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Trans-Siberia: Beijing to Moscow

 

 

Trans-Siberia  : Beijing – Moscow

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 fulfil the dream of a lifetime.
Our trips are accompanied by an experienced multi-lingual tour director and a physician travelling 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 organiser on this route.

Trip highlights

  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Mongolian horseback riding demonstration
  • Typical Siberian villages

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Welcome to Beijing

You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour director and accompanied to your centrally located 4-star hotel (guests in the Bolshoi categories stay in the 5-star Westin Hotel or similar quality accommodations), where you have a pause to relax. The tour through Beijing shows you many of the colorful facets of this large metropolitan city. The highlights are certainly the Temple of Heaven and history-laden Tiananmen Square, two of the city’s most famous sights, but it also includes recent achievements in the area of contemporary architecture, such as the new “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium, and several of Beijing’s futuristic sky scrapers. Afterwards you enjoy a mutual dinner to welcome you to the tour. You spend the night in a hotel in Beijing (4- or 5-star, depending on booking).

Meals:  Dinner

 

Day 2: The Great Wall and Peking Duck

Today you visit the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 6000 km through the countryside. On the way you visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Ming Tombs and the Spirit Way. In the evening you dine on the well-known delicacy of Peking Duck. You spend the night in your Beijing hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: The Forbidden City and Departure for Mongolia

For centuries, the gates to the Forbidden City were closed to the public. Today you have the morning to view its awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples. In the evening your rail journey begins, as you transfer to the train station and depart for Mongolia aboard a chartered Chinese train. You reach the border city of Erlian in approximately 16 hours, on the following day. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Crossing the Gobi Desert

Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolian border, where you transfer to the Tsar’s Gold private train. The change of trains is necessary because of the different track gauges in the two countries. In the growing city of Erlian, you have some time to explore the colorful local market, before your Russian train sets off towards Mongolia. After crossing sections of the legendary Gobi Desert, the train travels through the vast green steppes of Mongolia. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ulan Bator: A Lama Temple and the Buddhist Realms of Hell

Early-risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery. In the morning you arrive in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. You can leave your large luggage securely in your compartment. During your city tour you see the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the odd Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. In the evening you have the unique change to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, national costumes and dances. You spend the night in a 4 star hotel in Ulan Bator.  On request, we can organize alternative lodging in a yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: The Gandan Monastery and Mongolian Alps

After breakfast you visit the Gandan Monastery, where it is possible to observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Your bus then takes you to the Mongolian Alps, located some 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator, with their majestic scenery and bizarre rock formations. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you watch a small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration and a traditional wrestling match. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Ulan Ude

You take your leave of the Mongolian steppes today. You travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga, You are on the way to Ulan Ude, where your train reaches the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Here you take an informative city tour. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: Lake Baikal

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. In the morning your train travels directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. During two extended photo-stops, you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. A short boat excursion from Port Baikal takes you out onto the lake. Take a swim in the lake, if you wish, and visit a picturesque Baikal village. Dinner is a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings (weather permitting). You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: Irkutsk

In the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. Here you move into your hotel, which is simple, but central and nicely located. You can safely leave your large baggage on the private train. During your city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. Around noon you pay a worthwhile visit to an open-air museum with a focus on life and work in historical Siberia. You spend the night in a 4 star hotel in Irkutsk.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Trans-Siberia

After breakfast your train passes through the diverse landscapes of eastern Siberia. Talks on board inform you about the region and a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks is an opportunity to experience firsthand the Russian festive customs of hospitality and clever toasts. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Novosibirsk

Around noon, your train arrives in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian manner and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities along your entire route, including the chance to see the mighty Ob River. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Yekaterinburg

Your train stops in the afternoon in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. The city is known as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a tour you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 to commemorate that tragic historic event, and the city centre attractively restored in 2009. Back on board, you enjoy views of the Urals landscape and indulge yourself in the dining car. Your private train is already rolling across the European continent. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13: Kazan

After breakfast you reach Kazan, the Tatar capital on the banks of the Volga. On your city tour you see Tatar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Afterwards you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant. You spend the night aboard the train.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14: Welcome to Moscow

Around noon, you arrive in the Russian capital of Moscow, now a thriving, prosperous city, and are accompanied to your 4-star hotel (guests in the Bolshoi categories IV and V stay in the 5-star Hotel Kempinski or similar quality accommodations). At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds with its magnificent cathedral. Several of the building interiors can also be viewed. After dinner, discover the city’s magic during an hour-long “City of Lights” tour, including a stop at Red Square, and a ride on the underground to view two of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. You spend the night in a hotel in Moscow.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 15: Tour of Moscow and Flight Home

After an ample breakfast at your hotel, your tour of the city takes you to the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Lomonossov University, the New Maidens’ Convent (Novodevichy Monastery), and Red Square with its colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral, as well as to the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. This then marks the end of your memorable journey and the time has come to head to the airport. We accompany you to the airport and bid you bon voyage.

Meals:  Breakfast

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Inclusions/Exclusions


Includes:

  • Journey from Beijing to Elian aboard a Chinese train, accommodation in a 2 or 4 bed compartment in a Chinese sleeping car.   From Elian to Moscow, travel aboard the exclusively chartered Tsars Gold,  with guaranteed lodging in the booked category.  The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories.
  • Travel for several hours along the Trans-Siberian Railway panoramic route directly on the shores of Lake Baikal, with photo-stops
  • Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the traveled route throughout the journey
  • Competent tour guides for each group of no more than 26 guests. (In the Bolshoi /Bolshoi Platinum categories: 12 guests) throughout the tour
  • 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
  • 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 (Moscow – Chinese border)
  • Shower facilities on board
  • Informational booklet on the region and private train for each compartment reserved
  • 1 overnight in a 4-star hotel in Moscow, or in a 5-hotel for guests in the Bolshoi categories
  • 1 overnight in Irkutsk in a 4-star hotel or in a higher room category for guests booked in the Bolshoi categories
  • 1 overnight in Ulaanbaatar in a good, centrally located middle-class hotel
  • 3 overnights in a 4-star hotel in Beijing, or in a 5-star hotel for guests in the Bolshoi category
  • Specials for Bolshoi guests: two meals to choose from for Lunch and Dinner on board the train, 1 bottle of water per person every day in the compartment, 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included for meals on board the train

Excludes:

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights

Entry Requirements

Immigration

  • Passport required (passport must be valid more than 6 months after departure date from China/Russia)
  • Visa required, depending on your nationality
  • No vaccination mandatory

Departure dates & prices

2016 Departure DatesJourney End DateFrom - To
May 22June 5Beijing - Moscow
June 19July 3Beijing - Moscow
July 17July 31Beijing - Moscow
August 21September 4Beijing - Moscow
September 18October 2Beijing - Moscow

Rates

Compartment CategoryPer person
Standard$5,670
Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons, p.p.: 1,540$
Classic$8,640
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. II Classic+ hotel p.p.:t$ 3,410
Superior$9,110
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. II Superior+ hotel p.p.:t$ 3,820
Superior Plus$9,720
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. II Superior plus+ hotel p.p.:t$ 3,820
Nostalgic Comfort$11,700
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. III + hotel p.p.:t$ 5,920
Bolshoi$15,320
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. IV + hotel p.p.:t$ 8,130
Bolshoi Platinum$18,130
Single use supplement in compartment Cat. V + hotel p.p.:t$9,350
Single supplement hotel p.p. : 760$

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