Eurasian ExperienceTrans-Siberian Railway
A 2 stop itinerary from Beijing to Moscow that evenly spaces out the train journey.
This trip is available in reverse
Trip Price starts from $3295 per person – 13 days
Operation season: year round
Visas required: China, Mongolia, Russia
|DEPARTURE DATES 2019 – 13 Days|
|June||03, 10, 17, 24|
|July||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
|August||05, 12, 19, 26|
|September||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|
|October||07, 14, 21, 28|
|November||04, 11, 18, 25|
|December||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|
Day 1 - Arrive Beijing
On arrival in Beijing you’re free to make your own way to the hotel. During your stay in Beijing you’ll certainly want to visit both the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
ls Day 2 - Depart Beijing
Make your own way to the station giving yourself at least one hour on arrival to complete security (metal-detectors are now in force and there can be queues to use them) and find your train and platform. And then you’re heading off, along the most famous railway in the world!
Day 3 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar
Afternoon arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Our driver will meet you at the end of the platform and will be holding a meeting- board with your name on. Transfer from the station your hotel. You will have a chance to freshen up before departing for your city tour.
The balance of today is free to explore more of the city. You can choose to visit the heady atmosphere surrounding the Gandan Monastery or visit the Choijin Monastery Museum, or the Bazaar… log on and pick up your email in one of the numerous internet cafes on Peace Avenue, have a latte and French pastries in the new generation of new-age coffee stores, go souvenir shopping in the peculiar grandeur of the Central Department Store, or pick up some snack food for the train in the Store’s food department… in the evening a wide range of traditional and new style Mongolian eateries are vying with European style places, Irish pubs and German beer halls to enjoy, usually with live music later on.
Day 4 - Elstei Ger Lodge
After breakfast depart for Elstei Ger Lodge. With no specific activities planned you can choose to chill out, read, or go walking, or (for a small payment made directly to them locally) you can go horse riding with local nomad horsemen. A relaxed evening in the bar after supper there are occasional impromptu performances of live Mongolian music, where you might hear the Morin Khuur (horse-head lyre), the cimbalom, or native Mongolian throat-singing.
Breakfast, lunch, supper
Day 5 - Depart Mongolia
After breakfast transfer back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the station where you will board the Ekaterinburg bound train.
Day 6 - 7 - On board the Trans-Mongolian Express
On board…The Trans-Sib travelling towards Ekaterinburg. The dining car is the heart of social life on the train. It functions as bar, lounge, and take-out snack store, as well as a café serving reasonably priced meals. It is a great place to meet fellow travellers and locals alike, sharing your experiences of your journey so far with a few drinks, which no doubt will include some Vodka – and maybe smoked salmon and caviar too!
Day 8 - Arrival Ekaterinburg
Afternoon arrive in Ekaterinburg where our driver will meet you at the end of the platform and will be holding a meeting-board with your name on. Transfer to a centrally located Hotel.
There is a walking tour around the well known and less obvious attractions of Ekaterinburg, with a local expert guide. You’ll visit the historical centre of the city, including the scene of the assassination of the Romanov Royal Family, on which a Cathedral now stands to mark the event.
You’ll also see something of Ekaterinburg’s involvement in Russia’s military history. The last half-hour will be spent at The Museum of Gems. The tour ends in the downtown area (we make sure you know the way back!)
Day 9 - Ekaterinburg Free Choice Programme
Geographical note: Ekaterinburg has borders on both the Western and Eastern sides of town… to the West is the official border between Europe & Asia, and to the East of Ekaterinburg is where Siberia officially begins.) The Siberian border was more than symbolic in the C19th – it delineated an area where a more rough and ready system of justice operated, where escaped serfs who had run away from their masters could legally claim sanctuary. For oppressed religious minorities, escaped serfs and others, the one way trip to Siberia was, ironically, the “highway of hope”.
Please make a choice of one of the day trip options. They’re included in the trip price! ( please note the Siberian weather puts seasonal limits on some activities – details below).
