Imperial Russia Train

Beijing to Moscow

15 days / 8 stops – € 6,155 (per person, twin share)

15 day itinerary with tour services in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk / Lake Baikal, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Moscow

Tour Introduction
The journey itself is reason enough to take this trip from China through the open steppe and desert of Mongolia and the vast forests of Russia before finishing in Russian capital. Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway through China, Mongolia and Russia suggests you an opportunity to see world metropolises such as Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Moscow as well as the varied landscapes along the route.

Route
Beijing — Ulaanbaatar — Ulan-Ude — Lake Baikal — Irkutsk — Novosibirsk — Ekaterinburg — Kazan — Moscow

Services included:

Accommodation:

  • onboard «Imperial Russia» Train
  • 1 night at Moscow hotel, 2 nights at Beijing hotel, 1 night in ger in Mongolia
  • towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of «Imperial Russia» Train

Excursions & guides:

  • excursions with local guides according to the program
  • excursions will be conducted in English, German, French and Spanish. Other languages are possible upon request

Meals:

  • tea/coffee on board throughout the day
  • full board

Other services:

  • pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport
  • services of the porter at the hotel and the railway stations
  • brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited
  • doctor onboard
  • English speaking Group Leader and Tour managers


Services not included:

  • international and domestic flights
  • visa fees (Company is not liable for passengers with incorrect or expired visas)
  • all drinks ordered in the bar car
  • “Tailor made” excursions. You have possibility to extend your Tour. We offer additional excursions in every city within the Tour and in other cities of Russia
  • meals on the day of arrival, departure
  • tips and personal expenses
  • insurance (every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour)
  • vaccination: consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice, due to visit of different countries in terms of this Tour

Add-ons before the trip – tour programs and accommodation
This trip is very different in style and content to our regular Trans-Siberian journeys. It is a group departure and has all the day trips and excursions included. You can add an extension from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg with accommodation in Saint-Petersburgovernight or express day train and extra nights accommodation in Moscow, along with a number of additional tours in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.

Day 1
Beijing arrival
Arrive in Beijing today and immediately dive into the life of this vibrant city. Beijing is home to millions of small shops and street traders, the place to shop for souvenirs and bargains. 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. Later today check in at your hotel & enjoy your dinner.

Day 2
Beijing sightseeing
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.

Day 3
Beijing
You can choose to enjoy your down time at your hotel room or wander explore the streets and taste the delicious Chinese food in all its variations. Today board the Chinese charter train to start your journey!

Day 4
Erlian
Your train pulls towards the Mongolian-Chinese border. Erlian, the border town, is nothing more than a military post. After border formalities, you are finally welcome onboard the «Imperial Russia» Train that will become your home until your arrival in Moscow.

Day 5
Ulaanbaatar
After arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will leave for Terelj National Park. You will be introduced to the nomadic way of life of 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. Enjoy a hike in the hills. Tonight you will sleep in gers (traditional Mongolian yurt) and enjoy traditional Mongolian dinner.

Day 6
Ulaanbaatar
Today you travel back to Mongolian capital to explore this historic city. You will visit the Gandan monastery, and the National Museum of Mongolia. Enjoy a stunning Mongolian cultural performance including the famous throat singing. Tonight you are welcome back onboard the «Imperial Russia» Train.

Day 7
Ulan-Ude
The «Imperial Russia» Train will stop in Ulan-Ude today, 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.

Day 8
Lake Baikal
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 barbeque dinner.

Day 9
Irkutsk
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.

Day 10
On board
Your «Imperial Russia» Train keeps traveling through Siberia. Today enjoy your stay on board 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. Enjoy the relaxing day in anticipation of the next stop!

Day 11
Novosibirsk
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!

Day 12
Ekaterinburg
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 visit. 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!

Day 13
Kazan
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!

Day 14
Moscow
After breakfast, you leave “Imperial Russia” train and 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 Savior 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 Tsars. Enjoy some time in down town strolling along the ancient Arbat Street with its numerous cafes, souvenir shops. Enjoy dinner in a restaurant and rest in one of Moscow hotels.

Day 15
Moscow
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.

We can book extra accommodation and tours in Moscow, along with an extension from Saint-Petersburg.

Departure dates from Beijing
29 June, 24 August 2020

Prices in Euro (per person)
€ 18,100 – VIP Class Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 10,800 – VIP Class Cabin, based on two people travelling together

€ 16,870 – Business Class Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 10,070 – Business Class Cabin, based on two people travelling together

€ 9,350 – First Class Plus Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 6,650 – First Class Plus Cabin, based on two people travelling together

€ 8,605 – First Class Cabin, based on solo travel and occupancy
€ 6,155 – First Class Cabin, based on two people travelling together

Payment and cancellation conditions:

  1. The prepayment is due 5 days upon receipt of the tour confirmation. The prepayment is non-refundable. The prepayment shall amount to:
    • 1500 EUR  – per person in VIP compartment;
    • 1500 EUR – per person in BUSINESS CLASS compartment;
    • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment;
    • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST CLASS compartment.
  2. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
  3. Cancellation of a confirmed reservation 60 days prior to departure is subject to penalty at the rate of 50 % of the tour price.
  4. Cancellation of a confirmed reservation 30 days prior to departure is subject to penalty at the rate of 100% of the tour price.

This type of car contains 5 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table.

All compartments are equipped with individual water closet with a shower booth and a washbowl. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.

This type of car contains 6 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table.

All compartments are equipped with a private en-suite bathroom with a washbasin, toilet and wet shower. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.

Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 berths in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. All compartments are equipped with a table with an armchair. Between compartments, there are four rooms with washbowls and shower cans. In compartment 9 there is a room for storing luggage.

Two water closets: in the beginning and in the end of the car.

The air conditioning system is general. Most cars are equipped with LCD TV sets.

Consists of 8 passenger compartments, with 2 lower berths in each and equipped with a table and LCD TV set. In compartment 9 there is a shower booth with a washbowl.

Two water closets: in the beginning and the end of the car.

The air conditioning system is general.