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The Tsar's Gold. A rail journey from Beijing to Moscow

May 2020

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A 15 Days Trans Siberian Luxury Train Journey On The Train Of The Tsar

Just as the Maharajas had their own trains in India, the”Tsar of Russia had his own train when he traversed his giant empire. After the Bolshevik revolution, the trains were taken over by the likes of Lenin and Stalin. The train’s name is still called the “Tsar’s Gold” and offers selected journeys between Beijing and Moscow in the spring and fall. Desderi Travel Club will block space for May 2020, as soon as the Tsar’s Gold will accept bookings. Two weeks where we visit Beijing, the Gobi desert, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Ulan Uda, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, across Siberia, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Moscow. Hotel overnight in the capitals before and after, including sightseeing and full board. Click here for more information.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL BEIJING

You will be welcomed at the airport or train station and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Time to settle in before a tour of some of Beijing’s highlights including the beautiful Temple of Heaven and famous Tiananmen Square. Round off your first day with a welcome dinner.

♨ Meals included: Dinner.

DAY 2 – BEIJING

Today we head out of the city to the mountains that contain the Great Wall. We also visit a pearl cultivation farm, the Ming Tombs and the avenue of the spirits. Return to the city for the quintessential evening meal of Peking Duck!

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 3 – DEPART BEIJING

Today you will be visiting the extraordinary former home of the Emperors of China, the Forbidden City, a vast complex of buildings right in the city centre. Late in the day your epic rail adventure begins as we depart Beijing for Mongolia.

*IMPORTANT* Up to the Chinese border we have to use a modern Chinese train as the Chinese have a different track gauge to Russia and Mongolia. Once over the border we change trains to our Tsars Gold. Note that the Chinese train has no Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cabins – only two or 4 bed cabins. Single occupancy is not guaranteed.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 4 – THROUGH THE GOBI DESERT

The journey though China this morning gives a unique insight into the rural life of China. At noon we reach the border where formalities are completed on the train after which you have a chance to go for a walk. After you change to the Tsars Gold Private train, your home until Moscow. The journey continues, first through the barren Gobi desert before reach the grasslands and open Steppe.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 5 – ARRIVAL ULAANBAATAR

We arrive this morning in Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar. We visit the impressive Buddhist monastery of Gandan and the Lama Museum. An evening excursion to a beer garden before spending the night in a centrally located hotel. If you prefer we can book in advance to stay in a traditional Mongolian ger (must be booked in advance).

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 6 – MONGOLIAN COUNTRYSIDE

Today we visit the open steppe, mountains and grasslands outside of Ulaanbaatar. We visit a typical ger camp, home to the nomadic herdsmen that are still very much part of Mongolian culture. The herdsmen will give a display of their horseback skills. You will also have a chance to try the in famous “Fermented Mare’s Milk” – the beer of the nomads!

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 7 – ULAN UDE

We continue by train today heading through the grasslands to the Russian border. On through we stop at Ulan Ude, capital of Buryatia and a city where Western and Eastern cultures meet.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 8 – LAKE BAIKAL

Today is dedicated to Lake Baikal. Late morning we arrive at Port Baikal right on the shore of this stunning and vast lake. a tour by bus out of Irkutsk to a Siberian village on the shore of Lake Baikal. From here we travel the old route of the Trans-Siberian along the shores of Baikal for several hours with a couple of stops to take photos. There will also be a boat ride on the lake and even the chance to go for a swim! Dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake (weather permitting).

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 9 – IRKUTSK

Check in to a hotel in the city of Irkutsk (the bulk of your luggage can be left on the train if you wish), once described as the “Paris of Siberia” and you will see evidence of that on our city tour seeing some of the beautiful wooden architecture and impressive river front’s statue of Alexander III. We also visit the lively market. After lunch the tour continues with a visit to the open-air museum “Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Tonight is spent in a centrally located hotel in Irkutsk.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 10 – TRAIN ACROSS SIBERIA

A full day on the train through Siberia. The landscape is of pristine rivers, endless birch and pine forest and distant mountains. On the train there will be lectures about this fascinating and remote land. There will also be a special meal today we call the “Tsar’s Feast” and enjoy Russian hospitality with vodka and caviar tasting.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 11 – NOVOSIBIRSK

By noon we reach the city of Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia where you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. We visit a monument to the Trans-Siberian and see the mighty Ob River. After dinner the train continues it’s journey Westwards.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 12 – EKATERINBURG

In the afternoon we arrive at Ekaterinburg. Much of this prosperous city was renovated in 2009 and our tour will visit the newly built Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial to the tragic historical event of the murder of the Tsars and his family. On departing Ekaterinburg we leave Asia and enter Europe.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 13 – KAZAN

After breakfast we arrive in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan province on the banks of the mighty Volga river. The city is full of history and the tour here will bring to life the once turbulent relationship between Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. Return to your train for a final dinner on the train before tomorrow’s arrival in Moscow.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 14 – ARRIVAL MOSCOW

A final morning on the train before arriving at Moscow, Russia’s iconic capital. Transfer to your comfortable hotel before taking a tour to the most famous of Moscow sights, the imposing Kremlin complex and one of its magnificent cathedrals dating back to the time of the Tsars.

After dinner a fabulous “Moscow by Night” city lights tour seeing some of the most iconic building lit in all their glory. After you have time to stroll through the famous Red Square with your guide and will experience the splendour of Moscow’s unique metro stations, as much art museums as public transport.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 15 – DEPART MOSCOW

After a breakfast at your hotel a final tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, New Virgin Monastery, and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral. We will also see the notorious former KGB headquarters. After the tour a fond farewell and a transfer to the airport for you flight home.

♨ Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Tour Type:
Rail Journey
Starting Price USD 5.180,00
Air is NOT included
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