20 days in Russia, Beijing & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

20 days in Russia, Beijing & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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20 days in Russia, Beijing & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

Start: Beijing, China
1
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + train:  23​h 15​min
2
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
train:  12​h
3
Ulan-Ude, Russia
— 1 night
train:  7​h 45​min
4
Irkutsk, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  46​h
5
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 night
train:  25​h
6
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Berlin, Germany

3
nights
Beijing, China

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get in on the family fun at Happy Valley of Beijing, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and pause for some photo ops at Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Nanyuan Airport and Tianjin Binhai International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Food Tours
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandantegchenling Monastery, make a trip to Ulaanbaatar Railway Station, appreciate the history behind Genghis Khan Square, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hustai National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ulaanbaatar road trip planning website .

You can fly from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from Beijing in August, things will get slightly colder in Ulaanbaatar: highs are around 26°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Parks Museums
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

1
night
Ulan-Ude, Russia

Ulan-Ude ©
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau, don't miss a visit to Triumphal Arch the Royal Gates, take in the pleasant sights at Arbat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Lenin.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ulan-Ude itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ulaanbaatar to Ulan-Ude. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Historic Sites Museums
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

3
nights
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Explore Irkutsk's surroundings by going to Listvyanka (Nerpinary, Cableway, & more) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Babr, view the masterpieces at Gallery of V. Bronshteyn, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of The Epiphany.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Irkutsk trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Irkutsk can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Listvyanka, Taltsy Museum, Lake Baikal
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Baikal Limnological Museum ©
Baikal Limnological Museum
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum

1
night
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): walk around Park Green Grove and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Tikhvin Nunnery.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yekaterinburg itinerary app .

Fly from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Yekaterinburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for Moscow.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites Parks
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2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of The Holy Virgin, then don't miss a visit to Ostafyevo State Museum-Estate/ Russian Parnassus, and finally see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Moreon.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Spas Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Michael's Church, Church of The Holy Virgin, Ostafyevo State Museum-Estate/ Russian Parnassus
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Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve ©
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve
Moreon ©
Moreon

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): walk around Catherine Palace and Park and then walk around Pavlovsk State Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, admire the landmark architecture of The Hermitage Pavilion, then explore the world behind art at Kameronova Gallery Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Lyceum Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Alexander Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park
Alexander Palace ©
Alexander Palace
Pavlovsk State Museum ©
Pavlovsk State Museum

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