Alyona and Asya,
Anyway, I just wanted you both to know that all four Driskills had a wonderful time both in Russia and Mongolia. Everything went just perfectly with the Train # 4 two compartments in 1st class, wonderfully clean and with two ladies assigned to each coach, they kept it clean and immaculate. Also the dining car was wonderful, we ate breakfast and dinner there every day plus we were able to purchase snacks at the short stops along the way. AND scenery was tremendous. Oh what a wonderful trip. Recommend that you strongly suggest your guest stay at the Moscow Hilton due to ease of access to the train evening of departure. Check out at mid-day, store luggage at hotel, come back late and walk across the street to the train station. Everything worked exactly as you outlined it. Most highly recommend to all and I have a ton of small pointers that you can’t get out of a book if anyone ever wants specifics.
In Mongolia, everything was perfect. The guide and driver were there at 0630am to meet us when our train pulled into UB. Took us to hotel, checked in at 7am, bath, breakfast and off on tour of UB at 9am. We never slowed down. The Michelle was clean nice hotel and met our needs. Nothing fancy, but plenty of hot water for shower (that’s important). The Blue Sky looked really cool, but not sure it would be worth another $100 per person to stay there. If could get it for less would be worth it, maybe co should explore contact. Anyway, we loved staying in the Ger Camps. All three of them were tremendous and our big fear was diffused each time because the all had very nice Western Style toilets. Super fun riding horses and maybe you should consider adding in a camel ride, we did that too and it was a treat. Loved seeing all the temples, but best of all was the guide and driver. They took care of everything including staying with us at the airport until we had to go to gate. Also, really did need a heavy duty SUV and that’s what they used. We did a lot of off country and rough roads. Had it been rainy season, could not have made it without an SUV such as you all provided. We were fortunate to only have one day of rain and our competent driver never got us stuck. Mongolia has scenery unmatched any were and we have been almost everywhere so are comfortable making the statement. What a blast. Is a perfect private tour for four or five, Ok for family with younger kids or OK for adult singles traveling together. Safe, comfortable, informative, close to nature and recommended to all.
Bless you all’s heart.