The Trans-Siberian: Moscow to Beijing
Let the Tsar's Gold Train take you on an adventure across almost half of the surface of the world, from the ornate splendour of Moscow to the bustling beauty of modern and ancient Beijing, through the remoteness of Siberia, the beautiful scenery of Mongolia and the vast, arid landscape of the Gobi Desert.
Kick off your journey with an elegant train ride to Moscow, with stops in Berlin and Warsaw for sightseeing. You have two days to tour Moscow, including a visit to the Kremlin. Then join the Tsar's Gold Private Train for your journey toward Beijing.
After you cross the Europe-Asia divide, you'll tour Yekaterinburg and then enjoy a guided tour of Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia. Take a trip through the Sayan Mountains and tour a typical Siberian village, enjoy a boat ride and relax with a lakeshore picnic.
Next travel through Selenga Valley, then arrive for a tour in Ulan Ude, which has the world's largest Lenin statue. Back onboard, enjoy the beautiful landscape of Mongolian Switzerland before you pause in the Gobi desert. Beijing awaits you for a three-night stay, including tours of Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. Wrap up your time in China with a Peking Duck dinner.
Highlights and Inclusions
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
- Rail travel from London to Beijing (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys) or outbound flight London to Moscow in Economy Class
- BA scheduled flight from Beijing to London
- 9/6 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day, 14 lunches & 15 dinners
- First Class rail travel to Warsaw and 2 Berth Sleeper Cabin from Warsaw to Moscow
- 1 night on board an overnight sleeper train from Warsaw to Moscow
- 8 nights on board the Tsar's Gold Private Train in Superior Cabins including all meals, plus 1 night on a Chinese sleeper train from the border to Beijing
- 6 full-day excursions in Potsdam & Berlin, Moscow, Lake Baikal, Mongolian Switzerland, Beijing and the Great Wall of China & 6 half-day excursions in Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude and Ulaanbaatar
Days 1-4 - To Potsdam, Berlin and Warsaw
Our epic journey across almost half of the globe by rail begins on the Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We continue to Potsdam for two nights at the Mercure Hotel. On Day 2 we enjoy a combined coach tour exploring the fascinating sights and monuments of this imperial city and the once-divided city of Berlin. On Day 3 we continue to Warsaw for the night. Day 4 is free for you to explore. Later we board a sleeper train for the journey to Moscow. (Day 1 - L, D, Day 2 - B, D, Day 3 - B, D, Day 4 - B)
Days 5 & 6 - Moscow
Today we arrive in the captivating Russian capital, where we stay at the 4-Star Hotel InterContinental. We begin our exploration with a panoramic tour, seeing the beautifully illuminated sights as darkness falls. On Day 6 we visit the Kremlin, a potent symbol of two mighty imperial cultures. After some free time, we join the Tsar's Gold Private Train to embark on our incredible journey to Beijing. (Day 5 - D, Day 6 - B, L, D)
Days 7-9 - Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk
Our first stop is Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. The city was at the centre of the struggle for control of Russia - and we learn more of its past on a guided tour of Kazan's magnificent Kremlin. On Day 8 we cross the Europe-Asia divide arriving in Yekaterinburg, founded by Peter the Great. During a tour of the city we visit the site where the Romanov family were murdered in 1918. On Day 9 we reach Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia. We receive a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt, and enjoy a guided tour. Day 7 - B, L, D, Day 8 - B, L, D, Day 9 - B, L, D)
Days 10-12 - To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
We spend Day 10 travelling through the Sayan Mountains before an evening speciality 'Tsar's Feast' including vodka and caviar tastings. On Day 11 we arrive in Irkutsk which we explore on a guided tour. Later we enjoy an excursion to the local open-air museum to see the region as it would have been in the time of the Tsars. We spend tonight at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Irkutsk. On Day 12, we travel by bus to a typical Siberian village. After learning about the local culture, we take a leisurely boat trip across Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. We rejoin our train in Port Baikal and continue alongside the sparkling water, with fantastic views of the surrounding hills and forests. Later we stop for a typical picnic dinner on the lake shore. (Day 10 - B, L, D, Day 11 - B, L, D, Day 12 - B, L,D)
Days 13 & 14 - Ulan Ude and Mongolia
Today we continue through the Selenga Valley, arriving in Ulan Ude for a tour. The town is dominated by the world's largest Lenin sculpture, and is home to an old branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Later we return to the train for the journey into Mongolia stopping in the capital, Ulaanbaatar on Day 14. A guided tour takes us past the city's impressive sights, before we spend tonight at the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace. (Day 13 - B, L, D, Day 14 - B, L, D)
Days 15-17 - Mongolian Switzerland and Gobi Desert
