(Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Siberia, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude)
(Ulaan Bataar, Gobi Desert)
Climb aboard the Tsar’s Golden Train for a timeless Trans-Siberian journey. This legendary rail passage has been enchanting travelers since 1891 when Tsar Alexander III sketched his plans to link Russia to the Far East. Travel through Russia’s fairytale forests, the unspoiled wilds of Siberia, the stunning Gobi Desert and the ancient relics of Imperial China on this epic voyage. The train will stop at various cities, towns and villages allowing guests to take in each region’s unique scenery, culture and traditions. Explore Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk , Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude and more accompanied by expert guides on a fusion of private and shared tours. Experience a plethora of historical sites and cultural activities. Take scenic boat ride on the Lake Baikal and captivating city tours. Enjoy picnics, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mongolian horseback riding show, gastronomic delights, traditional village visits, onboard entertainment, daily lectures about culture, countries and people.
This exclusive train is private and only approved passengers can board. Three varieties of accommodation are available aboard the Tsar's Golden Train Bolshoi Class, with modern en-suites, Nostalgic Comfort Class, patterned after the first-class cabins of Communist Party leaders in the 1950s and Standard plus Class with shared facilities. The train features the highest standards of comfort, combining the elegance of fine old-world rail travel with modern amenities and superb cuisine. Expert staff and onboard doctor ensure your safety and well being. This epic tour is enhanced by elegant hotel stays in both Moscow and Beijing.
One of the last great travel adventures in our world, this trip of a lifetime allows you to experience Russia, Mongolia and China in the safest, most comfortable and fascinating manner. Lean back to enjoy the dramatic changes of scenery and savor Northern Europe and Asia’s most superb and splendid landscapes! A Grand Tour of Moscow to Lake Baikal and on to Beijing via Mongolia, this adventure is a unique experience no traveler could ever forget.
Departure dates 2013: 5 May (Guaranteed English speaking guide), 2 Jun (Guaranteed English speaking guide), 21 Jul (Guaranteed English speaking guide).
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Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
A welcome package with small wooden doll Matreshka, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
The Russian capital will present itself in wonderful illumination on the "Moscow by Night" city lights tour. Afterwards you can stroll across the famous Red Square with your tour guides and experience Stalin’s “palaces for the people”: Moscow’s Metro stations in all their splendour and beauty.
Peter 1 Hotel (4*) is located in the historical and cultural centre of the city, within walking distance from the Red Square and the Christ of the Saviour Cathedral. The Big Theatre, State Duma, Manezhnaya Square as well as the State Tretjakov Gallery are some of the major attractions near the property. The hotel is housed in a six-storey building and was constructed in the late XIX century. In 2005-2006 the hotel was totally renovated, and today is considered to be a modern hotel of the highest quality, while effortlessly combining its historial vestiges. The property has 133 spacious and originally decorated rooms.
Tour the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armoury, the sovereign treasury (Diamond Funds not included in price) and the workplace of the Russian President on a private guided tour with an english speaking guide and private driver. Among the sights included in the tour are the Mausoleum of Lenin, the clock at the Savior (Spasskaya) Tower – showing the most correct Moscow time, the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession (the Church of St Basil the Blessed), Kazansky Cathedral and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture. (Entrance to Kremlin Walls and Cathedrals included in tour price).
Enjoy a train station transfer with private vehicle/driver and guide.
The Trans-Siberian railway is one of world’s safest modes of travel. It is safe, clean and maintained to the highest standards. There are 3 compartments categories, and a shower on board. In category I and II cars, you can raise the lower bunk beds; there is more storage space for luggage in a metal compartment underneath. You can put your valuables in here and sleep well knowing they are safe. In many of the cars you can widen the lower beds by a few centimetres. Your car conductor will be happy to assist you. All compartments have a dial for announcements on the on-board intercom. You can walk through the entire train. The view from the very last car is especially interesting. Even the luggage compartment is available for viewing. The train has a maximum length of 21 cars, a restaurant and a luggage car. All meals are included in the journey, as well as special activities and features as specified in the tour itinerary.
