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  • The Trans-Siberian railway journey from Russia to Beijing is an exceptional trip!
  • From the Great Wall of China to the Opulent Orthodox churches, from the beauty of the Mongolian countryside to the majesty of the Red Square: this tour will take your breath away.
  • Our members will embark on a memorable journey through continents and centuries and will stay in a Shared Cabin.

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Your Destinations

St Petersburg

The centuries have been kind to the former capital of the Russian Empire – St Petersburg looks as grand today as when Peter the Great laid the foundation stones in 1703. From his cabin on Petrogradskaya Storona, the Russian emperor invited Europe's leading architects to fill the streets with extravagant palaces and elegant Baroque cathedrals. 

Today, the historic centre is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the grand palaces of the Romanovs at Peterhof, Pushkin and Pavlovsk.

Moscow

Moscow is an enigmatic city with a rich history and vibrant culture. Politics, science, history, architecture, and business all meet here in this Russian capital, bursting with life. In this fascinating city, the ancient and the modern exist side by side. 

In addition to the famous sites of the Red Square, the Kremlin, and the imposing nine domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow boasts an emerging art and music scene, and plenty of galleries and cafes, full of Moscow's cultured crowd. 

The dining scene is equally vivacious , with everything from elegant haute cuisine to family friendly establishments.

Beijing

As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history. Consequently, there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travellers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.

Your Trans-Siberian Experience

Travelling in the luxury of the Imperial Russia train, visiting many of the largest historical and cultural centres of the vast Russian Empire, is an incredible way to journey through the heart of Russia. One of the most famous railways in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway is thousands of kilometres long, running from the shores of the Baltic Sea to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with an important junction to the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Embark on a memorable journey that will take you through continents and centuries, from the modern majesty of Beijing to shimmering Lake Baikal - which covers an area the size of Holland! - and the largely unvisited Siberian cities that have served as the backdrop for some of Russia's most monumental moments... you'll have a front-row seat to it all.

Our Offer

Offer 1: 14 nights from Moscow to Beijing 
Offer 2: 17 nights from St Petersburg to Beijing 

Your Itinerary in Brief

Offer 1: From Moscow 

Day 1: Europe - Moscow
Day 2: Moscow
Day 3: On board the Trans-Siberian Railway - Ekaterinburg
Day 4: Yekaterinburg - Overnight on Transsiberian
Days 5 to 6: Inboard the Trans
Day 7: Irkutsk - Listvianka (Baikal)
Day 8: Listvianka - Irkutsk
Day 9: Irkoutsk - Overnight on the train
Days 10 and 11: Ulaanbaatar
Day 12: Ulaanbaatar - Overnight on Transmongolian
Day 13 and 14 : Beijing
Day 15: Beijing - Europe

Offer 2: From St Petersburg
Day 1: UK – St Petersburg 
Day 2: St Petersburg 
Day 3: Aboard the train
Day 4: Moscow
Day 5: Aboard the Trans-Siberian 
Day 6: Yekaterinburg
Day 7: Aboard the Trans-Siberian 
Day 8: Aboard the Trans-Siberian
Day 9: Aboard the Trans-Siberian
Day 10: Irkutsk - Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) 
Day 11: Listvianka - Irkutsk 
Day 12: Aboard the Trans-Siberian
Day 13: Ulaanbaatar
Day 14: Ulaanbaatar
Day 15: Aboard the Trans-Mongolian
Day 16: Beijing
Day 17: Beijing
Day 18: Beijing - UK

Day 1: Europe - Moscow

Day 2: Aboard the Trans-Siberian

Day 3: Yekaterinburg

Day 4: Aboard the Trans-Siberian

Day 5: Aboard the Trans-Siberian

Day 6: Aboard the Trans-Siberian

Day 7: Listvyanka

Day 8: Irkutsk

Day 9: Aboard the Trans-Siberian

Day 10: Ulaanbaatar

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar

Day 12: Aboard the Trans-Mongolian

Day 13: Pekin

Day 14: Pekin

Day 15: Pekin - Europe

Your Itinerary: From Moscow (14 Nights)

Day 1: Europe-Moscow
Reception at the airport and transfer. Overnight at the hotel in Moscow. 

Day 2: Moscow
Panoramic tour of the historic district of the Russian capital, the famous Red Square, Basil Cathedral the Blessed, the Bolshoi (external views). Visit the Novodevichy Convent or Bogoroditse - Smolensky monastery with its cemetery housing the tombs of personalities. This day will also be the opportunity to see the glitzy metro of Moscow with its most beautiful stations. Lunch during visits. Transfer to the station. Night on board the train. Breakfast + lunch included.

Day 3: Aboard the Trans-Siberian - Yekaterinburg
Arrival in the Urals capital at the end of the day. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Night at the hotel.

