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
— Few hours
train:  15​h 30​min
5
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
train:  31​h
6
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco, United States

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): contemplate the long history of Red Square.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Moscow trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Moscow is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Moscow, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect colder days and slightly colder 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

Historic Sites Museums
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): head off the coast to Sviyazhsk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, then pause for some photo ops at Monument Philanthropist, and finally identify plant and animal life at Blue Lakes.

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 Parks Wildlife
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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 Parks

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

few
hours
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. Find out how to plan Ulan-Ude trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Ulan-Ude in 12.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yekaterinburg to Ulan-Ude. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yekaterinburg in December; daily highs in Ulan-Ude reach 6°F and lows reach -11°F. On the 20th (Fri), you're off toUlaanbaatar.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
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1
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): 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

4
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 Temple of Heaven for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple and make a trip to Bell and Drum Towers.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Beijing trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December, expect Beijing to be much hotter, temps between 40°F and 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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