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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 and Mongolia

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

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

Your tour starts in Beijing, where your transfer will be waiting for you at the airport, or train station, to take you to your 3* accommodation Traveller Inn Huaqiao Hotel.

Day 2

Free Day in Beijing

You have the freedom to explore, and experience, the majesty of the Chinese capital at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Day 3

Free Day in Beijing

You have another day with the freedom to explore, and experience, the majesty of the Chinese capital at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Day 4

Depart Beijing

Pack, and prepare to check-out early to meet your morning 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

Ulaanbaatar

The capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, was founded in the 17th century as a Buddhist monastic centre and is the country’s largest city. It is situated in the Tuul River valley, bordering the Bogd Khan Uul National Park and close to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The city has a rich heritage and is home to many famous tourist attractions including the Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Zaisan Memorial, Choijin Lama Temple, and the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan.

Day 5

Arrive Ulaanbaatar

After your arrival you will be taken to the 3* Great Empire Hotel, before being set free to explore, and experience, Ulan-Bator as you wish.

Day 6

Free Day in Ulaanbaatar

Breakfast is followed by free time to investigate the distinctive charm of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding region, or relax. Why not take a look at a few of the excursions you could arrange while there?

  • Breakfast

Day 7

Free Day in Ulaanbaatar

Breakfast is followed by free time to investigate the distinctive charm of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding region, or relax. Why not take a look at a few of the excursions you could arrange while there?

  • Breakfast

Day 8

Depart Ulaanbaatar and cross the Mongolian border towards Lake Baikal

Today, you have will have the morning to yourself before meeting your driver for the transfer to the railway station later in the afternoon. After departing Ulaanbaatar you will spend the day on the train continuing on to the border with Russia, before passing the city of Ulan-Ude, and heading onwards to Irkutsk, passing by the amazing Lake Baikal.

  • Breakfast

Travel to

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and the most important hub for tourism in the Lake Baikal region. As opposed to many of the more industrially shaped cities in Siberia, Irkutsk has a long history as a cultural centre and has been home to scientists, writers, artists, and political activists such as the Decembrists. It is also a key destination on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Day 9

Arrival in Irkutsk

Following your afternoon arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to the 3* Angara Hotel. You will have a free day to explore the surroundings.

Day 10

Free Day in Irkutsk

Today is left free to relax, explore, experience, shop or book one of our many optional excursions.

  • Breakfast

Day 11

Free Day in Irkutsk

Today is left free to relax, explore, experience, shop or book one of our many optional excursions.

  • Breakfast

Day 12

Free Day in Irkutsk

Today is left free to relax, explore, experience, shop or book one of our many optional excursions.

  • Breakfast

Day 13

Depart Irkutsk

Today, you have the morning to yourself before checking out at 12 noon and meeting your driver for the afternoon transfer to the railway station to catch your train for the next leg of your Trans–Siberian journey, on through Siberia and on to Moscow.

  • Breakfast

Travel to

Trans-Mongolian

A variant of the traditional Trans-Siberian Railway, the Trans-Mongolian is one of the best ways to reach and explore Mongolia and passes between Moscow and Beijing visiting the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar on the way. The train journey itself offers diverse, spectacular views from the alpine forest regions of Siberia to the vast, arid Gobi Desert before skipping through the lush landscapes of China.

Day 14

Venturing into Siberia

Through the seemingly limitless tracks and incredible forests of Siberia (the largest forest in the world), you will be passing through the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk.

Day 15

Heading into Eurasia

After passing through Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia, the train will head for the historic Yekaterinburg and the Ural Mountains, crossing the border between Asia and Europe, around 1,000 miles east of Moscow.

Day 16

European Russia

Spending the day on the train, you will head past the ex-military city of Perm, the great industrial city of Kirov, and the beautiful cities of the Golden Ring.

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 17

Arrive in Moscow

Early in the morning you will reach your destination, the Russian Capital of Moscow, where your transfer will be waiting to pick you up.

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.