The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing)

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The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing) - Vodkatrain
The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing) - Vodkatrain
3 reviews
+9 Destinations
Trans Siberian


  • Russia’s Golden Ring
  • Mongolia’s wild history
  • Nomadic culture
  • Central market
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Hostel, Sleeper Train, Yurt
Max Group Size
Train & Rail
Physical Rating
Travel style
Train & Rail, Discovery
Start in Moscow and end in Beijing! With the train & rail tour The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing), you have a 23 day tour package taking you from Moscow to Beijing and through Moscow, Russia and 9 other destinations. The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.

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  • The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 1
    Written on August 20, 2014
    3.0 - Average

    I had a great time on the Cossack tour, met a lot of amazing people and got home with memories for a lifetime. Even the journeys on the train were really funny and not too boring. However we had a few unpleasant incidents, such as not being able to enter our rooms after arrival, two guys even had to sleep in the breakfast room for one (short) night. Some of the accommodations were very shabby (awfully dirty, noisy & hot rooms, no hot water, ... even the train was better!) – in Ulaanbaatar we even decided to spend the night in a 4* hotel for a surprisingly good price. I think we should have had better accommodation in some places as the whole trip wasn’t inexpensive. Maybe they could have done this instead of just booking random tours for us that no one wanted to do and only just telling us the evening before. It would be good to keep the whole thing a bit more flexible, but to provide more details about the itinerary because sometimes we didn’t have a clue. I also felt that some of the Honchos were not honest all the time, but the vast majority of them were great fun and very energetic. Overall, I will keep it in mind as a positive experience.
    Vodkatrain commented on this review
    Hello there, Although overall you had a positive experience, we are sorry to hear that you had some unpleasant incidents with your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. We take this type of feedback very seriously so if could please send through your details (booking date and booking name) to so that we can investigate, we would most appreciate it. Thanks Kat @ Vodkatrain - HQ
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  • The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 2
    Written on September 5, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Crossing China, Mongolia and Russia on the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railway has been an unforgettable experience. We are really happy  with our decision to go with Vodka Train.  It was all the parts of a tour we like - organised transport and accommodation, without the structured sight-seeing. We definitely got a lot more out of each city and visited more cities and sights than if we were doing it on our own. It would also have been pretty difficult to do on your own as there is very limited English, the train timetables are impossible to understand, and we often crossed multiple time zones in a day.  The trains also leave without a bell or warning so it would be easy to miss a train and get stuck in the middle of no where.  The best part about going with Vodka Train was having a local honcho to tell us about the city and show us the best parts. The honchos were similar ages to our group, spoke fluent English and were a lot of fun. We learnt more about the people, culture and life in China, Mongolia and Russia from them than anything we could read in a guide book. It was also a lot more fun to do in a group. We have made some fantastic friends that definitely enhanced our experience, and we look forward to catching up with.  We saw some amazing places. We would never have considered visiting Mongolia but it turned out to be one of our favourite parts of the trip. Staying in a traditional ger, riding horses across the desert, and the beautiful scenery was fantastic. Our guide in Mongolia, Gerlee, definitely made our experience. Moscow was also spectacular, walking into Red Square and seeing St Basil's Cathedral was our favorite experience of the trip. Lake Baikal was magnificent, and seeing the Kazan Kremlin at night was another top experience. We also enjoyed trying different local foods and learning a bit of the languages; we are now pricrasna (perfect) at Russian!  Traveling on the trains, especially for up to 3 days at a time was a very unique adventure. As was not showering, not being able to go to the bathroom for hours at a time, and surviving on instant porridge, noodles and coffee. I have a new found respect for the multitude of uses for a thermos! However we were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the trains. The cabins were comfortable and the train attendants were great. The food cart was also good fun, as was eating food sold by women on the platforms, and drinking wodka with Russians. We would definitely recommend Vodka Train, it is such a unique experience and a fantastic way to see some different and interesting places. 
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  • The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 3
    Written on September 5, 2012
    3.5 - Good

    Great tour which fitted in a lot of destinations. Most of the honchos were very friendly and knowledgeable and showed us places of interest, however sometimes their planned itineraries were too inflexible and didn't allow for personal preferences or if you wanted to split up from the group and explore yourself.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Days 1-2: Moscow
  2. Days 3-4: To Suzdal
  3. Day 5: To Kazan
  4. Day 6: Kazan
  5. Days 7-9: Trans Siberian Railway
  6. Days 10-11: Lake Baikal
  7. Day 12: Irkutsk and to Ulan Ude
  8. Day 13: Ulan Ude
  9. Day 14: To Ulaanbaatar
  10. Day 15: Ulaanbaatar
  11. Day 16: Bayangobi
  12. Days 17-18: Kharkhorin
  13. Day 19: Ulaanbaatar
  14. Day 20: Ulaanbaatar to Beijing
  15. Days 21-23: Beijing

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The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing)

  • Saturday
    Jul 13, 2019
    from Moscow
    23 Days
    Aug 4, 2019
    to Beijing
    9 seats left
    USD $3,617
  • Saturday
    Aug 17, 2019
    from Moscow
    23 Days
    Sep 8, 2019
    to Beijing
    8 seats left
    USD $3,617

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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.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Russia, Mongolia and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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.
Recommended for Mongolia and China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.


Moscow 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 7 December 2018 the full payment of $3,617 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 $3617 for The Cossack (from Moscow to Beijing), but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
Some departure dates and prices may vary and Vodkatrain will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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Covering a total distance of approx 7,223 km.
  • Moscow (Russia)
  • 191 km
  • Suzdal (Russia)
  • 541 km
  • Kazan (Russia)
  • 3,696 km
  • Lake Baikal (Russia)
  • 281 km
  • Irkutsk (Russia)
  • 231 km
  • Ulan Ude (Russia)
  • 439 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 215 km
  • Bayangobi (Mongolia)
  • 142 km
  • Kharkhorin (Mongolia)
  • 318 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
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