15D Grand Trans-Siberian Express: Westbound from Beijing to Moscow

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Mongolia, RussiaCulture, Rail Journeys

Westbound: Beijing • Ulaanbaatar • Ulan Ude • Lake Baikal • Irkutsk • Krasnoyarst • Novosibirsk • Yekaterinburg • Moscow

Experience the Trans-Mongolian Railway and the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway on board a private charter train. Forget about any hassle of packing and unpacking every day. Your cabin is your “home on wheels” during the entire rail cruise journey.

The Grand Trans-Siberian offers a choice of 4 cabin categories from Economy to Deluxe as well as a restaurant, a bar and a conference area for lectures.

In selected cities like Ekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk near Lake Baikal and Ulaanbaatar, hotel nights in international 4-star hotels are included, allowing you more time to explore these places and enjoy a relaxed journey.

Our rail cruises offer you the possibility to experience remote areas of the world like Siberia, Lake Baikal and Mongolia and at the same time enjoy the comfort which is possible only on board a private charter train.

This westbound rail journey starts in Beijing and ends in Moscow

15 Days
From EUR 4,280Per Person

Land Itinerary (Westbound from Beijing to Moscow)

Arrival in Beijing. You will be met at Beijing airport and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Beijing.

Today you visit the Great Wall of China, which is often called the “8th world wonder”. The Great Wall stretches from East to West. In the afternoon you visit the Imperial Palace, known as the “Forbidden City”. In one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants you will taste what many believe to be the most typical Chinese meal.

Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Beijing.

On Days 03 and 04 you have the choice between 2 options.

Option 1

Option 1 is designed for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities. Compared to Option 2 you get 2 additional days full of sightseeing in Beijing. In the evening of Day 04, you take a 2-hour flight to Ulaanbaatar. The checked-in luggage allowance: 1 piece 20 kg per person. Hand luggage: 1 carry-on bag, max. 5 kg.

Day 03 / Sat / Beijing

Another full day of sightseeing in Beijing.

In the morning you visit the Temple of Heaven, in the evening the Summer Palace.

Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 04 / Sun / Beijing - Ulaanbaatar

After a relaxing Sunday morning at leisure, you enjoy an afternoon tour of the magic “Hutong” lanes of the old city, before you are transferred to the airport.

In the evening a 2-hour flight takes you from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital.

Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Option 2

Option 2 is designed for those who wish to travel by train throughout from Beijing to Moscow.

Between Beijing and Ulaanbaatar you travel on a modern regular Mongolian train. Only categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus are available on this section.

If you booked Deluxe Silver or Gold cabins on the private train between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar, you will travel in Standard Plus on the section between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air conditioned.

The train option requires obtaining the Chinese visa in your country of residence in advance.

Day 03 / Sat / Beijing to Ulaanbaata

About 11.00, you leave Beijing for a 30-hour journey on a Mongolian regular train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar.

In the late afternoon, the train reaches the plains of the Gobi Desert which is not a sand desert but a stone desert in this part of Mongolia. Temperatures can reach 35-40°C here in summer.

In the evening, the train arrives at the Chinese-Mongolian border, where the bogies of the train are changed from Chinese 1435 mm to Russian 1520 mm bogies.

Accommodation on board the train.

Day 04 / Sun / Ulaanbaatar

In the afternoon about 15.30, arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Time at leisure to explore the centre of the city.

Overnight in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

An unforgettable full day excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. A stone formation called the “turtle” and the beautiful mountainous scenery will fascinate you.

In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt.

A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.

Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

During a sightseeing tour, you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the Bogd Khan Palace which used to be formerly the winter and sometimes also the summer palace of the Khan’s, as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements.

In the afternoon you board your private train which will be your home for the trans-continental journey to Moscow.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

In the night you reach the Mongolian border station Suchbaatar and the Russian border station Naushki. The Mongolian and Russian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your cabin and don’t have to leave the train.
In the afternoon, the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives at Ulan Ude, the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures. Ulan Ude is a meeting place between East and West. Like Irkutsk, the city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses.

Your sightseeing excursion goes to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practising their live like people did it centuries ago. You will be hosted for a typical Russian homemade lunch.

In Ulan Ude, the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans-Mongolian mainline to the traditional Trans-Siberian mainline on its way to Moscow.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest fresh water reserves in the world. It stretches up to 26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake of the world, reaching 1.620 meters at its deepest part. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake, you will never forget.

In the morning the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years is used only by a few of local trains and tourist trains. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and also visit the typical wooden houses of local people. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program.

In the afternoon a boat takes you on a short cruise from Port Baikal to the small village of Listvyanka. A walk through the village shows you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautiful renovated in the 1990’s.

On a great Siberian lunch in a restaurant on the shore of the lake you can taste the famous Omul fish which is living only in Lake Baikal.

In the evening, a one-hour bus drive takes you from the Lake Baikal to your hotel in Irkutsk city.

Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Irkutsk.

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful life style during the time of the Tsars.

You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a palace of historical background.

In the evening you re-join the private train.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan Ude, used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times – closed to foreigners and also to most Soviet citizens at that time. It is located along the Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean.

