Saint Petersburg to Beijing Private Rail Tour 2019/2020
Trip Overview

From Saint Petersburg to Beijing

Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 401 Reviews
Private rail tour to Russia, Mongolia, China

So much to see, so much to do! Explore Royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, travel through the Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Next - Mongolia's Ulan-Bator before crossing the Gobi Desert and arriving in the capital of oriental magic, Beijing.

From Saint Petersburg to Beijing

23 days8 cities
RussiaMongoliaChina3 countries
Private rail tour to Russia, Mongolia, China
From
$7,368
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 401 Reviews

So much to see, so much to do! Explore Royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, travel through the Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Next - Mongolia's Ulan-Bator before crossing the Gobi Desert and arriving in the capital of oriental magic, Beijing.

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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

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.

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

Following breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go 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

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
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. After lunch at a local restaurant, 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

Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg
5

The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very heart of St. Petersburg and offers elegant design coupled with high-quality service.

train
Saint Petersburg
Moscow
3 hrs 30 min

Enjoy a fast connection between the Russian capitals in as little as 3.5 hours. The modern Sapsan bullet train is one of the most time-saving and high-comfort travel options with outstanding onboard amenities and comfortable seats.

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

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
Museum

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the magnificent Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon, you meet your guide and explore the Moscow Subway and the Tretyakov Gallery. After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
4

Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

train
Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Enjoy the authentic experience of traveling on a regular 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

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

In the morning your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. Later today you have an explicit tour of the city's major highlights, as well as a cooking masterclass. 

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

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way, you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions. Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions. 

Ramada Kazan City Centre, Kazan
4

The cozy hotel Ramada Kazan City Centre is located in the heart of Tatarstan capital, just a 5-minute walk from the central station. Hotel's guests can take advantage of bright air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, an indoor gym, and free parking as well as enjoy the international cuisine at the restaurant.

train
Kazan
Ekaterinburg
14 hrs
Make your way from Russia's Tatarstan region to the marvelous city of Ekaterinburg. Enjoy the opportunity to blend in with the locals as you travel on a regular Russian train and take in outstanding views of the changing sceneries out the train window.

Ekaterinburg

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

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.

Day 10
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg
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
Transfer

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.

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

Park Inn is a vibrant hotel in Ekaterinburg that boasts central location and a variety of facilities for a perfect stay.

train
Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs
Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure along the Siberia region. Spend your time with use, relax, read books, and meet new people as you travel on the regular Russian train.

Listvyanka Village

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

Early in the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk. 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. 

Day 14
Trip to Taltsy Village
Day tour

After breakfast, you take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. 

Anastasia Hotel, Listvyanka
3

Set gracefully in a picturesque location near the gorgeous gem of Siberia, Lake Baikal, cozy Anastasia Hotel is a nice property to stay at.

car
Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk

Enjoy your short car ride with a trusted driver from the petite town, standing on the shores of Lake Baikal to the heart of Siberia, Irkutsk. Along the way, you enjoy the countryside views and pass numerous beautiful riverside areas.

Irkutsk

sixth destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 15
Irkutsk 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. After lunch in a city restaurant you are transferred to centrally located hotel and rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Day 16
On Board the Train
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.

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

Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
4

The elegant hotel Marriott Courtyard is located in the city center of Irkutsk just near the embankment. Guests are welcome to stay in modern rooms equipped with modern facilities.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan Bator
22 hrs 40 min

Reboard your train for another leg of your route, heading to the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, with a change to the Trans-Mongolian Railway. Marvel at the changing panoramas from Lake Baikal and the Russian Buryatia Region to Mongolian steppes.

Ulan Bator

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

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. Then you are transferred to the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park. In the afternoon you arrive at the ger camp, have lunch, and meet the nomadic family. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

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

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.

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

After breakfast, you meet your guide in 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, have dinner at a traditional barbecue restaurant, and visit the famous Zaisan Hill to enjoy the best panoramic views of Ulan Bator.

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulan Bator
5

The luxurious Best Western Premier boasts an amazing central location, just near the State Government House, Sukhbaatar Square and National Museum of Mongolian History. The property provides elegant air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, 3 on-site restaurants, great spa and fitness facilities, and even a nightclub.

plane
Ulan Bator
Beijing
3 hrs

Without a doubt, the fastest and best travel option between Mongolia's Ulan Bator and China's Beijing is on a plane. The airports have easy convenient to the city centers, and you'll be taken to and picked up from the airports by your local drivers.

Beijing

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

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.

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

After breakfast, you meet your guide and go on an amazing sightseeing tour around the most renowned Beijing landmarks. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 22
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs
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 that has less tourists - the Mutianyu Great Wall. You then proceed to the famous Ming Tombs - the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors.

Day 23
Departure from Beijing
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

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.

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 US, 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;
  • Emergency line support 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 and all personal expenses. Chinese visa processing service for Canadian passport holders.

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Tour Highlights

  • Guided sightseeing tours of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village, Ulan Bator, and Beijing
  • Professional local guides
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble, in Mongolia - Mongolian tugrik, in China - Chinese Yuan. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major Russian sights on foot.
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