Grand Trans-Siberian Express

Journey of a Lifetime

One of the world’s greatest travel experiences

8000 km transcontinental rail journey between Europe and Asia by private train

Route Trans-Siberian Express

Introduction

Experience the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and the Trans-Mongolian Railway on board a private charter train. Forget about any hassle of packing and unpacking every day. Your cabin is your “home on wheels” during the entire rail cruise journey.

Our train offers a choice of 4 accommodation categories from Economy to Deluxe as well as a restaurant, a bar and a conference area for lectures. Stops for land excursions at the most interesting places along the route are included every day. In selected cities like Ekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk near Lake Baikal and Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, hotel nights in international managed ****/***** hotels are included, allowing you more time to explore these places and enjoy a relaxed journey. The journey may be booked either eastbound, starting in Moscow, or westbound, starting in Beijing. Hotel nights in Moscow and in Beijing in ***** star hotels are included as well.

Our rail cruises offer you the possibility to experience remote areas of the world like Siberia, Lake Baikal and Mongolia and at the same time enjoy the comfort which is possible only on board of a private charter train.

Grand Trans-Siberian Journey Highlights

✓ Moscow, most vibrant and fast developing metropolitan city of Europe

✓ Kremlin, the centre of power in Russia

✓ Yekaterinburg, capital of Ural Mountains

✓ Siberia, a huge land of extreme dimensions

✓ Boat cruise on Siberia’s mighty River Yenissei or Ob

✓ Private classical concert in a wooden palace in Irkutsk

✓ Lake Baikal, deepest lake, and biggest freshwater reserve of the world

✓ Amazing Mongolian steppes, yurts, and horses

✓ Cultural show of Mongolian artists

✓ Special Naadam show of Mongolian horse racing, wrestling, archery

✓ Beijing, Chinese capital, and the heart of the Central Kingdom

✓ Great Wall of China, part of World Heritage

Grand Trans-Siberian Private Train Advantages

✓ A choice of 4 different categories of sleeping accommodation from Economy to Deluxe

✓ Possibility of guaranteed double and single accommodation throughout the tour

✓ All sleeping cars are newly build or reconstructed after 2008, equipped with modern vacuum toilets

✓ Modern Deluxe Silver and Deluxe Gold sleeping cars with private lavatory, toilet, and shower en suite

✓ Beautifully decorated restaurant cars

✓ A cosy lounge with live piano music in the evening

✓ Conference area for lectures and on-board entertainment

✓ Daily shower guaranteed for travellers of all categories

✓ Daily stopovers for sightseeing

✓ European management

✓ Travel in style, safety, and comfort


Sightseeing Places

Russia:

✓ Moscow

✓ Yekaterinburg

✓ Novosibirsk

✓ Krasnoyarsk

✓ Irkutsk

✓ Lake Baikal

✓ Ulan-Ude

 

Mongolia:

✓ Ulaanbaatar

 

China:

✓ Beijing

Sightseeing Excursions

✓ Sightseeing tours with English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German or Chinese speaking guides (other languages on request)

Your Tour Guides

A 3-level tour management system with a multilingual team:

✓ Eurasia Tour Director

✓ Eurasia Tour Escorts Moscow-Beijing or v.v.

✓ Local Tour Guides in each city

Hotels

Category Standard:

Moscow, Beijing 5*

Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar 4*

Categories Silver & Gold:

Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing 5*

Irkutsk 4*

Hotels brands we use (examples): Hilton, Marriott, Novotel, Radisson Blu, Doubletree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn.

Meals

Daily change of local specialities of Russia,

Mongolia and China

✓ in specially selected local restaurants or

✓ in the restaurants on board the private train



Welcome on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express!

Photo 1 Trans-Siberian Express

TRAIN DESCRIPTION

Between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar

Between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar or vice versa you travel on board the private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

There are restaurant cars on the train which serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of the full board service to all passengers of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. Local cuisine is part of the menu: Russian cuisine in Russia and Mongolia, Chinese cuisine in China. During sightseeing tours in the cities local meals are served in the specially selected restaurants.

