Imperial Russia Tour | Moscow - Beijing - Firebird Tours ®

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Overview

The unique Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to Beijing on the Imperial Russia train combines the fascinating destinations and sense of adventure with comfort of private train setting with full board. Feel the imperial spirit of Russia's endless expanses, see the unique nature of Siberia and sound the depths of Lake Baikal. Enjoy Mongolian hospitality, rich culture and breathtaking nature. Get inspired by the legacy of China in and around its magnificent capital Beijing - these all adventures are in 15 unforgettable days.

Tour type:
Rail tour
Tour rating:
4.79 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star central hotels:
    3 nights
    Ger camp:
    1 night
    On board the train: 10 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    8 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 boat trip
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 11 guided tours with private transportation
    12 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activites: cooking class, 3 folk programs
  • MEALS
  • 14 breakfasts
    13 lunches
    13 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

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.

Day 2
Moscow Sightseeing 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 luxurious Imperial Russia train and start your voyage across Eurasia. 

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3
Kazan 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.

Day 4
Ekaterinburg 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.

Day 5
Novosibirsk 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.

Day 6
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious 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.

Day 7
Irkutsk City Tour

In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. 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.

Day 8
Stop at Lake Baikal

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.

Day 9
Ulan-Ude 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 complimented 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.

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

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 of 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.

Day 11
Ulan Bator City Tour

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.

Day 12
Changing Trains in Erlian

Today you arrive in Erlian - the border town between Mongolia and China. Here you say farewell to your luxurious Imperial Russia train and board a traditional Chinese train that takes you to Beijing.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 13
Beijing Sightseeing 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.

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

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.

Day 15
Departure from Beijing

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.


Hotels

3 nights at 5-star centrally located hotels

  • 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 Moscow (1 night) and Beijing (2 nights);
  • 1 night in a traditional Mongolian yurt;
  • 9 nights on board the Imperial Russia train;
  • 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 on board, including lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railway, geography and history of Russia;
  • Towels, bathrobe, and slippers on board the train;
  • Doctor on board;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

What's Included
  • Comfort of travelling on a private train combined with a caring tour director, exciting lectures on board;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness and have a picnic on its shores;
  • Traditional cuisine tasting in a yurt with folklore program in Ulan-Ude;
  • Exploration of the Buddhist traditions while visiting to the impressive functional church - the Ivolginsky Datsan;
  • A taste of the traditional Mongolian nomadic way of life at the ger camp.
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
  • Siberian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates
Aug 19
Sep - 2, 2018
Aug 27
Sep - 10, 2018
Sep 16
Sep - 30, 2018
Sep 24
Oct - 8, 2018
Jun 23
Jul - 7, 2019
Jul 1
Jul - 15, 2019
Aug 18
Sep - 1, 2019
Aug 26
Sep - 9, 2019
1st Class Cabin
$7,288
deposit
$1,458
$7,288
reverse
deposit
$1,458
$7,288
deposit
$1,458
$7,288
reverse
deposit
$1,458
$7,990
deposit
$1,598
$7,990
reverse
deposit
$1,598
$7,990
deposit
$1,598
$7,990
reverse
deposit
$1,598
1st Class+ Cabin
$7,670
deposit
$1,534
$7,670
reverse
deposit
$1,534
$7,670
deposit
$1,534
$7,670
reverse
deposit
$1,534
$8,490
deposit
$1,698
$8,490
reverse
deposit
$1,698
$8,490
deposit
$1,698
$8,490
reverse
deposit
$1,698
Business Class Cabin
$10,880
deposit
$2,176
$10,880
reverse
deposit
$2,176
$10,880
deposit
$2,176
$10,880
reverse
deposit
$2,176
$12,390
deposit
$2,478
$12,390
reverse
deposit
$2,478
$12,390
deposit
$2,478
$12,390
reverse
deposit
$2,478
Deluxe Single Cabin
$12,280
deposit
$2,456
$12,280
reverse
deposit
$2,456
$12,280
deposit
$2,456
$12,280
reverse
deposit
$2,456
$13,190
deposit
$2,638
$13,190
reverse
deposit
$2,638
$13,190
deposit
$2,638
$13,190
reverse
deposit
$2,638
Dates
Aug 19
Sep - 2, 2018
Aug 27
Sep - 10, 2018
Sep 16
Sep - 30, 2018
Sep 24
Oct - 8, 2018
Jun 23
Jul - 7, 2019
Jul 1
Jul - 15, 2019
Aug 18
Sep - 1, 2019
Aug 26
Sep - 9, 2019
1st Class Cabin
$7,288
deposit
$1,458
$7,288
reverse
deposit
$1,458
$7,288
deposit
$1,458
$7,288
reverse
deposit
$1,458
$7,990
deposit
$1,598
$7,990
reverse
deposit
$1,598
$7,990
deposit
$1,598
$7,990
reverse
deposit
$1,598
1st Class+ Cabin
$7,670
deposit
$1,534
$7,670
reverse
deposit
$1,534
$7,670
deposit
$1,534
$7,670
reverse
deposit
$1,534
$8,490
deposit
$1,698
$8,490
reverse
deposit
$1,698
$8,490
deposit
$1,698
$8,490
reverse
deposit
$1,698
Business Class Cabin
$10,880
deposit
$2,176
$10,880
reverse
deposit
$2,176
$10,880
deposit
$2,176
$10,880
reverse
deposit
$2,176
$12,390
deposit
$2,478
$12,390
reverse
deposit
$2,478
$12,390
deposit
$2,478
$12,390
reverse
deposit
$2,478
Deluxe Single Cabin
$12,280
deposit
$2,456
$12,280
reverse
deposit
$2,456
$12,280
deposit
$2,456
$12,280
reverse
deposit
$2,456
$13,190
deposit
$2,638
$13,190
reverse
deposit
$2,638
$13,190
deposit
$2,638
$13,190
reverse
deposit
$2,638

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