Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Two Weeks on the Tracks: Moscow to Beijing on the Trans-Siberian Railway (13 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Moscow, Russia To Beijing, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019


Day 1
Moscow, Russia
Ararat Park Hyatt Dinner

Kick-off this 14-day expedition in Russia’s capital of Moscow. Upon arrival, the first class guidance and service will begin as you’re greeted in the city and taken to the luxurious Four Seasons or Hyatt Ararat hotel. The evening is dedicated for free time; it might be wise to get an early night’s sleep in preparation for the two-week journey starting tomorrow.

Day 2
Moscow, Russia
Ararat Park Hyatt Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For first-time visitors, witnessing Moscow’s famed Kremlin and iconic Red Square is simply a must. Free time has been set aside for sightseeing in the morning – but try to return early to your hotel in the afternoon, as this is when you’ll be departing for the train station and heading to Yekaterinburg.

Day 3
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Atrium Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up in your comfy carriage as you rattle past the majestic Russian countryside on your way to Yekaterinburg. Most of the day will be spent on the tracks, but an excellent lunch is served on board the train, and you’ll arrive in the large city of Yekaterinburg in good time to check in to your hotel - the Hyatt Regency or Atrium Palace - and have dinner.

Day 4
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Atrium Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise and shine early for a full day of touring around Russia’s fourth largest city, Yekaterinburg. Following breakfast, head out to all the main sights such as the ‘Historical Square’, a wooden dam that was home to the first iron-making plant, Lenin Monument and see all the old industrial buildings lining the quaint city streets.

Day 5
Novosibirsk, Russia
Doubletree by Hilton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s 1,000 miles from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk, so the best part of this fifth day is spent on the train in order to get there. Fortunately, the evolving Siberian landscape is nothing short of spectacular, and the train has ample space to move around and mingle with fellow passengers. Arrive in the evening and check-in to the four-star Novosibirsk Hotel.

Day 6
Novosibirsk, Russia
Doubletree by Hilton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ve come a long way to reach Novosibirsk, so better make the most of your time here with a full day’s tour to all of the most interesting attractions in and around the city. The itinerary is flexible, and options include excursions out of town to the majestic Memorial Cathedral surrounded by a centuries-old pine forest. Alternatively, head to Obelisk – the border of Europe and Asia - or take on full city tour. Head back to the train and embark for Irkutsk in the evening.

Day 7
Irkutsk, Russia
Courtyard by Marriott Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Half-way through this trip across Siberia and it’s time to spend a full day on board the famous train. The distance from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk is almost 1,200 miles, but the journey across the deserted Russian landscape makes the long journey seem well worth it.

Day 8
Irkutsk, Russia
Courtyard by Marriott Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a morning arrival in the city of Irkutsk, take some time to refresh before heading off on a fascinating four-hour city tour. The expert guide will take you to all the major sites in the city, including a visit to the famed Decemberists’ Museum.

Day 9
Lake Baikal, Russia
Legend of Baikal Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Baikal is one of the most spectacular sights in the whole of Russia, and this ninth day is your opportunity to explore the region in all its glory. The whole day excursion takes you to the settlement of Listvyanka, with visits around the lake including a fresh fish lunch and trip to a museum.

Day 10
Ulan Ude, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up again in the comfort of your first-class carriage, as the train rolls into the city of Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. Transfer to the three-star Geser Hotel before heading out again; today you have the choice of a four-hour city tour (which includes a visit to the famous Ivolginsky Datsan, the main Russian Buddhist temple), or eight-hour tour that heads out of town for a taste of old village life in Datsan. Back to the train in the evening – this time it’s on to Ulaanbaatar across the Russian-Mongolian border.

Day 11
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The Blue Sky Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Roll into Ulaanbaatar in the morning, the capital and largest city of Mongolia. Swap the train carriage for the Blue Sky Hotel before heading out again in the afternoon to explore the city. Highlights include a visit to Sukhbaatar Square, Zaisan Hill and Gandan Monastery.

Day 12
Beijing, China
Waldorf Astoria Beijing Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The two-week long trip is coming to an end, but there’s still time to squeeze in one more country: China. Transfer to the station in the morning and catch the onward train to Beijing departing at 06.30 a.m. A full day and overnight in the train is needed to cross between the countries, but the scenery along the way is amongst the most spectacular on the entire trip.

Day 13
Beijing, China
None Breakfast

After crossing two continents, three countries and nearly 3,500 miles, you will arrive in Beijing in the mid-afternoon of this 14th day. This time marks the end of the scheduled services of this epic expedition, and guests are free to explore the city or head on to their next destination of choice for the remainder of the day.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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It’s not a trip for the faint-hearted, nor for those who like to travel in a hurry. But covering the great Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the most memorable of journeys on the planet. This two-week itinerary has been handcrafted by our local experts, allowing you to experience the epic overland crossing in all its glory. Starting in Russia’s capital of Moscow, you’ll cover no less than 3,500 miles, journeying into the heart of Siberia, through to Mongolia and eventually ending up in Beijing where the 14-day trip finishes. The bulk of the action, however, is in Russia, with stops in Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Ulan-Ude along the way. Local tour guides will show you around, visiting the best of what each city has to offer in terms of culture and history. There’s also time to explore the pristine waters and rugged mountain terrain surrounding Lake Baikal, Siberia’s most picturesque region.


  • Cover two continents, three countries and almost 3,500 miles over two memorable weeks

  • Spend several exciting nights on the train, sleeping on what is the world’s most famous railway route

  • Explore the fascinating city of Novosibirsk, including a full day tour or countryside excursion

  • Venture to Lake Baikal , the deepest of its type in the world and one of the Siberia’s most picturesque spots

  • Roll into Beijing after spending two days crossing the deserted, yet utterly stunning Mongolian landscape

About Us

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
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  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

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