TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY: FROM BEIJING TO MOSCOW
(Aboard the Tsar's Gold Train)
Cultural tour of China, Mongolia & Russia
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Experience one of the last great travel adventures. Your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the world’s most fascinating and safest train routes, is even more interesting, comfortable, and entertaining with our private train “Tsar’s Gold”. Our trips are accompanied by an experienced multi-lingual tour director and a physician travelling on the train. A sophisticated on-board program complements a comprehensive excursion and sightseeing package to make your journey truly memorable.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 15 days
Min. Tour Size : 60 persons
Max. Tour Size : 120 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Beijing (CHINA)
(D)
Day 02: Beijing
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Beijing/Erlian
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Crossing the Gobi Desert (MONGOLIA)
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Ulaanbaatar
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Mongolian Alps
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Ulan Ude (RUSSIA)
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Lake Baikal
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Irkutsk
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Trans-Siberia
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Novosibirsk
(B, L, D)
Day 12: Yekaterinburg
(B, L, D)
Day 13: Kazan
(B, L, D)
Day 14: Moscow
(B, L, D)
Day 15: Depart Moscow
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Beijing (CHINA)

You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour director and accompanied to your centrally located 4-star hotel, where you have a pause to relax. The tour through Beijing shows you many of the colourful facets of this large metropolitan city. The highlights are certainly the Temple of Heaven and history-laden Tiananmen Square, two of the city’s most famous sights, but it also includes recent achievements in the area of contemporary architecture, such as the new “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium, and several of Beijing’s futuristic sky scrapers. Afterwards enjoy dinner to welcome you to the tour.
Overnight: Hotel, Beijing (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Beijing

Today you visit the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 6000 km through the countryside. On the way you visit a pearl cultivation farm and the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Ming Tombs and the Spirit Way. In the evening you dine on the well-known delicacy of Peking Duck. (B, L, D)

Day 03: Beijing/Erlian

For centuries, the gates to the Forbidden City were closed to the public. Today you have the morning to view its awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples. In the evening your rail journey begins, as you transfer to the train station and depart for Mongolia aboard a chartered Chinese train. You reach the border city of Erlian in approximately 16 hours, on the following day.
Overnight: on board the train (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Crossing the Gobi Desert (MONGOLIA)

Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolian border, where you transfer to the Tsar’s Gold private train. The change of trains is necessary because of the different track gauges in the two countries. In the growing city of Erlian, you have some time to explore the colourful local market, before your Russian train sets off towards Mongolia. After crossing sections of the legendary Gobi Desert, the train travels through the vast green steppes of Mongolia. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Ulaanbaatar

Early-risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery. In the morning you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You can leave your large luggage securely in your compartment. During your city tour you see the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the odd Choijin Lama Temple, among other things.  Check in your 4* hotel.  In the evening you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, national costumes, and dances (tickets are $ 15 per person, to be paid on site).
Overnight: Hotel, Ulaanbaatar (1 night) (B, L, D)
Note: On request, we can organize alternative lodging in a local yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

Day 06: Mongolian Alps

After breakfast you visit the Gandan Monastery, where it is possible to observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Your bus then takes you to the Mongolian Alps, located some 90 minutes east of Ulaanbaatar, with their majestic scenery and bizarre rock formations. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you watch a small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration and a traditional wrestling match.
Overnight: on board the train (3 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 07: Ulan Ude (RUSSIA)

You take your leave of the Mongolian steppes today. You travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga, you are on the way to Ulan Ude, where your train reaches the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Here you take an informative city tour. (B, L, D)

Day 08: Lake Baikal

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. In the morning your train travels directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. During two extended photo-stops, you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. A short boat excursion from Port Baikal takes you out onto the lake. Take a swim in the lake, if you wish, and visit a picturesque Baikal village. Dinner is a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings (weather permitting). (B, L, D)

Day 09: Irkutsk

In the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. Here you move into your 4* hotel, which is centrally located. You can safely leave your large baggage on the private train. During your city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. Around noon you pay a worthwhile visit to an open-air museum with a focus on life and work in historical Siberia.
Overnight: Hotel, Irkutsk (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Trans-Siberia

After breakfast your train passes through the diverse landscapes of eastern Siberia. Talks on board inform you about the region and a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks and red caviar is an opportunity to experience firsthand the Russian festive customs of hospitality and clever toasts.
Overnight: on board the train (4 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Novosibirsk

Around noon, your train arrives in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian manner and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities along your entire route, including the chance to see the mighty Ob River. Small City tour, with possibility to see the market and the opera house. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Yekaterinburg

Your train stops in the afternoon in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. The city is known as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a tour you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 to commemorate that tragic historic event, and the city centre attractively restored in 2009. Also, Yekaterinburg is the frontier between the European and the Asian continent, we visit the obelisque monument which serves as a reminder of this fact. Back on board, you enjoy views of the Urals landscape and indulge yourself in the dining car. Your private train is already rolling across the European continent. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Kazan

After breakfast you reach Kazan, the Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. On your city tour you see Tartar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tartars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Afterwards you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Moscow

Around noon, you arrive in the Russian capital of Moscow, now a thriving, prosperous city, and are accompanied to your 4-star hotel. At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds with its magnificent cathedral. Several of the building interiors can also be viewed. After dinner, discover the city’s magic during an hour-long “City of Lights” tour, including a stop at Red Square, and a ride on the underground to view two of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations.
Overnight: Hotel, Moscow (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 15: Depart Moscow

After an ample breakfast at your hotel, your tour of the city takes you to the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, the New Maidens’ Convent (Novodevichy Monastery), and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, as well as to the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. This then marks the end of your memorable journey and the time has come to head to the airport. We accompany you to the airport and bid you bon voyage. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2018

May 13*; Jun 10; Jul 06 & 29; Aug 24; Sep 16

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Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) 2018 Per Person Single Room Supplement
4-berths sharing compartments US$ 4990 US$ 670 (for 5 hotel overnights)
2-berths sharing compartments US$ 7590 -


Notes

- Reduction of US$ 200 per person for May departure.
- Please contact us for possible upgrade to better compartment/category.
- Maximum group size is 26 when sightseeing.
- For Train Info please click here



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Train journey from Days 02-13.
  • 9 nights on board your private train in standard category.
  • 5 overnights in 4-star hotels.
  • 41 meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Tour director present throughout the train journey and additional competent travel guides for each group of not more than 26 guests.
  • Experienced local English Speaking guides.
  • Concise information talks on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture and history of the countries along the route.
  • City tours and excursions as mentioned.
  • Vodka tasting.
  • Doctor on board the train (Russia only).
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1900

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1800

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1700

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1600

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 120 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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