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Trans-Siberia: Moscow to Beijing


 

 

Trans-Siberia: Moscow to Beijing

Experience one of the last great rail travel adventures. Your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the world’s most fascinating and safest train routes, is even more interesting, comfortable, and entertaining with our privately chartered train. This grand private train journey from Moscow to Beijing via Lake Baikal and Mongolia is your chance to fulfill the dream of a lifetime.
Our trips are accompanied by an experienced multi-lingual tour director and a physician traveling on the train. A sophisticated on-board program complements a comprehensive excursion and sightseeing itinerary to make your journey truly memorable.

Trip highlights

  • “City of Lights” evening tour through Moscow
  • The Kremlin in Kazan
  • Welcoming ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk
  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal
  • Picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal
  • Mongolian horseback riding demonstration
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Welcome to Moscow

You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour director and accompanied to your hotel. Our “City of Lights” tour shows you around the exquisitely illuminated Russian capital. You notice that Moscow is clearly on a par with Europe’s other great metropolitan cities such as Madrid and Paris. You stroll across the famous Red Square with your travel director and take a short trip on the underground to view several of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. Afterwards, you retire to the comfort of your 4-star hotel (guests in the Bolshoi categories IV and V stay in the 5-star Hotel Kempinski or similar quality accommodations).

Meals:  Dinner

 

Day 2: Moscow

In the morning you take an informative tour of Moscow, including the imposing grounds of the Kremlin and its magnificent cathedral from tsarist times. Toward evening, you are greeted aboard your private train prior to departure. A relaxed get-together in the dining car offers the chance to meet your fellow travelers and learn more details about your private train. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Kazan

In the morning you arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. You take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) with its wonderful panoramic view over the Volga, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Your train resumes its journey eastwards in the evening. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Yekaterinburg

Your train stops around noon in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is remembered as the place where the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a brief tour you see the Cathedral of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 in commemoration of that tragic historic event, and the city center so attractively restored in 2009. Back on board, you continue on your journey through the vast steppes of western Siberia. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Novosibirsk

You arrive in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, where you are welcomed in the traditional Russian fashion with bread and salt. During a short city tour, you experience the most Soviet of all cities during your journey. You see the enormous Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Trans-Siberia

Your train crosses the wide Yenisei River and rolls on through Siberia. The train’s chefs once again demonstrate their skills as they serve the guests Russian specialties in a “tsar’s feast”.  A vodka tasting accompanied by clever toasts offers you a very enjoyable opportunity to combine pleasure and Russian hospitality. Your train passes by villages with their typical wooden houses and through birch forests set against a background of impressive mountainscapes and, hopefully, ample sunshine. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Irkutsk

Today your train reaches Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. During your city tour you see, among other things, the picturesque Siberian wooden houses and a memorial to Tsar Alexander III (the initiator of the Trans-Siberian Railway), which was erected in 2003 where the Trans-Sib Obelisk previously stood. After lunch you take an excursion to an informative open-air museum with a focus on life and work in historical Siberia. You spend the night in a 4 star hotel in Irkutsk.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: Lake Baikal

Today you drive by bus to Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of non-frozen freshwater in the world. From the village, a boat brings you across the lake’s deep waters to Port Baikal, where your private train is waiting. You then travel for several hours directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your train halts for several hours at a particularly scenic spot, for you to truly enjoy the majestic calm of this unique natural wonder. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal, weather permitting. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: From Lake Baikal to Ulan Ude and on to Mongolia

The journey continues along the banks of the seemingly endless Lake Baikal and then through the splendid Selenga Valley and the wild solitude of eastern Siberia’s mountainous steppes. You take a tour of Ulan Ude during an intermediate stop there. Border formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border are an easy matter carried out on board. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Ulan Bator

Today, early-risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery, set in a mountain landscape dotted with colorful yurt camps and inhabited by solitary riders on horseback. In the morning you arrive in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. As always, you can leave your large luggage safely in your compartment. During your city tour you see the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the odd Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. Beer gardens are very popular in Mongolia, and your evening includes a visit to the city’s best. Afterwards, you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, national costumes, and dances. You spend the night in a 4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.  On request, we can organize alternative lodging in a yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11: Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps

