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Beijing Express Eastbound

Overview

Explore the beautiful countryside of Russia and China with the Beijing Express! This fast-track rail tour travels on the exquisite Trans-Manchurian Railway, bypassing Mongolia and spending more time in the sublime mountain landscapes of North China. If you are an avid train enthusiast or backpacker and are looking for a cheaper yet no less spectacular alternative to the Trans-Mongolian, then look no further. Your 10-day journey starts in Moscow and takes you through Siberia, past Lake Baikal, and through the scenic mountains of North China before arriving at the Chinese capital, Beijing.

  • A transfer with a personal guide to accompany you to the train on the start of your journey

  • All relevant Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian rail tickets

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

  • Russian letter of invitation and visa support documents for China

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

Itinerary

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will meet you at your arrival point and take you to your hotel for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Moscow

Today, you will be met bright and early after breakfast by your expert guide who will run you through a brief itinerary of the day and answer any questions you may have. After, you will begin your 3-hour tour of Moscow by car where you will get to see many of the highlights including Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, followed by the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Novodevichy Convent, Moscow State University, New Arbat, Sparrow Hills and more.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

  • Red Square

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Sparrow Hills Viewpoint

  • Novodevichy Convent

Day 3

Free time in Moscow

After breakfast, you will have most of the day free to relax and explore Moscow or take one of our optional Moscow city excursions. Later, you can make the most of late check-out at your hotel and meet your driver at the hotel for a transfer to the train station. At the train station, our guide will advise you, answer any last-minute questions, and make sure you have everything you need for your train journey.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Transfer to Train

  • Expert Guide

  • Optional Extras

Travel to

Trans-Manchurian

A variant of the traditional Trans-Siberian Railway, the Trans-Manchurian travels through Russia, Siberia and rural China starting from either Moscow or Beijing. The route visits many major cities along the way including Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude and Chita. The Trans-Manchurian is known for varied and beautiful scenery, particularly in Northern China.

Day 4

Depart Moscow and travel the Tran-Manchurian Railway route

You will spend the next six days travelling across Russia and China on the amazing Trans-Manchurian Railway.

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Beijing

The capital of China, Beijing, has a long history stretching back over 3000 years. The city is known for its unrivalled culture and architecture and is home to no less than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the world-famous Forbidden City complex and the Badaling Great Wall of China. Beijing is one of the ‘Four Great Ancient Capitals of China’ and has been the political centre of the country for 800 years.

Day 10

Arrival in Beijing

You will pass through rural China and the mountainous river valleys, before continuing past the amazing Great Wall of China.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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