Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale - Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian Express

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Russian Winter Fairytale
Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Trans-Siberian Express
13 days, 12 nights from £3,770
Bucket list rail journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator

Riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad is an amazing adventure any time of the year. But winter brings out the true soul of the Russian taiga. See the crisp sunshine upon a frozen Lake Baikal. Take a traditional troika sleigh ride through a frosty landscape. Enjoy the warm hospitality of a nomad camp amidst a landscape of pristine wilderness. Explore Russia and Mongolia during the colder season from your snug, Trans-Siberian train. Hop aboard for a snowy voyage that is captivating, convenient and secure. It’s the winter experience of a lifetime!

Highlights:

Soaking up the incomparable wintertime atmosphere at Lake Baikal. A snow globe-scene come to life

Traveling by train through the Siberian countryside as fairytale villages pass by

Sleeping in a yurt in the pristine Mongolian wilderness (upon request)

The cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Ulan Bator

See world famous Red Square and the Kremlin grounds

Ride a cable car to a panoramic viewing point above Lake Baikal (seasonal opening conditions allowing)

Ride on Lake Baikal’s ice in a motorized sled

Authentic Russian banja saunas

The Choijin Lama Temple and the Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator

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The Route

MOSCOW • Yekaterinburg • Siberia • Krasnoyarsk • Lake Baikal • Irkutsk • Ulan Bator

Moscow
Moscow
A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is an iconic symbol of Moscow. A true architectural wonder, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 1500’s and is lavishly decorated with vivid bold colours, striking patterns and shapes. The building is made up of nine churches connected by a web of narrow corridors; each church is lavishly decorated with intricate frescoes; however the exterior of the building is equally as impressive with its famous colourful onion domes! A common myth is that once the building was complete, Ivan had the architects blinded to be sure that they never build anything as beautiful again.
Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg
Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city and the capital of the Urals. The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. The last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II Romanov and his family spent their last days here. On 19th July 1918 the whole family was executed by the Bolsheviks in the basement room of the Ipatiev’s estate. Nowadays there is the Cathedral On Spilt Blood which provides a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk
Is this most beautiful city in Siberia? The writer Anton Chekhov thought so. Krasnoyarsk’s certainly wears winter well, with snow dusting its streets and blue-gold hues coloring the cityscape. See all the sights on a short tour and take in the stunning vista across the Yenisei River. Back on board, your Trans-Siberian tour continues on to Irkutsk.
Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal
Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of the Pearl of Siberia. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. It stretches for 636 km longwise and 80 km widthwise. The Baikal’s maximum depth is 1,637 m. It is known as a "laboratory of biodiversity" as it is home to nearly 3,000 species of animals and plants, many of which are found nowhere else, such as a unique breed of freshwater seal.
Irkutsk
Irkutsk
Irkutsk, capital of South Baikal, is one of the largest Siberian cities and was a key stop for caravans from Buchara and even China. Today Irkutsk became a center of gold-mining production and is developing fast. In the city you can discover unique examples of Irkutsk architectural heritage, such as “White house”, which was first a palace of the merchants Sibiryakovs, then a residence of East Siberia governor-general.
Ulaanbataar
Ulaanbataar
Ulaanbataar is a Mongolia's economic, cultural and political center. Located on the bank of the Tuul River and surrounded by sacred mountains and pine forests on the North and grassy steppes on the South. Ulaanbaatar is a city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle.

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Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey

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MOSCOW TO ULAN BATOR

DAY 1, MOSCOW

Welcome to Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and richly-historic cities on Earth. After dinner, experience the opulence and color of Moscow at night on a guided walk that includes the almost dream-like Red Square. Relax after your urban adventure in your central and comfortable hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Azimut Olympiski (or similar). Meals included: dinner (D)

DAY 2, MOSCOW BY DAY

Wake up to morning in cosmopolitan Moscow. Visit the otherworldly Kremlin grounds and see the surreal and candy-cane Orthodox masterpieces of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Visit the lovingly-reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior, pass by the notorious former KGBheadquarters, and behold the imposing architecture of the Soviet-era White House and Lomonosov University, before bidding farewell to this bold city. Towards evening, your train departs for Siberia.

Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D)

DAY 3, URAL MOUNTAINS

In the morning, pass through the Russian heartland and cross the mighty Volga River. Then make the steady climb towards the Ural Mountains. As your train whisks you through the wintry landscape, enjoy enlightening talks on the history of the Tartars, Cossacks, Russians and winter life in Siberia.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 4, YEKATERINBURG

Yekaterinburg is the capital of the ancient Ural Mountain region. 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. From here your train leaves Europe into Asia.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 5, SIBERIA

A day of fantastically frosted views enjoyed from the comfort of your train. 

Snow-capped mountains and birch forests sparkle in the sunlight. Icy rivers crash along jagged rocky banks. Huge, imposing skies, shift in rhythm with the clack of the tracks. Winter has come alive. Entertaining presentations on local customs and culture double as social get-togethers between new friends, complete with Russian canapés, hospitality and, of course, a vodka tasting.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 6, KRASNOYARSK

Is this most beautiful city in Siberia? The writer Anton Chekhov thought so. Krasnoyarsk’s certainly wears winter well, with snow dusting its streets and blue-gold hues coloring the cityscape. See all the sights on a short tour and take in the stunning vista across the Yenisei River. Back on board, your Trans-Siberian tour continues on to Irkutsk.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 7, LAKE BAIKAL

You’ve arrived in Irkutsk, one of Siberia’s largest cities. Travel light and leave your main luggage securely stowed in your train on the transfer to your hotel, located in the village of Listvyanka on Lake Baikal. After you’ve settled in, take a peek at the frozen shoreline of this remarkable body of water and visit the local open-air museum. Then relax by visiting a banja, a traditional Russian sauna. 

Overnight: Hotel Mayak (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 8, LAKE BAIKAL

A day dedicated entirely to enjoying blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Surrounded by snowy mountains, the clear, deep, aquamarine and blue waters glitter in the winter sun. The lake’s frozen sections are like perfect glass, imbuing a near-total stillness. Ride in a horse-drawn troika sleigh before switching to a motorized sled that takes you across the lake’s icy surface. Climb higher by cable car (seasonal opening conditions allowing), arriving at a spot with spectacular views of the chilly waters below. This vantage point is known for blustery and bitter cold temperatures—so bundle up for what might be the deepest chill you have ever experienced! After a warming meal with a local family, learn about the lake’s unique ecosystem at a nearby museum. After an unforgettable day, return to Irkutsk, where you spend the night at your centrally-located hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 9, IRKUTSK

Popular and historic Irkutsk is one of Siberia’s largest cities. Explore its walkable core, tour the city’s colorful market, theater, and two-manor site of the Irkutsk local history museum. Back on board, your train powers on towards Mongolia.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 10, FAREWELL RUSSIA

Today, you wind along the picturesque valley of the Selenga River. As your time in Russia comes to a close, relax on board and enjoy entertaining talks on winter travels during the tsarist era and the Mongol invasions.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

DAY 11, ULAN BATOR

It’s morning and the vibrant Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, awaits. Here your train adventure ends, but your voyage is far from over. Should you wish, spend the night in a traditional yurt tent in the pristine winter wilderness—truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or opt to stay in a hotel in the city, where you enjoy evening performances of captivating traditional Mongolian music and dance (optional).

Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar) in Ulan Bator. Upon request: Sleep in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps. (BLD)

DAY 12, ULAN BATOR

Today, you visit the painstakingly restored Buddhist Gandan Monastery and the jewel-like Choijin Lama Temple. An afternoon excursion takes you to a family of cattle herders just outside of the city. Learn how they and their animals spend the Mongolian winter.

Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 13, FAREWELL MONGOLIA

Enjoy a final breakfast with your fellow winter travelers before transferring to the airport for your flight home. What a magical journey through snow and ice it’s been! (B)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

The Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Express

The private Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) train is designed to provide you with a comfortable experience as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime and offers a range of cabins to suit every budget.

Enjoy dining in the charming restaurant carriages where you are able to try the freshest local cuisine and relax with fellow passengers. Also, take the time to get involved in several lectures on board the train where you can learn about the history, people and cultures of the countries you travel through.

