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15D/14N TRANS-Siberian East to West Beijing to Moscow

Beijing – Ulan Bator – Irkutsk – Yekaterinburg – Moscow

Lake Baikal, Russia

This tour covers the highlights of the Trans-Siberian railway – the 5 main cities along the route.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    BEIJING

  • Forbidden City
  • The Palace
  • The Great Wall
  • Ming Tombs

    ULAANBAATAR

  • The National Park Tereji
  • Sukhbaatar Square
  • Gandan Monastery
  • National History Museum

    YEKATERINBURG

  • Romanovs & Monastery
  • The Historical Skver (Park)
    IRKUTSK

  • Lake Baikal
  • Ethnographical Museum "Taltsy"
  • Cherskiy Peak Observation
    Point
  • Limnological Museum
  • St. Nicolas Church
  • Cathedral of the Holy Sign
  • Museum of the Decemberists

    MOSCOW

  • Victory Park
  • Vorobievy Hill
  • Novodevichy Convent
  • Triumphal Arch
  • Minimum 2 to go
  • Departures on Sundays

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 (SUN): ARRIVAL IN BEIJING

On arrival in Beijing you will be met by our friendly local representative and transfer to hotel by car or minibus. At the hotel you will have an own good lunch. Next, start for sightseeing city tour. This tour is the best way to see the main highlights of Beijing which include the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City lies in the very heart of Beijing. And The Palace, it is considered to be the largest palace in the world and one of mankind’s major cultural heritage sites. After tour, you will have own dinner at a local restaurant.

In the evening free time for walking along the city streets and admiring the surroundings.

DAY 2 (MON): BEIJING
(Breakfast)

This morning head off to one of the most powerful symbols of ancient Chinese civilization – the Great Wall, stretching 6,350 km. The Great Wall was built as a defensive structure. In the beginning, walls were built at strategic points by different kingdoms to protect their own territories. After the first Emperor Qin Shihuang of the Qin Dynasty unified China in 221 B.C., he decided to have the individual walls joined together in order to create one Great Wall. In 1987, the Great Wall was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

After time at the wall, own lunch at a local restaurant.

The second part of the excursion will visit Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs are a group of mausoleums built for 13 Ming emperors, their empresses and their concubines. Two of the tombs, Changling and the most famous, Dingling, an underground palace, are open to the public. In the evening you will have a good own Chinese dinner.

DAY 3 (TUE): BEIJING – ULAANBAATAR
(Breakfast)

This morning is a breakfast, check out and transfer to train station. Leave Beijing for Ulaanbaatar.

DAY 4 (WED): ULAANBAATAR

On arrival in Ulaanbaatar around at noon, you will be greeted by our representatives and the Mongolian part of your journey will begin. After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the National Park "Terelj" (110km) which is situated in a picturesque mountain valley. We will stop at Ovoo, a pile of stones built as a landmark for worship near the mountain pass.

On arrival, you will have lunch. The resort offers a wide range of optional activities (paid separately on the spot) including; archery, horse cart riding and trekking. Dinner will be served in a ger-café and you will spend the night in a ger (the traditional Mongolian nomadic house) in the middle of the endless step.

DAY 5 (THU): ULAANBAATAR
(Breakfast)

After breakfast, we will head back towards Ulaanbaatar, stopping to visit a nomadic family along the way.

Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan, Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Once back in the capital, you will start off on a city tour. We will visit the heart of Ulaanbaatar – Sukhbaatar square with its statue of Sukhbaatar, the national hero in the center. We will then leave the square and drive to Gandan Monastery, which was destroyed during Stalin’s rule, but has since been rebuilt. We will have lunch and then continue the tour program to the National History Museum, the oldest public museum in Mongolia. The museum includes geological, geographical, biographical, pale ontological and anthropological sections. The most impressive exhibits are the huge skeletons of two dinosaurs found in the Gobi desert and also the nests of dinosaurs’ eggs. The museum also includes examples of the snow leopard, Gobi bear, red wolf and others species of Mongolia.

After the museum, you will have some free time to shop in a real, Mongolian Department store. Dinner is at a local restaurant. You will spend this night in your hotel.

DAY 6-7 (FRI-SAT): ULAANBAATAR – IRKUTSK
(Breakfast)

Epiphany Cathedral, Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will have free time to walk around the city. Check out before 12:00. You will transfer to the railway station to take train to Irkutsk in the evening.

The next day is spent on the train, admiring the scenery of valleys and mountains.

DAY 8 (SUN): IRKUTSK

Your train arrives in Irkutsk where our representatives will Cherskiy Peak Observation Point meet and take you to Lake Baikal, the largest body of fresh water in the world. On the way from Irkutsk, we will make a stop at the Ethnographical museum "Taltsy" consisting of examples of Siberian wooden houses from the past centuries.

We will also make a stop to see the lake from the "Cherskiy Peak" observation point. On arrival to a hotel we will have lunch (optional). This is not the end of the day; we will also visit the Limnological museum, where exhibits of the unique fauna and flora that surround the lake are displayed. There is also an aquarium where you can see different species of local fish and the Baikal nerpa – the earth’s only fresh water seal. And we will visit the functioning St. Nicolas the Miracle-Worker Orthodox Church.

