Luxury Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian Train Tour - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

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 to get an insight of real Russia, its culture, architecture and people. Then experience genuine Mongolia, admire traditional folk arts, meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt and learn more about their culture. Finally discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing including the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, magnificent landscapes and premium comfort on board the train and in downtown hotels.

Tour type:
Small group rail tour
Tour rating:
4.93 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star or 5-star centrally located hotels:
    6 nights
    On board the train: 9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    6 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 boat trip
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 11 guided tours with private transportation
    10 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activities: lectures, illumination show, folk show and horseback riding show
  • MEALS
  • 15 breakfasts
    14 lunches & 15 dinners
    Bread and salt ceremony
    Vodka tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow & 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.

Day 2
Visit to the Kremlin

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.

Day 3
Kazan 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.

Day 4
Ekaterinburg 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. 

Day 5
Novosibirsk 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. 

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.

Day 7
Irkutsk City 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.

Day 8
Visit to Lake Baikal

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.

Day 9
Ulan Ude 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.

Day 10
Ulan Bator City Tour

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.

Day 11
Trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

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.

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. 

Day 13
Arrival in Beijing

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.

Day 14
Beijing Sightseeing Tour

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 explore the famous Temple of Heaven, where the Chinese Emperors prayed for good harvests, and some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several futuristic skyscrapers.

Following lunch, you enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City, where you see its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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

Today you visit the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China. 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.

Day 16
Departure from Beijing

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.


Included

6 nights at 4 or 5-star centrally located hotels

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

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 and Chinese visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (Chinese visas are upon request). 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;
  • Emergency line support 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.

Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

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

Dates & Rates

Dates
Jul 29
Aug - 12, 2018
Aug 16
Aug - 31, 2018
Aug 24
Sep - 7, 2018
Sep 8
Sep - 23, 2018
Sep 16
Sep - 30, 2018
May 4
May - 19, 2019
May 12
May - 26, 2019
Jun 1
Jun - 16, 2019
Jun 9
Jun - 23, 2019
Jun 27
Jul - 12, 2019
Jul 5
Jul - 19, 2019
Jul 20
Aug - 4, 2019
Jul 28
Aug - 11, 2019
Aug 15
Aug - 30, 2019
Aug 23
Sep - 6, 2019
Sep 7
Sep - 22, 2019
Sep 15
Sep - 29, 2019
Classic Cabin
$8,870
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$1,774
$8,990
deposit
$1,798
$8,870
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,774
$8,990
on request
deposit
$1,798
$8,870
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,774
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
Superior Cabin
$9,290
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$1,858
$9,440
deposit
$1,888
$9,290
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,858
$9,440
on request
deposit
$1,888
$9,290
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,858
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
Nostalgic Cabin
$12,180
reverse
on request
deposit
$2,436
$12,300
on request
deposit
$2,460
$12,180
reverse
deposit
$2,436
$12,300
on request
deposit
$2,460
$12,180
reverse
on request
deposit
$2,436
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
Bolshoi Cabin
$15,420
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$3,084
$15,650
few cabins left
deposit
$3,130
$15,420
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,084
$15,650
few cabins left
deposit
$3,130
$15,420
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,084
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
Platinum Cabin
$17,990
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,598
$18,330
on request
deposit
$3,666
$17,990
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,598
$18,330
on request
deposit
$3,666
$17,990
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$3,598
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
Dates
Jul 29
Aug - 12, 2018
Aug 16
Aug - 31, 2018
Aug 24
Sep - 7, 2018
Sep 8
Sep - 23, 2018
Sep 16
Sep - 30, 2018
May 4
May - 19, 2019
May 12
May - 26, 2019
Jun 1
Jun - 16, 2019
Jun 9
Jun - 23, 2019
Jun 27
Jul - 12, 2019
Jul 5
Jul - 19, 2019
Jul 20
Aug - 4, 2019
Jul 28
Aug - 11, 2019
Aug 15
Aug - 30, 2019
Aug 23
Sep - 6, 2019
Sep 7
Sep - 22, 2019
Sep 15
Sep - 29, 2019
Classic Cabin
$8,870
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$1,774
$8,990
deposit
$1,798
$8,870
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,774
$8,990
on request
deposit
$1,798
$8,870
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,774
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
reverse
deposit
$1,866
Superior Cabin
$9,290
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$1,858
$9,440
deposit
$1,888
$9,290
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,858
$9,440
on request
deposit
$1,888
$9,290
reverse
on request
deposit
$1,858
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
reverse
deposit
$1,968
Nostalgic Cabin
$12,180
reverse
on request
deposit
$2,436
$12,300
on request
deposit
$2,460
$12,180
reverse
deposit
$2,436
$12,300
on request
deposit
$2,460
$12,180
reverse
on request
deposit
$2,436
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
reverse
deposit
$2,528
Bolshoi Cabin
$15,420
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$3,084
$15,650
few cabins left
deposit
$3,130
$15,420
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,084
$15,650
few cabins left
deposit
$3,130
$15,420
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,084
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
reverse
deposit
$3,238
Platinum Cabin
$17,990
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,598
$18,330
on request
deposit
$3,666
$17,990
reverse
on request
deposit
$3,598
$18,330
on request
deposit
$3,666
$17,990
reverse
few cabins left
deposit
$3,598
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
reverse
deposit
$3,840

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