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Zarengold: From Ulan Bator to St. Petersburg

15-Day Private Train Journey from Ulan Bator to St. Petersburg

Zarengold: From Ulan Bator to St. PetersburgOn this new itinerary, you start your journey in the vast countryside of
Mongolia, where you spend the night under the stars in a traditional nomadic
yurt. Your private train then travels through Russia, where you experience the
diverse cultures of its three most important cities: impressive Irkutsk, near
wondrous Lake Baikal in rural Russia; majestic Moscow, the nation’s capital;
and storied St. Petersburg, once home to the Russian Imperial Court.

from6,590 $per person

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • Overnight in the Mongolian steppe in a traditional yurt under the stars
  • Mongolian horseback riding demonstration
  • Siberian wooden houses in Irkutsk
  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal
  • Welcoming ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk
  • The Kremlin in Kazan
  • Picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal (weather permitting)
  • City of Lights: evening tour through Moscow
  • City of the Tsars: St. Petersburg
  • Daily talks on the region’s culture and people
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks and red caviar

Dates

  • 04 May 22 - 19 May 22 (16 days)
  • 18 May 22 - 01 Jun 22 (15 days)
  • 20 Jul 22 - 04 Aug 22 (16 days)
  • 03 Aug 22 - 17 Aug 22 (15 days)
  • 15 Aug 22 - 30 Aug 22 (16 days)
  • 29 Aug 22 - 12 Sep 22 (15 days)
  • 07 Sep 22 - 22 Sep 22 (16 days)
  • 21 Sep 22 - 05 Oct 22 (15 days)

Info & Booking

Susann Bridgewater
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Day 1. Ulan Bator

Day 1. Ulan Bator
In the morning, you arrive in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. The city is situated at about 4,250 feet (1,300 meters) above sea level and is surrounded by stunning views of the Khentii Mountains. The city is home to only 1 million inhabitants and still makes up more than one-third of Mongolia’s population. After you get settled into your centrally located hotel, you enjoy an exciting, guided tour of the city, which features the curious Choijin Lama Temple, with its unique depictions of a Buddhist conception of hell.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar). (LD)

Upon request, we can organize alternative lodging in a yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps (supplement of $40/€35, please let us know upon booking), a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

Day 2. Mongolian Alps

After breakfast, you visit the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastery, where you can observe a religious ceremony. Afterward, you take a trip to the beautiful countryside 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you experience a Mongolian archery show and a traditional wrestling match, similar to what you would see at the Naadam, an annual national festival. All guests enjoy a delicious dinner in a yurt restaurant and spend the night in a private yurt in the evening.

Overnight: Yurt in Terelj (BLD)

Day 3. Ulan Bator

After breakfast, you take a stroll and visit the enormous Genghis Khan statue, the tallest equestrian statue in the world. Afterward, you head back to Ulan Bator, where you visit the History Museum for an excellent review of Mongolia’s exciting history. Tonight, your private train heads for Siberia!

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 4. Ulan-Ude

Today you say goodbye to the Mongolian steppes. Your journey now takes you through the valley of the Selenga River, Mongolia’s largest river, which empties into Lake Baikal. You travel towards Ulan-Ude, where your private train reaches the main line of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Here, you have the chance to enjoy a stroll through the city or partake in an exciting guided tour.

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 5. On Lake Baikal

Today, the day is dedicated to the natural wonders of Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater reservoir on Earth. In the morning, your private train continues along the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad on the shores of Lake Baikal over dozens of bridges, through short tunnels, and over viaducts. Your train stops at two unique panoramic spots, where you can take in the majestic calm of this fantastic natural wonder. Here you can swim in the lake and visit a genuinely picturesque Baikal village! Weather permitting, dinner is served as a picnic on the gorgeous lakeshore. Afterward, you board your private train for Irkutsk.

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 6. Irkutsk City Tour

Day 6. Irkutsk: City Tour
Today you reach Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. You check into your room at your centrally located hotel, leaving your large luggage safely on your private train. You see the Drama Theater, the new Monument to the Tsars, and the photogenic market hall on a guided tour. Around noon, you can take part in an exciting excursion to visit the open-air museum dedicated to work and life in old Siberia. You learn, among other things, how exiles (like the famous Russian author Dostoyevsky) marched to Siberia. You spend the night in your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar). (BLD)

Day 7. Toward Novosibirsk

After breakfast, you board your private train, which takes you through the varied landscapes of Eastern Siberia. As the peaceful scenery passes by your window, you can relax and let your mind wander or enjoy onboard lectures on various topics such as the Conquest of Siberia and the Origins of Russia. At a pleasant vodka tasting, you can enjoy typical Russian snacks and red caviar, as well as learn about the traditions of Russian hospitality, including a few clever toasts.

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 8. Novosibirsk City Tour

Around noon, you reach Siberia’s largest city, Novosibirsk, where you are welcomed with bread and salt in the traditional Russian way. You can go on a guided tour of the city, the most Soviet-style metropolis of your trip, where you marvel at the enormous Ob River. In the evening, your private train continues west.

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 9. Yekaterinburg City Tour and Trip Toward Kazan

After breakfast, you reach Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, situated on the banks of the Volga River. On a guided tour, you see Tatar mosques and Russian Orthodox Cathedrals. You also enjoy a guided tour of the Kazan Kremlin, where you learn a great deal about the turbulent history shared by the Tatars, Cossacks, and Russians. Afterward, you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant. In the evening, you say farewell to your dedicated train crew in the restaurant car.

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 10. Kazan City Tour and Restaurant Visit

After breakfast, you reach Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, situated on the banks of the Volga River. On a guided tour, you see Tatar mosques and Russian Orthodox Cathedrals. You also enjoy a guided tour of the Kazan Kremlin, where you learn a great deal about the turbulent history shared by the Tatars, Cossacks, and Russians. Afterward, you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant. In the evening, you say farewell to your dedicated train crew in the restaurant car.

Overnight: on board (BLD)

Day 11. Moscow Kremlin Visit

Around noon, you arrive in the mighty metropolis Moscow and are transferred to your hotel. You marvel at the size, vibrancy, and international diversity of the proud Russian capital. You visit the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin and watch the gilded domes of its cathedrals shimmer above the city. If you wish, you can see some of the buildings from the inside. You enjoy a guided tour of sights such as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Moscow State University, and the Novodevichy Convent in the afternoon. You also see the famous Red Square, where the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral, former home to the KGB, is situated.

Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar)/Hotel Grand Marriott. (BLD)

Day 12. Moscow

After breakfast, you see the Tretyakov Gallery, one of Russia’s most important art collections, featuring about 150 thousand works of art by Russian painters and sculptors. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the city. In the evening, you can visit the Bolshoi Theater, depending on the schedule.

Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar)/Hotel Grand Marriott. (BL)

Day 13. Moscow—St. Petersburg

In the morning, you transfer to the train station and board the famous Sapsan high-speed train for St. Petersburg, where you are transferred to your hotel. On a guided tour, you see the city’s most important sights: the lively Nevsky Avenue, the magnificent Palace Square, the stock exchange, the old port, and much more.

Overnight: Hotel Park Inn Nevsky (or similar). (BL)

Day 14. St. Petersburg

Today you can visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, home of the imperial tombs, where you can see the remains of almost all Russia’s tsars and tsarinas. In a tour of the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, situated in the Winter Palace, a former imperial residence, you see Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael paintings, among others. In the evening, you have time for a long stroll, a visit to the theater, or an atmospheric boat ride on the Neva River.

Overnight: Hotel Park Inn Nevsky (or similar). (BL)

Day 15. Return Home

After breakfast, you take a transfer to the airport and daydream about the unforgettable Trans-Siberian Railroad journey you just completed. (B)

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

On this new itinerary, you start your journey in the vast countryside of Mongolia, where you spend the night under the stars in a traditional nomadic yurt. Your private train then travels through Russia, where you experience the diverse cultures of its three most important cities: impressive Irkutsk, near wondrous Lake Baikal in rural Russia; majestic Moscow, the nation’s capital; and storied St. Petersburg, once home to the Russian Imperial Court.

Rates Include

  • Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered private train
  • 1 overnight in Ulan Bator in a good, centrally located middle-class hotel
  • 1 overnight in a yurt (twin-bedded) in a camp in Terelj National Park
  • 1 overnight in Irkutsk in a middle-class hotel
  • 1 overnight in a first-class hotel in Moscow
  • 2 overnights in an upper middle class hotel in St. Petersburg
  • Travel for several hours on the Trans-Siberian Railroad panoramic route directly on the shores of Lake Baikal, with photo-stops
  • Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the traveled route throughout the journey
  • Freedom of choice program: flexible excursions and sightseeing
  • Competent tour guides for each group of no more than 26 guests throughout the tour (12 for guests traveling in categories Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum)
  • Experienced local tour guides
  • All transfers/bus trips according to itinerary
  • All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All meals according to itinerary
  • Drinks (except premium beverages) during meal times on board of the train for guests traveling in categories Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum
  • Porter service at all railway stations
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
  • Concise informational talks on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route
  • A physician on board the train (Ulan Bator—Moscow)
  • Shower facilities on board
  • Informational booklet on the region and private train for each compartment reserved
  • Ticket for Sapsan high-speed express train Moscow–St. Petersburg in second class

Not Included

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps (Day 1): supplement of €35/$40 (upon request, please let us know upon booking)

Entry Requirements

  • Passport and visas required
  • No vaccinations are prescribed

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

Features

  • 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

Features

  • 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

Features

  • 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

Features

  • 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

Features

  • 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

Features

  • 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


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

Dates

Dates StandardSuperiorNostalgic ComfortBolshoiBolshoi PlatinumClassic
Price $
04 May 22 - 19 May 22EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French | From St. Petersburg
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
18 May 22 - 01 Jun 22ENExcursions and lectures conducted in: English | From Ulan Bator
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
20 Jul 22 - 04 Aug 22EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien | From St. Petersburg
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
03 Aug 22 - 17 Aug 22EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien | From Ulan Bator
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
15 Aug 22 - 30 Aug 22EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien | From St. Petersburg
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
29 Aug 22 - 12 Sep 22EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French | From Ulan Bator
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
07 Sep 22 - 22 Sep 22EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French | From St. Petersburg
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
21 Sep 22 - 05 Oct 22ENExcursions and lectures conducted in: English | From Ulan Bator
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
Total price $