43 days in Russia, Mongolia & China Itinerary

43 days in Russia, Mongolia & China Itinerary

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43 days in Russia, Mongolia & China Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Train:  108​h
3
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5​h 30​min
6
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
7
Leshan, China
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
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.
When in Moscow, make a side trip to see FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex in Sharapovo, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, and explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Moscow driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Moscow is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Moscow, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Moscow reach -2°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Highlights from your plan
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex ©
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

6
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, get your game on at Poltavskaya 7, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

5
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Ulaanbaatar is known for museums, nature, shopping, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, admire the striking features of Gandantegchenling Monastery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and pause for some photo ops at Zaisan Memorial.

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Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Ulaanbaatar takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Ulaanbaatar Time (ULAT) is 5 hours. When traveling from St. Petersburg in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Ulaanbaatar, with highs around -12°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Bogd Khan Uul National Park ©
Bogd Khan Uul National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

5
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Beijing online vacation planner .

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in March: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 17°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

4
nights
Shanghai, China

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and steep yourself in history at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

Make your Shanghai itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Beijing in March, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, head off the coast to Lantau island, and stroll around Nan Lian Garden.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong day trip tool .

Getting from Shanghai to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in March, with highs in Hong Kong at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Leshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Leshan, China

Leshan
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
You've now added Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) to your itinerary. Explore Leshan's surroundings by going to Emeishan (Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wuyou Temple, explore the activities along Leshan River, Friend and Foe, snap pictures at Leshan Bridge, and trek along Lingyun Cliff Road.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Leshan vacation app .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hong Kong to Leshan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chengdu.

Things to do in Leshan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Emeishan
Highlights from your plan
Leshan River, Friend and Foe
Leshan River, Friend and Foe
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Wannian Temple ©
Wannian Temple

3
nights
Chengdu, China

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chengdu: Dujiangyan (Anlan Bridge & Dujiangyan Irrigation System). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qingcheng.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chengdu online route planner .

Traveling by car from Leshan to Chengdu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Dujiangyan
Highlights from your plan
Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng

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