Trans-Siberian Adventure

  • 16 days/ 15 nights
  • 7,280

The Tsar’s Gold Train: Moscow to Beijing

A string of steel over 9,000 kilometres long connects Moscow with the furthest reaches of the Asian continent. Embark on a journey along the world’s longest railway – The Trans-Siberian. It passes from the undulating hills of the western Russia through the Ural Mountains which separate Europe from Asia into the vast boreal forests of Siberia. This once-in-a-lifetime journey passes through seven time zones and recalls the history of the building of a vast nation.

Trans-Siberian Adventure

$7,280.00

The Tsar’s Gold Train: Moscow to Beijing

A string of steel over 9,000 kilometres long connects Moscow with the furthest reaches of the Asian continent. Embark on a journey along the world’s longest railway – The Trans-Siberian. It passes from the undulating hills of the western Russia through the Ural Mountains which separate Europe from Asia into the vast boreal forests of Siberia. This once-in-a-lifetime journey passes through seven time zones and recalls the history of the building of a vast nation.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Moscow Arrive Moscow
Visit landmarks of moscow on a night tour
2 Moscow Morning sightseeing tour
Board your train, Tsar’s Gold
3 Kazan Tour the city’s traditional Russian architecture
4 Yekaterinburg Visit city center and fairy tale-like Church of All Saints
5 Novosibirsk Take a tour and see the majestic Ob River
6 Trans-Siberia Enjoy stunning views of Siberia
7 Irkutsk Take a city tour to see city’s landmarks
8 Lake Baikal Enjoy a boat ride to Port Baikal
9 Ulan-Ude Enjoy a guided tour through the city
10 Ulan Bator See city’s unique attractions
Enjoy performances of traditional Mongolian music
11 Mongolian Alps Experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps
12 Gobi Desert Discover Erlian
Enjoy dramatic views of the stunning Gobi Desert
13 Beijing Arrive Beijing
14 Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square
Explore UNESCO Heritage site, Forbidden City
15 Beijing Experience the Great Wall and see Ming Tombs
16 Beijing Depart Beijing for your onward journey

Day 1

MOSCOW

It’s the first day of what will be an unforgettable journey. You arrive in Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and historic cities on Earth. After a welcome dinner, you experience the richness and color of Moscow at night on a tour that includes the dreamlike Red Square and the city’s palatial subway stations. After your urban adventure, you return to your comfortable and centrally located hotel.

Accommodation: InterContinental Tverskaya Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals: dinner

Day 2

MOSCOW

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.

Accommodation: Onboard Tsar’s Gold (5 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3

KAZAN

Today is dedicated to picturesque and historic Kazan, the capital city of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan, on the banks of the Volga. You tour the city’s traditional Russian architecture and listen to fascinating stories about the Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage). You learn about the historically volatile relationship between the Tatars, Cossacks and Russians who inhabit the area.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4

YEKATERINBURG

Yekaterinburg is known as the capital of the ancient Ural Mountain range. Its position on the Asia–Europe border gives the city a fascinating and unique character. You visit the carefully preserved city center and fairy tale-like Church of All Saints, a memorial at the site where the Romanovs, Russia’s last Tsarist dynasty, were assassinated by revolutionaries. That afternoon, your train crosses the border from Europe into Asia.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5

NOVOSIBIRSK

In Russia, the word bread is associated with hospitality, and salt with friendship. In the city of Novosibirsk, you’re welcomed warmly with bread and salt in this tradition. You arrive in Siberia’s biggest city at noon and take a tour that includes the majestic Ob River.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6

TRANS-SIBERIA

Today you enjoy stunning views of Siberia from the comfort of your private train. The sunlight breaks through the mist surrounding forest-covered mountains. Rivers roll along their jagged, rocky banks in rhythm with the tracks. Entertaining talks on local history and culture double as get-togethers with your fellow travelers, complete with Russian canapés.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7

IRKUTSK

You’ve arrived in popular and historic Irkutsk. You leave your luggage in your private train compartment, leaving your hands free to discover the city. You see the city’s colorful market, the theater and the City History Museum of Irkutsk before enjoying a relaxed dinner in the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Irkutsk or similar (1 night)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8

LAKE BAIKAL

Today is dedicated to enjoying gorgeous Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Its clear, deep, aquamarine waters glitter in the sun. The mountains are mirrored in the lake’s glass-like surface. You enjoy a boat ride to Port Baikal and have many opportunities to take amazing photos on the Circum-Baikal Railroad. Relax, take a dip and explore the scenery or picturesque villages. On warm nights, dinner is served as a picnic on the lake’s pristine shores, the perfect ending to a memorable day.

