TRANSSIB railway

13D/12N HIGHLIGHTS ON TRANS- SIBERIAN (from Moscow to Beijing)

MOSCOW / IRKUTSK / ULAANBATAROR / BEIJING

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    MOSCOW

  • Kremlin and Cathedral
  • Victory hill
  • Red Square
  • Diplomatic Village
  • Victory Park
  • Arbat Street
  • Novodevichiy Convent

    LAKE BAIKAL

  • an open air Museum
  • The “Cherskiy Peak” observation point
  • Limnological museum
  • Aquarium
    IRKUTSK

  • The Cathedral of the Hole Sign
  • Museum of the Decembrists
  • ULAANBAATOR

  • Sukhbaatar square
  • The National Park "Terelj"
  • BEIJING

  • The Forbidden City
  • The Great Wall
  • The Ming Tombs
  • Min 2 to go
  • Note: Itinerary is subject to change with/ without prior notice.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: MOSCOW

Upon arrival into Moscow, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

DAY 2: MOSCOW
(Breakfast)

Novodevichy Convent, Moscow

After breakfast at the hotel you will have some free time to become oriented. In the afternoon you will have check out of the hotel and will start your exertion program. Your program will start with a city tour by car or mini bus. Professional guide will escort you on a route that includes Vorobyevy 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, the Arbat and much more. In the evening transfer to train station. Departure to Irkutsk.

DAY 3-5: TRAIN

The first stop will be in Vladimir. One of the cities of the famous “Golden Ring”, known for its history and beautiful gold-domed church. The next city will be Nizhny Novgorod. During the you will cross the Vyatka river and town Kotelnich. In the morning the train will stop in the town of Perm. After Krasnoyarsk, this part of Trans- Siberian route is considered to be the most beautiful. You will see incredible nature consisting of many Siberian rivers, lakes, mountains and forest. The trip will take you almost the entire day.

DAY 6: IRKUTSK-LAKE BAIKAL

You will be met our friendly representative. Departure for Listvyanka, a small settlement located on the shores of Lake Baikal. En route to Listvyanka we will also stop for a guided tour of Taltsy – an open air Museum of Russian/Siberian Wooden Architecture. You will also make a stop to see lake Baikal from the “Cherskiy Peak” observation point.

Sand Bay, Baikal Lake

After lunch you will also visit Limnological museum, where exhibits of the unique of 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.

DAY 7: IRKUTSK
(Breakfast)

Cathedral of the Holy Sign, Irkutsk

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. Before being taken to the train station to continue your journey you will visit the hotel to pick up your luggage. Your train leaves in the evening.

DAY 8: RUSSIAN-MONGOLIAN BORDER

This day you will stay in the train which runs along the lake’s shore. The views of the lake and the surrounding nature are breathtaking. Later in the day you will cross the Russian-Mongolian border.

DAY 9: MONGOLIA

Morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by our representatives and the Mongolian part of your journey will begin. After your arrival you 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 toGandan Monastery, which was destroyed during Stalin’s rule, but has since been rebuilt. Then you will be transfered 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. Return to Ulaanbaatar. You will spend this night in your hotel.

DAY 10: TRAIN

After breakfast, you will transfer to the railway station to take train to Beijing. The entire day you will spend in the train, admiring the scenery of valley and mountains.

DAY 11: BEIJING

On arrival to Beijing you will be met at the railway station by our Chinese representatives and transfer to your hotel by car or minibus. At the hotel you will have a good lunch (optional) and after some rest you will begin your 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. Built between 1406 and 1420, this palace served as the home of China´s emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for five centuries – from 1406 until 1908. The palace consists of 9000 halls and rooms, containing many precious relics. The palace is considered to be the largest palace in the world and one of mankind’s major cultural heritage sites.

DAY 12: BEIJING
(Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head off to one of the most powerful symbols of ancient Chinese civilization – the Great Wall, stretching 6,350 km. The Great Wall was build as defensive structure. After you will stop for lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit the Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs are a group of mausoleum build for 13 Ming Emperors, their empresses and their concubines. The Tombs are located about 31 miles north of Beijing over an area of 25 square miles. In the evening you will have free time.

DAY 13:

After breakfast at the hotel you will transfer to the airport.

TOUR SUMMARY:

Price includes

  • Transfer
  • Train ticket 1st (2 berths compartment)or 2nd (4 berths compartment)
  • Guide service
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals according to the program
  • Excursion according to program

Price excludes

  • Visa processing cost
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional services as a theater tickets

PRICES and DATES

  Per Person Single Supplement
Oct 1-Apr30 3*
1st class classic 4858 5338
1st class full 5388 5868
2st class classic 3358 3848
2st class full 3888 4368
May 1- Sep30 3*
1st class classic 4968 5468
1st class full 5488 5978
2st class classic 3438 3938
2st class full 3958 4448

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