Tags: Beijing, car hire, flights, Hotels, Moscow, Shanghai, weekend
Pack your leather hold-all and jump aboard the oldest and greatest train journey on earth. Thunder through Russia, Mongolia and China as a passenger aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway. Although there are various itineraries to choose from the classic route is hard to beat. It covers an immense 9,300 km from Beijing to Moscow or vice versa. Diversity of the route is an understatement to say the least. One minute your view will see an evolving landscape from desert to forest and the next mountain to metropolis.
On board for a scenic route
Get a flight to Beijing to start you journey. The rail escapade is flexible and it’s essential to stop off at some of the hotspots along the way. If you do it from Moscow instead, the train leaves every Tuesday night. The trip takes six nights and cuts across the Gobi desert before entering China. You can choose from deluxe 2 berth compartments, 2nd class 4 berth or first class four 4 berth.
Delightful stop-offs along the way
Take a one night stop off to discover the delights of China. Even spend the weekend in Shanghai if you have time on your side. Hotels in Shanghai are soaked in luxury. The Sofitel Shanghai Hyland is a nice choice if you stay overnight and the concierge will ensure you are on time for re-boarding the train by organising transport.
Destination chill out
If you fancy a few nights chilling out at your destination, car hire in Moscow is a good way of seeing more of the city’s surroundings. Hotel National will give you a good base. Is has good views and elegant rooms too. The Maxima Irbis is a more basic stay but comfortable and clean.
With its old school carriages, dining aisles and uniformed hosts, you will come back from your authentic train trip with memories to last forever.