Imperial Russia, Classic Trans-Siberian Journey

An authentic Trans-Siberian railway adventure from Moscow to Beijing.
An East to West adventure of a lifetime, travelling from Russia to China on the celebrated Trans-Siberian Railway.
A bucket list experience, the monumental Trans-Siberian railway weaves it ways through taiga forests, vast grasslands and sun-baked deserts, skirting the edges of shimmering lakes and raging rivers, passing through modern cities and villages seemingly forgotten by time. On this classic 15-day Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway journey, you’ll get the chance to see Russia in all its historical greatness – in the mixture of cultures and fortunes, in the extravagant and humble architecture, and in the diversity and unity between different people and religions. Choose to begin your journey in Moscow, the mighty capital of Russia, or take the westbound route from Beijing, China. Along the way, we’ll enjoy several fascinating stops including Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Lake Baikal and Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia - each destination concealing its own secret treasures and unique cultural discoveries.

TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Kazan: Our first stop will be the city on the Volga River known as the “third capital” of Russia. On a tour of Kazan, you'll discover its intriguing Islamic influence and enjoy a Tartar folk performance with tastings of the local cuisine
  • Yekaterinburg is a modern city steeped in history and mythology. Our guided excursion will include the Church upon the Blood, dedicated to the last days of the Romanovs, and the monastery and temples considered to be the pearls of Russian religious architecture
  • Set foot on the shores of Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake, with a visit to Listvyanka village. Take in panoramic views of the lake, taste fresh lake-caught fish and enjoy the village’s cozy, holiday ambience.
  • The unique Siberian city of Ulan-Ude lies at the crossroads of East and West, harbouring a unique Buryat Buddhist culture. Visit a local dastan (monastery) on a tour of this fascinating and friendly city
  • Ulaan-Bataar rises out of Mongolia’s pristine countryside, a sprawling, pulsating metropolis. Visit the Gandan Monastery, the Mongolian Natural History Museum and the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan
  • Discover the must-see attractions of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People and the Forbidden City, with a side trip to see one of the world’s greatest manmade marvels, the Great Wall of China

Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway and its branch line, the Trans-Mongolian to China, on an epic overland journey across Russia and East Asia, covering a total of 7,621km.  Travelling aboard one of the most modern Russian trains to ply the rail line, you’ll experience an incredible variety of landscapes and enjoy personalised service, with someone on hand at all times to answer any questions.

In two weeks, you’ll cross multiple time zones, discovering a fascinating rainbow of eastern and western cultures, customs and cuisine along the way. This tour includes hotel stays in Moscow and Beijing and planned excursions at every step along the route.

If you’ve longed to travel from Russia to China overland and experience the beguiling natural beauty, history and culture along the Trans-Siberian Railway, this is your chance.

15 days
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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

Moscow / Beijing (China)

Beijing (China) / Moscow

Imperial Russia 4* train

Rail journey

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

15 days / 14 nights

     

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Itinerary

Day 1:Moscow

Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia! Meet the driver at the airport for a transfer to your centrally located 5* hotel. Spend this evening at your leisure, strolling along the busy streets or relaxing at the hotel's restaurant.

Day 2:Moscow

After a grand city tour of Moscow, you head to the historical city centre to visit the mighty Kremlin and enjoy a stroll along the Red Square with picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral or enjoy the ride in Moscow subway with the stations that are more likely to be underground palaces. Visit the Old Arbat street before boarding the Imperial Russia train, which will be your home for the next 11 days. Enjoy your dinner onboard & get to know your travel companions.

Day 3:Kazan

Early in the morning we arrive at Kazan - known as "the third capital of Russia" and the centre of Tatarstan Republic. After a city tour, including main attractions, you will enjoy a Tatar folk-performance and have a chance to taste the local cuisine.

Day 4:Yekaterinburg

Embark on a city tour of Yekaterinburg, dedicated to the last days of last Russian tsar Nicolas Romanov. As part of the excursion you will see the Church on Blood erected to commemorate a tragic historical event, the orthodox monastery with temples that are considered to be pearls of Russian construction.

Day 5:Novosibirsk

Welcome to Siberia! Today you will enjoy a tour of Novovosibirsk -young Siberian city, sometimes called "the capital of Siberia". Explore its main attractions, including the Railway Museum, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Day 6:On board

Today is spend at your leisure. Enjoy changing views from the window, chat with your fellow travellers or just enjoy onboard activities.

Day 7:Irkutsk

Early in the morning we arrive at Irkutsk, also called the "Paris of Siberia". Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the historical city centre, including the Decembrists’ Museum, the "wooden lace" house - also called the "House of Europe", and the most beautiful and amazing streets of the city.

After lunch, we will visit the Talsty - open-air museum of wooden architecture, and stroll along the 18th century Siberian streets.

Day 8:Lake Baikal

Enjoy a day in Listvyanka village - a cozy settlement, located on the western shore of Lake Baikal. Take a tour of Listvynka and enjoy a panorama view of Baikal from the Cherskogo observation point. Visit the fish market to try the fresh caught or smoked omul fish.

Day 9:Ulan-Ude

Ethnic and cultural peristyle of Ulan-Ude offers a unique understanding of its heritage of the world’s religions. Visit to a local Datsan and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this unique city, a convenient location in both strategic and economics ways on the cross-roads of Russia with China and Mongolia.

