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

Travel in style on board a private train all the way from Moscow to Beijing on this comfortable and fascinating tour.

Only by traveling on wheels can you truly appreciate the vast scale and splendor of these incredible landscapes, punctuating your rail trip with first class hotels in Moscow, Irkutsk and Beijing as well as a traditional ger camp in Mongolia.

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 16 days

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Day 1: Moscow

Arrival Transfer to the Hotel. Exploring Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, our friendly driver will be waiting to meet you with a sign board. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a city tour of Moscow. Our night tour showcases the best of the city’s unique cultural and historical sites, many of which are illuminated after sunset. Together with your guide, you’ll explore Moscow’s tourist highlights by car.

Day 2: Kremlin & Cathedrals. Departure to Kazan

Kremlin & Cathedrals. Departure to Kazan

The Kremlin's imposing walls enclose Cathedral Square, location to several elegant cathedrals. The Kremlin itself was nice an Imperial residence and now the office of the Russian President. After a Kremlin tour, we'll return to the hotel and be collected by our driver who will take us to the railway station.

Day 3: Kazan

Kazan Kremlin

Our overnight train deposits us on the platform at Kazan just after breakfast and we have the day free in this, the old Tatar capital situated on the banks of the River Volga. Cohabitation of the Russians and Tatars has largely been harmonious, influencing the city's traditions and unique culture. We'll have a guided tour of the city's Kremlin before resuming our private train journey in the evening.

Day 4: Yekaterinburg

Exploring Yekaterinburg

This afternoon we arrive in Yekaterinburg, site of the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial of the Russian tsar family executed here. Founded in 1723, this was a fortress city and is now the hub of the Ural region. Later we board the train and continue our journey into Siberia.

Day 5: Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk City Tour

A traditional Russian welcome of bread and salt will be our introduction to Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. At the time of its founding, the city was home to those construction workers building the Trans-Siberian Railway. We'll visit the monument erected to commemorate this feat of civil engineering and also see the Ob River. After dinner, we reboard the train to continue our epic trip across Siberia.

Day 6: Across Siberia

On the Train

Today, the train crosses the Yenisei River and travels deeper into Siberia. We'll pass mountains, crystal clear streams and lush forested slopes. The onboard entertainment team will invite you to hear their interesting talks about the landscape through which we travel while the chefs will rustle up a "Tsar's Feast" which includes a caviar and vodka tasting.

Day 7: Irkutsk

Irkutsk City Tour

We reach the capital of Eastern Siberia today to spend time in beautiful Irkutsk. During a city tour you will be shown beautiful Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. After lunch we will visit an open-air museum to learn more about "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Tonight, we give the train a rest and overnight in a centrally located hotel.

Day 8: Port Baikal

Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour

Many people miss out on the Circum-Baikal but it's well worth the effort. First, we cross Lake Baikal by boat to reach Port Baikal. Following ancient tracks our private train hugs the shore of Lake Baikal for several hours. The Circum-Baikal is not just a railway, but a unique museum of history and nature, combining architecture with zoology, mineralogy and geology. So long as weather permits, dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake.

Day 9: Ulan-Ude

Journey along the Eastern Siberia. Ulan-Ude City Tour

Continuing along the shore of Lake Baikal and then through the magnificent valley of Selenga the private train passes by the wild and lonely mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia. On reaching Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic of the Russian Federation, we take a short city tour. Look out for the oversized head of Lenin, a local landmark.

Day 10: Ulan Bator

Arrival in Mongolia. Ulan Bator City Tour. Overnight in a Ger Camp

In the morning our train reaches Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital. Ulan Bator means “Red Hero” and lies on the bank of the river Tuur, surrounded by four mountains that local people believe to be sacred. Our sightseeing programme includes a guided visit to the Buddhist Gandan Monastery. This special place escaped destruction in 1937 only to be closed a year later. Fortunately, it was reopened in 1946 following a change of policy. Tonight, we'll head out into the Mongolian countryside to spend the night in a typical felt yurt or ger (upon request).

Day 11: Ulan Bator

Mongolian Countryside Guided Tour

Today we head out into the countryside visiting a typical tent settlement of the nomadic herdsmen to share lunch and then to witness a private performance of the skilful Mongolian horseback riding. Later this evening we hop on board our private train and continue our journey.

