Your Tsar's Gold Private Train

Your Comfortable Home During an Unforgettable Journey

The Tsar’s Gold private train is your comfortable home on an unforgettable journey. The attentive staff provides professional service, mouth-watering meals and bar service are offered in the restaurant cars. There is even a doctor on call 24/7. The sophisticated onboard programme and the comprehensive sightseeing package provide profound insights into the countries and cities on your route. Enjoy entertaining lectures on board including a Vodka tasting session with traditional toasts and customs, a Russian tea ceremony and a short introduction to the Russian language and the Cyrillic alphabet. 

The Tsar’s Gold private train offers the biggest choice of compartments available on the Trans-Siberian. Choose from six different categories according to your personal requirements, ranging from the Standard Category and the popular Classic and Superior Categories to the stylish Nostalgic Comfort Category and the premium Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum Categories featuring private lavatories with WCs and showers. All of these compartments are a lot larger than those in an average European sleeping car.

Experience one of the last great travel adventures. Your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the world’s most fascinating and safest train routes, is even more interesting, comfortable, and entertaining with our privately chartered train. This grand private train journey from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia and Lake Baikal is your chance to fulfil the dream of a lifetime.The trips are accompanied by an experienced multi-lingual tour director and a physician travelling on the train. A sophisticated on-board program complements a comprehensive excursion and sightseeing package to make your journey truly memorable. Take advantage of the extensive array of services offered by Europe’s most experienced travel organiser on this route.

  • Day 01: 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. Meals included: dinner (D). 

  • Day 02: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 03: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 04: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 05: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 06: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 07: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 08: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 09: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 10: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 11: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 12: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 13: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 14: 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. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 
     

  • Day 15: 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. 

    Meals included: breakfast (B).

    Your journey adventure may be over, but we know you will enjoy the memories you have made for years to come. 

Details

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Route details:

Beijing, Ulan Bator, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Moscow

Travel dates (Beijing through Mongolia to Moscow):

  • 12 May, 2019 - 26 May, 2019
  • 09 June, 2019 - 23 June, 2019
  • 05 July, 2019 - 19 July, 2019
  • 28 July, 2019 - 11 August, 2019
  • 23 August, 2019 - 06 September, 2019
  • 15 September, 2019 - 29 September, 2019

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 at Captial Hotel
  • Ulan Bator - 1 night at Ramada Hotel 
  • Irkutsk - 1 night at Hotel Irkutsk
  • Moscow - 1 night at InterContinental Tverskaya / Radisson Royal Ukraina

Inclusions:

  • Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered train from Erlian 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)

Payment conditions:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 15% of net rate is requested upon reservation
  • The rest amount should be paid 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 92 days prior to departure: 15% of total price
  • Between 91 and 42 days prior to departure: 45% of total price
  • Between 41 and 11 days prior to departure: 80% of total price
  • 10 and less days prior to departure/no-show: 90% of total price

Remarks:

  • Due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable. 
  • Minimum number of participants to operate train: 120
  • Program and expenses are subject to modifications and amendments.

 

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