15D14N Zarengold: Beijing to Moscow

 
Experience one of the last great travel adventures. Your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, one of the world’s most fascinating and safest train routes, is even more interesting, comfortable, and entertaining with our privately chartered train.

This grand private train journey from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia and Lake Baikal is your chance to fulfil the dream of a lifetime. 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. Take advantage of the extensive array of services offered by Europe’s most experienced travel organiser on this route.


 

Departure Dates
2021
Aug
27
Sep
19,
2022
May
15,
Jun
12,
Jul
31,
Aug
26,
Sep
18

From
$8,618
  • Prices quoted in Singapore Dollar and based on per person.
  • Prices may subject to change without prior notice.
Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing
You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour director and accompanied to your centrally located first-class hotel, where you have time to relax. The tour through Beijing shows you many of the colorful facets of this large metropolitan city. The highlights are certainly the Temple of Heaven and historic Tiananmen Square, two of the city’s most famous sights, but it also includes recent achievements in contemporary architecture, such as the new Bird's Nest Olympic stadium, and several futuristic sky scrapers. Afterward, you enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (D)

Day 2 - The Great Wall and Peking Duck
Today you visit the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 6,000 kilometers through the countryside. On the way, you visit the Ming Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Spirit Way. In the evening you dine on the world-famous delicacy of Peking Duck. Overnight: Capital Hotel (or similar) (B/L/D)

Day 3 - The Forbidden City and Departure to Mongolia
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 the following day. The Chinese train does not include cars in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories. Overnight: On board (B/L/D)

Day 4 - Crossing the Gobi Desert
Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolia border, where you transfer to the Zarengold 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 colorful 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. Overnight: On board (B/L/D)

Day 5 - Ulan Bator
Early risers are treated to central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery. In the morning, you arrive in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. You can leave your large luggage securely in your compartment. During your city tour you see the captivating Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. In the evening, you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, featuring throat singing, the horsehead fiddle, national costumes, and dances - tickets are €14/$15, to be paid on-site. Overnight: Ramada Hotel (or similar) (B/L/D) On request, we can organize alternative lodging in a local yurt in the beautiful landscape of the Mongolian Alps for a supplement of €35/$40 - please let us know upon booking. This is a rare experience and a dream come true for nature lovers.

Day 6 - Gandan Monastery and 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 Ulan Bator, with their majestic scenery and bizarre rock formations. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you watch a small Mongolian archery demonstration and a traditional wrestling match. Overnight: On board (B/L/D)

Day 7 - Ulan-Ude
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 Railroad. Here you go on an informative city tour. Overnight: On board (B/L/D)

Day 8 - 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 Railroad. 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). Overnight: On board. (B/L/D)

Day 9 - Irkutsk
In the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. Here you move into your centrally located hotel. 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 of life and work in historical Siberia. Overnight: Hotel Irkutsk (or similar). (B/L/D)

Day 10 - Across Siberia
After breakfast your train passes through the diverse landscapes of Eastern Siberia. Talks on board inform you about the region and a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks and red caviar is an opportunity to experience first-hand Russian hospitality and clever toasts. Overnight: On board. (B/L/D)

Day 11 - Novosibirsk
Around noon your train arrives in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian way and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities along your entire route, including the chance to see the mighty Ob River. You go on a brief city tour, with an opportunity to see the market and the opera house. Overnight: On board. (B/L/D)

Day 12 - Yekaterinburg
Your train stops in the afternoon in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. The city is known as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a tour, you see the Church of Blood, built in 2003 to commemorate that tragic historic event; and the city centre, beautifully restored in 2009. Yekaterinburg is situated on the border between the European and the Asian continents. Here you can visit the Obelisk on the Border between Europe and Asia. Back on board you enjoy views of Uralian landscapes and relax in the dining car. Your private train is already rolling across the European continent. Overnight: On board. (B/L/D)

Day 13 - Kazan
After breakfast you reach Kazan, the Tatar capital, on the banks of the Volga River. On a city tour, you see Tatar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Afterward you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant. Overnight: On board. (B/L/D)

Day 14 - Welcome to Moscow
Around noon, you arrive in the Russian capital of Moscow - a thriving, prosperous city - and are accompanied to your first-class hotel. At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds with its magnificent cathedral. Several of the building interiors can also be viewed. After dinner, you discover the city’s magic during an hour-long City of Lights tour, including a stop at Red Square, and a ride on the subway to view two of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya/ Radisson Royal Ukraina (or similar). (B/L/D)

Day 15 - Tour of Moscow and Flight Home
After an ample breakfast at your hotel, your city tour takes you to the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Lomonosov University, the Novodevichy Convent, Red Square with its colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral, the former KGB headquarters and the White House. This then marks the end of your memorable journey, and the time has come to head to the airport. We accompany you to the airport and bid you bon voyage. (B)

Terms & Conditions
  • Land package valid till September 2022
  • Prices are on per person basis
  • Minimum number of tour participants: 120
  • Due to the intricate logistics of this train, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable
  • All passengers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa, vaccinations/ health certificates & carry a passport with min. 6mths validity
  • Prices may subject to change without prior notice
Package includes
  • Guaranteed accommodation in the booked category aboard the exclusively chartered train from Erlain to Moscow
  • Accommodation from Beijing to Erlian (approx. 16 hours) in a 2 or 4-bed compartment on a Chinese train. The Chinese train does not include cars in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories
  • Travel for several hours along the Trans-Siberian Railway panoramic route directly on the shores of Lake Baikal, with photo-stops
  • Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the travelled route throughout the journey
  • Freedom of choice program: flexible excursions and sightseeing
  • Competent tour guides for each group of no more than 26 guests throughout the journey
  • Local tour guides
  • All transfers and bus tours according to itinerary
  • All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees
  • All meals according to itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Drinks (except premium beverages) during meal times on board the train for guests travelling in categories Bolshoi and Bolshoi Platinum
  • Porter service at all railway stations
  • A physician on board the train from the Chinese border to Moscow
  • Shower facilities on board the train
  • 2 nights in a first-class hotel in Beijing
  • 1 night in a middle-class hotel in Ulan Bator
  • 1 night in a middle-class hotel in Irkutsk
  • 1 night in a first-class hotel in Moscow
  • Informational booklet on the region and train for each compartment reserved
Package Does Not Include
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplement for use of the compartment by 3 persons (Standard)
  • Single use supplement in train compartment and hotel
  • Optional evening performance in Ulan Bator (Day 5): tickets are €14 / US$15  to be paid on site
  • Optional overnight in a yurt in the Mongolian Alps (Day 5): supplement of €35 / US$40 (upon request, please let us know upon booking)
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Package Pricing
Beijing to Moscow Cat. I
Standard
Cat. II
Classic
Cat. II
Superior
Cat. III
Nostalgic
27 Aug 21 - 10 Sep 21
19 Sep 21 - 03 Oct 21
$8,958 $13,498 $14,248 $19,048
15 May 22 - 29 May 22 $8,618 $13,158 $13,898 $18,698
12 Jun 22 - 26 Jun 22
31 Jul 22 - 14 Aug 22
26 Aug 22 - 09 Sep 22
18 Sep 22 - 02 Oct 22
$9,098 $13,498 $14,248 $18,698