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Moscow to Beijing

What makes your journey unique?
  • The Great Wall of China, Beijing’s Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven.
  • Outstanding Natural Beauty: 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 museum 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 Moscow by Night
Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and richly-historic cities on Earth. After a welcoming 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). Meals included: dinner (D).

Day 2 Moscow by Day
Wake up to morning in cosmopolitan Moscow. Visit the otherworldly Kremlin and experience the magnificent interiors of its glorious cathedrals. 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. Towards the evening, your train departs from the Kazan Station. Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

Day 3 Kazan
Today is dedicated to the picturesque and historic Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, on the banks of the Volga. Tour the city’s traditional Russian architecture and take in the fascinating stories of the local 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 4 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 fairy-tale-like Church on Blood, which commemorates the site where the Romanovs, Russia’s last Tsar dynasty, were shot by revolutionists. Your train leaves Europe into Asia. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 5 Novosibirsk and Hospitality
In Russia, the word bread is associated with hospitality, and salt with friendship. In the 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 6 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 friends, complete with Russian canapés and hospitality. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 7 Irkutsk
You’ve arrived in popular and historic Irkutsk. 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, before enjoying a relaxed dinner in the evening. Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar). (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. You arrive directly at Port Baikal by boat. There are plenty of opportunities to capture some perfect shots as you travel the Circum-Baikal Railroad. Relax, take a dip and explore the scenery or picturesque villages. On warm nights, dinner is served as a picnic on the elegant shores of this unspoiled lake, the perfect end to a most relaxing day. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 9 Ulan Ude
Today, your private train is journeying along the green and picturesque valley of the Selenga River. Soon you arrive in Ulan-Ude, the bustling and friendly capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, and enjoy a guided tour through the city. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 10 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 meticulously-restored Buddhist Gandan Monastery and jewel-like Choijin Lama Temple. 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 11 The Mongolian Alps
Today you experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. Picnicking in a yurt in the beautiful outdoors is the perfect way to dine. Try the local specialty of Khorhog, a Mongolian barbecued lamb dish, cooked in a traditional metal milk jug. Those feeling brave can also sample Kumys, a drink made of fermented mare’s milk and known as the beer of the nomads. Performances offer insight into the horsemanship so central to Mongolian culture, as does a traditional wrestling match and archery display. In the evening, your private train travels onward to the Chinese border. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 12 The Gobi Desert
Around noon you arrive at the border, where you switch to your Chinese private train. But first experience Erlian, the authentic border market town trading in your heart’s desires at old world prices. Then sit back, as you travel through dramatic expanses of stunning Gobi Desert. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 13 Beijing
You’ve arrived in Beijing, the thriving capital of one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating civilizations. Settle into your first class hotel and freshen up before having the afternoon and evening free. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). (BL)

Day 14 Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City
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 still infamous Tiananmen Square. In the afternoon, explore the home of twenty-four emperors that required 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. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). (BL)

Day 15 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 see its legendary scenery up close. You also stop at the equally iconic, and UNESCO World Heritage site, Ming Tombs 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 16 Farewell China
Finally, transfer for your flight back home and the chance to reflect. You’ve explored Russia to China by train. Here’s to life-changing journeys. What an incredible adventure it’s been. (B)

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


  • The mini-Naadam, an elaborate and colorful festival of ‘the three games of men’, horse riding, archery and wrestling. The many skills on display at Terelj National Park provide insight into the local tradition, ceremony and culture of these sublime lands.
  • Lake Baikal by train. A day dedicated entirely to enjoying the blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Unbelievable vistas of outstanding natural beauty. A panoramic train route that runs directly alongside the lake, with opportunities to swim, picnic and much more. A truly rejuvenating day.
  • Up close among the authentic Siberian villages, country lanes and wooden houses. Straight out of a fairy-tale, as if you’re in a picture book. Dramatic skies and mountain tops add to the sensation of witnessing 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 through our private train tours and enjoy travel that is captivating, comfortable, straightforward and secure.

Moscow to Beijing 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

(16 days / 15 nights)

Departure Dates
May 04 – May 19  Limited Availability Cat. IV, Cat. V
Jun 01 – Jun 16  Limited Availability Cat II, Cat. II+
Jun 27 – Jul 12  Limited Availability Cat. III, Cat. V
Jul 20 – Aug 04   Limited Availability Cat. II+
Aug 15 – Aug 30   Limited Availability Cat. II+
Sep 07 – Sep 22  Limited Availability Cat. I


RATES (per person)

Twin Share

Single Supplement

Category I: Standard (4 berth share) AUD 8,038 AUD$1,250 hotel nights only
Category II: Classic AUD 11,618 On Application
Category II: Superior AUD 12,035 On Application
Category III: Nostalgic Comfort AUD 15,735 On Application
Category IV: Bolshoi AUD 21,198 On Application
Category V: Bolshoi Platinum AUD 25,018 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

(16 days / 15 nights)

Departure Dates
May 09 – May 24
Jun 06 – Jun 21
Jul 02 – Jul 17
Jul 25 – Aug 09
Aug 20 – Sep 04
Sep 12 – Sep 27


RATES (per person)

Twin Share

Single Supplement

Category I: Standard (4 berth share) US 5,690 US 790 hotels only
Category II: Classic US 8,500 US 3,470
Category II: Superior US 8,920 US 3,860
Category III: Nostalgic Comfort US 11,430 US 5,860
Category IV: Bolshoi US 15,020 US 7,950
Category V: Bolshoi Platinum US 17,670 US 9,250

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.