Trip Overview

From Saint Petersburg to Beijing

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 60 Reviews
Private rail tour to Russia, Mongolia, China

Explore the major Eurasian capitals: start your journey in royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, cross over the Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Uncover nomadic and Buddhist traditions of Mongolia and finally reach the capital of China, Beijing.Tour departures available from mid-May to mid-October.

From Saint Petersburg to Beijing

23 days8 cities
RussiaMongoliaChina3 countries
Private rail tour to Russia, Mongolia, China
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$8,168
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 60 Reviews

Explore the major Eurasian capitals: start your journey in royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, cross over the Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Uncover nomadic and Buddhist traditions of Mongolia and finally reach the capital of China, Beijing.Tour departures available from mid-May to mid-October.

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Day-By-Day

Saint Petersburg

first destination
4 days in the city
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in St. Petersburg
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Day 2
Visiting the Hermitage Museum & Sightseeing Tour
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and proceed to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art. After lunch in a city restaurant, you enjoy a panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg.

Day 3
Trip to Pushkin
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

Day 4
Trip to Peterhof & Train to Moscow
Day tour
Day tour
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars. Your tour starts with an exciting hydrofoil ride from the city center to Peterhof.

5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

train
Saint Petersburg
Moscow
3 hrs 30 min

Enjoy the ride on the most popular and modern high-speed train in Russia. The Sapsan bullet train will not only save your precious touring time but also provide high-comfort and incredible onboard amenities.

Moscow

second destination
2 days in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and explore one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. After lunch in a city restaurant, you have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

Day 6
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the magnificent Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon you visit Moscow Metro and the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery.

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
4

Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

train
Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure, and enjoy a ride to the stunning city of Kazan. Take in the picturesque sceneries from the window of the train, and relax in your train compartment till you reach the capital of Tatarstan.

Kazan

third destination
2 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class
City tour
City tour

In the morning your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. You explore the historic ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin.

 

Day 8
Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum
Day tour
Day tour
Museum
Museum
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its incredible architectural heritage. Along the way, you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several domes, minarets, and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world

Ramada Kazan City Centre, Kazan
4

Nestled right in the heart of amazing Kazan within 5 minutes from the central station, the stylish Ramada Kazan City Center is a great value option. It offers bright and spacious rooms, fitted with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.

train
Kazan
Ekaterinburg
14 hrs

Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure, and enjoy a ride to one of the largest cities in Russia, Ekaterinburg. Take in the picturesque sceneries from the window of the train, and relax in your train compartment.

Ekaterinburg

fourth destination
2 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Transfer
Transfer

Early in the morning, you are taken to the train station to continue your journey to the capital of Ural - Ekaterinburg. You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

Day 10
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks. The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family.

Day 11
On Board the Train

Today you check out from the hotel in Ekaterinburg very early in the morning. You are transferred to the railway station to board the train to Irkutsk to continue your Trans-Siberian journey.

Day 12
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

Park Inn, Ekaterinburg
4

The Park Inn hotel is located in the heart of beautiful Ekaterinburg, it’s a great place to stay during your Russian getaway. Promising everything you need for a comfortable stay, the vibrant hotel offers great rooms with air-conditioning, satellite TVs, and private bathrooms.

train
Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs

Continue your Trans-Siberian adventure spending the next two days onboard Russian train. Leave Ekaterinburg behind and explore the Lake Baikal region in a couple of days.

Listvyanka Village

fifth destination
2 days in Listvyanka Village
2 nights in a great location hotel
Day 13
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Museum
Museum

Early in the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk. After a 2-hour rest, you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village.

Day 14
Trip to Taltsy Village
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

Anastasia Hotel, Listvyanka
3

Set near the breathtaking Lake Baikal, the Anastasia Hotel is a great place to stay at during your Siberia getaway. It offers spacious cozy rooms, fitted with cable TVs and private bathrooms. Some rooms have balconies, perfect to take in the incredible beauty of the local nature.

car
Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk
1 hr 10 min

You have a short car ride with a trusted driver ahead of you today. Buckle up, and enjoy the beautiful views on your way to Irkutsk.

Irkutsk

sixth destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 15
Irkutsk City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your driver takes you to Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable Irkutsk attractions.

Day 16
On Board the Train
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the train station where you board a train that takes you to the next destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - Ulan Bator.

Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
4

Set near the embankment, the elegant Marriott Courtyard is a great property, offering spacious air-conditioned rooms, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including such amenities as a mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and a safe.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan Bator
22 hrs 40 min

It's time to board your train again and continue your journey along the Trans-Siberian route. Wave Irkutsk goodbye and discover the capital of Mongolia, after a change to the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Ulan Bator

seventh destination
3 days in the city
2 nights in a great location hotel + 1 night in a ger camp
Day 17
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Later you are transferred to the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park, where you visit its most popular attractions. In the afternoon you arrive at the ger camp and have lunch. The highlight of the day is a visit to a nomadic family.

Day 18
Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast at the ger camp, you meet your guide and travel to the banks of the Tuul River to visit an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan.

Day 19
City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum
Show
Show

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an exciting city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show.

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulan Bator
5

Set right in the city center near the unique State Government House, Sukhbaatar Square, and the National Museum of Mongolian History, the luxurious Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel offers excellent service and everything you need for a memorable stay in Ulan Bator.

plane
Ulan Bator
Beijing
2 hrs 10 min

Enjoy a comfortable and safe flight and start your further adventure in Beijing in just a couple of hours. 

Beijing

eighth destination
4 days in the city
3 nights in a great location hotel
Day 20
Flight to Beijing
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight to the legendary capital of China - Beijing.

Day 21
Exploring Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

After breakfast, you meet your guide and go on an amazing sightseeing tour around the most renowned Beijing landmarks.

Day 22
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast you enjoy a wonderful guided tour of the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China, to see one of its best-preserved and unique sections.

Day 23
Departure from Beijing
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing
4

Set within walking distance from the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square, Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel is a great property, offering top-notch service and stylish accommodations.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village, Ulan Bator and Beijing;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • Economy class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from St. Petersburg to Moscow;
  • 1st or 2nd class tickets for Moscow - Kazan, Kazan - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk and Irkutsk - Ulan Bator trains;
  • Economy class flight tickets Ulan Bator - Beijing;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Full Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (not required for US and Canadian citizens). Full Chinese* visa processing service for USA, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Hermitage, St. Isaacs Cathedral, Peter&Paul Fortress, Catherine's Palace, Bath Cottage, Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Kazan Kremlin, Temple of all Religions, chack-chack museum with tasting, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Aryabal Temple, National Museum of Mongolia, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs;
  • Cooking master class in Kazan;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities, all personal expenses, Chinese visa processing service for Canadian passport holders.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfers throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • A taste of the traditional Mongolian nomadic way of life at the ger camp;
  • Visit to the best-preserved and the most completed section of the Great Wall of China;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness;
  • Comprehensive sightseeing journey across 2 continents along the major part of the Trans-Mongolian railway from Saint Petersburg to Beijing.

What To Know

  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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