Tsars Gold – Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing Westbound via Mongolia on a Private Train
Overview – Tsars Gold Trans-Mongolian (Westbound)
- Trans-Mongolian Train ride on the otherwise closed route of the Transsiberian Railroad along Lake Baikal with 2 extensive photo stops
- Beijing’s Forbidden City
- Boat ride on Lake Baikal
- Moscow, Russia’s proud new capital
- Traditional Bread and Salt welcome with balalaika
- 40 hours at Lake Baikal
- Modern History: Tiananmen Square
- Typical Siberian villages
- For connoisseurs: vodka and caviar tasting
- Your Private Train: safe, clean and comfortable
- Authentic: Mongolian horse show
- Ulan Bator, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Kazan
- Glorious: Icons and Cathedrals
Itinerary – Tsars Gold Trans-Mongolian (Westbound)
Day 1 – Beijing
Friendly and knowledgeable travel guides await you at the airport to take you to your first class hotel in the centre of town – the first strep on your Trans-Mongolian tour. After a brief rest the itinerary starts off with a tour of Beijing. Highlights include Beijing’s most stunning sights: the Temple of Heaven as well as the famous Tiananmen Square. The day concludes in a relaxed manner with drinks and dinner.
Day 2 – Great Wall and Peking Duck
The Great Wall of China is the 8th Wonder of the World; this is your chance to experience it up close. On your way there you stop at a pearl farm as well as at the famous Ming Tombs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Sacred Way, a boulevard lined with carved stone animals. Wrapping up the day is a feast featuring what is surely the world’s best-known Chinese delicacy, Peking Duck, at one of China’s most famous theme restaurants.
Day 3 – Forbidden City and departure for Mongolia by Trans-Mongolian
For centuries the doors to the former Emperor’s Palaces have been closed to the public. Today the glorious halls and mysterious temples of the Forbidden City are open for you.
In the evening, the rail part of the journey begins. A modern Chinese train will pull out from Beijing’s station, en route to your Trans-Mongolian journey, a 16-hour trip (Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars are not available for this one night). Meanwhile, China’s busy rural life unfolds outside your window: people working in the fields, donkey-drawn carts on dusty roads, and the great steppes of the Gobi desert.
Day 4 – Gobi Desert
At noon you arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian border and change to your Private Train for the Trans-Mongolian rail. Formalities are easily dispatched in your compartment. In Erlian you can explore the colourful border market. Afterwards, your Private Train takes you through the vast expanse of the Gobi desert, then through the great green steppes of Mongolia.
Day 5 – Ulan Bator
In the morning of your Trans-Mongolian tour you arrive in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. Major luggage can be left on the train while you check into the centrally located standard hotel and then enjoy a tour of the city. You will see the Choijin Lama temple; at night you will have the unique opportunity to watch traditional Mongolian music performances.
On request, instead of your hotel stay, we can organize an overnight stay in a yurt in the beautiful Mongolian Alps.
Please contact us for details and price!
Day 6 – Gandan Monastery and the Mongolian Alps
After breakfast you will visit the Buddhist Gandan Monastery and undertake an excursion to a mountainous area with stunning rock formations, known as the Mongolian Alps (about 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator). Along the way, an open-air railroad museum puts the Mongolian railway in context. A picnic lunch in a yurt is followed by a demonstration of Mongolian horsemanship and the traditional wrestling match. Try some lamb in milk, a culinary specialty of Mongolia. Or, for the brave of heart, there’s always kumys (fermented mare’s milk), the beer of the nomads.
Day 7 – Ulan Ude
Bid farewell to the Mongolian steppes, as the Trans-Mongolian train rolls on through the valley of the Selenga River, the largest river of Mongolia. In Ulan Ude your train joins the main route of the Trans-Siberian railroad. Here you can stroll through the city streets or join the guided tour of the city.
Day 8 – Lake Baikal
The entire day is dedicated to Lake Baikal. Before noon you will arrive at the old station of Port Baikal, located directly on the shore. During two long photo stops on the ancient tracks running parallel to the shore you will have the chance to capture the beauty of the lake on film and explore the wonderful scenery. Take a moment to have a dip in the lake or visit a picturesque Baikal village. You will also enjoy a short boat ride on the lake. If the night is warm, your dinner will be served as a picnic on the shores of the spectacular lake before re-boarding the train. Next stop: Irkutsk.
Day 9 – Irkutsk
In the morning we leave the train and check into a centrally located standard hotel in Irkutsk for 1 night. You can safely leave your bags on the train. A tour of the city includes the lively market hall, the drama theatre and a rather spectacular oddity, a newly erected statue of the Tsar. The afternoon features an excursion to an open-air museum displaying Siberian life in the old days.
Spend the night at your centrally located hotel in Irkutsk.
Day 10 – Across Siberia
After breakfast, rejoin the train which takes you through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. On board of the train you can enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. A social get-together complete with caviar and vodka tasting makes you familiar with Russian hospitality.
Day 11 – Novosibirsk
At noon you pull into Novosibirsk, Siberia’s biggest city, and are greeted in the traditional Russian way: with bread and salt. Your city tour includes views of the mighty Ob River.
After dinner, the train continues its journey westwards.
Day 12 – Ekaterinburg
In the afternoon the train stops in Ekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains and the border between Asia and Europe, where you enjoy a short tour of the city centre. In the course of the city tour you will see the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built as a memorial to Romanov Tsar Nicolas ll and his family executed here in 1918. From now on your train is on European territory.
