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Zarengold: Beijing to Moscow via Private Train Unit

15-Day Trans-Siberian Railroad Journey on a Private Train Unit from Beijing to Moscow

Zarengold: Beijing to Moscow via Private Train Unit

from5,520 $per person

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • Historic Beijing: The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Culinary specialties like Peking Duck
  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal with two photo stops
  • Full day at Lake Baikal
  • Safe, clean and well-appointed Old World-style railroad cars in a private train unit
  • Mongolian archery demonstration
  • Typical Siberian villages
  • A wide range of diverse cities along the route: Ulan Bator, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Kazan
  • Scenic boat ride on Lake Baikal
  • The pride of Russia: the nation’s colorful capital, Moscow
  • Gorgeous cathedrals and works of art
  • Informative daily lectures about the culture, land and people of China, Mongolia and Russia
  • Traditional welcome ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk
  • A tsar-style feast on board the train
  • Vodka tasting with Russian snacks and red caviar

Dates

  • 10 Jul 20 - 24 Jul 20 (15 days)
  • 02 Aug 20 - 16 Aug 20 (15 days)

Info & Booking

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Day 1. Welcome to Beijing

You are greeted at the airport and accompanied to your centrally located high-end hotel, where you can relax and settle in. The tour through Beijing shows you many of the colorful facets of this large metropolitan city. The highlights are certainly the Temple of Heaven and historic Tiananmen Square, two of the city’s most famous sights, but it also includes recent achievements in contemporary architecture, such as the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium, and several futuristic sky scrapers. Afterward you enjoy a welcome dinner and introduction to the journey. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) Meals included: Dinner (D)

Day 2. The Great Wall and Peking Duck

Today you visit the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. This giant wall extends for more than 6,000 kilometers across the countryside. On the way, you visit the Ming Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Spirit Way. In the evening, you dine on the world-famous delicacy Peking Duck. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). Meals included: Breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D)

Day 3. The Forbidden City and the Beijing Opera

For centuries, the gates to the Forbidden City were closed to the public. Today you have the morning to view its awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples. The evening is reserved for a visit to the Beijing Opera. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 4. Welcome to Mongolia's Capital, Ulan Bator

In the morning, you board a plane to the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, landing at about noon. After leaving your things safely in your centrally located hotel, you visit the Ulan Bator History Museum. That evening you have the freedom to explore the city on your own. Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar) (BL)

Day 5. Ulan Bator: Choijin Lama Temple and the Buddhist Realms of Hell

Today you tour the city, where you see the peculiar Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. In the evening you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, which include throat singing, the horsehead fiddle, national costumes, and dances—tickets are €14/$15, to be paid on site. Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

On request, we can organize alternative lodging in a local yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps for a supplement of €35/$40—to be paid in advance upon booking. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

Day 6. The Gandan Monastery and Mongolian Alps

After breakfast you visit the Gandan Monastery, where it is possible to observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Your bus then takes you to the Mongolian Alps, located some 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator, with their majestic scenery and bizarre rock formations. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you watch a small Mongolian archery demonstration and a traditional wrestling match. In the evening, you continue the journey with your private train unit. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 7. Ulan-Ude

You take your leave of the Mongolian steppes today. You travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga. You are on the way to Ulan-Ude, where your private train unit reaches the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Here you take an informative city tour. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 8. Lake Baikal

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. In the morning, your private train unit travels directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. During two extended photo stops, you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. A short boat excursion takes you out onto the lake. Take a swim in the lake, if you wish, and visit a picturesque Baikal village. Dinner is served as a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings, weather permitting. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 9. Irkutsk

In the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times, where you move into your centrally located hotel, which is. You can safely leave your large baggage on the train. During your city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, a memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. Around noon you pay a worthwhile visit to an open-air museum of life and work in historical Siberia. Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar) (BLD)

Day 10. Across Siberia

After breakfast your private train unit passes through the diverse landscapes of Eastern Siberia. Talks on board inform you about the region, and a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks and red caviar is an opportunity to experience firsthand the Russian hospitality customs and clever toasts. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 11. Novosibirsk

Around noon your private train unit arrives in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian way and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities along your route, including the chance to see the mighty Ob River. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 12. Yekaterinburg

Your private train unit stops in the afternoon in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. The city is known as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a tour, you see the Church on Blood, built in 2003 to commemorate that tragic historic event; and the city center, beautifully restored in 2009. Back on board, you enjoy views of the Uralian landscape and relax in the dining car. Your private train unit is already rolling across the European continent. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 13. Kazan

After breakfast you reach Kazan, the Tatar capital, on the banks of the Volga River. On your city tour you see Tatar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history between the Tatars, the Cossacks and the Russians. Afterward you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant and board your private train unit for the last time. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 14. Welcome to Moscow

