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The Vodkatrain - Vodkatrain
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21 days

The Vodkatrain

From St Petersburg to Beijing
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US $3,390
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  • Lake Baikal
  • Experience the shaman culture
  • Visit St. Basils
  • Terelj National Park


Start in St Petersburg and end in Beijing! With the Train & Rail tour The Vodkatrain, you have a 21 days tour package taking you through St Petersburg, Russia and 6 other destinations. The Vodkatrain includes accommodationin a hoteland hostel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  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. Day 12: Irkutsk and to Ulan Ude
  7. Days 13 - 14: Ulan Ude
  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
  13. Journey Summary
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Optional
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

7 nights
2 nights
2 nights
Sleeper Train
8 nights
1 night

Customer Reviews

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  • RL
    · June 3rd, 2019
    The trip covers so much and really feels like an epic adventure! Great tour - we’ll organised, great local guides and well paced itinerary. They were also very helpful with visa process. My only comment would be to have a minimum number of people on... Show more
    Trip date: September 2017
    Review collected by Vodkatrain
  • T
    · September 5th, 2018
    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... Show more
    Trip date: June 2018
  • D
    · August 9th, 2018
    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... Show more
    Trip date: July 2018
  • A
    · May 9th, 2018
    Everything was amazing!! Highly recommend doing this vodkatrain tour!! Only thing that would made it totally perfect is having one more day in Moscow.
    Trip date: March 2018
  • RD
    · August 4th, 2016
    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... Show more
    Trip date: July 2016
  • The Vodkatrain reviewer 6
    · June 16th, 2015
    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... Show more
    Trip date: May 2015
  • The Vodkatrain reviewer 7
    · May 21st, 2014
    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,... Show more
    Trip date: March 2014
  • The Vodkatrain reviewer 8
    · January 6th, 2013
    Had a great time! Helped me get from England to Japan without flying! Check my video -
    Trip date: September 2010
  • The Vodkatrain reviewer 9
    · September 6th, 2012
    An amazing tour, guides were great. Special thanks to Marina and Diana Kalmykova. Would recommend to all my friends
    Trip date: October 2010
  • The Vodkatrain reviewer 10
    · September 5th, 2012
    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... Show more
    Trip date: May 2012

Dates & Availability

21 days
The Vodkatrain
From St Petersburg to Beijing
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there some age restrictions?

    Yes, there is an age range of 18-35 years old.

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Good to Know

  • Currency
    Yuan Renminbi
    Russian Ruble
  • Plugs & Adapters

    As a traveller from USA, Canada you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, G, I. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, A, B, I. As a traveller from Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, A, B, G. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, A, B, G, I.

    Type C
    Mongolia and Russia
    Type E
    Mongolia and Russia
    Type F
    Mongolia and Russia
    Type A
    Type B
    Type G
    Type I
  • Vaccines
    • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • 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.
  • Visa
    • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
    • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
  • Payment information
    • For any tour departing before July 8th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after July 8th, 2021, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Vodkatrain. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 80 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
    • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Vodkatrain will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
    • The following cards are accepted for "Vodkatrain" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
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    Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.