The international Moscow - Beijing tourist service is a joint project between two tour operators, RZD Tour and Intourist. The launch of this new service on 15 August 2011 is an important stage in the development of international rail tourism.
Tourists from 20 countries from Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe will be on the train’s first run.
The train will arrive in Beijing on August 29. Tourists are also offered the return trip from Beijing to Moscow, which departs from the Chinese capital on 20 August and arrives in Moscow on 4 September.
The Moscow - Beijing train consists of 21 carriages as follows:
Compartments for 3 or 4 passengers
Sleeping cars with accommodation for 1 or 2 passengers
Luxury compartments for one or two passengers
The train also has two restaurant cars, a bar carriage, a dining car and a special carriage with shower cabins for passengers in the sleeping carriages. Passengers in the luxury carriages will be able to take a shower directly in their compartment.
The Moscow - Beijing Train will stop en route and offer excursion programmes around the cities of Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Ulan Bator and Erlian, as well as a guided tour to Lake Baikal.
During their journey, passengers will be able to enjoy ethnic and national cuisine and have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of delicacies. Live entertainment is also on offer.
A multi-lingual service in seven foreign languages ensures that passengers will be well-looked after.
RZD Tour was founded in 2005 and is a specialised tourism company of Russian Railways operating in Russia and abroad. RZD Tour is part of the RZD Tour Travel holding company, in which the Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, purchased a controlling stake of 51% in summer this year.
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