|04 Nov - 19 Nov|
23 Dec - 07 Jan
Take the legendary Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railways from Russia to Beijing via serene Lake Baikal and the wild expanses of Mongolia. This extended tour includes a stop in the historic city of Yekaterinburg, where in 1918 Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and five children were murdered by the Bolsheviks which signalled the final chapter of the Romanov dynasty which had ruled Russia for over 300 years. The magnificent Cathedral on the Blood now stands where the family met their end and contains several fascinating monuments to the Romanovs.
Continue on to majestic Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, and through Mongolia for the chance to sample the day-to-day life of a typical nomad with a stay in a traditional ger gamp, before finishing the once-in-a-lifetime journey in Beijing.
Arrive in Moscow, transfer and check in to the Cosmos Hotel. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel's restaurant. (D)
Morning sightseeing tour of the Kremlin grounds and Armoury before transferring to the railway station for Yekaterinburg by train #70 at 13.50 (B)
Arrive Yekaterinburg at 19:17 and transfer to the Hotel Park Inn for an overnight stay.
Enjoy a city sightseeing tour including visits to the obelisk that marks the geographical border between Europe and Asia, the Mineralogical Museum and the Cathedral on the Blood, built on the site where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. In the afternoon visit Ganina Yama, the monastery that was built on the site, where the murdered bodies of Nicholas II and his family were thrown into a mine shaft. Hauntingly beautiful wooden churches set among birch trees, solemnly mark this site on the outskirts of Yekaterinburg. Transfer to the railway station for train No.70 at 21:49. (B)
Day and overnight on train.
Arrive in Irkutsk at 11:31. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Irkutsk before travelling to Listvyanka with a stop for lunch and an en route visit to the Ethnographic Museum founded in 1969. About twenty three kilometres outside Listvyanka is located Taltsy Museum of Architecture & Ethnography. an impressive outdoor collection of old Siberian buildings set in a pleasant riverside forest. Amid the renovated farmsteads are two chapels, a church, a watermill, some Evenki graves and the eye-catching 17th-century Iliminsk Ostrog watchtower. Check in the Legend of Baikal Hotel for overnight stay. (L,D)
After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Listvyanka. The small village of Listvyanka, located on the shores of the spectacular Lake Baikal is a popular stop amongst Trans-Siberian Railway travellers looking to savour their time at the lake and learn a bit more about this natural wonder. The Baikal Limnological Institute houses the headquarters for lake research by the Russian Academy of Sciences and contains some fascinating samples of the unique marine life found here, while the solar observatory perched high on the hills above the village charts the sun’s activity and provides breath-taking views of the lake and possibly a glimpse of the elusive Baikal seal— the world’s only fresh water pinniped. Overnight back in Irkutsk. (B)
Transfer back to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia for a city tour which includes Gandan Monastery, Museum of Natural History, Bogd Khan Winter Palace, Zaisan Hill and Sukhbaatar Square. Check in to hotel for 2 nights. (B,L)
Free day to explore Ulaanbaatar further. (B, L)
Guaranteed to operate with minimum 2 persons. Please note that the single room supplement price is for hotels en route. For sole traveller prices please contact one of our Travel Specialists.
04 Nov 2019
19 Nov 2019
23 Dec 2019
07 Jan 2020