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Zarengold: A Winter’s Tale

Private Train Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad

Zarengold: A Winter’s TaleExperience the magic of Siberia with a 13-day private train journey through
Russia and Mongolia with possible 3-day extension to China.

from4,100 $per person

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • Return of the Zarengold winter journey—the first in 15 years!
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on a real troika sleigh ride
  • A chance to experience a very special night in a Mongolian yurt
  • The indescribable atmosphere and views of Lake Baikal in the winter
  • Take a stroll and a snowmobile or dog sled ride on frozen Lake Baikal
  • Hundreds of snow-capped onion domes in fairy tale-like Suzdal and Russia’s Golden Ring
  • The incredibly immense snow deposits of the Ural Mountains
  • Warm up in a real banya, a traditional Russian sauna
  • Also keep warm with a proper vodka tasting on board, with typical Russian snacks and authentic toasts

Dates

  • 22 Feb 20 - 05 Mar 20 (13 days)

Info & Booking

Anna Pietsch
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Beijing-Moscow itinerary also available

Day 1. Moscow

It’s a beautiful winter’s day in Moscow, where you are transported from the airport to your first-class hotel in the city center. That evening, you take a stroll through the city and feast your eyes on the stunning illuminations of Red Square before enjoying a dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Azimut Olympiski (or similar) (D)

Day 2. Moscow

Your second day in Moscow starts off with a panoramic city tour, where you experience this metropolis from end to end—enjoying its mix of traditional golden domes and modern skyscrapers. Later you have lunch in a Russian history-themed restaurant before you board your private train to continue your unforgettable journey.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 3. Suzdal

After breakfast, you arrive in Vladimir where you take a bus to Suzdal, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Russia’s Golden Ring (a group of historic, ancient towns). There, you see the Suzdal Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Nativity and the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Around noon, you return to your private train and travel east through the vast plains of old Russia, crossing the Volga and Kama Rivers before climbing the Ural Mountains—usually covered in massive deposits of snow this time of year.

Later on board you enjoy talks about the Cossack conquest of Siberia, Russian life in winter, and the last of the Tsars.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 4. Yekaterinburg

Today you stop for a city tour in Yekaterinburg, where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were assassinated in 1918. The Cathedral of All Saints is a memorial to their murder and a part of your tour. Later you board your private train once again and continue through western Siberia.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 5. Siberian Wilderness

Your private train continues through the endless, snow-covered Siberian wilderness. You become familiar with the lesser known Russian dining and drinking customs with a delicious vodka tasting on board.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 6. Krasnoyarsk

In the morning, you reach Krasnoyarsk. During an informative city tour, you learn revealing facts and stories about the city’s history. As you stroll through the city’s old and new streets, you walk through Peace Square, enjoy views of the Yenisei River, and visit the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 7. Irkutsk and Listvyanka

Today you reach Irkutsk, one of the largest cities of eastern Siberia. On your guided city tour, you see the Ethnology Museum, the Trans-Siberian monument, the Drama Theater and a bustling market hall. Your city tour continues to one of the largest monasteries in eastern Siberia and to the Europe House.

That evening you reach the Baikal town of Listvyanka and have the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of a real Russian banya (sauna).

Overnight: Hotel Mayak (or similar) (BLD)

Day 8. Lake Baikal

Today you take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and a dog sled on frozen Lake Baikal. You also have the opportunity to get a panoramic view from the sky in a ski lift (during business hours). You enjoy a delicious Russian dinner with a local family. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Baikalian Research Center, where you learn about studies being conducted on the lake. In the evening, your private train departs from Irkutsk.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 9. Lake Baikal

Today, your private train arrives at the original track of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. For several hours, you travel along the coast of the lake and have the opportunity to take a walk on its frozen surface. Later, you enjoy a short presentation about the area.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 10. Ulan-Ude

You continue on your way through the steppes of eastern Siberia—through the gorgeous, snow-covered Selenga Valley. You make a stopover in Ulan-Ude where you tour the city, then continue on to the Russia–Mongolia border, where border checkpoint formalities take place.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 11. Mongolia

In the morning, you reach Ulan Bator. Here, you can spend the night in either a hotel or in a heated nomadic felt tent outdoors in the near-freezing wilderness—an extraordinary experience! In the afternoon, you visit the Mongolian National History Museum.

