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Beijing to Moscow

What makes your journey unique?
  • The Great Wall of China, Beijing’s Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven.
  • Outstanding Natural Beauty: An overnight stay in a traditional yurt in the Mongolian Alps on request.
  • The cities of Ulan Bator, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and Kazan.
  • Open-air museums in Irkutsk and the Mongolian Alps.
  • Moscow, one of the greatest cities on earth. Russia’s proud capital, complete with tours of its world-famous icons and cathedrals, including the Kremlin grounds and Red Square.


Day 1 Beijing—Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
You’ve arrived in China, one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating civilizations. Beautiful Beijing. Your friendly, knowledgeable guides have stunning sights to show you, from the Temple of Heaven, the medieval masterpiece of architecture and landscape design, to the infamous Tiananmen Square. First, a warm welcome and the chance to relax and freshen up at your first-class hotel. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). Meals included: dinner (D).

Day 2 The Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs
A day filled with beauty and awe. Today you experience the Great Wall of China, the world’s largest piece of ancient architecture, and its legendary scenery up close. You also stop at the equally iconic Ming Tombs UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the exquisite Sacred Way necropolis. In the evening, share stories over a feast of Peking Duck at one of China’s impressive themed restaurants. An unforgettable day. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

Day 3 The Forbidden City and Departure to Mongolia
The home of twenty-four emperors and requiring over a million workers to build, the Forbidden City is one of most renowned palaces on Earth. For centuries, the glorious, ancient halls and temples were all but inaccessible. Today you can explore. In the evening, you board a modern Chinese private train at Beijing and begin the journey to Mongolia. Take in the fascinating scenescapes of rural China and the surreal, sweeping sands of the emerging Gobi Desert. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 4 The Gobi Desert
Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolian border, where you transfer to the Tsar’s Gold private train. The change of trains is necessary because of the different track gauges in the two countries. In the growing city of Erlian, you have some time to explore the colourful local market, before your Russian train sets off towards Mongolia. After crossing sections of the legendary Gobi Desert, the train travels through the vast green steppes of Mongolia. You spend the night aboard the train. (BLD)

Day 5 Ulan Bator
It’s morning and the vibrant Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, awaits. Travel light and leave your luggage securely on your private Trans-Siberian train. You visit the jewel-like Choijin Lama Temple and enjoy evening performances of dynamic and captivating traditional Mongolian music (optional). Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar) in Ulan Bator. Upon request: Overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps. (BLD)

Day 6 Gandan Monastery and the Mongolian Alps
Today you experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. Amid its picture book landscapes, discover the domineering Buddhist Gandan Monastery and, at the open-air railroad museum, learn about the origins of the classic Trans-Siberian Railroad. Picnicking in a yurt in the beautiful outdoors is the perfect way to dine. Try the Mongolian specialty of lamb in milk, with kumis for those feeling brave, a drink of fermented mare’s milk, known as the beer of the nomads. Afterwards, shows offer an insight into the horsemanship so central to Mongolian culture, alongside a traditional wrestling match and archery display. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 7 Ulan-Ude
Your private Trans-Mongolian train is journeying along the green and picturesque valley of the Selenga, the largest river in Mongolia. Soon you arrive in Ulan-Ude, the bustling and friendly capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, and stroll through its city streets or enjoy a guided tour. In Ulan-Ude, your private train joins the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 8 Lake Baikal
A day dedicated entirely to enjoying the blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. The clear, deep, aquamarine and green waters glitter in the sun. The mountains are mirrored in the lake like glass, a near-endless stillness pervades. You arrive directly at Port Baikal. There are plenty of opportunities to capture some perfect shots as you travel the Circum-Baikal Railroad. Relax, take a dip, explore the scenery and picturesque villages, and even take a boat ride. On warm nights, dinner is served as a picnic on the elegant shores of this pristine lake, the perfect end to a most relaxing day. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 9 Irkutsk
You’ve arrived in popular and historic Irkutsk, one of Siberia’s largest cities. Travel light again and leave your luggage securely in your private train. Tour the city’s colorful market, theater and two-manor site of the Irkutsk local history museum. Have a relaxed dinner in the evening before bed—your hotel room is centrally located. Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar). (BLD)

Day 10 Siberia
A day of once-in-a-lifetime views enjoyed from the comfort of your private train. Mountains of forest and mist in the sunlight. Rivers crashing along jagged rocky banks. Huge, imposing skies, shifting in rhythm with the tracks. Living art, in real time on your Trans-Siberian Railroad tour. Entertaining lectures on local customs and culture double as social get-togethers between newfound friendships, complete with Russian canapes and hospitality. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 11 Novosibirsk and Hospitality
In Russia, the word bread is associated with hospitality, and salt with friendship. In the charming city of Novosibirsk, you’re welcomed warmly with bread and salt in this tradition. You arrive in Siberia’s biggest city at noon and take a tour that includes the majestic river Ob. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 12 Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is the capital of the ancient Ural Mountain range. Its position on the Asian European border makes for a city of fascinating influences and combined cultures. You visit the painstakingly preserved city center and fairytale-like Church on Blood, which commemorates the site where the Romanovs, Russia’s last Tsar dynasty, were shot by revolutionists. Your train leaves Asia into Europe. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 13 Kazan
Today is dedicated to the picturesque and historic Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia Tatar, on the banks of the Volga. You take in the traditional Russian architecture and the fascinating stories of the Kremlin. You learn about the wild and bloody relations that played out between the Tatars, Cossacks and Russians, exactly where you’re standing. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 14 Moscow
Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and richly historic cities on earth. You see the other-worldly and world-famous Kremlin grounds and experience its magnificent cathedrals and interiors. After dinner, you experience the opulence and color of Moscow at night on a tour that includes the almost dream-like Red Square and famously palatial subway stations. Relax after your urban adventure in your central and comfortable top-range hotel. Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar. (BLD)

