Trip Overview

Naadam Festival

Tour rating: 4.8 / 5, Based on 11 Reviews
Tourist trains to Russia, Mongolia

Don't miss your chance to celebrate the biggest national holiday in Mongolia and marvel at picturesque landscapes leading towards it! Providing top-notch amenities, luxury and comfort, the Golden Eagle Train takes you from Moscow to Ulan Bator, where the exceptional Naadam Festival takes place. The event itself celebrates the country's exceptional heritage and features traditional dancing, throat singing and ankle bone shooting competitions.

Naadam Festival

13 days3 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
Tourist trains to Russia, Mongolia
From
$16,995
Tour rating: 4.8 / 5, Based on 11 Reviews

Don't miss your chance to celebrate the biggest national holiday in Mongolia and marvel at picturesque landscapes leading towards it! Providing top-notch amenities, luxury and comfort, the Golden Eagle Train takes you from Moscow to Ulan Bator, where the exceptional Naadam Festival takes place. The event itself celebrates the country's exceptional heritage and features traditional dancing, throat singing and ankle bone shooting competitions.

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Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

You can't say you've been in Russia if you haven't stopped in legendary Moscow, and even if you have just one day to spend there, there are a lot of things you can cross from your Russia travel bucket list.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

  • Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After break for lunch you have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks. During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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5-star Hotel
5

You have to agree, it's impossible to think of a perfect vacation without a top-notch hotel where you can relax after a long day of exploring the city. And there is no better place to unwind than a high-end 5-star hotel, providing flawless service, a wide choice of in-house facilities to take advantage of, and ample bedrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a great stay.

train
Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Experience the authentic Russian train ride with Trans-Siberian Railway from the capital of Russia, Moscow, to the crown jewel of Tatarstan. There are 1st or 2nd coach classes for you to choose, as well as picturesque panoramas along the road to gaze at.

Kazan, Russia

Kazan

second destination

Known as the third capital of Russia, every year scenic Kazan draws thousands of people from all over the world, attracted to its cultural and historical significance and striking sights, including the majestic Kazan Kremlin.

8 nights on board the Golden Eagle train
Detailed itinerary
Day 3
Kazan City Tour

Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. 

Upon arrival, you have a guided city tour that includes a visit to the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you will see the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral, a private concert of Feodor Chaliapin’s music and a walking tour through the main pedestrian area of Kazan. 

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 4
Ekaterinburg City Tour

Today your train arrives in the famous capital of Ural where Europe and Asia meet - Ekaterinburg.

Upon arrival, you have a guided city tour dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. During the tour, you visit the Cathedral-on-the-Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were assassinated.

Then you are transferred to the obelisk marking the geographical border and can drink a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

  • Optional tours: Walking city tour or visit to the Ekaterinburg Military Museum.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 5
Novosibirsk City Tour

Following breakfast you check out and prepare for a guided tour around the most interesting attractions of Novosibirsk. Together with your private guide you explore the central Lenin Square, the Opera and Ballet Theater, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Ob River embankment.

You are then invited to a particular place that surely enriches your Trans-Siberian experience - the Novosibirsk Open-Air Museum of Railway Technology. The museum is located nearly 30 minutes ride from the city, right next to the local train station where constantly going thains seem to make the museum "come alive". During the tour you explore an amazing collection of trains and engines covering different historical periods. For example, you see the Tsarsky vagon - the one Tsar Nikolay II used to travel in. Some cars are possible to climb aboard!

Please note: the museum is closed on Mondays

After the tour you are transferred to Novosibirsk railway station to continue your journey.

Breakfast included.

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Day 6
On Board the Train

In the morning you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the train station to beard the train to Moscow.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your driver takes you to Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk. 

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia  - Sign Monastery is also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine-style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour, you are transferred to centrally located hotel, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Stop at Lake Baikal

Today your train makes a stop at the picturesque Lake Baikal that is the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia. 

You start exploring Baikal from a boat trip to Listvyanka village. During your sightseeing tour, you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake. 

Later you enjoy a traditional barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, on the shore of Lake Baikal (if weather permits).