There are 4 categories of accommodation on the Grand Trans-Siberian Express:

⚫ Standard Economy (4 persons per cabin)

⚫ Standard Plus (1 or 2 persons per cabin)

⚫ Deluxe Silver (1 or 2 persons per cabin, private shower, and toilet en suite)

⚫ Deluxe Gold (1 or 2 persons per cabin, private shower, and toilet en suite)

In order to realize optimal timings on the heavily used Trans-Siberian railway line, our private train on some sections will be attached to regular scheduled trains, on some other sections will be hauled by its own locomotive.

Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing

Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa there are 2 travel options:

Option 1:

For those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities. The flight between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa by modern Boeing 737 aircraft takes only 2 hours and allows to see more sightseeing highlights in both cities, e.g. the National Historical Museum in Ulaanbaatar and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

 

Option 2:

For train enthusiasts who wish to travel by train throughout. The train journey on board chartered sleeping cars of a regular train takes about 30 hours (1 night). Only Standard Economy and Standard Plus accommodation is available on this section. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air conditioned.

Restaurant cars

There are restaurant cars on the train which serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of the full board service to all passengers of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. Local cuisine is part of the menu: Russian cuisine in Russia and Mongolia, Chinese cuisine in China. During sightseeing tours in the cities local meals are served in the specially selected restaurants.

Russian Restaurant Car (Example)

Russian Restaurant Car (Example)

Russian Restaurant Car (Example)


Lounge

This is the most popular place of the train and open to all passengers until late. Come, sit down, enjoy the scenery passing by the window and relax while having a drink and listening to the piano entertainment after dinner.

Lounge Car (Example)

Lounge Car (Example)


Lecture Area

In the lecture area, part of the lounge or a restaurant car, your tour escorts hold lectures about the history, geography, economy, and daily life of the regions visited. On some evenings we show films about Russia, Mongolia, and China. Also, your tour escorts offer a language course introducing the Russian language to you.

Deluxe Gold Cabins

For those looking for the greatest comfort

(1 or 2 persons per cabin)


Deluxe Gold sleeping cars offer the most spacious and comfortable type of accommodation on our private train. Deluxe Gold cabins have a private toilet, wash basin and a spacious shower cabin en suite. Each cabin offers 1 lower and 1 upper bed, a table at the window, a chair opposite the beds, a small wardrobe and storage space. Euro-Sockets for 220 V are in each cabin, capable for razors, loading mobile phones, cameras, and notebooks. The cars are air conditioned (individual control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving.

Deluxe Gold sleeping cars have only 5 cabins each and may be booked for double or single use.

Deluxe Gold cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 3,50 m = 7,0 sqm

Lower bed 120 x 185 cm

Upper bed 80 x 185 cm

Plan Deluxe Gold Cabin Trans-Siberian Express

Deluxe Silver Cabins

For those looking for great comfort

(1 or 2 persons per cabin)


Deluxe Silver sleeping cars offer slightly smaller cabins than on Deluxe Gold cars. Deluxe Silver cabins have a private toilet, wash basin and “wet-room” style shower en suite. Each cabin offers 1 lower and 1 upper bed, a table at the window, a chair opposite the beds, a small wardrobe and storage space. Euro-Sockets for 220 V are in each cabin, capable for razors, loading mobile phones, cameras and notebooks. The cars are air conditioned (individual control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving.

Deluxe Silver sleeping cars have only 6 cabins each and may be booked for double or single use.