Day 15 Moscow, then Home
Wake up to a morning in cosmopolitan Moscow. Today you see the surreal and candy-cane Russian masterpieces of St. Basil’s Cathedral and Novodevichy Convent.
You visit the lovingly reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior and pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters, the imposing architecture of the Soviet-era White House and Lomonossov University, before bidding farewell to this bold and charismatic city.
Finally, transfer for your flight back home and the time to sit back and reflect.
You’ve explored China to Russia by train. Here’s to life-changing journeys. What an incredible adventure it’s been. (B)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner


  • What makes your journey unique The mini-Naadam, an elaborate and colorful festival of ‘the three games of men’, horse-riding, archery, and wrestling. The great skill on display at Terelj National Park are an insight into the tradition, ceremony and culture of these sublime lands.
  • Lake Baikal by train. A day dedicated to enjoying the blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Unbelievable vistas of outstanding natural beauty. A panoramic train journey alongside the lake, with opportunities to swim, picnic, take a boat trip and much more. A truly rejuvenating day.
  • Up close among the authentic Siberian villages, country lanes and wooden houses. Straight out of a fairytale; as if you’re in a picture book. Dramatic skies and mountain tops add to the sensation of experiencing a legend come to life.


The Trans-Siberian Railroad is simply legendary. One of the greatest travel adventures in the world. Explore Russia, Mongolia and China with our private train tours and enjoy travel that is captivating, comfortable, straight-forward and secure.

From Beijing to Moscow by train. Stunning scenery, splendid and opulent lands. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Rates include

  • Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the privately-chartered train between Erlian and Moscow. Between Beijing and Erlian (ca. 16 hours). accommodation in a two- or four-bed compartment in a Chinese sleeper car.
  • Two nights in a hotel in Beijing. One night in top-range hotels in Moscow.
  • One night in a mid-range hotel in Ulan Bator and in Irkutsk.
  • Excellent service and a three-guide system: tour director, group leader (max 26 guests per group) and local guides.
  • An on board doctor (Chinese border to Moscow).
  • All excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary, including all entry fees.
  • All transfers and bus tours as per itinerary.
  • All meals as per itinerary: Fine dining in the dining car and local specialties, such as Peking Duck.
  • Porter service at all railroad stations.
  • On board shower facilities.
  • Information booklet on region and train in each compartment.
  • Entertainment and culture: daily introductions to the country, people and customs.


DATES for 2019

(15 days / 14 nights)

Departure Dates
May 12 – May 26 Fully Booked
Jun 09 – Jun 23 Limited Availability Cat IV
Jul 05 – Jul 19  Limited Availability Cat I, Cat. II+, Cat IV
Jul 28 – Aug 11  Fully Booked
Aug 23 –Sep 06 Limited Availability Cat IV
Sep 15 – Sept 29  Limited Availability Cat. II+


RATES (per person)

Twin Share

Single Supplement

Category I: Standard (4 berth share) AUD 7,888 AUD$1,250 hotel nights only
Category II: Classic AUD 11,468 on application
Category II: Superior AUD 11,885 on application
Category III: Nostalgic Comfort AUD 15,585 on application
Category IV: Bolshoi AUD 21,048 on application
Category V: Bolshoi Platinum AUD 24,868 on application

Reduction for May departure AUD 250pp.
All rates are in Australian dollars but are based on the current exchange rate with the US dollar. These rates can change at any time without notice in line with exchange rates.
All deposited bookings will be honoured at the AUD rate at time of booking.

DATES for 2020

(15 days / 14 nights)

Departure Dates
May 17 – May 31
Jun 14 – Jun 28
Jul 10 – Jul 24
Aug 02 – Aug 16
Aug 28 –Sep 11
Sep 20 – Oct 04


RATES (per person)

Twin Share

Single Supplement

Category I: Standard (4 berth share) US 5,490 US 670 hotels only
Category II: Classic US 8,300 US 3,340
Category II: Superior US 8,720 US 3,730
Category III: Nostalgic Comfort US 11,220 US 5,730
Category IV: Bolshoi US 14,550 US 7,230
Category V: Bolshoi Platinum US 17,110 US 8,380

Reduction for May and July departures US 200
All prices are per person and in US dollars. We charge in Australian dollars based on the prevailing rate of exchange at time of payment. Prices do not include international flights.