Day 4: Yekaterinburg - Overnight aboard Transsiberian
Free morning. The visit will start at 12:00. Visit of the Monastery-Tomb of the Romanovs. The visit to the Romanov Monastery immerses you in the famous story of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The assassination of the Romanovs is an important part of Russian history and cannot be ignored by people who love the history of the Russian Federation and Yekaterinburg. Then excursion to the monument marking the border between Europe and Asia. Lunch during the visit. Departure at the end of the day for the station. Night on board the train. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Days 5 to 6: On board the Trans-Siberian
Days and nights aboard the train.
Day 7: Irkutsk - Listvyanka (Lake Baikal)
Arrival in Irkutsk and drive to Listvyanka, a village on Lake Baikal. Discovery of the village with its wooden houses and the Saint-Nicolas church. Visit the Lake Baikal Museum, dedicated to fauna and flora. Boat trip on the lake (depending on weather conditions), then walk to the harbor and the fish market. Lunch during visits. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Lunch + dinner included.

Day 8: Listvianka - Irkutsk
Return to Irkutsk, on the road, stop to visit the Talsty Museum of Wooden Outdoor Architecture. Continue to Irkutsk and discovery of the capital of Eastern Siberia: Walk in the ancient city classified as World Heritage by Unesco, with its famous houses with wooden architecture. The quay of the Angara River with the monument to Tsar Alexander III, the initiator of the construction of the Trans-Siberian, the Church of St. Savior, the central market. Visit the Volkonsky House, a nice mansion transformed into a museum. Lunch during visits. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Day 9: Irkutsk - Night on the train
Morning transfer to the train station for departure to Ulaanbaatar. Journey along the Selenga River across the steppe. Passage from the Russian-Mongolian border to Naushki. Night on board.
Days 10: Ulan Bator
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar early in the morning. Welcome and transfer to the camp of yurts at the foot of Mount Khentii, in the heart of a wild region with views composed of steppes and valleys. Walk in nature to discover the local nomadic life. Lunch dinner. Night in a yurt in summer (approximately from April 15th to September 20th). Return to Ulaanbaatar for overnight at the hotel in Winter. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Day 11: Ulan Bator
Departure for the visit of the Buddhist monastery of Gandan, one of the most beautiful in the country. Afternoon orientation tour in the Mongolian capital. Lunch dinner. Night at the hotel. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Day 12: Ulan Bator - Overnight on Transmongolien
Early morning transfer to the train station for the departure of the train to Beijing. Crossing the central Aimak and then the border province of Dorngov, through the East Gobi Desert. Passage through the cities of Choi, Sainshand and Zamiin Uud on the Mongolian border. Stop at Erlian, Sino-Mongolian border, for customs formalities and train axle change. Night on board.

Note: There is a dining car on the Ulaanbaatar train to the border between Mongolia and China (07: 30-17: 30) but there is no restaurant diner on the border until Beijing! It is therefore preferable that you prepare yourself in advance. Breakfast included.

Day 13: Beijing
Wake up in the countryside of the Chinese countryside. Arrival in Beijing in the afternoon. Welcome to the station. Departure for the Great Wall, UNESCO World Heritage monument, the largest architectural structure ever built by humanity in length, surface and mass. Walk on the wall and return to Beijing. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Note: Upon arrival at Beijing Railway Station the guide will greet you at the last exit of the station, as guides can not access the platform. Dinner included.
Day 14: Beijing
Free day or optional excursion. Lunch and dinner free. Night at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 15: Beijing - Europe
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Europe. Breakfast included.

Please note: The order of the tour and tours may be changed for technical reasons, without altering the content of the program.

Your Itinerary: From St Petersburg (17 Nights)

Day 1: UK - St. Petersburg
Welcome to the airport of St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel. Night at the hotel.

Day 2: St. Petersburg
Departure for a panoramic tour of the city, Vasilevsky Island, St. Isaac's Square and the Decembrists (statue of Peter the Great), the Palace Square, Nevsky Prospekt, the banks of the Neva and its channels. Visit the fortress Peter and Paul and its Collegiate, which contains the tombs of the Tsars of Peter the Great to Nicholas II. Lunch during visits. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Day 3: St. Petersburg - Overnight on the train
Breakfast. Free day without meals. Transfer to the train station according to the train schedule. Night on the train. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Transfer from the train station to the hotel. Free day without meals. Overnight at the hotel in Moscow.

Day 5: Moscow
Panoramic tour of the historic district of the Russian capital, the famous Red Square, the Cathedral Basil the Blessed, the Bolshoi (external views). Visit the Novodevichy Convent or Bogoroditse - Smolensky monastery with its cemetery housing the tombs of personalities. This day will also be the opportunity to see the glitzy metro of Moscow with its most beautiful stations. Lunch during visits. Transfer to the station. Night on board the train. Breakfast + lunch included.

