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TS-B-02 Trans-Manchurian Express

BEIJING ► MOSCOW

10 nights from UK £ 2,135 per person

Price based on 2 people travelling in a 2 berth first class cabin. These prices are based on 2017 rates and are here to give guidance. Final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability.

Beijing to Moscow 8,961 KM on the classic, Russian run train 19 – the “Vostok” Trans-Manchurian, the route if you do not wish to visit Mongolia.

The trip starts in BEIJING home to some of the China’s most famous sights including the Great Wall and Forbidden City. The Trans-Manchurian train takes you on to MOSCOW, Russia’s capital, Moscow, a world and culture away where you can see such iconic sights as the Kremlin.

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Day 1 - Arrival 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 Included: None today.

Day 2 - Beijing

The Great Wall at Stunning Mutianyu & the 2008 Olympic Venues

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 70 km 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.

On the way back to the city we stop at the 2008 Olympic sites of the spectacular Bird’s Nest Stadium and the aquatics centre known as the Water Cube – external viewing only.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free or just ask us for suggestions of shows or cultural activities.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 3 - Depart 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 Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

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.

NOTE: HARBIN ICE FESTIVAL JANUARY & FEBRUARY

During January and February we highly recommend adding in a night in Harbin to experience the extraordinary Ice and Snow Festival.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

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. Note that train timetables are now in Moscow time. The first thing you notice is the lack of people compared to China as the scenery opens up and looks much wilder.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

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 Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

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 Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

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 Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 9 - Arrive Moscow

Day on the Train Before a Late 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. Transfer by private car to your hotel.

Meals Included: None Today.

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.

The rest of the day is free to further explore the city.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 11 - Depart Moscow

Depart Moscow & Russia After Your 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 Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Hand-picked Accommodation for this Trip

The hotels & accommodation used for this trip are from our hand picked selection and all are excellent for their class. We also offer upgraded hotels in most locations. If you would like to explore additional hotel options please the button below and let us know of any changes you wish to make.

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Trains Used for this Trip

Details of the trains used on this trip are below. All trains are subject to change without notice and are for guidance only. Please download the trip dossier to see the train times.

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Destinations Visited on this Trip

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What is included?

Train tickets in first class.

All accommodation as specified under the accommodation tab

All private transfers and any other transportation as described

All meals as specified in the itinerary

All tours as specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees to sights toured in the itinerary

24 hour emergency assistance

Visa Paperwork you need in order to obtain the visas

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

Our exclusive 200+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The Russian and Chinese visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

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The calendars below show the possible start dates for this trip in red for the stopovers described in the itinerary. Other dates may also be possible using different trains or longer or shorter stops. Ask us if you need to tailor this tour.

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