If you want extend your Mongolian vacation by adding a tour to Russia, we can help. We work with our experienced partners in Moscow and Irkutsk who will arrange transport for you,
sightseeing tours and hotel reservations. Most people like to see Moscow and Lake Baikal (not far from Irkutsk), but there are several other important cities along the route of the Trans Siberian railway.
It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. A world famous landmark, it has been the hub of the city's growth since the 14th century and was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600. The original building, known as Trinity Church and later Trinity Cathedral, contained eight side churches arranged around the ninth, central church of Intercession; the tenth church was erected in 1588 over the grave of venerated local saint Vasily (Basil).
Visit the beautiful sites of Moscow with a fully guided tour of the city. You’ll see the most famous sites as well as the most historic foundations.
Make your way around Red Square with scenes of glorious architecture with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum and State Historical Museum.
Then continue along the peaceful Moskva River embankment as you take in the breath-taking views of the Kremlin before you reach the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, New Maiden’s Convent and Moscow State University.
If you would rather have a different tour we can arrange that. For example, the famous Moscow Metro, the Kremlin and its Cathedrals, or an out of town excursion to Kolomensco which features vintage wooden structures built by some of the famous Tsars as well as the Church of Ascension, one of the most famous and unique churches in the country.
You get taken to Sparrow Hills’ observation spot to see Moscow at its finest with a spectacular panoramic view. Travel on through the Memorial Complex at Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Park, Triumphal Arch, Kutuzov Avenue, New Arbat, Boulevard Ring, Pushkin Square, Tverskaya Street before finishing this grand tour at Manezhnaya Square. Full of sights and culture, this tour is the perfect way to see all the wonders of the city of Moscow.
Lake Baikal (Mongolian: Байгал нуур, Baygal nuur, meaning "nature lake";) is a rift lake in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast.
Lake Baikal is the freshwater lake with greatest volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water, and at 1,642 m (5,387 ft), the deepest. It is also among the clearest of all lakes, and thought to be the world's oldest lake at 25 million years. It is the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area.
Baikal, the deepest lake in the world (1637 meters), is also the oldest lake, formed more than 30 million years ago. Lake contains about 23.000 cubic km of water, roughly 20% of the world's freshwater supplies. Out of 3.500 different species of flora and fauna of Baikal 85 % are founded nowhere else.
The small village of Listvyanka is located on the shore of Lake Baikal, 70 km from Irkutsk. This old-style Siberian village is situated at the source of the Angara River is famous for its trade history. From the 18th century a ferry took merchants across the lake on their way to Mongolia, China & the Far East.
You can stay in a cosy wooden chalet in the settlement Listvjanka, near the shore of Lake Baikal. Constructed in the traditional Russian wooden logs style, it is situated in the middle of the valley surrounded by houses of local people.
The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. With a length of 9,289 km (5,772 mi), it is the longest railway line in the world.
There are connecting branch lines into Mongolia, China and North Korea. It has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916, and is still being expanded.
The Trans-Mongolian is an off shoot of the main Trans-Siberian railway that winds its way between Moscow and Beijing, via Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia travelling for 7622km. Construction of the line started in 1940 with a short section between Ulan-Ude and the Mongolian border, before reaching Ulaanbaatar in 1949 and then Beijing in 1956; with regular services beginning in the same year.
Passing through much of Siberia on its way to Mongolia, and then China, the Trans-Mongolian makes stops in cities such as Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ulan-Bator, while also passing by, or through, the wonderful scenery of the Ural Mountains, the Mongolian Steppes and the Gobi Desert.