  • Optional tour: Chersky Mount hiking tour.

Later you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 9
Ulan Ude City Tour

Today after breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and  head for Ivolginsky Buddhist monastery complex, considered as the center of Buddhism in Russia. Located 40 km from Ulan-Ude in the picturesque valley of the Ivolga River, the complex is home to the Buddhist institute Dashi Choinkhorlin, translated from Tibetan as “the land of happy learning”. Here monks, the future lamas, study oriental and Tibetan culture, medicine, Old Mongolian and Tibetan languages and philosophy of Buddhism. During the tour you make a sacred circle (“goroo”) around the territory, enter the temples, see the altar with many golden statues of Buddha, Buddhist stupas, Buddhist books, tankas and even the sacred Bodhi tree.

Upon return to the city, you take a tour around the most interesting city landmarks.
You enjoy the views from Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan rising high above the city (if time and weather conditions allow), see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin, take a walk at Lenin Street abundant in former merchant houses, explore Soviet Square and admire the beautiful Odigitria Cathedral.

After the tour you have a break for lunch (lunch is not included) and take a transfer to the train station. At the station you board a train running to Khabarovsk.

Breakfast and one meal onboard are included.

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5-star Hotel
5

You have to agree, it's impossible to think of a perfect vacation without a top-notch hotel where you can relax after a long day of exploring the city. And there is no better place to unwind than a high-end 5-star hotel, providing flawless service, a wide choice of in-house facilities to take advantage of, and ample bedrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a great stay.

train
Kazan
Ulan Bator
3 days 14 hrs

Tour some of the most exceptional cities in Russia before reaching your destination in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Upon arrival, an unforgettable two-day Naadam Festival awaits, brimming with traditional songs, dancing and plenty of unique activities.

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Ulan Bator

third destination

Ulan Bator is an off-the-beaten-path city full of treasures waiting to be discovered, and anyone who is looking for a travel destination with a unique culture and unparalleled atmosphere should put the city on a travel bucket list.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Ulan Bator City Tour

Today you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Upon arrival, you meet your private guide who takes you on a wonderful tour around the most famous city attractions.

During the tour, you see a central Sukhabaatar Square with the monument to Genghis Khan and visit the legendary Gandan Monastery that is considered the most important center for Buddhist learning in all of Mongolia.

Then you take a trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park where you have the chance to visit a traditional ger (yurt), meet a nomadic family, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of wild Mongolia and try your hand at horse-riding. 

  • Optional tours: Visit to the National Museum or visit to the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 11
First Day of the Naadam Festival

Today you have a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience the spectacular Naadam Festival. Once a religious ceremony, the festival now formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country.

Your first day at the Naadam Festival starts with an elaborate opening ceremony which includes fantastic performances of local dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians.

Then you travel outside Ulan Bator to watch the national horse race, whose participants are all children between five and twelve, many of whom have been in the saddle since the age of one. You are assured prime seating in the finish line stand that gives a fantastic view of the children and their horses as they complete the grueling 20 kilometer race.

In the evening you enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

At the end of the day you return to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 12
Second Day of the Naadam Festival

The second day of the Naadam Festival is the day when all main competitions are held. So be ready to spend this day in the open air admiring breathtaking archery, wrestling and ankle bone shooting events. 

In the evening you return to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 13
Departure from Ulan Bator

This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem. Contact your travel specialist for details.
  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Vladivostok and spend 4 days exploring one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan! Contact your travel specialist for details.
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5-star Hotel
5

You have to agree, it's impossible to think of a perfect vacation without a top-notch hotel where you can relax after a long day of exploring the city. And there is no better place to unwind than a high-end 5-star hotel, providing flawless service, a wide choice of in-house facilities to take advantage of, and ample bedrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a great stay.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow and Ulan Bator;
  • 8 nights on board the Golden Eagle train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • 2 days entrance tickets to the Naadam Festival;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • All gratuities;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Professional local guides
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Naadam Festival
  • Included Russian visa support

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble and Mongolian Tugrik in Mongolia. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major Russian sights on foot.
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