18 days in China, Mongolia & Russia Itinerary

18 days in China, Mongolia & Russia Itinerary

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Start: Gaya, India
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Subway:  4 h 15 min
3
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
+2
Subway + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 15 min
5
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
6
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Gaya, India

2
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean Park, and walk around Nan Lian Garden.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong tour planning app.

Gaya, India to Hong Kong is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT), which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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 shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shanghai tour planning website.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Shanghai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

3
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Beijing holiday maker.

Do a combination of flight and subway from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shanghai in July since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Trails
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by combination of subway and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect Ulaanbaatar to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums Historic Sites
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National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery

4
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, head off the coast to Yelagin Island, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to St. Petersburg in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 5 hours. While traveling from Ulaanbaatar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square. Keep things going the next day: walk around Patriarch's Pond, then admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Moscow trip website.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Moscow sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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