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Tsars Gold ‘A Winter’s Tale’ Experience

Overview

Take an unforgettable journey by Tsar’s Gold private train through Russia and Mongolia and its magical winter landscapes, with a possible 3-day extension to China. Enjoy a ride on a dog sledge, the crisp, clear winter sun, and the stunning Lake Baikal – just a few of the memorable moments on a journey through a winter wonderland in a perfectly heated train. One of the highlights: spend a night in a nomads’ camp in Mongolia in totally unspoilt surroundings!

  • Panoramic city tour of majestic Moscow

  • A ride in a genuine horse-drawn sleigh

  • Stunning views across Lake Baikal

  • Irkutsk, capital of Eastern Siberia with its classic winter bazaar

  • Snowmobile ride through the taiga

  • The Church on Blood, the new symbol of Yekaterinburg

  • Specialty meals

  • Entertaining and varied on board program

  • A magical journey and a truly memorable experience!

  • Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks

  • Relax in a banya, a traditional Russian sauna

Itinerary

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow

Once you arrive in Moscow, your tour guide will welcome you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel to settle in and leave your heavy luggage behind, before heading out to explore the Russian capital.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Red Square

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • City Tour

Day 2

Excursion in Moscow

Explore Europe’s most dynamic city on a panoramic city tour with its contrast of traditional onion-shaped golden domes decorating small churches and cathedrals, and the power of skyscrapers. Afterwards, relax over lunch in a traditional Russian restaurant before joining your special carriage to depart from the impressive backdrop of one of Moscow’s major stations.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Moscow Metro

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Suzdal

Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in Russia and is part of Russia’s popular Golden Ring. In the 12th century it was the capital of the principality. The town has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the blue and gold domed Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral built in the 13th century by Yury II and the 14th century Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius built under the orders of Suzdal-Nizhniy Novgorod Prince Konstantin.

Day 3

Excursion in Suzdal

After breakfast, you will arrive in the old Russian town of Vladimir before travelling by bus on to Suzdal, one of the oldest and most beautiful spots of the Golden Ring, you will take an excursion around the Suzdal Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Nativity and the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Transfer

  • Volga River

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Golden Ring

  • Suzdal Kremlin

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Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg stands close to the divide between Russia and Kazakhstan and is known as the ‘window on Asia’ due to its close proximity to the border. The city is commonly referred to as Russia’s ‘third capital’ as it is ranked third for tourism, transport, and economic size. It holds crucial significance in Russian History as the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty.

Day 4

Excursion in Yekaterinburg

You will stop in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Ural region. Yekaterinburg has gone down in history as the place where Tsar Nicolas II was murdered with his family in 1918. A short city tour includes the attractive city centre, restored in 2009, as well as the commemorative Cathedral on the Blood, built in 2003 on the site of the tsar’s execution.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • City Tour

Travel to

Trans-Siberian

Stretching 5772 miles from Moscow to the naval port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, the Trans-Siberian is Russia’s principal railway route. The original route was constructed in the 20th century and has since been expanded to include several new branches to Ulaanbaatar, Harbin, and Beijing, via the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian railways.

Day 5

The vastness of Siberia

Your train continues across Siberia. Relax and enjoy the magical winter views of snowy birch and larch woods in the sunshine! A vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks in the restaurant car explores some of the less familiar aspects of Russian customs associated with food and drink. An entertaining film offers a fascinating insight into Russian culture.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Krasnoyarsk

Situated on the Yensei River, Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia and an important junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city has been hailed by Anton Chekov among others, as one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia and even the entirety of Russia. It is best known for the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, an idyllic national park set within rolling hills and rocky outcrops, found just 10km south of the city.