Choose from 6 different cabin types

Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
In the STANDARD CATEGORY (I), there are nine compartments per car, each for four guests. On both sides, left and right, there are two berths, one upon the other and each of them sized 27.55 inches x 74.80 inches (70×190cm). In the middle, below the window, you will find a table. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments are located at each end of the car.
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey

In the CLASSIC CATEGORY (II), there are 9 compartments per car. A compartment is shared by two guests. Berths are sized app. 27.5 inches x 75 inches (70 × 190 cm) and arranged facing each other. There is also a table under the window. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments are located at each end of this category’s cars. In every second car there is a shower compartment.

Specification

Compartment height: 100.4 inches (255 cm) Compartment depth: 74.8 inches (190 cm)
Compartment width: 71.6 inches (182 cm)
Bed length: 73.6 inches (187 cm)
Bed width: 26.8 inches (68 cm)
Space between the beds: 16.5 inches (42 cm)
Luggage case under beds: height 14.2 inches (36 cm); width 18.5 inches (47 cm); depth 25.6 inches (65 cm)
Luggage case above door: height 12.2 inches (31 cm); width 58.7 inches (149 cm); depth 21.7 inches (55 cm)

Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
The newly refurbished Category II Superior now presents interiors in a nostalgic look. The compartments have two lower beds, one on each side of the compartment and measuring 67 cm x 187 cm / 26.5 × 73.6 in. The nine compartments in a wagon share two combination wash and toilet facilities located at its ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility is shared by guests from two to four sleeping cars. (The sanitary facilities were also modernised as part of the refurbishment, with the wagons now outfitted with the practical vacuum toilets, which are preferable both for the user and the environment.
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey

This category of compartment offers the opportunity to truly travel in the style of the red tsars. You travel in a nostalgic ambience that would even make past Soviet leaders feel at home – but with all of the 21st century’s modern amenities.
Each of these of these rolling hotel rooms offers not only two comfortable beds (ca. 80 × 185 cm / 31.5 × 72.8 in.) placed one above the other, but also an armchair from which to enjoy the passing landscape. Each of two neighbouring compartments shares a semi-private lavatory with wash basin and simple shower located between them. Combination wash and toilet facilities are located at both ends of the wagons.

Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
This category of compartment, with its illustrious name, offers 5.57 m² (almost 60 sq. ft.) of space. It has two beds, with the upper measuring 80 × 176 / 31.5 × 69.3 in. and the lower 110 × 187 cm / 43.3 × 73.6 in. This compartment also offers comfortable seating, a generous-sized table, and a small clothes closet. The Bolshoi category has its own lavatory equipped with a toilet, wash basin, and integrated shower with a full shower curtain. This configuration of wagon has only six compartments.
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey
The Bolshoi Platinum compartment provides 7.15 m² (almost 77 sq. ft.) of space, even more than the Bolshoi compartment. The lower bed measures 120 × 184 cm / ca. 47.2 × 72.4 in., the upper 82 × 174 cm / ca. 32.3 × 68.5 in. Each compartment has a spacious clothes closet and its own lavatory outfitted with a separate shower cabin. This category of wagon offering the highest level of comfort available on the Trans-Siberian Railway contains only five compartments and offers space for a maximum of just 10 guests.
Russian Winter Fairytale Tsar's Gold Journey

Russian Winter Fairytale by Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian Express 2017 is available on enquiry basis - please get in touch with our Destination Managers to secure your holiday with an Early Booking Discount.

 

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All Tours Include:

•   Seven nights aboard a special car on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the category booked

•   One night in a top-range hotel in Moscow

•   One night in a hotel in Listvyanka 

•   One night in a mid-range hotel in Irkutsk

•   Two nights in a mid-range hotel in Ulan Bator

•   An experienced tour manager for the entire journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator

•   All meals according to itinerary including vodka tasting

•   All transfers and bus tours as per itinerary

•   Informational booklet on the region and private train for each compartment reserved

•   Porter service at all stations

•   Fascinating talks aboard your train, related to life in Siberia during the winter

 

Not Included:

•   International flights

•   Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate

•   Gratitutes

Please note that 15% deposit is payable on this tour

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