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Tsar's Gold Best of Trans-Mongolian: Beijing - Moscow by Private Train

Riding the legendary Trans-Mongolian railway is a bucket list experience, even more so by private train.

On this tour, you can travel in the style of the Tsars on this train featuring luxury accommodation. It’s designed specifically for tourists and on this tour, you’ll travel in a small group and, when off the train, stay at first class hotels in Beijing, Irkutsk and Moscow. An overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian ger camp will complete your experience.

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 15 days

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Day 1: Beijing

Arrival in China. Exploring Beijing. Temple of Heaven

On arrival in Beijing, our driver will meet you in the arrival sector, waiting to transfer you to the hotel. We’ll begin our sightseeing programme with a sightseeing tour in Beijing.

Day 2: Beijing

The Great Wall. Ming Tombs. Peking Duck Dinner

The iconic symbol of China and an unmissable place to visit, today's destination, the Great Wall of China, is another of the area's UNESCO-listed sights. On our way, we shall make a stop to see the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors. In the evening you enjoy a dinner of world-renowned Peking Duck.

Day 3: Beijing

Forbidden City. Departure to Mongolia

Infamous Tiananmen Square is a must-see when in the Chinese capital; it’s the largest city square in the world, boasting an impressive 440,000 m2 of space. Besides its cultural significance, it’s the location of events in 1989 when government tanks rolled in to stop pro-democracy protestors. To the north of the square lies the Forbidden City, listed by UNESCO for its collection of ancient wooden structures. We visit the Imperial Palace which dates from the Ming and Qing dynasties. At the end of the day, it’s time to begin our epic rail adventure, pulling out of Beijing station on a modern Chinese train which will take us to the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator. Note that Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars are not available for this part of the journey.

Day 4: Gobi

Through the Gobi Desert to Mongolia

By lunchtime, we’ve reached the Chinese-Mongolian border and will change to our private train. At Erlian, there will be a chance to wander in the colorful border market before the train makes its way across the vast Gobi desert and the Mongolian steppe.

Day 5: Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator City Tour

The train pulls into Ulan Bator station in the morning. The city, whose name translates as “Red Hero”, occupies a site on the banks of the River Tuur surrounded by four sacred mountains. We’ll have time for a guided city tour before our evening transfer to a ger camp for an overnight stay in one of the country’s traditional felted yurts (overnight in a ger camp is optional).

Day 6: Ulan Bator

Mongolian Countryside Guided Tour. Departure to Russia

The Mongolian countryside has been described by some as an Asian Switzerland. You’ll be able to decide for yourself as we take a bus trip through the beautiful landscapes and have a typical lunch at a nomadic herder’s ger camp. There, you’ll watch a display which showcases the incredible horsemanship of the local people. Later, we reboard our private train and continue onto Russia.

Day 7: Ulan Ude

Ulan Ude City Tour

Today, we reach Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic of the Russian Federation. The city, located at the confluence of the Selenga and Uda rivers, was an important trading post between Europe and Asia. Make sure you look out for Lenin in the main square; this is the largest head of the former Russian leader anywhere in the world.

Day 8: Port Baikal

Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour

We reach Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake and our train pulls in around noon to the old station of Port Baikal, right on the lake shore. We’ll make a lengthy stop, enough time to capture some memorable shots of the lake or take a dip in its waters. There’ll be the opportunity to take a boat trip out on the lake and if it’s warm enough, we’ll picnic by the water’s edge before reboarding our train bound for Irkutsk.

Day 9: Irkutsk

Irkutsk City Tour

Beautiful Irkutsk is the capital of Eastern Siberia. On a city tour you’ll see the contrast between the elegant stone buildings of the center and the quaint wooden cottages with their intricate fretwork decoration. Look out for the statue of Alexander III and also the lively market hall. After lunch we will visit the open-air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars” before transferring to our centrally located hotel for the night.

Day 10: Across Siberia

On the Train

Today’s train journey gives you the opportunity to appreciate the vast scale of Siberia as we head west. From your train window you’ll pass mountains, crystal clear water and evergreen forest. On board, you can choose to hear our entertaining lectures about Siberia and enjoy a Tsar’s feast prepared by the train’s talented chefs. Enjoy the legendary Russian hospitality during a vodka and caviar tasting while passing these impressive landscapes.

Day 11: Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk City Tour

On arrival in Siberia’s largest city you’ll receive a traditional bread and salt welcome. Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia and its true cultural and scientific center. This is the non-official capital of the Western Siberia.

Day 12: Yekaterinburg

Exploring Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is today’s stop. The city dates from 1723 and was developed as a fortress. These days it’s a key city in the Ural region of Russia. Our afternoon city tour explores the recently renovated city center as well as the Cathedral-on-the-Blood, a memorial to the Tsars that were executed here. Reboarding our train, we continue west towards Kazan.