A sightseeing tour shows you several view points and the main shopping street which is fascinating as the local mayor decided to decorate it with palm trees in summer time – in the middle of Siberia!

During a boat cruise on the Yenissei River you will have a great view on the city and the huge railway bridge crossing the river.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period. You will have an interior visit of the famous Opera House which is the largest of Russia, situated in the centre of the city at Lenin Square.

In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city into the Taiga, the “real Siberian forest”. About 30 km out of the city you have the opportunity of visiting the largest open air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars – a perfect insight into the development of the trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Today the train arrives in Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural Mountains. The city was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the center of metallurgical industry. By the 20th century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centers of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia.

On your sightseeing tour you visit a place of remarkable importance for Russian history: the “Cathedral on The Blood” which was built at the place where Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. An excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a “holy place”. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990’s to honor the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were then buried in Ganina Yama.

Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Yekaterinburg.

Today you leave Yekaterinburg in the morning and enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through the Ural Mountains and an endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures about the country and its people.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Today the almost 8000 km long journey from Beijing to Moscow terminates. In the afternoon you visit the Red Square and the Kremlin grounds.

The sightseeing tour shows you the all the many highlights of Moscow: the Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM department store, the Red Square, Moscow River, the Sparrow Hills, Novodevitchy Monastery.

You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, comparable to Paris or Rome and full of life.

Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Moscow.

Airport transfers are provided by our service team to connect with your flight departing Moscow.

Highlights

  • Beijing, Chinese capital and the heart of the Central Kingdom
  • Great Wall of China, part of World Heritage
  • Amazing Mongolian steppes, yurts and horses
  • Cultural show of Mongolian artists
  • Special Naadam show of Mongolian horse racing, wrestling, archery
  • Lake Baikal, deepest lake and biggest freshwater reserve of the world
  • Boat cruise on Siberia’s mighty River Yenissei or Ob
  • Private classical concert in a wooden palace in Irkutsk
  • Siberia, a huge land of extreme dimensions
  • Yekaterinburg, capital of Ural mountains
  • Moscow, most vibrant and fast developing metropolitan city of Europe
  • Kremlin, the centre of power in Russia

Land Cost

Price per person in EUR €

15D Grand Trans-Siberian Express ~ Westbound from Beijing to Moscow

Standard EconomyStandard EconomyStandard PlusDeluxe SilverDeluxe Gold
Passengers per cabin43222
Price ~ Option 14370527063901027012470
Price ~ Option 24280532064601034012540
Single Supplement (Train & Hotels)n/an/a256057106810
High Season Supplement for Tours #3B & 4B160
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A shorter 12-day Rail Journey from Ulaanbaatar (starting on Day 04) to Moscow is also available.

Price per person in EUR €

12D Grand Trans-Siberian Express ~ Westbound from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow

Standard EconomyStandard EconomyStandard PlusDeluxe SilverDeluxe Gold
Passengers per cabin43222
Price 397048705980987012070
Single Supplement (Train & Hotels)n/an/a232057105960
High Season Supplement for Tours #3B & #4B160
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Payment Conditions

Deposit

  • EUR €1,250 per person ~ Standard Economy & Standard Plus
  • EUR €2,000 per person ~ Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold

Balance Payment

  • 70 days before tour departure

Cancellation Conditions

  • Up to 91 days before the tour ~ Deposit forfeited
  • 90-71 days before the tour ~ 25% of tour cost
  • 70-31 days before the tour ~ 50% of tour cost
  • 30-15 days before the tour ~ 75% of tour cost
  • 14-01 days before the tour ~ 90% of tour cost
  • No Show ~ 100% of tour cost

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express (Moscow/Ulaanbaatar) in the cabin category booked
  • One-way economy class Ulaanbaatar/Beijing flight by Mongolian Airlines MIAT (for Option 2)
  • 1 night accommodation at 5-star hotel, Moscow
  • 1 night accommodation at 4-star hotel, Yekaterinburg
  • 1 night accommodation at 4-star hotel, Novosibirsk
  • 1 night accommodation at 4-star hotel, Irkutsk
  • 3 nights accommodation at 4-star hotel, Ulaanbaatar
  • 2 nights accommodation at 5-star hotel, Beijing (2 nights for Option 1)
  • Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on Day 01 and ending with breakfast on Day 15
  • Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Ulan Ude, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus
  • Transfer shuttle service in Moscow (Day 01) and Beijing (Day 15)
  • Sightseeing tours in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow
  • Lectures on board, introductory Russian language course, Russian vodka tasting
  • Private classic concert in Irkutsk
  • Cultural events as mentioned in the programme
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Chinese-speaking tour guides (other languages on request)
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

Exclusions

  • Flights to Beijing and from Moscow, and all related airport taxes
  • Visas for Russia, Mongolia and China, where applicable
  • Gratuities (EUR €200 / USD $250 tipping budget recommended)

Dates in 2016

  • May 12-26 (Tour #1B)
  • Jun 09-23 (Tour #2B)
  • Jul 07-21 (Tour #3B)
  • Aug 11-25 (Tour #4B)
  • Sep 08-22 (Tour #5B)

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