Later, if you choose to stay overnight in the hotel, you have the opportunity to watch a traditional folk performance, which features throat singing, costumes, dances and the horse head fiddle—the morin khuur, a symbol of the Mongolian nation (entrance fee payable on site).

If you decide to spend the night in a traditional tent (requested in advance), you enjoy Mongolian folk tales by the campfire.

Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar) (BLD)

Day 12. Mongolia

Today, you see the Gandan Monastery and the otherworldly Choijin Lama Temple—a unique example of worldwide Buddhist architecture. In the afternoon, you visit with a cattle breeder family at the edge of the city.

Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar) (BLD)

Day 13. Ulan Bator and Return Home

Today is the last day of your winter’s tale on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. On your way to the airport, you reflect on your magical journey through Russia and Mongolia and all the great memories you have made. (B)

Beijing Extension

If you would like your winter’s tale to continue on from Ulan Bator, you can board the regular train to Beijing on the morning of the thirteenth day. The Chinese train to Beijing takes you on a scenic ride through the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppes over the course of about 35 hours and your last night on the train.

Overnight: On board (BLD)

Day 14. Beijing

In the afternoon, your train pulls into Beijing, where shuttle service brings you to your first-class hotel. After making yourself comfortable, you have time to explore China’s capital on your own.

Overnight: Hotel Capital (or similar) (BD)

Day 15 The Forbidden City

Today, you enjoy a thorough guided tour of the Forbidden City and a sightseeing tour that includes the Temple of Heaven. That evening, you dine well at one of the capital’s top-ranking restaurants for the city’s most famous dish—Peking Duck.

Overnight: Hotel Capital (or similar) (BD)

Day 16. A Winter's Tale Ending

After sixteen days through a winter wonderland on the Tsar’s Gold private train, your journey has come to and end. The sights you have seen and things you have learned will stay with you forever. (B)

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

A true winter’s tale for all who crave a real Siberian adventure. Go on a troika sleigh ride, or stroll through a snow forest in the winter morning sun. Sleep snugly on the Zarengold, your heated private train, and even get the chance to sleep in a Mongolian tent!

Highlights of Your Journey

  • Panoramic sightseeing tour of majestic Moscow
  • Visit to a classic winter bazaar in Irkutsk
  • The Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg
  • Fun and informative onboard program of talks and entertainment

Rates Include

  • Guaranteed accommodation on your private train in the category booked from Moscow to Ulan Bator
  • 1 night in Moscow in first-class hotel
  • 1 night in a mid-range hotel in Listvyanka
  • 1 night in Ulan Bator in a centrally located mid-range hotel
  • All transportation according to itinerary
  • Doctor on board (Moscow to Ulan Bator)
  • Experienced tour manager throughout journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator
  • All excursions and sightseeing with local English-speaking guides for groups of 6 or more
  • All meals according to itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks and toasts
  • Snowmobile or dog sled ride on frozen Lake Baikal

Not Included

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses

Entry Requirements

  • Passport and visa required
  • 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, FR=French

Dates

Dates Cat. I StandardCat. II ClassicCat. II SuperiorCat. III NostalgicCat. IV BolshoiCat. V Bolshoi Platinum
Price $
22 Feb 20 - 05 Mar 20ZarengoldZarengold | EN,Excursions and lectures conducted in: English FRExcursions and lectures conducted in: French | Moscow-Ulan Bator
Single supplement hotel
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons
Single use supplement in compartment + hotel

Additional Services

DescriptionPrice per Person
Price0 $
3-Day Extension to Beijing
2 Overnights in Single Room Hotel in Beijing
Total price $
Minimum number of guests for French-speaking guide: 6