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Luxury Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian Train Tour

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Trip Overview

The Tsar's Gold private Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Beginning in Moscow, you get to explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, its culture, architecture and people, see breathtaking Lake Baikal, experience genuine Mongolia and discover the best of Chinese heritage in Beijing. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, magnificent landscapes and premium comfort on board the train and in downtown 5-star hotels.

Tour type:
Small group rail tour
Tour rating:
4.93 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard room - 6 nights
    Tsar's Gold train - 8 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport/railway - hotel transfers
    Upscale Tsar's Gold train
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 8 guided city tours
    The Kremlin &
    The Great Wall of China
  • MEALS
  • 15 breakfasts
    15 lunches
    13 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow & City Tour

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Your guide and driver meet 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 sceneries 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Day 13

Arrival in Beijing

After traveling through the beautiful rural life of China, you finally arrive in its capital - 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. 

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.

Day 15

Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs

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.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.

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!


Hotels

6 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels and 8 nights on board

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • 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

  • "City of Lights" illuminations show
  • A visit to the Kremlin
  • Eight city tours with excellent guides exploring - Moscow, Kazan, Irkutsk, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Ulan Ude, Ulan Bator and Beijing
  • Visit to the Great Wall of China
  • Tour of Ming Tombs
  • Trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
  • A relaxing boat ride around the Lake Baikal

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 Classic Cabin Nostalgic Cabin Bolshoi Cabin Platinum Cabin Superior Cabin
May 5 - May 20, 2018
$8,990
deposit
$1,798
$12,300
deposit
$2,460
$15,650
deposit
$3,130
$18,330
deposit
$3,666
$9,440
deposit
$1,888
May 13 - May 27, 2018
$8,870
reverse
deposit
$1,774
$12,180
reverse
deposit
$2,436
$15,420
reverse
deposit
$3,084
$17,990
reverse
deposit
$3,598
$9,290
reverse
deposit
$1,858
Jun 2 - Jun 17, 2018
$8,990
deposit
$1,798
$12,300
deposit
$2,460
$15,650
deposit
$3,130
$18,330
deposit
$3,666
$9,440
deposit
$1,888
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Dates Classic Cabin Nostalgic Cabin Bolshoi Cabin Platinum Cabin Superior Cabin
May 5 - May 20, 2018
$8,990
$12,300
$15,650
$18,330
$9,440
May 13 - May 27, 2018
$8,870
reverse
$12,180
reverse
$15,420
reverse
$17,990
reverse
$9,290
reverse
Jun 2 - Jun 17, 2018
$8,990
$12,300
$15,650
$18,330
$9,440
Jun 10 - Jun 24, 2018
$8,870
reverse
$12,180
reverse
$15,420
reverse
$17,990
reverse
$9,290
reverse
Jun 28 - Jul 13, 2018
$8,990
$12,300
$15,650
$18,330
$9,440
Jul 6 - Jul 20, 2018
$8,870
reverse
$12,180
reverse
$15,420
reverse
$17,990
reverse
$9,290
reverse
Jul 21 - Aug 05, 2018
$8,990
on request
$12,300
$15,650
$18,330
$9,440
Jul 29 - Aug 12, 2018
$8,870
reverse
$12,180
reverse
$15,420
reverse
$17,990
reverse
$9,290
reverse
Aug 16 - Aug 31, 2018
$8,990
$12,300
$15,650
$18,330
$9,440
Aug 24 - Sep 07, 2018
$8,870
reverse
$12,180
reverse
$15,420
reverse
$17,990
reverse
$9,290
reverse
Sep 8 - Sep 23, 2018
$8,990
$12,300
$15,650
$18,330
$9,440
Sep 16 - Sep 30, 2018
$8,870
reverse
$12,180
reverse
$15,420
reverse
$17,990
reverse
$9,290
reverse

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