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Beijing to Moscow

Overview
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: The Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
You arrive in China, home to one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating civilizations. Before setting out to explore the city, you receive a warm welcome at your first-class hotel and have the chance to relax and freshen up. Later your friendly, knowledgeable guides show you the stunning sights of the city, from the Temple of Heaven to the infamous Tiananmen Square.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (D)

Day 2. Beijing: The Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs
Today is a day filled with beauty and inspiration. You visit the awe-inspiring 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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the exquisite Sacred Way necropolis. In the evening you get to know your fellow travelers over a feast of Peking Duck at one of China’s impressive themed restaurants. The perfect end to an unforgettable day.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 3. Beijing: The Forbidden City and Departure to Mongolia
As the former Chinese imperial palace, the Forbidden City is one of most renowned palaces on Earth. For centuries, the glorious halls and temples were inaccessible to anyone but the royal family. Today it is yours to explore. In the evening you board a special Chinese train in Beijing and begin the journey to Mongolia. On the way, you take in the fascinating landscapes of rural China and the surreal, sweeping sands of the Gobi Desert.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 4. The Gobi Desert, Erlian and Boarding the Tsar’s Gold
At noon, you arrive at the Mongolian border and board your private train—the Tsar’s Gold! At the border crossing in the city of Erlian, you enjoy a brief visit to a local market, and then you set off on your private train through the dramatic expanses of the Gobi Desert and the epic green steppes of Mongolia.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 5. Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps
At noon, you arrive at the Mongolian border and board your private train—the Tsar’s Gold! At the border crossing in the city of Erlian, you enjoy a brief visit to a local market, and then you set off on your private train through the dramatic expanses of the Gobi Desert and the epic green steppes of Mongolia.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 6. Ulan Bator and the Gandan Monastery
Today you experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. Amid its picture-book landscapes, you discover the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastery. At an open-air railroad museum, you learn about the origins of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

Later you picnic in the great outdoors—the perfect way to enjoy the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. You have the opportunity to try the Mongolian lamb specialty khorkhog and airag, a drink made from fermented mare’s milk known as the beer of the Mongols. Afterward, you watch performances featuring horseback riding, wrestling and archery that offer insight into the culture of Mongolia.

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 7. Ulan-Ude and the Selenga River Valley
Your private train continues along the green and picturesque valley of the Selenga River, the largest in Mongolia. Soon you arrive in Ulan-Ude, the bustling and friendly capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. You have the choice to either stroll through the city streets or enjoy a guided tour. Here your private train joins the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 8. Lake Baikal and the Circum-Baikal Railroad
Today, your day is dedicated to enjoying beautiful Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume. You arrive at Port Baikal, where the lake’s tranquil aquamarine surface glitters in the sun, reflecting the Baikal Mountains. Here you capture some perfect shots of the landscape surrounding the Circum-Baikal Railroad.

Now is your chance to take a dip in the lake’s legendary rejuvenating waters, explore picturesque villages, and take a boat ride. If the weather agrees, you enjoy a picnic dinner on the lake’s pristine shores, basking in the stunning atmosphere.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 9. Irkutsk, Capital of Russia’s Irkutsk Region
When you arrive in Irkutsk, one of Eastern Siberia’s largest cities, you get settled in your well-appointed hotel and then set out to explore this historic city. You visit the colorful, vibrant Central Market, the Irkutsk Theater and the City History Museum. Later you have a relaxed dinner in the evening before heading off to bed at your centrally located hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar) (BLD)

Day 10. Through Siberia on the Tsar’s Gold
You spend your next day in Siberia aboard your private train, the Tsar’s Gold. Stunning views of mountains, forests and rivers pass by your window as far as the eye can see. You enjoy entertaining lectures about Russian history and culture with your fellow travelers, complete with traditional Russian drinks and snacks.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 11. Novosibirsk, Siberia’s Largest City
Today at noon you arrive in Siberia’s largest city, Novosibirsk, where you receive a warm traditional welcome with bread and salt. In Russia, bread is associated with hospitality, and salt with friendship. Later you take a tour that includes the majestic River Ob.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 12. Yekaterinburg, Where East Meets West
Yekaterinburg, once known as the Window to Asia, is situated on the eastern side of stunning Ural Mountains. Here you visit the painstakingly preserved city center and the gorgeous Church of All Saints, which commemorates the site where Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, and his family were assassinated by revolutionaries. That evening your train leaves Asia and heads into Europe.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 13. Kazan, Sports Capital of Russia
Today is dedicated to the picturesque and historic city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, situated on the banks of the Volga River. You take in the traditional Russian architecture and the fascinating stories of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also learn about the turbulent history of the region and the clashes between the Tatars, Cossacks and Russians. Known as Russia’s sports capital because of it many sports events, Kazan was one of the cities that held games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 14. Moscow, Russia’s Vibrant Capital
Moscow—one of the most vivid and historic cities on earth. Here you see the world-famous Moscow Kremlin and its magnificent buildings. After dinner you experience the richness and color of Moscow at night, which includes the gorgeous Red Square and the lavish Moscow Metro, whose many stations are known as the Palaces of the People.

Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar) (BLD)

Day 15. Moscow: Goodbye Trans-Siberian!
It’s the last day of your journey, and you wake up to a lovely morning in cosmopolitan Moscow. Today you see the Russian architectural masterpieces of St. Basil’s Cathedral and Novodevichy Convent. You visit the beautifully reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior and pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters, the imposing Soviet architecture of the Russian White House and Lomonosov Moscow State University.

On the way to the airport, you sit back and reflect on the memorable journey you’ve just completed. It’s a bittersweet farewell, but the memories will last forever. (B)

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

 

  • A colorful festival of games in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park modeled after Monoglia’s National Naadam (National Games)
  • Exhibitions of horseback riding, archery and wrestling
  • Insight into the tradition, ceremony and culture of Mongolia
  • A day dedicated to enjoying stunning Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world
  • Panoramic views of awe-inspiring natural beauty along the shore of Lake Baikal
  • Authentic Siberian villages, country roads and wooden houses
  • Picturesque, dramatic skies and mountain peaks

 

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

  • Guaranteed accommodation in the booked category aboard your private train between Erlian and Moscow
  • Guaranteed accommodation between Beijing and Erlian (approx. 16 hours) in a two- or four-bed compartment on a special Chinese train
  • 2 nights in a mid-range hotel in Beijing
  • 1 night in a well-appointed hotel in Moscow
  • 1 night in a well-appointed hotel in Ulan Bator
  • 1 night in a well-appointed hotel in Irkutsk
  • Excellent service and a three-fold tour guide system: tour director, group leader (max 26 guests per group) and local guides
  • Doctor on board private train from the Chinese border to Moscow
  • All excursions and sightseeing per itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All transfers and bus tours per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary
  • Fine dining and local specialties, such as the famous signature dish of Beijing, Peking Duck
  • Porter service at all railroad stations
  • Showers on board
  • Information booklet about the region and your private train
  • Daily talks about the culture and history of each region on the journey

 

DATES for 2019

(15 days / 14 nights)

Departure Dates
Aug 23 –Sep 06 Limited Availability Cat IV
Sep 15 – Sept 29  Limited Availability Cat. II+

 

RATES From (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 From (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 14,740 US 7,850
Category V: Bolshoi Platinum US 17,380 US 9,140

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.