Day 1: Arrive Moscow
On arrival into Moscow you will be greeted by your tour guide and escorted to your hotel. You will check-in and have some time to freshen up before heading out on a ‘Moscow by night’ tour where you will get to visit the famous red square and Moscows metro stations before heading back to your hotel to prepare for your journey the following day.
Day 2: Depart Moscow
This morning you will take part in a grand city tour of Moscow taking in the Kremlin and one of its magnificent cathedrals still remaining from the time of the Tsars.
This evening you get to board the train and depart from ‘Kazan Station;.
Day 3: Kazan
This morning you arrive in Kazan, the old Tartar capital by the banks of the Volga. You will enjoy a city tour here where you will learn about the city’s history including the bloody relations of the Tartars, Cossaks and Russians.
Its back on board the train tonight for travel to next destination.
Day 4: Ekaterinburg
This afternoon you will reach Ekaterinburg where you will take part in a short city tour. You will get to see the restored city centre and newly erected ‘Cathedral-on-the-blood’, a memorial built to mark the assignation of the Romanov family in 1918.
Tonight you will be back on the train to continue your journey across Western Siberia.
Day 5: Novosibirsk
You are now in the heart of Siberia! Here you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. You will take part in a city tour which includes a visit to the Trans-Siberian monument and the mighty Ob River.
This evening the train continues eastwards towards Krasnoyarsk.
Day 6: On board
You will spend today on board the train travelling over the Yenisei River through Siberia. You will get to witness the stunning landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. On board you will get to enjoy lectures about Siberia and dine on a ‘Tsars Feast’ before taking part in vodka and caviar tasting all the while viewing the spectacular views from the comfort of your seat.
Day 7: Irkutsk
You arrive into Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia today and get to partake in a city tour showing traditional Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. After lunch you will visit the open-air museum ‘Life & work in the time of the Tsars’.
This evening you get to spend a night in a hotel in Irkutsk City.
Day 8: Lake Baikal
You will be taken by local bus to a Siberian village before boarding a boat to take you across Lake Baikai, the largest fresh water lake in the world. There will be two photo stops along the way where you will get to stop and capture the beauty of the lake on your camera as well as explore the wonderful scenery. Take a dip in the lake or visit a picturesque Baikal village. If weather permits your dinner will be served as a picnic on the shores of the lake.
You will re-board the train tonight travelling on ancient tracks around the shore of Lake Baikal.
Day 9: Ulan-Uday
Today is your last stop in Russia! You will travel through the magnificent valley of Selenga passing the wild and desolate mountain plains of Eastern Siberia. You will stop in the city of Ulan-Uday where you will take part in a city tour around the Buryatian capital.
Back on the train tonight for your journey onwards to Mongolia.
Day 10: Ulaanbaatar
You will arrive this morning in Ulaanbaatar, located in north central Mongolia, this city is both the the capital and the largest city in Mongolia. You will visit highlights of the city including the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastery and the Chojin Lama Museum before spending the night in a centrally located hotel. There will be the opportunity here to take part in a real Mongolian experience and sleep overnight in a yurt on the Mongolian Steppe!
Day 11: Ulaanbaatar
You will be taken out to the picturesque Mongolian countryside where you will enjoy lunch in a typical nomadic herdsmen settlement followed by a Mongolian horseback riding show.
You will board the train this evening to continue your journey onwards to the Chinese border.
Day 12: On board
This morning there will be a scheduled stop in the Gobi Desert, one of the world’s great deserts the Gobi covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Unlike the Sahara you won’t find many dunes here, rather barren expanses of gravel plains.
You will travel onwards now to the border town of Erlian where you will switch trains for the next leg of your journey through the border in to China.
Day 13: Beijing
Make sure you are awake early this morning to take in some of the most spectacular scenery you will fdind on this trip. You will leave the desert behind find them replaced with mountains and rice paddy fields. You will arrive into Beijing this morning and check into your hotel for a 3 night stay.
The rest of the day is yours to explore!
Day 14: Beijing
This morning you will be taken on a four-hour city tour including the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmaen Square followed by an afternoon guided tour of through the interior of the Forbidden City, originally the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty it now houses the Palace Museum.
Day 15: Beijing
Today you get to visit the Great Wall of China! Known as the eighth wonder of the world the Great Wall of China, stretching thousands of kilometres the great wall was built as protection against invasion and is actually made up of several smaller walls. On your way you will stop at a pearl farm as well as the famous Ming Tombs and the Avenue of the Spirits.
Tonight you will take part in a farewell dinner featuring the world famous Chinese dish, Peking Duck.
Day 16: Depart Beijing
This unforgettable experience has now unfortunately come to an end.
Make your way to the airport for your onward flight or take longer to explore more of China, be sure to check out our tailor-made China itineraries or ask one of our consultants to help you plan your perfect trip.