Tsars Gold – Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing
Eastbound via Mongolia on a Private Train!

A 16 day guaranteed departure journey in English language on the legendary Tsars Gold Trans-Siberian or Tsars Gold Trans-Mongolian Railway from Moscow via Mongolia to Beijing is one of the last great travel adventures in our world. Set this dream of a lifetime on track with a Private Train and experience Russia, Mongolia and China in the safest, most comfortable and fascinating manner. The historic route between Moscow, Lake Baikal and Beijing is the heart of all travel variants: The exciting days of your journey are delivering three of the world’s largest countries directly to your comfortable compartment. Lean back and enjoy the dramatic changes of scenery and savour a choice of Europe’s and Asia’s most superb and splendid landscapes!

Overview – Tsars Gold Trans-Mongolian (Eastbound)

  • Train ride on the otherwise closed route of the Transsiberian along Lake Baikal with 2 extensive photo stops
  • 40 hours at Lake Baikal
  • Your Private Train: safe, clean and comfortable
  • Moscow, Russia’s proud new capital
  • Boat ride on Lake Baikal
  • Glorious: Icons and Cathedrals
  • Pristine: typical Siberian villages
  • Authentic: Mongolian horse show
  • Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Ulan Bator, Beijing
  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Modern History: Tiananmen Square
  • Entertaining and informative: Daily lectures about countries, people and cultures
  • Traditional: greeting with bread, salt and balalaika
  • For connoisseurs: vodka and caviar tasting

Itinerary – Tsars Gold Trans-Mongolian (Eastbound)

Day 1 – Arrival in Moscow

Arriving in Moscow, your tour guide welcomes you at the airport and accompanies you to your hotel. The Russian capital presents itself in wonderful illumination on your “Moscow by Night” city lights tour. Afterwards you can stroll across the famous Red Square with your tour guides and experience Moscow’s Metro stations in all their splendour and beauty.

Day 2 – Moscow Sightseeing

Your grand city tour starts in the morning with the Kremlin, including one of the magnificent cathedrals still left from the time of the Tsars. Towards evening, your train departs from Kazan Station.

Day 3 – Kazan

After breakfast on the train, 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. Your Private Train resumes its journey in the evening.

Day 4 – Ekaterinburg

In the afternoon, we stop in Ekaterinburg and enjoy a short tour of the city centre. In the course of the city tour you will see the newly constructed Cathedral-on-the-blood, built as a memorial to the Romanov Tsar Nicols ll and his family, executed in 1918. Back on the train your journey through the vast steppes of Western Siberia continues.

Day 5 – Novosibirsk

You reach Novosibirsk, heart of Siberia, where you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. Your city tour includes a visit of the Transsiberian monument and the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its journey eastwards.

Day 6 – Krasnoyarsk

Your Private Train, by now your second home, proceeds onwards over the Yenisei River through Siberia. In Krasnoyarsk – the city with its impressive riverside location – you will have an interesting walking tour. Back on the train the on-board restaurant chefs once again demonstrate their skills with a speciality meal the “Tsar’s Feast”. Enjoy Russian hospitality during the vodka and caviar tasting while passing by impressive landscapes.

Day 7 – Irkutsk

Today the train reaches Irkutsk, capital of Eastern Siberia. During a city tour you will see beautiful Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. After lunch, you undertake an excursion to the open-air museum “Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Spend tonight in a centrally located hotel in Irkutsk.

Day 8 – Lake Baikal

Today you will visit a Siberian village by bus. A boat takes you across the deep waters to Port Baikal, where your Private Train awaits you. On ancient tracks it takes you directly along the shore of Lake Baikal for several hours. Dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake (weather permitting).

Day 9 – Lake Baikal to Ulan Ude on to Mongolia

This day takes you along a different part of the shore of the mystical Lake Baikal, and then onwards through the magnificent valley of Selenga, passing by wild and lonely mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia. On the way to the Mongolian border the train will stop in Ulan Ude, where you can enjoy a city tour. Afterwards the train departs for Mongolia.

Day 10 – Ulan Bator and Gandan Monastry

In the morning you arrive in Ulan Bator. In the course of a city tour you will see the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastry and the Lama Museum. In the evening, your tour guides show you the best beer garden in the city. You spend tonight in a centrally located hotel in Ulan Bator.
On request, we can organize overnight stay in a yurt in the beautiful Mongolian Alps, instead of the hotel. Please contact us for details and price!

