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Zarengold: Moscow to Beijing via Private Train Unit

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

Zarengold: Moscow to Beijing via Private Train Unit

What Makes Your Journey Unique

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

Dates

  • 06 Jun 20 - 21 Jun 20 (16 days)
  • 02 Jul 20 - 17 Jul 20 (16 days)
  • 25 Jul 20 - 09 Aug 20 (16 days)

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Day 1. Welcome to Moscow

You are greeted at the airport and accompanied to your hotel. Our City of Lights tour shows you around the exquisitely illuminated Russian capital. You notice that Moscow is clearly on a par with Europe’s other great metropolitan cities such as Madrid and Paris. You stroll across the famous Red Square with your guide and take a short trip on the underground to view several of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar). Meals included: Dinner (D)

Day 2. Moscow from Its Most Beautiful Side

In the morning, you take an informative tour of Moscow, including the imposing Kremlin grounds and its magnificent cathedral from tsarist times. In the evening, you are welcomed on board your private train unit prior to departure. A relaxed get-together in the dining car offers the chance to meet your fellow travelers and learn more details about your journey. Overnight on board. Meals included: Breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D)

Day 3. Kazan

In the morning, you arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. You take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its wonderful panoramic view over the Volga River, where you learn about the turbulent history between the Tatars, the Cossacks and the Russians. Your private train unit resumes its journey east in the evening. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 4. Yekaterinburg

Your private train unit stops around noon in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is remembered as the place where the 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 historic event; and the city center, beautifully restored in 2009. Back on board, you continue on your journey through the vast steppes of Western Siberia. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 5. Novosibirsk

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 this most Soviet of all cities on your journey. You see the enormous Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 6. Across Siberia

Your private train unit crosses the wide Yenisei River and rolls on through Siberia. The chefs once again demonstrate their skills as they serve Russian specialties in a Tsar’s Feast. A vodka tasting accompanied by Russian snacks and clever toasts offers you a very pleasant opportunity to combine culinary enjoyment and local hospitality. Your private train unit passes by villages with typical wooden houses and through birch forests set against a background of impressive mountainscapes and, hopefully, ample sunshine. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 7. Irkutsk

Today your private train unit reaches Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. During your city tour you see, among other things, picturesque Siberian wooden houses and a memorial to Tsar Alexander III—the initiator of the Tran-Siberian Railway—which was erected in 2003 on the former site of the Trans-Siberian obelisk. After lunch you go on an excursion to an informative open-air museum of life and work in historical Siberia. Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar) (BLD)

Day 8. Lake Baikal

Today you go by bus to Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of non-frozen freshwater in the world. From the village, you enjoy a short boat excursion onto Lake Baikal. You then travel directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Your private train unit stops at a particularly scenic spot for you to truly enjoy the majestic calm of this unique natural wonder. Dinner is served amid the beauty of Lake Baikal, weather permitting. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 9. From Lake Baikal to Ulan-Ude and on to Mongolia

The journey continues along the banks of seemingly endless Lake Baikal then through the splendid Selenga Valley and the wild solitude of Eastern Siberia’s mountainous steppes. You take a tour of Ulan-Ude during a brief stop there. Border formalities at the Russia–Mongolia border are painlessly carried out on board. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 10. Ulan Bator

Today early risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery, set in a mountain landscape dotted with colorful yurt camps and inhabited by solitary riders on horseback. In the morning, you arrive in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. During your city tour you see the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the peculiar Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. Afterward, 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 yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps for a supplement of €35/$40; please let us know upon booking. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

Day 11. Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps

After breakfast a bus brings you to Terelj National Park, east of Ulan Bator. Here you get to see the nomadic herdsmen’s exotic settlements of tradition tents, horse herds, and scraggly yaks, a type of wild Tibetan cattle. A small Mongolian archery demonstration is put on especially for you, and you enjoy a picnic lunch served in these splendid surroundings. Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 12. Mongolian History Museum and Flight to Beijing

In the morning, you visit the Mongolian History Museum. After lunch you head to the airport where you board a plane for Beijing, where you spend the night in your centrally located hotel. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BL)

Day 13. Beijing

Today the day is yours to do with as you wish. Stroll through the energetic streets of Beijing or go on excursions with your fellow travelers. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BL)

Day 14. Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

A tour lasting several hours takes you to Beijing’s most beautiful and important sights. These include the photogenic Temple of Heaven and its surrounding park; the enormous Tiananmen Square; and some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium and several futuristic sky scrapers. In the afternoon, you are able to enter the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace, and view its numerous temples and halls. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BL)

Day 15. The Great Wall of China and Peking Duck

Your tour today takes you to the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends more than 6,000 kilometers across the countryside. On the way, you visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, and its impressive Spirit Way. In the evening, you enjoy a farewell dinner of world-famous Peking Duck. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 16. Departure from Beijing for Home

After breakfast, you transfer to the airport. (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

  • Journey aboard Old World-style railroad cars with guaranteed lodging in the booked category from Moscow to Ulan Bator in a private train unit
  • 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
  • Porter service at all train stations
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
  • Informative talks about the Trans-Siberian Railroad as well as the geography and history of each country
  • Shower facilities on board the train
  • 1 night in a high-end hotel in Moscow
  • 1 overnight in mid-range hotel in Irkutsk
  • 2 overnights in a good, centrally located mid-range hotel in Ulan Bator
  • Flight from Ulan Bator to Beijing
  • 4 nights in a high-end hotel in Beijing

Hotels Planned

Moscow: 1 night, InterContinental Tverskaya/Grand Marriott
Irkutsk: 1 night, Hotel Irkutsk
Ulan Bator: 2 nights, Ramada Hotel
Beijing: 4 nights, Capital Hotel

Not Included

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional evening performance in Ulan Bator (Day 10): tickets are €14/$15 (to be paid on site)
  • Optional overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps (Day 10): 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

Dates

Dates StandardClassicSuperiorBolshoi
Price $
06 Jun 20 - 21 Jun 20ENExcursions and lectures conducted in: English
02 Jul 20 - 17 Jul 20ENExcursions and lectures conducted in: English
25 Jul 20 - 09 Aug 20ENExcursions and lectures conducted in: English
Total price $