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Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian

Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 51 Reviews
Tourist trains to Russia, Mongolia, China

The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Starting from in Moscow, you get to explore Russian towns. Then experience genuine Mongolia, admire traditional folk arts, and meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt. Finally, discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing including the real icon, the Great Wall of China.

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian

16 days6 cities
RussiaMongoliaChina3 countries
Tourist trains to Russia, Mongolia, China
From
$9,330
Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 51 Reviews

The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Starting from in Moscow, you get to explore Russian towns. Then experience genuine Mongolia, admire traditional folk arts, and meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt. Finally, discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing including the real icon, the Great Wall of China.

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Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow & City Tour
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your guide and driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Later you are invited to enjoy a "City of Lights" tour that provides you with a unique opportunity to capture a glance of the magnificent illumination of this Eurasian metropolis.

During the tour, you stroll across the world-famous Red Square and take a short Moscow Metro ride to explore this outstanding work of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes, and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

After the tour, you return to your hotel for overnight.

Dinner is included.

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Day 2
Visit to the Kremlin
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your guide who takes you to one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. During the tour, you explore this world-famous symbol of Russian power and visit one of its brilliant cathedrals.

In the evening you are transferred to the railway station to board your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train and start your voyage across Eurasia.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

train
Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure, and enjoy a ride to the stunning city of Kazan. Take in the picturesque sceneries from the window of the train, and relax in your train compartment till you reach the capital of Tatarstan.

Kazan, Russia

Kazan

second destination

Kazan, often referred to as the country's third capital, is a magnificent millennium city and Russia's religious treasure trove. It stands on the confluence of two rivers: the Volga and Kazanka, and has an incredible 1000-year-old history.

1 day in each city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights on board the train
Day 3
Kazan City Tour
City tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a guided city tour that includes a visit to the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you will see the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral, and learn about the turbulent history of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 4
Ekaterinburg City Tour
City tour
City tour

Today your train arrives in the famous capital of Ural where Europe and Asia meet - Ekaterinburg.

Upon arrival, you have a guided city tour dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family, that includes a visit to the Cathedral-on-the-Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House where the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II, and his family were assassinated.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling through the vast steppes of Western Siberia.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 

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Day 5
Novosibirsk City Tour
City tour
City tour

Today you reach a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature. Your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant but is certainly not desolate.

Upon arrival, you are welcomed in a traditional Russian manner with a bread and salt ceremony. Then you enjoy a guided city tour, that includes visits to the Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River embankment.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 

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Day 6
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train. This is a great chance to enjoy fantastic scenery of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers, and verdant slopes, entertaining lectures about Siberia, gourmet dining and vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks in a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Kazan
Irkutsk
2d 20h

Spend the upcoming few days making your way through the Trans-Siberian railway, stopping to explore Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and arriving at your final destination - Irkutsk. Enjoy the fantastic Russian sceneries pass you buy.

Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk

third destination

The cold Siberian city Irkutsk is known as the city from which Russia's great explorers set off for their expeditions. Located about 70 kilometers from Lake Baikal not far from China and Mongolia, Irkutsk Russia of today is among the region's largest towns.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Irkutsk City Tour
City tour
City tour
Day tour
Day tour

Today your train arrives in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life.

During your guided city tour you see some classic Siberian wooden cottages, the statue of Alexander III and the Market Hall.

After lunch you take a trip to the nearby Taltsy village to visit its famous open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography, that consists of a number of buildings representing a traditional Siberian rural life.

After the tour, you are transferred back to Irkutsk and check in to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 8
Visit to Lake Baikal
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your guide who takes you to the nearby Listvyanka village to explore a famous Lake Baikal that is the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia.

You enjoy a relaxing boat ride around the lake with a stop at one of the most picturesque places on the route, giving you the chance to experience the natural atmosphere of this unique area. Here you enjoy a traditional local style picnic (if weather permits).

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
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Set near the embankment, the elegant Marriott Courtyard is a great property, offering spacious air-conditioned rooms, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including such amenities as a mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and a safe.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan-Ude
7 hrs 30 min

Today you start another leg of your Trans-Siberian journey and head towards the fascinating Buryatia region. You are about to witness some spectacular views as you pass along the Lake Baikal shores.

Ulan-Ude, Russia Gallery

Ulan-Ude

fourth destination

Ulan-Ude is the enchanting capital of the Republic of Buryatia. This unique gorgeous city standing on the crossroads of Russia, China and Mongolia. The city grew as a large trade center and was an important point on the Silk Road route.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night on board the train
Day 9
Ulan Ude City Tour
City tour
City tour

Today your train takes you along a different part of the shore of the beautiful Lake Baikal to the magnificent Selenga River valley, passing wild mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia.

