This 15-night tour gives you the chance to visit many of Russia’s most famous landmarks, before heading eastwards through Siberia and exploring the cultures of Mongolia and China. Combining city tours and cultural experiences with plenty of time to relax and reflect as you watch the changing landscapes from the train window, it’s an unforgettable adventure.
Your tour begins as you’re welcomed at the airport or train station and transferred to your hotel. After some time to settle in, you’ll enjoy a tour of the city by night, to see some of its iconic landmarks with their dramatic lighting. You’ll stroll through the famous Red Square with your guide and will experience Moscow’s grand Metro stations.
Today you’ll enjoy a city tour, taking in Moscow’s most famous sights, including the Kremlin complex and one of the city’s magnificent cathedrals. This evening you will be transferred to the train station for the first section of your epic rail journey, travelling overnight to Kazan.
After breakfast in the dining car, this morning you’ll arrive in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan province, on the banks of the Volga river. Here you’ll take a tour of the city to learn more about its rich history, and the turbulent relationships between the Tartars, Cossacks and Russians. You’ll return to your train in time for dinner and the overnight journey to Ekaterinburg.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery this morning as you continue to Ekaterinburg, arriving in the afternoon. Here you’ll visit the newly-built Church on Blood, a memorial to the murder of the Tsar and his family in 1918. As your train journey continues, you’ll leave Europe, entering Asia and the vast Western Siberia.
Today’s destination is the city of Novosibirsk, in the heart of Siberia, where you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. Here you’ll visit a monument to the Trans-Siberian and see the mighty Ob River, before re-joining the train for dinner and your continuing Eastward journey.
Train Across Siberia
Today you’ll spend a full day on the train, travelling through Siberia and crossing the vast Yenisey River, passing through a landscape of birch and pine forest and distant mountains. On board, you can enjoy lectures about this fascinating and remote land, as well as a special meal, the “Tsar’s Feast”, with vodka and caviar tasting.
Today you’ll reach the city of Irkutsk, once described as the Paris of Siberia, and enjoy a city tour taking in the beautiful wooden architecture, the impressive riverfront statue of Alexander III and the lively market. After lunch, you’ll visit the open-air ethnographic museum Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars.
Today you’ll take a tour by bus to the shores of Lake Baikal, then a boat ride to Port Baikal, where your train awaits. From here you will follow the old route of the Trans-Siberian along the shores of Baikal for several hours, with a couple of stops to take photos and a picnic dinner in this scenic setting.
You’ll continue by train today along the shores of Baikal and though the Selenga valley into the beautiful and wild Eastern Siberia, stopping en route at Ulan Ude, capital of Buryatia, known as a city where Western and Eastern cultures meet. You’ll then continue by train to the Mongolian border.
You’ll cross the border overnight, arriving this morning in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Here you’ll visit the impressive Buddhist monastery of Gandan and the Choijin Lama Museum. You’ll have the option to take in a Mongolian folk concert before continuing to your hotel or to a traditional Mongolian ger (tent).
Today you’ll visit the open steppe, mountains and grasslands outside Ulaanbaatar, where you’ll visit a typical ger camp, home to nomadic herdsmen, who will give a display of their horseback skills. In the evening, you’ll return to your train for the journey to the Chinese border.
Through the Gobi into China
Today your train journey continues though the Gobi Desert, reaching the Chinese border in the late morning. Here you’ll change trains and continue on towards Beijing.
Relax and take in the scenes of rural Chinese life as you pass through the countryside this morning before arriving in Beijing. Here, you have the rest of the day and evening at leisure to begin exploring or to rest up in your hotel.
You’ll explore some of the highlights of Beijing today, including the Temple of Heaven and its beautiful park, as well as Tiananmen Square and the former home of the Emperors of China, the Forbidden City, before an evening at leisure to choose your own dinner arrangements.
Beijing & The Great Wall
You’ll head out from Beijing the morning, to the mountains that contain the Great Wall. You’ll also visit the Ming Tombs and the Avenue of the Spirits, before returning to the city for a dinner of classic Peking Duck.
Your adventure comes to an end this morning as you’re transferred to the airport for your onward flight, or perhaps you’ll choose to extend your trip with a private tour to Xian and Shanghai.