Trans-Siberian Adventure

  • September 10 - 17 | 18 days / 17 nights
  • $13,250.00

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.

Trans-Siberian Adventure

$13,250.00

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

DAY 1 | SEP 10

DEPART CANADA

Board your overnight flight to Moscow, Russia to begin your adventure.

DAY 2 | SEP 11

ARRIVE IN MOSCOW

Welcome to Moscow, the capital of Russia, and the world´s northernmost metropolis. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local assistant, who will transfer you safely to your hotel. Today is a day for you to spend at your leisure; relax, explore the area around the hotel, and adjust to your new surroundings. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel or similar (2 nights)

Meal: dinner

DAY 3 | SEP 12

MOSCOW

Explore Moscow with a full-day city sightseeing tour that features some of the most remarkable and notable sights of this lively, bustling city. In the morning, the tour focuses on the rich history of Moscow, with visits to such significant sites such as Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills, affording you an incredible of the city; Poklonnaya Hill, a place of great importance in the city´s military history; and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the world´s tallest Orthodox Christian church. You will then proceed to the Red Square - walk along this famous area with stops at the stunning Saint Basil´s Cathedral, and the GUM department store, formerly the Soviet State Department Store. After a busy morning, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, the tour shifts to an in-depth exploration of the Moscow transit system. You´ll discover the "underground palace" which is the Moscow Metro; learn fascinating facts about its history, and visit some of its beautiful, luxurious stations. After a full day, enjoy dinner at the hotel, accompanied with a presentation from guides of your train.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4 | SEP 13

MOSCOW - BOARD THE TSAR’S GOLD

Enjoy an informative tour of Moscow in the morning, including visits to the imposing Kremlin grounds and Cathedral Square, with magnificent cathedrals dating back to tsarist times. In the evening, you´ll be greeted aboard your private train, where a relaxed get-together in the dining car gives you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and learn more details about the train.

Accommodation: onboard Tsar’s Gold (5 nights)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5 | SEP 14

KAZAN

Wake up in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. Take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, with its panoramic view over the Volga River, Europe´s longest river. On this tour, you´ll learn about the tumultuous history between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Your train resumes its journey eastwards in the evening.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6 | SEP 15

YEKATERINBURG

Arrive in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals, perhaps best-known for being the site of the 1918 brutal execution of Tsar Nicholas and the Romanov family, following the February Revolution. During a brief tour here, you will see the Church of All Saints, built in commemoration of this tragic event, and explore the attractive city centre. Back on board, you continue your train journey through the vast steppes of western Siberia.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7 | SEP 16

NOVOSIBIRSK

Welcome to Novosibirsk, the third-most populous city in Russia, and the heart of Siberia; here, you are greeted with bread and salt, in the traditional Russian fashion of welcome. During a short city tour, you will experience the most Soviet of all cities during your entire journey, and take in awe-inspiring sights such as the enormous monument to the builders of the Trans-Siberian line, and the mighty Ob River.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8 | SEP 17

TRANS-SIBERIA

Aboard the train, you cross the wide Yenisei River and roll on through Siberia. The train’s chefs once again demonstrate their skills as specialties in a feast fit for a tsar. A vodka tasting accompanied by Russian snacks and clever toasts offers you a relaxing opportunity to combine pleasure and local hospitality. Take in spectacular views as your train passes by villages and through birch forests set against a background of impressive, soaring mountains

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 9 | SEP 18

IRKUTSK

Today your train reaches Irkutsk, which was the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. You leave your luggage in your private train compartment, leaving your hands free to discover the city. You see the city's colourful market, the theatre, and the City History Museum of Irkutsk before enjoying a relaxed dinner in the evening. Enjoy a night off the train with accommodation in the city of Irkutsk.

Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center Hotel or similar (1 night)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10 | SEP 19

LAKE BAIKAL

Experience picturesque Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of non-frozen freshwater in the world. A bus takes you from Irkutsk to the village; here, a boat brings you across the lake’s deep waters to Port Baikal, where your private train is waiting. Travel 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 this natural wonder. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal, weather permitting.unique natural wonder. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal, weather permitting.

