer to Chekhov Hotel, 2 nights (afternoon check-in). Guided city walking tour (9am) 
Day 17    Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Ural Mountains (or alternative activity by request) (B|L)
Day 18    Free day in Ekaterinburg. Transfer to station, depart on train #377 at 22:33 (B)
Day 19    Arrive Kazan 11:30, transfer to Giuseppe hotel. Afternoon city tour
Day 20    Continue city tour, free afternoon; meet at hotel for transfer to station, departing on train #97 'Silver Key' at 21:47 (B)
Day 21    Arrive Moscow at 10:35, transfer to Arbat House, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm)
Day 22    Options to extend your stay in Moscow, St Petersburg or travel onward (B)
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.

¹ Train #23 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar is a joint service operated and shared bi-annually by Chinese and Mongolian Railways. Either departing Beijing on a Tuesday and run by Chinese Railways or on a Saturday when operated by Mongolian Railways. The schedule changes every year in May.

† Train #69 is a standard passenger service, operating an almost daily service. It is possible to book a fast/firmenny(branded) passenger service on train #1 'Rossiya' which passes Irkutsk every other day. There is a supplement for this train, which is the flagship service of Russian Railways.

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.


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Polny Complete Tour, Beijing to Moscow, with tour programs in Mongolia (2 days Gobi, 2 nights Hustai + 1 Ulaanbaatar), Ulan-Ude (2), Irkutsk & Lake Baikal (2 Bolshoe Goloustnoe + 1 Irkutsk), Krasnoyarsk (2), Ekaterinburg (1) and Kazan (1 night / 2 days). 24 days

3,630

ITINERARY: This tour has 8 stops which means you are never on the train for more than one night. You will visit the Gobi and Open Steppe in Mongolia, explore Buryat religion in Ulan Ude, before heading to the other side of Baikal to visit a small fishing community at Bolshoe Goloustnoe, stay a night in Irkutsk before heading into central Siberia to hiking in Stolby National park outside Krasnoyarsk. Further west you arrive in Ekaterinburg and the Ural Mountans which is the geographical border between Europe and Asia, also the last resting place of the Romanov's. Next up is Kazan the capital of Tartarstan and a mix of Muslim and Catholic religions. Finally end up in the 'centre' of Russia, in vibrant Moscow!

PRICE: Standard second class € 3,630*

WE SAY: You mix countryside and culture with religion and relaxation (a bit!) on this 24 day tour, you may miss out on a long train journey but certainly make up for it with a spectrum of different stop-overs.

DATES: Depart Beijing twice weekly in summer 2016, on a Tuesday or Saturday, see note¹. From October 2016 until May 2017 weekly departures on a Saturday.

Details

STANDARD PRICE: Two people booking together in Second Class € 3,605
SINGLE PRICE: Only one person booking the trip € 5,350
GROUP PRICE: Three or more people booking in Second Class € 3,215
TRAIN UPGRADE: Upgrade to first class on both journeys € 575
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single room in hotels an extra € 370

PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ Monkey info pack, local support, train tickets in second class (4 berth) cabin
✓ Russian visa invitation sent to you by email
✓ Beijing: 1 night 3 or 4* hotel, departure transfer and assistance at train station on departure
✓ Mongolia: 2 day Gobi program, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights ger camp with full board
✓ Mongolia Hustai National Park, 2 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions, 2 nights Hustai ger
✓ Ulaanbaatar: 1 night 3-star hotel, guided city tour, all transfers
✓ Ulan-Ude: 2 nights Geser Hotel (breakfast incl.)
✓ Buryatia: 2 day fully inclusive tour, transfers, guide, excursions and city tour, all meals including special local lunches;
✓ Lake Baikal: fully inclusive tour to Bolshoe Goloustnoe village, 2 nights Guesthouse, all meals, guide and transfers;
✓ Irkutsk: 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour, all transfers
✓ Krasnoyarsk: 2 nights 3* hotel, all transfers, guided city tour (car)
✓ Included activity in Krasnoyarsk, day trip hiking with experienced guide through Stolby National Park (picnic lunch included)
✓ Ekaterinburg 1 night 3-star hotel, all transfers, guided city walking tour
✓ Excursion to Koptelovo village in Ural countryside, folkore performance and museum visit, local lunch
✓ Kazan Tartarstan: 1 night 3-star hotel, return station transfers, guided city walking tour (8-hrs split over two days)
✓ Moscow: arrival transfer, 1 night 3* hotel, guided city walking tour
✓ Meals as listed in the itinerary (B - breakfast | L - lunch | D - dinner)

EXTRAS: Not included in the price are visa costs, onward travel, food on train.