A. ROMANOV GRAVES (Europe/Asia Border Monument en-route). Car excursion to site where the Romanov bodies were hidden. Duration; 5–6 hours. No physical exertion involved. Light lunch provided. Year round.
B. SIBERIAN COUNTRYSIDE & HISTORIC VILLAGE Visit to an old village (145 km each way) now under a Preservation Order. Includes home-cooked lunch, exhibitions of local craft, horse cart riding. Duration; 8–9 hours. No physical exertion involved. Year round.
C. HIKING TRIP IN THE URALS Outdoor adventure in an area which is a designated nature park. Car transfer, then 18km walk where you will see a variety of flora and fauna and learn about the indigenous species of wildlife. No special equipment needed. Duration; 8 hours. Lunch provided. 15 June–15 September. Weather permitting.
D. SIBERIAN WILDERNESS ADVENTURE Combined soft raft (6km) and Forest Hike (12km) – optional cave visit. Good fitness required. Duration; 9-10 hours. Lunch provided. 15 June–15 September. Weather permitting.
E. MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE URALS Trip to start West of the city. After a short drive you start your bike trip on a professional bike for 2–3 hrs. Lunch. Duration; 5 hrs. 15 May–30 Sep. Weather permitting.
F. SKIING At Ezhovaya Slopes Ski Resort. Skis/Poles/Lift-Pass package purchasable locally approx £35 payable in roubles. No instruction is included – this program is for those who can already ski. Duration; 6 –7 hours. Lunch provided. 01 December– 28 February. Weather permitting.
G. ICE-FISHING Yes, you saw the cartoons, now you can try it yourself. Tackle, angler’s hints & fur coat provided. We don’t guarantee you’ll catch anything! Duration; 8 hours. Lunch provided. 15 November– 15 December. 01 February–15 March. Weather permitting.
H. SIBERIAN HUSKY DOG SLEDDING Exactly what it says! 3–4 hours sledding following a made track through the forest. No special fitness required, but be ready to fall-off in the soft snow a few times, they’re pretty fast! At the end of your trip
you will visit the famous Europe-Asia border. Duration; 7–8 hours. Lunch provided. 15 November–28 December. 16 January–28 February. Weather permitting.
Day 10 - Depart Ekaterinburg
Early morning transfer to the station where you will board the Moscow bound train.
Day 11 - Arrive Moscow
“S Priezdom! Welcome to Moscow!” early morning arrival. Our driver will be there to meet you at the end of the platform, and will hold a meeting-board with your name on. You’ll then be transferred to a centrally located hotel.
At check-in, (after 2pm) the hotel reception will advise you they will need your passport for visa registration. This process takes 1–2 hours. Your complimentary InfoPack is full of ideas for getting the most out of your free time.
Day 12 - Around Moscow
After breakfast one of our local expert staff will meet you at the hotel to take you on a three hour walking tour round the highlights – you’ll use public transport around the centre to avoid the traffic jams and get the hang of the system for when you come to use it independently. Our staffers are full of ideas for this walk but are flexible about other ideas if you have your own.
Your walk ends in the city centre around lunchtime. If you haven’t prebooked any of our range of city excursions the rest of the day is your own to explore further. Some of our top suggestions (please check opening times/days before setting off) would include visiting the Moscow Kremlin, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, or a boat trip along the Mosvka River… perhaps locate some tickets for ballet, opera, circus or a concert this evening?
As well as famous classical music traditions Moscow features on the touring schedules of world names in jazz, rock, pop and world music.
Day 13 - Depart Moscow
You’ll need to check out of your room by 12 noon today. For services we offer in St. Petersburg please refer to our “St. Petersburg Add On”
Trip Price Guide (per person):
|1 person||2 people||3-9 people|
|Standard extra night Moscow||$160||$80||$80|
|Standard extra night Beijing||$160||$80||$80|
|Superior extra night Moscow||$tba||$tba||$tba|
|Superior extra night Beijing||$tba||$tba||$tba|
|Upgrade 2 berth rail||$850||$850||$850|
Due to the nature of these destinations all prices are subject to change. Contact us to confirm exact price.
Deposits hold bookings but fares can still vary with exchange rates and only final payment guarantees price.