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Extended Moscow to Beijing Trans-Siberian Railway - fixed departures

Take the legendary Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railways from Russia to Beijing via serene Lake Baikal and the wild expanses of Mongolia.

This extended tour includes a stop in the historic city of Ekaterinburg, where in 1918 Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and five children were murdered by the Bolsheviks which signalled the final chapter of the Romanov dynasty which had ruled Russia for over 300 years. The magnificent Cathedral on the Blood now stands where the family met their end and contains several fascinating monuments to the Romanovs.

Continue on to majestic Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, and through Mongolia for the chance to sample the day-to-day life of a typical nomad with a stay in a traditional ger gamp, before finishing the once-in-a-lifetime journey in Beijing.

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 16 days

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Arrive in Moscow, transfer and check into the Cosmos Hotel. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel's restaurant. (D)


Meet the tour guide and embark upon a morning sightseeing tour of Moscow including a visit to the Novodevichy Convent. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. (B)


Morning sightseeing tour of the Kremlin grounds and Armoury before transferring to the railway station for Yekaterinburg by train #70 at 13.50 (B)


Arrive in Yekaterinburg at 19:17 and transfer to the Hotel Park Inn for an overnight stay.


Enjoy a city sightseeing tour including visits to the obelisk that marks the geographical border between Europe and Asia, the Mineralogical Museum and the Cathedral on the Blood, built on the site where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. In the afternoon visit Ganina Yama, the monastery that was built on the site, where the murdered bodies of Nicholas II and his family were thrown into a mine shaft. Hauntingly beautiful wooden churches set among birch trees, solemnly mark this site on the outskirts of Yekaterinburg. Transfer to the railway station for train No.70 at 21:49. (B)


Day and overnight on train. 


Day and overnight on train. (B)


Arrive in Irkutsk at 11:31. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Irkutsk before travelling to Listvyanka with a stop for lunch and en route visit to the Ethnographic Museum founded in 1969. About twenty three kilometres outside Listvyanka is located Taltsy Museum of Architecture & Ethnography. An impressive outdoor collection of old Siberian buildings set in a pleasant riverside forest. Amid the renovated farmsteads are two chapels, a church, a watermill, some Evenki graves and the eye-catching 17th-century Iliminsk Ostrog watchtower. Check in the Legend of Baikal Hotel for overnight stay. (L,D)


After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Listvyanka. The small village of Listvyanka, located on the shores of the spectacular Lake Baikal is a popular stop amongst Trans-Siberian Railway travellers looking to savour their time at the lake and learn a bit more about this natural wonder. The Baikal Limnological Institute houses the headquarters for lake research by the Russian Academy of Sciences and contains some fascinating samples of the unique marine life found here, while the solar observatory perched high on the hills above the village charts the sun’s activity and provides breath-taking views of the lake and possibly a glimpse of the elusive Baikal seal— the world’s only fresh water pinniped. Overnight back in Irkutsk. (B)


Early morning transfer to railway station for train 306 to Ulaanbaatar departing at 08:08. This morning the train follows the edge Lake Baikal before departing south to cross the Russian border into Mongolia.


Arrive at Ulaanbaatar early in the morning and have breakfast before travelling to Terelj National Park. Conveniently located an hour drive away from Ulaanbaatar, Terelj National Park is famous for its beautiful natural scenery, meadows of wild flowers, pine-covered mountains and interesting rock formations such as the Turtle Rock. The accommodation here will be in traditional gers. Learn about Mongolian nomadic life, maybe sample some traditional mare's milk, yak butter or cheese. There may also be an opportunity to assist in the assembling of a ger, take a guided hike or possibly even take part in an archery competition. (B,L,D)


Transfer back to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia for a city tour which includes Gandan Monastery, Museum of Natural History, Bogd Khan Winter Palace, Zaisan Hill and Sukhbaatar Square. Check in to hotel for 2 nights. (B,L)


Free day to explore Ulaanbaatar further. (B, L)


Transfer to railway station. Depart for Beijing on train No.4 at 07:15. Overnight on train. (B)


Arrive in Beijing at 11:40 am. Transfer to “Beijing Novotel Xinqiao” hotel.


Transfer to the airport for onward connections. (B)

What's included

  • Accommodation in hotels/ger camps as specified with meals as specified on itinerary
  • Arrive/depart transfers as specified
  • Train tickets in 2nd class 4-berth compartments
  • Excursions with transportation
  • Entrance fees and English speaking guides in Russia and Mongolia
  • Russian visa support documents
Not included in the price
  • Russian, Mongolian and Chinese Visas
  • Travel Insurance
Additional expenses

Single person supplement + 577

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Guaranteed to operate with minimum 2 persons. Please note that the single room supplement price is for hotels en route. For sole traveller prices please contact one of our Travel Specialists.


