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Trans – Siberian Train Journey

Sunday 17 May 2020

What Makes This Train Journey Unique : A colorful festival of games in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park modeled after Mongolia’s National Naadam (National Games)

Exhibitions of horseback riding, archery and wrestling.

Insight into the tradition, ceremony and culture of Mongolia.

A day dedicated to enjoying stunning Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world.

Panoramic views of awe-inspiring natural beauty along the shore of Lake Baikal.

Authentic Siberian villages, country roads and wooden houses.

Picturesque, dramatic skies and mountain peaks.

 

Departure dates for 2020 season for Beijing to Moscow route:

17 May 20 – 31 May 20 (15 days)

14 Jun 20 – 28 Jun 20 (15 days)

10 Jul 20 – 24 Jul 20 (15 days)

02 Aug 20 – 16 Aug 20 (15 days)

28 Aug 20 – 11 Sep 20 (15 days)

20 Sep 20 – 04 Oct 20 (15 days)

*train operates in reverse direction too. Dates and details available on request.

 


Itinerary

Day 01

Sunday 17 May 2020

Beijing: (D)

The Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.

You arrive in China, home to one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating civilizations. Before setting out to explore the city, you receive a warm welcome at your first-class hotel and have the chance to relax and freshen up. Later your friendly, knowledgeable guides show you the stunning sights of the city, from the Temple of Heaven to the infamous Tiananmen Square.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar)

Day 02

Monday 18 May 2020

Beijing: (B, L, D)

The Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs. Today is a day filled with beauty and inspiration. You visit the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China—the world’s largest piece of ancient architecture—and its legendary scenery up close. You also stop at the equally iconic Ming Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the exquisite Sacred Way necropolis. In the evening you get to know your fellow travelers over a feast of Peking Duck at one of China’s impressive themed restaurants. The perfect end to an    unforgettable day.

Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar)

Day 03

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Beijing: (B, L, D)

The Forbidden City and Departure to Mongolia. As the former Chinese imperial palace, the Forbidden City is one of most renowned palaces on Earth. For centuries, the glorious halls and temples were inaccessible to anyone but the royal family. Today it is yours to explore. In the evening you board a special Chinese train in Beijing and begin the journey to Mongolia. On the way, you take in the fascinating landscapes of rural China and the surreal, sweeping sands of the Gobi Desert.

Overnight: On board

Day 04

Wednesday 20 May 2020

The Gobi Desert, Erlian and Boarding the Tsar’s Gold:(B, L, D)

At noon, you arrive at the Mongolian border and board your private train—the Tsar’s Gold! At the border crossing in the city of Erlian, you enjoy a brief visit to a local market, and then you set off on your private train through the dramatic expanses of the Gobi Desert and the epic green steppes of Mongolia.

Overnight: On board

Day 05

Thursday 21 May 2020

Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps:(B, L, D)

It’s morning, and the vibrant Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, is waiting for you. You visit the stunning Choijin Lama Temple and enjoy evening performances of dynamic and captivating traditional Mongolian music (bookable in advance).

Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar). Bookable in advance: overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps.

Day 06

Friday 22 May 2020

Ulan Bator and the Gandan Monastery:(B, L, D)

Today you experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. Amid its picture-book landscapes, you discover the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastery. At an open-air railroad museum, you learn about the origins of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

Later you picnic in the great outdoors—the perfect way to enjoy the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. You have the opportunity to try the Mongolian lamb specialty khorkhog and airag, a drink made from fermented mare’s milk known as the beer of the Mongols. Afterward, you watch performances featuring horseback riding, wrestling and archery that offer insight into the culture of Mongolia.

Overnight: on board

 

Day 07

Saturday 23 May 2020

Ulan-Ude and the Selenga River Valley:(B, L, D)

Your private train continues along the green and picturesque valley of the Selenga River, the largest in Mongolia. Soon you arrive in Ulan-Ude, the bustling and friendly capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. You have the choice to either stroll through the city streets or enjoy a guided tour. Here your private train joins the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

Overnight: On board

Day 08

Sunday 24 May 2020

Lake Baikal and the Circum-Baikal Railroad:(B, L, D)

Today, your day is dedicated to enjoying beautiful Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume. You arrive at Port Baikal, where the lake’s tranquil aquamarine surface glitters in the sun, reflecting the Baikal Mountains. Here you capture some perfect shots of the landscape surrounding the Circum-Baikal Railroad.

Now is your chance to take a dip in the lake’s legendary rejuvenating waters, explore picturesque villages, and take a boat ride. If the weather agrees, you enjoy a picnic dinner on the lake’s pristine shores, basking in the stunning atmosphere.

Overnight: On board

Day 09

Monday 25 May 2020

Irkutsk, Capital of Russia’s Irkutsk Region:(B, L, D)

When you arrive in Irkutsk, one of Eastern Siberia’s largest cities, you get settled in your well-appointed hotel and then set out to explore this historic city. You visit the colorful, vibrant Central Market, the Irkutsk Theater and the City History Museum. Later you have a relaxed dinner in the evening before heading off to bed at your centrally located hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar)

Day 10

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Through Siberia on the Tsar’s Gold:(B, L, D)

You spend your next day in Siberia aboard your private train, the Tsar’s Gold. Stunning views of mountains, forests and rivers pass by your window as far as the eye can see. You enjoy entertaining lectures about Russian history and culture with your fellow travelers, complete with traditional Russian drinks and snacks.