Deluxe Silver cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 2,70 m = 5,4 sqm

Lower bed 110 x 185 cm

Upper bed 80 x 185 cm

Plan Deluxe Silver Cabins Trans-Siberian Express
Deluxe Silver Cabin Trans-Siberian Express

Night position (example)

Toilet Deluxe Silver Cabin Trans-Siberian Express

Private toilet, washbasin and

“wet-room” style shower en-suite


Standard Plus Cabins

The most popular category

(1 or 2 persons per cabin)


Standard Plus as well as Deluxe Silver are the most popular type of accommodation on our private train. Standard Plus cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and 2 upper beds. While only the two lower beds are used for sleeping, the two upper beds can be used as additional storage for luggage – or they simply can be folded away. Toilets and wash basins for common use are situated at both ends of each Standard Plus sleeping car. The sleeping cars are air conditioned (central control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving. Sockets for 220 V are available in each cabin, capable for razors, loading mobile phones, cameras and notebooks. Standard Plus cars offer 9 cabins each and may be booked for double or single use.

Daily shower facilities are guaranteed.

If you travel eastbound Moscow – Beijing: Shower facilities are available in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan Ude (one day room per cabin).

If you travel westbound Beijing – Moscow: Shower facilities are available in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Ulan Ude, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk (one day room per cabin).

Therefore on both tours you have guaranteed access to showers in your hotel room every day during the entire journey.

Standard Plus cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 2,00 m = 4,0 sqm

Beds 65 x 185 cm

Standard Plus Cabin Trans-Siberian Express

Day position (example)

Crew Member Trans-Siberian Express

Night position (example)


Standard Economy Cabins

The budget way of travelling

(3 or 4 persons per cabin)


This category is popular with those looking for the most economical way of travelling and is usually booked by families with children or friends travelling together. Standard Economy sleeping cars are equipped with 2 lower beds and 2 upper beds. Toilets and wash basins are situated at both ends of the cars for the common use. The cars are air conditioned (central control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving. Sockets for 220 V are available in the car, capable for razors and loading mobile phones, cameras and notebooks. The Standard Economy cars offer 9 cabins each and may be booked only by 3 or 4 passengers travelling together. In the hotels the 4 passengers are staying in 2 double rooms, 3 passengers are staying in 1 double and 1 single room.

Daily shower facilities are guaranteed.

If you travel eastbound Moscow – Beijing: Shower facilities are available in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan Ude (one day room per cabin).

If you travel westbound Beijing – Moscow: Shower facilities are available in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Ulan Ude, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk (one day room per cabin).

Therefore on both tours you have guaranteed access to showers in your hotel room every day during the entire journey.

Standard Economy cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 2,00 m = 4,0 sqm

Lower beds 65 x 185 cm

Upper beds 65 x 185 cm

Plan Standard Economy Cabin Trans-Siberian Express
Standard Economy Cabin Trans-Siberian Express

Night position (example)

Crew member Trans-Siberian Express

Crew member



ROUTE OPTIONS

Eastbound Moscow - Beijing

Option 1: for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities

Option 1 for Route Moscow - Beijing (Trans-Siberian Express)

(*) The 144-hour-visa-free-transit in Beijing/China:

Flight passengers from more than 50 countries of the world are entitled to stay in Beijing up to 144 hours without Chinese visa, if they continue their flight journey within 72 hours after arrival at Beijing Capital Airport to a third country. If you wish to make use of the 144-hour-visa-free-transit stopover in Beijing without Chinese visa you need to depart via Beijing Airport to a third country (not return to Mongolia) within 144 hours after arrival in Beijing from Ulaanbaatar. In other words: As you arrive by flight OM 223 on a Thursday at 20:10 in the evening, you need to leave from Beijing Airport not later than the following Wednesday evening at 20:10.

Option 2: for train enthusiasts who wish to travel by train throughout

Option 2 for Route Moscow - Beijing (Trans-Siberian Express)

Please note that the 144-hour-visa-free transit in Beijing is not available for travellers entering China by train!

You need to get your Chinese visa in advance!