On its way to the Mongolian border, the train stops in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling toward the Russian-Mongolian border.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Tsar's Gold Train
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train
Ulan-Ude
Ulan Bator
15 hrs 10 min

Today you have a long rail journey ahead of you. Prepare to spend 15 hours on a regular comfortable train taking you from Ulan-Ude to Ulan Bator.

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Ulan Bator

fifth destination

Ulan Bator is the capital and largest city of Mongolia, this extraordinary Silk Road town has rich multi-ethnic history.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Ulan Bator City Tour
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

Today you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. During your guided city tour around the most famous city attractions, you see the legendary Gandan Monastery, that is considered the most important center for Buddhist learning in all of Mongolia, and explore the Lama Museum - a cluster of four temples dedicated to the brother of Bogd Khan, who served as the state oracle during his reign.

In the evening your guide shows you the best beer garden in the city so that you could enjoy a peaceful evening in a company of your fellow-travelers. Afterwards, you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, and national dances.

After the tour, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

  • Optional overnight: You can spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt in the amazing Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, sometimes described as the Mongolian Alps (contact your travel specialist for additional information).

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 11
Trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a bus trip to the yurt camp located at the amazing Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Today you have the unique chance to meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt and learn more about their culture, lifestyle, and traditions. After lunch you enjoy a specially arranged Mongolian horseback riding show, that takes you back to the days of the Mongolian Horde, demonstrating the skills that have been passed from fathers to children since time immemorial.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling towards the Mongolian-Chinese border.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 12
Changing Trains in Erlian

Today you arrive in Erlian - the border town between Mongolia and China. Here you say farewell to your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train and board a traditional Chinese train that takes you to Beijing.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 

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Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulan Bator
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Set right in the city center near the unique State Government House, Sukhbaatar Square, and the National Museum of Mongolian History, the luxurious Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel offers excellent service and everything you need for a memorable stay in Ulan Bator.

train
Ulan Bator
Beijing
1 d 7 hrs

Your private driver takes you to the train station, where you start your journey to Beijing. Take in the picturesque sceneries from the window of the train, and rest in your train compartment.

Beijing, China Gallery

Beijing

sixth destination

Once the capital of four dynasties and the capital of China today, Beijing is one of the world's truly imposing cities with over 3,000 years of history and a population of around 11 million.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Arrival in Beijing
Transfer
Transfer

After observing impressive scenes of Chinese rural life, parts of the Great Wall of China and magnificent river valleys where fields are still cultivated and harvested by hand, you finally arrive in the capital of China - Beijing!

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the railway station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 14
Beijing Sightseeing Tour
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

After breakfast, you meet your guide and go on an amazing sightseeing tour around the most renowned Beijing landmarks.

You start with a visit to the legendary Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings and the monument to the National Heroes are located.

Then you enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties - the Forbidden City. You explore its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples.

Following lunch, you visit the fantastic ensemble of lakes, gardens and imperial buildings - the Summer Palace, and take a walk at the famous Silk Store, where you can buy some traditional Chinese souvenirs and various silk products.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 15
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs
Day tour
Day tour

Today you enjoy a wonderful guided tour of the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China, to see one of its best-preserved and unique sections that has less tourists - the Mutianyu Great Wall.

After exploring this majestic man-made miracle of world's architecture you proceed to the famous Ming Tombs - the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors.

After the tour, you return to Beijing and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you enjoy dinner with traditional Beijing duck at one of the downtown restaurants.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 16
Departure from Beijing
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your fantastic Tsar's Gold train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

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Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing
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Set within walking distance from the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square, Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel is a great property, offering top-notch service and stylish accommodations.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in Moscow (1 night), Irkutsk (1 night), Ulan Bator (1 night) and Beijing (3 nights);
  • 8 nights on board the Tsar's Gold train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Full Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (not required for US and Canadian citizens). Full Chinese* visa processing service for USA, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Three meals daily on board the train;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Entertainment program on board, including lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route;
  • Doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • Support line during the trip.

Specials for Bolshoi guests: 2 meals to choose from for Lunch and Dinner on board the train, 1 bottle of water per person daily, 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included for meals on board the train.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses, Chinese visa processing service for Canadian passport holders.

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Tour Highlights

  • Comfort of travelling on a private train combined with a caring tour director, exciting lectures and entertainment onboard;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • "City of Lights" tour in Moscow showing the magnificent illumination of this Eurasian metropolis;
  • A taste of Russian hospitality during welcome 'Bread and Salt' ceremony in Novosibirsk - the capital of Siberia;
  • Grandeur and beauty of the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness and enjoy a picniс on its shores;
  • Insight into Mongolian culture during a performance of traditional folk arts;
  • A chance to visit one of the "New" Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall of China.

What To Know

  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Eurasian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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