Imperial Russia

15 days and 14 nights

  • Route
    Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Ulan Bator - Beijing
  • Languages
    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Accommodation
    1 night at Moscow hotel, 1 night in a ger in Mongolia, 2 nights at Beijing hotel
  • Group Tour
    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
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Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Ulan Bator - Beijing

The journey itself is reason enough to take this trip through the vast forests of Russia and the open steppe and desert of Mongolia before finishing in China. Take the longest rail journey in the world on the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia, Mongolia and China.  Visit Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing as well as historically important cities along the way as you watch the varied Siberian landscape pass by.

Day 1, Moscow

Kolomenskoe view, Moscow, Russia
Moscow metro station, Russia

Arrive in Moscow, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You can choose to enjoy your down time in your room or explore the area near your hotel.  In the evening, you will enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 2, Moscow

Bolshoi theater, Moscow, Russia
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow, Russia

After breakfast, take a panoramic tour of Moscow which will give you an idea of the capital’s dimensions. Explore Red Square, the very heart of Moscow, with picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral or enjoy a ride on the Moscow metro, visiting stations that are more like underground palaces than subway stops. You will be impressed by the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the stunning view of Moscow from Lenin Hills (Sparrow Hills) very near to Moscow University and other historical sites. After lunch in the city, continue to the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia. The guided tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Tsars. Enjoy some time downtown strolling along the ancient Arbat Street with its numerous cafes and souvenir shops. Later in the evening, you’ll board the Imperial Russia Train. Enjoy your dinner onboard and get to know your travel companions.

Day 3, Kazan

Kazan city center evening, Russia
Kazan Kremlin, Russia

Upon arrival in Kazan, once the capital of the Tatar Khanate you will depart for a city tour to explore Old Kazan. Today, in the White Kremlin of Kazan, a new mosque rises in the immediate vicinity of a Christian cathedral. Enjoy a spectacular folklore program that will give you insights into Tatar culture. We invite you to taste the local cuisine at lunch and follow along with a cooking demonstration that reveals the secrets of Tatar cuisine. Later in the afternoon you will board your train and continue your trip. Tonight, enjoy dinner onboard!

Day 4, Yekaterinburg

Sevastyanov house, Yekaterinburg, Russia
The Church on the Blood, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Arrive in Yekaterinburg and start your discovery of this city that is closely connected with the family of the last Russian Emperor.  During the tour, you will visit the memorial Church on the Blood to commemorate the tragic events that took place in this city. After lunch in downtown, continue your visit to amonument marking the borderline between Europe and Asia. You will have an opportunity to be on both continents at the same time! Take some photos to preserve this memory. In the evening, we board the Imperial Russia Train. Enjoy your dinner onboard!

Day 5, Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk, Russia
Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia

Arrival in Novosibirsk, the very heart of Siberia. Takea city tour in the vicinity of the railway station including a visit to the local railway museum dedicated to the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. After lunch, visit the embankment of the Ob river, the city’s main squares and streets. The local Opera House stands out among local sites and will impress you with its monumental architecture, and is known as the largest theater building in Russia. Board your train and enjoy your dinner onboard!

Day 6, On board

Imperial Russia Train
Imperial Russia Train

This day will be spent onboard the Imperial Russia Train as you continue your travel through Siberia. Reflect on the cities you have already visited. You may want to spend your time having a drink in the bar with your fellow travelers, or you might stay in your cabin and look at the changing scenery. The onboard staff will invite you for a talk on the Trans-Siberian Railway.  Enjoy this relaxing day in anticipation of your next stop!

Day 7, Irkutsk

Irkutsk cathedral, Russia
Irkutsk wooden architecture, Russia

Our train arrives today in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia. This city has preserved many historical buildings and monuments. During the city tour, you will see picturesque wooden houses, visit the Decembrists’ House and learn aboutthe failed uprising that sent these Russian aristocratsinto exile in this city. After lunch we’ll visit an open-air museum located in a very beautifullocationalong the riverbank of the Angara. This unique museum will tell you about the daily life of the people in this region in the past. Spend some free time strolling through Irkutskaya Sloboda before you board your train in the evening.

Day 8, Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal, Russia

Standing on the shores of Lake Baikal, you can’t help being awestruck with admiration by this natural wonder. Baikal is the deepest Lake in the world and contains one fifth of the earth’s fresh water. After breakfast, board a motor ship to sail on the waters of Baikal to the village of Listvyanka. Here you will visit a unique museum dedicated to the flora and fauna of the lake. Not to be missed is the observation point at the Cherssky Stone with a stunning view of the lake and the Angara River. After a visit to a local market, the journey continues along the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway for several hours directly along the shore of Lake Baikal. Your train will stop for you to enjoy the majestic lake and have a barbeque dinner.

