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Zarengold: Moscow to Beijing

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

Zarengold: Moscow to Beijing

from6,140 $per person

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • City of Lights evening tour through Moscow
  • The Kremlin in Kazan
  • Welcome ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk
  • Siberian wooden houses in Irkutsk
  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal
  • Picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal (weather permitting)
  • Mongolian archery demonstration
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China
  • Daily talks on the region’s culture and people
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks and red caviar

Dates

  • 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

Doreen Brade
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Day 1. Welcome to Moscow

You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour director 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 travel director and take a short trip on the underground to view several of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya/Radisson Royal Ukraina (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 impressive Kremlin grounds and its magnificent cathedral from tsarist times. In the evening, you are greeted aboard your private train 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 private train. 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), 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. Your train resumes its journey east in the evening. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 4. Yekaterinburg

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

Day 6. Across Siberia

Your train crosses the wide Yenisei River and rolls on through Siberia. The train’s chefs once again demonstrate their skills as they serve guests Russian specialties in a Tsar’s Feast. A vodka tasting accompanied by Russian snacks and clever toasts offers you a very enjoyable opportunity to combine pleasure and local hospitality. Your train passes by villages with their 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

Day 7. Irkutsk

Today your train 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 Railroad), which was erected in 2003 where the Trans-Siberian Obelisk previously stood. After lunch you take an excursion to an informative open-air museum of life and work in historical Siberia. Overnight: 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, a boat brings you across the lake’s deep waters to Port Baikal, where your private train is waiting. You then travel for several hours directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Your train stops for several hours at a particularly scenic spot, for you to truly enjoy the majestic calm of this unique natural wonder. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores 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 and then through the splendid Selenga Valley and the wild solitude of Eastern Siberia’s mountainous steppes. You take a tour of Ulan-Ude during an intermediate 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. As always, you can leave your large luggage safely in your compartment. During your city tour you see the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the unique Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. Afterward, you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts including 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

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 traditional 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. In the evening, you continue aboard your train towards China. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 12. Crossing the Gobi Desert

Around noon you arrive at the Mongolia–China border, where your chartered Chinese train is waiting. The Russian private train cannot continue towards Beijing because of the different track gauge in China. Your train reaches the Chinese capital in approximately 16 hours. The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories. Overnight on board (BLD)

Day 13. Beijing

You arrive in the hustle and bustle of Beijing in the morning. After transferring to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to do with as you please. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (BL)

Day 14.  Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

Day 14. Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

A tour lasting several hours takes you to Beijing’s most beautiful and important sights, including the photogenic Temple of Heaven and its park; the huge 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 Ming Tombs

Your tour today takes you to the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 6,000 kilometers through the countryside. On the way, you visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming emperors, with 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 Railway, one of the world’s most fascinating and safest train routes, is even more interesting, comfortable, and entertaining with our privately chartered train. This grand private train journey from Moscow to Beijing via Lake Baikal and Mongolia is your chance to fulfill the dream of a lifetime.

Our trips are accompanied by an experienced multilingual tour director and a physician traveling on the train. A sophisticated 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 with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered train to the Chinese border (Erlian). From Erlian to Beijing (approximately 16 hours): accommodation in a 2- or 4-bed compartment in a Chinese sleeping car. The Chinese train does not include cars in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories.
  • 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 travelled 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
  • Experienced local tour guides
  • All transfers and 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 the train for guests traveling in Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum categories
  • Porter service at all train stations
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
  • Concise informational talks on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route
  • A physician on board the train from the Moscow to the Chinese border
  • Shower facilities on board
  • Informational booklet about the region and the private train for each compartment booked
  • 1 overnight in a high-end hotel in Moscow
  • 1 overnight in Irkutsk in mid-range hotel
  • 1 overnight in Ulan Bator in a good, centrally located mid-range hotel
  • 3 overnights in a high-end hotel in Beijing

Hotels Planned

Moscow: 1 night, InterContinental Tverskaya/Radisson Royal Ukraina
Irkutsk: 1 night, Hotel Irkutsk
Ulan Bator: 1 night, Ramada Hotel
Beijing: 3 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 of €35/$40 (upon request, please let us know upon booking)

Entry Requirements

  • Passport and visas required
  • No vaccinations are prescribed

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: 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

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 $
09 May 20 - 24 May 20EN,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
06 Jun 20 - 21 Jun 20EN,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
02 Jul 20 - 17 Jul 20EN,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: FrenchGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
25 Jul 20 - 09 Aug 20EN,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: ItalienGuaranteed departure
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel
20 Aug 20 - 04 Sep 20EN,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
12 Sep 20 - 27 Sep 20EN,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
Total price $