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The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg)

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"Vodkatrain was a winner for my boyfriend and I. It gave us a flexible, independent trip while taking care of the introduction letters, train tickets, accommodation and transfers. I was a bit wary of travel in Russia, so it was great to arrive at each destination, be taken to accommodation and then have the option of going out somewhere good for a bite to eat. We found some great places that we ..."
Starts
Beijing
Destinations
+5
Ends
St Petersburg
Age Range
18 to 35 year olds
Good
9 reviews

Highlights

Start in Beijing and end in St Petersburg! With the train & rail tour The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg), you have a 21 day tour taking you from Beijing to St Petersburg and through Beijing, China and 6 other destinations.

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  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 1
    Written on September 14, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great places to visit and all so varied! Liked the mix of independent travel on the trains and the local guides to show you the highlights - Kate S

  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 2
    Written on August 18, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    The journey covered so many cities in countries that would be difficult to travel through as a solo traveller. Vodkatrain creates a way to see these and remove the intimidation and replaces it with an awesome group trip. Highlights included; UB, Horse riding at the Ger Camp, nightlife in Mongolia, Mongolia BBQ, St Peters walking tour, Peking Duck, Train times, Moscow cathedrals, Sauna and Lake Baikal. - Chloe Edwards

  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 3
    Written on August 18, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Highlights included my honcho Joanna (any group who received Joanna will have a great time, one of the best people/honchos I have ever met!) (Victor was excellent guide too, lots of information, really knows his city!) , Lake Baikal and Ger camp. Awesome trip, well run!! - Dane H- Victoria

  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 4
    Written on August 18, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip has been the experience of a lifetime, so many memories I'll treasure forever. This Vodkatrain tour has been very ell structured/planned, met my expectations and even exceed some with the help of the honchos. -Rebecca JN - Melbourne, Australia

  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 5
    Written on September 6, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An amazing experience. Not recommended for fussy travellers but for those with a sense of adventure and a laid-back, positive attitude you will love this trip! The visa support, ample pre-departure info, pre-booked accomodation and transport, as well as having a local to hang out with in each destination make this trip stress free, while still leaving you to create your own adventures in each destination rather than being shunted around in a group following a fully booked itinerary. LOVED IT.
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  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 6
    Written on September 5, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An epic trip! The honchos were brilliant and being locals showed us a side that we would not have been able to see if we had been independent. I couldn't have asked for a better experience!
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  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 7
    Written on August 24, 2012
    1.0 - Bad

    Dissapointing as we were charged nearly 100 times the face value of the train tickets in China as well as the fact that we have to wonder around into randon buildings to actually get our tickets. £600 for 3 single rail tickets in China. Face value just under £100 - what is the remainin £500 for?!
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  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 8
    Written on August 23, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    All my honchos were FANTASTIC - Olga, Anna, Marina, Odka and Roxy. Loved them all. Also really enjoyed all my time on the trains - get out there and meet people, you'll have a ball! You're certainly roughing it a little, but i really enjoyed the novelty, and slept well every night, possibly due to the vodka. yes kids, if you meet the right people, it really can be a vodkatrain. The hotels and hostels were decent picks as well, especially the 'chalet' at Lake Baikal, though for the amount you pay, I would have appreciated a few more meals included - maybe some breakfasts at least?
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  • The Vodkatrain (Beijing to St. Petersburg) reviewer 9
    Written on August 22, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    Vodkatrain was a winner for my boyfriend and I. It gave us a flexible, independent trip while taking care of the introduction letters, train tickets, accommodation and transfers. I was a bit wary of travel in Russia, so it was great to arrive at each destination, be taken to accommodation and then have the option of going out somewhere good for a bite to eat. We found some great places that we wouldn’t have without the local knowledge of the honcho, but we didn’t feel like we were locked in to a set iterary – it was ok to opt out if we wanted to head off by ourselves. Highlights were: ballet and hermitage in st. Petersburg – honcho helped us get discounts at each. In Moscow the Armoury was unreal! Very expensive but THE BEST EVER MUSEUM I have been to. If you’d like to see some Tsar history it is well worth it. Loved the sauna at Lake Baikal- the accommodation there was great too – like you are at your grandmother’s place- lovely after 4 days on the train! Mongolia ger camp was spectacular – covered in snow! My boyfriend proposed there- so we will both remember it forever. Beijing was great too – we went off by ourselves to the 498 arts precinct and enjoyed the Peking duck – 2 nights in a row. Train was an experience – it was fun having the group to share the experience with. My advice would just be to buy some food or drinks from the train staff (even though you can do a shop before you get on the train). They look after you better if you do. For example, after hours of a hot train carriage ( and battles to open windows) we bought some snacks and the thermostat was turned down. It was great to see the change from Europe to Asia and meet people along the way.
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • June 20, 2016

      How do I get a Chinese visa?

      You will be required to organise your own Chinese visa for this trip. We recommend contacting your local embassy to help you with the process of obtaining this visa.

      It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the necessary documentation to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries to be visited.

      Information about these matters is given by Sundowners Overland.

    • June 20, 2016

      How do I get a Mongolian visa?

      You will be required to organise your own Mongolian visa for this trip. We recommend contacting your local embassy to help you with the process of obtaining this visa.

      It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the necessary documentation to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries to be visited.

      Information about these matters is given by Sundowners Overland.

    • June 20, 2016

      How do I get a Russian visa?

      You will be required to organise your own Russian visa for this trip. We recommend contacting your local embassy to help you with the process of obtaining this visa.

      It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the necessary documentation to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries to be visited.

      Information about these matters is given by Sundowners Overland.

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      Vaccinations

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      Typhoid
      Recommended for China, Mongolia and Russia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      Hepatitis A
      Recommended for China, Mongolia and Russia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      Cholera
      Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      Tuberculosis
      Recommended for China, Mongolia and Russia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      Hepatitis B
      Recommended for China, Mongolia and Russia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      Rabies
      Recommended for China and Mongolia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
      Yellow fever
      Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for China and Russia. Ideally 10 days before travel.
      Japanese B encephalitis
      Recommended for China and Russia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
      Tick-borne encephalitis
      Recommended for China, Mongolia and Russia. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 6,945 km.
      • Beijing (China)
      • 1,151 km
      • Terelj National Park (Mongolia)
      • 63 km
      • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
      • 611 km
      • Lake Baikal (Russia)
      • 281 km
      • Irkutsk (Russia)
      • 4,205 km
      • Moscow (Russia)
      • 633 km
      • St Petersburg (Russia)

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