Day 13: Kazan

Kazan Kremlin Guided Tour

This old Tatar capital, sited on the banks of the River Volga occupies a picturesque setting. The coexistence of Russians and Tatars in the city for centuries has given this place a unique culture with traditions not seen elsewhere in the country. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city’s Kremlin before resuming your private train journey in the evening.

Day 14: Moscow

Arrival in Moscow. Kremlin & Cathedrals. Moscow Metro

Having crossed two continents and three countries, our train journey ends as we pull into Moscow station. Our driver will meet you off the train ready to transfer you to your hotel. At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds. Once the residence of the Tsars and now home to the Russian president. The Kremlin is also home to several beautiful orthodox cathedrals and Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs loom large. Finally today, we head underground. No visit to Moscow is complete without a trip on its beautiful subway system, embellished with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures to make it more like an art museum than a mere transit system.

Day 15: Moscow

Exploring the Russian Caplital. City Tour. Departure

It’s our last day in Moscow and we take a tour of some of the Russian capital’s major cultural and historic sights, including Lubyanka Square, the world-famous KGB centre during the Soviet era, and Teatralnaya Square next to Bolshoi Theatre. We reach Tverskaya Street, a busy shopping thoroughfare, by way of some interesting back lanes, before reaching Red Square. In Red Square, you’ll marvel at the coloured domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, a feature on the Moscow cityscape since the 1550s. After the tour our driver will accompany you to the airport for your flight home.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Full board meals
  • Train travel (overnight)
  • English – speaking guides
  • Guided tours & entrance fees
  • Visas: consular & processing fees
  • Airport & railway transfers
Not included in the price
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and services
Additional expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Theatre and circus tickets

Single supplement - $625

Additional info
  • Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote an airfare for you. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  • Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  • “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys.

