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

Group size
2-26 people
16 days
As per schedule
China, Mongolia, Russia
Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Ulan-Ude, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Gobi, Port Baikal
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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.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
City tour around 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 Territory with Cathedrals
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.
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Day 3
Kazan Kremlin Guided Tour
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.
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Day 4
City Centre Guided Tour
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.
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Day 5
Novosibirsk City Tour
Visit of the Transsiberian Monument
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.
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Across Siberia
Day 6
Free day
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.
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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.
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Port Baikal
Day 8
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.
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Ulan Ude
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.
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Ulan Bator
Day 10
Ulan Bator City Tour
Visit to Gandan Monastery
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 program 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
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.
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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.

Note: the Russian private train cannot continue towards Beijing because of the different track gauge in China, so you will change trains at the border. The Chinese train does not have carriages in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories.
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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 13
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
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
Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
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 of China and Peking Duck
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
Transfer from the hotel to 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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See what our clients say about this tour
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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