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Imperial Russia Trans-Mongolian Westbound

Overview

Probably the world’s most famous stretch of railway, the Trans-Siberian runs from European Russia, through Siberia and deep into Asia. In use now for nearly 100 years, it is one of history’s greatest industrial achievements, opening up some of the most remote, and beautiful, scenery the wold has to offer. The Imperial Russia is a private luxury train that begins its journey on a slightly newer stretch of this famous line, the Trans-Mongolian railway, which was opened to traffic in the mid 1940’s, connecting two of the world’s most historic, and powerful, capital cities; Moscow and Beijing. Passing the Ural Mountains and the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Baikal, and travelling through the vast Gobi Desert, you can be sure that you will never be far away from amazing views, experiences and memories.

  • Intensive sightseeing and entertainment programme including several local folk shows off-train

  • Talks on local traditions, culture and customs

  • Great Wall of China

  • Visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing

  • Night in a ger at Gorkhi-Terlj National Park

  • Visiting the largest theatre in Russia in Novosibirsk

  • Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

  • Taltsy open-air museum

  • Visit to Ivolginsky Datsan

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

On your first day in Beijing you will be collected from the airport before being taken direct to your hotel in order to check in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Excursions in Beijing

Beijing is one of the great cities, and, as one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the world, having been inhabited for 3000 years, is full of history and culture just waiting to be explored. To many, the Great Wall of China is the eighth wonder of the world; stretching, as it does, 6000km through the Chinese countryside, and it is here where your tour will start today.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Great Wall of China

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Summer Palace

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Excursions and Depart from Beijing

After breakfast, you will visit a trio of Beijing’s most famous landmarks inlcuding the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Hutongs.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Forbidden City

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Transfer to Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 4

On-board the Imperial Russia

You will cross a large portion of China and the Gobi Desert today, along with a brief stop in Erlian (Erenhot) on the border with Mongolia. Because of the different rail track standards used in China, it is here that you will be transferred onto the Imperial Russia private luxury train.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • New Destination by Train

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

Excursions in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia, and is surrounded by some of the most breath-taking scenery you will see on your tour.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Mongolian Ger

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Hike to Buddhist temple

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 6

Excursion in Ulaanbaatar

After a short transfer back to the city centre, you will be taken to Sukhbaatar Square, home to several important Mongolian monuments depicting heroes from throughout history, including Ghengis and Kublai Khan. Next up on your morning tour will be a visit to the famous, Tibetan-style, Gandan Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the whole of Mongolia, home to around 500 monks.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Sukhbaatar Square

  • Gandan Monastery

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Museum of National History

  • Zaisan Memorial

  • Folk Show

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Transfer to Train

Travel to

Ulan-Ude

Located to the East of Russia’s popular tourist destination Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude is a city bustling with tourist activity and is the gateway for the Trans-Mongolian Railway that travels from Ulan-Ude to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar. The city’s close proximity to the Mongolian border and well-established transport links into Asia have allowed the city to form a unique cultural identity as the center of Buddhism in Russia.

Day 7

Excursions in Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is a unique place, with a unique heritage; it is the capital of the Buryat Republic and home to the native Buryat people.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Russian Orthodox Odigitria Cathedral

  • Holy Trinity Church

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Listvyanka

A small settlement on the Western shore of Lake Baikal, Listvyanka is a highly popular tourist area known for its distinct local culture, fish market, and breathtaking hiking trails that venture around the edges of the lake. The settlement was formed near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal and is home to the Baikal Museum, with dedicated exhibits to the fauna and wildlife that can be found in the area.

Day 8

Excursions around Lake Baikal

Few sights you will see on this trip come close to the beauty of Lake Baikal. The lake is the largest freshwater lake in the world, accounting for over 20% of all the freshwater on the planet. With many endemic species of flora and fauna, you are sure to see sights here that you will find nowhere else in the world.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Lake Baikal

  • Expert Guide

  • Boat Trip

  • Chersky Stone observation point

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Baikal Museum

  • Lakeside Picnic

  • Scenic Surrounds

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

Excursions in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia, and today you will be guided around some of the best sights the city has to offer.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Taltsy Museum

  • 130 Quarter

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 10

On-board the Imperial Russia

You will cross a large portion of Siberia today, crossing over the Yenisei River along the way. With stunning views of verdant forests and crystal-clear lakes and rivers it is the perfect day to relax and just enjoy the view while socialising with your travelling companions and talking about your experience so far.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • Live musical performance

Travel to

Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia with the flair and charm of a provincial town. It is an important commercial hub in the region, hosting one of the best and largest universities in Russia which has shaped the identity of the city. The city is home to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (NOVAT), considered one of the best musical and theatre groups in Russia.

Day 11

Novosibirsk city tour

Novosibirsk is in the heart of Siberia and is, in fact, the most populous city in Asian Russia and a bastion of science and the arts.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Railway Museum

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Ob’ River

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg stands close to the divide between Russia and Kazakhstan and is known as the ‘window on Asia’ due to its close proximity to the border. The city is commonly referred to as Russia’s ‘third capital’ as it is ranked third for tourism, transport, and economic size. It holds crucial significance in Russian History as the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty.

Day 12

Romanov city tour of Yekaterinburg

After breakfast your train will stop in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is most (in)famously known as being the final resting place of the last emperor of Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov dynasty.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Military History

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Kazan

Kazan is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The city lies at the confluence of the Kazanka and Volga Rivers in the South-East of Russia and was considered a crucial trade and political center from the Late Middle Ages onwards. It has become a popular tourist destination with famous attractions including the Kazan kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque, known to be one of the largest mosques in Russia.

Day 13

Visiting the Kazan Kremlin

Sitting on the banks of the Volga River, Kazan is the capital of the Tatarstan Republic and is the self-styled ‘Third Capital’ of Russia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • 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 14

Excursions in Moscow

Following breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of the city, covering many of the best landmarks throughout the city. You will have a choice between two options: a visit to the Moscow Kremlin, a treasure-trove of magnificent relics and fine art, Arbat Street, one of the oldest streets in Moscow and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, or, a tour of the Moscow Metro and its ornately decorated stations.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Arbat Street

  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral

  • Moscow Metro

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 15

Depart Moscow

This will be your last day on tour. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to begin your journey home. If you are not yet ready to journey home, why not try one of Real Russia’s ‘Dragon City’ Beijing, Moscow or St Petersburg extensions?

  • Breakfast

  • Expert Guide

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

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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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