Zarengold: From Ulan Bator to Moscow with Optional Pre-Tour Beijing (2023)

14-Day Private Train Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Ulan Bator to Moscow

Zarengold: From Ulan Bator to Moscow with Optional Pre-Tour Beijing (2023)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 with our
privately chartered train.

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • Mongolian archery demonstration
  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal
  • Welcome ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk
  • Typical Siberian villages
  • Daily talks on the region’s culture and people
  • Vodka tasting with Russian snacks and red caviar

With optional Beijing pre-tour:

  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square


    Info & Booking

    Susann Bridgewater
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    Day 1. Ulan Bator

    Welcome to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia! Your journey starts with the transfer from the airport and check-in at the hotel. The city lies at an altitude of 4,500 ft (1,350 m) above sea level and is surrounded by the 6,700 ft (2,000 m) high Khentii Mountains. Thus, there’s a wonderful view of the green nature from practically everywhere in the city. More than a third of the population of Mongolia lives here—and yet the city only has a little over a million inhabitants.

    Overnight: Hotel Ramada (or similar)

    Day 2. Ulan Bator

    Today, an exciting tour of the city and the bizarre Chojdschin Lama Temple await you. Unique in Buddhist temple architecture are the drastic depictions of the agony of hell for believers who deviate from the path of virtue. After lunch, visit the Gandan Buddhist Monastery where you can witness a religious ceremony. In the evening, you also have the opportunity to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folklore with throat singing, horsehead fiddles, national costumes, and dances (admission approx. $15/€14, to be paid on site). Today you have the choice: Either stay in a centrally located, good mid-range hotel in Ulan Bator or, for an extra charge ($40/€35), in a yurt in the gorgeous landscape of the Mongolian Alps. Please let us know upon booking. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

    Overnight: Hotel Ramada (or similar) (BLD)

    Day 3. Mongolian Mountains and Departure for Siberia

    About 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator you reach the Mongolian mountains with their magnificent scenery and photogenic rock formations. Guests who have booked the yurt overnight stay are already here. After a picnic lunch in the yurt camp, you attend a small Mongolian equestrian show and a traditional wrestling match, otherwise only performed during the annual Naadam national festival. Try the lamb in a milk can—a culinary specialty that is only prepared in Mongolia, and if you’re brave enough, try kumis, slightly fermented mare’s milk—the alternative to beer among nomadic peoples. In the evening, your great journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad starts: You board your private train and head toward Siberia.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 4. Ulan Ude

    Today, you say goodbye to the Mongolian steppes. The journey continues across the valley of the Selenga, the largest river in Mongolia, which follows you on your journey as it flows into Lake Baikal. Your private train stops in Ulan Ude, where it reaches today’s main route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Here, you get to know this quaint town on a city tour.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 5. At Lake Baikal

    Today is entirely dedicated to the natural wonder of Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater reservoir on earth. In the morning, your private train rolls on the old tracks directly along the lake. The route goes over dozens of architecturally unusual bridges, through various short tunnels and over viaducts. During two longer photo stops, you have the opportunity to capture the lake in all its beauty and to explore the wonderful landscape. From Port Baikal, you take a small boat trip on the lake. You can even swim in the Lake Baikal and earn yourself a certificate of bravery as well as, if you like, a glass of vodka to warm yourself after the swim in the pretty chill water. You also visit a picturesque Baikal village. And if the weather is good, dinner will take place as a cheerful Baikal picnic on the lakeshore in front of a magnificent natural backdrop. Your private train will then make its way to Irkutsk.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 6. Irkutsk

    Today, your train arrives at the station in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in Tsarist times. Here, you stay at a hotel with simple standard, but good and centrally located. You can leave your large luggage safely stored in the private train. On a city tour, you see the Drama Theater, the new Tsar monument and the market hall. You also visit a typical Russian dacha and learn from the locals how they spend the summer there and which fruits and vegetables grown there are best for making preserves for the harsh winter. And how about a walk on the Angara riverbank?

    Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar) (BLD)

    Day 7. Irkutsk Life and Work in Ancient Siberia

    In the morning, you take a trip to the open-air museum Life and Work in Ancient Siberia showcasing the history of the region. Your private train starts toward Krasnoyarsk in the afternoon. How long did it take and what did it look like when exiles (like Dostoyevsky) undertook the long march to Siberia on foot? You’ll hear about it in the on-board lecture about exile in Siberia.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 8. Krasnoyarsk

    On a city tour in Krasnoyarsk, you see the huge railroad bridge over the Yenisei and the Art Nouveau houses in the city center. From the Slyznevsky cliff with the bizarre Tsar-Fish Monument, you enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the almost 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long Yenisei. Here you see the enormous dimensions of the Krasnoyarsk Dam. Then take a guided walk through the national park in the middle of the taiga. There are more than 600 species of plants, 178 species of birds, 50 animals, and 20 kinds of fish! In the evening, your private train continues toward Novosibirsk.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 9. Novosibirsk

    Around noon, You arrive in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, where you are welcomed in the traditional Russian way, with bread and salt. During a short city tour, you experience the most Soviet of all cities during your journey, where you see the enormous Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River. In the evening, your train continues its journey west.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 10. Yekaterinburg

    In the afternoon, Your train stops in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is remembered as the place where Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a brief tour, you see the Church on Blood, built in 2003 in commemoration of that tragic historical event, and the city center, beautifully restored in 2009. Back on board, enjoy the view of the Urals landscape and let yourself be pampered in the train restaurant. Your private train is already rolling on the European continent.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 11. Kazan

    After breakfast, you arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. You take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which has a wonderful panoramic view over the Volga River, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Afterward, enjoy lunch in a city restaurant before continuing your city tour.

    Overnight on board (BLD)

    Day 12. Moscow Visit to the Kremlin

    Around noon, you arrive in Moscow, where you stay at a high-end hotel. You will be amazed at the size, the hustle and bustle and the internationality of the proud metropolis. You visit the Kremlin grounds and see its magnificent cathedrals, whose golden domes shine over the city. Please ask us about arrangements for the evening, like a visit to the Bolshoi Theater (dependent on the schedule) or a dinner cruise on the Moscow River.

    Overnight: Intercontinental Tverskaya (or similar) (BL)

    Day 13. Moscow Tretyakov Gallery

    After breakfast, you visit the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most important art collections in the country with almost 150,000 works by Russian painters and sculptors. After lunch in a city restaurant, the afternoon is at your disposal. How about a stroll through the Arbat, Moscow’s famous pedestrian street? The most beautiful souvenirs can be found here! After dinner, our City of Lights tour shows you around the exquisitely illuminated Russian capital. You stroll across the famous Red Square with your guide and take a short trip on the subway to marvel at two of Moscow’s particularly spectacular metro stations.

    Overnight: Intercontinental Tverskaya (or similar) (BLD)

    Day 14. Farewell, Russia!

    Your journey ends with the transfer to the airport after your breakfast at the hotel. (B)

    Pre-Tour 3 Days in Beijing

    If you like, you can book a 3-day pre-tour in Beijing before your journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

    Day 1. Beijing Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

    Your tour guide welcomes you at the airport and accompanies you on the transfer to centrally located hotel. The city tour through Beijing shows you an ultra-modern metropolis with all its colorful facets. Highlights of the tour are certainly the visit to the fantastic Temple of Heaven and the historical Tiananmen Square, which are among the most famous sights in Beijing, but also the contemporary architectural achievements such as the new Olympic Stadium, which has become famous as the Bird’s Nest, and some of the futuristic skyscrapers. Afterward, you enjoy dinner.

    Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (D)

    Day 2. Beijing Great Wall and Peking Duck Specialty Dinner

    Today, you experience the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Great Wall of China, up close. The gigantic wall stretches over 3,700 miles (6,000 km) across the country. On the way, you visit the famous Ming Tombs and the Avenue of the Animals, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you like, you can also discover Beijing on your own today. In the evening, you enjoy a well-known delicacy in its hometown: Peking duck.

    Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

    Day 3. Beijing Forbidden City and flight to Mongolia

    For centuries, the doors of the former imperial palace, the Forbidden City, were closed to the people. But today, you can spend a morning marveling at the magnificent halls and mysterious temples. In the afternoon, you fly to the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator where your tour guide accompanies you from the airport to your centrally located hotel. (BLD)

    Your itinerary continues with Day 2. of the main journey.

