Overview

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

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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, by scheduled train to Beijing 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 ways 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, the Gobi Desert and the Great Wall uniting landscapes and experiences into the journey of a lifetime.

Key Features

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

 

Special Event

Pre-Departure Event

Attend a pre-departure event at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel on the eve of your departure. Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers in preparation for your journey.

Day 1 Breakfast at the St. Pancras Hotel before boarding Eurostar to Paris. Welcome dinner, overnight at the 5-star Hilton. (B, D)

Day 2 Train to Berlin, evening arrival for two nights at the Berlin Marriott Hotel. (B, D)

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

Day 4 Continue to Warsaw. Stay at the 5-star Bristol Hotel. (B, D)

Day 5 Tour of the Old Town and Royal Castle. Board the sleeper train to Moscow, transiting Belarus. (B, D)

Day 6 In Moscow overnight at the 4-star Intercontinental Tverskaya. Experience the opulence of Moscow by night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the Kremlin grounds and the surreal Orthodox masterpiece of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Board the train for Siberia. (B, D)

Day 8 Pass through the Russian heartland to the mighty Volga River and explore the Tatarstan capital of Kazan before climbing towards 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. Cross the border from Europe for Asia. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Arrive in Novosibirsk and explore Siberia’s biggest city and the majestic Ob River.(B, L, D)

Day 11 Travel through the forest-covered mountains of Siberia. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Arrive in Irkutsk and 4-star Hotel Irkutsk. Enjoy a visit to the colourful market, theatre and local history museum before a typical local dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 13 A day dedicated entirely to Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake. Enjoy a boat ride to Port Baikal, or take a dip and explore the scenery and picturesque villages.(B, L, D)

Day 14 Travel along the picturesque valley of the Selenga River to Ulan Ude and onward to Mongolia. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Arrive in the vibrant Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. Visit the Buddhist Gandan Monastery and Choijin Lama Temple. Stay at the 4-star Ramada Hotel or choose to spend one night in a traditional yurt tent in the pristine Mongolian Alps. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. Marvel at an exhibition of traditional Mongolian skills, including horseback riding, wrestling and archery in a mini version of the national games, Nadaam. Continue by train onward to the Chinese border. (B, L, D)

Day 17 Arrive at the Mongolia–China border, disembark the Tsar’s Gold and switch to a Chinese train. Discover Erlian, an authentic border town. Later, you relax and enjoy dramatic views of the stunning Gobi Desert, leaving the desert landscape behind, journey through mountains and paddy fields. (B, L, D)

Day 18 Arrive in Beijing for three nights at the 5-star Park Plaza Hotel. (B, L, D)

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

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. Visit the Small Goose Pagoda and enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner. Two nights at the 4-star Titan Times Hotel. ((B, L, D)

Day 22 Visit the Terracotta Army, the most significant archaeological excavation of the 20th century. Evening Tang Dynasty dinner and show. (B, L, D)

Day 23 China has the largest high-speed rail network, travel from Xian to Shanghai. Two nights at the 5-star Jinjiang Hotel. Dim sum dinner and acrobatic show. (B, L, 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 Travel south to Guangzhou and the final leg of the journey to Hong Kong. Two nights at the 4-star Metropark Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 26 Once a simple fishing village, now one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Explore the city. Farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 27 Day at leisure for independent exploration. Fly to London Heathrow.

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

Notes

Train travel is a mixture of private carriages and scheduled services. Private compartments comprise two lower berths, scheduled services – upper and lower berths, all with shared wash room facilities.

2020

Eurostar to Paris/Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to London Heathrow
per person in a twin room/twin berth compartment

Date Price
May 4 £10945
July 20 £11545
September 7 £11245

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £3295

Flight Options

Cathay Pacific Business Class from £1795

Upgrades

Bolshoi Compartment £4995
Single supplement (including Bolshoi
Compartment for Sole Use) £11790

Independent Departure

Save £450
Arrangements terminate in Hong Kong

Price Includes
Train travel, transfers, porterage, 26 nights’ hotel and train accommodation, breakfast daily, 20 lunches and 26 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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