Grand Trans Siberian Express

A journey on the legendary Transsiberian Railroad is one of the last great travel adventures in our world. Set this dream of a lifetime on the tracks with our Private Train and experience Russia, Mongolia and China in the safest, most comfortable and fascinating manner.

The historic route between Moscow, Lake Baikal and Beijing is the heart of all travel variants: The exciting days of your journey are delivering three of the world’s largest countries directly to your compartment. Lean back to enjoy the dramatic changes of scenery and savour a choice of Europe’s and Asia’s most superb and splendid landscapes!



MOSCOW – BEIJIN (16 days)

departure      

arrival train

 

language

09.05.2015     

24.05.2015     

M5

ENG/FR

06.06.2015     

21.06.2015     

M6

ENG

02.07.2015     

17.07.2015     

M7

FR

25.07.2015     

09.08.2015     

MZ

ENG

20.08.2015     

04.09.2015     

M8

ESP/ITL

12.09.2015 

27.09.2015      

M9

FR

 

Day 1 Departure from home and Welcome to Moscow

After having arrived in Moscow, your tour guide welcomes you at the airport and accompanies you to your hotel. The Russian capital presents itself in wonderful illumination on your "Moscow by Night" city lights tour. Afterwards you can stroll across the famous Red Square with your tour guides and experience Moscow’s Metro stations in all their splendour and beauty. At night, the beds in your first class hotel spread comfort. (D)

 

Day 2 Sightseeing Moscow

Your grand city tour starts in the morning with the Kremlin, including one of the magnificent cathedrals still left from the time of the Tsars. Towards evening, your train departs from the Kazan Station. (BLD)

 

Day 3 Kazan

After breakfast you arrive in Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. Plenty of history here: on a guided tour of the Kremlin you will learn about the wild and often bloody relations of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. Your Private Train resumes its journey in the evening. (BLD)

 

Day 4 Yekaterinburg

In the afternoon halt in Yekaterinburg and short tour of the city centre which was just restored in 2009. In the course of the city tour you will see the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial of that tragic historical event. Back on the train your journey through the vast steppes of Western Siberia continues. (BLD)

 

Day 5 Novosibirsk

You reach Novosibirsk, heart of Siberia, where you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. Your city tour includes a visit of the Transsiberian monument and the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its ride eastwards.  (BLD)

 

Day 6 Across Siberia

Your Private Train, by now your second home, proceeds onward over the Yenisei River through Siberia. It takes you through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. On board of the train you enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. The on-board restaurant chefs once again demonstrate their skills with the speciality meal "Tsar’s Feast". Enjoy Russian hospitality during the vodka and caviar tasting while passing by impressive landscapes. (BLD)

 

Day 7 Irkutsk

Today the train reaches Irkutsk, capital of Eastern Siberia. During a city tour you will see beautiful Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. After lunch, you undertake an excursion to the open-air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Spend the night in a centrally located hotel in Irkutsk. (BLD)

 

Day 8 Lake Baikal

Today you will visit a Siberian village by bus. A boat takes you across the deep waters to Port Baikal, where your Private Train awaits you. On ancient tracks it takes you directly along the shore of Lake Baikal for several hours. Dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake (weather permitting). (BLD)

 

Day 9 From Lake Baikal to Ulan Ude on to Mongolia

This day takes you along a different part of the shore of the mystical Lake Baikal, and then onwards through the magnificent valley of Selenga passing by wild and lonely mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia. On the way to the Mongolian border the train will stop in Ulan Ude, where you attend the city tour. Afterwards the train departs for Mongolia. (BLD)

 

Day 10 Ulan Bator and Gandan Monastry

In the morning you arrive in Ulan Bator. In the course of a city tour you will see the impressive Buddhist Gandan Monastry and the Lama Museum. In the evening, your tour guides show you the best beer garden in the city. You spend the night in a centrally located hotel in Ulan Bator. On request we can organize for you instead of your hotel stay an overnight stay in a yurt in the beautiful Mongolian Alps. Please contact us for details and price!  (BLD)