Overnight: On board

Day 11

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Novosibirsk, Siberia’s Largest City:(B, L, D)

Today at noon you arrive in Siberia’s largest city, Novosibirsk, where you receive a warm traditional welcome with bread and salt. In Russia, bread is associated with hospitality, and salt with friendship. Later you take a tour that includes the majestic River Ob.

Overnight: On board

Day 12

Thursday 28 May 2020

Yekaterinburg, Where East Meets West:(B, L, D)

Yekaterinburg, once known as the Window to Asia, is situated on the eastern side of stunning Ural Mountains. Here you visit the painstakingly preserved city center and the gorgeous Church of All Saints, which commemorates the site where Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, and his family were assassinated by revolutionaries. That evening your train leaves Asia and heads into Europe.

Overnight: On board

Day 13

Friday 29 May 2020

Kazan, Sports Capital of Russia:(B, L, D)

Today is dedicated to the picturesque and historic city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, situated on the banks of the Volga River. You take in the traditional Russian architecture and the fascinating stories of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also learn about the turbulent history of the region and the clashes between the Tatars, Cossacks and Russians. Known as Russia’s sports capital because of it many sports events, Kazan was one of the cities that held games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Overnight: On board

Day 14

Saturday 30 May 2020

Moscow, Russia’s Vibrant Capital:(B, L, D)

Moscow—one of the most vivid and historic cities on earth. Here you see the world-famous Moscow Kremlin and its magnificent buildings. After dinner you experience the richness and color of Moscow at night, which includes the gorgeous Red Square and the lavish Moscow Metro, whose many stations are known as the Palaces of the People.

Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar)

Day 15

Sunday 31 May 2020

Moscow: Goodbye Trans-Siberian(B)

It’s the last day of your journey, and you wake up to a lovely morning in cosmopolitan Moscow. Today you see the Russian architectural masterpieces of St. Basil’s Cathedral and Novodevichy Convent. You visit the beautifully reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior and pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters, the imposing Soviet architecture of the Russian White House and Lomonosov Moscow State University.

On the way to the airport, you sit back and reflect on the memorable journey you’ve just completed. It’s a bittersweet farewell, but the memories will last forever.

Cost per person for the cabin on twin sharing basis for Beijing Moscow route:

  • Classic compartment (Category 2): US$ 8200/- + GST 5%
  • Superior compartment (Category 2): US$ 8620/- + GST 5%
  • Nostalgic comfort compartment (Category 3): US$11,120/- + GST 5%

*Contact us for more information on availability, cost for different cabin type.

 

Inclusions in the Cabin cost:

  • The Great Wall of China
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Temple of Heaven in Beijing
  • Outstanding natural beauty: an overnight stay in a traditional yurt in the Mongolian Alps (bookable in advance)
  • The cities of Ulan Bator, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and Kazan
  • Open-air museums in Irkutsk and in the Mongolian Alps
  • Moscow, one of the greatest cities on earth. Russia’s proud capital, complete with tours of its world-famous icons and cathedrals, including the Kremlin grounds, Red Square and the Moscow Metro
  • Rates Include
  • Guaranteed accommodation in the booked category aboard your private train between Erlian and Moscow
  • Guaranteed accommodation between Beijing and Erlian (approx. 16 hours) in a two- or four-bed compartment on a special Chinese train
  • 2 nights in a mid-range hotel in Beijing
  • 1 night in a well-appointed hotel in Moscow
  • 1 night in a well-appointed hotel in Ulan Bator
  • 1 night in a well-appointed hotel in Irkutsk
  • Excellent service and a three-fold tour guide system: tour director, group leader (max 26 guests per group) and local guides
  • Doctor on board private train from the Chinese border to Moscow
  • All excursions and sightseeing per itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All transfers and bus tours per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary
  • Fine dining and local specialties, such as the famous signature dish of Beijing, Peking Duck
  • Porter service at all railroad stations
  • Showers on board
  • Information booklet about the region and your private train
  • Daily talks about the culture and history of each region on the journey

 

Exclusively for Bolshoi Category cabin

  • Choice between 2 meals for lunch and dinner on board
  • 1 bottle of water per person, per day in compartment
  • Drinks included with meals on board (except premium beverages)

 

Not Included in cabin cost

  • International flights (expected cost: Rs. 52000/-)
  • Visa fees – visa to be processed through Damle Safaris at prevailing costs of the visa. (expected cost: Rs 25000/-)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Evening performance on Day 5 in Ulan Bator (bookable in advance, to be paid on site)
  • Overnight in a yurt on Day 5 in the Mongolian Alps (bookable in advance)

 

Note:The cabin cannot be blocked and availability depends on the circumstances at time of actual confirmation. To book the cabin, we need to pay 15% non-refundable deposit.

 

 

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