21 days in Russia, Beijing & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

21 days in Russia, Beijing & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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21 days in Russia, Beijing & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  10​h
1
Beijing, China
— 6 nights
train:  23​h 30​min
2
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
train:  22​h 45​min
3
Irkutsk, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  60​h
4
Kazan, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  13​h 30​min
5
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, fly down the slopes at Yunfoshan Ski Resort, and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Beijing tour planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, Beijing is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 5°C and lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
On the 24th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hustai National Park, and then appreciate the history behind Zaisan Memorial. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ulaanbaatar Railway Station and then explore the striking landscape of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar day trip planner .

Fly from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Beijing in December: high temperatures in Ulaanbaatar hover around -13°C and lows are around -30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Parks Museums
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

3
nights
Irkutsk, Russia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
When in Irkutsk, make a side trip to see Baikal Limnological Museum in Listvyanka, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to 130 Kvartal.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Irkutsk online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Irkutsk when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December, with lows around -22°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kazan.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Baikal, Baikal Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal

2
nights
Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
On the 2nd (Sat), take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, and finally admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazan online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Irkutsk to Kazan takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Irkutsk Time (IRKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Irkutsk in January: high temperatures in Kazan hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, and then contemplate the long history of Red Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip builder tool .

Getting from Kazan to Moscow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Moscow when traveling from Kazan in January, with lows around -12°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Lenin's Mausoleum ©
Lenin's Mausoleum

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