Imperial Russia Classic | 15-day Rail Tour to Russia & China
Trip Overview

Imperial Russia Classic

Tour rating: 4.79 / 5, Based on 366 Reviews
Tourist trains to Russia, China

The unique Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to Beijing on the Imperial Russia train combines, complimentary visa processing, the most fascinating destinations, private train setting with full board, and sense of adventure. Feel the imperial spirit of Russia's endless expanses, see the unique nature of Siberia, sound the depths of Lake Baikal, enjoy Mongolian hospitality and rich culture, get inspired by the legacy of China all in 15 unforgettable days.

Imperial Russia Classic

15 days3 cities
RussiaChina2 countries
Tourist trains to Russia, China
From
$7,098
Tour rating: 4.79 / 5, Based on 366 Reviews

The unique Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to Beijing on the Imperial Russia train combines, complimentary visa processing, the most fascinating destinations, private train setting with full board, and sense of adventure. Feel the imperial spirit of Russia's endless expanses, see the unique nature of Siberia, sound the depths of Lake Baikal, enjoy Mongolian hospitality and rich culture, get inspired by the legacy of China all in 15 unforgettable days.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! 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 so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Moscow Sightseeing Tour
City tour

After breakfast you meet your guide and go on a full-day Moscow city tour. During the tour you take a walk through the famous merchant area of Arbat Street, see the famous Cathedral of Christ the Savior and go underground to explore the outstanding work of the Soviet architecture - the Moscow Metro.

Later you go inside one of the most outstanding Moscow icons and the symbol of Russian power - the Kremlin

In the evening you are transferred to the railway station to board your Imperial Russia train and start your voyage across Eurasia. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
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This 5-star hotel is part of the Hyatt family of hotels. Located near many of Moscow's metro stations and within five minutes walk to Tverskaya Street, the Ararat Park is yet another of Moscow's hotel gems.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

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Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Enjoy the authentic experience of traveling on a Russian train along the Trans-Siberian Railway from the capital of Moscow to the gem of Tatarstan. Travel as the locals do in either a 1st or 2nd class train cabin and take in the views of the Russian countryside.

Kazan

second destination
9 nights on board the Imperial Russia train + 1 night in a ger camp
Detailed itinerary
Day 3
Kazan City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. 

Upon arrival you enjoy a grand city tour Old Kazan, which includes a visit to the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you will see the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral, a folk program Tugan Avalim and a traditional lunch with a master class revealing the secret of Tartar сuisine.  

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 4
Ekaterinburg City Tour
City tour

In the morning your train arrives in the famous capital of Ural - Ekaterinburg.

Upon arrival you have a guided city tour 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 last Russian Emperor and his family were assassinated.

After lunch you visit the memorial built at the boundary of Europe and Asia.

In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 5
Novosibirsk City Tour
City tour

Today you reach a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature. Your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant, but is certainly not desolate. 

During your city tour you see the Ballet and Opera Theater, stroll along the ancient streets of Novosibirsk and enjoy the great views of the Ob River. 

The highlight of the tour is a visit to the Open Air Railway Museum where you see the most remarkable steam locomotives and historic passenger cars, which represent the development of the Trans-Siberian Railway. 

After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 6
On Board the Train
Transfer

You spend this day on board your Imperial Russia train. Enjoy fantastic sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 7
Irkutsk City Tour
City tour
Museum

In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful live. During your sightseeing tour you visit the Decembrists' House, see the House of Europe also known as the "wooden lace" house, and take a walk along Karl Marx Street that is the most beautiful street in Irkutsk. 

After lunch you take a trip to the nearby Taltsy village to visit its famous Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography. Upon returning to Irkutsk you have some free time at Sloboda - a beautiful city quarter with reconstructed 19-20th century buildings.

In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 8
Stop at Lake Baikal
Day tour
Boat ride

Today your train makes a stop at Lake Baikal that is the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia. 

You start exploring Baikal from a ferry trip to Listvyanka village. During the sightseeing tour you enjoy magnificent views of the lake and the Angara River from the Chersky Stone observation platform, visit the Baikal Limnological Museum that has an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake, and do some shopping at the local fish and souvenir market.

