Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

From Russia's Siberia to the South Gobi: A Remote Adventure (16 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Moscow, Russia To Moscow, Russia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Moscow, Russia
None Dinner

Arrive in historic, stunning Moscow early in the morning. Transfer to your hotel after a long journey. Enjoy the drive into the city as you pass by incredible landmarks such as the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Day 2
Irkutsk, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave the sprawling capital and fly to Irkutsk, where you will be met by your private car, driver and English-speaking city expert. After checking into the comfortable Sun Hotel, enjoy breakfast. Your driver will take you to the Znamensky Monastery, home to the major shrine commemorating Siberia’s most famous missionary. Later that day, take a stroll along Boulevard Gargarinsky on the leafy thoroughfare, Angara. Your friendly guide will lead you through the Decemberists Museum and a walking tour of the Decembrists’ wooden houses.

Day 3
Listvyanka, Russia
Irkutsk, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early for breakfast and checkout. Travel in luxury on the charming old-world Circum Baikal Railway express train in the first class seats. The beautiful train is nicknamed “the golden buckle on the steel belt of Russia.” Upon arrival in Port Baikal, you will take a ferry to Listvyanka, where you check into the best hotel in town - the Krestovaya Pad Hotel.

Day 4
Listvyanka, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Have a leisurely breakfast at your hotel as you aren’t met by your guide until midmorning. Your guide will take you to the quaint Krestovka Village and the 19th-century Church of St. Nicholas specifically. Next, peruse the Baikal Limnological Museum, dedicated to telling the fascinating story of the stunning lake and its surrounding flora and fauna. Finish your tour with a ride on the Baikal funicular for unrivaled views of the lake, Port Baikal and the Khamar-Daban mountains. On your way back to Irkutsk, stop at the open-air Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography.

Day 5
Ulan Ude, Russia
Listvyanka, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today travel on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway to make your way to Ulan-Ude. Upon arrival in the capital of Russia’s Buryat Republic and the third-largest city in Eastern Siberia, check into your hotel, the Baikal Plaza Hotel. Enjoy dinner at the welcoming hotel and relax

Day 6
Ulan Ude, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, you are met by your friendly driver and guide. The city was closed to foreigners until 1991. The highly-regarded ethnographic museum is known for the gigantic bust of Lenin - at 25 feet tall and 42 tons - the statue towers over the central square. Take a walking tour of the “Old Town,” or “wooden Ulan-Ude,” as well as the streets of Smolina, Sverdlova, Banzarov, Naberezhnaya and Linkhovina After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Buddhist temple 14 miles from the city. This was originally the only Buddhist spiritual center in all of Russia. Finish the day with a tour of the Ethnographic Museum.

Day 7
Ulan Ude, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your touring today with a drive to Tarbagatai and Desyatnikovo, two villages of “Old Believers,” a sect that was once part of the Russian Orthodox Church but fled to Siberia during the late 1700s. Pay a visit to the Semeiskie Cultural Center, the Old Believer Church and local museum. Continue to Desyatnikovo, where you are welcomed for lunch by a local family. Your guide will act as a translator as you learn about the small culture’s way of life. Return to your hotel that evening.

Day 8
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Ulan Ude, Russia
Khan Palace Kempinski Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early to enjoy breakfast at your hotel before boarding the Trans-Siberian Railway Train to reach Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. You have the luxurious arrangement of a four-person sleeping car for just two people. The long train journey covers incredible scenery in one of the least inhabited areas in the planet

Day 9
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar early in the morning. You are met by your guide and transferred to the Khan Palace Kempinski Hotel to refresh before traveling to the South Gobi. Have a late lunch at the hotel before checking out and flying to the Southern Gobi. Drive from Dalanzadgad to the Three Camel Lodge. The lodge was recently voted as one of the top 50 eco-lodges in the world.

Day 10
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A full-day excursion to Yol Valley is on the menu for the day. The famous ravine is often covered in a thick sheet of ice year-round. A resting place for the Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture, keep your eyes peeled to spot the rare creature. Take a camel ride through part of the Yol Valley. On your return to your hotel, stop at the Gurvan Saikhan Nature Museum.

Day 11
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart for a night away from the Three Camel Lodge as you travel to a new section of the Southern Gobi Desert. A giant sand dune, the Hongor Sands, stretching more than 100 miles in length, is your first stop of the day. During your visit, you will no doubt encounter one or more local families. The remote culture is more than happy to share their experiences and culture with you. Stay in a Ger camp near the sands for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 12
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trot horseback across the Mongolian landscape as Mongols have for centuries. Horses still outnumber people in this unique section of the world. Return to the Three Camel Lodge this evening, where you will enjoy dinner and a comfortable sleep.

Day 13
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The famous Flaming Cliffs await as you tour the glowing-orange landmarks first thing today. The first fossilized dinosaur eggs were unearthed in the 1920s by explorer Roy Chapman Andrews at this location. Depending on the weather, you will either picnic or have lunch at the lodge. After lunch, depart Dalanzadgad and arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Once in Ulaanbaatar, you will check into the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace and rest for the night.

Day 14
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tour the unusual, soviet-era style city with your private guide and driver. Highlights include the Gandan Monastery, the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, the Mongolia Museum of Natural History and the Winter Palace of Bogd Khan. After dinner at your hotel this evening, enjoy a traditional performance of Mongol folk music and dancing.

Day 15
Moscow, Russia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel this morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Moscow. You have the day in Moscow at your leisure. Check into the cozy Hotel Days, where you can relax and indulge in an authentic dinner.

Day 16
Moscow, Russia
None Breakfast

Enjoy a full day exploring Moscow. Discover the historic landmarks at Red Square before a full tour of the Kremlin. The Armory Museum inside the Kremlin is considered one of Russia’s most fantastic museums. Next, visit the impressive St. Basil’s Cathedral. After lunch, visit the Tretyakov Gallery and see the world’s foremost collection of Russian fine art. Come evening, depart Domodedovo to catch your return flight.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Description

Two of the most remote locations in the world - the South Gobi and Siberia - await you in this exotic 16-day exploration. Learn about Russia’s Soviet past as you tour different landmarks and museums telling stories of communist times. Camp in Ger-style tents as you interact with small local cultures spotted across the nearly-desolate South Gobi. Moscow, Irkutsk, Listvyanka, and Ulan-Ude are the perfect Siberian cities for a full tour of the area before continuing onto Mongolia’s isolated desert.


Highlights

 

  • Explore the luxurious Kremlin in Moscow

  • Travel in luxury on the old-world charming Circum Baikal Railway express train in the first class seats

  • Marvel at the world’s largest statue of Lenin standing tall at 25 feet tall and 42 tons

  • Horseback ride across the South Gobi’s giant sand dune, the Hongor Sands, stretching more than 100 miles

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  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
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  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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