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Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Russia, Mongolia and China

  • A group of people Small Group 18 or less
  • A train Discover by rail

Embark on a real adventure

Experience a real sense of achievement as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard the world’s longest railway which has captured the imagination of travellers since it was founded over a hundred years ago. Bond with new found friends on this small group tour travelling aboard local trains for an authentic Trans-Siberian Railway experience interspersed with comfortable hotel stays. As you travel across two continents from Moscow to Beijing, crossing the Siberian hinterland and Gobi Desert en route, witness life in remote communities, and even stay in a traditional Mongolian ger!


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed11 nights in hotels, 1 night in a ‘Ger’ and 6 nights aboard train

Dinner plate31 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus all this...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Porterage at your hotels

MapExcursions and visits

  • Moscow city tour
  • Tretyakov Gallery visit
  • Moscow’s Metro station tour
  • Kazan city tour
  • Ekaterinburg city tour
  • Lake Baikal museum visits
  • Ulaan Baatar monastery visit
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian ger
  • Beijing highlights tour
  • Visit to the Great Wall of China

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

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Day 1 UK to Moscow

Moscow at sunrise

Fly to Moscow and stay two nights at the 5-star Peter the 1st Hotel (4Q), in the capital of Russia. D

Day 2 Moscow

St Basil's Cathedral in Red Square

Explore Russia’s captivating capital on a tour visiting its most iconic sights, including the Kremlin and Armoury Museum, Red Square and Zaryadye Park. Round off your day with either a performance of Russian National dance, or an opera or ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre. B

Day 3 Moscow

The mosaic ceiling of one of Moscow's impressive metro stations

Be amazed by the vast collection of Russian fine art on display at the Tretyakov Gallery and head underground on a tour of the opulent Metro stations, known as Stalin’s ‘People Palaces’.

This evening you’ll step aboard your first train and your first night experiencing the Trans-Siberian Railway. B

Day 4 Kazan

The Kremlin in Kazan

Arrive in Kazan, scene of the 16th-century siege by Ivan the Terrible which led to the fall of the Khanate of Kazan. This morning, tour the city and its main highlight, the Kremlin, which contains both a mosque and an Orthodox cathedral.

Stay overnight at the 4-star Courtyard by Marriott Kazan Kremlin (3Q). B, D

Day 5 Kazan

The Ural Mountains

Today, you can perhaps join an optional excursions to the Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk.

This monastery complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a fascinating insight into Ivan the Terrible’s tactical plans to extend the Moscow state, from the island’s strategic location. It was the ideal place to build an outpost from which to conquer the Kazan Khanate. Founded in 1551 it would serve as the missionary and administrative centre of the conquered region. The highlight is the 16th-century cathedral, inside which you can view some of the Eastern Orthodox church’s finest murals.

This evening, board your second train for an overnight journey to Ekaterinburg, centre of the Ural Mountains, the natural border between Europe and Asia. B

Day 6 Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg, Russia

After your early afternoon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Stay two nights at the 4-star Park Inn Hotel (3Q). L, D

Day 7 Ekaterinburg

Enjoy a short tour of the city’s historic sights. Ekaterinburg will forever be linked to the tsars as it was founded by Peter the Great in 1723 and was the assassination site of last Russian Tzar, Nicolas II. You’ll also visit Ganina Yama, the location where their bodies were initially concealed, as well as see the Europe Asia monument which marks the border between the two continents. Visit the golden-domed All Saints church which was consecrated in 2003. It was built on the former site of Ipatiev House, the final holding place of the Romanov family and where the tsar dynasty ended. B

Day 8 Ekaterinburg

All Saints church in Ekaterinburg

Stock up on provisions during a morning at leisure, as you embark on your third and longest journey on the rails this afternoon, across the expansive Siberian taiga, a vast area of sparse forest. B

Day 9 Trans-Siberian Railway

Enjoy the scenery as your train journey continues to Irkutsk.

Day 10 Irkutsk

Impressive buildings in Irkutsk

The train reaches the charming city of Irkutsk in eastern Siberia this evening. Founded as a winter outpost for traders in the 17th century, it became a hub for exiled Decembrist revolutionaries in the 19th century and has a wealth of beautiful churches and buildings set beside the Angara River.

Stay two nights at the 4-star Marriott Courtyard Hotel (3Q). D

Day 11 Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal

Enjoy a tour of the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lakes. Known as the ‘Galapagos of Russia’, the lake’s age and isolation have placed it on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to its unusual fauna and flora. Also visit the Wooden Architecture and lake museums and enjoy a brief city tour. B, L, D

Lake Baikal Irkutsk Oblast Russia Europe

Day 12 Lake Baikal-Ulaan Baatar

Lake Baikal

Board your fourth train early today and enjoy travelling along the southern edge of Lake Baikal. A picnic box will be provided for breakfast. When you cross the border with Mongolia, the train will be inspected by Russian and Mongolian officials either side, which can take two or more hours with no toilet or dining car facilities available. B

Day 13 Ulaan Baatar and Terelj National Park

Terelj National Park

Wake up in the capital of Mongolia, a fast-paced metropolis in the making that’s changing by the day. Enjoy breakfast at a local hotel and visit a Gandan monastery to hear the monks chanting. Continue to Terelj National Park to meet a local nomadic family and visit a meditation centre.

Stay one night at the Traditional Mongolia Alungoo Ger Camp (1Q). Each circular felt tent is simply furnished in traditional style and has a wood-burning stove, which your hosts will tend during the night to ensure each tent is kept cosy and warm. You’ll also be served a home-cooked Mongolian dinner. B, L, D

Day 14 Ulaan Baatar

Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Peer up at the impressive 130-foot high statue of Genghis Khan on the bank of the Tuul river before returning to Ulaan Baatar where you can enjoy a city tour.

Stay overnight at the 5-star Best Western Premier Tuushin (4Q). B, L, D

Day 15 Ulaan Baatar-Beijing

Trans-Siberian railway through the Gobi desert

Board the train early this morning for the last leg of your journey which will take you across the stark Gobi Desert. B

Day 16 Beijing

Beijing, China

Arrive around lunchtime in China’s dynamic capital and stay three nights at the 4-star Hotel Qianmen Jianguo (4Q). L, D

Day 17 Beijing

The Forbidden City

Discover the main sights, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, on a full-day city tour. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. B, L, D

Day 18 The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Take a close up look at one of the world’s wonders, the Great Wall of China, which was originally built in 210BC to fend off nomadic invaders. The current wall dates from the Ming Dynasty when Beijing became the capital and is estimated to be 8,850 kilometres long.

Enjoy a taste of China during lunch and dinner at local restaurants. B, L, D

The Great Wall of China China Asia

Day 19 Beijing to UK

Fly home

Fly back to the UK. B

Enjoy a sense of camaraderie as you mingle with fellow travellers and locals going about their daily lives during this tour following the epic Trans-Siberian Railway. You’ll travel aboard five local trains which are practical in nature and may differ in age and quality. Most have four berth compartments and those allocated to Saga travellers will be for twin use while solo travellers can upgrade to a private compartment for a supplement or choose to share. You can purchase meals from the dining car or do as the Russians do and take your own food. Each carriage has nine compartments, two w.c’s and two electrical outlets for shared use which encourages a very social atmosphere.

Train schedules are subject to change by the rail authorities without notice. Travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway is an immensely rewarding experience, especially for those of an intrepid and adventurous nature. If you are in any doubt about your suitability for this tour, please call and talk to our Travel Consultants.

Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Russia, Mongolia and China