Upon a morning arrival into Kazan, ancient capital of the Tartars, you will get the opportunity to visit the city’s Kremlin, full of artefacts evidencing the troubled past relations between Tartars, Cossacks and Russians. Your special train resumes its journey in the evening.
In the afternoon halt in Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural region. The town was founded by Peter the Great in 1723 and restored in 2009. It is also related to the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas the II, because he himself as well as most of his relatives were murdered here. In the course of a city tour you visit the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial of that tragic historical event. Back on the train you can enjoy your view on the fascinating landscape of Western Siberia.
This day you will reach Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, where you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. Your city tour includes a visit to the Transsiberian monument and the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its ride to the East.
Your Private Train, by now your second home, proceeds onward over the Yenisei River through Siberia. In Krasnoyarsk - the city with its impressive riverside location - you will go on an interesting walking tour. Back on the train the on-board restaurant chefs once again demonstrate their skills with the speciality meal "Tsar’s Feast". You will enjoy Russian hospitality during the vodka and caviar tasting while passing by impressive landscapes.
Today the train reaches Irkutsk, capital of Eastern Siberia. During a city tour you will see beautiful Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. After lunch, you will have an excursion to the open air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars", which presents the region’s history in a clear and vivid manner.
Spend the night at an Irkutsk hotel, best available standards.
Today you will visit a Siberian village by vehicle, (shared) directly located at Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. A boat takes you across the deep waters to Port Baikal, where your special train awaits you. The Tsar’s Gold rolls on tracks closed to public transport otherwise, taking you directly along the shore of Lake Baikal for several hours. At a particularly beautiful location your train makes a long stop to give you a good opportunity to enjoy the majestic peace of this unique natural wonder. Dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake (weather permitting).
This day will take you along a different part of the shore of the mystical Lake Baikal, and then onwards through the wild and lonely mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia. On the way to the Mongolian border the train will stop in Ulan Ude, where you attend the city tour.
Tsar’s Gold will travel onward to the Mongolian border with your special train. The formalities while crossing the Mongolian border are handled in the comfort of your compartment.
In the morning you arrive in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia. You can leave your large luggage in the security of the train. In the course of a city tour you will see the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastery and the Lama Museum. Beer gardens are very popular in Mongolia – in the evening, your tour guides can show you the best one in the city.
You will spend the night in a good, centrally located medium-class hotel in Ulan Bator. The Ulaanbaatar Hotel is favorably located in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. Perfect for sightseers as, in close proximity to the hotel, there is Sukhbaatar Square with Government buildings, National University of Mongolia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Today you attend a tour to Mongolian Switzerland, a must for everyone who loves nature. After breakfast, a bus trip reveals the beautiful countryside, where your lunch venue will be situated within the typical tent settlements of nomadic herdsmen, among herds of horses and shaggy yaks (wild Tibetan cattle). A Mongolian horseback riding show will be performed.
In the early morning your train halts in the middle of the Gobi Desert, some time ago one of the favourite settlements of dinosaurs. Towards noontime, you reach the Chinese border, where due to the different Chinese track gauge your Chinese train is ready for departure. The Chinese train has no Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars, only two bed or 4 bed cabins.
"Tsar’s Gold" will travel onward to the Chinese border with your special train.
Enjoy the outskirts of Beijing, observing the impressive scenes of Chinese rural life from your compartment window.
Enjoy a transfer to/from train station with private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide.
Discover the wonders of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Temple of heaven with deluxe lunch on a half day private guided tour. Tiananmen Square was built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and was the front door of the Forbidden City. The present square stretches over a vast 440,000 square meters and features Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and ten meter wall, and is divided into two parts. The Outer Court was where the Emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten Emperors of the Qing dynasty reigned here until 1924.
The Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing is a modern oasis, right in the heart of Beijing's bustling cultural, commercial, business and entertainment center. With its superb location, spacious facilities and personalized service, the Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing is the ideal choice for both business and leisure guests. The Lodging reflects the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. The Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China and the Forbidden City.
