From  £4015
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit famous streets in Moscow
  • Take a private train to Beijing
  • Visit Kirov Square in Irkutsk
  • Explore Terelj National Park
  • Enjoy traditional Mongolian music
  • Visit the Great Wall of China
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Grand Trans-Siberian Express Voyage

15 Day Tour, from £4015 per person

Experience the legendary 8,000 km trans-continental Railway between Europe and Asia on board a privately chartered train. During the rail journey your cabin is your ‘home on wheels’ and in selected cities you will stay in 4-star/5-star hotels. Choose either to fly between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing and have more time for sightseeing, or cover the distance by train passing through the stony Gobi Desert.

The train offers a choice of 4 different types of accommodation as well as two beautifully decorated restaurant cars, a cosy bar with live piano music in the evening and a conference lecture for lectures and on board entertainment. Stops for land excursions at the  route’s most interesting places are included every day. In  cities  such as Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk near Lake Baikal and Ulaanbaatar (the capital of Mongolia), hotel nights in internationally managed 4-star hotels are included, allowing you more time to explore these places and enjoy a relaxed journey. Hotel nights in Moscow and in  Beijing in  4-star/5-star hotels are also included. The journey may be booked either eastbound, starting in Moscow, or westbound, starting in Beijing.


Tour Itinerary

Arrive in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your 5-star hotel for overnight stay. (D)
Start your journey with a full day sightseeing tour of Moscow and discover the magnificent Red Square and the Kremlin grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to the railway station where your private train, The Grand Trans-Siberian Express, will be ready to welcome you on board for the first leg of the approximate 8,000 km long journey to Beijing. Welcome dinner and overnight stay on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. (B, L, D)
Enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train will pass through endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements, followed by the Ural Mountains. This is a day to relax, watch the landscape go by and listen to informative lectures about Russia and its people. In the evening, you will arrive in Yekaterinburg, the ‘capital of the Ural Mountains’. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel in Yekaterinburg. (B, L, D)
Today arrive Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural Mountains. The city was founded in 1723 by Tsar Peter I as the centre of the metallurgical industry. By the 20th Century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centres of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border between Europe and Asia. Embark on a sightseeing tour of the city and visit places of remarkable importance in Russian history: The ‘Cathedral on The Blood’ which was built where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Continue on an excursion into the Ural forests to Ganina Yama, which is considered by Russians as a ‘holy place’. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990s to honour the last Tsar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were buried in Ganina Yama. Overnight stay on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. (B, L, D)
Relax and enjoy lectures on the train. Pass through the plains of western Siberia and in the late afternoon reach Novosibirsk, Russia’s third largest city. It was founded in 1893 as the future site of the Trans-Siberian Railway bridge which crosses the Siberian River Ob. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel in Novosibirsk. (B, L, D)
Start a sightseeing tour of the city which includes the interior of the celebrated Opera House and some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period. In the afternoon, embark on an excursion out of the city into the Taiga, the ‘real Siberian forest’. About 30 km out of the city you have the opportunity to visit Russia’s largest open air railway museum, housing a collection of more than 60 exhibits of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars. This is a perfect insight into the development of trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Overnight stay on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. (B, L, D)
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 largest river system which flows to the Arctic Ocean. Embark on a sightseeing tour of the city and walk through its main shopping street, decorated by palm trees in summer time. Overnight stay on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. (B, L, D)
Irkutsk is well-known for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called the “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful lifestyle during the time of the Tsars. Visit the Old Town with its vast quarters (which still consist of entirely of wooden houses), before taking part in the cultural highlight of the tour - a private classical concert in an historical palace. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel in Irkutsk. (B, L, D)
