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Sam "On the whole the trip was amazing. I don't think any one in my group would deny that we didn't become close, but the honchos were great. I returned to Moscow to study a couple of years later and met up with my old guide which was fantastic, it was great to know I had a friend in the city. Chatting to other independent travelers they found the countries visited rather impenetrable, and out guides w..."
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St Petersburg
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Start in St Petersburg and end in Beijing! With the train & rail tour The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing), you have a 21 day tour package taking you from St Petersburg to Beijing and through St Petersburg, Russia and 6 other destinations. The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide and more.
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18 to 35 year olds
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  • RD
    Written on August 4, 2016
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Would not recommend. . Over priced tour with nothing included. basically you are just paying to have your train tickets handed to you, a car to pick you up and then a person to babysit you all day and then tell you that you need to pay for things and take you to overpriced touristy resteraunts. Was not what I expected!!!
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 2
    Written on June 16, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    We went on the Vodkatrain, 21 days was the perfect time between St. Peterburg and Beijing. Everything was very good organised, transfer and accommodation was good, honcho's were very friendly and we had lots of fun with the group! What I loved the most were the coffee and the cities in Russia, the sauna in lake Baikal, the beautiful people in Mongolia, horseriding and sleeping in a Ger in Terelj National park and of course the GREAT Wall in China. The 4 days in a row in the train were amazing as well, didn't expect that beforehand. Eating noodles, meeting local people, sleeping a lot, playing (drinking) games, reading, looking at the changing landscapes... YOLO! Just do it, and do it now!
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 3
    Written on May 21, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    I recently did the Vodkatrain trip from St Petersburg to Beijing with a friend and we both absolutely loved it! We opted for the March departure so we could experience Siberia in the cold. And cold it was! It didn't stop us from doing anything though, and the trains were so toasty and warm! Travelling through these areas is difficult, with little English spoken or written it would be near impossible to do as a solo traveler. Doing it through Vodkatrain we had everything organised for us so the stress and hassle was taken out of it. Along the way we were met by a honcho in each city. A local person showing us around made a world of difference. In St Pete's we were taken out each night to cool little restaurants and bars that we would never of found on our own. In Moscow we were shown around the city on foot, seeing so much more than we'd be able to with only a map in hand. In Mongolia out honcho 'Odka' was brilliant! Such a fun, lively girl who took so much pride in showing us her city and countryside. She was fantastic and made Mongolia one of the biggest highlight for being so great! The trains themselves were always a fun experience. Meeting and talking to locals was a real highlight. With us speaking no Russian and them no English initial conversation was done through Google Translator, hand signals and laughter. Soon enough though we found ourselves drinking, laughing and playing cards with our new friends. Suddenly the four days on the train flew by... Travelling this was was also great as we had other like minded people with us to share in the experience. All in all our Vodkatrain experience was fantastic! And I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience this amazing area of the world.
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 4
    Written on January 6, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Had a great time! Helped me get from England to Japan without flying! Check my video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEzH8wSjWfc
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 5
    Written on September 6, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An amazing tour, guides were great. Special thanks to Marina and Diana Kalmykova. Would recommend to all my friends
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 6
    Written on September 5, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Had an amazing time. Started in Beijing for a couple of days, wandering around with a tour guide who didn't direct us, simply laid out all the options and explained everything we wanted to know then let us do our own thing. I was alone, so teamed up with a couple and had a very long but amazing few days wandering the length and breadth of Beijing. Then on to Mongolia! The train was comfortable, easy and also a lot of fun, we got chatting to some people nearby, one of whom turned out to work on the border of North and South Korea, of all places, great range of people. Mongolia was easily the highlight, great tour guide, bizarre and manic city with beautiful and expansive countryside. Waking up to half an inch of snow outside your warm Ger and horses wandering about is unlike anything I've seen before. Lake Baikal was next, with an incredible, huge, freshwater Lake stretching further than the eye could see, with incredible views from the top of a tiny little ski resort, very cool. The accomodation was amazing and the food was superb. From Lake Baikal the interesting 5 day train ride began. I was actually injured on the first morning of that train journey, a completely accidental cup of boiling tea was spilt on my leg and I couldn't walk for the next month, but the rest of the tour group and the tour guide in Moscow (the best tour guide of all) were all incredibly nice, helpful and I still managed to see a lot of Moscow, without being able to walk. An overnight train to St Petersburg next, with a great and very interesting tour guide (she sails boats around the world) and one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. Excellent food, great sights and even a night out at one of the better restaurants in St Petersburg, where a completely unexpected strip show began. Only in Russia.
