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Tsar's Gold Best of Trans-Mongolian East - West: Beijing - Moscow by Private Train (TS-23)

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Tsar's Gold Best of Trans-Mongolian East - West: Beijing - Moscow by Private Train (TS-23)

Riding the legendary Trans-Mongolian railway is a bucket list experience, even more so by private train. On this tour, you can travel in the style of the Tsars on this train featuring luxury accommodation. It’s designed specifically for tourists and on this tour, you’ll travel in a small group and, when off the train, stay at first class hotels in Beijing, Irkutsk and  Moscow. An overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian ger camp will complete your experience.

Day 1
Arrival in China. Exploring Beijing. Temple of Heaven
On arrival in Beijing, our driver will meet you in the arrival sector, waiting to transfer you to the hotel. We’ll begin our sightseeing programme with a sightseeing tour in Beijing.
Day 2
The Great Wall. Ming Tombs. Peking Duck Dinner
The iconic symbol of China and an unmissable place to visit, today's destination, the Great Wall of China, is another of the area's UNESCO-listed sights. 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 dinner of world-renowned Peking Duck.
Day 3
Forbidden City. Departure to Mongolia
Infamous Tiananmen Square is a must-see when in the Chinese capital; it’s the largest city square in the world, boasting an impressive 440,000 m2 of space. Besides its cultural significance, it’s the location of events in 1989 when government tanks rolled in to stop pro-democracy protestors. To the north of the square lies the Forbidden City, listed by UNESCO for its collection of ancient wooden structures. We visit the Imperial Palace which dates from the Ming and Qing dynasties. At the end of the day, it’s time to begin our epic rail adventure, pulling out of Beijing station on a modern Chinese train which will take us to the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator. Note that Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars are not available for this part of the journey.
Day 4
Through the Gobi Desert to Mongolia
By lunchtime, we’ve reached the Chinese-Mongolian border and will change to our private train. At Erlian, there will be a chance to wander in the colourful border market before the train makes its way across the vast Gobi desert and the Mongolian steppe.
Day 5
Ulan Bator
Ulan Bator City Tour
The train pulls into Ulan Bator station in the morning. The city, whose name translates as “Red Hero”, occupies a site on the banks of the River Tuur surrounded by four sacred mountains. We’ll have time for a guided city tour before our evening transfer to a ger camp for an overnight stay in one of the country’s traditional felted yurts (overnight in a ger camp is optional).
Day 6
Ulan Bator
Mongolian Countryside Guided Tour. Departure to Russia
The Mongolian countryside has been described by some as an Asian Switzerland. You’ll be able to decide for yourself as we take a bus trip through the beautiful landscapes and have a typical lunch at a nomadic herder’s ger camp. There, you’ll watch a display which showcases the incredible horsemanship of the local people. Later, we reboard our private train and continue onto Russia.
Day 7
Ulan Ude
Ulan Ude City Tour
Today, we reach Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic of the Russian Federation. The city, located at the confluence of the Selenga and Uda rivers, was an important trading post between Europe and Asia. Make sure you look out for Lenin in the main square; this is the largest head of the former Russian leader anywhere in the world.
Day 8
Port Baikal
Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour
We reach Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake and our train pulls in around noon to the old station of Port Baikal, right on the lake shore. We’ll make a lengthy stop, enough time to capture some memorable shots of the lake or take a dip in its waters. There’ll be the opportunity to take a boat trip out on the lake and if it’s warm enough, we’ll picnic by the water’s edge before reboarding our train bound for Irkutsk.
Day 9
Irkutsk City Tour
Beautiful Irkutsk is the capital of Eastern Siberia. On a city tour you’ll see the contrast between the elegant stone buildings of the centre and the quaint wooden cottages with their intricate fretwork decoration. Look out for the statue of Alexander III and also the lively market hall. After lunch we will visit the open-air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars” before transferring to our centrally located hotel for the night.
Day 10
Across Siberia
On the Train
Today’s train journey gives you the opportunity to appreciate the vast scale of Siberia as we head west. From your train window you’ll pass mountains, crystal clear water and evergreen forest. On board, you can choose to hear our entertaining lectures about Siberia and enjoy a Tsar’s feast prepared by the train’s talented chefs. Enjoy the legendary Russian hospitality during a vodka and caviar tasting while passing these impressive landscapes.
Day 11
Novosibirsk City Tour
On arrival in Siberia’s largest city you’ll receive a traditional bread and salt welcome. Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia and its true cultural and scientific centre. This is the non-official capital of the Western Siberia.
Day 12
Exploring Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is today’s stop. The city dates from 1723 and was developed as a fortress. These days it’s a key city in the Ural region of Russia. Our afternoon city tour explores the recently renovated city centre as well as the Cathedral-on-the-Blood, a memorial to the Tsars that were executed here. Reboarding our train, we continue west towards Kazan.
Day 13
Kazan Kremlin Guided Tour
This old Tatar capital, sited on the banks of the River Volga occupies a picturesque setting. The coexistence of Russians and Tatars in the city for centuries has given this place a unique culture with traditions not seen elsewhere in the country. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city’s Kremlin before resuming your private train journey in the evening.
Day 14
Arrival in Moscow. Kremlin & Cathedrals. Moscow Metro
Having crossed two continents and three countries, our train journey ends as we pull into Moscow station. Our driver will meet you off the train ready to transfer you to your hotel. At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds. Once the residence of the Tsars and now home to the Russian president. The Kremlin is also home to several beautiful orthodox cathedrals and Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs loom large. Finally today, we head underground. No visit to Moscow is complete without a trip on its beautiful subway system, embellished with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures to make it more like an art museum than a mere transit system.
Day 15
Exploring the Russian Caplital. City Tour. Departure
It’s our last day in Moscow and we take a tour of some of the Russian capital’s major cultural and historic sights, including Lubyanka Square, the world-famous KGB centre during the Soviet era, and Teatralnaya Square next to Bolshoi Theatre. We reach Tverskaya Street, a busy shopping thoroughfare, by way of some interesting back lanes, before reaching Red Square. In Red Square, you’ll marvel at the coloured domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, a feature on the Moscow cityscape since the 1550s. After the tour our driver will accompany you to the airport for your flight home.

