TRANS-MANCHURIAN EXPRESS

BEIJING ● MOSCOW ● ST PETERSBURG

TOUR OVERVIEW

DURATION, PRICE, TOUR TYPE & DEPARTURES

13 nights from UK £ 3,075 / US $ 4,150 per person*

*Price based on 2 people travelling in a 2 berth first class cabin. These prices are based on 2021 rates and are here to give guidance. Final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability.

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A GROUP TOUR - CAN BE TAILORED 

SEASON - YEAR ROUND WITH WEEKLY DEPARTURES

TOUR CODE : TS-B-02-SP

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MAP & DESTINATIONS

THE STOPS VISITED ON THIS TOUR

🇨🇳 BEIJING - 3 nights

China’s Capital is an eclectic mix of Imperial splendour & 21st Century Asia.

🇷🇺 MOSCOW - 2 nights

Russia’s vast and iconic capital and the start of this railway adventure.

🇷🇺 ST PETERSBURG - 3 nights

This beautiful and cultural city is a completely different experience to Moscow.

ON THE TRAINS - total 6 nights

We use the most comfortable and reliable trains possible for each leg.

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OUR EXCLUSIVE TRIP GUIDEBOOK

This trip includes our exclusive 200+ page guidebook personalised to your trip with sections about the trains, destinations, timetables and emergency contacts and allowing you to be fully prepared for your trip of a lifetime - an invaluable resource!
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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAILY DESCRIPTIONS OF ACTIVITIES, MEALS & OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

DAY 1 - BEIJING

ARRIVAL BEIJING WITH TIME TO RELAX AT THE HOTEL

Welcome to Beijing, China’s cultural and political capital and a real highlight with it’s extraordinary blend of ancient and modern sights. Your guide will greet you at the airport with a transfer by private car to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax from the long flight or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised and exclusive Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip. The area around your centrally located hotel is perfect for an introductory walk.

MEALS: None Today.

OVERNIGHT: Kapok Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 2 - BEIJING

THE GREAT WALL AT STUNNING MUTIANYU & VISIT ONE OF BEIJING’s MARKETS

Today we will be showing you one of China’s most famous sights - the Great Wall. We visit the dramatic and less crowded Mutianyu section 70km from Beijing set amongst spectacular mountain scenery. Dating back to the 6th Century and largely rebuilt in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty it is one of the best preserved sections of the wall largely due to the high standard of construction. The tour includes cable car tickets cable up and down the Wall.

Also today, if you wish, we can take you to one of Beijing’s many markets. Favourites are the Silk Market, Pearl Market and Panjiayuan antique market. If souvenir shopping isn’t for you other options are the Hutong street of Nanluoguxiang, the 798 Dashanzhi contemporary art area or a quick look at the impressive 2008 Olympic Stadium. You can discuss which is right for you with us in advance or your guide on the day.

Return to your hotel for a free evening to enjoy Beijing further or ask us about cultural activities.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: Kapok Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 3 - BEIJING

TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, TIANANMEN SQUARE, FORBIDDEN CITY & SUMMER PALACE & LATE EVENING DEPARTURE

Today you will see the main highlights of Beijing starting with the Temple of Heaven, considered by many to be the most beautiful building in China. On to vast Tiananmen Square, home to the Mao Mausoleum (it may be possible to visit if open) and Monument to the People’s Heroes before walking to the huge palace complex of the Forbidden City. We’ll walk up the middle axis from South to North taking in the splendour of the most important central buildings before finishing in a small and ancient garden by the north gate.

The last stop today is at the Summer Palace to the west of Beijing. Dominated by Kunming lake it is as popular an escape from the city for todays Beijingers as it was for the Imperial court over the centuries.

A late evening departure on the “Vostok”, also known as the Trans-Manchurian.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: On the Train - click to learn more.

DAY 4 - on the train

TRAVEL THROUGH CHINA’S NORTH WEST REGION OF MANCHURIA PASSING HARBIN

You awake deep into China’s North West often referred to as Manchuria, a largely flat land of villages, farms and some large industrial cities. Pass through Harbin early afternoon, host to the spectacular Ice Festival each January and the largest city in this part of China. The train continues on through similar landscape into the night.

MEALS: None today - however the train does have a dining car.

OVERNIGHT: On the Train - click to learn more.

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DAY 5 - on the train

CROSS INTO RUSSIA & MUCH WILDER AND REMOTE SCENERY

Reach the border with Russia at Manzhouli. Immigration and customs procedures are quick on the China side but take time on the Russian side of Zabaikalsk as the train’s bogies need to be changed to fit Russia’s wider gauge and you will have to get off the train for some hours. Once underway, the first thing you notice is the lack of people compared to China as the scenery opens up and looks much wilder.

MEALS: None today - however the train does have a dining car.

OVERNIGHT: On the Train - click to learn more.