In the evening you have a traditional picnic on the shore of Lake Baikal. Later you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 9
Ulan Ude City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia.

Upon arrival you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions, including several impressive functional churches - the Ivolginsky Datsan, the Odigitria Cathedral and the Holy Trinity Church.

Later you enjoy a warm reception in a traditional Buryat yurt by a Buryat family complemented with a folk program. You have a great opportunity to learn how to cook popular Buryat dishes, shoot with a bow, wear a traditional Buryat costume and assemble a yurt.

In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 10
Arrival in Ulan Bator & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park
City tour

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, and have a short city tour that includes visits to Sukhbaatar square and Zaisan hill that provides the best views over the city.

Later you are transferred to the yurt camp located in Gorkhi-Terelji National Park. After lunch you visit the famous rock "The Turtle" and get aсquainted with a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, lifestyle and traditions.

Optional activity: one-hour horse riding.

Overnight in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 11
Ulan Bator City Tour
City tour
Show

After breakfast at the camp you are transferred back to Ulan Bator and continue exploring this city in a company of your guide. 

During the sightseeing tour you visit the legendary Gandan Monastery, the Mongolian Natural History Museum and the former winter residence of the Khans - the Bogd Khan Museum. Your day finishes with an amazing Mongolian folk show. 

In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 12
Changing Trains in Erlian
Today you arrive in Erlian - the border town between Mongolia and China. Here you say farewell to your Imperial Russia train and board a traditional Chinese train that takes you to Beijing. Breakfast and dinner are included.
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Imperial Russia Train
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A high-comfort Imperial Russia train with specially trained crew and comfortable cabins will ensure your trip goes smooth and exciting sightseeing programs along the way will enrich your overall experience.

Welcome to Kazan

As the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan is a glorious city that represents Russia's Tsarist past. With complex palaces, towering churches, and a thriving cultural scene, Kazan is a pure Russian city with incredible beauty and heart.

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Kazan
Beijing

Beijing

third destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Beijing Sightseeing Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in the legendary capital of China - Beijing! Upon arrival you meet your guide and go on an amazing 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 proceed to the most breathtaking part of Beijing - the Forbidden City.

After the tour you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. In the evening you enjoy dinner with traditional Beijing duck at one of the downtown restaurants.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 14
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Summer Palace
Day tour

Today you visit the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China. After exploring this majestic man-made miracle of world's architecture you proceed to the fantastic ensemble of lakes, gardens and imperial buildings - the Summer Palace. 

The rest of the day is free. Overnight in your hotel in Beijing.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 15
Departure from Beijing
Transfer

This is the final day of your fantastic Imperial Russia train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver 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.

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Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing
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Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel is a modern hotel centrally located in the heart of Beijing within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The hotel boasts well-equipped stylish guestrooms and a range of in-house amenities including a beauty salon, fitness center, and several restaurants.

Welcome to Beijing

Beijing is a wonderful mix of China's numerous cultures and historical periods and a one-of-a-kind capital.

What's Included

What's Included

  • 1 night accommodation at Moscow hotel, 1 night in traditional Mongolian yurt and 2 nights at Beijing hotel;
  • 9 nights on board the Imperial Russia train, 1 night on board a traditional Chinese train;
  • Full Russian and Chinese visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (Chinese visas are upon request). Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Full board at selected local restaurants and on board the train;
  • Tea / coffee throughout the day;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides (tours in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages are possible upon request);
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Entertainment program onboard, including lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of Russia;
  • Towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of the train;
  • Doctor on board;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Petite group size of no more than 18 people
  • Private 1st class train car
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany you
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village, Ulan-Ude, Ulan Bator, and Beijing
  • Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park
  • Mongolian folk show

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble, in Mongolia - the Mongolian tugrik, in China - the Chinese Yuan. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Since you'll be staying at several hotels along the way, not only on the train, it is wise to have smaller luggage or a carry on to take with you for overnights at the hotels (opposed to all of your suitcases which you can leave in the lockable private train car).
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
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