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world with an average depth of 744.4 m (2,442 ft) and contains roughly 20 percent of the world´s surface fresh water. The body of water is also known as the "Baikal Sea"and the "Pearl of Siberia".

DAY 9 (MON): IRKUTSK
(Breakfast)

After breakfast you will travel by comfortable car or mini bus to Irkutsk where you will drop off your luggage in the luggage room of a hotel and continue on with your tour.

After this you will be taken on a city tour. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Sign (Znamensky Cathedral). Apart from ornate and rich iconostasis, the cathedral is famous for its graveyard where you will see the graves of the Decembrists Mukhanov, Beschasnov, Trubetskaya and the Russian Columbus Shelekhov. We will then proceed to the Museum of the Decembrists. The museum is housed in a mansion belonging to one of the leaders of Decembrist Revolt. The Decembrists were Russian aristocracy who were banished to Siberia after their ill-fated attempt in December 1825 to overthrow the Russian Tsar in favor of a Constitutional regime. The museum evokes the period of 18th century Russia.

DAY 10-11 (TUE-WED): IRKUTSK – EKATERINBURG
(Breakfast)

After breakfast, free time and check out from hotel in noon. Than you will be transferred to the train station. The train leaves in the afternoon.

DAY 12 (THU): YEKATERINBURG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

On arrival in the night in Yekaterinburg our representatives will meet you at the train station and bring you by car or mini bus to your hotel.

Then you will start your first excursion which explores the Last days of the Romanovs and is combined with a city tour. The excursion will acquaint you with the history of the Romanov family in Yekaterinburg and detail their tragic death. You will visit the Monastery dedicated to the family of the last Tsar. The Monastery is located on the spot where the Bolsheviks tried to hide the Romanov’s corpses in a secret grave. Today, this area is a well-known Russian Orthodox pilgrimage site.

After viewing the Monastery and the neighboring wooden churches, you will go on to see the main historical sites of Yekaterinburg: The Historical skver (park), the wooden dam of the city’s first plant, the old city embankment and a monument of Lenin, leader of Soviet Russia. The tour will also take you to places connected to the first President of Russia – Boris Yeltsin who originates from Yekaterinburg. After the excursion, you will be taken back to the hotel and have free time to walk around the city.

DAY 13 (FRI): YEKATERINBURG – MOSCOW
(Breakfast)

After a good breakfast, you will be taken to the railway station to continue your journey to Moscow. Departure is in the morning.

Yekaterinburg is in about 1600 km from Moscow. On your way you will cross the Vyatka River, the town Kotelnich, Vyatka (made immortal by the famous Vyatka washing machine!!!), Balyezino and arrive at the foot of the Ural Mountains. In the morning, the train will stop in the city of Perm, an old Russian city known as a city of ballet and literature.

Almost all the cities along the way date back to 11-13th centuries. One of the most splendid is Nizhny Novgorod with its stunning Kremlin settled on the bank of the majestic Volga river. The last city where the train will stop before Moscow is Vladimir, one of the cities comprising the Golden Ring, famous for its history and beautiful gold-domed churches.

DAY 14 (SAT): MOSCOW

On arrival in Moscow you will be met by our friendly representative who will escort you by car or mini bus to your hotel. On the way to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to get your first glimpse of this truly unique city.

Historical Museum, Moscow

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms, known for the length of his arms!) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the Nazi’s but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see.

DAY 15 (SUN): DEPART FROM MOSCOW
(Breakfast)

After breakfast at the hotel you will have some free time to become oriented. In the afternoon, you will check out of the hotel and meet with your guide. Your excursion program starts with a city tour by car or minibus.

Panoramic City Tour. This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will escort you on a route that includes Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible view of the city from an observation point, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin and one of Russia’s leading schools of higher education, then on to Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect and much more.

After you will be transferred to airport for your departure flight.

Tour Prices (in SGD)

Travel dates Total number of travellers (twin sharing)
Season Package 2 3-4 5-6 single supplement
Low
Oct 1 – Apr 30
1st class Classic 6648 6368 6188 920
1st class Full 7538 7088 6758 920
2nd class Classic 5228 4908 4788 920
2nd class Full 6358 5908 5578 920
High
May 1 – Sep 30
1st class Classic 6978 6748 6618 920
1st class Full 8088 7648 7318 920
2nd class Classic 5508 5228 5148 920
2nd class Full 6678 6228 5898 920

Classic Tour Includes:

  • Transfers airport–hotel / hotel-airport or train station– hotel / hotel–train station;
  • Train tickets 1st (2-berth compartment*) or 2nd class (4-berth compartment);**
  • Accommodation hotel 3* with breakfast

    **Single compartment in the train is available on request

Full Tour Includes:

  • Transfers airport–hotel / hotel-airport or train station–hotel / hotel–train station;
  • Train tickets 1st (2-berth compartment*) or 2nd class (4-berth compartment);**
  • Bilingual guide for all programs (Russian/English);
  • Accommodation hotel 3* with breakfast
  • Excursions according to programs;
  • Entrance tickets to museums.

    **Single compartment in the train is available on request

Remarks:

  • Rates are subject to change with/without notice