Journey from China to Russia on Tsar’s Gold Luxury train 15D/14N

Journey from China to Russia on Tsar’s Gold Luxury train 15D/14N

Baikal Sightseeing and other excursions alongside the route will make this journey unforgettable
Active, Cultural
15 Days
14 Excursions
8 Cities
Minimum 1 persons
Short program
  • Day 1
    Beijing. Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square
  • Day 2
    Great Wall and Peking Duck
  • Day 3
    Forbidden City and departure for Mongolia
  • Day 4
    Through the Gobi desert
  • Day 5
    Ulan Bator
  • Day 6
    Gandan Monastery and the Mongolian Alps
  • Day 7
    Ulan Ude
  • Day 8
    Lake Baikal
  • Day 9
    Irkutsk
  • Day 10
    Across Siberia
  • Day 11
    Novosibirsk
  • Day 12
    Yekaterinburg
  • Day 13
    Kazan
  • Day 14
    Moscow
  • Day 15
    Tour of Moscow and return home
Detailed program
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. 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: Beijing
  • 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 by 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: Beijing
  • 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 railway part of the journey begins. A modern Chinese train will pull out from Beijing’s station; journey to Mongolia, 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: Through the Gobi desert
  • At noon you arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian border and change for your Private Train. 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 you arrive in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. Most 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 we can organize for you instead of your hotel stay an overnight stay in a yurt in the beautiful Mongolian Alps. Please contact us for details and price!
Day 6: Ulan Bator
  • 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 speciality of Mongolia. Or, for the brave of heart, there is always kumys (fermented mare’s milk), the beer of the nomads.
Day 7: Ulan Ude
  • Bid farewell to the Mongolian steppes as the train rides on through the valley of Selenga, 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. (BLD)
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 boarding the train back. Next stop: Irkutsk.
Day 9: Irkutsk
  • In the morning you will check into a centrally located standard hotel in Irkutsk. 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 the train takes you through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. Aboard the train you may enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. A social get-together complete with a caviar 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 ride westwards.
Day 12: Yekaterinburg
  • In the afternoon the train stops in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains and the border between Asia and Europe, where you enjoy a short tour of the city centre which has just been restored in 2009. During the city tour you will see the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial of that tragic historical event. From now on your train stands on European ground.
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. The evening offers you one last chance to be pampered in the on board 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, 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 the Red Square as well as a subway ride with a visit of two beautiful old stations.
Day 15: Moscow
  • After a savoury breakfast at your hotel you go on a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonosov University, the New Virgin Monastery, and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, but also the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. Bid your fantastic journey farewell before your departure to the airport.
from on demand
Includes
  • Train and hotel accommodation
  • Excursions
  • Meals & transfers according to the itinerary
Excludes
  • Visa Fees
  • Flights
  • Tips and own expenses
Journey from China to Russia on Tsar’s Gold Luxury train 15D/14N
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