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Imperial Russia - Moscow to Beijing

MOSCOW ► KAZAN ► EKATERINBURG ► NOVOSIBIRSK ► IRKUTSK ► LAKE BAIKAL ► ULAN UDE ► ULAANBAATAR ► BEIJING

14 nights / 15 days from UK £ 5,400 per person

Price based on 2 people sharing a First Class cabin. These prices are based on 2019 rates. See below for full pricing.
Please note that this is group tour with fixed date departures (see full pricing and dates further down this page). We can also book your international flights if required.

► MOSCOW – Russia’s iconic capital
► KAZAN – Picturesque city on the River Volga
► EKATERINBURG – The colourful history & Ural capital
► NOVOSIBIRSK – Cultural modern ‘Soviet’ city
► IRKUTSK – Historic Siberian city close to Baikal
► LAKE BAIKAL – Pristine Siberian Lake
► ULAN UDE – City of culture where East meets West
► ULAANBAATAR – Experience the open steppe and nomadic life
► BEIJING – The sights of China’s Imperial Capital including Great Wall

Route Map & Destinations Visited

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Moscow

Arrive in Russia’s Capital With Free Time to Relax at the Hotel After Your Journey

Arrive in Moscow today, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You can choose to enjoy your down time at your hotel room or make a discovery walk of the hotel vicinity.

Meals Included: None today.

Day 2 - Moscow

City Tour of Moscow Including a Visit to the Kremlin Before Boarding the Imperial Russia Train

After breakfast, you will enjoy the panoramic tour of Moscow that give you an idea of capital’s dimensions. Explore the Red Square, the very heart of Moscow, with picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral or enjoy the ride in Moscow subway with the stations that are more likely to be underground palaces. You will be impressed by the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Saviour or stunning view of Moscow standing on the Lenin Hills with your back towards Moscow University and other historical sites.

After lunch in the city, continue to the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world. The guided tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Tzars. Enjoy some time in down town strolling along the ancient Arbat Street with its numerous cafes, souvenir shops. Later in the evening, you’ll board Imperial Russia Train. Enjoy your dinner onboard & get to know your travel companions.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Kazan

Visit Kazan’s Spectacular Kremlin on the Volga River

Upon arrival in Kazan, once the capital of the Tatar Khanate you will depart for City Tour to explore the Old Kazan. Today, in the White Kremlin of Kazan, a new mosque rises in the immediate vicinity of a Christian cathedral. Enjoy the spectacular folklore program that will give you an insight into the Tatar national epic. We invite you to taste local cuisine while lunch & follow cooking demo revealing the secrets of Tatar cuisine. Later this afternoon you board your train & continue your trip. Tonight enjoy your dinner onboard!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - Ekaterinburg

Visit the Memorial to the Romanovs & the Europe & Asia Border

Today we arrive in Ekaterinburg & start our discovery of this city that is closely connected with the family of the last Russian Emperor. During the tour, you will visit the memorial Church on the Blood to commemorate the tragic events taken place in this city. After lunch in downtown, we continue our tour. An absolutely must see is a memorial that marks the borderline between Europe & Asia. You will have an opportunity to be in both continents at the same time & keep the memory of it taking pictures. In the evening, we board Imperial Russia Train. Tonight enjoy your dinner onboard!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - Novosibirsk

Stop in Siberia’s Largest City to Explore the Highlights

We arrive in Novosibirsk, the very heart of Siberia, & start our tour of city in the vicinity of the railway station with the visit to the local railway museum dedicated to the legendary Trans-Siberian railway. After lunch break the city tour will take us the embankment of the Ob river, main squares and streets of the most Soviet city on our itinerary. The local Opera House stands out among local sites, will impress you with its monumental architecture, and is known as the biggest theater building in this country. Board your train & enjoy your dinner tonight onboard!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - On Board the Train

A Full Day on the Train Travelling Across Siberia

Your Imperial Russia train keeps traveling through Siberia. Today enjoy your stay onboard to reflect on cities you have already visited. You may want to spend your time having a drink at the bar with your fellow travelers, or you might stay in your cabin and follow the changing scenery. Wooden houses, birch forests and if lucky enough some sun rays over mountain landscapes will greet you. Onboard staff will invite you for a talk on Trans-Siberian railway and there will be a performance of live music. Enjoy the relaxing day in anticipation of the next stop!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - Irkutsk

Arrive in & Explore Irkutsk City

Our train arrives in Irkutsk today, one of the largest cities in Siberia. This city has preserved quite a few of historical buildings and monuments. During the city tour you will see picturesque wooden houses, visit the Decembrists’ House that will unfold the story of failed uprising of Russian aristocracy who were exiled to this city. After lunch do not miss the opportunity to visit an open-air museum located in the picturesque place of the river bank of Angara. This unique museum will tell you about the daily life of the people in this region in the past. Spend some free time strolling through Irkutskaya Sloboda before you will board your train in the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - Lake Baikal

Arrive at Stunning Lake Baikal & Enjoy a Barbecue by the Lake

Standing on the shores of Lake Baikal, you can’t help being awestruck with admiration by the wonder created by nature itself. It is the deepest Lake in the world that contains the fifth part of the Earth’s fresh water. After breakfast, board a motor ship to sail on the waters of the Baikal to the village of Listvyanka. Here you will visit the unique museum dedicated to the flora and fauna of the Lake.

