Russian Railways Launches Moscow – Beijing Tourist Train

Russian Railways, through its subsidiary company RZD Tour and tour operator Intourist, has launched a new international Moscow – Beijing tourist train service. Departing the Russian capital today, travellers from 20 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe and South America will be on the inaugural train which will arrive in Beijing on 29 August 2011.


Consisting of 21 carriages with 3 travel categories, including of compartments accommodating 3 or 4 passengers, sleeping cars and luxury cars for single or double occupancy, with the latter including private showers. There are also 2 restaurant cars and a dining car serving ethnic cuisines throughout the journey, as well as a bar carriage where travellers can mingle and socialize over vodka or cocktails.


Travelling along the Trans-Siberian Railway, the train will stop and offer a range of enriching excursions in and around the cities of Erenhot, Irkutsk, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Ulan Bator and Ulan Ude. A highlight of the journey is a guided tour to Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake. In the evenings, travellers return to onboard entertainment of films, music and culinary delicacies.


A return journey will depart Beijing on 20 August 2011, arriving in Moscow on 4 September 2011. Russian Railways will be announcing the 2012 schedules for the train’s next journey in November 2011. The company also runs regular weekly services between the Chinese and Russian capitals, travelling the same route, albeit with lesser intermediate stops.


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