Private Trans-Siberian Tour | Saint Petersburg to Beijing

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Trip Overview

Explore the major Eurasian capitals: start your journey in the royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, cross over Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Uncover nomadic and Buddhist traditions of Mongolia and see the largest equestrian statue in the world - the statue of Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire. Finally reach the captial of China - Beijing. Stroll along the numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples of the Forbidden City and visit the best-preserved section of the famous Great Wall of China.

*Tour departures available from May 13 to October 11, 2018. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Tour type:
Private rail tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    15 nights
    3-star lakeside hotel:
    2 nights
    Tourist Ger Camp:
    1 night
    On board the train: 4 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    5 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    Hydrofoil and chairlift rides
    1 flight between cities
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    14 guided tours with private transportation
    22 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activities: cooking class, folk show
  • MEALS
  • 21 breakfasts
    4 lunches
    1 dinners
    3 meals on board
    Tatar sweets tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in St. Petersburg

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.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included.

Day 2
Visiting the Hermitage Museum & Sightseeing Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the legendary Hermitage Museum along the Nevsky Prospect and admire the Kazan Cathedral and the Admiralty building along the way.

The Hermitage Museum houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

You then proceed to the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is known to be the second tallest Orthodox church in the world.

After a break for lunch you go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg with your driver. You drive to the Arts Square and explore its beautiful ensemble including the Mikhailovsky Palace and the Mikhailovsky Theater.

You drive along the Summer Garden and cross the Neva River before you have a chance to see the legendary Cruiser Aurora. Afterwards you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

Before returning to your hotel you see the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Trip to Pushkin

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head with your private driver to one of the gems of Russian grand architecture - the brilliant Catherine's Palace which is located in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) about an hour south from the center of St. Petersburg. This striking example of baroque architecture was once gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. Later on it serviсed as summer residences to many Russian Emperors and empresses who contributed a lot into its development and further beautification.

During the tour, we walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Trip to Peterhof & Train to Moscow

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! Today following breakfast you check out and travel with your private guide and driver 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.

Upon arrival to Peterhof, you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court. Take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).

After the tour, you return to the city and are transferred to the train station where you board a modern high-speed "Sapsan" train that takes you to Moscow in comfort and safety in just 4 hours.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast is included.
 

Day 5
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee, you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the vast Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow. After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Breakfast and one meal onboard are included.

Day 7
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class

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

Upon arrival, your guide meets you at the train station, and together you walk to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

After some time for rest, you explore the historic ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour, you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace.

You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish.

Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds the Tatar of the cauldron that beautifully reflects local culture.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8
Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum

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.

Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk, you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist and the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius.

After a break for lunch (not included) you proceed to the chak-chak museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak, and Tatar pastila.

After the tour, you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast and tasting are included.

Day 9
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

Early in the morning, you walk 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.

In the evening you arrive in Ekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast box and one meal onboard are included.

Day 10
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

During the tour, you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House. Take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the Bolsheviks executed the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family in 1918.

The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free. 

Breakfast is included.

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.

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

Breakfast box and a meal onboard are included.

Day 12
On Board the Train

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

No meals included.

Day 13
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum

Early in the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

After a 2-hour rest, you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the trip, you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an impressive display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Breakfast is included.

Day 14
Trip to Taltsy Village

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

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of many buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 15
Irkutsk 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 city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk. 

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia  - Sigh Monastery is also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine-style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour, you are transferred to centrally located hotel, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

Day 16
On Board the Train

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.

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

The breakfast box is included.

Day 17
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Your guide meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive at the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds, there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise to the temple and enjoy the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

In the evening you enjoy dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

Following breakfast, at the ger camp, you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. 

You continue to the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour, you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top, you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery.

After a break for lunch, you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into a thread and then into clothing.

Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 19
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Folk Show in Ulan Bator

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most exciting attractions of Ulan Bator. 

During the tour, you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

After the tour, you return to the hotel to take some rest or continue exploring the city center on your own. In the evening you attend a fantastic Mongolian folk show at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (the show venue is located within walking distance from your hotel). After the show the rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 20
Flight to Beijing

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.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 21
Exploring Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City

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

You start with a visit to the legendary Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings and the monument to the National Heroes are located.

Then you enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City, where you see its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples, including the famous Temple of Heaven, where the Chinese Emperors prayed for good harvests.

Following lunch, you visit the fantastic ensemble of lakes, gardens and imperial buildings - the Summer Palace, and take a walk at the famous Silk Market, where you can buy some traditional Chinese souvenirs, various silk products, and jewelry.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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

Following breakfast, you enjoy a wonderful guided tour of the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China, to see its best-preserved and most completed section - the Badaling Great Wall.

After spending some unforgettable time strolling at this majestic human-made miracle of world's architecture, you enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Jade Factory where you will learn more about the process of carving into the jade and creating amazing pieces of art.

Your tour finishes with a visit to the famous Ming Tombs - the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors. You are then transferred back to Beijing and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 23
Departure from Beijing

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!

Breakfast is included.


Included

15 nights at 4 or 5-star centrally located hotels, 2 nights at a 3-star lakeside hotel

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

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 and Chinese visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian, Chinese and Mongolian visa processing service for 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;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

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.

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

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (1st class)
$7,768
Deposit $1,554
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (2nd class)
$7,368
Deposit $1,474
Two travelers: double occupancy (1st class)
$8,568
Deposit $1,714
Two travelers: double occupancy (2nd class)
$8,168
Deposit $1,634
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (1st class)
$7,768
Deposit $1,554
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (2nd class)
$7,368
Deposit $1,474
Two travelers: double occupancy (1st class)
$8,568
Deposit $1,714
Two travelers: double occupancy (2nd class)
$8,168
Deposit $1,634

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There was a surprise at every corner!

We just returned from our trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg. It was fantastic, like a Faberge egg! There was a surprise at every corner! Our group and the guides were fantastic. Both guides were extremely knowledgeable and made sure that we could see everything. We didn’t have to wait in a line anywhere. We LOVED the ...

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Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas. It was my mother's first ever trip out of the US. She loved it! The Classic Moscow & St. Petersburg tours were well organized and provided great pictures and lots of information. Our tour guide in Moscow was awesome. And our tour guide in St ...

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The Volga Dream Cruise met or even exceeded our expectations

I really enjoyed the trip. We were very pleased with the hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The accommodations were good and the breakfasts were lavish. But the best part was that both hotels were so well located. The guides in both cities were knowledgeable. The Hermitage was so crowded that it made it difficult to ...

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There was a surprise at every corner!

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Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas. It was my mother's first ever trip out of the US. She ...

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The Volga Dream Cruise met or even exceeded our expectations

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