Embrace your adventurous side and embark on a two-week journey on the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway: explore Russia, Mongolia and China on board a luxury train!
Trans-Siberian Railway: Moscow to Beijing
Day 1 (Sunday): Moscow
Having been picked up from the airport in Moscow on arrival, we'll take you to your hotel in the Russian capital so that you can relax in preparation for your adventure on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Day 2 (Monday): Moscow
Full of energy after breakfast at the hotel, we'll embark on a panoramic tour of Moscow's most emblematic monuments and places of interest. Discover Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, Sparrow Hill and the spectacular Kremlin. You'll also get to see the magnificent art and architecture of the famous Moscow Metro, before ending your city settled onto an Imperial Russia train on the Trans-Siberian Railway, where you'll enjoy a well-earned dinner.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Kazan
After a night of travelling, we'll arrive in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the historic city centre and explore its Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To make the most of our time in the region, we'll attend a traditional folk dancing performance and take part in a cooking class, immersing us in Tatar culture and cuisine. At the end of a full day of sightseeing and cultural experiences, we'll return to the train to continue our journey along the railway and have dinner.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Yekaterinburg
Stopping in Yekaterinburg, we'll delve into the history of the Romanov dynasty. As we tour the city, we'll hear about the final moments of the last Russian Tsars, who were executed on the site of the Church on Blood.
After visiting the border between Europe and Asia, we'll return to the train for dinner and to rest ready for the next day's adventure.
Day 5 (Thursday): Novosibirsk
On our fifth day, we'll arrive in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. We'll see the Opera House, the Railway Museum and the promenade alongside the Ob River. After a delicious lunch, we'll take in the city's natural beauty before heading back to the train for dinner.
Day 6 (Friday): Crossing Siberia
We'll spend our sixth day on board the train travelling across Siberia. This is the perfect occasion for you to relax in your cabin, meet other travellers and to chat with the crew about the history of the iconic Imperial Russia train.
Day 7 (Saturday): Irkutsk
On Saturday, we'll arrive in the "Paris of Siberia". We'll enjoy a guided tour of Irkutsk, visiting the Decemberist House Museum, the House of Europe and admiring the picturesque wooden houses around the city. After indulging in a typical lunch in a local restaurant, we'll get to know more about the traditional homes of Irkutsk visiting the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture on the banks of the Angara River.
Day 8 (Sunday): Lake Baikal
Reaching the port of Baikal, we'll climb aboard a boat that will take us to the picturesque lakeside village of Listvyanka. There, we'll enjoy unforgettable views of Lake Baikal and the Chersky Stone, as well as learning all about the local plants and wildlife. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Baikal before returning to the train.
Day 9 (Monday): Ulan-Ude
The last city that we'll visit in Russia is Ulan-Ude, where we'll get to know the ethnic diversity of the Buryatia region and visit the Ivolginsky Datsan Buddhist temple. What's more, we'll learn all about the Buryat culture with the opportunity to prepare traditional food, try on traditional local clothing and put up a yurt.
Back on the Trans-Siberian Railway, we'll have dinner as we continue on our journey to the Far East.
Day 10 (Tuesday): Ulaanbaatar
On the tenth day of our Trans-Siberian adventure, we'll arrive in Mongolia, where we'll enjoy a guided tour of the capital, Ulaanbaatar. We'll then get to explore the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and discover Mongolia's traditions and culture spending an evening with a nomadic family and sleeping in a yurt camp, known as gers in Mongolia.
Day 11 (Wednesday): Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast at the camp, we'll visit the Gandan Monastery and admire its impressive Buddhist statue, before renewing our energy with a Mongolian barbecue and enjoying a folk show including traditional throat singing. We'll then return to the Trans-Siberian train.
Day 12 (Thursday): Erlian
Arriving in the border town of Erlian, we'll change trains and enter China. Lunch and dinner will be served on board the train.
Day 13 (Friday): Beijing
Having passed through the spectacular nature of northern China, we'll reach the capital city and kick our visit off with a guided tour of Beijing's Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll enjoy lunch and dinner in local restaurants, so you can taste in traditional Peking duck, and we'll spend the night in a hotel in the city.
Day 14 (Saturday): Beijing
On the penultimate day of our trip, we'll take the opportunity to discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World: the Great Wall of China. We'll head to the most famous stretch of the enormous ancient structure, as well as visiting the Summer Palace in Beijing in Beijing, located on the shores of Lake Kunming. Indulge your tastebuds with mouth-watering local cuisine for the final time at local restaurants for lunch and dinner, before spending one last night in Beijing.
Day 15 (Sunday): Beijing
Having had our final breakfast at the hotel, we'll wave farewell to the Chinese capital and head to Beijing Airport for our onwards journeys after an unforgettable two weeks on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
When making your reservation for the Imperial Russia Trans-Siberian Railway, you'll be able to choose the type of cabin according to your preferences:
- VIP Cabin: this 7 metre squared cabin has two large bunk beds (one upper, one lower), a table, an armchair and a wardrobe. It also has television, air conditioning and its own bathroom with shower and washbasin.
- Business Cabin: this 5.5 metre squared compartment has two large bunk beds (one upper, one lower), a table, an armchair and a wardrobe. It also has television, air conditioning and its own bathroom with shower and washbasin.
- Plus Cabin: these cabins are 3.3 metres squared and have two bunk beds (one upper, one lower), a table, an armchair and a wardrobe. There is air conditioning throughout the carriage and your luggage will go in a different compartment. You'll share the washbasin with another cabin and there are two bathrooms with a shower at the ends of the carriage.
- First Class Cabin: these compartments are 3.3 metres squared and have two lower-level beds, a table, television and a space to store clothes. There is a shower, washbasin and air conditioning for the use of the entire carriage, and there are two bathrooms at either end of the carriage.
Accommodation in Moscow & Beijing
This tour in two nights' hotel accommodation in Moscow and Beijing. The planned hotels are the following:
- Moscow: Petr I Hotel, Baltschug Kempinski or similar.
- Beijing: Regent Beijing Hotel or similar.
Next available dates
- 21 June - 5 July 2020
- 16 - 30 August 2020
Alternative Trans-Siberian routes
If you're interested in travelling on the Imperial Russia train and want to do the traditional route that heads east from Lake Baikal to Vladivostok, take a look at our Trans-Siberian Railway: Moscow to Vladivostok instead.
If you'd prefer to travel in the opposite direction, take a look at our Trans-Siberian Railway: Beijing to Moscow instead.
|First Class Cabin||
Per personUS$ 11,703.60
Per personUS$ 10,912.50
Per personUS$ 7,206.40
First Class Cabin
Per personUS$ 6,669.90
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Pick up from Moscow Airport.
One night's hotel stay in Moscow.
Transport and full board accommodation on an Imperial Russia train.
Towels and bathrobe on board.
Two nights' hotel accommodation in Beijing.
Water, tea and coffee on board.
English speaking guide on tours.
Transfer to Beijing Airport.
Lunch on the first and last day.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 30 days before (Moscow local time) if there are still places available.
You will receive an email with your ticket attached which you must print out and show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).