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Grand Trans-Siberian Express - Eastbound Moscow to Beijing (15 Days / 14 Nights)

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EUROPE / BEIJING: The Trans-Siberian is the journey nearly everyone wants to do, perhaps because it's commonly said to be the longest you can make on a single train: the longest of the three trans-Siberian routes, between Moscow and Vladivostok, covers 9,258km (6,152 miles) and takes seven days. As an introduction to the immensity of the world's largest country and its landscapes, the Trans-Siberian experience is unrivalled.
Itinerary
  • Day 1
    • Flight: Emirates
  • Day 2-15
    • Overnight Excursion: Grand Trans - Siberian Express - Eastbound Moscow to Beijing (15 Days/14 Nights)
Full Itinerary

Grand Trans - Siberian Express - Eastbound Moscow to Beijing (15 Days/14 Nights)

Eastbound Moscow - Beijing on Trans - Siberian Express (15 Days/14 Nights)

Day 1, Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Moscow.

Day 2, Moscow
A full day sightseeing tour includng the magnificent Red Square, the Kremlin grounds and other highlights of Moscow. In the evening transfer to the railway station where your private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express is ready for you to board for the first leg of the almost 8000 km long journey to Beijing. Welcome dinner and accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 3
Full day on the train. Your train passes through endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements, followed by the Ural Mountains. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures on Russia and its people. In the evening you arrive in Yekaterinburg, the ''Capital of the Ural Mountains". Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Yekaterinburg.

Day 4, Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg, "Capital of the Ural Mountains" is located at the geographical border between Europe and Asia. In the morning a sightseeing tour of Yekaterinburg shows you the city center, you visit the "Cathedral on The Blood" built to honour the tragic death of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. In the afternoon an excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, an ensemble of small wooden chapels which were erected at the place where Emperor Nicholas II and his family were executed in 1918. Accommodation on board the Grand TransSiberian Express.

Day 5, Novosibirsk
Almost a full day of relaxation and lectures on the train. Today you are passing through the plains of Western Siberia. In late afternoon you arrive in Novosibirsk. Russia's third largest city and the biggest in Siberia, Novosibirsk is widely regarded as the centre of Siberia. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Novosibirsk.

Day 6, Novosibirsk
In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches. You will have a visit and tour of the famous Opera House. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city to the Siberian taiga. Visit the largest open air railway museum, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives and historic passenger cars - a perfect insight into the development the Trans-Siberian Railway. Accommodation on board the Grand TransSiberian Express.

Day 7, Krasnoyarsk
A sightseeing tour of Krasnoyrsk shows you several view points and the main shopping street. 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 TransSiberian Express.

Day 8, Irkutsk
Today you arrive in Irkutsk, an old city on a crossroad of Russia's trade with Mongolia and China. Visit downtown quarters with historic wooden houses and then you're invited to the private classical concert in a palace of historical background. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Irkutsk.

Day 9, Lake Baikal
In the morning a one hour bus drive takes you from the hotel to Lake Baikal, the biggest fresh water reservoir and the deepest lake in the world. A walk through the village of Listvyanka gets you to beautiful St Nicholas church made of wood. Taste the Baikal fish Omul on a great Siberian lunch at a restaurant on the shore. In the afternoon take a short cruise on Lake Baikal to the small village of Port Baikal where the private train is waiting for you. Your train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka. A photo stop is arranged at a small village where you can get off the train. Visit typical wooden houses of local people and enjoy a Baikal barbecue. Accommodation on board the Grand TransSiberian Express.

Day 10, Ulan Ude
Today you arrive in Ulan Ude, the capital city of Buryatia. Meet the Buryats, an ethnic group close to the Mongolians, with an amazing mix of cultures. Take a sightseeing tour to Ivolginsky Datsan, the largest Buddhist Monastery in Russia. In the evening the train reaches the border between Russia and Mongolia. All immigration formalities will take place right in the train, so that you don't have to leave the train and may stay in your compartment. Accommodation on board the Grand Trans Siberian Express.

Day 11, Ulaanbaatar
In the morning you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. A sightseeing city tour will take you to the famous Ghandan Monastery, the central Sukhabaatar Square, the Bogd Khan Museum, the former palace of the Khans', as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city, surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements. An amazing cultural music and dance show will introduce Mongolian folk music and culture to you. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 12, Ulaanbaatar
Today a fantastic excursion will take you to Terelj National Park, world famous for a stone formation called the "Turtle" and the fascinating mountainous scenery. In the park area visit a yurt of a nomad family. Visit a Naadam show demonstrating 3 national Mongolian disciplines: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 13, Ulaanbaatar
Another day for discovering the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Historical Museum to explore the history of the Mongolians from Genghis Khan's times until today. In the afternoon you have time at leisure and if you wish, you can visit a cashmere factory and see how the famous cashmere clothes are produced. In the evening a 2h flight takes you from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, the Chinese capital. Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Beijing.

Day 14, Beijing
In the morning visit the famous Great Wall of China, which stretches 6,000 km from East to West. In the afternoon explore the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) and the huge Tian An Men Square. Dinner at one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants.

Please note that you have the choice of two options for days 13 and 14:
Option 1 is designed for those prefer to go from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing by air. You stay another day in Ulaanbaatar and take a 2 h flight to Beijing, which gives you additional sightseeing time in both cities.

Option 2 is designed for those who wish to go by train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. You travel on chartered cars attached to a regular train. Only categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus are available on this section. The train is air conditioned in day time as you cross Gobi Desert. The train option requires obtaining a Chinese visa in your country of residence in advance.
Terms & Conditions

Package is valid for selected Saturday departures only.
Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply. Prices are per person sharing, unless otherwise specified. All prices are indicative and correct at time of loading onto the Thompsons website and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases, airfare increases and availability. For standard terms and conditions refer to www.thompsons.co.za E&OE.

Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.


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