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  • Potsdam and Berlin
  • Warsaw
  • Moscow and the Kremlin
  • Tsar's Gold Private Train
  • Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk
  • Irkutsk
  • Lake Baikal
  • Ulan Ude and Mongolia
  • The Gobi Desert
  • Beijing and the Great Wall of China
  • Days 1-4 - To Potsdam, Berlin and Warsaw

    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

    Our epic journey across almost half of the globe by rail begins on the Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We continue to the city of Potsdam for two nights at the Mercure Hotel. On Day 2 we enjoy a combined coach tour exploring the fascinating sights and monuments in the imperial city of Potsdam and the once-divided city of Berlin. On Day 3 we continue eastwards by rail, travelling into Poland to Warsaw, where we stay at the 5-star Intercontinental Warsaw. Day 4 is free for you to explore the city and its quaint Old Town. Later in the day we board a sleeper train for the journey through the night to Moscow. (Day 1-D; Day 2-B; Day 3-B,D; Day 4-B) 

  • Days 5-6 - Moscow

    St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

    Today we arrive in Moscow, the captivating Russian capital, where we stay at the 4-star Hotel InterContinental. We begin our exploration of the city on a panoramic tour, seeing the beautifully illuminated sights as darkness falls. We cross the vast Red Square and experience the artistic underground treasures of Moscow's metro system. On Day 6 we visit the magnificent Kremlin, a potent symbol of two mighty imperial cultures. After time to explore, we join the Tsar's Gold Private Train to embark on our incredible journey to Beijing. (Day 5-D; Day 6-B,L,D)

  • Days 7-9 - Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk

    Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Novosibirsk

    Our first stop is Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. The city was at the centre of the struggle for control of Russia - and we learn more of its past on a guided tour of Kazan's magnificent Kremlin. On Day 8 we cross the Europe-Asia divide and arrive in Yekaterinburg, founded by Peter the Great. During a tour of the city we visit the site where the Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. On Day 9 we reach Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia where the railway crosses the river. We receive a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt, and take a guided tour including Russia's largest Opera House and the iconic Trans-Siberian Monument. (Days 7-9 B,L,D)

  • Days 10-12 - To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

    Irkutsk Orthodox Cathedral

    We spend Day 10 on the train, enjoying the passing scenery of the Sayan Mountains. This evening we enjoy a speciality 'Tsars Feast' including vodka and caviar tastings. On Day 11 we arrive in Irkutsk, an enchanting city, which we explore on a guided tour. We admire the beautiful wood-carved cottages, the city's bustling market hall and the grand statue dedicated to Tsar Alexander III. Later we enjoy an excursion to the local open-air museum, which depicts the region as it would have been in the time of the Tsars. We spend tonight at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Irkutsk. Leaving Irkutsk on Day 12, we travel by bus to a typical Siberian village. After learning about the local culture, we take a leisurely boat trip across Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. On arrival in Port Baikal, we rejoin our train and continue on a private line directly alongside the immense sparkling lake, with fantastic views of the surrounding hills and forests. Later (weather permitting) we stop for a typical local picnic dinner on the lake shore. (Days 10-12 B,L,D)

  • Days 13-14 - Ulan Ude and Mongolia

    Lenin Statue, Ulan Ude

    Today we continue along the edge of Lake Baikal, through the magnificent Selenga Valley. We arrive in Ulan Ude, where we enjoy a tour. The town is dominated by the world's largest Lenin sculpture, and is known for its Old Believers - a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Later we return to the train and continue our journey into Mongolia. On Day 14 we arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. Our guided tour takes us past the city's impressive sights, including the Lama Museum and the Tibetan-style Buddhist Gandan Monastery. We spend tonight at the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace. (Days 13-14 B,L,D)

  • Days 15-17 - Mongolian Switzerland and Gobi Desert

    Gobi Desert

    This morning we travel by coach into the rugged, verdant mountainous region known as Mongolian Switzerland, one of the country's most beautiful landscapes. We experience a traditional-style lunch in a tent settlement populated by nomadic herdsmen and enjoy a horse-riding show before returning to the train. On Day 16 we pause in the Gobi Desert, the vast arid landscape where several dinosaur remains have been found amongst the towering dunes. Arriving at the Chinese border, we change trains to a Chinese sleeper train for the final leg of our journey to Beijing, taking in scenes of rural Chinese life as we travel through the countryside. Having travelled a colossal 7,000 miles from Moscow, we arrive in the bustling Chinese capital on Day 17. We disembark the train and transfer to the Hotel Capital for a three-night stay. (Days 15-16 B,L,D; Day 17 B,L)

  • Days 18-19 - Beijing and the Great Wall of China

    Great Wall of China

    Today we enjoy a guided tour of Beijing, one of China's ancient cities and the centre of politics and culture throughout its long history. We visit the incredible Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world which is surrounded by symbols of China's power and reminders of its glorious past. These treasures include the Great Hall of the People, Mao's Mausoleum, the Monument to the People and Tiananmen Tower. The square also serves as the entrance to the truly wonderful Forbidden City, the Chinese Imperial Palace complex which was the centre of Chinese power from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. We also visit the Temple of Heaven, a breathtaking example of Chinese architecture from the 15th century which symbolised the relationship between Heaven and Earth in Chinese culture. On Day 19 we visit a beautiful section of the world-famous Great Wall of China, perhaps the most evocative symbol of Chinese skill and precision. Tonight we enjoy a dinner together featuring the celebrated Peking Duck dish. (Day 18 B,L; Day 19 B,L,D)

  • Day 20 - Return to London

    Flight home

    Following breakfast we transfer to the airport for the flight back to London. (B)

    B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
    Where shown, meals are included in the price of your holiday

  • Outbound Flight Option

    We are delighted to offer a version of the tour beginning with a flight from London to Moscow. Although shorter in length (16 days), this Trans-Siberian adventure still includes all the splendour of Moscow, plus the classic rail journey to Beijing. The two tours will join together in Moscow.

    Please note that this outbound by air option is not available to book online. Please call us for further information, prices or to make a booking.

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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