 

Day 11 Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps

Today you attend a tour to Mongolian Switzerland. After breakfast, a bus trip reveals the beautiful countryside. You take lunch within the typical tent settlements of nomadic herdsmen. A Mongolian horseback riding show will be performed especially for you. In the evening your Private Train will travel onward to the Chinese border. (BLD)

 

Day 12 Through the Gobi desert

In the early morning your train halts in the middle of the Gobi Desert, some time ago one of the favourite settlements of dinosaurs. Towards noontime, you reach the Chinese border, where due to the different Chinese track gauge your Chinese train is ready for departure. The Chinese train has no Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars, only two bed or 4 bed cabins. Single occupancy is not guaranteed. You will reach China’s capital Beijing in about 16 hours. (BLD)

 

Day 13 Welcome to Beijing

After observing impressive scenes of Chinese rural life from your compartment window, you arrive in Beijing in the morning, where you will spend three nights in a first class hotel. (BL)

 

Day 14 Beijing––Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City

A four-hour city tour will show you the Temple of Heaven and its park as well as Tiananmen Square. A guided tour through the interior of the Forbidden City follows in the afternoon. (BL)

 

Day 15 The Great Wall and Peking Duck

Today you enjoy a day trip to the Great Wall. Your programme also includes a tour of a pearl cultivation farm, the Ming Tombs and the avenue of the spirits. In the evening you enjoy a meal featuring the world-famous Chinese dish, Peking Duck. (BLD)

 

Day 16 Beijing and back home

Today a wonderful trip filled with unique and unforgettable experiences comes to its end and you start your return home. (B)




BEIJIN – MOSCOW (15 days)

departure      

arrival train

 

language

17.05.2015     

31.05.2015     

P5

ENG

14.06.2015     

28.06.2015     

P6

ENG/FR

10.07.2015     

24.07.2015     

P7

ENG

02.08.2015     

16.08.2015     

PZ

ENG/ESP/ITL

28.08.2015     

11.09.2015     

P8

ENG/FR

20.09.2015     

04.10.2015     

P9

ENG

Day 1 Beijing––Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

Friendly and knowledgeable travel guides await you at the airport to take you to your first class hotel in the centre of town. After a brief rest the itinerary starts off with a tour of Beijing. Highlights include Beijing’s most stunning sights: the Temple of Heaven as well as the famous Tiananmen Square. The day concludes in a relaxed manner with drinks and dinner. (D)

 

Day 2 Great Wall and Peking Duck

The Great Wall of China is the 8th Wonder of the World; this is your chance to experience it up close. On your way there you stop at a pearl farm as well as at the famous Ming Tombs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Sacred Way, a boulevard lined with carved stone animals. Wrapping up the day is a feast featuring what is surely the world’s best-known Chinese delicacy, Peking Duck, at one of China’s most famous theme restaurants. (BLD)

 

Day 3 Forbidden City and departure for Mongolia

For centuries the doors to the former Emperor’s Palaces have been closed to the public. Today the glorious halls and mysterious temples of the Forbidden City are open for you.

In the evening, the rail part of the journey begins. A modern Chinese train will pull out from Beijing’s station, en route to Mongolia, a 16-hour trip (Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars are not available for this one night). Meanwhile, China’s busy rural life unfolds outside your window: people working in the fields, donkey-drawn carts on dusty roads, and the great steppes of the Gobi desert. (BLD)

 

Day 4 Through the Gobi desert

At noon you arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian border and change to your Private Train. Formalities are easily dispatched in your compartment. In Erlian you can explore the colourful border market. Afterwards, your Private Train takes you through the vast expanse of the Gobi desert, then through the great green steppes of Mongolia. (BLD)

 

