16 days in Russia, Mongolia & Beijing Itinerary

16 days in Russia, Mongolia & Beijing Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
2
Kazan, Russia
— 1 night
3
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 night
4
Ulan-Ude, Russia
— Few hours
5
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
6
Beijing, China
— 4 nights

1
night
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
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 14.5-hour flight. 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 °F, while days are cooler, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

1
night
Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©
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, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, thenappreciate 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 fly from Moscow to Kazan in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Moscow in December, with highs in Kazan at °F and lows at °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 Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

1
night
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Passengers, make a trip to Ganina Yama Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Weir on river Iset, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church on the Blood.

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

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Yekaterinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 °F and lows at °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 Parks

Side Trip

St. Nicholas Church
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout
Ganina Yama Monastery ©
Ganina Yama Monastery

few
hours
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.

Fly from Yekaterinburg to Ulan-Ude in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 °F and °F. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

1
night
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.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar. In December, daytime highs in Ulaanbaatar are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery

4
nights
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 Bell and Drum Towers are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and take an in-depth tour of Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Beijing travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December; daily highs in Beijing reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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