Travel on the comfortable Tsars Gold luxury train and enjoy the ultimate Trans-Siberian experience! Taking part in this incredible journey from Moscow to Bejing you will travel across 8000 kilometers and 3 countries, enjoying some of the most beautiful views Europe and Asia can offer. On the way from the Russian capital Moscow you pass Kazan, capital of Tatarstan, Eketerinburg, capital of the Urals on the border between Europe and Asia, Novosibirsk, capital of Siberia and Irkutsk, gateway to the beautiful area of Lake Baikal, the world's largest; you will admire the landscapes of the Siberian steppe, the mountaionous lands of Gengis Khan, Ulan Baator, Mongolia's capital, you will cross the Gobi desert up to Beijing and visit the majestic great wall of China.
WE DO NOT OFFER ANYMORE THE TSAR'S GOLD TRAIN, IN ALTERNATIVE WE PROPOSE THE FOLLOWING SIMILAR ITINERARIES:
IMPERIAL RUSSIA - www.russiantour.com/eng/imperial-russia
GRAND TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS - www.russiantour.com/ita/transiberiana-grand-express
Tsars Gold luxury train: Moscow – Beijing
DAY 1 - Arrival in 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 (or similar). Meals included: dinner (D).
DAY 2 - Moscow city tour and visit to the Kremlin grounds
In the morning you take an informative tour of Moscow, including the imposing grounds the Kremlin 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 3 - 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 Tartars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Your train resumes its journey eastwards in the evening. Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 4 - Yekaterinburg: crossing the frontier between Europe and Asia
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. (BLD)
DAY 5 - Novosibirsk city tour
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. (BLD)
DAY 6 - Traveling eastward across the great Siberian plains
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. (BLD)
DAY 7 - Irkutsk city tour and visit to the Taltsy Museum
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 (or similar). (BLD)
DAY 8 - 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. (BLD)
DAY 9 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. (BLD)
DAY 10 Ulaanbaatar city tour: the Gandan Buddhist Monastery and Mongolian folk arts and tradition show
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. Beer gardens are very popular in Mongolia, and your evening includes a visit to the city’s best. 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 (or similar). (BLD). On request, we can organise alternative lodging in a yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps (supplement of € 35/ $ 40). This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.
DAY 11 Ulaanbaatar and the Mongolian Alps: the Terelj National Park
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 on aboard your train towards China. Overnight on board. (BLD)
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. (BLD)
DAY 13 Arrival in Beijing and free time in the city
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 (or similar). (BL)
DAY 14 Beijing: 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 (or similar). (BL)
DAY 15 The Great Wall of China
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 (or similar). (BLD)
DAY 16 Departure from Beijing
Included meals: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner
Tsar`s Gold Luxury Train: compartment categories
These compartments offer space for four passengers. On both sides of the compartment there are upper and lower berths measuring ca. 70 x 190 cm (27.5 x 74.8 in.), with a table in the middle below the window. (In this category it is possible for 3 persons to book a 4-person compartment for a surcharge.) Each railway car has nine compartments, with combined washing and toilet facilities at both ends.
Categoria Classic II
Compartments in Category Classic offer considerably more space. The compartment is shared by two guests, with two lower beds (ca. 70 x 190 cm, 27.5 x 74.8 in.), one on each side of the compartment. In this category there are also nine compartments per car, with combined toilet and washing facilities at both ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility is shared by guests from two to four sleeping cars.
This newly refurbished Category now presents interiors in a nostalgic look. The compartments have two lower beds, one on each side of the compartment and measuring 67 cm x 187 cm / 26.5 x 73.6 in. The nine compartments in a wagon share two combined washing and toilet facilities located at its ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility is shared by guests from one to three sleeping cars.
Superior Plus II
Comfortable and spacious compartments featuring two lower beds, one on each side of the compartment and measuring 67 cm x 187 cm / 26.5 x 73.6 in. The nine compartments in a wagon share two combined washing and toilet facilities located at its ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility is shared by guests from one to three sleeping cars.
This category of compartment offers the opportunity to travel in the style of the tsars. You travel in a nostalgic ambience that would even make past Soviet leaders feel at home but with all of the 21st century’s modern amenities. Each of these rolling hotel rooms offers not only two comfortable beds (ca. 80 x 185 cm / 31.5 x 72.8 in.) placed one above the other, but also an armchair from which to enjoy the passing landscape. Each of two neighboring compartments shares a semi-private lavatory with washbasin and simple shower located between them. Combined washing and toilet facilities are located at both ends of the wagons.
This category of compartment, with its illustrious name, offers 5.57 m2 (almost 60 sq. ft.) of space. It has two beds, with the upper measuring 80 x 176 / 31.5 x 69.3 in. and the lower 110 x 187 cm / 43.3 x 73.6 in. This compartment also offers comfortable seating, a generously sized table, and a small clothes closet. The Bolshoi category has its own lavatory equipped with a toilet, wash basin, and integrated shower with a full shower curtain. This configuration of wagon has only six compartments.
Bolshoj Platinum V
The Bolshoi Platinum compartment provides 7.15 m2 (almost 77 sq. ft.) of space, even more than the Bolshoi compartment. The lower bed measures 120 x 184 cm / ca. 47.2 x 72.4 in., the up-per 82 x 174 cm / ca. 32.3 x 68.5 in. Each compartment has a spacious clothes closet and its own lavatory outfitted with a separate shower cabin. This category of wagon offering the highest level of comfort available on the Trans-Siberian Railway contains only five compartments and offers space for a maximum of just 10 guests.