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Trans-Manchurian Express: Moscow – Beijing (TS-18)

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Trans-Manchurian Express: Moscow – Beijing (TS-18)

For rail enthusiasts looking to ride one of the longest train journeys in the world non-stop, this is the perfect tour. With a full guided sightseeing programme in both capitals, Moscow and Beijing, you will experience both and the fantastic scenery in between on a trip that lasts eleven days. If time is short and you have no plans to visit Mongolia, then this is the itinerary for you. Settle back into your comfortable compartment and enjoy the ride.

In May 2020 Russia will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory in the WWII. An extensive festive programme is planned and many foreign high rank officials are expected at the victory parade. Be prepared to road closures and inconvenience when travelling. The Red Square will be closed from 01 to 10 May 2020. The Moscow Kremlin may be closed as well (not confirmed yet).
Day 1
Friday - Moscow
Arrival Transfer to the Hotel
Our driver will meet you in airport arrivals at Moscow to take you to your hotel. Look for the sign board bearing the Go Russia name.
Day 2
Saturday - Moscow
Exploring Moscow. Red Square, St. Basil’s, Lenin Mausoleum. Departure to China
The Russian capital is blessed with a huge variety of sightseeing, much of it within a compact central area. Thus we begin our exploration on foot with a walking tour that takes you past the former KGB HQ in Lubyanka Square, the Bolshoi Ballet's home in Teatralnaya Square and the shops and restaurants of Tverskaya Street. From there it's a short walk to Red Square. Gone are the days of stern-faced Communist officials watching military parades; these days the square is a place for having fun. In this plaza, there's not one but two cathedrals - you'll instantly recognise the coloured domes of 16th Century St Basil's - plus the famous GUM department store. Lenin's final resting place is here too. You'll find his embalmed body on display in a granite mausoleum at the foot of the Kremlin Wall. Our day ends with a trip underground to see the splendid Moscow Metro. No ordinary transit system, its stations are adorned with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures. It's a remarkable place, almost an art museum in its own right. Back at the hotel, our driver will collect you to transfer you to the railway station. You'll be travelling on fast train 20, the Trans-Manchurian. Bypassing Mongolia, this train crosses the stunning natural landscapes of Siberia arriving in Beijing seven days later after a wheel change at the border. Choose from first (two berth) and second (four berth) compartments. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided for each berth. The train also has a dining car that serves good meals.
Day 3 - 8
Sunday – Friday
Onboard across Siberia
Day 9
Saturday - Beijing
Arrival in China. Exploring Beijing
Our driver will meet you at the railway station in Beijing bearing a sign board and transfer you to the hotel. After settling in and freshening up, we begin our sightseeing in Tiananmen Square. Located in the centre of Beijing, Tiananmen is the largest city square in the world boasting an area of 440,000 square metres. Besides its cultural significance it was also the site of the terrible events in 1989 when the government troops stopped pro-democracy protesters there. On the northern side of the square stands the Forbidden City. UNESCO recognise this as a significant place; it houses the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world. It was the Imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Afterwards, we will take a ride out of the centre to see the magnificent Summer Palace. With its landscaped gardens and lake setting, it's popular with locals and tourists alike.
Day 10
Sunday - Beijing
Badaling Great Wall. Visit to the Olympic Green
One of the wonders of the world, and another of China's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, walking the Great Wall of China should be on everyone's bucket list. You'll do so at Badaling, which not only is conveniently located less than fifty miles from the Chinese capital, it's also been extensively restored.
Day 11
Monday - Beijing
Departure for the Airport
Our driver will meet you at the hotel with a sign board and take you to the airport for your flight home.

