One of the most iconic railway journeys in the world, this odyssey takes you from Moscow to Beijing aboard the up market Tsar’s Gold private train. As the ever-changing landscapes of Russia, Mongolia and China pass by, the train makes regular stops for sightseeing, including a break at Irkutsk to visit beautiful Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake which stretches for nearly 400 miles through south-eastern Siberia. Once you’ve taken a dip (rumoured to add years to your life), step back aboard to sample Russian vodka and caviar and trundle on. This tour also visits the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar and passes through the vast landscapes of the Gobi Desert.
Over 16 exciting days, this journey delivers three of the world’s largest countries directly to your stylish compartment. Lean back and enjoy the dramatic changes of scenery and savour some of Europe and Asia’s most dramatic and beautiful landscapes, experiencing Russia, Mongolia and China in pure style.
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Arrive into Moscow where you will be greeted by your friendly tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Once night has fallen, head out for a “City of Lights” tour. See some of Russia’s most famous buildings beautifully illuminated, stroll across the Red Square, and take a short trip on the Moscow underground, renowned for its splendour and cleanliness. (D)
Enjoy a morning tour of Moscow. Highlights include the chance to wander the grounds of the imposing Moscow Kremlin, and to explore its cathedral. As evening draws in, board the private Tsar’s Gold and prepare for departure, followed by a relaxed dinner. (B,L,D)
After your first night aboard the train, arrive in Kazan and alight for a tour. Stops include the UNSECO World Heritage-listed Kazan Kremlin, which offers not only a magnificent panoramic view over the Volga, but also the chance to learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. In the evening, the train sets off again. (B,L,D)
Disembark in the capital of the Ural Federal District, famous as the place where the Romanov family met their grisly end in 1918. The Cathedral of the Saviour of the Spilled Blood was built in 2003 to commemorate the tragedy, and a guided tour of the city will take you to it among other incredible sights. After your tour it's back aboard the train to continue your journey onwards through the vast steppes of western Siberia. (B,L,D)
Pull into Siberia’s largest city, often described as the “most Soviet” along the whole route. You will be greeted in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt and then taken on a tour. Highlights include the market and the opera house, and of course the mighty Ob river which runs through the city. (B,L,D)
Make sure you’re looking out of the window as the train crosses the wide Yenisei River and rolls on through Siberia. As you journey, the train’s chefs will once again demonstrate their skills by serving a “Tsar’s Feast”, a selection of Russian specialities. As picturesque wooden villages and airy birch forests pass by outside, enjoy a vodka tasting accompanied by Russian snacks, and experience the ultimate Russian tradition of warm hospitality and witty toasts. (B,L,D)
Arrive into Irkutsk today. This vibrant city boasts beautiful old architecture, museums, cathedrals, and thriving academic circles. See the sights on a guided city tour, including the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, a new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. Also enjoy a visit to an open-air museum, which will give you insight into life and work in historical Siberia. Spend the night in a hotel in Irkutsk. (B,L,D)
Depart by bus to Listvyanka, a classic Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal. Take a boat from the village across the lake to where your private train is waiting. Experience the natural wonder of Lake Baikal from the comfort of your carriage, as the train follows the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway, with a stop of several hours at a particularly scenic spot. Dinner today is a picnic on the lakeshore in traditional Baikal style. (B,L,D)
The train continues along the banks of the seemingly endless lake before passing through the stunning Selenga Valley and into the magnificent wilds of the endless mountainous steppes. Stop at Ulun Ude and enjoy a city tour, then climb back aboard and cross into Mongolia. (B,L,D)
The train travels through a mountain landscape peppered with colourful yurts and inhabited by solitary riders atop their sturdy Mongol horses. Later in the morning arrive into Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, stopping at many of its most famous sights including several Choijin Lama Temples. In the evening, you have the option to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian arts.
If you wish, alternative sleeping arrangements can be made for a small additional fee in a traditional ger camp in the beautiful Mongolian wilderness. Experience what life is like for many nomadic families in Mongolia. (B,L,D)
After a breakfast, take a bus to Terelj National Park, roughly a 90 minute drive from the city. Here you will see examples of ger camps, the traditional nomadic herdsmen’s settlements of tents, horse herds and hairy yaks. Enjoy a horse-riding demonstration and indulge in a picnic lunch in the midst of these spectacular wilds. In the evening, return to the train and continue on towards China. (B,L,D)
Observe scenes of serene Chinese rural life from your cabin window before arriving into Beijing and transferring to the hotel for 3 nights. (B,L)
Head out with your friendly tour-guide to explore China’s vibrant capital city. Some of the tour’s highlights include the Temple of Heaven and the famous Tiananmen Square, and more modern—but just as magnificent—sights such as the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several of Beijing’s futuristic skyscrapers. You also have the chance to explore the beautiful Forbidden City, closed to the public for centuries. (B,L)
Strike out for the Great Wall of China. This iconic sight is often called ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’. While visiting the Great Wall, stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ming Tombs, a pearl cultivation farm, and the Spirit Way. In the evening, enjoy a farewell feast of authentic Peking Duck. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)
The Tsar's Gold is a comfortable private train operating on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The train is fully-equipped with modern amenities. Be it a Nostalgic Comfort Cabin decorated in 1950s Soviet-style, or the luxurious Bolshoi Platinum there is access to washing and toilet amenities, air-conditioning and more than just comfortable beds.
My holiday arranged by yourselves on the Transiberian Express from 20th August until 4th September was one of the most spectacular I have ever had. It exceeded all my expectations.
The organisation, accommodation, staff and extra care taken by all concerned was second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.
Of course all the help and assistance you gave to me as well all helped make the whole experience a delight.
I met some delightful people and saw some amazing places.
I am so glad I travelled with you.