The Trans Mongolian railway between Moscow and Beijing via Mongolia and the Gobi Desert is no ordinary train ride. It is 7,600km of adventure, romance and cultural revelations, a constantly evolving cast of characters each with their own stories to tell, set against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of ancient cities, nomadic settlements and vast empty spaces just beyond the carriage windows.
You may have heard the old travelers’ saying that ‘it’s the journey, not the destination.’ On Trans Mongolian railway vacations, it’s both.
After the onion-shaped domes of Moscow, the deep and mysterious pine forests of Siberia give way to the barren Gobi Desert, dotted with traditional ger encampments, then finally the mountains of China as you approach Beijing, and the chance to catch your first glimpse of the Great Wall. All vacations should be this moving. Find out more in our Trans Mongolian railway vacations guide.