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Trans Siberian Winter Train Tour

13 days
12 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 4,100.00 (Standard - quad)
$ 5,990.00 (Classic - double)
$ 6,340.00 (Superior - double)
$ 8,030.00 (Nostalgic - double)
$10,420.00 (Bolshoi - double)
$12,780.00 (Platinum - double)

 

Dates:

Feb 22, 2019 - Mar 06, 2019 

Cabin Description:

Hotels:

1 night Hotel Azimut Olympiski (Moscow)
1 night Hotel Mayak (Listvyanka)
2 nights Hotel Bayangol (Ulan Bator)

Included:

Travel in a special carriage with 8 nights in the category booked
1 night in a first-class hotel in Moscow, 1 night in a hotel in Listvyanka, 2 nights in Ulan Bator in a good mid-range centrally located hotel
Experienced tour manager from Moscow to Ulan Bator throughout
Doctor on board
All meals as specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
All transfers in the area of your destination
Excursions and sightseeing with local English-speaking guides (minimum group of at least 6)
Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks
Motorised or dog sledge ride across the frozen Lake Baikal
During the train journey, fascinating on-board talks ranging from "Life in the Siberian winter" and "The Cossacks conquer Siberia" to "From fur traders to energy suppliers"

 

Highlights & Experience:

Majestic Moscow on a panorama city tour
A ride in a genuine horse-drawn troika sleigh
Stunning views across Lake Baikal
Irkutsk, East Siberia's capital, with its classic winter bazaar
Snowmobile ride through the taiga
The Cathedral on the Blood, the new symbol of Ekaterinburg
Speciality meals
Entertaining and varied on-board programme
A magical journey – and a truly memorable experience!
Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks
Relax in a Russian banja sauna

Itinerary:

For your next winter holidays consider Russian Wonderland train journey through Siberia and its magical Siberian landscapes! Everything you've dreamt of will happen on this trip. You will ride in a troika sleigh; watch the morning sun reflecting the light off the frost in the taiga birch woods, marvel in the crisp winter sun and the stunning Lake Baikal, spend the night in the unspoiled Mongolian steppe in a nomad's camp.

Day 1  : The Red Square Illuminations

Arrival in Moscow and transfer to your centrally located first-class hotel. After settling in, take a guided walk to discover the magic of Moscow's legendary Red Square and enjoy its stunning illuminations. Overnight: Hotel Azimut Olympiski (or similar). Meals included: dinner (D)

Day 2  : Moscow

Explore Europe's most dynamic city on a panorama city tour with its contrast of traditional onion-shaped golden domes decorating small churches and cathedrals and the power centres of the new mega-rich companies such as Gazprom. Afterwards, relax over lunch in a restaurant themed on Russian history before joining your special carriage to depart from the impressive backdrop of one of Moscow's major stations. On board, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner. Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

Day 3  : Suzdal

After breakfast you drive by bus to the impressive cities Vladimir and Suzdal, which are one of the most impressive cities on the Golden Ring. In the afternoon, take in the landscape of rolling steppes in old Russia's heartlands and cross the impressive bridges over the rivers Volga and Kama before starting the climb to the Ural Mountains – usually a magical snowy landscape at this time of year. Enjoy insights into Russian life with entertaining on-board talks on the Cossacks and winter life in Siberia, as well as a film on Russia's last tsar. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 4  : Yekaterinburg

Stop in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Ural region. Yekaterinburg has gone down in history as the place where Tsar Nicolas II, the last tsar of Russia, was murdered with his family in 1918. A short city tour includes the attractive city centre, restored in 2009, as well as the commemorative Cathedral on the Blood, built in 2003 on the site of the tsar's execution. Back on board, your train continues across the rolling steppes of western Siberia. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 5  : The Vastness of SIberia

Your train, by now a home from home, continues across Siberia. Relax and enjoy the magical winter views of snowy birch and larch woods in the sunshine! A vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks in the restaurant car explores some of the less familiar aspects of Russian customs associated with food and drink. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 6  : Krasnoyarsk

Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk — according to writer Anton Chekhov, the most beautiful city in Siberia. The short city tour focuses on an overview of Krasnoyarsk's captivating history. The mix of old and new streets vividly illustrates how the city has grown and changed down the years. Enjoy a view of Peace Square, the city's oldest square, and the stunning vistas across the Yenisei River. Naturally, there is also a stop at the beautiful Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel, the symbol of Krasnoyarsk. Back on board your train continues on to Irkutsk. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 7  : Irkutsk

