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Tsars Gold Trans-Siberian Eastbound

Overview

The Trans-Siberian is the one of the great travel adventures, passing through some of the most remote, and breath-taking, vistas in the world. Travelling in the Tsars Gold private train brings this journey to new heights, thanks to the luxury of your accommodation, and the fully escorted nature of the tour. The Tsar’s Gold itself runs along a branch of the Trans-Siberian called the Trans-Mongolian, passing through Mongolia towards Beijing rather than to the Russian Far East and the Pacific coast. Along the way you will see the vast Siberian forests, Lake Baikal, the largest lake in the world, and innumerable staggering views of natural beauty.

  • City of Lights evening tour through Moscow

  • The Kremlin in Kazan (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

  • Welcome ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk

  • Siberian wooden houses in Irkutsk

  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal

  • Picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal (weather permitting)

  • Mongolian archery demonstration

  • Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China

  • Daily talks on the region’s culture and people

  • Vodka tasting with Russian snacks and red caviar

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 and Excursion 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 for your first taste of Russia’s historic capital.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Expert Guide

  • ‘City of Lights’ tour

  • Red Square

  • Moscow Metro

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 2

Excursions in Moscow

Your grand, guided, city tour will begin in the morning, taking in the Kremlin and its marvellous Tsarist-era cathedral.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Kazan

Kazan is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The city lies at the confluence of the Kazanka and Volga Rivers in the South-East of Russia and was considered a crucial trade and political center from the Late Middle Ages onwards. It has become a popular tourist destination with famous attractions including the Kazan kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque, known to be one of the largest mosques in Russia.

Day 3

Excursions in Kazan

On the morning of day three you will arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, on the banks of the Volga River.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Volga River

  • Expert Guide

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

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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

Excursions in Yekaterinburg

Around noon your train will stop in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is well known for being where the Russian tsar Nicholas II spent his last days before his execution.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

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Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia with the flair and charm of a provincial town. It is an important commercial hub in the region, hosting one of the best and largest universities in Russia which has shaped the identity of the city. The city is home to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (NOVAT), considered one of the best musical and theatre groups in Russia.

Day 5

Excursions in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is in the heart of Siberia and is, in fact, the most populous city in Asian Russia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Ob’ River

  • Trans-Siberian Monument

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 6

Across Siberia aboard the Tsar’s Gold

You will cross a large portion of Siberia today, crossing over the Yenisei River along the way. With stunning views of verdant forests and crystal-clear lakes and rivers, it is the perfect day to relax and just enjoy the view.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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

Excursions in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia, and today you will be guided around some of the best sights the city has to offer.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Open air 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 8

Exploring Lake Baikal

After a bus journey to Listvyanka, you will be ferried by boat to Port Baikal on the morning of day eight, where the train will be awaiting you, before continuing the journey around the grand Lake Baikal, following the original route of the Trans-Siberian.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Boat Trip

  • Expert Guide

  • Transfer

  • Circum-Baikal Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Lakeside Picnic

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

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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 9

Excursions in Ulan-Ude

You will continue along Lake Baikal today, heading towards the home of the Buryat people, Ulan-Ude. A brief tour will take place here before moving onwards towards the border with Mongolia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Lake Baikal

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • City Tour

  • Border crossing

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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 10

Excursions in Ulaanbaatar

Early risers will have the opportunity to see the magnificent landscapes of Mongolia before arriving into Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Gandan Monastery

  • Choijin Lama Temple

  • Optional Extras

  • Folk Show

  • Mongolian throat singing performance

Day 11

Trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

You will leave the centre of Ulan Bator today for a trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to explore a traditional side of Mongolia; nomadic herdsmen with their Ger settlements, horse herds and yaks.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Expert Guide

  • Meet the local herdsman’s family

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Transfer

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 12

Crossing the Gobi Desert

Crossing the vast Gobi Desert you will have time to take in the views, have a great time with your fellow travellers, and, most importantly, relax.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Border crossing

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Gobi Desert

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Beijing

The capital of China, Beijing, has a long history stretching back over 3000 years. The city is known for its unrivalled culture and architecture and is home to no less than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the world-famous Forbidden City complex and the Badaling Great Wall of China. Beijing is one of the ‘Four Great Ancient Capitals of China’ and has been the political centre of the country for 800 years.

Day 13

Arrival in Beijing

You will arrive in Beijing sometime in the morning, and be transferred to your hotel. After this you are free to explore the beautiful Beijing at your leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • New Destination by Train

Day 14

Excursions in Beijing

Your first, full, day in Beijing will be split in two. First you will be taken on a tour of the city to see some of the most important and historic sites, including the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square, as well as some of its more contemporary architectural achievements, including the ‘Birds Nest’ Olympic Stadium and the thoroughly modern skyscrapers now dotting the Beijing skyline.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Temple of Heaven

  • Tiananmen Square

  • ‘Birds Nest’ Olympic Stadium

  • Forbidden City

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 15

The Great Wall of China and Peking Duck

To many, the Great Wall of China is the eighth wonder of the world, stretching, as it does, 6000km through the Chinese countryside, and it is here where your tour will start today. Along your walk you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ming Tombs, the burial place of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, as well as the impressive Spirit Way.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Great Wall of China

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Expert Guide

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Ming Tombs

Day 16

Depart Beijing

This will be your last day on tour. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to begin your journey home. If you are not yet ready to journey home, why not try Real Russia’s ‘Dragon City’ Beijing extensions?

  • Breakfast

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

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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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