Day 13 – Kazan
After breakfast you arrive in Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. Plenty of history here: on a guided tour of the Kremlin you will learn about the wild and often bloody relations of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. This evening offers you one last chance to be pampered in the onboard restaurant.
Day 14 – Moscow
Before noon you arrive in Moscow, Russia’s capital and one of the world’s richest and most dynamic cities. After the long rail journey on the Tsar’s Gold Private Train, your first class hotel offers comfort and convenience. At noon, your first stop is the Kremlin with its glorious cathedrals. You can also check out the interiors of some of the buildings. After dinner you go on a magical evening trip through the city. This special tour includes a stop at Red Square as well as a visit of two of Moscow’s beautiful metro stations.
Day 15 – Tour of Moscow and departure
After breakfast at your hotel, theer is a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, the New Virgin (Novodevichy) Monastery and Red Square with the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, also the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House.
Bid your fantastic journey farewell before your departure to the airport at the end of the Trans-Mongolian tour.
Inclusions – Tsars Gold Trans-Mongolian (Westbound)
- The only Private Train on the Transsiberian awarded the TÜV quality seal of the official German technical inspection authority (constantly monitoring service quality).
- Obtain profound insights into Russian, Mongolian and Chinese culture––in just one epic journey.
- Dine in our lovingly designed restaurant wagons and enjoy finest local cuisine and drinks served by courteous waiters.
- Full board: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Dinner on day of arrival, breakfast on day of departure.
- More than 20 excursions and performances included as well as all entrance fees.
- Professional threefold tour guide-system: Knowledgeable and dedicated tour director, a competent group train guide (max. 26 guests per group guide) as well as local guides, all equipped with expert knowledge of the region.
- Alternating overnights in your train compartment and in first class and standard hotels.
- Choose from 6 different compartment categories on Tsar’s Gold:
Standard: 4 berth – no facilities en suite. WC each end of carriage
Classic: 2 berth – no facilities en suite. WC each end of carriage
Superior: newly renovated 2 berth – no facilities en suite. WC each end of carriage
Superior Plus: newly renovated 2 berth – no facilities en suite. WC each end of carriage. 1 shower car per carriage
Nostalgic Comfort: newly built, nostalgically furnished in the Soviet Government Train style of the 50’s. Large 2 berth. Two compartments share wc/shower
Bolshoi: Large 2 berth (5.57 sq m/60 sq ft) with private en-suite facilities
Bolshoi Platinum: Large 2 berth (7.15 sqm/77 sq ft) private en-suite facilities
- Caviar and vodka tasting on board the train.
- Doctor on board (from the Chinese border to Moscow).
- Showers on board.
- Traditional Russian welcoming ceremony with bread and salt.
- Special Peking Duck dinner at one of Beijing’s leading theme restaurants
- Travel with guaranteed accommodation in the category booked onboard the Private Train on the Trans-Mongolian from Erlian to Moscow; single accommodation is possible.
- From Beijing to Erlian (about 16 hours) accommodation in comfortable sleeping quarters – the Chinese train does not carry sleeping cars of the Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi / Bolshoi Platinum category and doesn’t have shower facilities; single and double accommodation aren’t guaranteed except for categories Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi / Bolshoi Platinum.
- Extensive trip on the ancient rail lines of the Trans-Mongolian route on the Transsiberian Railway directly on the banks of Lake Baikal with photo stop.
- Two overnights in Beijing and one night in Moscow in first class hotels (4 star level) – Bolshoi/BP guests reside in deluxe rooms or suites of the group hotels whereas Non-Bolshoi guests in cat 1-3 sleep in standard rooms (Bolshoi and Non-Bolshoi guests stay at the same hotels). If the entire English-speaking FIT group resides in a deluxe hotel in Moscow or Beijing (5 star level) then there is no difference in rooms for Bolshoi/BP and Non-Bolshoi guests.
- One overnight each at centrally located standard hotels (3 star level) in Ulan Bator and Irkutsk – Bolshoi/BP guests reside in deluxe rooms or suites of standard hotels. If the entire English-speaking FIT group resides in a first class hotel in Ulan Bator or Irkutsk (4 star level) then there is no difference in rooms for Bolshoi/BP and Non-Bolshoi guests.
- Hotel property selection is subject to change; exact name of final hotel property will be announced prior to departure with final train pre-departure information on the Trans-Mongolian.
- All transfers at your travel destinations – on arrival and departure day airport transfers are only provided during specific departure and arrival times.
- Luggage service at all train stations on the Trans-Mongolian tour.
- Detailed travel documents, travel guides and personal log book for your personal Trans-Mongolian tour.
- Sophisticated on-board programmes on the Trans-Mongolian tour: Entertaining lectures on local culture, history and everyday life.
Tsars Gold Tour Excursions and Specialities
- Visit to the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
- Visit to the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs
- Visit to the Forbidden City
- Follow the ancient tracks along the shores of Lake Baikal, including village visit
- Boat trip on Lake Baikal
- City tour and traditional welcome with bread and salt
- Peking Duck.
- Caviar and vodka tasting on train.
- Picnic on Lake Baikal.
- Tsar’s feast on train.
- Visit to the local market
- City tour with local market hall
- City tour with visit to the Church of the Ascension
- Night tour
- Tour of the Metro
- City tour including Church of the Redeemer
- Visit to the Choijin-Lama temple
- Tour of the Gandan Monastery
- Visit to Alpine Mongolia including horse-riding demonstration
- City tour with visit to the market hall
- Visit to open-air museum
- City tour including guided visit of the Kremlin