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During your tour you will stay overnight on a train, hotel and a traditional ger camp. Please see below for detailed description of accommodation options as well as various compartment categories available on your private train. Please note all our hotels and traditional accommodation in Mongolia (a ger) have been chosen for their central location, available facilities, tastefully designed interiors, and friendly service and customers’ feedbacks. All the hotels on your tour will have a 4* rating. Please note all our hotels are recommended on Tripadvisor and have above average reviews.
Tsar's Gold Private Train
Tsar’s Gold private train has been exclusively designed for tourist travel on the Trans-Mongolian railway. This is not a commuter train, rather a luxurious transportation option for holiday-makers. Tsar’s Gold private train offers seven different compartment categories ranging from the standard “budget” category with shared facilities to the VIP compartment featuring en-suite facilities and all modern amenities which can be found in a hotel. There is also a restaurant carriage on this train.
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Hotel Plaza Beijing 4*
Beijing‘s Plaza Hotel is centrally located within the Chinese capital and situated within a short drive of the main tourist sights.  The 218 comfortable rooms are furnished in a contemporary style.  Each is fully equipped with satellite television, tea and coffee machine, minibar and in-room safe. 
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Hotel Marriott Courtyard 4*
The Courtyard by the Marriott Moscow City Centre is a brand new full service property yet safe, tranquil and residential, located right in the heart of town between Tverskaya and Nikitskaya streets, surrounded by residential buildings and the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatory.  It is an ideal place to stay, whether you are on business or leisure, since the hotel is only 10 minutes walk from Kremlin, Red Square, City Hall, and the Old Arbat; all major Moscow business centers and several embassies are within easy reach.Learn more
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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US Dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. 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.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
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Excellent hotels and guides in St Petersburg and Moscow. Excellent guide and driver in Beijing. Excellent communication and service from Go Russia staff.
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It was very well organized; competent staff on train. It was a fantastic trip; no complaints.
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Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided Tour Guided tour to Kolomenskoye - a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). We will also visit the stunning, recently reconstructed Wooden Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich Romanov (17th century) often referred to as ‘an eighth wonder of the world’. Here, you will have a unique chance to see the way of life of the Russian Tsars. Famous for its fairytale roofs, the Wooden Palace was constructed without using saws, nails, or hooks.  Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy.


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Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star City Star City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.


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Summer Palace Guided Tour We will visit the magnificent Summer Palace located 15 kilometres (9.4 miles) away from central Beijing. The Palace represents an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design and is included on UNESCO World Heritage List.


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Starts Ends Beijing Moscow Departs Duration As per schedule 15 days
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