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Tsar's Gold: Moscow to Beijing

A Private Train Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Beijing

Tsar's Gold: Moscow to BeijingExplore some of the world's most dramatic landscapes on a 16-day journey from
Moscow to Beijing via Ulan Bator from the comfort of your private train, the
Tsar's Gold.

from6,140 $per person

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • The mini-Naadam, an elaborate and colorful festival of ‘the three games of men’, horse riding, archery and wrestling. The many skills on display at Terelj National Park provide insight into the local tradition, ceremony and culture of these sublime lands.
  • Lake Baikal by train. A day dedicated entirely to enjoying the blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Unbelievable vistas of outstanding natural beauty. A panoramic train route that runs directly alongside the lake, with opportunities to swim, picnic and much more. A truly rejuvenating day.
  • Get up close to authentic Siberian villages, country lanes and wooden houses. Straight out of a fairy-tale, as if you’re in a picture book. Dramatic skies and mountain tops add to the sensation of witnessing a legend come to life.

Dates

  • 04 May 19 - 19 May 19 (16 days)
  • 01 Jun 19 - 16 Jun 19 (16 days)
  • 27 Jun 19 - 12 Jul 19 (16 days)
  • 20 Jul 19 - 04 Aug 19 (16 days)
  • 15 Aug 19 - 30 Aug 19 (16 days)
  • 07 Sep 19 - 22 Sep 19 (16 days)
  • 09 May 20 - 24 May 20 (16 days)
  • 06 Jun 20 - 21 Jun 20 (16 days)
  • 02 Jul 20 - 17 Jul 20 (16 days)
  • 25 Jul 20 - 09 Aug 20 (16 days)
  • 20 Aug 20 - 04 Sep 20 (16 days)
  • 12 Sep 20 - 27 Sep 20 (16 days)

Info & Booking

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Day 1. Moscow by Night

It’s the first day of what will be an unforgettable journey. You arrive in Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and historic cities on Earth. After a welcome dinner, you experience the richness and color of Moscow at night on a tour that includes the dreamlike Red Square and the city’s palatial subway stations. After your urban adventure, you return to your comfortable and centrally located hotel.

Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar) (D)

Day 2. Moscow by Day

You wake up to a beautiful morning in Moscow. Today you marvel at the magnificent architecture of the city, including the grounds of the Kremlin, the stunning St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Novodevichy Convent. You visit the beautifully reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior and pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters, the imposing Soviet architecture of the Russian White House and Lomonosov University, before departing from this bold and charismatic city. In the evening, you board your private train, the Tsar’s Gold.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 3. Kazan

Today is dedicated to picturesque and historic Kazan, the capital city of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan, on the banks of the Volga.
You tour the city’s traditional Russian architecture and listen to fascinating stories about the Kazan Kremlin. You learn about the historically volatile relationship between the Tatars, Cossacks and Russians who inhabit the area.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 4. Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is known as the capital of the ancient Ural Mountain range. Its position on the Asia–Europe border gives the city a fascinating and unique character. You visit the carefully preserved city center and fairy tale-like Church of All Saints, a memorial at the site where the Romanovs, Russia’s last Tsarist dynasty, were assassinated by revolutionaries. That afternoon, your train crosses the border from Europe into Asia.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 5. Novosibirsk and Russian Hospitality

In Russia, the word bread is associated with hospitality, and salt with friendship. In the city of Novosibirsk, you’re welcomed warmly with bread and salt in this tradition. You arrive in Siberia’s biggest city at noon and take a tour that includes the majestic Ob River.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 6. Siberia

Today you enjoy stunning views of Siberia from the comfort of your private train. The sunlight breaks through the mist surrounding forest-covered mountains. Rivers roll along their jagged, rocky banks in rhythm with the tracks. Entertaining talks on local history and culture double as get-togethers with your fellow travelers, complete with Russian canapés.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 7.  Irkutsk

Day 7. Irkutsk

You’ve arrived in popular and historic Irkutsk. You leave your luggage in your private train compartment, leaving your hands free to discover the city. You see the city’s colorful market, the theater and the City History Museum of Irkutsk before enjoying a relaxed dinner in the evening.

Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar) (BLD)

Day 8. Lake Baikal

Today is dedicated to enjoying gorgeous Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Its clear, deep, aquamarine waters glitter in the sun. The mountains are mirrored in the lake’s glass-like surface. You enjoy a boat ride to Port Baikal and have many opportunities to take amazing photos on the Circum-Baikal Railroad. Relax, take a dip and explore the scenery or picturesque villages. On warm nights, dinner is served as a picnic on the lake’s pristine shores, the perfect ending to a memorable day.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 9. Ulan-Ude

Today, your private train journeys along the green and picturesque valley of the Selenga River. Soon you arrive in Ulan-Ude, the bustling and friendly capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, where you enjoy a guided tour through the city.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 10. Ulan Bator

This morning the vibrant Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, awaits. Today you leave your luggage in your train compartment so that you can focus on enjoying the city’s unique attractions, including the meticulously restored Gandan Monastery and the gorgeous Choijin Lama Temple. In the evening, you enjoy captivating performances of traditional Mongolian music (bookable in advance).

Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Bookable in advance: Overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps. (BLD)

Day 11.  The Mongolian Alps

Day 11. The Mongolian Alps

Today you experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. A picnic outside a Mongolian yurt in the great outdoors is the perfect way to enjoy lunch. You have the unique opportunity to try local specialties: khorkhog, a traditional Mongolian barbecued lamb dish cooked in a metal jug; and airag, a drink made from fermented mare’s milk, known as the beer of the Mongols. In the afternoon, you marvel at an exhibition of traditional Mongolian skills, including horseback riding, wrestling and archery in a mini version of the national games, Nadaam. That evening, your private train travels onward to the Chinese border.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 12. The Gobi Desert

Around noon you arrive at the Mongolia–China border, where you disembark the Tsar’s Gold and switch to a Chinese private train. Here you discover Erlian, an authentic border town where you browse its famous market and pick up unique souvenirs of your once-in-a-lifetime journey. Later, you relax and enjoy dramatic views of the stunning Gobi Desert from the windows your Chinese private train.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 13. Beijing

Once you arrive in Beijing, you check in at your first-class hotel, after which you have the afternoon and evening free to explore the thriving capital of China, one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating countries.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BL)

Day 14.  Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City

Day 14. Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City

Today your friendly, knowledgeable guides show you the stunning sights of beautiful Beijing—from the Temple of Heaven, a medieval architectural masterpiece, to the infamous Tiananmen Square.

In the afternoon, you explore the world-renowned Forbidden City—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former Chinese imperial palace, now home to the Palace Museum. The construction of its glorious halls and temples required over a million workers and was inaccessible to the public for centuries.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BL)

Day 15. The Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs

Today you experience the legendary beauty and awe of the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s largest ancient structures. You also stop at the Ming Tombs imperial necropolis and see the Sacred Way , a 4-mile road leading to the burial sites of 13 Ming emperors. In the evening, you share conversations with fellow travelers over a feast of Peking Duck at one of China’s impressive themed restaurants.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BLD)

Day 16. Farewell China

Today is the last day of your Trans-Siberian adventure. After breakfast, you head to the airport via private transfer service. On the way, you reflect on the immense journey you’ve just completed—thousands of miles, and memories that will last a lifetime. (B)

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

The Trans-Siberian Railroad is simply legendary. One of the greatest travel adventures in the world. Explore Russia, Mongolia and China through our private train tours and enjoy travel that is captivating, comfortable, straightforward and secure.

Moscow to Beijing by train. Stunning scenery, splendid and opulent lands. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Highlights of Your Journey

  • Great Wall of China
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Outstanding natural beauty: Overnight stay in a traditional yurt in the Mongolian Alps on request
  • The cities of Ulan Bator, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and Kazan
  • Open-air museum in Irkutsk and the Mongolian Alps
  • Moscow, one of the greatest cities on Earth. Russia’s proud capital, complete with tours of its world-famous icons and cathedrals, including the Kremlin grounds and Red Square

Rates Include

  • Guaranteed accommodation in the booked category aboard the privately chartered train between Moscow and Erlian
  • Guaranteed accommodation between Erlian and Beijing (ca. 16 hours) in a 2- or 4-bed compartment in a Chinese sleeper car
  • 3 nights in a mid-range hotel in Beijing
  • 1 night in a well-appointed hotel in Moscow
  • 1 night in a mid-range hotel in Ulan Bator
  • 1 night in a mid-range hotel in Irkutsk
  • Excellent service and a three-fold tour guide system: tour director, group leader (max 26 guests per group) and local guides
  • Doctor on board (Moscow to the Chinese border)
  • All excursions and sightseeing per itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All transfers and bus tours as per itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary: Fine dining and local specialties, such as Peking Duck
  • Porter service at all railroad stations
  • On board showers
  • Informational booklet on region and train in each compartment
  • Daily talks about the culture and history of the countries visited

Specials for Bolshoi guests

  • Your choice of 2 meals for lunch and dinner on board
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day in the compartment
  • Drinks included with meals on board (except premium beverages)

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Evening performance in Ulan Bator on Day 10 (bookable in advance, to be paid on site)
  • Overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps on Day 10 (bookable in advance)

Entry Requirements

  • You may require a visa, depending on your nationality. Please check with your local embassy
  • No vaccinations required

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 Cat. I StandardCat. II ClassicCat. II SuperiorCat. III NostalgicCat. IV BolshoiCat. V Bolshoi Platinum
Price $
04 May 19 - 19 May 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
01 Jun 19 - 16 Jun 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
27 Jun 19 - 12 Jul 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
20 Jul 19 - 04 Aug 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
15 Aug 19 - 30 Aug 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: ItalienGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
07 Sep 19 - 22 Sep 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | ENExcursions and lectures conducted in: EnglishGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
09 May 20 - 24 May 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,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
06 Jun 20 - 21 Jun 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English 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 Jul 20 - 17 Jul 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
25 Jul 20 - 09 Aug 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
20 Aug 20 - 04 Sep 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
12 Sep 20 - 27 Sep 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
Total price $
2020 dates and rates are preliminary and subject to change

Number of persons

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

Dates Cat. I StandardCat. II ClassicCat. II SuperiorCat. III NostalgicCat. IV BolshoiCat. V Bolshoi Platinum
Price $
04 May 19 - 19 May 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
01 Jun 19 - 16 Jun 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
27 Jun 19 - 12 Jul 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
20 Jul 19 - 04 Aug 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
15 Aug 19 - 30 Aug 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: ItalienGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
07 Sep 19 - 22 Sep 19Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | ENExcursions and lectures conducted in: EnglishGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
09 May 20 - 24 May 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,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
06 Jun 20 - 21 Jun 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English 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 Jul 20 - 17 Jul 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
25 Jul 20 - 09 Aug 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
20 Aug 20 - 04 Sep 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English ES,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Spanish PT,Excursions and lectures conducted in: Portuguese FR,Excursions and lectures conducted in: French ITExcursions and lectures conducted in: Italien
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
12 Sep 20 - 27 Sep 20Tsar’s GoldTsar’s Gold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
Total price $
2020 dates and rates are preliminary and subject to change