28 days in Russia, Mongolia & Datong Itinerary

28 days in Russia, Mongolia & Datong Itinerary

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28 days in Russia, Mongolia & Datong Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
1
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
train:  19​h 30​min
2
Perm, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  6​h
3
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  13​h 45​min
4
Omsk, Russia
— 1 night
train:  8​h 30​min
5
Novosibirsk, Russia
— 1 night
train:  10​h 15​min
6
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  16​h
7
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h
8
Olkhon, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
9
Irkutsk, Russia
— Few hours
train:  7​h 45​min
10
Ulan-Ude, Russia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
11
Sukhbaatar, Mongolia
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
12
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
13
Dalanjargalan, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Sainshand, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
15
Datong, China
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
End: Beijing, China


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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad). On your second day here, explore the world behind art at The State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport and Zhukovsky International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Moscow are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

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nights
Perm, Russia

Perm ©
A busy industrial center straddling the banks of the Kama River, the sprawling city of Perm sits at the western foothills of the Ural Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Perm State Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Permyak - the Salty Ears, pause for some photo ops at The Legend of Perm Bear, tour the pleasant surroundings at Recreational Gorky Park, then get to know the fascinating history of The Rotunda, and finally make a trip to Art Object Schastye ne za Gorami.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Perm trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Moscow to Perm takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Perm

Parks Museums Nature
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Perm State Art Gallery ©
Perm State Art Gallery
The Rotunda ©
The Rotunda

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Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at V. Vysotskiy Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Visotsky Business Center Lookout, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Mamin-Sibiryak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Weir on river Iset, and finally contemplate the long history of Church on the Blood. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ganina Yama Monastery, then make a trip to Sevastyanov's House, and then get engrossed in the history at President Center of Boris Eltsin.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yekaterinburg tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Perm to Yekaterinburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Yekaterinburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Omsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums Parks Nature
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Weir on river Iset ©
Weir on river Iset
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout

1
night
Omsk, Russia

Omsk ©
As a cultural center of Siberia, the industrial city of Omsk is home to many theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, and other enticing attractions.
On the 8th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Arena Omsk, steep yourself in history at Tara gates, then don't miss a visit to Omsk Fortress Historical and Cultural Complex, then appreciate the history behind Statue Lyuba, and finally get great views at Fire-Observation Tower. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Omsk Regional Museum of The Fine Arts, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Plumber Stepanych, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral (Uspenskij sobor).

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Omsk online trip builder .

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Omsk in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT) to Novosibirsk Time (NOVT) is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Omsk are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Omsk

Historic Sites Museums
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Arena Omsk ©
Arena Omsk

1
night
Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk ©
Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of The Lenina Square, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Buying Scene, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Novosibirsk Zoo.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Novosibirsk trip planner .

You can fly from Omsk to Novosibirsk in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Novosibirsk Zoo ©
Novosibirsk Zoo

2
nights
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Krasnoyarsk ©
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Stolby National Park. On your second day here, meet the residents at Roev Ruchey Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Olginskiy Orphanage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel, and finally explore the activities along Enisey River.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Krasnoyarsk road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Krasnoyarsk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Enisey River ©
Enisey River
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel ©
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel

1
night
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sculpture Babr.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Irkutsk trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Krasnoyarsk Time (KRAT) to Irkutsk Time (IRKT) is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Irkutsk are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Olkhon.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums
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Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©

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Olkhon, Russia

Olkhon ©
You've now added Olkhon Island to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Shamanka Rock, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Reigning Mother of God, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Sagan-Khushun, and finally head outdoors with Hoboy Cape.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Olkhon online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Irkutsk to Olkhon. On the 21st (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Olkhon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Khuzhir, Buddhist Stupa
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Hoboy Cape ©
Hoboy Cape
Cape Sagan-Khushun ©
Cape Sagan-Khushun
Buddhist Stupa ©
Buddhist Stupa

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hours
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk
For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Irkutsk visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Olkhon to Irkutsk with the Route module. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Outdoors Museums Wildlife
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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 17th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Lenin and then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery), ponder the design of Music Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Odigitrievsky Cathedral, take in the pleasant sights at Arbat, then don't miss a visit to Triumphal Arch the Royal Gates, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ulan-Ude road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Ulan-Ude are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sukhbaatar.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

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hours
Sukhbaatar, Mongolia

Sukhbaatar
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Holy Mother Tree of Mongolia.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Sukhbaatar journey maker website .

Explore your travel options from Ulan-Ude to Sukhbaatar with the Route module. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ulaanbaatar.
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

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nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Silk Road Complex Monument [Migration], pause for some photo ops at Zaisan Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square, then take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandantegchenling Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Sukhbaatar to Ulaanbaatar takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Dalanjargalan.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery

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Dalanjargalan, Mongolia

Dalanjargalan
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Ikh Nart Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dalanjargalan trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Ulaanbaatar to Dalanjargalan in 4 hours. You will leave for Sainshand on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Dalanjargalan

Parks Wildlife
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Sainshand, Mongolia

Sainshand ©
On the 23rd (Tue), make a trip to Buddhist Temple Khamaryn.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sainshand trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Dalanjargalan to Sainshand takes 2 hours. You'll set off for Datong on the 25th (Thu).
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Buddhist Temple Khamaryn ©
Buddhist Temple Khamaryn

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Datong, China

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Jinhua Hall Mine, delve into the distant past at Shanhua Monastery, then admire the landmark architecture of Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, and finally admire the striking features of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Yungang Grottoes, Head underground at Wuguantun Grotto, then steep yourself in history at Datong City Walls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huayan Temple of Datong.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Datong road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sainshand to Datong. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes
Huayan Temple of Datong ©
Huayan Temple of Datong

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