 

The train pulls into Irkutsk station. Leaving your main luggage safely on board, a transfer takes you to your hotel at the Baikal village of Listvyanka. After time to settle in, a visit to the local open-air museum offers a vivid insight into the history of the region, and traditional life and lifestyles in old Siberia. The traditional lifestyle theme continues in the evening with a chance to visit a banja, the original Russian sauna. Overnight: Hotel Mayak (or similar). (BLD)

Day 8  : Lake Baikal

 

What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn troika sleigh ride — the next highlight on your programme! From February, this is followed by an exhilarating motorised sledge ride on the frozen Lake Baikal. Afterwards, it is onwards and upwards by cable car (if already in operation) to a special vantage point with stunning views out across Lake Baikal. This vantage point is also renowned for its cold temperatures – so this may be the place to experience the lowest temperatures you have ever known! Subsequently, a visit to a local family includes a tasty traditional Russian meal. The final stop around the lake is the Baikal Museum, which showcases this area's special ecosystem and the lake itself, the world's largest fresh water reservoir. 
Back on board in the evening, your train pulls out of Irkutsk station.
Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 9  : Lake Baikal

 

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. Your train travels several hours directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Take a walk on the frozen Lake Baikal and enjoy a relaxing day on board. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 10  : Ulan Ude

 

The journey continues through the snow covered Selenga Valley and the wild solitude of eastern Siberia’s mountainous steppes. You take a tour of Ulan Ude during an intermediate stop there. Border formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border are an easy matter carried out on board. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 11  : Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps

Over breakfast, watch the taiga mountain landscape of northern Mongolia slide by with its scattered nomad settlements. As your train pulls into the Mongolian capital city of Ulan Bator in the morning, porters are already waiting to help with your luggage. Your mid-class hotel is conveniently located in the centre of the city. This first night in Ulan Bator also offers the chance to stay in a (preheated) nomad felt tent in unspoilt — and probably very frosty! — surroundings (advance booking required). Sleeping in a traditional felt tent under the stars in the majestic quiet of nature – a truly unique experience! The afternoon is dedicated to a visit to the National Museum of Mongolia. Those taking hotel accommodation can enjoy an evening programme of Mongolian folklore with throat singing, music performed on the traditional bowed string instrument, the morin khuur, national costumes, myths and dance. The nomad felt tent option includes traditional Mongolian tales around an open fire. Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar). (BLD)

Day 12  : Ulan Bator

 

Today's programme offers such impressive sights as the Buddhist Gandan monastery and the quirky architectural masterpiece of Choijin Lama Temple. The temple architecture is unique worldwide for its dramatic depictions of the torments of hell for those leaving the path of righteousness. The afternoon excursion visits a family of cattle breeders just outside the city. Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar). (BLD)

Day 13  : End of Tour in Ulan Bator

After breakfast in Ulan Bator, your journey through this magical winter landscape has come to an end! (B)

EXTENSION TO BEIJING

While Ulan Bator marks the journey's end for some guests, we offer the option to continue on to Beijing. Your scheduled Chinese train leaves Ulan Bator for Beijing in the morning. The journey to China's capital city takes around 35 hours in total, and crosses the vast Gobi desert. An experienced guide is on hand to assist, for example, with arranging meals on the train. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 14  : Arrival in Beijing

The train pulls into Beijing in the afternoon. After settling into your centrally located first-class hotel, there is still enough time to get a first impression of this fascinating city. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). (BD)

Day 15  : The Forbidden City, Tempel of Heaven and Peking Duck

Start the day with an extensive guided tour of the legendary Forbidden City. Afterwards, join the city tour for such sights as the magnificent Temple of Heaven. On the last evening, enjoy a delicious speciality dinner in one of Beijing's top Peking Duck restaurants. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). (BD)

 

 

 

Day 16. Return Flight

Breakfast in the hotel is followed by a transfer to the airport and the flight home. (B)

Day 16  : End of Tour in Beijing

Breakfast in the hotel is followed by a transfer to the airport and the flight home. (B)

Notes:

Passport and visas required
No vaccinations are required 

Non-refundable deposit of 15% is due after the reservation

Minimum number of tour participants: 18 guests
Minimum number for the Beijing extension: 10 guests
Minimum number for an English-speaking guide: 6 guests

 We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable.