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Trans Siberian Railway " Tsar's Gold" Train Beijing to Moscow

15 days
14 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per Person in USD:

$5,670.00 (* Standard quad)
$8,640.00 (Classic - double)
$9,110.00 (Superior - double)
$11,700.00 (Nostalgic - double)
$15,320.00 (Bolshoi - double)
$18,130.00 (Platinum - double)

 *Single use supplement for 6 hotel overnights in standard category $760

Dates:

May 14, 2017 - May 28, 2017 
Jun 11, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 
Jul 07, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017 
Jul 30, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017 
Aug 25, 2017 - Sep 08, 2017 
Sep 17, 2017 - Oct 01, 2017 

Ships & Cabins:

Hotels:

Accomodations in 4+ to 5* centrally located hotels:

1 night in Moscow
1 night in Irkutsk
3 nights in Beijing

10 nights onboard the private train

Included:

Train ride on the otherwise closed route of the Trans-Siberian Railway along Lake Baikal with 2 photo stops 
41/42 meals
Sightseeing with entrance fees per program
Professional tour guide, tour director and local guides
All transfers*
Luggage service at all train stations
Onboard programs on local culture and history
Detailed travel documents and log book
Doctor on board
40 hours at Lake Baikal 
Table water, tea and coffee during meals onboard
Water during excursions

Special for Boshoi category:
Two meals to choose from for lunch and dinner onboard
1 bottle of water per person daily
Alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included with meals onboard

Included transfers are with a group available at the following times:
PEK : flights arriving between 8:00am and 1:00pm (day 1)
MOW : flights departing between noon and 6:00pm (day 15)

Highlights & Experience:


Moscow:
City Tour
Red Square and Kremlin
Moscow by Night Tour
Moscow Metro Tours
Church of Christ the Savior
Kazan:
City Tour
Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO site)
Ekterinburg:
Ekaterinburg City tour
Visit to the Church of the Ascension
Novosibirsk:
City tour
Traditional welcome with salt and bread
Krasnoyarsk:
City Tour
Irkutsk:
City Tour
Visit to the Market Hall
Visit to open-air museum
Lake Baikal:
Village visit
Boat trip on Lake Baikal
Ulan Ude:
City Tour
Ulan Bator:
Visit to the Choijin-Lama Temple
Tour of the Gandan Monastery
Visit to Alpine Mongolia including horse-riding demonstration
Erlian:
Visit to the local market
Beijing:
City Tour
Visit to the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
Visit to the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs
Visit to the Forbidden City
Culinary Specialties
Peking Duck
Caviar and vodka tasting
Picnic on Lake Baikal
Tsar’s feast on train

Itinerary:

Trans Siberian Railway Adventure by Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 1  : Beijing–Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen 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 your Trans Siberial Railway adventure starts 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. (D)

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. (B,L,D)

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 (Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars are not available for this one night). Meanwhile, China’s busy rural life unfolds outside your window: people working in the fields, donkey-drawn carts on dusty roads, and the great steppes of the Gobi desert. (B,L,D)

Day 4  : Through the Gobi desert

At noon you arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian border and change to your Private Tsar's Gold Train. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5  : Ulan Bator

In the morning you arrive in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. Major luggage can be left on the train while you check into the centrally located standard 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. (B,L,D)

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 Bator). Along the way, an open-air railroad museum puts the Mongolian railway in 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. (B,L,D)

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 Transsiberian Railroad. Here you can stroll through the city streets or join the guided tour of the city. (B,L,D)

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. Next stop: Irkutsk. (B,L,D)

Day 9  : Irkutsk

In the morning you will check into a centrally located standard 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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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 Transsiberian monument and the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its ride westwards. (B,L,D)

Day 12  : Ekaterinburg

In the afternoon the train stops in Ekaterinburg, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 13  : Kazan

After breakfast you arrive in Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. 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. Afterwards you can enjoy a boat ride and have lunch on the Volga. The evening offers you one last chance to be pampered in the onboard restaurant. (B,L,D)

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 hotelB 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. (B,L,D)

Day 15  : Tour of Moscow and return home

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. (B) 

Notes:

Minimum number of participants to operate train: 120
Chinese Train:
Between Erlian and Beijing (about 16 hours) accommodation in comfortable sleeping quarters - the Chinese train does not carry sleeping cars of the Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi / Bolshoi Platinum category and does not have shower facilities. Onboard the Chinese train single and double accommodation cannot be guaranteed except for categories Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum. 

If you wish to extend your journey, we offer a 4-day trip to St. Petersburg