Stride climate

Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Irkutsk orthodox church-Europe-3229107_1920_p

Trans-Siberian Golden Program

Travel All Russia
4.8 . Excellent
98%
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
14 days
From: $ 6,498 $ 464 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights

  • Visit National Museum of Mongolia
  • Explore Kremlin
  • Visit Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
  • Explore Genghis Khan Statue
  • Visit Baikal Limnological Museum
  • Visit Gandan Monastery

Short Description

Set off on an unforgettable journey with our small group tour on the Trans-Mongolian railway line in a group of 8 to 18 travelers, accompanied by our local expert. Enjoy convenient accommodation in hand-picked hotels in the cities as well as onboard the private train car in 1st-class lockable cabins. Visit all must-sees and mingle with locals during your stays.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small 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 Ulan Bator

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp
  • 1st class tickets for Moscow - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk and Irkutsk - Ulan Bator trains
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan-Bator
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan-Bator
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at the hotels
  • Other meals according to the itinerary
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 18 travelers
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator
  • Emergency line support during the trip.
  • Note: Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 8 travelers. If a particular departure will not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued 4 months prior to the tour start date.
  • Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.
  • Note: Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have single supplement for train cabin as well.

Find your perfect trip
A vast selection of trips on every continent, for every style. Thousands of itineraries from hundreds of trusted travel companies.
Save time
Use simple search and comparison tools to easily find the best trip. Don't sweat the logistics -- travel providers plan for you.
Save money
Book directly with the operator. Find inclusive packages for the best value and get access to amazing deals.
Travel confidently
Read unbiased user reviews, pick the company that fits your style, and connect with them directly. No worries, just memories.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

Transfer

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Day 2: Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

Meals: Breakfast

City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 3: Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

Meals: Breakfast

Museum

City tour

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the magnificent Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

After the tour you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Note: 2019 small group tour itinerary includes 2 program days with a sightseeing tour of Kazan and a day trip to Sviyazhsk. Two nights at the Kazan centrally located hotel are also included.

Day 4: Arrival in Ekaterinburg

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer          

In the evening you arrive in Yekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg

Meals: Breakfast

City tour

During the tour you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

After the tour you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

Day 6: On Board the Train

Meals: Breakfast

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 7: On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 8: Listvyanka Village Tour & Lake Baikal Cruise

Meals: Lunch

City tour

Museum

In the morning you arrive to Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. On the way you make a stop at a local cafe for breakfast (not included).

After some rest you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

After the cruise you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 9: Trip to Taltsy Village & Irkutsk City Tour

Meals: Breakfast

City tour

Day tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your guide and driver take you on a trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

Your driver takes you then to Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sigh Monastery also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour you are transferred to centrally located hotel for check-in.

Day 10: On Board the Train

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and your driver transfers you to the train station. You board a train that takes you to the final destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - Ulan Bator.

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 11: Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day tour

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive to the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and admire the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

In the evening you enjoy a 1-hour pony riding and have dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Day 12: Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue

Meals: Breakfast

Day tour

Following breakfast at the ger camp you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions.

You continue to the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery.

After a break for lunch you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing.

Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

Day 13: City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

City tour

Show

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator.

During the tour you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

After the tour you return to the hotel to take some rest or continue exploring the city center on your own. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (the show venue is located within the walking distance from your hotel). After the show you are invited to the restaurant to have a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 14: Departure from Ulan Bator

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem or to Vladivostok to visit one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 6,498
Price Per Day: $ 464 per day
Check Availability
  • Deposit Price: $ 1,500

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Travel All Russia.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

Ask Our Destination Experts

Brian Gillis
Email Us

Stride Featured in

Stride Feature In

323 Travel All Russia Travel Reviews & Ratings

98%
4.8 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 274
Great 37
Average 5
Disappointing 3
Terrible 4
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

Trans-Siberian Golden Program

Write a Review

It was a great experience

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
It was a great experience in Russia and we enjoyed our trip immensely.

The trip went smoothly

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The trip went smoothly. The only glitch was our luggage lost for about a day and half before they found it and got it to Ulan Bator.

The rail ride was interesting and we met people from all over the world and became good friends with many of them.

The food on Tsar’s Gold was better than the Chinese train but after 9 days, it became a little repetitious and could use more spices.

The program on the train was fine and our guide tried very hard ensure that everyone is satisfied (not an easy job).

We enjoyed our extra days in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Despite the raining weather, the hotel Rossi was at such an excellent location, we thoroughly enjoyed walking around.

Our guide in St. Petersburg was the best we had on this whole trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our tours with her. The restaurant Pickle and Jam was also an excellent choice.

Both my husband and I learned a lot about Russia and are very impressed with all the effort put in the restoration of palaces, art work, churches after the destruction of WWII.

Thank you for all your help and I will recommend you to all my friends who are interested in this trip.
Read more

A magical trip and can not thank you enough!

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
We had a great time in Russia. Truly enjoyed most of the vacation as Russia and the people are super special and beautiful.

I will of course recommend you and your team without any hesitation. The hotel in Moscow (Marriott) is a good hotel...amazing breakfast (5 stars). The staff is very friendly but they need to know where are the restaurants per category people can go to. Also the hotel is a bit far from Red Square. Next time we would for sure stay at the Ritz. Much better than the Four Season and the National.

Puskin’s Café in Moscow is a true gem. Perfect dinner every night. Had more than my fill of the best Caviar ever (I am addicted to the stuff).

The trip to the country side specially Suzdell (forgot how to spell it), was incredibly special. The place we stayed (log cabins) were just perfect. You should arrange or recommend your guests to take a sunset horse carriage around the city and around the river.

Thank you so much for making it happen. All guides were good in their own style, however, our best guide was in St. Petersburg. She is truly special, has lots of energy and knows her stuff. The Faberge egg collection is definitely worth including in the tour or at least recommending it to guest travelers.

Again, a magical Treasures of Two Capitals trip and can not thank you enough for managing this experience.

Love Russia and love its people!
Read more

Company Reviews

Travel All Russia is a very good…

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Travel All Russia is a very good company to work with. My experience is that they will go the extra mile to ensure your holiday arrangements are just what you want. The staff are very knowledgeable about sightseeing options that fit in with your interests and I would certainly recommend them to anyone interested in a holiday to Russia.
Read more

Northern Lights tour

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Organisation is excellent, picked up at airports, hotels etc perfect. Guides excellent, good English and good company. Hotels very good, very central. I am planning my third trip already!
Read more

Lapland Trip

4.0
Details
Value4.0
Guide4.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals4.0
Had a great time on the Lapland trip. Firebirds did a great job. All our transfers were on time everything went smoothly would definitely use them again.
Read more

Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

TraGolTra

Trip Excludes

  • International flights
  • Other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours and services
  • Gratuities and all personal expenses

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

Similar Trips

See all similar trips
×
Great Choice!

You can access members-only savings of up to $700 on over 6,000 Stride Select trips.

Sign in to see trip eligibility

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!
Find the 3 best trips for you.
Take a short quiz to recieve your top matches.

x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!