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Overview

  • 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

Arrival in Moscow, with a business-class car transfer to the centrally located 4* Park Inn Hotel, just a walk from Red Square and the Kremlin.

Day 2

Moscow: City Tour with Kremlin and Cathedrals

You will be met bright and early by our expert guide who will provide an overview of your day in Moscow, and any questions about the day you may have will be answered. You will then be taken on a 3-hour car tour exploring Moscow, including the ‘must see’ Red Square, with the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, New Maiden’s Convent, Moscow State University Sparrow Hills, New Arbat and more.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3

Depart Moscow

The majority of the day is free, allowing you to relax and explore Moscow, or take an optional tour, before packing, and preparing, to check out of the hotel. You will be provided with a transfer to the railway station, where our guide will advise, and assist in purchasing provisions for the train if desired, accompany you to the platform, ensure that everyone is settled into their cabins and answer any last minute questions.

  • Breakfast

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

Travelling through European Russia

You will spend the day on the train, heading past the cities of the Golden Ring, the great industrial city of Kirov and finally the ex-military city of Perm, at the eastern most edge of European Russia, before crossing through the Ural Mountains and into Asia.

Day 5

Venturing into Siberia

Passing through the previously forbidden Soviet city of Yekaterinburg, you will spend the day on the train while it leaves the eastern foothills of the Ural mountains and heads for Novosibirsk; the largest city in Siberia, and the third largest in Russia, behind only Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Day 6

Heading into Asia

Enjoy your day on the train, travelling along the seemingly limitless tracks, and through the incredible forests of Siberia, you will pass the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk, before heading deep into Asia.

Day 7

Lake Baikal

Travelling through Irkutsk in the early morning, and then past the awesome and unique Lake Baikal (the world’s largest fresh water lake), you will spend the day on the train; going through Ulan-Ude, the home of Russian Buddhism and capital of the local Buryat republic, then skirting the borders of Mongolia and heading east towards the mountains of northern China.

Day 8

The Chinese Border

After a brief stop at Zabaykalsk, the last Russian city, your penultimate day on the train will take you to the Chinese border, where the impressive procedure of bogie-changing takes place before heading off for Beijing.

Day 9

Northern China

You will spend your last day on the train travelling through the mysteries of China, past the industrial cities, vast factories and tiny villages with ancient paddy fields.

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

Arrive in Beijing

Throughout the morning and afternoon, you will pass through rural China as well as mountainous river valleys, before continuing on past the amazing Great Wall of China, finally arriving in the Chinese capital, Beijing, where your transfer will take you to your hotel, airport or railway station.

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.