Day 6: On board the Trans-Siberian - Ekaterinburg
Arrival in Ekaterinburg, capital of the Urals at the end of the day. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Yekaterinburg.

Day 7: Yekaterinburg - On board the train 
Free morning. The visit will start at 12:00. Visit of the Monastery-Tomb of the Romanovs. The visit to the Romanov Monastery immerses you in the famous story of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The assassination of the Romanovs is an important part of Russian history and can not be ignored by people who love the history of the Russian Federation and Yekaterinburg. Then excursion to the monument marking the border between Europe and Asia. Lunch during the visit. Departure at the end of the day for the station. Night on board the train. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Days 8 and 9: On board the Trans-Siberian
Days and nights aboard the train. No meals included.

Day 10: Irkutsk - Lake Baikal - Listvyanka
Arrival in Irkutsk and drive to Listvianka, a village on Lake Baikal. Discovery of the village with its wooden houses and the Saint-Nicolas church. Visit the Lake Baikal Museum, dedicated to fauna and flora. Boat trip on the lake (depending on weather conditions), then walk to the harbour and the fish market. Lunch during visits. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Lunch + dinner included.

Day 11: Listvianka - Irkutsk
Return to Irkutsk, on the road, stop to visit the Talsty Museum of Wooden Outdoor Architecture. Continue to Irkutsk and discovery of the capital of Eastern Siberia: Walk in the ancient city classified as World Heritage by Unesco, with its famous houses with wooden architecture. The quay of the Angara River with the monument to Tsar Alexander III, the initiator of the construction of the Trans-Siberian, the Church of St. Savior, the central market. Visit the Volkonsky House, a beautiful private mansion transformed into a museum. Lunch during visits. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Day 12: Irkutsk - On board the train
Morning transfer to the train station for departure to Ulaanbaatar. Journey along the Selenga River across the steppe. Passage from the Russian-Mongolian border to Naushki. Night on board. No meals included.

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar early in the morning. Welcome and transfer to the camp of yurts at the foot of Mount Khentii, in the heart of a wild region with views composed of steppes and valleys. Walk in nature to discover the local nomadic life. Lunch dinner. Night in a yurt in summer (approximately from April 15th to September 20th). Return to Ulaanbaatar for overnight at the hotel in Winter. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Day 14: Ulaanbaatar
Departure for the visit of the Buddhist monastery of Gandan, one of the most beautiful in the country. Afternoon orientation tour in the Mongolian capital. Lunch dinner. Night at the hotel. Breakfast + lunch + dinner included.

Day 15: Ulan Bator - Aboard the Trans-Siberian
Morning transfer to the station for the departure of the train to Beijing. Crossing the central Aimak and then the border province of Dorngov, through the East Gobi Desert. Passage through the cities of Choi, Sainshand and Zamiin Uud on the Mongolian border. Stop at Erlian, Sino-Mongolian border, for customs formalities and train axle change. Night on board. Note: There is a dining car on the Ulaanbaatar train to the border between Mongolia and China (07: 30-17: 30) but there is no restaurant diner on the border until Beijing! It is therefore preferable that you prepare yourself in advance. Breakfast included.

Day 16: Beijing
Wake up in the countryside of the Chinese countryside. Arrival in Beijing in the afternoon. Welcome to the station. Departure for the Great Wall, UNESCO World Heritage monument, the largest architectural structure ever built by humanity in length, surface and mass. Walk on the wall and return to Beijing. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Note: Upon arrival at Beijing Railway Station the guide will greet you at the last exit of the station, as guides can not access the platform. Dinner included.

Day 17: Beijing
Free day or optional excursion. Lunch and dinner free. Night at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 18: Beijing - UK
Transfers to the airport. Return flight. Breakfast included.

Please Note: The order of the trip and the visits included may be subject to change.

Your Accommodation

Our members will stay at the following accommodation with this offer.

The Trans-Siberian is not a luxury train, on it tourists from around the world rub shoulders with Russians, Mongolians & Chinese locals. Compartments include 2 or 4 berths & are a cosy little hideaway from which you can watch the inspiring countryside whizz past.  With a table & wardrobe, you'll have everything you'll need to traverse the great unknown.  Toilets are located at either end of the car.

The train stops fairly regularly, every 4 hours, sometimes minutes, sometimes half an hour. During longer stops, you will have the opportunity to go down on the platform for some fresh air and stretch your legs. This is also the opportunity to buy some food.

Restaurant Cars
All long-haul trains feature a dining car which features large panoramic windows that provide amazing vistas whilst passengers enjoy traditional cuisine.

