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Overview

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

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

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

  • Russian letter of invitation and visa support documents for China and Mongolia

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

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 accommodation.

Day 2

Beijing Excursion Day

You will have a full day city tour introducing you to the main attractions of Beijing, including the Great Wall, Ming Tomb and Summer Palace.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3

Free Day in Beijing

You have 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, then make the most of what Beijing has to offer on your final day in the city before you are provided with a transfer to the railway station.

  • 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 5

Through the Gobi Desert

Take in the incredible landscapes of the Gobi Desert as you spend the day on the train. See if you can spot the rare bactrian camel or Gobi bear! Just before midnight, you will arrive at the Russian border.

Day 6

Entering Russia and Passing the Vast Lake Baikal

Once across the border, the train heads onwards to the amazing Lake Baikal, travelling alongside the largest freshwater lake in the world for several hours.

Day 7

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 followed by Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia.

Day 8

Heading into Eurasia

Finally, 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.

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

Arrive in Moscow

At the end of this day 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.