After breakfast a bus brings you to Terelj National Park, east of Ulan Bator. Here you get to see the nomadic herdsmen’s exotic settlements of traditional tents, horse herds, and scraggly yaks, a type of wild Tibetan cattle. A small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration is put on especially for you and you enjoy a picnic lunch served in these splendid surroundings. In the evening you continue on aboard your train towards China. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12: Crossing the Gobi Desert

Around noon, you arrive at the Mongolian-Chinese border, where your chartered Chinese train is waiting. The Russian private train cannot continue towards Beijing because of the different track gauge in China. Your train reaches the Chinese capital in approximately 16 hours. The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13: Beijing

You arrive in the hustle and bustle of Beijing in the morning. After transferring to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to do with as you please. You spend the night in a hotel in Beijing (4- or 5-star, depending on your booking choice).

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 14: Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

A tour lasting several hours takes you to Beijing’s most beautiful and important sights, including the photogenic Temple of Heaven with its park, the huge Tiananmen Square, and some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the new “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several futuristic sky scrapers. In the afternoon, you are able to enter the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace, and view its numerous temples and halls. You spend the night in your Beijing hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 15: The Great Wall of China and Peking Duck

Your tour today takes you to the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 3,700 miles through the countryside. On the way you visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, with its impressive Spirit Way. In the evening you enjoy a farewell dinner of world-renowned Peking Duck. You spend the night in your Beijing hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 16: Departure from Beijing

Transfer to the airport for your journey home.

Meals:  Breakfast

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Inclusions/Exclusions


Includes:

  • Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered train to the Chinese border (Erlian). From Erlian to Beijing, accommodation in a 2- or 4-bed compartment in a Chinese sleeping car. The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories.
  • Travel for several hours along the Trans-Siberian Railway panoramic route directly on the shores of Lake Baikal, with photo-stops
  • Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the traveled route throughout the journey
  • Competent tour guides for each group of no more than 26 guests. (In the Bolshoi /Bolshoi Platinum categories: 12 guests) throughout the tour
  • Experienced local tour guides
  • All transfers / bus trips according to itinerary
  • All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All meals according to itinerary
  • Porter service at all railway stations
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
  • Concise informational talks on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route
  • A physician on board the train (Moscow – Chinese border)
  • Shower facilities on board
  • Informational booklet on the region and private train for each compartment reserved
  • 1 overnight in a 4-star hotel in Moscow, or in a 5-hotel for guests in the Bolshoi categories
  • 1 overnight in Irkutsk in a 4-star hotel or in a higher room category for guests booked in the Bolshoi categories
  • 1 overnight in Ulaanbaatar in a good, centrally located middle-class hotel
  • 3 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Beijing, or in a 5-star hotel for guests in the Bolshoi category
  • Specials for Bolshoi guests: two meals to choose from for Lunch and Dinner on board the train, 1 bottle of water per person every day in the compartment, 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included for meals on board the train

Excludes:

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights

Entry Requirements

Immigration

  • Passport required (passport must be valid more than 6 months after departure date from China/Russia)
  • Visa required, depending on your nationality.
  • No vaccination mandatory

Departure Dates and Prices

2016 Departure Dates from Moscow to BeijingDepart Beijing
May 14May 29
June 11June 26
July 9July 24
August 13August 28
September 10September 25

Compartment CategoryPer Person
Category I – Standard$5,870
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons, p.p.: $1,540
Category II – Classic$8,840
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. II Classic+ hotel p.p.: $ 3,550
Category II – Superior$9,310
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. II Superior+ hotel p.p.: $ 3,960
Category II – Superior Plus$9,920
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. II Superior plus+ hotel p.p.: $ 3,960
Category III – Nostalgic Comfort$11,900
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. III + hotel p.p.: $ 6,060
Category IV – Bolshoi$15,520
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. IV + hotel p.p.: $ 8,270
Category V – Bolshoi Platinum$18,330
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. V + hotel p.p.: $9,490
Single supplement hotel p.p. : 900$

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