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Trans-Siberian - Moscow to Beijing

An Epic Cross-Continental Tour

From £6,950 per person

Travel across Asia on this suggested itinerary from Moscow to Beijing. Visit Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, and cross the Gobi Desert before arriving in China and taking in the sights from the top of the Great Wall. This tour also offers the chance to discover the hidden cultures of Mongolia.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights
Day 1 - London to Moscow
St. Basil's Cathedral

After flying from London to Moscow, begin exploring with an evening tour of the city.

Day 2 - Moscow and the Tsar’s Gold Private Train
The Kremlin

Today visit the magnificent Kremlin before joining the Tsar's Gold.

Day 3 - Kazan
The Kremlin

Whilst in Kazan, pay a visit the city's spectacular Kremlin.

Day 4 - Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg Cathedral

Today your train arrives in Yekaterinburg, a historically-rich city founded by Peter the Great.

Day 5 - Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk Cathedral

A traditional Russian welcome awaits when you reach Novosibirsk, along with the option to enjoy a guided tour of the city.

Day 6 - Through the Heart of Siberia
Tsar's Gold Train

This evening enjoy a speciality 'Tsar's Feast' including vodka and caviar tastings.

Day 7 - Irkutsk
Irkutsk Cathedral

Enjoy an optional excursion to the local open-air museum before heading to the Marriot Courtyard Hotel for the night.

Day 8 - Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal

Perhaps choose to take a guided tour of the city's landmarks, museums and temples - including the magnificent Sri Mariamman Temple.

Day 9 - Ulan Ude

Take an optional tour to visit Ulan Ude's highlights.

Day 10 - Ulaanbaatar
Genghis Khan

After arriving in the Mongolian capital, perhaps take a guided tour to see many of the city's impressive sights before heading to the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace for the evening.

Day 11 - Mongolian Switzerland
Mongolian Yurt

Today you'll have the opportunity to experience a traditional-style lunch in the tent settlement of nomadic herdsmen and enjoy a horse-riding show.

Day 12 - Through the Gobi Desert and into China
Gobi Desert

Passing through the Gobi Desert, there is chance to see the landscape where several dinosaur remains have been found.

Day 13 - Welcome to Beijing
Tiananmen Square

Arriving in the bustling Chinese capital Beijing, you'll find a fascinating blend of communist architecture and Imperial Pagodas.

Day 14 - Exploring Beijing
Forbidden City

Enjoy a guided tour of the incredible Tiananmen Square or visit the Temple of Heaven; a breathtaking example of Chinese architecture.

Day 15 - The Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China

Don't miss the opportunity to see one of the world's most incredible structures with an optional full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China.

Days 16-17 - The Journey home

Transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London where you arrive the next day.

Please note

The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Chinese Railways

During this tour we travel by the Chinese rail network's modern high-speed trains. These efficient units with streamlined power cars are all air-conditioned, with well-furnished interiors in 'soft seat' class.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express is arguably the best quality of rail travel offered anywhere in the world. This private train offers a standard of accommodation and catering that most rail passengers crossing Russia can only dream of. The train features two beautifully appointed restaurant cars, in which meals freshly prepared by the on board chefs are served accompanied by wine and vodka. There is also a bar car which is an excellent place to relax and get to know your fellow passengers - and in the evening, enjoy the music from the resident pianist.

We include accommodation in Silver Class cabins. These cabins cover 60 square feet (5.5 square metres) and sleep two people in an upper and a lower berth. They feature a wealth of amenities including remote controlled air conditioning and heating, a wardrobe, luggage space, a safe and a DVD/CD player with LCD television screens. Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water are available in the cabins and towels are provided. There are six cabins per carriage and all Silver Class cabins have private en suite facilities with a 'wet room' style shower, washbasin and WC.

Upgrades are available to Gold Class cabins. These are among the best available in rail travel, with an overall area of 77 square feet (7 square metres). The Gold Class cabins sleep two people in either upper and lower berths or a lower double bed. Facilities include remote controlled air conditioning and heating, luggage space, a wardrobe, a safe and a DVD/CD player with LCD television screens. Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water are available in the cabins and towels are provided. There are five cabins per carriage and all have a private en suite bathroom with a power shower, underfloor heating, washbasin and WC. All drinks from the Bar Car's Standard Bar List are included for Gold Class passengers.

Click here for more details about the Golden Eagle Silver and Gold Class Cabins

Tsar's Gold Private Train
Tsar's Gold Private Train

Recalling a classic era of rail travel, the grand Tsar's Gold Private Train is also equipped with many modern air-conditioned facilities, making for a truly memorable on-board experience.

The beautifully appointed train has four restaurant cars, which serve both traditional Russian and international cuisine. They also operate as a bar/lounge in the evenings, offering a wonderfully sociable atmosphere.

We include accommodation in Superior cabins, which sleep two people in single lower berths. These convert into sofas during the day, with a table below the window. There are nine cabins per car, with shared washroom facilities at the end of each carriage. 

Upgrades are available to the recently refurbished Superior Plus cabins. These are laid out in the same style as Superior cabins but are slightly larger in size, with eight cabins per car. Shared washroom facilities are available at the end of each carriage.

Upgrades are also available to Nostalgic Comfort cabins, which sleep two people in an upper and lower berth. These larger cabins also feature an additional compartment with armchairs to maximise the views of the passing scenery. Two compartments share one small lavatory with a wash basin and wet-room style shower facility between every two cabins. Extra washroom facilities are also available at the end of each carriage.

What's included
What's Included

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Flight upgrades
Flight upgrades

Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel Board Star Weekday room rate Weekend room rate
Pullman London St Pancras B&B 4-star From £240 From £220
Comfort Inn Kings Cross B&B 3-star From £150 From £150
President Hotel B&B 3-star From £110 From £110


The prices above are from prices and are per room per night based on 2 sharing a twin/double room, subject to availability. Prices may change without prior notice. Booking conditions apply. If you would like a quote for your particular holiday please contact us on 01904 521900

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

Estimated costs of return rail travel in the UK can be found on our add-ons page.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

Airport parking, Heathrow hotel and airport lounge offer
Airport parking, Heathrow hotel and airport lounge offer

We are pleased to offer a complete package of airport parking, a Heathrow hotel room and airport lounge access for all tours departing Heathrow airport. The prices given below are for 15 days and 21 days - prices for alternative durations are available on request.


Prices are from £195 per couple or £175 for single travellers.


Prices are from £238 per couple or £218 for single travellers.

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London hotel & theatre offer
London hotel & theatre offer

Stay in a 4* London Hotel with breakfast, enjoy a two-course, pre-threatre dinner at a restaurant and see the critically acclaimed War Horse production - from £185 per person

We are now offering a brand new opportunity for a London theatre offer at the start or end of your holiday. Enjoy an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Kings Cross, close to the iconic St Pancras station, ideally located for any onward journeys. Experience a superb two course meal at Grace, in the heart of London's theatre land followed by a night of world-class entertainment with top price stall seating for one of the city's most popular shows.

For more information, see our offer page or call one of our advisors on 01904 527 270

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