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Grand Trans-Siberian Express - Westbound Beijing to Moscow (14 Days / 13 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 2-14
    • Overnight Excursion: Grand Trans - Siberian Express - Westbound - Beijing to Moscow (14 Days/13 Nights)
Full Itinerary

Grand Trans - Siberian Express - Westbound - Beijing to Moscow (14 Days/13 Nights)

Westbound Beijing - Moscow on Trans - Siberian Express (14 Days/13 Nights)

Day 1, Beijing
Arrival in Beijing. Transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Beijing.

Day 2, Beijing
In the morning visit the Great Wall of China, which stretches 6,000 km from East to West. In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace. A welcome dinner will be held in one the popular Beijing duck restaurants. Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Beijing.

Day 3, Beijing
In the morning visit the Imperial Palace (Fobidden City) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In the afternoon walk through the Temple of Heaven. Transfer to the airport to board the 2h flight from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel Ulaanbaatar.

Day 4, Ulaanbaatar
Take a fantastic excursion to the 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.In the evening enjoy a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.

Day 5, Ulaanbaatar
During a sightseeing tour visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the Bogd Khan Palace, the former residence 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 which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements. In the afternoon board your private train which will be your home for the trans-continental journey to Moscow. Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 6, Ulan Ude
At night you reach the Mongolian border station SucheBaatar and the Russian border station Naushki. All the 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. In the afternoon the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives at Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryaia.

Meet the Buryats, an ethnic group close to the Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures. Sightseeing excursion to one of the villages of Orthodox "Old Believers" who live the way they did centuries ago. 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 TransSiberian Express.

Day 7, Lake Baikal
Today you visit Lake Baikal, the biggest fresh water reservoir and the deepest lake in the world. In the morning your train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, visit the typical wooden houses of local people and enjoy a Baikal barbecue. In the afternoon take a short boat cruise from Port Baikal to the small village of Listvyanka. A walk through the village gets you to the beautiful St Nicholas church made of wood. Taste the Baikal fish Omul on a great Siberian lunch in a restaurant on the lake shore. 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.

Day 8, Irkutsk
Take a city tour of Irkutsk and visit the old quarters of downtown with nice wooden houses. Then you're invited to 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.

Day 9, Krasnoyarsk
A sightseeing tour 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 Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 10, Novosibirsk
In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches, the famous Opera House. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city to the Siberian taiga. Take a 30 km tour out of the city to visit 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 TransSiberian Express.

Day 11, Yekaterinburg
Today the train arrives in Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural Mountains and the geographical border between Europe and Asia. Our sightseeing tour shows you the city center and you visit the Cathedral on The Blood built to honor the tragic death of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. An excursion to 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 in a 4-star hotel in Yekaterinburg.

Day 12, Full day on the train
Today you leave Yekaterinburg in the morning and enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private 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 about Russia and its people. Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 13, Moscow
Today you terminate the 8000 km long journey from Beijing to Moscow. In the afternoon visit the Red Square and the Kremlin grounds. Take the sightseeing tour to enjoy Moscow highlights: the Bolshoi Theatre, GUM shopping mall, the Sparrow Hills, Novodevichy Monastery. Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Moscow.

Day 14, Moscow
Departure. Airport transfers are provided by our service team to connect with your flight departing Moscow.
Terms & Conditions

Package is valid for selected Friday 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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