Trans-Siberian Adventure: Moscow to Beijing

  • CAD $8,700

  • 16 days/ 15 nights

Your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, one of the world’s most fascinating and safest train routes, is even more interesting, comfortable, and entertaining with our privately chartered train. This grand private train journey from Moscow to Beijing via Lake Baikal and Mongolia is your chance to fulfill the dream of a lifetime. Our trips are accompanied by an experienced multilingual tour director and a physician traveling on the train. A sophisticated on board program complements a comprehensive excursion and sightseeing package to make your journey truly memorable. Take advantage of the extensive array of services offered by Europe’s most experienced travel organizer on this route.

Itinerary

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 tour director and take a short trip on the subway to view several of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations.

Accommodation: InterContinental Tverskaya/Radisson Royal Ukraina (or similar)
Meals included: Dinner

In the morning, you take an informative tour of Moscow, including the impressive Kremlin grounds and its magnificent cathedral from tsarist times. In the 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 travelers and learn more details about your private train.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, you arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. You take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which has a wonderful panoramic view over the Volga River, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks and the Russians. Your train resumes its journey east in the evening.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Church on Blood, built in 2003 in commemoration of that tragic historic event; and the city center, beautifully restored in 2009. Back on board, you continue on your journey through the vast steppes of western Siberia.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You arrive in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, where you are welcomed in the traditional Russian way, 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.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your train crosses the wide Yenisei River and rolls on through Siberia. The train’s chefs once again demonstrate their skills as they serve 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.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today your train reaches Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. During your city tour you see, among other things, picturesque Siberian wooden houses and a memorial to Tsar Alexander III (the initiator of the Tran-Siberian Railroad), which was erected in 2003 where the Trans-Siberian Obelisk previously stood. After lunch you take an excursion to an informative open-air museum of life and work in historical Siberia.

Accommodation: Irkutsk (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you go 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 Railroad. Your train stops 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.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The journey continues along the banks of 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 Russia–Mongolia border are painlessly carried out on board.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today early risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery, set in a mountain landscape dotted with colorful 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 unique Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. Afterward, you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts including throat singing, the horsehead fiddle, national costumes, and dances — tickets to be paid on site.

Accommodation: Ramada Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On request, we can organize alternative lodging in a yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps for an additional charge; please let us know upon booking. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

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 traditional tents, horse herds, and scraggly yaks, a type of wild Tibetan cattle. A small Mongolian archery demonstration is put on especially for you and you enjoy a picnic lunch served in these splendid surroundings. In the evening, you continue aboard your train towards China.

Accommodation: On board Zarengold Private Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Around noon you arrive at the Mongolia–China 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.

Accommodation: On board Chinese Train
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Capital Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

A tour lasting several hours takes you to Beijing’s most beautiful and important sights, including the photogenic Temple of Heaven and its park; the huge Tiananmen Square; and some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the 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.

Accommodation: Capital Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Your tour today takes you to the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 6,000 kilometers through the countryside. On the way, you visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming emperors, with its impressive Spirit Way. In the evening, you enjoy a farewell dinner of world-famous Peking Duck.

Accommodation: Capital Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you transfer to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Departure Date Compartment Category* Price per person**
  • 7 – 22 May 2022
  • 6 – 19 Jun 2022
  • 23 Jul – 7 Aug 2022
  • 18 Aug – 2 Sept 2022
  • 10 – 25 Sept 2022
Category I Standard From $8,700
Category II Classic From $12,960
Category II Superior From $13,640
Category III Nostalgic From $18,290
Category IV Bolshoi From $23,920
Category V Bolshoi Platinum From $28,160

*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 click here to contact us directly for departure dates and full pricing

Note:

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

Train Information

Zarengold

The Zarengold private train is not only a classic way to travel the famous Trans-Siberian Railroad—it is also a train like no other in the world. Its well-appointed dining cars, comfortable sleeping compartments, amazing staff and stellar service make the train itself an experience to remember forever—your home away from home on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad.


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

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

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

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

Bolshoi

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

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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