16 days in Russia, Mongolia & Beijing Itinerary

16 days in Russia, Mongolia & Beijing Itinerary

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16 days in Russia, Mongolia & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
train + Fly:  24​h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
train:  11​h 30​min
2
Kazan, Russia
— 1 night
train:  14​h
3
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 night
train:  56​h 30​min
4
Ulan-Ude, Russia
— 1 night
bus:  11​h 30​min
5
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
train:  31​h
6
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco, United States


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the wide array of goods at GUM and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Moscow online visit planner .

Washington DC, USA to Moscow is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 8 hours. While traveling from Washington DC, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Moscow, ranging from highs of 30°F to lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): head off the coast to Sviyazhsk, admire the landmark architecture of Agricultural Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kazan trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Moscow in December, things will get slightly colder in Kazan: highs are around 24°F and lows about 15°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sviyazhsk
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

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 17th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Monument to Passengers, make a trip to Ganina Yama Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then enjoy breathtaking views from Visotsky Business Center Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Weir on river Iset, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church on the Blood.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg vacation maker app .

You can fly from Kazan to Yekaterinburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kazan in December: high temperatures in Yekaterinburg hover around 18°F and lows are around 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

St. Nicholas Church
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Church on the Blood ©
Church on the Blood
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout

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. On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Lenin, and then admire the striking features of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ulan-Ude trip planner .

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Ulan-Ude by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Time to Irkutsk Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yekaterinburg in December; daily highs in Ulan-Ude reach 6°F and lows reach -11°F. On the 21st (Sat), you're off toUlaanbaatar.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Historic Sites Museums
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

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night
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Migjid Janraisig Sum and then steep yourself in history at Gandantegchenling Monastery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar. In December in Ulaanbaatar, expect temperatures between 11°F during the day and -15°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites
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Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery
Migjid Janraisig Sum ©
Migjid Janraisig Sum

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nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hutong Calligraphy Class, Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), Galaxy SOHO, and other attractions you added. Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Bell and Drum Towers for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Beijing vacation app .

Traveling by flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December; daily highs in Beijing reach 40°F and lows reach 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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