Train Accomodation

Your Accommodation
You will be staying on the following trains:
- Train: 060 (or similar)
- Train: 070 (or similar)
- Train: 360 (or similar)
- Trans Mongolia (or similar)

These prices are based on a 4 person shared cabin of your choice (with another couple). Upgrade to a private cabin for 2 for an additional fee at the next stage of the booking process.

3 & 4* Category Hotels

Your Accommodation
Our members will stay at the below hotels in Standard Rooms: 

St Petersburg: Karelinn Hotel 4* or similar
Moscow: Raikin Plaza 4 * or similar
Yekaterinburg: Park Inn By Radisson 4* or similar
Irkutsk: Marx Hotel 4* or similar
Listvyanka: Usadba Demidova (Boutique Hotel 3*) or similar
Ulaanbaatar: Ramada Hotel 4*, (1 night in a yurt in summer period) or similar
Beijing: Beijing Dong Fong 4* or similar 

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found. Please note that due to space restrictions, some special dietary needs are unable to be met aboard the Trans-Siberian.  This offer is also not-suitable for guests with reduced mobility due to the amount of walking & stairs.

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Private and shared transfers are included throughout.

Weather

Jan
min : -9°C max : -2°C
Feb
min : -9°C max : -2°C
Mar
min : -5°C max : 1°C
Apr
min : 1°C max : 8°C
May
min : 7°C max : 16°C
Jun
min : 11°C max : 20°C
Jul
min : 14°C max : 22°C
Aug
min : 12°C max : 20°C
Sep
min : 8°C max : 14°C
Oct
min : 4°C max : 8°C
Nov
min : -1°C max : 2°C
Dec
min : -7°C max : -3°C

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here.


Please note that the advice can change, and you should continue to check all advice until you travel. 


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: 
  • within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts
  • Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai

  • The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

    • within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Kharkiv Oblast
    • North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria (including the Elbrus area)


    Entry Requirements 


    You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on. 


    To enter Russia, you’ll need to get a visa before you travel. Make sure you allow enough time to get your visa. The Russian Embassy advised in March 2018 that it takes around 20 business days (4 weeks) to process most visa applications. 

    You will require a letter of invitation to support your visa application, which will be provided by our local supplier. To obtain the letters of invitation required, you will need to send the following information to the local tour company (details will be provided on your voucher).
    Last name
    First name
    Middle name
    The date of birth
    Passport number
    Nationality 
    Gender

    Once you have received your letter of invitation, you will need to apply for a visa.

    We would recommend visiting the following website as the visa application process provided by the Russian Nation Tourist Office.

    http://www.visitrussia.org.uk/visa/tourist-visa.php

    Standard Service – 7 working days - £115
    Express Service – 2 working days - £210
    (prices correct at time of print, subject to change)

    As part of the visa application process, all applicants based in the UK aged 12 or over will need to visit a visa application centre to submit biometric data (scanned fingerprints). These are located in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The Russian government has also announced plans to introduce biometric fingerprinting for all foreign nationals, including British nationals when entering Russia. No dates have been confirmed for this.


    On receiving your visa you should check the details carefully including the validity dates and passport number to make sure they are correct. Make sure you’re aware of the terms and conditions attached to your visa before you travel. You should adhere to the validity and conditions of your visa while you’re in Russia, as the authorities strictly enforce all visa and immigration laws.


    Immigration Cards


    You must sign an immigration card every time you arrive in Russia. This will be given to you at passport control. The card is in 2 identical parts. One part will be retained by the Immigration Officer. You should keep the other part safe as you’ll need to submit this at passport control when you leave Russia. Should you lose it, your departure from Russia could be delayed. There are also many hotels and hostels that will not accept guests without an immigration card.


    Health 


    For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries


    If vaccinations or other preventive measures are required, you will need to visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip. 


    You can normally bring prescription and over the counter medication into Russia for personal use. However, if your medication contains narcotic or psychoactive substances (details available on the Rossiyskaya Gazeta website in Russian), you must carry a prescription in your name which has been translated into Russian and then notarised. Notarisation services in the UK are available from a Notary Public.


    Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance.

    In More Detail

    Please Note: This offer is Non-Refundable.

    Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

    What's Included?

    • Accommodation in 3*/4* hotels, in a yurt and on board the Trans-Siberian Railway
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinner mentioned in the program
    • Train tickets in a shared 4 person cabin (upgrade to private 2 person cabin at next stage)
    • The services of a guide (except on the train)
    • The visits mentioned in the program
    • All transfers

    Not Included

    • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
    • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
    • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
    • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
    • Surcharge for public holidays

    Your Contract

    If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

    If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

    Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

    Important Information

    If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

    The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

    Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

    You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

    Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

    Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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