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Arriving in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
(Meals: D)
You will be taken north today to pace the ramparts of China’s famed Great Wall, originally constructed over 2000 years ago. Afterwards, visit the China Railway Museum, preserving locomotives built in the People's Republic of China since 1949. This evening a traditional Peking Duck dinner completes a very special day.
(Meals: B, D)
This morning you will visit the Forbidden City as the former imperial palace is called. In the evening your rail journey begins, as you transfer to the train station and depart for Mongolia aboard a chartered Chinese train. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B, D)
Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolian border, where you transfer to the Tsar’s Gold private train. In the growing city of Erlian, you have some time to explore the colourful local market before your Russian train sets off towards Mongolia. After crossing sections of the legendary Gobi Desert, the train travels through the vast green steppes of Mongolia. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B, L, D)
In the morning you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. In the evening you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts. You spend the night in the hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
(Meals: B L D)
After breakfast you visit the Gandan Monastery, where it is possible to observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Your bus then takes you to the Mongolian Alps with their majestic scenery and bizarre rock formations. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you watch a small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration and a traditional wrestling match. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B L D)
You travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga, and are on the way to Ulan Ude, where your train reaches the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Here you take an informative city tour. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Explore the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal. During two extended photo-stops, you explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. Take a swim in the lake and visit a picturesque Baikal village. Dinner is a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Morning arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. During your city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. Around noon you pay a worthwhile visit to an open-air museum with a focus on life and work in Siberia in olden times. You spend the night in the hotel in Irkutsk.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Your train passes through the diverse landscapes of eastern Siberia. Talks on board inform you about the region and a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks offers an experience of Russian festive customs and hospitality. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B L D)
Around noon, your train arrives in Novosibirsk. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian manner and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities, including a chance to see the mighty Ob River. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B L D)
Afternoon your train stops in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. During a tour you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, built in 2003 on the site where the last Emperor and his household were shot. Back on board, your private train is rolling across the European continent. You spend the night aboard the train. 
(Meals: B L D)
After breakfast you reach Kazan. On your city tour you see Tartar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tartars, the Cossacks and the Russians. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Around noon you arrive in Moscow, Russia’s capital and one of the world’s richest and most dynamic cities. Your first stop is the Kremlin with its glorious cathedrals. It is the historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow. You can also check out the interiors of some of the buildings. After dinner you go on a magical evening trip through the city. This special tour includes a stop at Red Square.
(Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast you go on a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which dominates the skyline along the Moscow River, the Lomonossov University, the New Virgin Monastery, and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral. On the way to dinner, you will pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House.
(Meals: B, D)

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

(Meals: B)

This morning, you transfer to the station for Sapsan train to St Petersburg.  On arrival, met and transferred to hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Travel by coach through the city centre past the Mariinsky Theatre to the brilliant St. Nicholas Church.  Visit Peter the Great’s grand summer estate, Petrodvorets (Peterhof). A series of palaces and gardens – laid out on the orders of Peter the Great – is also situated there. After lunch visit the Central Railway Museum. This is the country's best museum concerned with railways.
(Meals: B, D)
Visit former imperial Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum), the foundation of the city at Peter and Paul Fortress and the incredible Spilt Blood Cathedral, Catherine’s Palace and its mysterious Amber Room. In the afternoon visit the Museum of Artillery. Farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Transfer to airport for your departure flight.
(Meals: B)

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