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

    This grand private train journey from Mongolia via Lake Baikal to Moscow is your chance to fulfill the dream of a lifetime.
    And if you like, you can experience Chinese culture as well on an optional pre-tour.

    All our trips are accompanied by an experienced multilingual tour director and a physician traveling on the train. A sophisticated onboard 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

    • Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered train
    • Travel for several hours along the Trans-Siberian Railroad panoramic route directly on the shores of Lake Baikal, with photo stops
    • Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the region throughout the journey
    • Competent tour guides for each group of no more than 26 guests throughout the journey
    • Local travel guides
    • All transfers and bus tours according to itinerary
    • All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees
    • All meals according to your itinerary
    • Drinks (except premium beverages) during meal times on board the train for guests traveling in categories Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum
    • Porter service at all train stations
    • A physician on board the train from the Chinese border to Moscow
    • Shower facilities on board
    • Informational booklet on the region and train for each compartment reserved
    • 2 nights in Ulan Bator in a good, centrally located, mid-range hotel
    • 1 night in Irkutsk in a mid-range hotel
    • 2 nights in Moscow in high-end hotel

    With optional Beijing pre-tour:

    • Economy class flight from Beijing to Ulan Bator
    • 2 overnights in a high-end hotel in Beijing
    • City tour and Peking Duck dinner

    Hotels Planned

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

    With optional Beijing pre-tour:
    Beijing: 2 nights, Capital Hotel

    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 of €35/$40 (upon request, please let us know upon booking)

    Entry Requirements

    • Passport and visas required
    • No vaccinations are prescribed

    Important Notes

    • 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: 120

    Cat. V - Bolshoi Platinum

    Number and Size of Beds

    • Sleeps up to 2 guests
    • 1 lower bed sized
      47.2 × 72.4 in/120 × 184 cm
    • 1 upper bed sized
      32.3 × 68.5 in/82 × 174 cm


    • Large compartment sized
      77 sq ft/7.15 sq m
    • Small sofa
    • Table
    • Window
    • Large closet
    • Private bathroom with sink, toilet and separate shower
    • 5 compartments per car

    Cat. IV - Bolshoi

    Number and Size of Beds

    • Sleeps up to 2 guests
    • 1 lower bed sized
      43.3 × 72.4 in/110 × 184 cm
    • 1 upper bed sized
      31.5 × 68.5 in/80 × 174 cm


    • Large compartment sized
      60 sq ft/5.57 sq m
    • Small sofa
    • Table
    • Window
    • Small closet
    • Private bathroom with sink, toilet and integrated shower
    • 6 compartments per car

    Cat. III - Nostalgic Comfort

    Number and Size of Beds

    • Sleeps up to 2 guests
    • 1 lower and 1 upper bed
    • 31.5 × 72.8 in/80 × 185 cm


    • Large window
    • Table
    • Armchair
    • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
    • Semi-private shower with sink shared between 2 compartments
    • 8 compartments per car
    • Nostalgic interior design

    Cat. II - Superior

    Number and Size of Beds

    • Sleeps up to 2 guests
    • 2 lower beds
    • 26.7 × 73.6 in/68 × 185 cm


    • Large window
    • Table
    • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
    • Shower shared between 1 to 3 cars
    • 9 compartments per car
    • Distinctive interior design

    Cat. II - Classic

    Number and Size of Beds

    • Sleeps up to 2 guests
    • 2 lower beds
    • 26.7 × 73.6 in/68 × 187 cm


    • Large window
    • Table
    • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
    • Shower shared between 2 to 4 cars
    • 9 compartments per car

    Cat. I - Standard

    Number and Size of Beds

    • Sleeps up to 4 guests
    • 2 lower and 2 upper beds
    • 26.7 × 73.6 in/68 × 187 cm


    • Large window
    • Table
    • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
    • 9 compartments per car
    • 3-person occupancy is available for a supplemental charge

    Total price $

    Journeys on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and in Siberia

    Our journeys on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and in Siberia are currently not viable. Since there is no way to foresee when the next trips will be possible, we encourage you to return to this page once the state of affairs starts to change.