Guests may also enjoy the complimentary high-speed Internet access, security safe box, meeting facilities and currency exchange center. All guestrooms feature Western décor and are furnished with lounge chairs in sandstone colors.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour with lunch at the Great Wall at Mutianyu located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles. Construction was started in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Built mainly from granite with 8m walls and 5m wide at the top, it is notable for its 22 watchtowers. Lunch is included.
Take an airport transfer by private car with an English-speaking guide in Beijing.
The Trans-Siberian railway is one of world’s safest modes of travel. It is safe, clean and maintained to the highest standards. There are 3 compartments categories, and a shower on board. In category I and II cars, you can raise the lower bunk beds; there is more storage space for luggage in a metal compartment underneath. You can put your valuables in here and sleep well knowing they are safe. In many of the cars you can widen the lower beds by a few centimetres. Your car conductor will be happy to assist you. All compartments have a dial for announcements on the on-board intercom. You can walk through the entire train. The view from the very last car is especially interesting. Even the luggage compartment is available for viewing. The train has a maximum length of 21 cars, a restaurant and a luggage car. All means are included in the journey, as well as special activities and features as specified in the tour itinerary.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of China for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities outside of major cities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/china.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Beijing. Government: People's Republic. China comprises 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, two special administrative regions and four municipalities directly under central government. Language: The official language is Mandarin Chinese. Among the enormous number of local dialects, large groups speak Cantonese, Shanghaiese (also known as Shanghainese), Fuzhou, Hokkien-Taiwanese, Xiang, Gan and Hakka dialects in the south. Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Xinjiang, which are autonomous regions, have their own languages. English is spoken by many guides and in hotels. Many taxi drivers do not speak English, even in big cities. Religion: China is officially Atheistic, but the stated religions and philosophies are Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. There are 100 million Buddhists and approximately 60 million Muslims, 5 million Protestants (including large numbers of Evangelicals) and 4 million Roman Catholics, largely independent of Vatican control. Time: GMT + 8. Despite the vast size of the country, Beijing time is standard throughout China. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin and three-pin sockets are generally in use. However, most 4 to 5 star hotels are also wired for the use of 110 volt appliances. Telephone: Country code +86 Mobile Telephone: China has the most mobile phone users in the world, backed by a very sophisticated mobile communications system that now covers the entire country. Roaming agreements exist with most major international mobile phone companies. Alternatively, you can buy a prepaid GSM SIM card (from China Mobile stores) that allows you to use your mobile like a local phone with a new number. You'll need your passport to register. Internet: The number of Internet users in China reached 253 million in 2008. Internet cafes can be found in most towns and cities, and Wi-Fi is increasingly available at hotels and cafes in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hangzhou and other major cities.
VISA/PASSPORTA valid passport is required for both US and Canadian citizens. No visa is required for Americans visiting for fewer than 90 days. Canadian citizens require a valid passport and visa prior to arrival. Regular visa processing generally takes 10 working days along with a visa processing fee of approximately $90. All other nationalites should check with the Mongolian Embassies in their home country.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Mongolia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/mongolia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Ulaanbaatar. Government: Republic. Declared independence from China in 1921. Language: Khalkh Mongolian is the official language. Kazakh is spoken by 5% of the population. There are also many Mongolian dialects. Religion: Buddhist Lamaism is the main religion, although there is no state religion. Time: GMT + 8. Bayan Ulgii, Uvs & Khovd Aimags in western Mongolia: GMT + 7. Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +976. Area codes: Ulaanbaatar: 11, Darkhan: 01 372, Erdenet: 01 352, Khovd: 01 432. International calls can be made from telephone exchanges and hotels in Ulaanbaatar. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone operators. Coverage is limited to urban areas. Internet: Access is available in Ulaanbaatar at business centers (often located in hotels), Internet cafes and at the telephone exchange on Suhkbaatar Square.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Russia for the most up to date visa information.
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