Westbound Beijing - Moscow

Option 1: for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities

Option 1 for Route Beijing - Moscow (Trans-Siberian Express)

(*) The 144-hour-visa-free-transit in Beijing/China:

Flight passengers from more than 50 countries of the world are entitled to stay in Beijing up to 144 hours without Chinese visa, if they continue their flight journey within 144 hours after arrival at Beijing Capital Airport to a third country. If you wish to make use of the 144-hour-visa-free-transit stopover in Beijing without Chinese visa you need to depart via Beijing Airport to a third country (not return to Mongolia) within1442 hours after arrival in Beijing from Ulaanbaatar. In other words: As you leave by flight OM 224 on a Sunday at 21:10 in the evening, you need to arrive in Beijing Airport not earlier than Monday at 21:10. If you arrive on Friday morning, you are qualified for the visa-free 144-hour-transit in Beijing!


ITINERARY & PRICES

Itinerary Russia - Mongolia - China (Eastbound)

Moscow – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Ulan Ude – Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

Day 1 - Arrival Moscow

Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at Moscow airport and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation in Moscow.

 

Day 2 - Moscow

A full day sightseeing tour shows you the magnificent Red Square, the Kremlin grounds and other highlights of Moscow. You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, full of life, comparable to Paris or Rome. In the afternoon transfer to the railway station where your private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express is ready for you to board for the first leg of the almost 8000 km long journey to Beijing. Welcome dinner and accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 3 - Full day on the train

Today you enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements, followed by the Ural Mountains. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures about Russia and its people. In the evening you arrive in Yekaterinburg, the “Capital of the Ural Mountains”.

Accommodation in Yekaterinburg.

 

Day 4 - Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg – “Capital of the Ural Mountains”. The city was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the center of metallurgical industry. By the 20th century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centers of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia.

In the morning a sightseeing tour shows you the city center and you visit a place of remarkable importance for Russian history: the “Cathedral on The Blood” which was built at the place where Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

In the afternoon an excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a “holy place”. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990’s to honor the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were buried in Ganina Yama.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 5 - Novosibirsk

Again an almost full day of relaxation and lectures on the train, today you are passing through the plains of Western Siberia and reach Novosibirsk in the late afternoon. With 1,5 million inhabitants Russia’s third largest city and the biggest of Siberia, it is widely regarded as the centre of Siberia. It was founded in 1893 as the future site of the Trans-Siberian railway bridge crossing the Siberian River Ob.

Accommodation in Novosibirsk.

 

Day 6 - Novosibirsk

In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period, and you see the famous Opera House which is the largest of Russia, situated in the centre of the city at Lenin Square. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city into the Taiga, the “real Siberian forest”. About 30 km out of the city you have the opportunity of visiting the largest open air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars – a perfect insight into the development of the trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway. On a boat tour on the River Ob you cruise under the mighty railway bridge of the Trans-Siberian railway.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 7 - Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times – closed to foreigners and also to most Soviet citizens at that time. It is located along the Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. A sightseeing tour shows you several view points and the main shopping street which is fascinating as the local mayor decided to decorate it with palm trees in summer time – in the middle of Siberia!

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 8 - Irkutsk

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful life style during the time of the Tsars. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a palace of historical background.

Accommodation in Irkutsk.

 

Day 9 - Lake Baikal

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest fresh water reserves in the world. It stretches up to 26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake of the world, reaching 1.620 meters at its deepest part. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake, you will never forget.

In the morning a one hour bus drive takes you from the hotel to Lake Baikal. A walk through the village of Listvyanka shows you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautifully renovated in the 1990’s. On a great Siberian lunch you can taste the famous Omul fish which lives only in Lake Baikal. In the afternoon a boat takes you on a short cruise on Lake Baikal to the small village of Port Baikal where the private train is waiting for you.

Today the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years has been used only by a few of local trains and tourist trains. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and also visit the typical wooden houses of local people. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 10 - Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures and religions. Ulan-Ude is a meeting place between East and West. Like Irkutsk, the city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses. Your sightseeing excursion goes to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practising their live like people did it centuries ago. You will be hosted for a typical Russian homemade lunch.

