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Tsar's Gold Train: Trans Siberian Rail: Beijing to Moscow

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,268

Travel the legendary Trans Siberian Railroad through Russia, Mongolia and China in comfort. See dramatic changes of scenery as you traverse both Europe and Asia on our Private Train.


The train journey from Beijing into Mongolia, across Siberia and finishing in Moscow is one of the most epic of itineraries linking two very large countries. This journey aboard a very comfortable train covers almost 1110 kilometres/5000 miles all in two weeks travelling through six time zones and ever changing landscapes. The trip will expose you to several different cultures and a myriad of exciting and unusual landscapes and all this while relaxing in your compartment or the observation/day car.

Your journey by train departs from Beijing travelling to Mongolia. Before arriving in Mongolia, the vast and expansive Gobi Desert is another highlight.

 On arriving in Mongolia, you have an overnight stay in Ulaanbaatar, a city which combines the traditional and modern. However, the main impression one gets is of a city lost in time. Cows roam the streets and many locals still dress in traditional garb. All this will be seen on a tour of the city. After an overnight in Ulanbaatar, visit the Gandan Monastery after which, head out into the countryside to the Mongolian Alps where you will meet nomadic herdsmen and enjoy a demonstration of horsemanship and traditional wrestling.

Depart from Mongolia and cross into Russia where the train stops in Ulan Ude, an old town in Eastern Siberia. There is time to stroll around the town or take a guided tour.

Next stop is Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, rich in biodiversity with more than 1000 plants and more than 1500 different animals existing in the area. Enjoy a cruise and a picnic on its shores. After that, stop in Irkutsk, an attractive city in Siberia with wide streets, ornate architecture and many museums. It has been described as “The Paris of Siberia”. Overnight in Irkutsk

Continue next to Novosibirsk, the third largest city and an important industrial centre after which stop at Ekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia. The final en route stop is at Kazan, a University City and home to the Tartar population (a religion and culture which is a blend of Muslim and Christian faiths).

Complete your train journey at Moscow where you will stay for 1 night at a local hotel. Here the highlights include Red Square, the Kremlin which is an ancient fortress containing the seat of the Russian parliament and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Also travel on the Moscow subway where the station platforms are miniature art galleries and/or museums.

You will have undertaken an amazing journey and an exceptional experience!


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,268

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Day 1

Bejing - Temple of Heaven and Tianamen Square

Friendly and knowledgeable travel guides await you at the airport to take you to your first class hotel in the centre of town. After a brief rest the itinerary starts off with a tour of Beijing. Highlights include Beijing's most stunning sights: the Temple of Heaven as well as the famous Tiananmen Square. The day concludes in a relaxed manner with drinks and dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Capital Hotel

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    Capital Hotel



    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. With subways and bus stops nearby, the hotel is easily accessible. Capital Hotel ...

    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. With subways and bus stops nearby, the hotel is easily accessible. Capital Hotel has modern furnishes while traditional in style. The decoration shows luxury and elegance. All the 591 guestrooms are contemporary in design, offering ultimate comfort and convenience.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Great Wall and Peking Duck

The Great Wall of China is the 8th Wonder of the World; this is your chance to experience it up close. On your way there you stop at a pearl farm as well as at the famous Ming Tombs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Sacred Way, a boulevard lined with carved stone animals. Wrapping up the day is a feast featuring what is surely the world's best-known Chinese delicacy, Peking Duck, at one of China's most famous theme restaurants.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Forbidden City and departure for Mongolia

For centuries the doors to the former Emperor's Palaces have been closed to the public. Today the glorious halls and mysterious temples of the Forbidden City are open for you. In the evening, the rail part of the journey begins. A modern Chinese train will pull out from Beijing's station, en route to Mongolia, a 16-hour trip. Meanwhile, China's busy rural life unfolds outside your window: people working in the fields, donkey-drawn carts on dusty roads, and the great steps of the Gobi desert.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Tsars Gold Train

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    Tsars Gold Train



    Between Moscow and the Chinese-Mongolian border in Erlian (and vice versa) your Private Train offers six different compartment categories ranging from the budget-minded category I with shared facilities to the best possible comfort available on the Transsiberian with private facilities: category V. No matter which ...

    Between Moscow and the Chinese-Mongolian border in Erlian (and vice versa) your Private Train offers six different compartment categories ranging from the budget-minded category I with shared facilities to the best possible comfort available on the Transsiberian with private facilities: category V. No matter which compartment type you choose, all of them are about twice as large as typical European sleeping car compartments. Choose from 6 different cabin types, according to your personal requirements, and dine in our beautiful restaurant wagons. Enjoy fine cuisine and drinks. The restaurant car also serves as a bar wagon, so before and after meals you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and have a nice conversation with fellow travelers as you collect unique impressions.

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Day 4

Crossing the Gobi Desert

At noon you arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian border and change to your Private Train the Tsar's Gold. Formalities are easily dispatched in your compartment. In Erlian you can explore the colourful border market. Afterwards, your Private Train takes you through the vast expanse of the Gobi desert, then through the great green steppes of Mongolia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Ulan Baator

In the morning you arrive in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bataar. Major luggage can be left on the train while you check into the centrally located moderate hotel and then enjoy a tour of the city. You will see the Choijin Lama temple; at night you will have the unique opportunity to watch traditional Mongolian music performances.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter

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    Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter



    Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandan Tegchilen Khiid, combines the best accommodations and a great location in the heart of the city. Each morning, our Ulaanbaatar hotel serves a free breakfast, and we provide free newspapers for your convenience. Scout out area attractions from your ...

    Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandan Tegchilen Khiid, combines the best accommodations and a great location in the heart of the city. Each morning, our Ulaanbaatar hotel serves a free breakfast, and we provide free newspapers for your convenience. Scout out area attractions from your hotel room with free Wi-Fi Internet access or at our free business center PC, and then head out to see the local sites.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Gandan Monastery and the Mongolian Alps

After breakfast you will visit the Buddhist Gandan Monastery and undertake an excursion to a mountainous area with stunning rock formations, known as the Mongolian Alps (about 90 minutes east of Ulan Bataar). Along the way, an open-air railroad museum puts the Mongolian railway into context. A picnic lunch in a yurt is followed by a demonstration of Mongolian horsemanship and the traditional wrestling match. Try some lamb in milk, a culinary specialty of Mongolia. Or, for the brave of heart, there's always kumys (fermented mare's milk), the beer of the nomads.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Day 7

Ulan Ude

Bid farewell to the Mongolian steppes as the train rolls on through the valley of Selenga, the largest river of Mongolia. In Ulan Ude your train joins the main route of the Trans Siberian Railroad. Here you can stroll through the city streets or join the guided tour of the city.

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Day 8

Lake Baikal

The entire day is dedicated to Lake Baikal. Before noon you will arrive at the old station of Port Baikal, located directly on the shore. During two long photo stops on the ancient tracks running parallel to the shore you will have the chance to capture the beauty of the lake on film and explore the wonderful scenery. Take a moment to have a dip in the lake or visit a picturesque Baikal village. You will also enjoy a short boat ride on the lake. If the night is warm, your dinner will be served as a picnic on the shores of the spectacular lake before re-boarding the train.

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Day 9

Irkutsk

In the morning you will check into a centrally located moderate hotel in Irkutsk. You can safely leave your bags on the train. A tour of the city includes the lively market hall, the drama theatre and a rather spectacular oddity, a newly erected statue of the Tsar. The afternoon features an excursion to an open-air museum displaying Siberian life in the old days. Spend the night at your centrally located hotel in Irkutsk.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Irkutsk

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    Hotel Irkutsk is a modern nine-storey hotel. The hotel is situated on the banks of the river Angara. Located in a quiet historic district and within walking distance of the main cultural and historical attractions of Irkutsk. The Irkutsk Hotel has a modern gym as ...

    Hotel Irkutsk is a modern nine-storey hotel. The hotel is situated on the banks of the river Angara. Located in a quiet historic district and within walking distance of the main cultural and historical attractions of Irkutsk.

    The Irkutsk Hotel has a modern gym as well as a spa area featuring a solarium and sauna. Guests can also benefit from a relaxing body massage at the health club.

    All rooms offer heating, air-conditioning, ensuite, hairdryer, refrigerator and telephone in the room.

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Day 10

Across Siberia

After breakfast the train takes you through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. On board of the train you enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. A social get-together complete with caviar and vodka tasting makes you familiar with Russian hospitality.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Day 11

Novosibirsk

At noon you pull into Novosibirsk, Siberia's biggest city, and are greeted in the traditional Russian way: with bread, salt and balalaika music. Your city tour includes a visit of the Trans Siberian monument and the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its ride westwards.

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Day 12

Yekaterinburg

In the afternoon the train stops in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains and the border between Asia and Europe, where you enjoy a short tour of the city centre which was just restored in 2009. In the course of the city tour you will see the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-Blood, built in memorial of that tragic historical event. From now on your train is on European ground.

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Day 13

Kazan

After breakfast you arrive in Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. There is plenty of history here: on a guided tour of the Kremlin you will learn about the wild and often bloody relations of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. The evening offers you one last chance to be pampered in the onboard restaurant.

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Day 14

Moscow

Before noon you arrive in Moscow, Russia's capital and one of the world's richest and most dynamic cities. After the long rail journey, your first class hotel offers comfort and convenience. At noon, your first stop is the Kremlin with its glorious cathedrals. You can also check out the interiors of some of the buildings. After dinner you go on a magical evening trip through the city. This special tour includes a stop at Red Square as well as a subway ride with a visit of two beautiful old stations.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

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    InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya



    InterContinental Moscow is a modern hotel located on Tverskaya, which is the main street in Moscow. The hotel combines contemporary design with local flavor and a distinctively residential feel which allows you to feel safe and relaxed while in the middle of this energetic Russian ...

    InterContinental Moscow is a modern hotel located on Tverskaya, which is the main street in Moscow. The hotel combines contemporary design with local flavor and a distinctively residential feel which allows you to feel safe and relaxed while in the middle of this energetic Russian capital. InterContinental Moscow is located within walking distance to Red Square, Christ the Savior Cathedral and many other tourist and business destinations.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Services
    • Parking
    • Sauna
    • Steam Bath

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Day 15

Tour of Moscow and Depart Moscow

After a savoury breakfast at your hotel you go on a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, the New Virgin Monastery, and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil's Cathedral, but also the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. Bid your fantastic journey farewell before your departure to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: May 12; Jun 09; Jul 05, 28; Aug 23; Sep 15

Note: This trip also runs in reverse.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Guided touring as per the itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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15 Sep 2019
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