Trip Type : Group Tour
The Tsar’s Gold Eastbound to Beijing: Trans-Siberian Railway tour

The Tsar’s Gold Eastbound to Beijing: Trans-Siberian Railway

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
16 days
From: $ 8,840 $ 553 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Tours of Moscow’s Red Square and cathedrals.
  • Daily lectures about countries, people and cultures.
  • Visiting Cities like Ulaanbaatar, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Kazan.
  • Trans-Siberian Railroad along Lake Baikal with exclusive photo stops and 40 hours at Lake Baikal
  • Pristine Siberian villages and nature Mongolia horse Show.
  • Great Wall exploration, Ming Tombs and Sacred way
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven,Tiananmen Square.

Short Description

Travel along the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway for a breathtaking non-stop voyage through three separate countries. This sixteen-day itinerary features the best of Russia, Mongolia and China. From the imposing, intricate and beautiful façades of Moscow’s architectural wonders to Mongolia’s vast Gobi Desert and the Great Wall of China, this journey will lead you through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes and hotspots in the world.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Moscow
End City Beijing

Trip Includes

  • Tsar’s Gold private train ride on the Trans-­Siberian railroad.
  • Transfers on arrival and departure (valid during specific arrival/ departure times.
  • All accommodations based on double and /or twin occupancy (on board the train and hotels)
  • All excursions,entrance fees, and visits as described in Itinerary.
  • On board educational lectures about local culture, people and history.
  • Extensive pre-­departure Travel Guide, reading list, important information about your trip, maps and luggage tags.
  • Services of knowledgeable and dedicated tour director as well as local guides.
  • $250,000 medical evacuation insurance (coverage details will be sent in our first mailing package.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Moscow

Meals: Dinner

After having arrived in Moscow, your tour guide welcomes you at the airport and accompanies you to your hotel. The Russian capital presents itself in wonderful illumination on your "Moscow by Night" city lights tour. Afterwards you can stroll across the famous Red Square with your tour guide and experience Moscow’s Metro stations in all their splendour and beauty. At night, the beds in your first class hotel spread comfort.

Day 2: Tour of Moscow

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your grand city tour starts in the morning with the Kremlin, including one of the magnificent cathedrals still left from the time of the Tsars. Towards the evening, your train departs from Kazan Station.

Day 3: Kazan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast you arrive in Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. There is plenty of history here to learn. On a guided tour of the Kremlin you will experience the wild and often bloody relations of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. Your private train resumes its journey in the evening.

Day 4: Yekaterinburg

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the afternoon, halt in Yekaterinburg and take a short tour of the city center, 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. Back on the train your journey through the vast steppes of Western Siberia continues.

Day 5: Novosibirsk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you reach Novosibirsk, heart of Siberia, where you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. Your city tour includes a visit of the Trans-Siberian monument and the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its ride eastwards.

Day 6: Across Siberia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your private train, by now your second home, proceeds onward over the Yenisei River through Siberia. It takes you through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal clear rivers and verdant slopes. On board the train you can enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. The on-board restaurant chefs once again demonstrate their skills with the speciality meal, "Tsar’s Feast." Enjoy Russian hospitality during the vodka and caviar tasting while passing by impressive landscapes.

Day 7: Irkutsk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today the train reaches Irkutsk, capital of Eastern Siberia. During a city tour you will see beautiful Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. After lunch, you undertake an excursion to the open-air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars.” Spend the night in a centrally located hotel in Irkutsk.

Day 8: Lake Baikal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you will visit a Siberian village by bus. A boat takes you across the deep waters to Port Baikal, where your Private Train awaits you. On ancient tracks it takes you directly along the shore of Lake Baikal for several hours. Dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake (weather permitting).

Day 9: Lake Baikal | Ulan Ude | Mongolia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This day takes you along a different part of the shore of the mystical Lake Baikal, and then onwards through the magnificent valley of Selenga passing by the wild and lonely mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia. On the way to the Mongolian border the train will stop in Ulan Ude, where you can attend the city tour. Afterwards the train departs for Mongolia.

Day 10: Ulaanbaatar | Gandan Monastery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning you arrive in Ulaanbaatar. In the course of a city tour you will see the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastery and the Lama Museum. In the evening, your tour guides will show you the best beer garden in the city. You spend the night in a centrally located hotel in Ulaanbaatar. On request, we can organize for you an overnight stay in a yurt in the beautiful Mongolian Alps in place of your hotel. Please contact us for details and price.

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar | Mongolian Alps

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you attend a tour to Mongolia’s ‘Switzerland.’ After breakfast, a bus trip reveals the beautiful countryside. You will take lunch within the typical tent settlements of nomadic herdsmen. A Mongolian horseback riding show will be performed especially for you. In the evening your private train will travel onward to the Chinese border.

Day 12: Through the Gobi Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the early morning your train halts in the middle of the Gobi Desert – millions of years ago one of the favourite settlements of dinosaurs. Toward noontime you reach the Chinese border, where due to the different Chinese railway departures your Chinese train is ready and waiting for you. The Chinese train has no Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi cars, only two bed or 4 bed cabins. Single occupancy is not guaranteed. You will reach China’s capital Beijing in about 16 hours.

Day 13: Welcome to Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After observing impressive scenes of Chinese rural life from your compartment window, you arrive in Beijing in the morning, where you will spend three nights in a first class hotel. (Hotel; B, L, D)

Day 14: Beijing | Temple of Heaven | Forbidden City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A four-hour city tour will show you the Temple of Heaven and its park as well as Tiananmen Square. A guided tour through the interior of some of the Forbidden City’s buildings, which house over 10,000 rooms complete with furniture and works of art, follows in the afternoon.

Day 15: The Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast

Today you enjoy a day trip to the Great wall. Your programme also includes a tour of a pearl cultivation farm, the Ming tombs and the Avenue of the Spirits. In the evening you enjoy a meal featuring a world-famous Chinese dish, Peking duck. (Hotel; B, L, D) Day 16 Beijing | Departure Today a wonderful trip filled with unique and unforgettable experiences comes to its end, and you start your return home.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

6 nights at hotels in China and Siberia 1 night aboard Chinese train

8 nights aboard the Trans-Siberian Tsar’s Gold train

The Trans-Siberian Railway

Czar Alexander II of Russia first approved plans for the construction of a railway system connecting the capital city of St. Petersburg with the provinces of the Russian Far East and the port of Vladivostok. The actual construction started in 1891 during the rule of his son, Czar Alexander III. The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railline in the world, covering almost six thousand miles. Of the many Russian cities and towns along the TransSiberian, Irkutsk and the Lake Baikal region are among the mos  enjoyable stopovers

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Trip Excludes

  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Comprehensive medical and trip insurance.
  • Airport Taxes.
  • Photography and video fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Items of personal nature.
  • International Airfare.

Meals Included:

15 Breakfasts,14 Lunches and 14 Dinners

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