Day 5 Ulan Bator

In the morning you arrive in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. Major luggage can be left on the train while you check into the centrally located standard hotel and then enjoy a tour of the city. You will see the Choijin Lama temple; at night you will have the unique opportunity to watch traditional Mongolian music performances. On request we can organize for you instead of your hotel stay an overnight stay in a yurt in the beautiful Mongolian Alps. Please contact us for details and price! (BLD)

 

Day 6 Gandan Monastery and the Mongolian Alps

After breakfast you will visit the Buddhist Gandan Monastery and undertake an excursion to a mountainous area with stunning rock formations, known as the Mongolian Alps (about 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator). Along the way, an open-air railroad museum puts the Mongolian railway in context. A picnic lunch in a yurt is followed by a demonstration of Mongolian horsemanship and the traditional wrestling match. Try some lamb in milk, a culinary specialty of Mongolia. Or, for the brave of heart, there’s always kumys (fermented mare’s milk), the beer of the nomads. (BLD)

 

Day 7 Ulan Ude

Bid farewell to the Mongolian steppes as the train rolls on through the valley of Selenga, the largest river of Mongolia. In Ulan Ude your train joins the main route of the Transsiberian Railroad. Here you can stroll through the city streets or join the guided tour of the city. (BLD)

 

Day 8 Lake Baikal

The entire day is dedicated to Lake Baikal. Before noon you will arrive at the old station of Port Baikal, located directly on the shore. During two long photo stops on the ancient tracks running parallel to the shore you will have the chance to capture the beauty of the lake on film and explore the wonderful scenery. Take a moment to have a dip in the lake or visit a picturesque Baikal village. You will also enjoy a short boat ride on the lake. If the night is warm, your dinner will be served as a picnic on the shores of the spectacular lake before re-boarding the train. Next stop: Irkutsk. (BLD)

 

Day 9 Irkutsk

In the morning you will check into a centrally located standard hotel in Irkutsk. You can safely leave your bags on the train. A tour of the city includes the lively market hall, the drama theatre and a rather spectacular oddity, a newly erected statue of the Tsar. The afternoon features an excursion to an open-air museum displaying Siberian life in the old days. Spend the night at your centrally located hotel in Irkutsk. (BLD)

 

Day 10 Across Siberia

After breakfast the train takes you through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. On board of the train you enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. A social get-together complete with caviar and vodka tasting makes you familiar with Russian hospitality. (BLD)

 

Day 11 Novosibirsk

At noon you pull into Novosibirsk, Siberia’s biggest city, and are greeted in the traditional Russian way: with bread and salt. Your city tour includes views of the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its ride westwards. (BLD)

 

Day 12 Yekaterinburg

In the afternoon the train stops in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains and the border between Asia and Europe, where you enjoy a short tour of the city centre which was just restored in 2009. In the course of the city tour you will see the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial of that tragic historical event. From now on your train is on European ground. (BLD)

 

Day 13 Kazan

After breakfast you arrive in Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. Plenty of history here: on a guided tour of the Kremlin you will learn about the wild and often bloody relations of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. The evening offers you one last chance to be pampered in the onboard restaurant. (BLD)

 

Day 14 Moscow

Before noon you arrive in Moscow, Russia’s capital and one of the world’s richest and most dynamic cities. After the long rail journey, your first class hotelB offers comfort and convenience. At noon, your first stop is the Kremlin with its glorious cathedrals. You can also check out the interiors of some of the buildings. After dinner you go on a magical evening trip through the city. This special tour includes a stop at Red Square as well as a subway ride with a visit of two beautiful old stations. (BLD)

 

Day 15 Tour of Moscow and return home

After a savoury breakfast at your hotel you go on a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, the New Virgin Monastery, and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, but also the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. Bid your fantastic journey farewell before your departure to the airport. (B)




Highlights of the tour

-        Train ride on the otherwise closed route of the Transsiberian along Lake Baikal with 2 extensive photo stops

-        40 hours at Lake Baikal

-        Your Private Train: safe, clean and comfortable

-        Moscow, Russia’s proud new capital

-        Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Ulan Bator, Beijing