This morning we travel by coach into the rugged, verdant mountainous region known as Mongolian Switzerland, one of the country's most beautiful landscapes. We experience a traditional-style lunch in a tent settlement populated by nomadic herdsmen and enjoy a horse-riding show before returning to the train. On Day 16 we pause in the Gobi Desert, the vast arid landscape where several dinosaur remains have been found amongst the towering dunes. Arriving at the Chinese border, we change trains to a Chinese sleeper train for the final leg of our journey to Beijing, taking in scenes of rural Chinese life as we travel through the countryside. Having travelled a colossal 7,000 miles from Moscow, we arrive in the bustling Chinese capital on Day 17. We disembark the train and transfer to the Hotel Capital for a three-night stay. (Day 15 - B, L, D, Day 16 - B, L, D, Day 17 - B, L)
Days 18 & 19 - Beijing and the Great Wall of China
Today we enjoy a guided tour of one of China's ancient cities. We visit the incredible Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world which is surrounded by symbols of China's power and reminders of its glorious past. These treasures include the Great Hall of the People, Mao's Mausoleum, the Monument to the People and Tiananmen Tower. The square also serves as the entrance to the truly wonderful Forbidden City, the Chinese Imperial Palace complex which was the centre of Chinese power from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. We also visit the Temple of Heaven, a breathtaking example of Chinese architecture from the 15th century which symbolised the relationship between Heaven and Earth in Chinese culture. On Day 19 we visit a beautiful section of the world-famous Great Wall of China, perhaps the most evocative symbol of Chinese skill and precision. Tonight we enjoy a dinner together featuring the celebrated Peking Duck dish. (Day 18 - B, L, Day 19 - B, L, D)
Day 20 - Return to London
This morning we transfer to the airport for the flight back to London. (B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Capital Hotel, Beijing
The Capital Hotel is ideally located within easy reach of Beijing's main sights. Among its many facilities is its choice of restaurants overlooking the central courtyard, a range of bars and a café, a gym with indoor heated swimming pool and even an indoor golf course! The rooms have typical facilities for a hotel of this standard.
Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk, Irkutsk
Housed in a modern building, the 4-Star Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk is situated in downtown Irkutsk, within walking distance of the city's theatre and Kirov Place. The hotel benefits from a restaurant serving both Siberian and international cuisine and a bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a selection of meals and light snacks. There is also a fully equipped gym and a 24-hour shop selling snacks and drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby. The air-conditioned rooms come with a telephone, flat screen television, and tea and coffee making facilities.
InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel, Moscow
The grand, marble-floored InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel is located close to Pushkin Square in the heart of Moscow. The 4-Star hotel has elegant rooms and excellent facilities including the Chekhonte Restaurant and the P-Square Bar. The hotel's leisure facilities include a 24-hour gym, a sauna and steam bath, as well as a 'spa & wellness' centre offering a range of treatments, massages and beauty therapies (payable locally). The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a safe, minibar, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There are self-laundry facilities for guests at the hotel, plus there is a dry cleaning/laundry service.
Mercure Hotel Potsdam City, Potsdam
The charming 4-Star Mercure Hotel is situated close to Potsdam's Dutch Quarter and its UNESCO-listed palaces. It has a popular bar and inviting restaurant, whilst its air-conditioned rooms come equipped with amenities such as a minibar, telephone, television and Wi-Fi access.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium. Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne! The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
Tsar's Gold Private Train
Guests who opt to make the epic and iconic journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow, Russia to Beijing, China will have the pleasure of travelling aboard the Tsar's Gold Private Train. This immaculate, privately-operated train offers undoubtedly the most luxurious way in which to cover the 8,961-kilometre route across Russia, Siberia, Northern Asia and down into China. Effectively a 5-Star hotel in the form of a train, the Tsar's Gold Private Train is opulently decorated in vintage Soviet style and furnished to the highest standards of quality and comfort; the carriages which now comprise the train's 'Nostalgic Comfort' class, for example, were originally built for the use of former Russian president Leonid Brezhnev and his staff. In addition to classical décor and sumptuous comfort the train is also equipped with every modern facility and features two beautifully-appointed restaurant cars which also serve as informal bar lounges in the evening.
Dates & Prices
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|2nd May 2017||£7,295||Please call for availability.|
|5th September 2017||Sold Out|
|1st May 2018||£8,795||Book Now|
|4th September 2018||£8,995||Book Now|
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: Departs 2nd May 2017 from £7,295 - Please call for availability 5th September 2017 (Sold Out) 1st May 2018 (£8,795), 4th September 2018 (£8,995)
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