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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 transfer to the centrally located 4* Park Inn Hotel, just a short 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.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast

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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.

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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 7

Arrival in Irkutsk and Transfer to Listvyanka Village

Following your arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to Listvyanka village on the shores of Lake Baikal. After checking in at the 3* Mayak Hotel, you will visit the fascinating Museum of Wooden Architecture, containing unique and historic wooden structures donated from all over Russia.

  • Dinner

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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 8

Select From Three Excursions

You have the choice of three tours before heading back to Irkutsk and checking into the Marriott Hotel for the evening:

A

A full day trip around Lake Baikal, including a ferry ride and journey on the famous Circum-Baikal Railroad. The tour stops at some of the most picturesque places en-route, so that you can experience the flora and fauna of this unique area.


B

A visit to a Buryat settlement (a community indigenous to Siberia, related to the Mongols), 70 km from Irkutsk on the remote Siberian plain. Here you can take part in many activities, such as visiting the local lore museum, experiencing the local greeting ceremony, meeting the Shaman to be ‘cleansed’ and visiting a Yurt to sample local teas and take part in a traditional feast.


C

An escorted tour of the local Baikal Museum and aquarium, featuring animals that are exclusive to the legendary lake, including the famous Baikal seal. A chair lift ride will take you to a point offering panoramic views of the lake, with lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to a Russian Orthodox Church.

Finally you will have the opportunity to explore a local fish market with all its hustle, bustle and colour – something not to be missed.

Day 9

Tour of Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will then be taken on a brief city tour of Irkutsk by car, taking in the most interesting sights, including beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), houses decorated with ‘wooden laces’ (hand-made carvings), as well as modern constructions and the Decembrists’ House.

  • Breakfast

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

Depart Irkutsk

Following a transfer to the railway station, you will catch the train to Beijing.

  • Breakfast

Day 12

The Chinese Border

After a brief stop at Zabaykalsk, the last Russian city, your 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 13

Northern China

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

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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 14

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 if you have booked some extra days in the city, or the airport.

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.