Great Rail Explorer - Extended Journey

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Great Rail Explorer - Extended Journey - Sundowners Overland
Great Rail Explorer - Extended Journey - Sundowners Overland


  • Dive deeper into the life of the Mongolian nomads
  • Fossick for dinosaur fossils in the Bayangobi Desert
  • Explore Bukhara’s ancient winding alleys of the Old City
Age range
12 to 90 year olds
Hotel, Guesthouse, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
Train & Rail
Travel style
Adventure, Train & Rail, Discovery, Sightseeing, Historical
Sundowners Overland
Start in Beijing and end in Moscow! With the adventure tour Great Rail Explorer - Extended Journey, you have a 38 day tour package taking you from Beijing to Moscow and through Beijing, China and 18 other destinations. Great Rail Explorer - Extended Journey is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.


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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Beijing
  2. Day 2: Beijing
  3. Day 3: Beijing
  4. Day 4: All aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway
  5. Day 5: Ulaanbaatar
  6. Day 6: To Kharkhorin
  7. Day 7: Bayangobi
  8. Day 8: Khustai National Park
  9. Day 9: Return to Ulaanbaatar
  10. Day 10: Trans Mongolian Railway
  11. Day 11 : Irkutsk and to Lake Baikal
  12. Day 12: Lake Baikal
  13. Day 13: Irkutsk
  14. Day 14: Irkutsk and depart to Novosibirsk
  15. Day 15: Trans Siberian Railway
  16. Day 16: Arrive Novosibirsk
  17. Day 17: Novosibirsk to Nur-Sultan
  18. Day 18: Silk Road Railway
  19. Day 19: Arrive Nur-Sultan
  20. Day 20: Depart to Almaty
  21. Day 21: Arrive Almaty
  22. Day 22: To Altyn Emel National Park
  23. Day 23: To Saty via Charyn Canyon
  24. Day 24: Return to Almaty via Kolsay Lake
  25. Day 25: Almaty and to Tashkent via Chimkent
  26. Day 26: Arrive Chimkent and transfer to Tashkent
  27. Day 27: Samarkand
  28. Day 28: Samarkand
  29. Day 29: Samarkand
  30. Day 30: To Bukhara via Shakhrizabz
  31. Day 31: Bukhara
  32. Day 32: Return to Tashkent
  33. Day 33: Farewell Uzbekistan
  34. Day 34: Silk Road Railway
  35. Day 35: Silk Road Railway
  36. Day 36: Welcome to Moscow!
  37. Day 37: Moscow
  38. Day 38: Moscow
  39. Journey Summary

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Meals

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

  • Sylvia Hobbs's review about another Sundowners Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastically organized tour, everything it said it was. Local Mongolian Guides were fantastic and everything ran smoothly. Hotel accommodation was OK and Ger Camps especially on the first two and last nights were fantastic! There were enough activities,... Read more

  • Isabelle O's review about another Sundowners Overland tour
    4.8 - Excellent

    Had a wonderful trip. Everything was well organised, safe and enjoyable. Our guide was very informative and the small group size allowed us to bond

  • Jessica P's review about another Sundowners Overland tour
    4.8 - Excellent

    Well organised, variety, local guides, interest in sustainability and environmentalism.

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Great Rail Explorer - Extended Journey

  • Sunday
    Aug 9, 2020
    from Beijing
    38 Days
    Sep 15, 2020
    to Moscow
    10+ seats left
    USD $8,376
  • Sunday
    Aug 15, 2021
    from Beijing
    38 Days
    Sep 21, 2021
    to Moscow
    6 seats left
    USD $8,376

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About the countries

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ChinaChinaChina and UzbekistanMongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan


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 China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Recommended for China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. 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, Russia and Kazakhstan. 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, Russia and Kazakhstan. Ideally 6 months before travel.


Beijing is the starting point and Moscow is the endpoint.
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For any tour departing before 5 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 5 January 2020, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Sundowners Overland. 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 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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Covering a total distance of approx 11,172 km.
  • Beijing (China)
  • 1,169 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 318 km
  • Kharkhorin (Mongolia)
  • 142 km
  • Bayangobi (Mongolia)
  • 151 km
  • Khustai National Park (Mongolia)
  • 80 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 521 km
  • Irkutsk (Russia)
  • 281 km
  • Lake Baikal (Russia)
  • 281 km
  • Irkutsk (Russia)
  • 1,435 km
  • Novosibirsk (Russia)
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