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Sights included in program

Moscow : The Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin, the beautiful and ancient ensemble stands high on the hill towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. The Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the Russian state, the national idea expressed in stone. It is the oldest part of the city, its political, historic and cultural centre, and the seat of the country's highest bodies of power. The Kremlin contains unique specimens of Russian metal cas... Read more
Moscow : Red Square
The famous Red Square is located in the heart of Moscow. Of course, no trip to Russia would be complete without a visit to Red Square, perhaps Russia's most well known place, and possibly the most famous city square in the world. It is Russia’s most recognizable landmark and is usually tourists first stop in Moscow. It is surrounded by Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Visitors... Read more
The Novodevichy Convent, one of Moscow's most beautiful cloisters, is nestled in the southwest of Moscow where the Moskva River bends to form what looks like a peninsula. It is an amazing architectural monument, and also the greatest of city's attractions, second only to the Kremlin. It is a peaceful retreat from the bustling Moscow. The Novodevichy Convent, built in the 16th and 17th centuries in the so-called Moscow Baroque style, was part of a... Read more
The Armoury Chamber - a treasure-house, it is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex, and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin’s workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The Armoury Cha... Read more
The St. Basil’s Cathedral Moscow just that this fascinating church at the heart of Moscow, is an exemplary work of art, which touchingly and glamorously traces back the history of Russia in an encompassing and solemn manner, that no other tourist attraction can ever surpass. It is an interesting milestone and a great leaping step towards world tourism and the interesting pieces of history in its courageous, attractive and worth reading whol... Read more
Baikal : Irkutsk
An unique old city, Irkutsk was known as «Paris of Siberia» in the middle of the 19th century. It plays a remarkable role in the Russian history and it's not accidentally called the city-museum. Irkutsk saves many ancient monuments, romantic look, church cupola's lighting upon the blue current of Angara River. This incredible city is called the midst of the Earth, since it's equidistant from the three world's oceans: the Arctic, the P... Read more
Listvyanka is perhaps one of the oldest Russian settlements on the shore of the great Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. It is a charming village dotted with traditional Siberian wooden houses, with a main road that runs right along the shore of fantastic lake, making it the perfect base to explore this picturesque region. This old-style Siberian village is one of the most visited places in Siberia. Everything about it impresses our imag... Read more
Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture is an unique storage of history and culture of the peoples of Eastern Siberia. This incredible open-air museum consists of several fabulous exhibit areas which hold interesting ethnographical collections and show life of the Siberians. The variety of amazing Siberian wooden izbas, churches, living houses and Buryat wooden yurts were brought together from different parts of Siberia. The museum is conveniently l... Read more
1/7th of the World : Baikal
Lake Baikal in Siberia is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site and was also voted as one of Russia's Seven Wonders. It's not hard to see why. Baikal is one of those rare spots on the earth where nature has still remained genuine and untouched. The magnificent landscapes – the lake is surrounded by high mountain chains - and the unique clarity of the crystal-clear water, which runs into a darkness teeming with fish. Siberians believe that ... Read more
1/7th of the World : Beijing
Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's second most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southea... Read more
1/7th of the World : Ulaanbaatar
If Mongolia's yin is its pristine countryside, then Ulaanbaatar conforms nicely to its yang. Located in north central Mongolia, fabulous Ulaanbaatar is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. The city was founded in 1639 as a movable (nomadic) Buddhist monastic centre, and in the twentieth century, Ulaanbaatar grew into a major manufacturing centre. Mostly described, as sunny, peaceful and open, Ulaanbaatar is a city of cont... Read more
1/7th of the World : Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is a beautiful and well developed city with many fabulous historical buildings in classicism style, with one of the world's biggest collection of constructivist architecture buildings and with several modern high-techs skyscrapers. It is situated in the central part of Russia, on the eastern slopes of the amazing Ural mountains and almost on the border between Europe and Asia. Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 and named i... Read more
Explore : Moscow
Moscow can be an overwhelming experience for visitors - there's just so much to see in this vast and vibrant city, from the truly sublime to the ever-so-slightly ridiculous. Moscow has been one of the world's ballet capitals for almost two centuries. It is home to the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in the late 18th century and based at the Bolshoi Theatre. It is called the "world capital of museums". It's no surprise, considering that there are over a ... Read more
The  Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan - one of the first museums in Mongolia - was built in 1924. It used to be a winter residence of the last Bogd Khaan of Mongolia, Javzandamba. The palace compound was built between 1893 and 1903, and is well known for it's Gate of Peace, Temple and personal library of Bogd Khaan. Among the museum's exhibits are sculptures by Mongolia's first Bogd Khaan Zanabazar, the famous Taras. The museum has 21 invaluable ... Read more
The Gandantegchinlen Monastery is a Mongolian Buddhist monastery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar that has been restored and revitalized since 1990. The Tibetan name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy". It currently has over 150 monks in residence. It features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Avalokiteśvara. It came under state protection in 1994. Read more
The Natural History Museum was created in 1924 and was called “National Museum”. In 1956, it becomes the “Central State Museum” and, later, in 1997, expands and becomes “Natural History Museum”. The Natural History Museum recounts 4,7 billion years of evolution and shows 800 objects dating back from the palaeolithic period. Read more
Ulaanbaatar : Suchebaatar Square
In July 1921 in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, Damdin Sükhbaatar (the ‘hero of the revolution’) declared Mongolia’s final independence from China. A square later built on the spot now bears his name and features at its centre a bronze statue of the revolutionary astride his horse. In 2013 the city authorities changed the name of the plaza to Chinggis Khaan Sq, but in 2016 Sükhbaatar's descendants won a court battle to rest... Read more
Ulaanbaatar : Terelj National Park
Terelj National Park is the most popular destination and the third biggest protected area in Mongolia . Visitors can take leisurely strolls on meadows carpeted with edelweiss and a dazzling variety of other wild flowers, view fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine covered mountains and wander along the wooded banks of a mountain stream. The park is located 80 km away from Ulaanbaatar and is one of the most beautiful places in Mong... Read more
Ulaanbaatar : Zaisan Memorial
A huge communist-era propaganda monument and mural that offers stunning views of the Mongolian capital. Read more
The Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land is a Russian Orthodox church built on the site of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, where Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, and his family, along with members of the household, were shot by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War. The church commemorates the Romanov sainthood. Read more
The Ural Geological Museum is rather young in comparison with other big Russian and foreign museums with a century-old history. It was founded in 1937 as an exhibition of mineral-ore treasures organized to the 17th session of International Geological Congress. In 1938 the exhibition was transferred to the Ural Geological Institute. Read more
Border between Europe and Asia is one of the features of the Ural area. Read more
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