Accommodation: onboard Tsar’s Gold (2 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 9

ULAN UDE

Today, your private train journeys along the green and picturesque valley of the Selenga River. Soon you arrive in Ulan-Ude, the bustling and friendly capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, where you enjoy a guided tour through the city.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10

ULAN BATOR

This morning the vibrant Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, awaits. Today you leave your luggage in your train compartment so that you can focus on enjoying the city’s unique attractions, including the meticulously restored Gandan Monastery and the gorgeous Choijin Lama Temple. In the evening, you enjoy captivating performances of traditional Mongolian music (bookable in advance).

Accommodation: Ramada Hotel or similar (1 night)
Bookable in advance: Overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps (1 night)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 11

THE MONGOLIAN ALPS

Today you experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. A picnic outside a Mongolian yurt in the great outdoors is the perfect way to enjoy lunch. You have the unique opportunity to try local specialties: khorkhog, a traditional Mongolian barbecued lamb dish cooked in a metal jug; and airag, a drink made from fermented mare’s milk, known as the beer of the Mongols. In the afternoon, you marvel at an exhibition of traditional Mongolian skills, including horseback riding, wrestling and archery in a mini version of the national games, Nadaam. That evening, your private train travels onward to the Chinese border.

Accommodation: onboard Tsar’s Gold (1 night)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 12

THE GOBI DESERT

Around noon you arrive at the Mongolia–China border, where you disembark the Tsar’s Gold and switch to a Chinese private train. Here you discover Erlian, an authentic border town where you browse its famous market and pick up unique souvenirs of your once-in-a-lifetime journey. Later, you relax and enjoy dramatic views of the stunning Gobi Desert from the windows your Chinese private train.

Accommodation: onboard Chinese local rail (1 night)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 13

BEIJING

Once you arrive in Beijing, you check in at your first-class hotel, after which you have the afternoon and evening free to explore the thriving capital of China, one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating countries

Accommodation: Capital Hotel or similar (3 nights)
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 14

BEIJING

Today your friendly, knowledgeable guides show you the stunning sights of beautiful Beijing—from the Temple of Heaven, a medieval architectural masterpiece, to the infamous Tiananmen Square.
In the afternoon, you explore the world-renowned Forbidden City—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former Chinese imperial palace, now home to the Palace Museum. The construction of its glorious halls and temples required over a million workers and was inaccessible to the public for centuries.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 15

BEIJING

Today you experience the legendary beauty and awe of the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s largest ancient structures. You also stop at the Ming Tombs imperial necropolis and see the Sacred Way , a 4-mile road leading to the burial sites of 13 Ming emperors. In the evening, you share conversations with fellow travelers over a feast of Peking Duck at one of China’s impressive themed restaurants.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 16

DEPART BEIJING

Today is the last day of your Trans-Siberian adventure. After breakfast, you head to the airport via private transfer service. On the way, you reflect on the immense journey you’ve just completed—thousands of miles, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Meals: breakfast

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Tsar’s Gold

The Tsar’s Gold private train is like no other in the world and is the classic way to travel the famous Trans-Siberian Railroad. Enjoy friendly staff, impeccable service, well-appointed dining cars, and spacious sleeping compartments. As your home away from home on the Trans-Siberian, the train itself is an experience to remember!

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Standard

Number and Size of Beds

  • Sleeps up to 4 guests
  • 2 lower and 2 upper beds
  • 26.7 x 73.6 in / 68 x 187 cm

Features

  • Large window
  • Table
  • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
  • 9 compartments per car
  • 3-person occupancy available for a supplemental charge

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Classic

Number and Size of Beds

  • Sleeps up to 2 guests
  • 2 lower beds
  • 26.7 x 73.6 in / 68 x 187 cm

Features

  • Large window
  • Table
  • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
  • Shower shared between 2 to 4 cars
  • 9 compartments per car

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Superior

Number and Size of Beds

  • Sleeps up to 2 guests
  • 2 lower beds
  • 26.7 x 73.6 in / 68 x 185 cm

Features

  • Large window
  • Table
  • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
  • Shower shared between 1 to 3 cars
  • 9 compartments per car
  • Distinctive interior design

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Nostalgic Comfort

Number and Size of Beds

  • Sleeps up to 2 guests
  • 1 lower and 1 upper bed
  • 31.5 x 72.8 in / 80 x 185 cm

Features

  • Large window
  • Table
  • Armchair
  • 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car
  • Shower shared between 2 cars
  • 8 compartments per car
  • Nostalgic interior design

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Bolshoi

Number and Size of Beds

  • Sleeps up to 2 guests
  • 1 lower bed sized 43.3 x 72.4 in/110 x 184 cm
  • 1 upper bed sized 31.5 x 68.5 in/80 x 174 cm

Features

  • Large compartment sized 60 sq ft/5.57 sq m
  • Small sofa
  • Table
  • Window
  • Small closet
  • Private bathroom with sink, toilet and integrated shower
  • 6 compartments per car