Day 9, Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude, Russia
Ulan-Ude temple, Russia

Arrival in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. City tour with a visit to an active Buddhist Datsan (Monastery) where a special spiritual experience awaits.  You will also visit a local family at their traditional yurt. On this visit, you will learn how to cook “pozy”, play dice, try on atraditional costume, and help assemble a yurt. You will also take in a colorful and spectacular folklore program that will help you understand more about Buryat culture. Later in the evening board the Imperial Russia Train to continue your journey.

Day 10, Ulan Bator

Mongolian landscape
Mongolian dessert

After arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will leave for the Terelj National Park. Here you will be introduced to the nomadic way of life that many Mongolians still follow today. As we head to the Ger Camp in a remote area of Terelj National Park, we will explore its beautiful landscapes. Tonight, you will sleep in gers (traditional Mongolian yurts) and enjoy a delicious Mongolian dinner.

Day 11, Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Mongolian landscape

Today, you head back to the Mongolian capital to explore this historic city. You will visit the Gandan Abbey, and the National Museum of Mongolia. Enjoy a stunning Mongolian cultural performance including famous throat singing. Tonight, we welcome you back onboard the Imperial Russia Train.

Day 12, Erlian

The Gobi Desert
Chinese border

Your train travels towards the Chinese border through the Gobi Desert. Jaw-dropping landscapes will keep you glued to the window. Erlian, the border town, is nothing more than a military post. Due to the different railroad gauges, The Imperial Russian Train cannot go to Beijing. Your Chinese charter reaches the capital of China in about 16 hours.

Day 13, Beijing

The Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City, Beijing

Beijing is the final destination of your magnificent railway journey that has taken you across two continents. It is home to thousands of small shops and street traders, a great place to shop for souvenirs and bargains, and the last opportunity to taste delicious Chinese food in all of its variations. During the city tour you will visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Hutongs. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911. Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest city square in the center of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square has great cultural significance, as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world’s largest city square and an enduring symbol of China’s national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Tonight, you will lodge at one of the hotels in the city.

Day 14, Beijing

The Great Wall, Beijing, China
The Great Wall, Beijing, China

After breakfast, head to one of the most powerful symbols of ancient Chinese civilization – the Great Wall of China, stretching 9000 km. It took more than one million people and ten years to build the Great Wall of China, designed as a defensive structure. You can walk along the wall, through the watchtowers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. At noon we head back to Beijing to visit the Summer Palace.

Day 15, Beijing

Beijing, China
Beijing, China

After breakfast you will transfer to the airport. Memories of your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway on the Imperial Russia Train will last a lifetime.

Prices and Terms

Services included:


  • Onboard «Imperial Russia» Train. IMPORTANT! Due to the difference in gauges, «Imperial Russia» train cannot go to China. The trip between Mongolian - Chinese border and China is by Chinese charter train. The journey takes 16 hours. 
  • 1 o/night at Moscow hotel, 2 o/nights at Beijing hotel, 1 o/night in ger in Mongolia;
  • Towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of «Imperial Russia» Train.

Excursions & guides:

  • Excursions with local guides according to the program;
  • Excursions will be conducted in English, German, French and Spanish. Other languages are possible upon request.


  • Tea/coffee on board throughout the day;
  • Full board.

Other services:

  • Pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport;
  • Services of the porter at the hotel and the railway stations;
  • Brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited;
  • Doctor onboard;
  • English speaking Group Leader and Tour managers.
  • Free visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country. PLEASE NOTE: your passport should be valid for no less than 6 months after the planned departure from Russia and it should have at least 2 blank pages. The process of applying for visa may take a long time and we recommend that you start in 3 months before your trip. In case you are booking the trip last minute, we recommend that you check with the Russian Consulate in your country whether you have enough time for visa application process. In case you have to cancel your trip because of visa issues standard cancellation policy will be applied.

Services not included:

  • International and domestic flights;
  • Visa fees (Company is not liable for passengers with incorrect or expired visas);
  • All drinks ordered in the bar car;
  • “Tailor made” excursions. You have possibility to extend your Tour. We offer additional excursions in every city within the Tour and in other cities of Russia;
  • Meals on the day of arrival, departure;
  • Tips and personal expenses;
  • Insurance (every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour). You can order insurance here.
  • Vaccination: consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice, due to visit of different countries in terms of this Tour.
  • Travel insurance. We highly recommend to purchase travel insurance before embarking on your trip to Russia. It’s always good to have extra protection while traveling far from home. Click here to learn more.

Payment policy:

  1. The prepayment is due 5 days upon receipt of the tour confirmation. The prepayment is non-refundable. The prepayment shall amount to:
    • 1700 USD  – per person in VIP compartment;
    • 1700 USD – per person in BUSINESS CLASS compartment;
    • 1000 USD – per person in FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment;
    • 1000 USD– per person in FIRST/COMFORT CLASS compartment.
  2. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation policy:

65-35 days before departure - a fee equal to 50% of the entire package will be charged.

34 days or less before departure or no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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