10 days in Mongolia, Beijing & Lake Baikal Itinerary

10 days in Mongolia, Beijing & Lake Baikal Itinerary

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10 days in Mongolia, Beijing & Lake Baikal Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Beijing, China
— 1 night
Drive:  18​h 15​min
2
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
3
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
4
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Listvyanka, Russia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

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.
On the 26th (Mon), see Mutianyu Great Wall. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven and then explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Beijing road trip planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Beijing is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok to Beijing, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bangkok in August since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia

Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park
To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Beijing to Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park with the Route module. On the 29th (Thu), you're off toUlaanbaatar.

Things to do in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
On the 30th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Silk Road Complex Monument [Migration], appreciate the history behind Zaisan Memorial, don't miss a visit to Genghis Khan Square, then get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandantegchenling Monastery.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park to Ulaanbaatar in 28 hours. August in Ulaanbaatar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Parks Museums
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

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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 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal, appreciate the history behind Monument to The Dog, then don't miss a visit to Sculpture Babr, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of The Epiphany.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Irkutsk tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Listvyanka.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums Historic Sites
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Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©
130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal

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Listvyanka, Russia

Listvyanka ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Baikal Limnological Museum, then get outside with Stone Cherskogo, then get great views at Cableway, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorable Sign A.V. Vampilov.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Listvyanka attractions planning site .

Drive from Irkutsk to Listvyanka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Listvyanka

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Baikal
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Stone Cherskogo ©
Stone Cherskogo
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Baikal Limnological Museum ©
Baikal Limnological Museum

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