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.

TRAIN INFO
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’ve arrived in China, one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating civilizations.  Beautiful Beijing. Your friendly, knowledgeable guides have stunning sights to show you, from the Temple of Heaven, the medieval masterpiece of architecture and landscape design, to the infamous Tiananmen Square. First, a warm welcome and the chance to relax and freshen up at your first-class hotel.
Overnight: Capital Hotel, Beijing (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Beijing

A day filled with beauty and awe. Today you experience the Great Wall of China, the world’s largest piece of ancient architecture, and its legendary scenery up close.   You also stop at the equally iconic Ming Tombs UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the exquisite Sacred Way necropolis. In the evening, share stories over a feast of Peking Duck at one of China’s impressive themed restaurants.  An unforgettable day. (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: Ramada 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: Irkutsk Hotel, Irkutsk (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Trans-Siberia

A day of once-in-a-lifetime views enjoyed from the comfort of your private train.   Mountains of forest and mist in the sunlight. Rivers crashing along jagged rocky banks. Huge, imposing skies, shifting in rhythm with the tracks. Living art, in real time on your Trans-Siberian Railroad tour.   Entertaining lectures on local customs and culture double as social get-togethers between newfound friendships, complete with Russian canapes and hospitality.
Overnight: on board the train (4 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Novosibirsk

In Russia, the word bread is associated with hospitality, and salt with friendship. In the charming 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 river Ob. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is the capital of the ancient Ural Mountain range. Its position on the Asian European border makes for a city of fascinating influences and combined cultures. You visit the painstakingly preserved city center and fairytale-like Church on Blood, which commemorates the site where the Romanovs, Russia’s last Tsar dynasty, were shot by revolutionists.  Your train leaves Asia into Europe. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Kazan

Today is dedicated to the picturesque and historic Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia Tatar, on the banks of the Volga.  You take in the traditional Russian architecture and the fascinating stories of the Kremlin. You learn about the wild and bloody relations that played out between the Tatars, Cossacks and Russians, exactly where you’re standing. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Moscow

Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and richly historic cities on earth. You see the other-worldly and world-famous Kremlin grounds and experience its magnificent cathedrals and interiors.  After dinner, you experience the opulence and color of Moscow at night on a tour that includes the almost dream-like Red Square and famously  palatial subway stations.  Relax after your urban adventure in your central and comfortable top-range hotel.
Overnight: InterContinental Hotel, Moscow (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 15: Depart Moscow

Wake up to a morning in cosmopolitan Moscow. Today you see the surreal and candy-cane Russian masterpieces of St. Basil’s Cathedral and Novodevichy Convent.  You visit the lovingly reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior and pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters, the imposing architecture of the Soviet-era White House and Lomonossov University, before bidding farewell to this bold and charismatic city.  Finally, transfer for your flight back home and the time to sit back and reflect. You’ve explored China to Russia by train. Here’s to life-changing journeys. What an incredible adventure it’s been. (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

2019

May 12*; Jun 09; Jul 05 & 28; Aug 23; Sep 15
Train also operates on the reverse (Moscow – Beijing: May 04; Jun 01 & 27; Jul 20; Aug 15 & Sep 07)

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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 • CA$ 6487 US$ 670 • CA$ 871 (for 5 hotel overnights)
2-berths sharing compartments from US$ 7590 • CA$ 9867 -
Departure(s) 2019 Per Person Single Room Supplement
4-berths sharing compartments US$ 5390 • CA$ 7007 US$ 720 • CA$ 936 (for 5 hotel overnights)
2-berths sharing compartments from US$ 8200 • CA$ 10660 -


Notes

- Reduction of US$ 200 per person for May departure for all categories.
- Please contact us for possible upgrade to better compartment/category.
- Maximum group size is 26 when sightseeing.
- Train also operates on the reverse (Moscow – Beijing: May 04; Jun 01 & 27; Jul 20; Aug 15 & Sep 07 – prices are also increase by US$ 200 per person on all categories, except for the May 04, since the program is actually 16 days instead of 15 days.)
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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Train journey from Days 02-13.
  • 9 nights on board your private train in standard category.
  • 5 overnights in hotels mentioned or similar.
  • 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 maximum group size of 26 participants while touring, while the maximum capacity of the whole train is between 60 and 120 passengers.
Please note that this tour is NOT part of our small group journeys.

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.