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 7
    Written on September 5, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    I highly recommend this trip for any person of able age. The train was more comfortable than I thought it would be, I'm 6'2 and could stretch out at night. The package was well suited to those not sure of local sights and took the hassle out of getting around non English speaking countries. I had a great group of like minded travelers some of who I am still in contact 12 months later. The guides were mostly knowledgeable and helpful and it was some of the most memorable sights and experiences of my life.
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 8
    Written on August 31, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    Quite possibly the best 21 days of my life - definitely the trip of a lifetime! The honchos were fantastic in every city and the accommodation was great (except for Godzillas in Moscow, which I sincerely hope you don't still use, as the owner was an asshole!). The only negative thing I would say is that it's VERY expensive when you consider how cheap everything is in all these places, but granted it does take a huge element of hassle out of the equation. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 9
    Written on August 25, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Vodkatrain was a fantastic experience!! I've always thought the best way to travel is with a local, and that's exactly what this trip is all about. All the guides were amazing - really friendly and very knowledgeable about their city, the best places to go/eat/drink etc. While it feels a bit expensive before you go, i think it is totally worth it for the safety net of having a native speaker to help you in unfamiliar places like Russia. Just make sure you take enough warm clothes, even on a summer trip!
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  • The Vodkatrain (St. Petersburg to Beijing) reviewer 10
    Written on August 25, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    On the whole the trip was amazing. I don't think any one in my group would deny that we didn't become close, but the honchos were great. I returned to Moscow to study a couple of years later and met up with my old guide which was fantastic, it was great to know I had a friend in the city. Chatting to other independent travelers they found the countries visited rather impenetrable, and out guides were took us straight to the heart of the city. The only let down was our honcho at Baikal who just left us on our own because it was raining, that was a a boring and grey few days. The trains were amazing, I was the odd one out in our group so ended up sharing my room with Russians and that was lots of fun. The only shame was that from Baikal onward our trains were fully booked by middle-aged British tour groups, so ended up having exactly the kind of atmosphere I was keen to avoid, though I'm sure Vodkatrain can't do much about the other passengers. I loved the fact I wasn't bound by a schedule or that we were obliged to do everything together. I want to visit Russia and Mongolia again as an independent traveler, but as a first taste of these fascinating and intimidating countries I'm sure Vodkatrain can't be beaten!
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  • Day 1. Arrive St. Petersburg
  • Day 2. St. Petersburg
  • Day 3. St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • Day 4-5. Welcome to Moscow!
  • Day 6. Moscow to Irkutsk
  • Day 7-9. Aboard the Train
  • Day 10. Hello Siberia!
  • Day 11. Lake Baikal
  • Day 12. Return to Irkutsk
  • Day 13. Trans Mongolian Railway
  • Day 14. Mongolia!
  • Day 15-16. Terelj National Park
  • Day 17. Terelj National Park to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 18. Mongolia to Beijing
  • Day 19. Arrive Beijing
  • Day 20. Beijing
  • Day 21. Beijing

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    Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
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    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Russia and China. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 7,019 km.
    • St Petersburg (Russia)
    • 633 km
    • Moscow (Russia)
    • 4,354 km
    • Lake Baikal (Russia)
    • 281 km
    • Irkutsk (Russia)
    • 519 km
    • Terelj National Park (Mongolia)
    • 63 km
    • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    • 1,169 km
    • Beijing (China)

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