30 days in Russia, China & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

30 days in Russia, China & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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30 days in Russia, China & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Beijing, China
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Erenhot, China
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 30​min
3
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
train:  27​h
4
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 30​min
5
Listvyanka, Russia
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 day
train:  16​h
7
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
— 1 night
train:  10​h 15​min
8
Novosibirsk, Russia
— 1 night
train:  18​h 30​min
9
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 night
train:  12​h
10
Kazan, Russia
— 1 night
train:  13​h 30​min
11
Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Singapore, Singapore


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1
night
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Beijing Capital Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Huairou Xiangshuihu Great Wall Scenic Resort.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Beijing is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Singapore in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 26°C in Beijing. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Erenhot.

Things to do in Beijing

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Beijing Capital Museum ©
Beijing Capital Museum

1
night
Erenhot, China

Erenhot
Erenhot is a county-level city of the Xilin Gol League, in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, located in the Gobi Desert along the Sino-Mongolian border, across from the Mongolian town of Zamyn-Üüd. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Erlian Nation Gate.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Erenhot online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Beijing to Erenhot. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Erenhot

Museums
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2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour on your own time with Cheketours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manzshir Monastery, and then view the masterpieces at Altan Khaan Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, explore the galleries of 976 Art Gallery, then stroll around Bogd Khan Uul National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenresig Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ulaanbaatar trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Erenhot to Ulaanbaatar. July in Ulaanbaatar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Cheketours ©
Cheketours
Bogd Khan Uul National Park ©
Bogd Khan Uul National Park
Manzshir Monastery ©
Manzshir Monastery

1
night
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): ride a horse along Pribaikalskiy National Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Irkutsk travel route planning website .

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Listvyanka.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Pribaikalskiy National Park ©
Pribaikalskiy National Park

3
nights
Listvyanka, Russia

Listvyanka ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Baikal and Museum of History of Circumbaikal Railway. Escape the urban bustle at The Great Baikal Trail and Stone Cherskogo. Change things up with a short trip to The Chapel of The Holy Prophet King Solomon in Vydrino (about 1h 20 min away).

Before you visit Listvyanka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Irkutsk to Listvyanka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Listvyanka

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Museum of History of Circumbaikal Railway, The Chapel of The Holy Prophet King Solomon
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The Great Baikal Trail ©
The Great Baikal Trail
Stone Cherskogo ©
Stone Cherskogo
Baikal Astrophysical Observatory ©
Baikal Astrophysical Observatory

1
day
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk
For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Irkutsk online route planner .

Traveling by car from Listvyanka to Irkutsk takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums
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1
night
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.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Parish of St. Nicholas Church, then admire the striking features of Intercession Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Literature Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at V. Surikov's Memorial Estate. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Stolby National Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Krasnoyarsk trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Time to Krasnoyarsk Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Intercession Cathedral ©
Intercession Cathedral
Literature Museum ©
Literature Museum

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.
On the 20th (Sat), soak in style at Turkish baths, then examine the collection at Museum of History of Development of the Central District, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Ascension (Voznesensky Sobor), and finally see the interesting displays at World Funeral Culture Museum.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Novosibirsk route site .

You can fly from Krasnoyarsk to Novosibirsk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Novosibirsk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums Baths Spas
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Museum of Nature ©
Museum of Nature
Turkish Baths

1
night
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 22nd (Mon): take a stroll through City of the Chekists, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander of the Neva, take in the spiritual surroundings of New Tikhvin Nunnery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral, then examine the collection at Nevyanskaya Icon Museum, and finally examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Na Plotinke Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yekaterinburg route planning app .

Fly from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg is minus 2 hours. In July in Yekaterinburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Bazhov Museum ©
Bazhov Museum
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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night
Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
On the 24th (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at World War II Museum Memorial, examine the collection at Hermitage - Kazan Center, see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Happy Childhood, and finally see the interesting displays at Mardzhani Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip maker tool .

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Yekaterinburg in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kazan, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Shopping
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Konstantin Vasiliev Museum ©
Konstantin Vasiliev Museum
Hermitage - Kazan Center ©
Hermitage - Kazan Center
Museum of Happy Childhood ©
Museum of Happy Childhood

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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.
Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries and Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor) will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as New Jerusalem Monastery of Resurrection and Musee de la Grande Guerre Patriotique. Step out of Moscow to go to Zvenigorod and see Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Krutitskoe Podvorye, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion), and see the interesting displays at International Centre of the Roerichs.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Moscow journey builder site .

You can fly from Kazan to Moscow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Moscow are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, New Jerusalem Monastery of Resurrection
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Krutitskoe Podvorye ©
Krutitskoe Podvorye
Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion) ©

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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.
The Marly Palace and Petrovskaya Aquatoria, Scale Model will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany and The General Staff Building. Go for a jaunt from St. Petersburg to Shlisselburg to see Oreshek Fortress about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, contemplate the long history of Alexander Column, step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island, and don't miss a visit to Winter Palace of Peter I.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg journey planner .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums Baths

Side Trip

Oreshek Fortress
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Russian Museum of Ethnography ©
Russian Museum of Ethnography
Oreshek Fortress ©
Oreshek Fortress
Stroganov Palace ©
Stroganov Palace

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