Route Map
Beijing to Moscow including Mongolia Trans-Mongolian Train Route Map
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01    Arrive Beijing ___ Staying at Emperor Hotel (Qianmen), 1 night.
Day 02    Transfer to train station. Depart Beijing on train #23 at 11:22 (Tuesday, Saturday (June-Oct.) or Wednesday [#3] departures only)
Day 03    Arrive Sainshand at 06:15, transfer to ger camp. Day tour to Monastery, overnight (B|L|D)
Day 04    Visit the sandy dunes, organic project and museum in Sainshand, Depart on train #285 at 21:00 (B|L)
Day 05    Arrive Ulaanbaatar at 08:05, Transfer to Hustai National Park with ger camp, 2 nights (D)
Day 06    Explore the steppe for the wild Przewalski horses (B|L|D)
Day 07    Free morning before returning to UB. Guided city tour. Overnight at Bayangol Hotel, 1 night (B|L)
Day 08    Free day in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to station, depart on train #263 at 20:35 [no dining car] (B)
Day 09    Arrive Ulan-Ude at 21:35; Meet guide on station platform and transfer to Geser Hotel, staying 2 nights
Day 10    Day tour to Ivolginsky Datsun and 'Old Believers village', visit Buryat family, overnight (B|L)
Day 11    Day excursion to Atsagatski Datsun and local area, visit Buryat family (B|L|D)
Day 12    Transfer to station, depart on train #69 at 9:48 Arrive Irkutsk 17:53; transfer to Bolshoe Goloustnoe. Guesthouse accommodation, 3 nights  (B|D)
Day 13    Your guide will be on hand to help you explore the area (B|L|D)
Day 14    Return to Irkutsk, guided city walking tour and free time. Overnight at Marussia Hotel, 1 night (B)
Day 15    Early transfer to station, depart on train #1/7 at 06:47, arrive Krasnoyarsk 23:08. Transfer to Metelitsa Hotel, 2 nights (Alternate dates)
Day 16    Day excursion hiking in Stolby National Park (or dacha), picnic lunch, return to Krasnoyarsk, overnight (B|L)
Day 17    Guided city walking tour (3 hrs). Free afternoon in Krasnoyarsk before transfer to station, depart on train #1 at 22:00 (odd date [even until 8th after month with 31 days]) (B)
Day 18    On train crossing Siberia and Ural Mountains into ‘Europe’
Day 19    Arrive Ekaterinburg at 05:12, transfer to Chekhov Hotel, 2 nights (afternoon check-in). Guided city walking tour (9am) 
Day 20    Excursion to Koptelovo village in the Ural Mountains (or alternative activity by request) (B|L)  Transfer to station, depart on train #377 at 22:24
Day 21    Arrive Kazan 11:10, transfer to Guiseppe Hotel. Afternoon city tour
Day 22    Continue city tour, free afternoon; meet at hotel for transfer to station, departing on train #97 'Silver Key' at 21:57(B)
Day 23    Arrive Moscow at 10:35, transfer to Arbat House, 1 night. Guided city walking tour (2pm)
Day 24    Options to extend your stay in Moscow, St Petersburg or travel onward (B)
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.

¹ Train #23 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar is a joint service operated and shared bi-annually by Chinese and Mongolian Railways. Either departing Beijing on a Tuesday and run by Chinese Railways or on a Saturday when operated by Mongolian Railways. The schedule changes every year in May.

† Train #69 is a standard passenger service, operating an almost daily service. It is possible to book a fast/firmenny(branded) passenger service on train #1 'Rossiya' which passes Irkutsk every other day. There is a supplement for this train, which is the flagship service of Russian Railways.

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.


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Understanding the tour codes:

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

This page has trips which last between 18 and 26 days and include six, seven or eight stops. For shorter trips with up to five stops , return to the previous page