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All our hotels have been carefully selected and personally tested by Go Russia product development team. They have been chosen for their central location, available facilities, tastefully designed interiors, and friendly service and customers? feedbacks. Please note all hotels on your tour are 4* and are recommended on Tripadvisor and have above average ratings. Please view hotels details below.
Moscow Ibis Centre Bakhrushina Hotel 3*
Part of the Ibis collection, the Moscow Centre Bakhrushina Hotel is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a value hotel with facilities you can trust. Situated within the meander of the Moskva River, it’s centrally located a half hour stroll from Red Square or the Kremlin and within easy reach of the Paveletskaya metro station.Learn more
Hotel Qianmen’s Jianguo Beijing 4*
Qianmen’s Jianguo Hotel is a popular four star choice located in the heart of central Beijing, a short drive from major sights such as Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. Boasting over 400 rooms, accommodation at this well-equipped hotel features flat screen television, air conditioning, a kettle and a minibar. Each room is en suite, providing a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.
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28/02/2020 - 09/03/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
13/03/2020 - 23/03/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
27/03/2020 - 06/04/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
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15/05/2020 - 25/05/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
22/05/2020 - 01/06/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
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03/07/2020 - 13/07/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
10/07/2020 - 20/07/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
17/07/2020 - 27/07/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
24/07/2020 - 03/08/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
31/07/2020 - 10/08/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
07/08/2020 - 17/08/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
14/08/2020 - 24/08/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
21/08/2020 - 31/08/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
28/08/2020 - 07/09/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
04/09/2020 - 14/09/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
11/09/2020 - 21/09/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
18/09/2020 - 28/09/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
25/09/2020 - 05/10/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
02/10/2020 - 12/10/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
09/10/2020 - 19/10/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
16/10/2020 - 26/10/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
23/10/2020 - 02/11/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
06/11/2020 - 16/11/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
20/11/2020 - 30/11/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now
04/12/2020 - 14/12/2020 £1,445 £2,045 £125 £195 £395 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
  6. “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
We thrive on feedback! We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us. Please browse our guestbook below, read our clients' feedback on Tripadvisor and also watch a short customer's interview sharing her travel experience with Go Russia. To respect our clients' privacy all names are encoded.
I don't think I've ever dealt with a better organized or more efficient tour operator. At each phase we were met at exactly the time an place appointed. The accommodations were as advertised. The food was very good and mostly arranged to give us examples of local cuisine. The guides were helpful and flexible. You responded to all my questions quickly so there were no unpleasant surprises. Thank you very much for helping to make our trip as enjoyable as it was.
Ron Wallace
All the transfers went smooth and the guides were very knowledgeable and professional. The hotels were very good. The best part of the trip was in Mongolia, our guide and driver were very nice, the family stay was a lifetime experience I will never forget. We felt very welcome and part of their daily lives. This is a great tour if you like me is independent traveller, as a woman I never felt in danger, I liked that a local guide was collecting me all the time, it gave me the opportunity to get more out of the culture, and the feel for the country.
Verna Sanders
We had a super trip and everything went off well, there was always someone to meet us at the station and the tour guides were good, especially in Mongolia which was my favourite destination. So we really had a fascinating trip and really would not have changed much, thank you so much for all your assistance.
Janice Reed
Please note all prices are per person based on a minimum of two people travelling together. Read more about prices for solo travellers.

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Moscow by Night City Tour by Car Moscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.


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Diamond Fund Guided Tour The Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.


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2 hours

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Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour A guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.


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4 hours

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Guided Tour This temple was originally constructed on a vow given when banners and keys from conquered cities were brought to the temple. The height of the temple was 103 meters. In December 1931, the temple was blown up. Subsequently, the foundation ditch was used for the construction of a swimming pool. In 1994, the pool was closed and in January 1995 the reconstruction of the temple took place. Today the construction is completed and features both a working church and a museum, where excursions are regularly held.


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3 hours

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Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox Religion The town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.


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7 hours

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Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star City Star City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.


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6 hours

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Extension Trip to Xian from Beijing We invite you for an optional extension trip from Beijing to Xian - one of the four ancient capitals of China and an important cultural centre of the country. You will travel by an overnight train to Xian where upon arrival you will enjoy full day guided excursions with an English-speaking guide, including Terracotta army, Big Wild Gooze Pagoda, City Wall, etc. You will also have some free time to visit the old markets in Drum Tower and Great Mosque area before transfer back to the railway station. Lunch included.


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Summer Palace Guided Tour We will visit the magnificent Summer Palace located 15 kilometres (9.4 miles) away from central Beijing. The Palace represents an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design and is included on UNESCO World Heritage List.


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3 hours

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Starts Ends Moscow Beijing Departs Duration Friday 11 days
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