September 10 - 27, 2020 | 18 days / 17 nights
Board overnight flight to 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
|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|
Board your overnight flight to Moscow, Russia to begin your adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our trip home having travelled overland nearly a quarter of the way around the world!
Dates & Prices
|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|
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Deposit and Payment
Cancellation Charges on Land/Train Arrangements
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Roundtrip economy class airfare and air taxes from Toronto to Moscow and return from Beijing
Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the train between Moscow and Erlian
Accommodation in a 2- or 4-bed compartment in a Chinese sleeper car between Erlian and Beijing
Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the travelled route throughout the journey
Experienced local tour guides
All transfers / bus trips according to itinerary
All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary including all entry fees (except optional tours)
Meals onboard include water and tea/coffee
Porter service at all railway stations
Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
Informational talks on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route
A physician on board the train (Moscow – Chinese border)
Shower facilities on board
Informational booklet on the region and train for each compartment
2 nights hotel accommodation in Moscow with breakfast
1 night hotel accommodation in Irkutsk with breakfast
1 night hotel accommodation in Ulan Bator with breakfast
3 nights hotel accommodation in Beijing with daily breakfast
Gratuities for train conductor and crew, and for local guides and drivers for included land and train excursions
Chinese Visa fee to obtain visa prior to departure
Russian Visa fee to obtain visa prior to departure
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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Number and Size of Beds
Number and Size of Beds
Number and Size of Beds