Trans-Siberian - Tsars Gold

Duration (in days): 16

From: Moscow

To: Beijing



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Take the trip of a lifetime on Tsars Gold with this fully inclusive itinerary taking you from Moscow to Beijing. The Trans-Siberian is one of the most iconic railroads in the world and lets you experience China, Russia and Mongolia from the comfort of your cabin. You will get to enjoy the dramatic changes of scenery as you travel through some of the harshest and unseen areas of these fascinating countries.

  • Experience a traditional Russian welcome ceremony
  • Visit a traditional Siberian village
  • Take a trip to Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven

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.



Most visitors to China, Russia & Mongolia require visas which must be obtained prior to travel. Please check your nationalities visa requirements in plenty of time. Casual clothing is normally worn on the train including at mealtimes, sturdy shoes are recommended for the excursions. May and September can be quite chilly and warm clothes are recommended alongside your summer wear. Be advised to also carry something to cover your head during visits to Orthodox churches.

*Please note a seasonal supplement of £155 per person is applicable on all departure between 01 JUL – 30 SEP inclusive*

What's included: 

  • 6 nights accommodation in first class standard hotel
  • 10 nights on board the train in a standard shared cabin
  • 41 meals included
  • Over 20 off-train excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • Professional local tour guides
  • A dedicated tour director
  • A team of train guides
  • On-board programmes
  • Doctor on board (Chinese border to Moscow)
  • Shower facilities
  • Luggage service at all train stations
  • Arrival transfer

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Any meals other than those mentioned
  • Any excursions other than those mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Departure transfer

6 nights accommodation in a first class standard hotel.

  • 1 night Moscow

  • 1 night Irkutsk City

  • 1 night Ulaanbaatar

  • 3 nights Beijing

  • 10 nights on board the train in a Standard Category Cabin.

Standard Category Cabins have four berths per cabin. 2 upper, 2 lower arranged in bunk bed format.

*Upgrades to 2 berth cabins are available for an additional charge*

These cabins include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Table under the window
  • Luggage storage
  • Unisex toilet facilities at the end of each car
  • A shower compartment in every 2nd to 3rd car
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