Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian Journey: Russia & Mongolia

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Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Trans-Siberian Express
16 days, 15 nights from £3,560
Bucket list rail journey from Vladivostok to Moscow

Embark on an epic railroad adventure, as you traverse the world’s largest country by train on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad. This Trans-Siberian rail journey combines travel on the Tsar’s Gold private train with regular trains, taking you all the way from the Pacific port of Vladivostok to the gleaming capital Moscow. Along the way, see the most spectacular scenery that Russia has to offer, including the incomparable solitude of Lake Baikal. Relax, all the details have been taken care of. All that’s left for you to do is sit back and enjoy a voyage that is captivating, comfortable and secure.
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.

Highlights:

  • Traveling the entire length of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which celebrated its centennial in 2016
  • Touring Vladivostok’s busy harbor Bay by vessel Walking in the taiga forest, the pristine home of the Siberian tiger
  • The cities of Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and Ulan-Ude
  • Vladivostok’s Oceanarium and submarine museums
  • Beaches of the Amur River
  • Khechzyr nature reserve
  • Old Believers colony
  • Ivolginsky Datsan Buddhist Monastery
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The Route

ULAN BATOR • Ulan Ude • Lake Baikal • Irkutsk • Novosibirsk • Yekaterinburg • Kazan • MOSCOW

Vladivostok
Vladivostok
Vladivostok, a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan, is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine.
Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk
Located 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the border with China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the Amur River. Khabarovsk was founded as a military post in 1858, but the region had been populated by several indigenous peoples of the Far East for many centuries. It is now a busy city with tree-lined streets.
Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude
The Buryat capital is one of Eastern Siberia’s most fascinating cities. From 1934 to 1980s it was a closed city due to its secret military plants - in fact, there are still mysterious blank spaces on city maps. Today it offers a variety of cultural hot spots, a chance to visit working Buddhist monasteries and sample a taste of the steppes.
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.
Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk is situated in the south part of West Siberia, on the banks of Ob River. The city takes the third place by population in Russia after Moscow and St Petersburg. It's a center of Russian arts, science and literature. 14 most prestige universities of the country are located here. In the heart of the city there is an architectural marvel -the largest opera house in the world.
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.
Kazan
Kazan
Situated on the River Volga, Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan famous for its rich tapestry of history and culture. One its highlights is the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel is a stunning mosque and onion-domed cathedral.
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.

Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Intricately decorated, the Moscow Metro is an immense museum in itself. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the most magnificent stations, adorned with marble, mosaics and chandeliers.
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.

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Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia

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VLADIVOSTOK TO MOSCOW

DAY 1, VLADIVOSTOK
Arrive in Russia’s gateway to the Pacific and refresh at your hotel before an afternoon sightseeing tour. Off-limits to visitors during Soviet times, this port city now invites you to explore. Enjoy the views of Vladivostok’s spectacular geography and its rolling hills, and visit the Submarine Museum before attending dinner. You have a once-in-a-lifetime Trans-Siberian railroad tour ahead of you.
Overnight: Versailles Best Eastern (or similar). Meals included: lunch (L), dinner (D)
DAY 2, PORT OF CALL
Vladivostok’s fortunes have been inexorably intertwined with the sea. Tour the magnificent harbour by vessel and see firsthand how this busy waterway remains the port city’s lifeblood. Then head to the striking tsarist-era central station, where your railroad adventure begins aboard your Trans-Siberian regular train. Did you spot the 9,288 engraved on the pedestal of the sculpture? That’s how many kilometers separate you from your final destination, Moscow—that’s nearly 5,800 miles.
Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D)
DAY 3, KHABAROVSK
ulanudeToday you experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mongolian Alps. Picnicking in a yurt in the beautiful outdoors is the perfect way to dine. Try the Mongolian specialty of lamb in milk, with Kumis for those feeling brave: a drink of fermented mare’s milk, known as the beer of the nomads.
Afterwards, shows offer insight into the horsemanship so central to Mongolian culture, alongside a traditional wrestling match and an archery performance.
In the evening, your private train tours onward to the Russian border.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 4, TAIGA
Tuck in to breakfast to fortify yourself before an excursion to the nearby Khechzyr nature reserve. Stroll through lush evergreen landscapes. Heavenly. This is the taiga, the pristine country still home to Siberian tigers.
Overnight: Parus Best Eastern (or similar). (BLD)