Day 11 – Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps

Today you attend a tour to Mongolian Switzerland. After breakfast, a bus trip reveals the beautiful countryside. You take lunch within the typical tent settlements of nomadic herdsmen. A Mongolian horseback riding show will be performed especially for you.
In the evening your Private Train will travel onwards to the Chinese border.

Day 12 – Gobi Desert

In the early morning your train makes a stop in the middle of the Gobi Desert, once the favourite settlement of dinosaurs. Towards midday, you reach the Chinese border, where due to the different Chinese track gauge your Chinese train is ready for departure.

IMPORTANT: The Chinese train has no Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars, only two bed or 4 bed cabins without private faciltiies. Single occupancy is not guaranteed.

You will reach China’s capital Beijing in about 16 hours.

Day 13 – Beijing

After observing impressive scenes of Chinese rural life from your compartment window, you arrive in Beijing in the morning, where you will spend three nights in a first class hotel.

Day 14 – Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City

A four-hour city tour will show you the Temple of Heaven and its park as well as Tiananmen Square. A guided tour through the interior of the Forbidden City follows in the afternoon.

Day 15 – The Great Wall and Peking Duck

Today you enjoy a day trip to the Great Wall. Your programme also includes a tour of a pearl cultivation farm, the Ming Tombs and the avenue of the spirits. In the evening you enjoy a meal featuring the world-famous Chinese dish, Peking Duck.

Day 16 – Beijing and Departure

Today a wonderful trip filled with unique and unforgettable experiences comes to its end and you start your return home.

Inclusions – Tsars Gold Trans-Mongolian (Eastbound)

  • The only Private Train on the Trans-Mongolia route 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. Dinner on arrival day and Breakfast on departure. Day 13 and 14 in China Breakfast and Lunch only
  • 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
  • Individual special requests possible: Access to forbidden zones and extra opening hours (please inquire before the journey)
  • Alternating overnights in your train compartment and in first class and standard hotels
  • Caviar and vodka tasting on board the train
  • Traditional Russian welcoming ceremony with bread and salt
  • Special Peking Duck dinner at one of Beijing’s leading theme restaurants
  • Extensive trip on the ancient rail lines of the Transsiberian Railway directly on the banks of Lake Baikal with photo stop
  • Detailed travel documents, travel guides and personal log book
  • Sophisticated on-board programmes: Entertaining lectures on local culture, history and everyday life
  • Doctor on board (from Moscow to the Chinese border)
  • The only Private Train on the Trans-Mongolia route awarded the TÜV quality seal of the official German technical inspection authority (constantly monitoring service quality)

    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

  • Showers on board
  • Travel with guaranteed accommodation in the category booked onboard the Private Train from Moscow to Erlian; single accommodation is possible
  • From Erlian to Beijing (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
  • Three nights in Beijing and one night in Moscow in first class hotels (4 star level) standard rooms
    Bolshoi/Bolshoi Platinum guests reside in deluxe rooms or suites. In the event of the group being upgraded to a deluxe hotel in Moscow or Beijing (5 star level) then same room type used for all passengers. One overnight each at centrally located standard hotels (3 star level) standard rooms in Ulan Bator and Irkutsk. Bolshoi/Bolshoi Platinum guests reside in deluxe rooms or suites. In the event of the group being upgraded to a first class hotel in Ulan Bator or Irkutsk (4 star level) then same room type used for all passengers.
  • 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.
  • 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

Tsars Gold Tour Excursions and Specialities

Tsars Gold Tour Excursions and Specialities


  • Kremlin
  •  Night tour
  •  Tour of the subway
  •  City tour including Church of the Redeemer

Lake Baikal

  • Follow the ancient tracks along the shores of Lake Baikal, including village visit
  • Boat trip on Lake Baikal

Culinary Specialties

  •  Peking Duck
  •  Caviar and vodka tasting on train
  • Picnic on Lake Baikal
  •  Tsar’s feast on train


  • City tour including guided visit of the Kremlin


  • City tour and traditional welcome with bread and salt

Ulan Ude

  • City tour


  •  City tour with visit to the market hall
  •  Visit to open-air museum


  • Visit to the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
  • Visit to the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs
  • Visit to the Forbidden City


  •  City tour with visit to the Church of the Ascension


  • City tour

Ulan Bator

  • Visit to the Choijin-Lama temple
  •  Tour of the Gandan Monastery
  •  Visit to Alpine Mongolia including horse-riding demonstration


  •  Visit to the local market

Cabins – Trans-Mongolian (Eastbound)

Tsar’s Gold compartment categories [PDF]

Pre- and Post Tour Extensions

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Tsars Gold - Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing

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