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2019 Tour code: MBJ19

Itinerary

Days 1-4 - To Potsdam, Berlin & Warsaw

Our journey begins at our St Pancras Departure Office. We board the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing to Potsdam which we tour along with Berlin on Day 2. We travel to Warsaw for the night on Day 3. After free time on Day 4, we board the sleeper train to Moscow.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Days 5-6 - Moscow

Today we arrive in the Russian capital where weset out on a panoramic tour. On Day 6 we visit the Kremlin, then later we join the Tsar's Gold Private Train.

St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
Days 7-9 - Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk

Our first stop is Kazan, which we learn about on a guided tour of the magnificent Kremlin - a UNESCO World Heritage site. On Day 8 we cross the Europe-Asia divide, arriving in Yekaterinburg to visit the site where the Romanov family were murdered in 1918. On Day 9 we reach Novosibirsk, enjoying a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt before a guided tour.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Novosibirsk
Days 10-12 - To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

We spend today on board, indulging in a 'Tsar's Feast', of vodka and caviar tastings this evening. On Day 11 we arrive in Irkutsk which we explore on a guided tour. On Day 12, we travel by bus to a Siberian village. After learning about the local culture, we take a boat trip across Lake Baikal followed by a picnic dinner.

Irkutsk Orthodox Cathedral
Days 13-17 - Ulan Ude and Mongolia

Today we reach Ulan Ude, taking a tour before continuing into Mongolia, stopping in the capital, Ulaanbaatar on Day 14 for a guided tour. We travel by coach into Mongolian Switzerland on Day 15, experiencing a traditional lunch and horse-riding show with nomadic herdsmen. On Day 16 we pause in the Gobi Desert ahead of changing trains for the final leg of our journey to Beijing on Day 17.

Lenin Statue, Ulan Ude
Days 18-20 - Beijing and return to London

Today we enjoy a guided tour that includes Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. On Day 19 we visit a the world-famous Great Wall of China before a dinner of Peking duck. We transfer to the airport on Day 20.

Flight home
Days 1-4 - To Potsdam, Berlin and Warsaw

Our epic journey across almost half of the globe by rail begins at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office in London. After meeting the rest of the group, we board the Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class, continuing to Potsdam for two nights at the NH Potsdam Hotel. On Day 2 we enjoy a combined coach tour exploring the fascinating sights and monuments of this imperial city and the once-divided city of Berlin. On Day 3 we continue to Warsaw for the night. Day 4 we have a guided tour of the city. 

Please note: We fly between Warsaw and Moscow on Day 5.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Days 1-2 - Moscow

Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at the 4-Star Hotel InterContinentalin Moscow. This evening, we enjoy a magnificent 'City Lights' tour, where we see the beautifully illuminated sights of Moscow as darkness falls.

On Day 2, we visit the Kremlin, a potent symbol of two mighty Imperial cultures. This stunning building overlooks the Moskva River. After some free time, we join the Tsar's Gold Private Train to embark on our incredible journey to Beijing.

St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
Days 3-5 - Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk

Our first stop is Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. The city was at the center of the struggle for control of Russia - and we learn more of its past on a guided tour of Kazan's magnificent Kremlin - a UNESCO World Heritage site - has been used as the seat of Tsars and Grand Dukes, as well as the site of Stalin's residence in Moscow. Now, it is a museum, after having been restored to its former Imperial glory.

On Day 4 we cross the Europe-Asia divide, arriving in Yekaterinburg, which was founded by Peter the Great. During a tour of the city we visit the site where the Romanov family were murdered in 1918. On Day 5 we reach Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia. We receive a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt, and enjoy a guided tour.

Yekaterinburg
Days 6-8 - To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

We spend Day 6 traveling through the Sayan Mountains before an evening speciality 'Tsar's Feast', including vodka and caviar tastings. On Day 7 we arrive in Irkutsk which we explore on a guided tour. Later we enjoy an excursion to the local open-air museum to see the region as it would have been in the time of the Tsars. We spend tonight at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Irkutsk.

On Day 8, 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. We rejoin our train in Port Baikal and continue alongside the sparkling water, with fantastic views of the surrounding hills and forests. Later we stop for a typical picnic dinner on the lake shore.

Irkutsk Orthodox Cathedral
Days 9-10 - Ulan Ude and Mongolia

Today we continue through the Selenga Valley, arriving in Ulan Ude for a tour. The town is dominated by the world's largest Lenin sculpture, and is home to an old branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Later we return to the train for the journey into Mongolia stopping in the capital, Ulaanbaatar on Day 10. A guided tour takes us past the city's impressive sights, before we spend tonight at the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace.

Lenin Statue, Ulan Ude
Days 11-13 - Mongolian Switzerland and Gobi Desert

This morning we travel by coach into the rugged mountainous region known as Mongolian Switzerland. 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 12 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, taking in scenes of rural Chinese life as we travel through the countryside. Having traveled a colossal 7,000 miles from Moscow, we arrive in Beijing on Day 13. We disembark the train and transfer to the Hotel Capital for a three-night stay.

Gobi Desert
Days 14-15 - Beijing and the Great Wall of China

Today we enjoy a guided tour of one of China's ancient cities. We visit the incredible Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares 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 center 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 15 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 dish of Peking duck.

Great Wall of China
Day 16 - Return home

This morning you are free to return home.

Flight home