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The Trans-Siberian: Moscow to Beijing

(Tour code: MBJ5)Travel in style on board our luxurious private train

Let the Tsar's Gold Train take you on an incredible adventure across almost half of the surface of the world, from the ornate splendour of Moscow to the bustling beauty of modern and ancient Beijing, through the remoteness of Siberia, the beautiful scenery of Mongolia and the vast, arid landscape of the Gobi Desert.

Tour Highlights
  • 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
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
    Tsar's Gold Train
  • Selected Breakfasts
    Selected Evening Meals
    6/9 Nights' Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage
  • Upgrades Available
    Optional flight out
    Flight home

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Days 1-4

To Potsdam, Berlin and Warsaw

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 - Dinner
  • Days 2&4 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Tour of Potsdam
St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
Days 5-6


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 - Dinner
  • Day 5 - Tour of Moscow
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 6 - The Kremlin
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Novosibirsk
Days 7-9

Kazan, Yekaterinburg and 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 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Tour of Kazan
  • Tour of Yekaterinburg
  • Tour of Novosibersk
Irkutsk Orthodox Cathedral
Days 10-12

To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

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 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Irkutsk tour
  • Siberian village excursion
  • Lake Baikal picnic
Lenin Statue, Ulan Ude
Days 13-14

Ulan Ude and Mongolia

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 Ramada Ulaanbaatar..

  • Days 13-14 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ulan Ude tour
  • Ulaanbaatar tour
Gobi Desert
Days 15-17

Mongolian Switzerland and 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 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Mongolian Switzerland
  • Gobi Desert
  • Day 17 - Breakfast, lunch
Great Wall of China
Days 18-19

Beijing and the 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 - Breakfast, lunch
  • Tour of Beijing
  • Day 19 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • The Great Wall
Flight home
Day 20

Return to London

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

  • Scheduled flights
  • Breakfast

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.


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