Margaret Downey (Moscow-Beijing. August 19 – September 2, 2018)
The overall train journey as an adventure. Lots of surprises along the way with each city. I’m so pleased we did this trip. Moscow was amazing. The handling of the variety of groups was great and all dong the same excursion was so good. Loved the folkloric concerts especially in Mongolia, the yurt experience at Mongolian valley. Guides were always punctual, buses comfortable and cold drinks always available. Our tour guide Alexey was magnificent, calm, patient, knowledgeable, good rapport with Australians — lucky to have him. Very little time to buy souvenirs. Perhaps you could put together, page info on each city visited, a sheet of Russian words could be given out. Toilet always kept well clean attendants were very helpful. It would have been good to be oriented to room on 1st day eg. One lady didn’t know you could put things under bed until 4th day. We had only 1 full day and I would have liked a little time to look around area near hotel for some shopping opportunity in Beijing.