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Bolshoi Platinum

Number and Size of Beds

  • Sleeps up to 2 guests
  • 1 lower bed sized 47.2 x 72.4 in/120 x 184 cm
  • 1 upper bed sized 32.3 x 68.5 in/82 x 174 cm

Features

  • Large compartment sized 77 sq ft/7.15 sq m
  • Small sofa
  • Table
  • Window
  • Large closet
  • Private bathroom with sink, toilet and separate shower
  • 5 compartments per car

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Departure Date Compartment Category* Price per person**

2019 Departures

  • May 4 - 19, 2019
  • June 1 - 16, 2019
  • June 27 - July 12, 2019
  • July 20 - August 4, 2019
  • August 15 - 30, 2019
  • September 7 - 22, 2019

2020 Departures

  • May 9 - 24, 2020
  • June 6 - 21, 2020
  • July 2 - 17, 2020
  • July 25 - August 9, 2020
  • August 20 - September 4, 2020
  • September 12 - 27, 2020
Category I Standard From $7,280
Category II Classic From $11,070
Category II Superior From $11,640
Category III Nostalgic From $15,030
Category IV Bolshoi From $19,530
Category V Bolshoi Platinum From $23,000

*Category I Standard compartments can accommodate up to maximum four passengers and all other category compartments can accommodate up to maximum two passengers.

**Price per person is based on double occupancy except for Category I Standard compartment. Price per person for Category I Standard compartment is based on quadruple occupancy, and additional supplement will apply for double or triple occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please contact us at 1.866.760.1987 | info@glpworldwide.com directly for departure dates and full pricing

Note:

  • The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories

Deposit and Payment

  • First Deposits: $2,500 per each confirmed passenger at the time of booking
  • Second Deposits: $2,500 per each confirmed passenger, due at 180 days prior to departure
  • Final Payment: balance due on 121 days prior to departure

Cancellation Charges on Land/Train Arrangements

  • From time of booking to 181 days prior to departure: $2,500 per person
  • 180-121 days prior to departure: $5,000 per person
  • 120 days or less prior to departure: 100% of tour cost

Specials for Bolshoi guests:

Your choice of two meals for lunch and dinner on board

1 bottle of water per person per day in the compartment

1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included with on board meals

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Russia, Mongolia and China.
    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    Russia - Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Russia. Visa applications must be submitted electronically at here, or visit the Embassy of Russian Federation here.

    China - Canadians must have a visa. Consult the local visa issuing office and plan accordingly if you are travelling to or residing in China. Visit Chinese Visa Application Service Centre here for more information.

Casual clothing is usually worn on the train, including at mealtimes. Please make sure you wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the excursions, and particularly for the city sightseeing tours. The months of May and September can be quite chilly. Most hotels will have turned the heat off by May and won’t start it up again until September. If necessary, we will turn on the train’s radiators. Even if you have booked a summer trip, you should bring warm clothes for cooler days and rainy days, in addition to your summer clothes. During boat rides, especially on Lake Baikal, you may well be exposed to chilly breezes, even in the summer months. A light jacket or sweater is advisable (also for restaurants with strong airconditioning). And those brave enough to take a dip in Lake Baikal shouldn’t forget to bring along their swimsuits. Also, remember to bring headgear – for protection against the sun and to wear in the Orthodox churches.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

In each carriage, you may only smoke in the designated area at the opposite end of the carriage to the conductor’s cabin. Smoking is prohibited in the compartments and corridors and in the restaurant car during meals.

Moscow Siberia Mongolia Beijing
May Sunny or changing weather
Between 12 and 22°C
Mostly sunny, clear view
Between 10 and 30°C
Changing weather or sunny, windy
Between 5 and 25°C
sunny, dry
Between 18 and 28°C
June Sunny, continental dry
Between 15 and 36°C
sunny, dry
Between 12 and 30°C
changing weather
Between 12 and 25°C
hot and humid, rain showers
Between 22 and 32°C
July hot, sunny, rain showers, short heatwaves
Between 15 and 36°C
continental dry, warm, short heatwaves
Between 15 and 34°C
sunny, rain showers
Between 12 and 30°C
hot and humid, rain
Between 22 and 35°C
August warm, dry
Between 15 and 30°C
warm, dry, rain showers
Between 15 and 30°C
warm, dry
Between 15 and 26°C
hot, dry
Between 24 and 34°C
September sunny, dry
Between 15 and 24°C
high-pressure weather, sunny, hardly any rain
Between 10 and 22°C
Changing weather, snowfall possible
Between 0 and 25°C
warm, dry
Between 22 and 28°C

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

On board the train we accept roubles, euros and US dollars. The restaurant drinks menus, which can be found around the train, state the cost in each currency. If paying with US dollars, please note that you will receive change in euros.