Day 10:Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Welcome to Mongolia. Start a city tour of Ulaan-Bataar by visiting the Main Square. Later, we head to the yurt-camp of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Enjoy an excursion to the Turtle Rock and be amazed by a beautiful scenery of the surrounding area.

Embark on the hiking tour to the top of the overlooking hill to enjoy a great view of the park. You will visit a nomadic family and get introduced to the authentic lifestyle and culture of Mongolian nomads.

Day 11:Ulaan-Bataar

In the morning we head back to Ulaan-Bataar to embark on an excursion of the Gandan Monastery, Mongolian Natural History Museum and the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan.

Day 12:On board

Enjoy a variety of onboard activities while we head over to China.

Day 13-14:Beijing

For the next 2 days we will explore Beijing must-see attractions, including Tiananmen Square - the area which can fit a million people, the Great Hall of the People - the majestic Monument to the People’s Heroes, and Forbidden City. Our Beijing exploration ends with visiting the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace.

Day 15:Beijing

The Trans-Siberian adventure comes to the end. After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your journey back home.

Inclusions

Accommodation

5* hotels in Moscow and Beijing

Yurt camp in Mongolia

Comfortable Imperial Russia train accommodation

Meals

Full board, starting with breakfast on the second day and ending with breakfast on the last day

Transportation

Arrival and departure transfers, all transportation according to the itinerary with professional drivers

Guides

Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise.

Activities and sights

Guided enriching tours with experienced English-speaking guides

Wide choice of optional off-train tours

Other

Russian visa support documents

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
Jun 23 - Jul 07, 2019 (M to B)
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Available US $7,390 US $2,950 Reserve
Jul 01 - Jul 15, 2019 (B to M)
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Available US $7,390 US $2,950 Reserve
Aug 18 - Sep 01, 2019 (M to B)
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Available US $7,390 US $2,950 Reserve
Aug 26 - Sep 09, 2019 (B to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $7,390 US $2,950 Reserve

Testimonials

Fiona Kemp & Virginia HilyardAustralia

We have had a wonderful time and are so grateful for the assistance from you guys with planning our trip.

Everything was fabulous and went relatively smoothly. It was comforting to see signs with ours names or your company when we arrived at our destinations to transport us to our accomodation. The ger camp was pretty special and we so enjoyed our guide Chuck who treated us more like family than just another couple of tourists. Lake Baikal was also a special place to go to and we found the accomodation there very quirky and entertaining. Train seats also good. Once again thank you for everything!

Mary and Peter HewettAustralia

The Trans Siberian experience was amazing. Where do I start?

We arrived home early last week after an incredible journey across half the world. I certainly want to go back and explore more of both western and eastern Russia! Moscow was a vibrant, incredibly cosmopolitan European city. Clear blue skies and our jet lag provided us with the opportunity to wander around St Basil’s and Red Square at 6am which is the perfect time to see and photograph tourist sites. Boarded the train on Monday evening and were extremely grateful for your suggestion of 2 cabins and the shared bathroom. Visits to various cities across Western Russia - Kazan was a favourite.

Then across Siberia which blew away, all my preconceived ideas. Silver birch trees, rivers and villages full of wooden houses all along the way. Irkutsk was a revelation -I could definitely spend a long time exploring the area.
Peter even managed a haircut there. The best he has had.

Lake Baikal again needs to be revisited and explored properly!

Ulan Bataar was a surprise as was the Terelj National Park. Another future holiday destination which I need to visit before it becomes part of the regular tourist trail.

Finally into China and a day in Erlian waiting around. Unfortunately, the guide there didn’t really seem to know much about the place which is surprising given that there isn’t really that much to see. Onto Beijing which we had all visited a couple of times already so decided that once we were off the train we would leave the tour group as we had already visited all the sites, they were viewing on previous trips.

The Russian train was very comfortable and beautifully appointed. Our cabin attendants were delightful as was our barman and waiter Yuri who was very keen for us to partake of his vodka (which we did of course). We were fortunate enough to be placed in an area of the bar for our meals which contained only 4 tables so felt rather special.

We all think we may have not actually realised what we were getting into which was probably our own fault. There were times we felt like we were on a “cruise on a train” as most tourist activities seemed to centre around three meals a day and for many of the passengers, the opening time of the bar was a high point in their day. Unfortunately, many of the offenders were the Australians. Not a great impression!

A few of our fellow passengers who had booked through agencies in both Israel and the US had been advised to finish the trip in Ulan Bataar, spend a few days in that region and then fly to Beijing. I would probably suggest that if someone asked me as Ulan Bataar and the surrounding area is so interesting. I could have spent a whole day at the museum.

I suppose I felt that we rushed from place to place and seemed to spend the longest amount of time eating 4-course lunches in restaurants in each of the places we visited. I felt that valuable sightseeing time was wasted.
Perhaps an alternative activity could be suggested for those who don’t need a huge lunch.

Anyway, it was an amazing thing to do and the staff were fantastic! I must especially make mention of Elvira who did an incredible job keeping people informed and not losing one person. I don’t envy her job at all.

It has certainly shown me how big Russia really is and given me a taste of some wonderful places to go back to and explore as an independent traveller.

Thank you for all your assistance!

15 days
Moscow / Beijing (China) to Beijing (China) / Moscow
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$
7,390
USD
Make an enquiry Detailed Itinerary
15 days
from
$
7,390
USD
Make an enquiry Detailed Itinerary

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