16 days in Russia, Mongolia & Beijing Itinerary

16 days in Russia, Mongolia & Beijing Itinerary

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Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
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Kazan, Russia
— 1 night
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 night
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Ulan-Ude, Russia
— Few hours
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©

Third Rome

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.
On the 13th (Fri), make a trip to Red Square.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow road trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Moscow is an approximately 23.5-hour travel. You can also fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Washington DC to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect nights in Moscow to be slightly colder, around 23°F, while days are cooler, around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

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Must see
Red Square
4.7
World heritage site
Moscow Kremlin
4.7

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Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©

Sports Capital of Russia

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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, then appreciate the history behind Monument Philanthropist, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Lakes.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazan road trip website.

You can take a train from Moscow to Kazan in 13.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Moscow in December, with highs in Kazan at 24°F and lows at 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 · Nature · Shopping
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World heritage site
Kazan Kremlin
4.9
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Religious Site
Kul Sharif Mosque
4.8

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Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
On the 17th (Tue), make a trip to Ganina Yama Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at Weir on river Iset, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church on the Blood, and finally get engrossed in the history at President Center of Boris Eltsin.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yekaterinburg online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kazan to Yekaterinburg takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kazan in December, with highs in Yekaterinburg at 18°F and lows at 6°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Religious Site
St. Nicholas Church
4.8

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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. You can plan Ulan-Ude trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Take a train from Yekaterinburg to Ulan-Ude in 56 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Irkutsk Standard Time (IRKT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Yekaterinburg in December, expect Ulan-Ude to be a bit cooler, temps between 6°F and -11°F. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar journey maker website.

Getting from Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar by train takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: fly. In December, daytime highs in Ulaanbaatar are 11°F, while nighttime lows are -15°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

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Architectural Building
Gandantegchenling Monastery
3.9

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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. Popular historic sites such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Heaven and Bell and Drum Towers. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find out how to plan a trip to Beijing, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing takes 31 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December, with highs in Beijing at 40°F and lows at 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your trip
Must see
Mutianyu Great Wall
4.8
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Must see
The Palace Museum
4.4
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World heritage site
Temple of Heaven
4.5

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