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Ed "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 w..."
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26 reviews
Starts
St Petersburg
+8 Destinations
Trans Siberian
Ends
Beijing
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Highlights

  • Lake Baikal
  • Experience the shaman culture
  • Visit St. Basils
  • Terelj National Park
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Sleeper Train, Yurt
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Train & Rail
Travel style
Train & Rail, In-depth Cultural, Historical
Start in St Petersburg and end in Beijing! With the train & rail tour The Vodkatrain, you have a 21 day tour package taking you from St Petersburg to Beijing and through St Petersburg, Russia and 7 other destinations. The Vodkatrain is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide and more.

26 Reviews

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  • T
    Written on September 5, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    While I absolutly loved each destination and the experiences in themselves, I did not feel I got much added value going through Vodkatrain. Aside from having the transfers to/from accommodation included at each location I didn't get much else out of using them. The honchos, while friendly, were unorganized and unknowledgable. They were unable to answer basic questions and had little to no knowledge of items on our actual itinerary. Our honcho in the final destination couldn't give us any information on our final day as "she wasn't working", so lots of people missed saying goodbye to each other as nothing was organized. I found there to be very poor communication and as a result my experience was much less enjoyable than it could and should have been. Great itinerary, although I would have liked longer in some places. With the exception of our honcho only booking accommodation for 3 of our 11 members in Lake Baikal and us having to find an alternative solution, the rest of the accommodation was pretty good. The trains were all different, from modern and air conditioned, to vintage and no A/C but that was all part of the experience. I was also very dissappointed with their feedback method, being a stack of papers left in the dorm which other members could then read, alter and throw away. I felt they did not care about my feedback or improving their services and I feel these forms should be collected on the spot or done online. I HIGHLY reccomend the trans-Siberian railway!! But I would reccomend doing it yourself.
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  • D
    Written on August 9, 2018
    2.5 - Average

    Lake time was good would of like 2nights there instead of in Irkustk but I understand it's because of the early train the following morn. 2days in Mongolia is like the perfect tease it makes you want more. The national park was beautiful would happily spend a week there exploring UB itself could do in a weekend nothing special in my opinion. Beijing - arrived in after 1500 and I don't feel the honcho was that interested so not really actually much of a tour in Beijing maybe add a day so can actually do something in the city I realise that a trip to the wall would take a full day but could visit stuff and things in the city. So my summery is I thoroughly enjoyed myself lucky to be part of a great group wouldn't of enjoyed it half as much if I did that solo honchos could be better and maybe add an extra day to actually include Beijing not just arrive in Beijing I would give the tour 8/10. I have created an Instagram account Rtw_travelblog which has photos and brief script about what we got upto aswell pictures of the trains and what life is really like. Dan
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  • A
    Written on May 9, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Everything was amazing!! Highly recommend doing this vodkatrain tour!! Only thing that would made it totally perfect is having one more day in Moscow.
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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 reviewer 5
    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 reviewer 6
    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 reviewer 7
    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 reviewer 8
    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 reviewer 9
    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 reviewer 10
    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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Itinerary

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  1. Days 1-2: St. Petersburg
  2. Day 3: To Moscow
  3. Days 4-5: Moscow
  4. Days 6-9: Trans Siberian Railway
  5. Days 10-11: Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
  6. Days 12-13: Olkhon Island
  7. Day 14: Return to Irkutsk
  8. Day 15: Trans Mongolian Railway
  9. Day 16: Terelj National Park
  10. Day 17: Return to Ulaanbaatar
  11. Day 18: Trans Mongolian Railway
  12. Days 19-21: Beijing

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Typhoid
Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Yellow fever
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
Recommended for Russia and China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 6 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Mongolia and China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.

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Location
St Petersburg is the starting point and Beijing is the endpoint.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Vodkatrain booking. The remaining balance is then payable 75 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 5 December 2018 the full payment of $2,686 is necessary.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 75 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2686 for The Vodkatrain, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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Some departure dates and prices may vary and Vodkatrain will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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The following cards are accepted for Vodkatrain tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 7,216 km.
  • St Petersburg (Russia)
  • 633 km
  • Moscow (Russia)
  • 4,205 km
  • Irkutsk (Russia)
  • 281 km
  • Lake Baikal (Russia)
  • 58 km
  • Olkhon Island (Russia)
  • 223 km
  • Irkutsk (Russia)
  • 521 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 63 km
  • Terelj National Park (Mongolia)
  • 63 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 1,169 km
  • Beijing (China)

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