Not to be missed is the observation point at the Cherssky Stone with a stunning view on the Lake and the Angara river. After a visit to a local market, the journey continues along the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway for several hours directly along the shore of Lake Baikal. Your train will stop at a particular spot for you to enjoy the majestic lake and a barbecue dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 9 - Ulan Ude

Stop at Culturally Fascinating Ulan Ude Before After Crossing Into Mongolia Overnight

The Imperial Russia Train will stop today in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. A special spiritual experience is a visit to an active datsan that is today on your program during the city tour. Be a guest to the locals who will welcome you in a traditional yurt. Here you learn how to cook traditional “pozy”, play dice, wear traditional costume, and assemble yurt. Another perspective on the Buryats’ culture is a colorful and spectacular folklore program that you will enjoy here. Later in the evening board Imperial Russia Train to continue your voyage.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Mongolia’s Capital & Visit Terelj National Park Where You Overnight in a Ger

After arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will leave for Terelj National Park. You will be introduced to the nomadic way of life of still many Mongolians today. When reached Ger Camp in a remote area at Terelj National Park, explore its most beautiful landscapes on the tour of the National Park. Tonight you will sleep in gers (traditional Mongolian yurt) and enjoy traditional Mongolian dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 - Ulaanbaatar

Return to the City to Explore It’s Highlights

Today you travel back to Mongolian capital to explore this historic city. You will visit the Gandan abbey, and the National Museum of Mongolia. Enjoy a stunning Mongolian cultural performance including the famous throat singing. Tonight you are welcome back onboard Imperial Russia Train.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - Erlian

Cross the Border Into China to Join a Charter Train on to Beijing

Your train pulls towards the Chinese border through the Gobi Desert. Jaw-dropping landscapes will keep your eyes glued to the window. Erlian, the border town, is nothing more than a military post. Due to the different gauges, Imperial Russia Train cannot go to Beijing.

*IMPORTANT* At the border you will need to change trains as the Chinese have a different track gauge to Russia and Mongolia and will not admit the Russian carriages. For this last 16 hour stretch you will have your own cabin but not to the standard of the Russian train.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 - Beijing

Arrive in Beijing With a City Tour Including Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City

Beijing is the final destination of your railway journey that has led you across two continents. It is home to millions of small shops and street traders, the place to shop for souvenirs and bargains, and the last opportunity to taste the delicious Chinese food in all its variations. During the city tour you will visit the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square and the Hutongs. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911.

Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance, as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world’s largest city square and enduring symbol of China’s national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Tonight you will lodge at one of the hotels in the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 - Beijing

Tour the Great Wall & Summer Palace

After breakfast, you head to one of the most powerful symbols of ancient Chinese civilization – the Great Wall of China, stretching 9000 km. It took more than one million people and ten years to build the Great Wall of China, designed as a defensive structure. You can walk along the wall, through the watchtowers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. In the noon you are back in Beijing to visit the Summer Palace.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15 - Depart Beijing

Your Tour Finishes Today or You Can Book Further Travel in China With Us

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport from where you start your travel home. Your exciting Imperial Russia Train journey will certainly stay in good memory for a long time.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

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2019 Dates & Prices

Starts Moscow 23rd June 2019 and finishes Beijing 7th July 2019

Starts Moscow 18th August 2019 and finishes Beijing 1st September 2019

FIRST CLASS

£ 5,400 per person or £ 7,550 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

FIRST CLASS PLUS

£ 5,830 per person or £ 8,190 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

BUSINESS CLASS

£ 8,830 per person or £ 14,970 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

VIP CLASS

£ 9,470 per person or £ 15,860 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

2020 Dates & Prices

Starts Moscow 21st June 2020 and finishes Beijing 5th July 2020

Starts Moscow 16th August 2020 and finishes Beijing 30th August 2020

FIRST CLASS

£ 5,400 per person or £ 7,550 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

FIRST CLASS PLUS

£ 5,830 per person or £ 8,190 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

BUSINESS CLASS

£ 8,830 per person or £ 14,970 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

VIP CLASS

£ 9,470 per person or £ 15,860 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

Inclusions & Exclusions For This Trip

What is included?

1 night in a 5* hotel in Moscow.

1 night in a Ger in Mongolia.

1 night in a 5* hotel Beijing.

Full board Accommodation Onboard the Imperial Russia Train.

Bathrobe and slippers.

Excursions with local guides according to the program.

Guides speaking English, German, French, Spanish (other languages on request for language groups from 10 persons travelling on board the «Imperial Russia» Train).

Tea/coffee throughout the day.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner as indicated in the itinerary.

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected.

Transfers: All transfers are included providing you arrive on the start / finish days of the tour.

Brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the countries visited.

Doctor onboard.

Porterage is included between the hotels and stations.

English Speaking Tour Director throughout the Tour.

Experienced Tour Managers.

What is not included?

International flights – we can book these for you if you wish.

Visas – we provide the paperwork and can recommend visa agents to help with applications.

Travel Insurance (every passenger is obliged to have medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour) – we recommend ABTASure (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

All beverages in bar car.

Vaccinations: Consult your doctor for specific health advice.

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