Around noon you arrive in the Russian capital of Moscow, a thriving, prosperous city, and are accompanied to your high-end hotel. At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds with its magnificent cathedral. Several of the building interiors can also be viewed. After dinner discover the city’s magic during an hour-long City of Lights tour, which includes a stop at Red Square and a ride on the underground to view two of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar) (BLD)

Day 15. Tour of Moscow and Flight Home

After an ample breakfast at your hotel, your tour of the city takes you to the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Lomonosov University, the Novodevichy Convent, Red Square with its colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral, the former KGB headquarters and the White House. This then marks the end of your memorable journey, and the time has come to head home. We accompany you to the airport and bid you bon voyage. (B)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

Experience one of the last great travel adventures. Your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, one of the world’s most fascinating and safest train routes, is even more interesting, comfortable, and entertaining aboard Old World-style railroad cars. This journey from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia and Lake Baikal is your chance to fulfill the dream of a lifetime.

Our on board program complements a comprehensive excursion and sightseeing package to make your journey truly memorable. Take advantage of the extensive array of services offered by Europe’s most experienced travel organizer on this route.

Rates Include

  • Flight from Beijing to Ulan Bator
  • Beijing’s most famous dish, Peking Duck
  • Journey aboard Old World-style railroad cars with guaranteed lodging in the booked category from Ulan Bator to Moscow in private train unit with cars of category Standard, Classic, Superior or Bolshoi
  • Panoramic views of awe-inspiring natural beauty on the historic railroad around Lake Baikal
  • English-speaking tour guide for each group of no more than 26 guests
  • Local travel guides
  • All transfers and bus tours according to itinerary
  • Excursions and sightseeing tours according to itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All meals according to itinerary
  • Vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks
  • Porter service at all train stations
  • Informative talks about the Trans-Siberian Railroad as well as the geography and history of each country, for example, the tsarist exile system, winter in Russia, the historic relationship between Russians, Cossacks and Tatars
  • Shower facilities on board the train
  • 3 nights in high-end hotel in Beijing
  • 2 nights in a good, mid-range centrally located hotel in Ulan Bator
  • 1 night in mid-range hotel in Irkutsk
  • 1 night in high-end hotel in Moscow
  • Traditional welcome with bread and salt

Hotels Planned

Beijing: 3 nights, Capital Hotel
Ulan Bator: 2 nights, Ramada Hotel
Irkutsk: 1 night , Hotel Irkutsk
Moscow: 1 night, InterContinental Tverskaya

Not Included

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional evening performance in Ulan Bator (Day 5): tickets are €14/$15 (to be paid on site)
  • Optional overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps (Day 5): supplement is €35/$40 (to be paid in advance upon booking)

Important Notes

  • We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable
  • This journey is generally not for guests with limited mobility or who depend on CPAP machines. Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements before booking
  • Minimum number of tour participants: 25

Entry Requirements

  • Passport and visas required
  • No vaccinations are prescribed

Bolshoi

This category offers 60 sq ft (5.57 m2) of space. It has two beds, with the upper measuring 31.5 × 68.5 in. (80 × 174 cm) and the lower measuring 43.3 × 72.4 in. (110 × 184 cm). This compartment also offers comfortable seating, a table and a small wardrobe. The Bolshoi category has its own lavatory equipped with toilet, washing basin, and integrated shower with shower curtain. This category has only six compartments per car.

Superior

This newly refurbished category now features interior design in a nostalgic look. The compartments have two lower beds, one on each side, measuring ca. 26.7 × 72.8 in. (68 cm x 185 cm). The nine compartments per wagon share two combined washing and toilet facilities located at its ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility in each sleeping car is shared by guests.

Classic

Compartments in the Classic Category offer considerably more space as they are shared by only two guests, with two lower beds measuring ca. 26.7 × 73.6 in. (68 × 187 cm), one on each side of the compartment. There are nine compartments per car, with combined toilet and washing facilities at both ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility is shared by guests from one or maximum two sleeping cars.

Standard

Standard compartments offer space for four passengers. On both sides there are upper and lower berths measuring ca. 26.7 × 73.6 in. (68 × 187 cm), with a table in the middle below the window. Each car has nine compartments, with combined washing and toilet facilities at both ends. For a surcharge, an occupation with only 3 guests is available.

  • Guaranteed
  • Available
  • Limited
  • Waiting List
  • Excursions and lectures conducted in: EN=English, ES=Spanish, FR=French, IT=Italien

Dates

Dates StandardClassicSuperiorBolshoi
Price $
10 Jul 20 - 24 Jul 20EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
02 Aug 20 - 16 Aug 20EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
Total price $