DAY 5,6, BIG COUNTRY
Settle into the rhythm of rail travel, as you head west for the next two days. Freed from the hectic schedule of everyday life, get to know your fellow train passengers over a drink in the dining car. Take the time to catch up on your reading. Or simply enjoy the life-affirming scenery, as the fertile strip of Siberia passes by your window.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 7, ULAN UDE
ulanude1Today, bid farewell to Mongolia, as the Russian part of your adventure begins. Your Trans-Siberian train journeys along the green, picturesque valley of the Selenga River. Soon you arrive in Ulan-Ude, the friendly capital of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, where you stroll through its city streets on a guided tour.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 8, IVOLGINSKY BUDDIST MONASTERY
Today’s excursion takes you to Ivolginsky Datsan, the largest and most important Buddhist monastery in Russia. With its prayer wheels and golden-roofed temple, you might think you’re in Tibet. Head back to town, and before the sun sets, board the Tsar’s Gold private train. Here, you settle into your snug and secure new home for the rest of your Trans-Siberian rail journey.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 9, LAKE BAIKAL
baikalA day dedicated entirely to enjoying the blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. The clear, deep, aquamarine and green waters glitter in the sun. The mountains are mirrored in the lake like glass. A near-endless stillness pervades. You arrive directly at Port Baikal. Here, there are plenty of opportunities to capture some perfect shots as you travel the Circum-Baikal Railway. Relax, take a dip, explore the picturesque villages, and soak up the scenery on a ferry ride. On warm nights, dinner is served as a picnic on the elegant shores of this pristine lake. The perfect end to a most relaxing day.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 10, IRKUTSK
IRKUTSK You’ve arrived in popular and historic Irkutsk, one of Siberia’s largest cities. Travel light again and leave your luggage securely stowed in your private train. Tour the city’s colorful market, theater and two-manor site of the Irkutsk local history museum. Have a relaxed dinner in the evening before bed—your hotel room is centrally located.
Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar). (BLD)
DAY 11, SIBERIA
SIBERIAA day of once-in-a-lifetime views enjoyed from the comfort of your private train. Mountains of forest and mist glisten 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 now firm friends, complete with Russian canapés and hospitality.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 12, NOVOSIBIRSK AND HOSPITALITY
NOVOSIBIRSK1 In Russia, 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.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 13, YEKATERINBURG
YEKATERINBURGYekaterinburg is the historic 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. Your train leaves Asia for Europe.
DAY 14, KAZAN
Kazan City BreakToday is dedicated to the picturesque and historic Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, on the banks of the Volga.
Tour the city’s traditional Russian architecture and take in the fascinating stories of the local Kremlin, or castle. You learn about the wild and bloody relations that played out between the Tatars, Cossacks and Russians, exactly where you’re standing.
Overnight on board. (BLD)
DAY 15, MOSCOW
Day 1Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and richly-historic cities on Earth. Get up close to the otherworldly and world-famous Kremlin grounds and experience its magnificent cathedrals and interiors. After dinner, you take in 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 Tverskaya (or similar). (BLD)
DAY 16, MOSCOW, THEN HOME
day 2.1Wake 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

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

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
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.
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia

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)

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia

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.

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia

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.

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia

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.

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia
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.
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian: Russia & Mongolia

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian Journey 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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DEPARTURE 2017 STANDARD from CLASSIC from SUPERIOR from
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All Tours Include:

•   One night in a mid-range hotel in Vladivostok

•   Two nights in a mid-range hotel in Khabarovsk

•   One night in a simple Soviet-style hotel in Ulan-Ude

•   One night in a mid-range hotel in Irkutsk

•   One night in a first-class hotel in Moscow

•   A two-bed compartment in a regular Russian train from Vladivostok to Ulan-Ude (Single booking available upon request)

•   Accommodation as booked on the Tsar’s Gold private train

•   City tours in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and Ulan-Ude

•   Guided tours of an Old Believers colony and the Ivolginsky Buddhist Monastery

•   All meals as per itinerary

 

Not Included:

•   International flights

•   Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate

•   Gratitutes

Please note that 15% deposit is payable on this tour

Cancellation policy

Up to 93 days prior to departure: 15% of total price
Up to 12 days prior to departure: 80% of total price
Up to 43 days prior to departure: 45% of total price
Up to 2 days prior to departure: 90% of total price

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