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Great Rail Explorer

Great Rail Explorer - Sundowners Overland
Great Rail Explorer - Sundowners Overland
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2 reviews
Starts
Beijing
Destinations
+10
Ends
St Petersburg
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Highlights

Start in Beijing and end in St Petersburg! With the train & rail tour Great Rail Explorer, you have a 34 day tour package taking you from Beijing to St Petersburg and through Beijing, China and 10 other destinations. Great Rail Explorer is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Train & Rail
Travel style
Train & Rail, In-depth Cultural, Historical

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  • NO
    Written on September 6, 2016
    1.0 - Bad

    I dont feel your respnce is appropriate 395.00 is a lot of money to lose. It would not matter how much spin you place. But a 30.000 you have not lost because i will not book a tour is very short sited. Lacks business sence.
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  • NO
    Written on August 11, 2016
    1.0 - Bad

    I have experience a very poor outcome from this company, I had a deposit for a trip which was planned for 2015 after the death of my husband but due to my past employer they cancelled my leave which left me unable to travel, Sundowners agreed to defer the deposit of $379.00 which was great. I have had to change employment which has left me unable to take leave for an extended period of over 25day. I contact sundowner to book the 33 day Great Rail trip in Aug 2017 which will cost almost 10,000 dollars but they have referred to honour the deposit, stating "your deposit we were holding for you has expired". and will not honour. I am travelling with family and will now due to this issue not recommend this tour company to any of my family or friends as I have done in the past.
    Sundowners Overland commented on this review
    Hi Nedine, I am sorry to hear that you still don’t feel we have treated you in a fair way regarding your deposit. When you had to cancel your 2013 trip as you were unable to have your annual leave approved we did agree to hold your deposit initially for a period of 12 months to give you time to sort out your work problems; meaning you would have to book a new trip by march 2014. We then granted an extra 12 month extension to this as when we were talking with you in 2014 you still didn’t think you would be able to book or travel that year. At that time we did make quite clear that you would have had to make a new booking by March 2015 or your deposit would be forfeited. We then we didn’t hear from you again until July 2016 when you asked to book a new trip. Our normal terms and conditions state that any cancellation more than 75 days prior to departure would incur loss of deposit. We understand it can sometimes be hard to plan around your work commitments and we always try to accommodate clients where possible to ensure they can still travel on our amazing journeys. I do think we went above and beyond to give you extra time to organize a trip with us and I am sorry that you do not feel the 2 year extension to our standard conditions was generous enough. I do wish you the best of luck planning your future travels and I hope you find another provider that can help you amongst the many great companies Tour Radar offers. Regards, Sundowners Overland
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Days 1-3: Beijing
  2. Day 4: All aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway
  3. Day 5: Ulaanbaatar
  4. Day 6: Terelj National Park
  5. Day 7: Return to Ulaanbaatar and Trans Mongolian Railway
  6. Day 8: To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
  7. Day 9: Irkutsk
  8. Days 10-11: Irkutsk and to Novosibirsk
  9. Day 12: Arrive Novosibirsk
  10. Days 13-14: Novosibirsk to Almaty
  11. Day 15: Almaty
  12. Day 16: Almaty and to Tashkent
  13. Day 17: Tashkent
  14. Days 18-20: Samarkand
  15. Days 21-23: To Bukhara via Shahrizabz
  16. Day 24: Return to Tashkent
  17. Day 25: Tashkent
  18. Days 26-28: Farewell Uzbekistan, Hello Russia!
  19. Days 29-30: Welcome to Moscow!
  20. Day 31: Moscow and to St. Petersburg
  21. Days 32-34: St. Petersburg

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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  • Edith, 72 years old29th September 2018
    Communication has been excellent. All queries have been answered promptly. Further information about the proposed tour has been readily available. I feel confident booking through TourRadar.

Availability

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Great Rail Explorer

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  • Sunday
    Jun 16, 2019
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Jul 19, 2019
    to St Petersburg
    7 seats left
    $253
    USD $8,177
  • Sunday
    Jul 14, 2019
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Aug 16, 2019
    to St Petersburg
    10+ seats left
    $259
    USD $8,366
  • Sunday
    Aug 18, 2019
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Sep 20, 2019
    to St Petersburg
    10+ seats left
    $261
    USD $8,454
  • Sunday
    Sep 22, 2019
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Oct 25, 2019
    to St Petersburg
    8 seats left
    $264
    USD $8,551
  • Sunday
    Jun 14, 2020
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Jul 17, 2020
    to St Petersburg
    7 seats left
    $264
    USD $8,551
  • Sunday
    Jul 12, 2020
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Aug 14, 2020
    to St Petersburg
    10+ seats left
    $264
    USD $8,551
  • Sunday
    Aug 16, 2020
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Sep 18, 2020
    to St Petersburg
    8 seats left
    $264
    USD $8,551
  • Sunday
    Sep 20, 2020
    from Beijing
    34 Days
    Friday
    Oct 23, 2020
    to St Petersburg
    9 seats left
    $264
    USD $8,551

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About the countries

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Currencies

¥
Yuan Renminbi
China
Tugrik
Mongolia
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Ruble
Russia
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Tenge
Kazakhstan
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Som
Uzbekistan

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ChinaChinaChina and UzbekistanMongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Visa

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Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
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.
Cholera
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
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.
Rabies
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.

Policies

Location
Beijing is the starting point and St Petersburg is the endpoint.
Trusted
Your money is safe with TourRadar, as we only pay the tour operator after your tour has departed.
Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Sundowners Overland booking. The remaining balance is then payable 75 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 5 January 2019 the full payment of $8,177 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
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 $8177 for Great Rail Explorer, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
Availability
Some departure dates and prices may vary and Sundowners Overland will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
Credit Cards
The following cards are accepted for Sundowners Overland tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 9,063 km.
  • Beijing (China)
  • 1,169 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 63 km
  • Terelj National Park (Mongolia)
  • 63 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 521 km
  • Irkutsk (Russia)
  • 1,435 km
  • Novosibirsk (Russia)
  • 1,378 km
  • Almaty (Kazakhstan)
  • 671 km
  • Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • 264 km
  • Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
  • 215 km
  • Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
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