Day 6

Excursion in Krasnoyarsk

Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk. According to writer Anton Chekhov, the most beautiful city in Siberia. The short city tour focuses on an overview of Krasnoyarsk’s captivating history. The mix of old and new streets vividly illustrates how the city has grown and changed over the years. Enjoy a view of Peace Square, the city’s oldest square, and the stunning vistas across the Yenisei river. Naturally, there is also a stop at the beautiful Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel, the symbol of Krasnoyarsk.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Yenisey River

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

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Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and the most important hub for tourism in the Lake Baikal region. As opposed to many of the more industrially shaped cities in Siberia, Irkutsk has a long history as a cultural centre and has been home to scientists, writers, artists, and political activists such as the Decembrists. It is also a key destination on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Day 7

Arrival in Irkutsk and Listvyanka

The train pulls into Irkutsk station. During your city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. You will also see the picturesque Siberian wooden houses and visit one of the biggest monasteries in East Siberia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Guided History Tour

  • Okhlopkov Drama Theatre

Day 8

Winter activities in Lake Baikal

Today, you will visit a local family where you will get to try a traditional Russian meal and have a chance to visit an authentic banya. The final stop around the lake is the Baikal Museum, which showcases this area’s special ecosystem and the lake itself, the world’s largest fresh water reservoir. In the evening, your private train departs from Irkutsk.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Lake Baikal

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Meet local family

  • Baikal Museum

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Lake Baikal

A popular tourist destination situated in the heart of Siberia, Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its natural beauty, pristine beaches and scenic walks. The Lake is home to unique wildlife such as the Baikal Seal, the world’s only freshwater seal, and is the both the deepest and largest freshwater lake in the world descending to a depth of 1700m.

Day 9

Lake Baikal

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. Your train travels several hours directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Lake Baikal

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Ulan-Ude

Located to the East of Russia’s popular tourist destination Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude is a city bustling with tourist activity and is the gateway for the Trans-Mongolian Railway that travels from Ulan-Ude to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar. The city’s close proximity to the Mongolian border and well-established transport links into Asia have allowed the city to form a unique cultural identity as the center of Buddhism in Russia.

Day 10

Excursion in Ulan-Ude

You continue on your way through the steppes of eastern Siberia—through the gorgeous, snow-covered Selenga Valley. You make a stopover in Ulan-Ude where you will have a city tour, and then continue on to the Russia–Mongolia border, where border checkpoint formalities take place.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Border crossing

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

Ulaanbaatar

The capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, was founded in the 17th century as a Buddhist monastic centre and is the country’s largest city. It is situated in the Tuul River valley, bordering the Bogd Khan Uul National Park and close to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The city has a rich heritage and is home to many famous tourist attractions including the Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Zaisan Memorial, Choijin Lama Temple, and the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan.

Day 11

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

As your train pulls into the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar in the morning, porters are already waiting to help with your luggage. Your hotel is conveniently located in the centre of the city. This first night in Ulaanbaatar also offers the chance to stay in a heated nomad felt tent in unspoilt — and probably very frosty! — surroundings (advance booking required). Sleeping in a traditional felt tent under the stars in the majestic quiet of nature – a truly unique experience! The afternoon is dedicated to a visit to the National Museum of Mongolia. Those taking hotel accommodation can enjoy an evening programme of Mongolian folklore with throat singing, music performed on the traditional bowed string instrument, the morin khuur, national costumes, myths and dance (entrance fee payable on site). The nomad felt tent option includes traditional Mongolian tales around an open fire.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Museum of National History

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Folk Show

  • Mongolian throat singing performance

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Optional Extras

Day 12

Excursion in Ulaanbaatar

Today’s programme offers such impressive sights as the Buddhist Gandan monastery and the quirky architectural masterpiece of Choijin Lama Temple. The temple architecture is unique worldwide for its dramatic depictions of the torments of hell for those leaving the path of righteousness. The afternoon excursion visits a family of cattle breeders just outside the city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Choijin Lama Temple

  • Optional Extras

  • Meet local family

  • Gandan Monastery

Day 13

Departure

After breakfast in Ulaanbaatar, your journey through this magical winter landscape has come to an end!

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

  • Optional Extras

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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