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Trans Siberian Rail Journey

Sunday 10 June 2018

The epic journey following the Marco Polo trail, traversing the Gobi desert, the Steppes, beautiful lakes as well as several world renowned monuments. This train journey is travel in style including all meals, excursions which are perfectly planned and executed.

 

Here in please find the itinerary for Beijing to Moscow. I request you to consider this route – it gives you advantage of gaining hours as you travel from East to West on the train.

 

This route opens in May and operates till September. I would however recommend you to consider departures from mid June until August. There are three visa involved – China, Mongolia and Russia. We assist in all of them.

 

We recommend considering Classic compartment.  I am attaching photo taken of Category 2 classic

 

Also at end of the journey we recommend you to extend and visit to St. Petersburg – so that, then you would have covered all of the important things to see in Russia. The extension itinerary is also appended below – we

can arrange that tour for you.

 

Departure dates for Beijing to Moscow in 2018:

  1. 10 June to 24 June 2018
  2. 06 July to 20 July 2018
  3. 29 July to 12 August 2018
  4. 24 August to 07 September 2018

 


Itinerary

  • Day 01
    10 June 2018
  • Day 02
    11 June 2018
  • Day 03
    12 June 2018
  • Day 04
    13 June 2018
  • Day 05
    14 June 2018
  • Day 06
    15 June 2018
  • Day 07
    16 June 2018
  • Day 08
    17 June 2018
  • Day 09
    18 June 2018
  • Day 10
    19 June 2018
  • Day 11
    20 June 2018
  • Day 12
    21 June 2018
  • Day 13
    22 June 2018
  • Day 14
    23 June 2018
  • Day 15
    24 June 2018
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Day 01

Sunday 10 June 2018

Welcome to Beijing

You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour director and accompanied to your centrally located first-class hotel, where you have a pause to relax. The tour through Beijing shows you many of the colourful facets of this large metropolitan city. The highlights are certainly the Temple of Heaven and history-laden Tiananmen Square, two of the city’s most famous sights, but it also includes recent achievements in the area of contemporary architecture, such as the new “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium, and several of Beijing’s futuristic sky scrapers. Afterwards enjoy dinner to welcome you to the tour.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). Meals included: dinner (D).

Day 02

Monday 11 June 2018

The Great Wall and Beijing Duck

Today you visit the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 6000 km through the countryside. On the way you visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Ming Tombs and the Spirit Way. In the evening you dine on the well-known delicacy of Peking Duck.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar). Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

Day 03

Tuesday 12 June 2018

The Forbidden City and departure for Mongolia

For centuries, the gates to the Forbidden City were closed to the public. Today you have the morning to view its awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples. In the evening your rail journey begins, as you transfer to the train station and depart for Mongolia aboard a chartered Chinese train. You reach the border city of Erlian in approximately 16 hours, on the following day. The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 04

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Crossing the Gobi Desert

Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolian border, where you transfer to the Tsar’s Gold private train. The change of trains is necessary because of the different track gauges in the two countries. In the growing city of Erlian, you have some time to explore the colourful local market, before your Russian train sets off towards Mongolia. After crossing sections of the legendary Gobi Desert, the train travels through the vast green steppes of Mongolia.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 05

Thursday 14 June 2018

Ulan Bator: A Lama Temple and the Buddhist Realms of Hell

Early-risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery. In the morning you arrive in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. You can leave your large luggage securely in your compartment. During your city tour you see the odd Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. In the evening you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, national costumes, and dances (tickets are € 14/ $ 15, to be paid on site).

Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar). (BLD)

 

On request, we can organise alternative lodging in a local yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps (supplement of € 35/ $ 40, please let us know upon booking). This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

 

Day 06

Friday 15 June 2018

The Gandan Monastery and Mongolian Alps

After breakfast you visit the Gandan Monastery, where it is possible to observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Your bus then takes you to the Mongolian Alps, located some 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator, with their

majestic scenery and bizarre rock formations. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you watch a small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration and a traditional wrestling match.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 07

Saturday 16 June 2018

Ulan Ude

You take your leave of the Mongolian steppes today. You travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga. You are on the way to Ulan Ude, where your train reaches the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Here you take an informative city tour.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

 

Day 08

Sunday 17 June 2018

Lake Baikal

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. In the morning your train travels directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the

Trans-Siberian Railway. During two extended photo-stops, you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. A short boat excursion from Port Baikal takes you out onto the lake. Take a swim in the lake, if you wish, and visit a picturesque Baikal village. Dinner is a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings (weather permitting).

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 09

Monday 18 June 2018

Irkutsk

In the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. Here you move into your hotel, which is centrally located. You can safely leave your large baggage on the private train. During your

city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. Around noon you pay a worthwhile visit to an open-air museum with a focus on life and work in

historical Siberia.

Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar). (BLD)

 

Day 10

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Trans-Siberia

After breakfast your train passes through the diverse landscapes of eastern Siberia. Talks on board inform you about the region and a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks and red caviar is an opportunity to experience first-hand the Russian festive customs of hospitality and clever toasts.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 11

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Novosibirsk

Around noon, your train arrives in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian manner and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities along your entire route,

including the chance to see the mighty Ob River. Small City tour, with possibility to see the market and the opera house.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

 

Day 12

Thursday 21 June 2018

Yekaterinburg

Your train stops in the afternoon in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. The city is known as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a tour you see the

Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 to commemorate that tragic historic event, and the city centre attractively restored in 2009. Also, Yekaterinburg is the frontier between the European

and the Asian continent, we visit the obelisque monument which serves as a reminder of this fact. Back on board, you enjoy views of the Urals landscape and indulge yourself in the dining car. Your private train is already

rolling across the European continent.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

 

Day 13

Friday 22 June 2018

Kazan

After breakfast you reach Kazan, the Tatar capital on the banks of the Volga. On your city tour you see Tatar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Afterwards you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

 

Day 14

Saturday 23 June 2018

Welcome to Moscow

Around noon, you arrive in the Russian capital of Moscow, now a thriving, prosperous city, and are accompanied to your first-class hotel. At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds with its magnificent cathedral. Several of the building interiors can also be viewed. After dinner, discover the city’s magic during an hour-long “City of Lights” tour, including a stop at Red Square, and a ride on the underground to view two of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations.

Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya/ Radisson Royal Ukraina (or similar). (BLD)

Day 15

Sunday 24 June 2018

Tour of Moscow and Flight Home

After an ample breakfast at your hotel, your tour of the city takes you to the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, the New Maidens’ Convent (Novodevichy Monastery), and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, as well as to the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. This then marks the end of your memorable journey and the time has come to head to the airport. We accompany you to the airport and bid you bon voyage. (B)

 

Cost per person: Find different compartment options

Category 1

Standard 4 Berth compartment: US$ 4990/- per person plus Service tax/GST.

In case only 3 people use the compartment, then supplement is: US$ 1350/- per person plus Service tax/GST.

 

Category 2 Classic

US$ 7590/- per person plus Service tax/GST.

Single use, supplement charge: US$ 3000/- plus Service tax/GST.

 

Category 2 Superior

US$ 7980/- per person plus Service tax/GST.

Single use, supplement charge: US$ 3360/- plus Service tax/GST.

 

Category 2 Superior Plus

US$ 8650/- per person plus Service tax/GST.

Single use, supplement charge: US$ 3360/- plus Service tax/GST.

 

Note: Airfare, visa, insurance are extra, not included in above.

 

Cabin types higher than this are available – Nostalgic comfort, Bloshoi  & Bolshoi Platinum.

 

Our recommendation is Category 2 classic is good.

 

 

Journey Highlights

  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Mongolian horseback riding demonstration
  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal
  • Welcoming ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk
  • Typical Siberian villages
  • Daily talks on the region’s culture and people
  • Vodka tasting with Russian snacks and red caviar

 

 

Hotels planned:

  • Beijing        2 nights        Capital Hotel
  • Ulan Bator    1 night        Ramada Hotel
  • Irkutsk        1 night        Hotel Irkutsk
  • Moscow    1 night        InterContinental Tverskaya/ Radisson Royal Ukraina

 

 

Tour prices include:

  • Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered train from Elian to Moscow. From Beijing to Erlian (ca. 16 hours) accommodation in a 2- or 4-bed compartment in a Chinese

sleeping car. The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories.

  • Travel for several hours along the Trans-Siberian Railway panoramic route directly on the shores of Lake Baikal, with photo-stops
  • Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the region throughout the journey
  • Freedom of choice program: flexible excursions and sightseeing
  • Competent tour guides for each group of no more than 26 guests throughout the journey
  • Local travel guides
  • All transfers and bus tours according to itinerary
  • All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All meals according to your itinerary.
  • Drinks (except premium beverages) during meal times on board the train for guests travelling in categories Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum
  • Porter service at all railway stations
  • A physician on board the train (from the Chinese border to Moscow)
  • Shower facilities on board the train
  • 2 overnights in a first-class hotel in Beijing
  • 1 overnight in Ulan Bator in a good, centrally located, middle-class hotel
  • 1 overnight in Irkutsk in a middle-class hotel
  • 1 night in Moscow in first-class hotel
  • Informational booklet on the region and train for each compartment reserved

 

 

Travel documents and vaccinations

  • Passport and visas required
  • No vaccinations are prescribed

 

 

Not included:

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional evening performance in Ulan Bator (Day 5): tickets are € 14/ $ 15  (to be paid on site)
  • Optional overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps (Day 5): supplement of € 35 / $ 40 (upon request, please let us know upon booking)

 

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Here is what I can suggest you for St. Petersburg excursion

 

Day 1

Arrive St Petersburg from Moscow by high speed train or flight and transfer to hotel.

 

Day 2

St Petersburg site seeing covering Pick-up at the hotel for tour to Peterhof:

Tour of Peterhof incl.:

-Grand Palace,

-Lower Park

Evening time

Walking tour to Nevsky prospect

Dinner at local Indian restaurant

 

Day 3

St Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day city sightseeing tour including visit:

-Peter & Paul Fortress + car entrance

-St. Isaac’s Cathedral ( colonnade)

Tour to the Hermitage – Main Building

Dinner at local Indian restaurant near Mariinsky theatre

Mariinsky theatre – to be advise

 

Day 4

Transfer to airport for return flight

 

 

 

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