-        Boat ride on Lake Baikal

-        Glorious: Icons and Cathedrals

-        Pristine: typical Siberian villages

-        Authentic: Mongolian horse show

-        Beijing’s Forbidden City

-        Modern History: Tiananmen Square

-        Entertaining and informative: Daily lectures about countries, people and cultures

-        Traditional: greeting with bread, salt and balalaika

-        For connoisseurs: vodka and caviar tasting

 

Excursions and specialties

Moscow: Kremlin; Night tour; Tour of the subway; City tour including Church of the Redeemer

Kazan:    City tour including guided visit of the Kremlin

Yekaterinburg: City tour with visit to the Church of the Ascension

Novosibirsk: City tour and traditional welcome with bread and salt

Krasnoyarsk: City tour

Irkutsk: City tour with visit to the market hall; Visit to open-air museum

Lake Baikal: Follow the ancient tracks along the shores of Lake Baikal, including village visit; Boat trip on Lake Baikal

Ulan Ude: City tour

Ulan Bator: Visit to the Choijin-Lama temple; Tour of the Gandan Monastery; Visit to Alpine Mongolia including horse-riding demonstration

Erlian: Visit to the local market

Beijing: Visit to the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square; Visit to the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs; Visit to the Forbidden City

 

Culinary Specialties

  • Peking Duck;
  • Caviar and vodka tasting on train;
  • Picnic on Lake Baikal;
  • Tsar’s feast on train

 

Important notes

 

- All transfers at your travel destinations - on arrival and departure day airport transfers are only provided during specific departure and arrival times

- Luggage service at all train stations

- Detailed travel documents, travel guides and personal log book

- Sophisticated on-board programmes: Entertaining lectures on local culture, history and everyday life

- Doctor on board (from Moscow to the Chinese border)

- Showers on board

 

We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable.

 

Cabin Categories on train and Hotel accommodation

 

- Choose from 6 different compartment categories on Tsar’s Gold: Standard (4-bed berth); Standard Plus (2-bed berth) – Classic and Superior (Superior Cat 2 is newly renovated); Nostalgic Comfort (these newly built cars are nostalgically furnished in the Soviet Government Train style of the 50’s); Bolshoi (2-bed berth with en-suite facilities) and Bolshoi Platinum (even larger than Bolshoi cabins also featuring a full shower cabin)

- Travel with guaranteed accommodation in the category booked onboard the Private Train from Moscow to Erlian (Chinese border); single accommodation is possible

- From Erlian to Beijing (about 16 hours) accommodation in comfortable sleeping  quarters - the Chinese train does not carry sleeping cars of the Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi / Bolshoi Platinum category and doesn’t have shower facilities; single and double accommodation aren’t guaranteed except for categories Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi / Bolshoi Platinum

- Extensive trip on the ancient rail lines of the Transsiberian Railway directly on the banks of Lake Baikal with photo stop

- Two overnights in Beijing and one night in Moscow in first class hotels (4 star level) – Bolshoi/BP guests reside in deluxe rooms or suites of the group hotels whereas Non-Bolshoi guests in cat 1-3 sleep in standard rooms (Bolshoi and Non-Bolshoi guests stay at the same hotels). If the entire English-speaking FIT group resides in a deluxe hotel in Moscow or Beijing (5 star level) then there is no difference in rooms for Bolshoi/BP and Non-Bolshoi guests.

- One overnight each at centrally located standard hotels (3 star level) in Ulan Bator and Irkutsk – Bolshoi/BP guests reside in deluxe rooms or suites of standard hotels. If the entire English-speaking FIT group resides in a first class hotel in Ulan Bator or Irkutsk (4 star level) then there is no difference in rooms for Bolshoi/BP and Non-Bolshoi guests.

- Hotel property selection is subject to change; exact name of final hotel property will be announced prior to departure with final train pre-departure information.