DAY 6 - on the train

PASS ULAN UDE & TRAVEL THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF LAKE BAIKAL

Today is usually the scenic highlight of the journey, a day of lake, forest and mountain views. Pass Ulan Ude before the train rumbles around the Southern shore of stunning Lake Baikal often passing within a matter of meters of the lake. Irkutsk is reached in late afternoon before the train continues on through Siberia during the night.

MEALS: None today - however the train does have a dining car.

OVERNIGHT: On the Train - click to learn more.

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DAY 7 - on the train

PASS THE LARGE SIBERIAN CITIES OF KRASNOYARSK & NOVOSIBIRSK

Much of today’s landscape consists of gently rolling hills, rivers and ponds and dense forests of larch, pine and birch tree. Later this morning you pass prosperous Krasnoyarsk after which the scenery becomes flatter and the forests thinner. Late in the evening you reach Siberia’s largest city of Novosibirsk.

MEALS: None today - however the train does have a dining car.

OVERNIGHT: On the Train - click to learn more.

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DAY 8 - on the train

ENTER THE ROLLING URAL MOUNTAINS, PASS EKATERINBURG & THE EUROPE ASIA BORDER

Today’s scenery is flat, often swampy or forested. Pass Omsk entering the rolling hills of the Ural's before reaching Ekaterinburg, historic capital of this mineral rich region. Shortly after Ekaterinburg you pass the Europe Asia border leaving Siberia behind to the East and beginning the last section of the journey to Moscow.

MEALS: None today - however the train does have a dining car.

OVERNIGHT: On the Train - click to learn more.

DAY 9 - MOSCOW

DAY ON THE TRAIN BEFORE AN AFTERNOON ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW

Your last day on the train through a relatively highly populated region by Russian standards - a landscape of farms, small towns and villages. Late afternoon arrival at Moscow’s large Yaroslavsky station.

Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital and its largest city with more than 12 million people. It is the political and economic centre of this vast country and has many of Russia’s most famous sights, not least Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. With over 800 years of history there is also a wealth of architecture, museums and monuments to a colourful past.

Transfer by private car with an English speaking driver to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring this stunning city.

MEALS: None today - however the train does have a dining car.

OVERNIGHT: Metropol Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 10 - MOSCOW

A WALKING TOUR OF THE CITY & FREE AFTERNOON

Today you will have the perfect introductory walking tour of central Moscow designed to orientate and open up its hidden treasures. Your guide will take you along the main streets and less visited back roads to see the diversity of architectural styles from the austere and restrained Russian style to richly decorated Moscow Baroque, elegant Empire, fascinating Art Nouveau and even Pseudo-Chinese and Moorish. Hear stories and legends not found in the guidebooks as well as passing the most important sites in the city including the Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya street, GUM Department store, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Metropol Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 11 - ST PETERSBURG

HIGH SPEED “SAPSAN” TRAIN TO ST PETERSBURG IN JUST 4 HOURS

Free time before a late morning transfer by an English speaking driver to the “Sapsan” train to St Petersburg. The journey takes just 4 hours with an early evening arrival Russia’s cultural centre and arguably one of the world’s most beautiful cities - an architectural wonder often referred to as the “Venice of the North.”

Transfer from the station by private car and English speaking driver to your hotel. Free time for the rest of the day.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Rossi Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 12 - ST PETERSBURG

AN IDEAL 3 HOUR INTRODUCTORY WALKING TOUR OF THE CITY BEFORE A FREE AFTERNOON

Begin your time in St Petersburg with this superb introduction to this beautiful city with your private guide, learning about the history and architecture as well as life in today’s St Petersburg. The tour focuses on Nevsky Prospect including the Palace Square, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Winter Palace and the Admiralty amongst many other points of interest. The tour will usually finish on arrival at the Peter and Paul Fortress where you can visit the burial place of all the Russian Tzars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.

Free time for the rest of the day, perhaps to explore the Peter & Paul Fortress or some of the many other sights. Alternatively, St Petersburg is an excellent place to walk and admire the architecture stopping at the occasional cafe!

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Rossi Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 13 - ST PETERSBURG

A FREE DAY TO EXPLORE THIS MAGNIFICENT CITY

A free day to explore St Petersburg. This city has so much to offer so it is a good idea to plan a little in advance if there are specific places you want to visit. However, this is also a fantastic city to aimlessly wander, exploring side streets, canals and the beautiful parks that feature across the city. Don’t forget there are also excellent sights outside the city including the opulent palaces of Peterhof and Pushkin.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Rossi Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

DAY 14 - end of tour

DEPART ST PETERSBURG & RUSSIA AFTER AN EPIC TRANS-SIBERIAN ADVENTURE

Today is a free until a transfer to your onward travel from Russia. We sincerely hope that you will have enjoyed your epic journey as much as we have many times already and we look forward to welcoming you back on another one of our trips!

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

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All accommodation as specified above.
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