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Tsar's Gold Best of Trans-Mongolian: Moscow - Beijing by Private Train (TS-22)

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  • 19 August 2021
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Tsar's Gold Best of Trans-Mongolian: Moscow - Beijing by Private Train (TS-22)

Travel in style on board a private train all the way from Moscow to Beijing on this comfortable and fascinating tour. Only by traveling on wheels can you truly appreciate the vast scale and splendor of these incredible landscapes, punctuating your rail trip with first class hotels in Moscow, Irkutsk and Beijing as well as a traditional ger camp in Mongolia.

Day 1
Arrival Transfer to the Hotel. Exploring Moscow
Upon arrival in Moscow, our friendly driver will be waiting to meet you with a sign board. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a city tour of Moscow. Our night tour showcases the best of the city’s unique cultural and historical sites, many of which are illuminated after sunset. Together with your guide, you’ll explore Moscow’s tourist highlights by car.
Day 2
Kremlin & Cathedrals. Departure to Kazan
The Kremlin's imposing walls enclose Cathedral Square, location to several elegant cathedrals. The Kremlin itself was nice an Imperial residence and now the office of the Russian President. After a Kremlin tour, we'll return to the hotel and be collected by our driver who will take us to the railway station.
Day 3
Kazan Kremlin
Our overnight train deposits us on the platform at Kazan just after breakfast and we have the day free in this, the old Tatar capital situated on the banks of the River Volga. Cohabitation of the Russians and Tatars has largely been harmonious, influencing the city's traditions and unique culture. We'll have a guided tour of the city's Kremlin before resuming our private train journey in the evening.
Day 4
Exploring Yekaterinburg
This afternoon we arrive in Yekaterinburg, site of the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial of the Russian tsar family executed here. Founded in 1723, this was a fortress city and is now the hub of the Ural region. Later we board the train and continue our journey into Siberia.
Day 5
Novosibirsk City Tour
A traditional Russian welcome of bread and salt will be our introduction to Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. At the time of its founding, the city was home to those construction workers building the Trans-Siberian Railway. We'll visit the monument erected to commemorate this feat of civil engineering and also see the Ob River. After dinner, we reboard the train to continue our epic trip across Siberia.
Day 6
Across Siberia
On the Train
Today, the train crosses the Yenisei River and travels deeper into Siberia. We'll pass mountains, crystal clear streams and lush forested slopes. The onboard entertainment team will invite you to hear their interesting talks about the landscape through which we travel while the chefs will rustle up a "Tsar's Feast" which includes a caviar and vodka tasting.
Day 7
Irkutsk City Tour
We reach the capital of Eastern Siberia today to spend time in beautiful Irkutsk. During a city tour you will be shown beautiful Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. After lunch we will visit an open-air museum to learn more about "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Tonight, we give the train a rest and overnight in a centrally located hotel.
Day 8
Port Baikal
Circum-Baikal Railway Guided Tour
Many people miss out on the Circum-Baikal but it's well worth the effort. First, we cross Lake Baikal by boat to reach Port Baikal. Following ancient tracks our private train hugs the shore of Lake Baikal for several hours. The Circum-Baikal is not just a railway, but a unique museum of history and nature, combining architecture with zoology, mineralogy and geology. So long as weather permits, dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake.
Day 9
Journey along the Eastern Siberia. Ulan-Ude City Tour
Continuing along the shore of Lake Baikal and then through the magnificent valley of Selenga the private train passes by the wild and lonely mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia. On reaching Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic of the Russian Federation, we take a short city tour. Look out for the oversized head of Lenin, a local landmark.
Day 10
Ulan Bator
Arrival in Mongolia. Ulan Bator City Tour. Overnight in a Ger Camp
In the morning our train reaches Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital. Ulan Bator means “Red Hero” and lies on the bank of the river Tuur, surrounded by four mountains that local people believe to be sacred. Our sightseeing programme includes a guided visit to the Buddhist Gandan Monastery. This special place escaped destruction in 1937 only to be closed a year later. Fortunately, it was reopened in 1946 following a change of policy. Tonight, we'll head out into the Mongolian countryside to spend the night in a typical felt yurt or ger (upon request).
Day 11
Ulan Bator
Mongolian Countryside Guided Tour
Today we head out into the countryside visiting a typical tent settlement of the nomadic herdsmen to share lunch and then to witness a private performance of the skilful Mongolian horseback riding. Later this evening we hop on board our private train and continue our journey.
Day 12
Travel through the Gobi Desert
In the early morning your train halts in the middle of the Gobi Desert. This was dinosaur country and many fascinating remains have been uncovered from the desert through which we pass. Towards noon we reach the Chinese border and then, formalities concluded, we continue on towards Beijing.
Day 13
Arrival in China
As we arrive in Beijing, our driver will be waiting to meet you with a sign board at the station. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 14
Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
It's right to the heart of the Chinese capital today, when we make our way to Tiananmen Square, the largest city square on the planet. Notorious for the tragic events of 1989 when a pro-democracy demo was crushed by government troops, it's home to the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace. Listed by UNESCO as having the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world, the imperial palace dates from the Ming and Qing dynasties. After exploring at a leisurely pace, we shall move onto the Temple of Heaven. set amidst beautiful gardens.
Day 15
The Great Wall. Ming Tombs. Peking Duck Dinner
There are few more iconic sites than the Great Wall of China. You can't, despite what people claim, see it from space with the naked eye, but seeing it close up is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your trip. 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 farewell dinner of world-renowned Peking Duck.
Day 16
Departure for the Airport
Sadly it's time to return to the airport for the flight home, escorted from the hotel by our personable driver.

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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 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
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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Please read notes at the bottom of the table to learn more about the meaning of each pricing section.

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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Moscow Beijing
Moscow by Night City Tour by Car Moscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.


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Diamond Fund Guided Tour The Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.


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Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour A guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.


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Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox Religion The town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.


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Poklonnaya Hill and WWII Victory Park Guided Tour Poklonnaya Hill is the most significant monument constructed in honour of victory in the Great Patriotic War. The solemn opening of the Victory Memorial in Moscow was held on May, 9, 1995. On February 23, 1958 on this site, a memorable granite sign was established with the inscription: "Here there will be a monument to the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War." The Victory Park and the Square of Victors are important parts of the outdoor museum with many tanks and other vehicles used in the Second World War.


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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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Extension Trip to Xian from Beijing We 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.


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Hong Kong Extension - 4 days Hong 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.


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Please see below sample menu and beverage list served on the train. Please note this is for information purposes only and the menu and prices are subject to change.
Starts Ends Moscow Beijing Departs Duration As per schedule 16 days
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