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 Moscow to Beijing via Lake Baikal and Mongolia 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 Moscow

    You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour director and accompanied to your hotel. Our “City of Lights” tour shows you around the exquisitely illuminated Russian capital. You notice that Moscow is clearly on a par with Europe’s other great metropolitan cities such as Madrid and Paris. You stroll across the famous Red Square with your travel director and take a short trip on the underground to view several of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations.

    Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya / Radisson Royal Ukraina. Meals included: dinner (D). 

  • Day 02: Moscow from its most beautiful site

    In the morning, you take an informative tour of Moscow, including the imposing Kremlin grounds and its magnificent cathedral from tsarist times. Toward evening, you are greeted aboard your private train prior to departure. A relaxed get-together in the dining car offers the chance to meet your fellow travellers and learn more details about your private train.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 03: Kazan

    In the morning, you arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. You take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) with its wonderful panoramic view over the Volga, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Your train resumes its journey eastwards in the evening.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 04: Yekaterinburg

    Your train stops around noon in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is remembered as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a brief tour, you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 in commemoration of that tragic historic event, and the city centre so attractively restored in 2009. Back on board, you continue on your journey through the vast steppes of western Siberia.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

     

  • Day 05: Novosibirsk

    You arrive in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, where you are welcomed in the traditional Russian fashion with bread and salt. During a short city tour, you experience the most Soviet of all cities during your journey. You see the enormous Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 06: Trans-Siberia

    Your train crosses the wide Yenisei River and rolls on through Siberia. The train’s chefs once again demonstrate their skills as they serve the guests Russian specialties in a “tsar’s feast”. A vodka tasting accompanied by Russian snacks and clever toasts offers you a very enjoyable opportunity to combine pleasure and local hospitality. Your train passes by villages with their typical wooden houses and through birch forests set against a background of impressive mountainscapes and, hopefully, ample sunshine.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 07: Irkutsk

    Today, your train reaches Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. During your city tour, you see among other things, the picturesque Siberian wooden houses and a memorial to Tsar Alexander III (the initiator of the Tran-Siberian Railway), which was erected in 2003 where the Trans-Sib Obelisk previously stood. After lunch, you take an excursion to an informative open-air museum with a focus on life and work in historical Siberia.

    Overnight: Irkutsk. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

     

  • Day 08: Lake Baikal

    Today, you drive by bus to Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of non-frozen freshwater in the world. From the village, a boat brings you across the lake’s deep waters to Port Baikal, where your private train is waiting. You then travel for several hours directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your train halts for several hours at a particularly scenic spot, for you to truly enjoy the majestic calm of this unique natural wonder. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal, weather permitting.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 09: From Lake Baikal to Ulan Ude and on to Mongolia

    The journey continues along the banks of the seemingly endless Lake Baikal and then through the splendid Selenga Valley and the wild solitude of eastern Siberia’s mountainous steppes. You take a tour of Ulan Ude during an intermediate stop there. Border formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border are an easy matter carried out on board.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). 

  • Day 10: Ulan Bator

    Today, early-risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery, set in a mountain landscape dotted with colourful yurt camps and inhabited by solitary riders on horseback. In the morning, you arrive in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. As always, you can leave your large luggage safely in your compartment. During your city tour, you see the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the odd Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. Afterwards, 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).

    *On request, we can organise alternative lodging in a 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 11: Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps

    After breakfast, a bus brings you to Terelj National Park, east of Ulan Bator. Here you get to see the nomadic herdsmen’s exotic settlements of tradition tents, horse herds, and scraggly yaks, a type of wild Tibetan cattle. A small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration is put on especially for you and you enjoy a picnic lunch served in these splendid surroundings. In the evening, you continue aboard your train towards China.

    Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

  • Day 12: Crossing the Gobi Desert

    Around noon, you arrive at the Mongolian-Chinese border, where your chartered Chinese train is waiting. The Russian private train cannot continue towards Beijing because of the different track gauge in China. Your train reaches the Chinese capital in approximately 16 hours. 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 13: Beijing

    You arrive in the hustle and bustle of Beijing in the morning. After transferring to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to do with as you please.

    Overnight: Capital Hotel. Meals included: breakfast (B) and lunch (L). 

  • Day 14: Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

    A tour lasting several hours takes you to Beijing’s most beautiful and important sights, including the photogenic Temple of Heaven with its park, the huge Tiananmen Square, and some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the new “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several futuristic sky scrapers. In the afternoon, you are able to enter the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace, and view its numerous temples and halls.

    Overnight: Capital Hotel. Meals included: breakfast (B) and lunch (L). 

  • Day 15: The Great Wall of China and Peking Duck

    Your tour today takes you to 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 Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, with its impressive Spirit Way. In the evening, you enjoy a farewell dinner of world-renowned Peking Duck.

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

  • Day 16: Departure from Beijing for home

    After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport. 

    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:

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

Travel dates (Moscow through Mongolia to Beijing):

  • 04 May, 2019 - 19 May, 2019
  • 01 June, 2019 - 16 June, 2019
  • 27 June, 2019 - 12 July, 2019
  • 20 July, 2019 - 04 August, 2019
  • 15 August, 2019 - 30 August, 2019
  • 07 September, 2019 - 22 September, 2019

Journey Highlights:

  • "City of Lights" evening tour through Moscow
  • The Kremlin in Kazan
  • Welcoming ceremony with bread and salt in Novosibirsk
  • Siberian wooden houses in Irkutsk
  • Panoramic train route directly alongside Lake Baikal
  • Picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal *(weather permitting)
  • Mongolian horseback riding demonstration
  • Beijing's Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China
  • Daily talks on the region's culture and people
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks and red caviar

Hotels planned:

  • Moscow - 1 night at InterContinental Tverskaya / Radisson Royal Ukraina
  • Irkutsk - 1 night at Hotel Irkutsk
  • Ulan Bator - 1 night at Ramada Hotel
  • Beijing - 3 nights at Capital Hotel

Inclusions:

  • Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered train to the Chinese border (Erlian). From Erlian to Beijing (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 travelled route 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 tour.
  • Experienced local tour guides.
  • All transfers / bus trips according to itinerary.
  • All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees.
  • All meals according to 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.
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks.
  • Concise informational talks on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route.
  • A physician on board the train (Moscow – Chinese border).
  • Shower facilities on board.
  • Informational booklet on the region and private train for each compartment reserved.
  • 1 overnight in a first-class hotel in Moscow.
  • 1 overnight in Irkutsk in middle-class hotel.
  • 1 overnight in Ulan Bator in a good, centrally located middle-class hotel.
  • 3 overnights in a first-class hotel in Beijing.

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 10: Tickets are € 14/ $ 15 (to be paid on site)
  • Optional overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps --- Day 10: 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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