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Beijing Express Westbound

Overview

Enjoy the spectacular landscapes of Russia and China with the Beijing Express. Travelling westbound from Beijing to Moscow via the elusive Trans-Manchurian Railway, this rail tour offers one of the quickest and most scenic routes between these two legendary capitals. If you enjoy travelling by train and have always wanted to see the real Russia and China from country to capital, then this is the perfect choice for you. Your 9-day journey starts in Beijing and takes you through the rural landscapes of northern China, past Lake Baikal and into the heart of Siberia, and through to Moscow, the Russian capital.

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

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

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

  • Russian letter of invitation and visa support documents for China

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in Beijing

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

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Beijing

After breakfast, you will meet your guide at the hotel where you will begin your half day city tour introducing you to the main sites of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, as well as the Pearl and Silk markets. You will stop for lunch along the way, before having the rest of the day free to explore the city for yourself or relax at the hotel.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Forbidden City

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 3

Free time in Beijing

Today, you will leave Beijing behind and embark on the spectacular Trans-Manchurian train route.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

  • Expert Guide

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 Beijing and travel the Trans-Manchurian Railway

You will spend the next six days travelling along the Trans-Manchurian Railway route.

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

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 9

Arrival in Moscow

You will reach the Russian Capital of Moscow around 2 pm.

  • 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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