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Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing)

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Indiana Giorgious "I always wanted to do strip on the famous trans-siberian express train. I also always wanted to visit russia; I am passionate about old russian film cameras and going to moscow and siberia was the perfect place to visit! Moscow is beautiful but the most amazing time was on the train especially the part in 3rd class. So much fun!! speaking with locals, getting to know your fellow travellers but als..."
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Moscow
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Start in Moscow and end in Beijing! With the train & rail tour Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing), you have a 13 day tour package taking you from Moscow to Beijing and through Moscow, Russia and 5 other destinations. Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Train & Rail

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  • Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 1
    Written on September 7, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was an excellent experience that I thoroughly recommend. Firstly, the train itself is a very unique experience - amazing landscapes and scenery, interesting Russian people and the train itself all make it a very different trip. Then there are the guides provided that are very friendly and informative and always up ofr a laugh. Thirdly, even though this is the cheapest trip, it would be a lot harder to do it independently, and you are transported over a huge distance. Definitely recommend it to anyone, especially as a different start to your gap year.
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  • Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 2
    Written on September 5, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a great tour and had a fantastic time!! Our group of people was fantastic and we were fast friends. The guides in each place were good except for Moscow, we had an issue with lost luggage and an entry permit and she was very unhelpful. That was the only negative thing the whole trip though. Third classes am experience !! Not one I wiould do again but not one I would change for the world, it made the trip!! What an experience! Mongolia was far and away the best part of the trip, accommodation and activities and generally it was the highlight for me!!!
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  • Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 3
    Written on August 26, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Most of the guides (or honchos) were quite good, but the one in Moscow, I think her name was Anna, she was not very enthusiastic. She did her job though and got us on the train.
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  • Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 4
    Written on August 23, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    I always wanted to do strip on the famous trans-siberian express train. I also always wanted to visit russia; I am passionate about old russian film cameras and going to moscow and siberia was the perfect place to visit! Moscow is beautiful but the most amazing time was on the train especially the part in 3rd class. So much fun!! speaking with locals, getting to know your fellow travellers but also trying to order something from the restaurant car was just a good laugh!! The scenery from the window is just magic..I remember waking up in the middle of the night during one of the numerous train stops and seeing a beautiful LENIN statue in the middle of nowhere!!! All the small things like a train stop of 45 minutes is a big event on the train and it was fun to run and see as much as possible and trying to buy more food too. The other highlight of the train trip was the time in Mongolia! such a beautiful country and an amazing place for my photography!! We had an extraordinary guide there: ODKA! she was absolutely the best guide you can have: fun, upbeat and very helpful . I wish I spent more time at the get camp. It was my first time horse back riding and one morning we decided to wake up early to see the sunrise from a nearby hill: it was STUNNING! never been in a place like that! Overall the all journey was a good laugh even the long stops at border crossing. It was very sad to leave the group in China after having a great time together. This is just a truly unique experience that is really hard to describe by words or photographs..it is something you have to experience!!
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  • Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 5
    Written on August 22, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    The only downside to tthis trip was getting to Moscow and being unable to find the hostel due to a really bad map. By the time we got there we had our first meeting and found out we were leaving the next morning before any of the attractions opened so we saw NOTHING in Moscow which was horrible. The first train ride was entertaining, no doors and it stunk and we had to deal with drunk Russians but it has made for some funny stories. Lake Baikal was AWSEOME and our guide was just gorgeous and so helpful. I dont think I've ever been so cold in my life but it was just amazing, a long way out of town but worth it. Definately have a suana if it is offered. Had a really quick tour around Irkukts [however you bloody spell it!] and would have liked another night there too but I guess we booked the shorter trip as we had limited time. Border crossing from here were so boring and painful if you had been drinking as there really are no toilets between Mongolia and China and it takes hours. Mongolia in the Ger camp was great, best accomodation the whole trip, again wish we had more than one night there, again bloody cold so using the drop toilets was a task especially at night in -35. Overall it was a good trip and I wish I hadn't had the time restrictions so I could have more time in Moscow and at the Ger camp and lake Baikal. Be prepared to walk a lot, not shower and eat re-hydrated foods and keep a calm and open mind.
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  • Budgeting Bolshevik (Moscow to Beijing) reviewer 6
    Written on August 10, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    So much fun! But be prepared to travel basic! We shared a sleeper train with a very loud snoring Ukrainian lady but made friends with some lovely Russians! The Vodkatrain is an amazing way to see and experience a country.
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  1. Days 1-2. Arrive Moscow
  2. Day 3. Moscow and on to Irkutsk
  3. Days 4 - 5. Onboard the Train
  4. Day 6. Hello Siberia!
  5. Day 7. Return to Irkutsk
  6. Day 8. Trans Mongolian Railway
  7. Day 9. Welcome to Mongolia!
  8. Day 10. Terelj National Park to Ulaanbaatar
  9. Day 11. Mongolia to Beijing
  10. Days 12-13. Beijing – Journey Concludes

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    About the countries

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    Currencies

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    Tugrik
    Mongolia
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    Yuan Renminbi
    China

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    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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    Moscow is the starting point and Beijing is the endpoint.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 6,311 km.
    • Moscow (Russia)
    • 4,205 km
    • Irkutsk (Russia)
    • 281 km
    • Lake Baikal (Russia)
    • 611 km
    • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    • 63 km
    • Terelj National Park (Mongolia)
    • 1,151 km
    • Beijing (China)

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