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

Group size
2-14 people
All year
11 days
China, Russia
Moscow, Beijing
from £1,695
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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.

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Moscow by Night City Tour by CarMoscow 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.
3 hours | £75 per person
Tretiakov Gallery Guided TourA 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.
4 hours | £80 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox ReligionThe 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.
7 hours | £125 per person
Diamond Fund Guided TourThe 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.
2 hours | £100 per person
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Guided TourThis 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.
3 hours | £65 per person
Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star CityStar 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.
6 hours | £195 per person

Day 1 – Friday
Transfer from the airport 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 City Tour by Car
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
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.
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Train: Moscow - Beijing
Day 2 – Saturday
Night train: Moscow - Beijing
You will travel on a comfortable Trans-Manchurian train from Moscow to Beijing. The train does not pass through Mongolia. Both 1st (2 berth) and 2nd (4 berth) compartments are available. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided for each berth. The train also has a dining car that serves good meals. Wheels are changed on the boarder Russia-China. Arrival in Beijing early in the morning 7 days later.
Extension Trip to Xian from BeijingWe 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.
£395 per person
Summer Palace Guided TourWe 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.
£150 per person

Day 9 – Saturday
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Guided Tour of Tiananmen Square
Guided Tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
Summer Palace Guided Tour
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
Guided Tour of the Badaling Great Wall
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
Transfer from the hotel to 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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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Year of travel
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
26/07/2024 - 05/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
02/08/2024 - 12/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
09/08/2024 - 19/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
16/08/2024 - 26/08/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
23/08/2024 - 02/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
30/08/2024 - 09/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
06/09/2024 - 16/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
13/09/2024 - 23/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
20/09/2024 - 30/09/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
27/09/2024 - 07/10/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
04/10/2024 - 14/10/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
11/10/2024 - 21/10/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
18/10/2024 - 28/10/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
25/10/2024 - 04/11/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
01/11/2024 - 11/11/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
08/11/2024 - 18/11/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
15/11/2024 - 25/11/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
22/11/2024 - 02/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
29/11/2024 - 09/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
06/12/2024 - 16/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
13/12/2024 - 23/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £195 £395 book now
20/12/2024 - 30/12/2024 £1,695 / £2,595 £145 / £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 section "Included" in the tour description.
  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.
  7. Discouns for children.
See what our clients say about this tour
We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
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.
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.
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.

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