I’m Kevin Crequer, owner of World Travellers Ashburton and I would be delighted if you could join me on this journey of a lifetime that spans half the globe from Beijing in China to St. Petersburg in Russia.
In partnership with Sundowners Overland I will ensure you experience the very best this unique trip will have to offer – no worrying about bureaucrats, local currency or food. Having “been there and done that” I’ll be on hand to help you all the way.
THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME
World Travellers Asburton have partnered with Sundowners Overland to offer you this exclusive journey of a lifetime through fabled lands. Drawing on over 50 years of Asia Overland experience this comprehensive journey offers:
Beijing - the Capital of the North
So rich in history, there are plenty of interesting sights to see in the city.This journey will take you to the heart of the city in Tienanmen Square. Surrounded by grand buildings including the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History, The Museum of the Chinese Revolution, Qianmen Gate and not forgetting Mao's Mausoleum and the impossible Forbidden City, former home to China's emperors. We visit the Great Wall stretching 10,000 Li across distant hills and take a step back in time to experience what the Great Wall was like when it was built to keep out the nomadic tribes from the north.
Trans Mongolian Railway and Mongolia
Your rail journey begins as the train follows the Great Wall northwest to Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar is full of contrasts; a metropolis amid grass steppe. Leaving the capital we explore Terelj National Park, where we stay in gers, traditional nomadic felt tents, with time to wander and visit a nomadic family of the steppe to experience their lifestyle before returning to the city. In the morning we depart aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway, heading north across the steppe to the Russian frontier and on to Irkutsk.
Trans Siberian and Lake Baikal
Irkutsk is proud of its place in Russian history and is always a highlight of any Trans Siberian rail journey. We will venture to one of the world's natural wonders, Lake Baikal and the lakeside village of Listvyanka. We visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture on the way which offers insights into the traditional life of Siberian people while the unique Limnological Museum at the Lake showcases the curious endemic species of the area. There is plenty of time to explore and to enjoy the local fish of the region. Returning to Irkutsk we explore the museums, architecture and history of the Paris of Siberia before boarding the train to Yekaterinburg.
Yekaterinburg and across the Ural Mountains
Life on board is a social occasion for our Russian hosts and we have the opportunity to share our travels with them. Arriving in Yekaterinburg, a city founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, we are perched on the divide line of Asia and Europe. Our time here is spent taking in the history and intrigue of the city's colourful past and the murder of the last Tsar of Russia and the Romanovs.
Moscow and St. Petersburg
Beyond the Ural Mountains we wind our way to Moscow where you will have ample time to explore the wonderfully diverse monuments and spectacles on offer; from the echoing vastness of Red Square to the twirled cupolas of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin itself; the fabled palace-fort of gilded domes, where you can marvel at the exquisite collection of royal treasures in the stunning Armoury Chamber.
The centre of the modern empire, Moscow is vast and offers world class dining and entertainment – none less famous than the revered Bolshoi Ballet. It will then be time for our final train to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg.
‘The united magnificence of all of the cities of Europe are but its equal’, so said Voltaire of St. Petersburg, a fitting venue to finish your epic journey. St. Petersburg is indeed a unique treasure house of 18th century architecture and the city that best displays the Russian genius for museums. The unequalled collections of the Hermitage are some you should not miss.
All accompanied by a specialist Local Guide and including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
For more information or to register your interest, please contact Kevin Crequer 03 3088 219 or by email email@example.com