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

Group size
2-26 people
All year
15 days
As per schedule
China, Mongolia, Russia
Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Ulan-Ude, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Gobi, Port Baikal
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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 Moscow, Irkutsk and Beijing. An overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian ger camp will complete your experience.

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Extension Trip to Xian from BeijingWe invite you for an optional extension trip from Beijing to Xian - one of the four ancient capitals of China and an important cultural centre of the country. You will travel by an overnight train to Xian where upon arrival you will enjoy full day guided excursions with an English-speaking guide, including Terracotta army, Big Wild Gooze Pagoda, City Wall, etc. You will also have some free time to visit the old markets in Drum Tower and Great Mosque area before transfer back to the railway station. Lunch included.
$475 per person
Hong Kong Extension - 4 daysHong Kong has enjoyed special status since being returned to China by the British in 1997. This prosperous and vibrant territory is a world-class destination beloved by many for its curious and unique mix of eastern and western cultures. The towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island and the sheltered harbour that divides it from bustling Kowloon are perhaps its most iconic sight. But there’s much more to explore: outlying islands boast secluded beaches and charming fishing villages that are surprisingly rural yet easy to reach from the city. A short boat ride away is the neighbouring territory of Macao, returned by the Portuguese in 1999, and a fascinating contrast to Hong Kong.
$845 per person

Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
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 program with a sightseeing tour in Beijing.
Day 2
The Great Wall of China and Peking Duck
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
Guided tour of the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace
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.
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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 colorful border market before the train makes its way across the vast Gobi desert and the Mongolian steppe.
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Ulan Bator
Day 5
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
Mongolian Countryside Guided Tour
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.
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Ulan Ude
Day 7
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.
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Port Baikal
Day 8
Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour from Port Baikal
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.
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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 center 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.
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Across Siberia
Day 10
Free day
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.
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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 center. This is the non-official capital of the Western Siberia.
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Day 12
City Centre Guided Tour
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 center 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.
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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.
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Day 14
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Kremlin Territory with Cathedrals
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
City tour around Moscow
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
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 center 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 colored 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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We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
Excellent hotels and guides in St Petersburg and Moscow. Excellent guide and driver in Beijing. Excellent communication and service from Go Russia staff.
It was very well organized; competent staff on train. It was a fantastic trip; no complaints.

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