Today is one of the top tour highlights of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. Lake Baikal holds the world’s largest freshwater 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 also the world’s deepest lake, reaching 1,620 metres at its deepest point. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake make this a memorable journey. In the morning, reach Lake Baikal by bus. Walk through the village of Listvyanka and see St Nicholas Church, a typical orthodox wooden church which was sympathetically renovated in the 1990s. During a tasty Siberian lunch sample the celebrated Omul fish and, in the afternoon, embark on a short cruise on Lake Baikal to the small village of Port Baikal where your private train will be waiting for you. On board of your train continue along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years was only used by a few local and tourist trains. Stop at a small village where you can get off the train, dip your feet into the clear and cold waters of the lake and visit the typical wooden houses of the local populace. A Baikal barbecue will also be included in your schedule today. Overnight stay on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. (B, L, D)
DAY 10
Ulan Ude is the capital of the so-called ‘Buryat Autonomous Republic’ of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group akin 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 populated with typical Siberian wooden houses. Embark on a sightseeing excursion to one of the villages of Orthodox ‘Old Believers’ and enjoy a typical Russian homemade lunch. In the evening, the train reaches the Russian border station Naushki and the Mongolian border station Suchebaatar. Russian and Mongolian immigration formalities will take place on the train. You may stay in your cabin and don’t have to leave the train whilst these procedures are taking place. Overnight stay on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. (B, L, D)
DAY 11
In the morning the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. During a sightseeing tour visit the renowned Ghandan Monastery, centrally located Sukabaatar Square, the Bogd Khan Museum (which used to be the former winter and on occasions the summer palace of the Khan dynasty) and the Zaisan monument with its panoramic views over the city and surrounding yurt settlements. A wonderful cultural music and dance show will introduce Mongolian folk music and culture to you. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar. (B, L, D)
DAY 12
Take an unforgettable excursion to Terelj National Park which is famous for its abundance of nature and beautiful mountainous scenery. See the stone ‘turtle’ formation and meet with a herder family inside their yurt. A mini Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates the three disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam Festival: wrestling, archery and horseracing. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar. (B, L, D)
DAY 13
OPTION 1: ULAANBAATAR TO BEIJING - Continue exploring the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Historical Museum which explains Mongolia’s long history dating from the Genghis Khan era to the present day. In the afternoon, visit a cashmere factory and see how luxury cashmere clothes are designed and produced. In the evening, a two-hour flight takes you from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, the Chinese capital. Overnight stay in a 5-star hotel in Beijing. (B, L, D)
OPTION 2: ULAANBAATAR - In the morning, leave Ulaanbaatar for a 30 hour journey to Beijing in chartered standard carriages attached to a regular train. In the afternoon, reach the plains of the Gobi Desert which in this part of Mongolia is a stone desert and not a sandy one. Temperatures can reach 35-40 C here in summer time. In the evening, arrive at the Mongolian-Chinese border. Overnight stay on board of the train. (B, L, D)
DAY 14
OPTION 1: BEIJING - In the morning, visit the Great Wall of China, which stretches 6000 Km from East to West. In the afternoon, explore the Imperial Palace (’The Forbidden City’) and the huge Tian An Men Square. Dinner will be held in one of the city’s famous Beijing Duck restaurants. Overnight stay in a 5-star hotel in Beijing. (B, L, D)
OPTION 2: BEIJING - Before lunch, arrive in Beijing. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Palace (‘Forbidden City’) and the Tian An Men Square. Overnight stay in a 5-star hotel in Beijing. (B, L, D)
DAY 15
Transfer to airport for your international departure flight. (B)

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £4015 per person

Price Includes

  • Flight Ulaanbaatar-Beijing (option 1 only)
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express
  • Accommodation at 5-star hotel in Moscow
  • Accommodation at 4-star hotel in Yekaterinburg
  • Accommodation at 4-star hotel in Novosibirsk
  • Accommodation at 4-star hotel in Irkutsk
  • Accommodation at 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Accommodation at 5-star hotel in Beijing
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tours with English-speaking guides
  • English-speaking tour leader throughout the tour


Price Excludes

  • International flights – please contact us for best available prices
  • Russian, Mongolian and Chinese Visas
  • Travel Insurance

Price Notes

Price based on Standard Economy 4-berth Cabin, Option 2

Tour Route Map

  1. Russia, Moscow
  2. Trans-Siberian Railway, Yekaterinburg
  3. Trans-Siberian Railway, Novosibirsk
  4. Trans-Siberian Railway, Krasnoyarsk
  5. Trans-Siberian Railway, Irkutsk
  6. Trans-Siberian Railway, Ulan Ude
  7. Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar
  8. Mongolia, Terelj National Park
  9. China, Beijing

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