Day 12: Gobi

Travel through the Gobi Desert

In the early morning your train halts in the middle of the Gobi Desert. This was dinosaur country and many fascinating remains have been uncovered from the desert through which we pass. Towards noon we reach the Chinese border and then, formalities concluded, we continue on towards Beijing.

Day 13: Beijing

Arrival in China

As we arrive in Beijing, our driver will be waiting to meet you with a sign board at the station. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 14: Beijing

Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

It's right to the heart of the Chinese capital today, when we make our way to Tiananmen Square, the largest city square on the planet. Notorious for the tragic events of 1989 when a pro-democracy demo was crushed by government troops, it's home to the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace. Listed by UNESCO as having the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world, the imperial palace dates from the Ming and Qing dynasties. After exploring at a leisurely pace, we shall move onto the Temple of Heaven. set amidst beautiful gardens.

Day 15: Beijing

The Great Wall. Ming Tombs. Peking Duck Dinner

There are few more iconic sites than the Great Wall of China. You can't, despite what people claim, see it from space with the naked eye, but seeing it close up is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your trip. 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 farewell dinner of world-renowned Peking Duck.

Day 16: Beijing

Departure for the Airport

Sadly it's time to return to the airport for the flight home, escorted from the hotel by our personable driver.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts in Moscow
  • Full board (except Moscow)
  • Train travel (overnight)
  • 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.
  • Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.


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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
In truth the Circum-Baikal Railroad is an amazing creature of the human's labour and thought, worthy of your attention. The section of the Trans – Siberian Railroad on the southern shore of fabulous Baikal from Port Baikal to Kultuk is called the Circum-Baikal Railway and was built more than 100 years ago. There are a lot of beautifully constructed tunnels and amazing bridges along the way, making the Circum-Baikal a fantastic monument in i... 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
Moscow can be an overwhelming experience for visitors - there's just so much to see in this vast and vibrant city, from the truly sublime to the ever-so-slightly ridiculous. Moscow has been one of the world's ballet capitals for almost two centuries. It is home to the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in the late 18th century and based at the Bolshoi Theatre. It is called the "world capital of museums". It's no surprise, considering that there are over a ... Read more
Beijing : Drum Tower
The Drum Tower was built in1272 during the reign of Kublai Khan, when it stood at eh very heart of the Yuan capital Dadu. At that time it was known as the Tower of Orderly Administration (Qizhenglou). In 1420, under the Ming Emperor Yongle, the building was reconstructed to the east of the original site and in 1800 under the Qing Emperor Jiaqing, large-scale renovations were carried out. In 1924, the name of the building was changed to the Tower ... Read more
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
A Chinese saying goes that He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man. If we laid the bricks and rocks used in the Great Wall of Ming to form a wall one meter (1.1 yard) wide and five meters (16.4 feet) high, it could circle the earth at the equator with great ease. It is such a spectacular and formidable architectural feat that anyone who comes to China should not miss it under any circumstances. Read more
Beijing Olympic Forest Park was built for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. It was the leisure site for athletes, coaches, and official staff to get relaxed from tense competitions. The tennis, shooting, and hockey competitions were held there. After the closing ceremony, it has been transformed to the city's back garden for sightseeing, recreation and sports. As the largest urban green landscape in Asia and the largest park in Beijing, one can str... Read more
Beijing : Shichahai Lake
Shichahai is a famous scenic area in the northwest part of Beijing, which includes three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard. Read more
Beijing : Summer Palace
The Summer Palace, northwest of Beijing, is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China. It is only a short drive (15 km) from central Beijing but seems like another world. Read more
Tiananmen Square, Chinese (Pinyin) Tiananmen Guangchang or (Wade-Giles romanization) T’ien-an Men Kuang-ch’ang, open square in the centre of Beijing, China, one of the largest public squares in the world. Read more
The Gandantegchinlen Monastery is a Mongolian Buddhist monastery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar that has been restored and revitalized since 1990. The Tibetan name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy". It currently has over 150 monks in residence. It features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Avalokiteśvara. It came under state protection in 1994. Read more
The monument to Vladimir Lenin, one-of-a-kind with its artistic shape, it is the main attraction of Ulan-Ude. Read more
The Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land is a Russian Orthodox church built on the site of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, where Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, and his family, along with members of the household, were shot by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War. The church commemorates the Romanov sainthood. Read more
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