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Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Resort:Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure
Operator: Saga
Destination: China, Mongolia, Russia
Price From: £5999.00

Embark on a real adventure

Experience a real sense of achievement as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard the world’s longest railway which has captured the imagination of travellers since it was founded over a hundred years ago. Bond with new found friends on this small group tour travelling aboard local trains for an authentic Trans-Siberian Railway experience interspersed with comfortable hotel stays. As you travel across two continents from Moscow to Beijing, crossing the Siberian hinterland and Gobi Desert en route, witness life in remote communities, and even stay in a traditional Mongolian ger!

Including…

12 nights in hotels and 6 nights aboard train 

31 meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Moscow city tour
  • Tretyakov Gallery visit
  • Moscow’s Metro station tour
  • Kazan city tour
  • Ekaterinburg city tour
  • Lake Baikal museum visits
  • Ulaan Baatar monastery visit
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian ger
  • Beijing highlights tour
  • Visit to the Great Wall of China

Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Moscow

Fly to Moscow and transfer to a locally rated 4-star hotel (4Q), for a two-night stay in the capital of Russia. D

Day 2 Moscow

Explore Russia’s captivating capital on a tour visiting its most iconic sights, including the Kremlin and Armoury Museum, Red Square and Zaryadye Park. Round off your day with either a performance of Russian National dance, or an opera or ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre. B

Day 3 Moscow

Be amazed by the vast collection of Russian fine art on display at the Tretyakov Gallery and head underground on a tour of the opulent Metro stations, known as Stalin’s ‘People Palaces’. This evening, look forward to beginning your Trans-Siberian adventure as you board the first train. B

Day 4 Kazan

Arrive in Kazan, scene of the 16th-century siege by Ivan the Terrible which led to the fall of the Khanate of Kazan. This morning, tour the city and its main highlight, the Kremlin which contains both a mosque and an Orthodox cathedral. Stay overnight at a locally rated 4-star (4Q) hotel. B, D

Day 5 Kazan

Spend the morning at leisure or join us on an optional excursion to the Assumption Cathedral and Monastery on the island of Sviyazhsk. This evening, board your second train for an overnight journey to Ekaterinburg, centre of the Ural Mountains, the natural border between Europe and Asia. B

Day 6 Ekaterinburg

After your early afternoon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before touring the city’s historic sights. Ekaterinburg will forever be linked to the tsars as it was founded by Peter the Great in 1723 and was the assassination site of last Russian Tzar, Nicolas II. You’ll also visit Ganina Yama, the location where their bodies were initially concealed, as well as see the Europe Asia monument which marks the border between the two continents. Stay overnight at a locally rated 4-star (4Q) hotel. L, D.

Day 7 Ekaterinburg

Visit All Saints church which is built on the site where the Tzars dynasty ended before boarding your train around lunchtime. B

Day 8 Novosibirsk

Arrive late morning and enjoy free time to explore Russia’s third largest city at leisure. Stay overnight at a locally rated 4-star (4Q) hotel. D

Day 9 Novosibirsk

Stock up on provisions during a morning at leisure. Embark on your longest journey on the rails this afternoon. B

Day 10 Irkutsk

The train reaches the charming city of Irkutsk in eastern Siberia this evening. Founded as a winter outpost for traders in the 17th century, it became a hub for exiled Decembrist revolutionaries in the 19th century and has a wealth of beautiful churches and buildings set beside the Angara River. Stay two nights at a locally rated 4-star (4Q) hotel. D

Day 11 Lake Baikal

Enjoy a tour of the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lakes. Known as the ‘Galapagos of Russia’, the lake’s age and isolation have placed it on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to its unusual fauna and flora. Also visit the Wooden Architecture and lake museums. B, L, D

Day 12 Lake Baikal

Board your train early today and enjoy travelling along the southern edge of Lake Baikal. A picnic box will be provided for breakfast. B

Day 13 Ulaan Baatar and Terelj National Park

Wake up in the capital of Mongolia, a fast-paced metropolis in the making that’s changing by the day. Enjoy breakfast at a local hotel and visit a Gandan monastery to hear the monks chanting. Continue to Terelj National Park to meet a local nomadic family and visit a meditation centre, before an exciting overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian ger tent. Each circular felt tent is simply furnished in traditional style and has a wood-burning stove, which your hosts will tend during the night to ensure each tent is kept cosy and warm. You’ll also be served a home-cooked Mongolian dinner. B, L, D

Day 14 Ulaan Baatar

Peer up at the impressive 40-metre high statue of Genghis Khan on the bank of the Tuul river before returning to Ulaan Baatar where you can enjoy an orientation tour. Stay overnight stay at a locally rated 4-star (4Q) hotel. B, L, D

Day 15 Ulaan Baatar

Board the train early this morning for the last leg of your journey which will take you across the stark Gobi Desert. B

Day 16 Beijing

Arrive around lunchtime in China’s dynamic capital and stay three nights at a locally rated 4-star (4Q) hotel. D

Day 17 Beijing

Discover the main sights, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, on a full-day city tour. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. B, L, D

Day 18 The Great Wall of China

Take a close up look at one of the world’s wonders, the Great Wall, which was originally built in 210BC to fend off nomadic invaders. The current wall dates from the Ming Dynasty when Beijing became the capital and runs for 2,400 kilometres to the province of Gansu. Enjoy a taste of China during lunch and dinner at local restaurants. B, L, D

Day 19 Beijing to UK

Fly back to the UK. B