Moscow | Kazan | Yekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Lake Baikal | Ulan Ude | Ulaanbaatar | Gobi Desert | Erlian | Beijing
Travel along the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway for a breathtaking non-stop voyage through three separate countries. This sixteen-day itinerary features the best of Russia, Mongolia and China. From the imposing, intricate and beautiful façades of Moscow’s architectural wonders to Mongolia’s vast Gobi Desert and the Great Wall of China, this journey will lead you through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes and hotspots in the world.
Day 1-2 Moscow
Travel to Siberia and arrive in and tour the capital city of Moscow, with visits to the Red Square and Metro stations. Enjoy the illumination of the ‘Moscow by Night’ city lights tour, as well as a journey to the Kremlin and a magnificent cathedral from the time of the Tsars. Board the Tsar’s Gold Trans-Siberian Railway train in the evening and make your way towards Kazan.
Day 3-4 Kazan | Yekaterinburg
Tour the old Tartar capital of Kazan on the banks of the Volga. On an additional tour of the Kremlin, learn about the wild relations of the Tartars, Cossacks and Russians. Tour the city of Yekaterinburg the following afternoon, exploring the 2009-restored city centre and the newly-erected Cathedral-on-the-Blood.
Day 5-6 Novosibirsk | Onboard the Tsar’s Gold, Trans-Siberian Railway
Travel to the heart of Siberia, Novosibirsk, where you are greeted in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. Visit the Trans-Siberian monument and the mighty Ob River. Proceed on over the landscapes of Eastern Siberia through mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. Enjoy lectures on board the train about Siberia, and taste the delectable ‘Tsar’s Feast.’
Day 7-9 Irkutsk | Lake Baikal | Ulan Ude
Tour the Eastern Siberian capital of Irkutsk, visiting beautiful Siberian wooden cottages and the open-air museum ‘Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars.’ Boat across the deep waters to Port Baikal and take an ancient route along the shores of Lake Baikal. The following day, take a different path along the lake’s shores and pass through the valley of Selenga. Make a stop in Ulan Ude near the border of Mongolia.
Day 10-11 Ulaanbaatar | Onboard the Tsar’s Gold, Trans-Siberian Railway
Arrive in the morning at Ulaanbaatar and visit Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhist activity in Mongolia. Explore the museums of the capital, and visit the settlements of nomadic herdsmen and the beautiful countryside.
Day 12 Onboard the Tsar’s Gold, Trans-Siberian Railway
Early in the morning your train will pass through the Gobi Desert, once a haven for some of the world’s largest and most well-known dinosaurs. Towards noon reach the Chinese border and transfer directly to your next train, continuing overland toward the capital of Beijing.
Day 13-14 Beijing | Temple of Heaven | Forbidden City
After traveling through the rural Chinese countryside, arrive in Beijing in the early morning and spend the next two days touring the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the interior of the Forbidden City.
Day 15 The Great Wall of China
Explore the ancient Great Wall of China along with a tour of a pearl cultivation farm, the Ming Tombs and the Avenue of the Spirits, enjoying the world-famous Chinese Peking Duck dish in the evening.