Otherwise, you can only pay with roubles in RUSSIA. Prices are sometimes indicated in “conditional units” that correspond to US dollars, but you must pay in roubles. The salesperson calculates the cost in roubles based on the day’s exchange rate. The train is almost the only place where it is possible to pay in euros or US dollars.

When you arrive at the hotel, if possible exchange some of your money for roubles. Make sure you are given a good amount of change. We recommend exchanging an initial amount of € 50 to € 100 per person and always taking small euro notes with you (€ 5 and € 10) so that you can exchange more money if necessary or in an emergency. Please take care not to accept damaged or torn notes (or those with stamps, scribbles, etc.).

In MONGOLIA we recommend taking along small US dollar notes. You do not usually need to exchange money. If you wish to do so, we recommend using the hotel reception.

In CHINA you must pay with yuans (renminbi), but in the hotels you can also pay with euros. You can exchange money at banks, at bureaux de change in shops or in hotels.

More detailed information is provided in this on-board book.

Please avoid wearing shorts or miniskirts when visiting churches and mosques, even if the weather is warm. If you do, you may not be allowed to see some churches from the inside. You must remove your shoes before entering mosques. If you do not wish to walk barefoot, you should bring along an extra pair of socks on excursions. Please remember to bring appropriate headgear. Women are required to cover their hair with a headscarf or shawl in Russia’s orthodox churches. In most cases, men may not wear shorts inside churches.

The cuisine served on board the train is fresh, diverse and nutritious. Mineral water and juice are included in meal prices. Please pay for all other drinks in cash. On average, prices are 40 percent lower than those of railway restaurants in Germany. If you require vegetarian food or have any other dietary requirements, please inform us before the journey so that the chef can take your needs into account.

The passengers on board the train come from many different places. You may meet travellers from all over Europe and perhaps beyond. German, English and French are the official on-board languages. Announcements will be made in these languages. If guests from countries with other languages are on board, announcements may also be made in their languages. The service personnel on board the train usually speak very little English or German. Please don’t hesitate to contact your tour guide if you have any communication problems.

A Russian doctor will be travelling on the train on the route from Moscow to Erlian (on the Mongolian/Chinese border). He or she will be on call 24 hours a day. The doctor’s compartment is marked on your carriage overview. The doctor also takes appointments and offers drop-in sessions. If additional, specialist medical treatment is required, the on-board personnel can contact other doctors via radio. Doctor’s fees must be paid in cash after consultation (see Fee Schedule for Medical Services). Should you become seriously ill, you can be taken to a hospital in any of t he larger cities. Beijing and Moscow have hospitals of international standing.

The phone service between Moscow and Beijing is usually good, except for in sparsely populated areas such as around the Gobi desert in China and Mongolia. You will thus be able to use your mobile phone almost everywhere on the route and in all the cities (if, that is, your mobile phone is activated for foreign countries, which it usually won’t be if you have a prepaid card account). If you have any further questions please contact your service provider before the trip. Please remember that roaming costs in Russia, Mongolia and China can be as high as € 6 per minute – both for making and receiving calls. It is much cheaper to send text messages.

No vaccinations are required for the trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. We highly recommend a doctor’s check of the status of your immunisation against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. Please get all additional information on vaccinations and other preventative measures well ahead of the trip. You may want to consult your doctor if you are at risk of t hrombosis or other health problems. We also suggest that you consult health offices, doctors experienced in travel medicine, tropical medicine specialists, information services and national health institutes.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the safest railways in the world. No thefts have ever been reported on board our trains. Conductors are on duty 24 hours a day. We are in constant contact with control via the radio in the train manager’s compartment (on regular trains, the only radio set is in the locomotive) and can ask them for help in emergencies (including medical emergencies) or get them to contact the police for us.

When the train stops, only one door per carriage is opened – in each case the door nearest the conductor’s cabin. No one who does not hold a reservation for a sleeping compartment on the train may embark. That means no one can get on board and try to sell you anything. Before leaving Moscow, every one of our trains is cleared by the Russian health authorities. The checks are very thorough, and they demand high standards of hygiene in the restaurant, the toilets and the washrooms. They also make sure the sheets and towels are spotlessly clean. As when travelling anywhere in the world, it is a good idea to avoid wearing valuable jewellery and watches or hanging expensive camera equipment around your neck. Try to carry your cash, credit cards, passport and plane ticket close to your body, e.g. in a money belt around your neck or hips.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

Russia - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/russia

Mongolia - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mongolia

China - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/china

Featured Inclusions

Specials for Bolshoi guests:

Your choice of two meals for lunch and dinner on board

1 bottle of water per person per day in the compartment

1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included with on board meals

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