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Tsars Gold Trans-Siberian Westbound

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 from Beijing, through Mongolia and onwards towards Moscow. 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.

  • Beijing’s Forbidden City

  • Daily talks on the region’s culture and people

  • Mongolian archery demonstration

  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Vodka tasting with Russian snacks and red caviar

  • Welcome ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in Beijing

Once you arrive in Beijing, 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 China’s historic capital.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Temple of Heaven

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • ‘Birds Nest’ Olympic Stadium

Day 2

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

  • Ming Tombs

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 3

Excursion and Depart from Beijing

For centuries closed to the public, you will be given the opportunity to enter the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace, and the centre of Chinese politics for nearly 500 years. The complex consists of 980 buildings, and while you will be unable to see all of them, you will have ample time to see many of the temples and halls that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Forbidden City

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

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Trans-Mongolian

A variant of the traditional Trans-Siberian Railway, the Trans-Mongolian is one of the best ways to reach and explore Mongolia and passes between Moscow and Beijing visiting the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar on the way. The train journey itself offers diverse, spectacular views from the alpine forest regions of Siberia to the vast, arid Gobi Desert before skipping through the lush landscapes of China.

Day 4

Crossing the Gobi Desert

Around noon the chartered train will reach the border. A change of train is necessary as the Tsars Gold is unable to run on the type of track used in China.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Border crossing

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Gobi Desert

  • New Destination by Train

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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 5

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

  • Choijin Lama Temple

  • Optional Extras

  • Folk Show

  • Mongolian throat singing performance

Day 6

Gandan Monastery and Mongolian Alps

After breakfast the tour will visit the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastery, offering the exciting opportunity to observe a Buddhist religious ceremony.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Gandan Monastery

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Meet the local herdsman’s family

  • Food & Drink Experience

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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 7

Excursions in Ulan-Ude

Leaving Mongolia you will head along the Selenga River towards the home of the Buryat people, Ulan-Ude for a brief city tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • New Destination by Train

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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

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world, containing more than 20% of the world’s freshwater, and is a truly remarkable sight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Boat Trip

  • Port Baikal

  • Lakeside Picnic

  • New Destination by Train

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

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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 9

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

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Open air museum

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 10

Across Siberia aboard the Tsars 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

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 11

Excursions in Novosibirsk

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Greeting with bread and salt

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Expert Guide

  • Trans-Siberian Monument

  • Ob’ River

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

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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 12

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

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Church on the Blood of All Russian Saints

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • New Destination by Train

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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 13

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

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Volga River

  • New Destination by Train

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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 14

Arrival and Excursions in Moscow

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, where you can leave your luggage ready for a busy day exploring the grand Russian capital.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Kremlin with Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon and Armoury Chamber

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • ‘City of Lights’ tour

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • New Destination by Train

  • Red Square

Day 15

Excursions and Depart from Moscow

You have a busy morning ahead of you before you are transferred to the airport to begin your journey home.

  • Breakfast

  • Private Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral

  • Novodevichy Convent

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Red Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • 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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