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Imperial Russia, Classic Trans-Siberian Journey

Trans-Siberian railway adventure from Moscow to Beijing.

On this classic 15-day Trans-Siberian journey, you will see Russia in all its historical greatness, in the mixture of cultures and fortunes, in the architectural splendour and extravagance, diverse and united, unifying different people and religions. You may choose where to start your journey: with the glorious Moscow - the mighty capital of Russia, or Beijing, China. During the journey, we do the stops in Kazan — the capital of the ancient Tatar Khanate, the place which connected Christianity and Islam; Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude on the shores of Lake Baikal, and Mongolia — each destination conceals many secrets and discoveries.      

Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Moscow

Beijing (China)

Imperial Russia train

Duration

Action rating

Group size

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 the luxurious Baltschug Kempinsky 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 stroll along the Red Square. Take a stroll along the iconic Old Arbat street before boarding the Imperial Russia train, which will be your home for the next 11 days.

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. 
19 Aug - 02 Sep 2018 (M to B)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $6,350 US $2,250 Reserve
27 Aug - 10 Sep 2018 (B to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $6,350 US $2,250 Reserve
16 Sep - 30 Sep 2018 (M to B)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $6,350 US $2,250 Reserve
24 Sep - 08 Oct 2018 (B to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $6,350 US $2,250 Reserve
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