Accommodation: onboard Tsar’s Gold (2 nights)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 11| SEP 20

LAKE BAIKAL – ULAN UDE – MONGOLIA

Savour the breathtaking sights on this leg of your journey, as you continue along the banks of the seemingly endless Lake Baikal, through the splendid Selenga Valley, and into the wild solitude of eastern Siberia’s steppes. At our stop in Ulan-Ude, explore this interesting city, closed to foreigners until 1991. Border formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border are a simple matter carried out on the train.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 12 | SEP 21

ULAN BATOR

Wake up early to appreciate the spectacular scenery that is central Mongolia, with its mountain landscapes dotted with colourful yurt camps and inhabited by solitary riders on horseback, before arriving to its capital, Ulan Bator. Highlights of this city tour include the impressive Gandan Buddhist monastery and the peculiar Choijin Lama Temple. Celebrate Mongolian culture with a tour that hosts a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, fiddle playing, and dancing. Spend the night in Ulan Bator, or make the most out of your Mongolian adventure by opting into alternative yurt (additional fee applies) lodging in the gorgeous landscape of the Mongolian Alps.

Accommodation: Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center Hotel or similar or Mongolian Alps (1 night)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 13 | SEP 22

ULAN BATOR

Go off the beaten path with a visit to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, located just east of Ulan Bator. Observe nomadic herdsmen’s settlements consisting of traditional tents, herds of horses, and scraggly yaks. In these stunning surroundings, a small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration is put on especially for you, followed by a Mongolian barbecued lunch. In the evening, continue your train trip towards China

Accommodation: onboard Tsar’s Gold (1 night)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 14 | SEP 23

CROSSING THE GOBI DESERT

Transfer to your chartered Chinese train at the Mongolian-Chinese border, where a lengthy train trip eventually brings you to Beijing, China’s capital. Take the time to relax and prepare yourself for the sights of vibrant Beijing.

Accommodation: onboard Chinese local rail

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 15 | SEP 24

BEIJING

Beijing greets you in the morning with all its colourful activities. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure to rest or explore this magnificent city.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central or similar (3 nights)

Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 16 | SEP 25

BEIJING

Take in the stunning sights on our city tour. Visit the Temple of Heaven and its beautiful park. Experience Tiananmen Square and feel the weight of its historical significance. Gaze at some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the Bird’s Nest (the 2008 Olympic stadium) and several futuristic skyscrapers. Enter the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace and be awed by its numerous temples and halls.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 17 | SEP 26

BEIJING

Spend your last day in Beijing at one of the world’s wonders, the Great Wall of China. This historic wall extends for more than 6000 kilometres throughout the Chinese countryside, and you’ll have the chance to walk upon it. On the way, visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, with its striking and beautiful spirit way. Say goodbye to China with a farewell dinner featuring the world-renowned delicacy, Peking Duck.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 18 | SEP 27

DEPART BEIJING

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our trip home having travelled overland nearly a quarter of the way around the world!

Meal: 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 Twin Occupancy Single Occupancy*
SEPTEMBER 10 – 27, 2020 Cat.II / Classic CDN $13,250 per person CDN $16,790 per person
Cat.II / Superior CDN $13,750 per person CDN $17,600 per person
Cat.II+ / Superior Plus CDN $14,250 per person CDN $18,100 per person
Cat.III / Nostalgic Comfort CDN $17,250 per person CDN $22,900 per person
Cat.IV / Bolshoi CDN $21,250 per person CDN $29,300 per person
Cat.V / Bolshoi Platinum CDN $24,250 per person CDN $33,500 per person

*Limited availability
Due to the dynamic nature of availability, please click here to contact us directly for full details and 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

Air Cancellation penalties are subject to airline regulations

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation or comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Please contact GLP Worldwide for a quotation. Prices above are in Canadian Dollars. The rail trip and all related travel services described herein are subject to the detailed terms & conditions of GLP Worldwide which are available at any time upon request and which will be provided with your booking confirmation.

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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