Overview

Paris - 1 night
Berlin - 2 nights
Warsaw - 2 nights
Moscow - 1 night
Train - 5 nights
Irkutsk - 1 night
Train - 3 nights
Ulan Bator - 2 nights
Beijing - 3 nights
Xian - 2 nights
Shanghai - 2 nights
Hong Kong - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

THE CENTRAL KINGDOM EXPRESS

In the Spirit of Jules Verne, an escorted overland journey along the legendary route of the Central Kingdom Express travelling by rail from London to the Land of Far Cathay

This legendary expedition from London to Hong Kong is a dream of many people and a journey of a lifetime, a chance to experience a real connection between the continents and the great cultures of the world. Unquestionably one of the world’s unique great railway journeys – travelling across Europe by scheduled first class train, across Siberia on Tsar’s Gold Private Train and onward through China on high speed trains to cosmopolitan Hong Kong.

The Trans-Siberian Railway, once hailed as ‘the fairest jewel in the crown of the Tsars’ is possibly the best way to absorb the rich cultures, people and sprawling landscapes of the region, travelling from Moscow across seven time zones to the edge of Asia. This historic iron way provides access to some of the world’s once most forbidding and feared destinations via steppe and taiga uniting landscapes and experiences.

Key Features

Great Rail Journey
Private Train
Landscapes & Culture
8 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 10 – 30

 

Day 1 Travel by Eurostar to Paris. Transfer to 4-star Hotel Chess for overnight.

Day 2 Train to Berlin via Cologne, evening arrival for two nights at the 4-star Steigenberger Hotel. (B)

Day 3 Explore the history and culture of Berlin with one of our local experts. (B, L)

Day 4 Continue to Warsaw by train. Stay for two nights at the 5-star Sofitel Victoria. (B, D)

Day 5 Tour of the Old Town includes visits to St. John’s Cathedral and Royal Castle. (B, D)

Day 6 Fly to Moscow for overnight at the 4-star Intercontinental Tverskaya or similar. Experience Moscow by night. (B, D)

Day 7 Tour of Moscow including the Kremlin grounds and its magnificent cathedrals. In the evening board the train for Siberia. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Arrive at Vladimir and travel to Suzdal, one of the most impressive city on the Golden Ring. Cross the Volga and Kama rivers before climbing the Ural Mountains. (B, L, D)

Day 9 In Yekaterinburg, visit the preserved city and ‘fairy-tale’ Church on the Blood, the memorial site to Russia’s last Tsar. (B, L, D)

Day 10 A day of fantastically frosted views enjoyed from the comfort of the train. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Discover Krasnoyarsk, considered Siberia’s most beautiful city by Checkov and stunning views of the Yenisei River. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Arrive in Irkutsk and stay overnight at the 3-star Hotel Irkutsk. Enjoy a visit to one of the largest monasteries in East Siberia. (B, L, D)

Day 13 A day dedicated entirely to Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake. Ride in a horse-drawn sleigh and visit a Russian family for a traditional lunch and a banja. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Travel alongside Lake Baikal on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Travel along the picturesque valley of the Selenga River to Ulan Ude and onward to Mongolia. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Arrive in Ulan Bator. Visit to National Museum of Mongolia. Stay two nights at the 3‐star Hotel Bayangol or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 17 Tour of Ulan Bator including the Buddhist monastery of Gandan and Choijin Lama Temple. (B, L, D)

Day 18 Fly to Beijing. Transfer to 4-star Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel for three nights. (B, D)

Day 19 Visit Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. (B, L)

Day 20 At the Temple of Heaven, join the locals for a tai chi class. Visit one of the greatest wonders of the world, The Great Wall. Peking Duck dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 21 High-speed train to Xian (6 hrs). Visit the Great Goose Pagoda. Dumpling dinner. Spend two nights at the 4-star Wyndham Grand Hotel Xian. (B, D)

Day 22 Visit the Terracotta Army and the ancient city wall. Evening Tang Dynasty dinner and show. (B, L, D)

Day 23 High-speed train to Shanghai (7 hrs). Two nights at the 5-star Yangtze Boutique Hotel. Dim sum dinner and acrobatic show. (B, D)

Day 24 Visit the ancient Yu Yuan Gardens, Shanghai Museum and the Bund. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Huangpu River. (B, L, D)

Day 25 High-speed train to Hong Kong (8 hrs). Two nights at the 5-star Harbour Grand Kowloon. (B)

Day 26 A tour of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, including the historic Victoria Peak funicular, a sampan ride, a crossing by star ferry and a tram ride. (B, L)

Day 27 Evening overnight flight. (B)

Day 28 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Train travel is a mixture of private carriages and scheduled services.

2021

Eurostar from London St. Pancras/Cathay Pacific to Heathrow
per person in a twin room/Classic Compartment

Date Price
February 8 £10995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £2695

Flight Options

Cathay Pacific Business Class from £1795

Upgrades

Superior Compartment £345
Single supplement £3285
Bolshoi Compartment £3795
Single supplement £10990

Independent Departure

Save £450
Arrangements terminate in Hong Kong

Price Includes
Train travel, transfers, 26 nights’ hotel and train accommodation, breakfast daily, 17 lunches and 20 dinners, itinerary as described, UK Tour Manager, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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