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Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Moscow : The Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin, the beautiful and ancient ensemble stands high on the hill towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. The Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the Russian state, the national idea expressed in stone. It is the oldest part of the city, its political, historic and cultural centre, and the seat of the country's highest bodies of power. The Kremlin contains unique specimens of Russian metal cas... Read more
Moscow : Red Square
The famous Red Square is located in the heart of Moscow. Of course, no trip to Russia would be complete without a visit to Red Square, perhaps Russia's most well known place, and possibly the most famous city square in the world. It is Russia’s most recognizable landmark and is usually tourists first stop in Moscow. It is surrounded by Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Visitors... Read more
Tverskaya Street is a central Moscow street as well as one of the oldest ones. According to certain historical data, Tverskaya Street already existed in the 12th century. Russian Monarchs entered Moscow through this street. It is hard to believe today but Moscow started where Tverskaya Street did. Moscow’s best buildings, hotels, and shops were built here. Tverskaya Street is one of Moscow’s most expensive trade streets. It is also a ... Read more
Moscow : Moscow Subway
Moscow's Metro stations together amount to the most beautiful public transport facility in the world. Visitors to Moscow should not miss taking a ride on this glorious underground rail system, and exploring the stations. Each one has its own distinct aesthetic identity, variously adorned with Realist artworks, chandeliers, ornate pillars and marble floors. Moscow's metro caters to two and half billion passenger rides per year, making it the secon... Read more
The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It is one of the leading ballet and opera companies in the world. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages. The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow's main sights, was opened on... Read more
The Armoury Chamber - a treasure-house, it is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex, and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin’s workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The Armoury Cha... Read more
The St. Basil’s Cathedral Moscow just that this fascinating church at the heart of Moscow, is an exemplary work of art, which touchingly and glamorously traces back the history of Russia in an encompassing and solemn manner, that no other tourist attraction can ever surpass. It is an interesting milestone and a great leaping step towards world tourism and the interesting pieces of history in its courageous, attractive and worth reading whol... Read more
The Cathedral square came into being as early as the C14th, when the first stone churches were built here. At its northern end the square is framed by the massive golden dome of Assumption Cathedral, almost filling one end of the square. The space under its huge portal is filled by the image of the Holy Virgin surround by Archangels. Adjacent to Assumption Cathedral are the Patriarch's Chambers, with their pedestrian arches and Church of The... Read more
Moscow : GUM
The GUM shopping mall is a landmark in Moscow's Red Square. It occupies the majority of the historic square's east side with a facade stretching the length of two and a half football fields. The Gum (pronounced as 'goom') department store was built over a hundred years ago and is a testament to the expertise of late nineteenth century Russian architecture. With the looks of a royal palace this mall is a fitting addition to the numerous gems surro... Read more
Kazan Cathedral Russian: Казанский собор, formally known as the "Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan", is a Russian Orthodox church located on the northeast corner of Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The current building is a reconstruction of the original church, which was destroyed at the direction of then General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, in 1936. Read more
The name is first mentioned in 1480, when Ivan III settled many Novgorodians in the area.They built the church of St Sophia, modelled after St Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, and called the area Lubyanka after the Lubyanitsy district of their native city. Read more
This elegant square is named Theater Square because three of the surrounding buildings are theaters and several others are located nearby. Until the 19th century this was Petrovskaya Square, since Petrovka Street traversed it and the Royal Peter Theater sat on the site of the Bolshoi Theater. Briefly, it was known as Tsvetochnaya (Florist) Square, because the flower sellers did a roaring trade here. Read more
Irkutsk's monument to Emperor Alexander III was erected in 1908 to commemorate the emperor's decision to build the Trans-Siberian Railway. Read more
Siberia : Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk is city that prides itself on size: it is the third-largest city in Russia (the biggest city east of the Urals), has the biggest railway station along the trans-Siberian route, the biggest library in Siberia, and the biggest opera/ballet theater in all of Russia - even bigger than Moscow's Bolshoy. The red-brick Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky, while not the biggest, is considered one of the finest existing examples of pure Russian ... Read more
Baikal : Irkutsk
An unique old city, Irkutsk was known as «Paris of Siberia» in the middle of the 19th century. It plays a remarkable role in the Russian history and it's not accidentally called the city-museum. Irkutsk saves many ancient monuments, romantic look, church cupola's lighting upon the blue current of Angara River. This incredible city is called the midst of the Earth, since it's equidistant from the three world's oceans: the Arctic, the P... Read more
Baikal : Port Baikal
Port Baikal is located on the left bank of the Angara source, at the foot of the Baranchik Cape. The settlement is the end of the Circum-Baikal Railway. Port Baikal is the original settlement, it is located on the shore of Lake Baikal, and on the bank of the Angara river. All buildings fit in a narrow strip along the coast railway, which, in fact, is the main street of the village. Read more
The Kazan Kremlin is the chief historic citadel of Tatarstan, situated in the city of Kazan. It was built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the former castle of Kazan khans. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Read more
1/7th of the World : Baikal
Lake Baikal in Siberia is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site and was also voted as one of Russia's Seven Wonders. It's not hard to see why. Baikal is one of those rare spots on the earth where nature has still remained genuine and untouched. The magnificent landscapes – the lake is surrounded by high mountain chains - and the unique clarity of the crystal-clear water, which runs into a darkness teeming with fish. Siberians believe that ... Read more
1/7th of the World : Kazan
Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, one of the largest and most beautiful cities of Russia, which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage cities. According to official version accepted nowadays, Kazan was founded no less than 1000 years ago. The atmosphere of this intriguing autonomous republic is redolent of Central Asia. The spires of many mosques dot the skyline - including the grand Kul Sharif Mosque inside the historic kremlin... Read more
1/7th of the World : Beijing
Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's second most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southea... Read more
1/7th of the World : Ulaanbaatar
If Mongolia's yin is its pristine countryside, then Ulaanbaatar conforms nicely to its yang. Located in north central Mongolia, fabulous Ulaanbaatar is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. The city was founded in 1639 as a movable (nomadic) Buddhist monastic centre, and in the twentieth century, Ulaanbaatar grew into a major manufacturing centre. Mostly described, as sunny, peaceful and open, Ulaanbaatar is a city of cont... Read more
1/7th of the World : Ulan Ude
Ulan-Ude is the amazing capital city of republic Buryatia in Russia, situated in the east of fabulous Siberia. The name means "red Uda" or "red gate" in Buryat reflecting the communist ideology of the Soviet Union to which it belonged. Closed to foreigners until 1991, Ulan Ude is surrounded by vast, wild nature, boundless steppes, alpine and taiga forests, the landscapes are truly breathtaking and offer a plethora of opportunity for fans of the o... Read more
1/7th of the World : Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is a beautiful and well developed city with many fabulous historical buildings in classicism style, with one of the world's biggest collection of constructivist architecture buildings and with several modern high-techs skyscrapers. It is situated in the central part of Russia, on the eastern slopes of the amazing Ural mountains and almost on the border between Europe and Asia. Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 and named i... Read more
Explore : Moscow
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Beijing : Drum Tower
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Forbidden City, Chinese (Pinyin) Zijincheng or (Wade-Giles romanization) Tzu-chin-ch’eng, imperial palace complex at the heart of Beijing (Peking), China. Commissioned in 1406 by the Yongle emperor of the Ming dynasty, it was first officially occupied by the court in 1420. It was so named because access to the area was barred to most of the subjects of the realm. Government functionaries and even the imperial family were permitted only limi... Read more
Beijing : Great Wall
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Beijing : Summer Palace
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