When leaving Ulan-Ude, the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans-Siberian mainline to the Trans Mongolian mainline on its way to Ulaanbaatar. In the evening the train reaches the Russian border station Naushki and the Mongolian border station Sukhbaatar. Russian and Mongolian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your compartment and don’t have to leave the train.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 11 - Ulaanbaatar

In the morning the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. During a sightseeing tour you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the central Sukhabaatar Square, the Bogd Khan Museum which used to be formerly the winter and sometimes also the summer palace of the Khans’, as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements. An amazing cultural music and dance show will introduce Mongolian folk music and culture to you. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.

Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 12 - Ulaanbaatar

Today an unforgettable excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. A stone formation called the “turtle” and the beautiful mountainous scenery will fascinate you. In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt. A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 13 & 14 - Ulaanbaatar & Beijing

On days 13 and 14 you have the choice between 2 options.

Option 1 is designed for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities. You stay another day in Ulaanbaatar and take a 2 hour flight to Beijing, giving you additional sightseeing time in both cities. Also, the flight option allows passport holders of more than 40 countries to visit Beijing visa free up to 72 hours (up to 3 nights). Details see page 10.

Checked-in luggage allowance: 1 piece 20 kg per person. Hand luggage: 1 carry-on bag, max. 5 kg.

Option 2 is designed for those who wish to travel by train throughout from Moscow to Beijing. Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing you travel on a regular Mongolian train, build in China a few years ago. Only categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus are available on this section. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air conditioned.

Option 1:

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

Another day for discovering the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar! Today you visit the Historical Museum which explains the long history of the Mongolians from Genghis Khan’s times until today. In the afternoon you visit a cashmere factory and see how the famous cashmere clothes are designed and produced. In the evening a 2 hour flight takes you from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, the Chinese capital, arriving there at 20:10. Accommodation in Beijing.

Day 14 Beijing

In the morning you visit the Great Wall of China, which is often called “8th world wonder”. The Great Wall stretches 6000 km from East to West. In the afternoon you explore the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants you will taste what many believe is the most typical Chinese meal. Accommodation in Beijing.

Option 2:

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar

In the morning you leave Ulaanbaatar for a 30 hour journey on chartered standard cars attached to a regular train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. In the afternoon the train reaches the plains of Gobi Desert which is not a sand desert but a stone desert in this part of Mongolia. Temperatures can reach 35-40° C here in summer time. In the evening the train arrives at the Mongolian-Chinese border, where the bogies of the train are changed from Russian 1520 mm to Chinese 1435 mm bogies. Accommodation on board the train.

Day 14 Beijing

Before lunch time the regular train arrives in Beijing.

In the afternoon you visit the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants you will taste what many believe is the most typical Chinese meal. Accommodation in Beijing.


 

Day 15 - Beijing & Departure

Airport transfers are provided by our service team to connect with your flight departing Beijing.

Prices Russia - Mongolia - China (Eastbound)

Option 1: for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities

Moscow – Beijing (15 days, 14 nights; train Moscow-Ulaanbaatar, flight Ulaanbaatar-Beijing)

All rates are in EURO, per person

Prices Option 1 for Route Moscow - Beijing (Trans-Siberian Express)

Services included in the tour price:

✓ 6 nights accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Moscow - Ulaanbaatar in the category booked

✓ Flight Ulaanbaatar-Beijing by Mongolian Airlines MIAT in Economy Class, 20 kg checked-in luggage

✓ 1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Novosibirsk

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

✓ 2 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

✓ 2 nights accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

✓ Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 15

✓ Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan-Ude for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

✓ Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow on day 1 and in Beijing on day 15

✓ Sightseeing tours in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing

✓ Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

✓ Private classic concert in Irkutsk

✓ Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

✓ English, Spanish, Portuguese speaking tour guides (other languages on request)

✓ English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

 

Services NOT included:

- Flights to Moscoi and from Beijing

- Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

- Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

 

Optional Booking:

Available for maximum 1 month

 

Minimum number of tour participants:

80 persons on board the charter private train

 

Payment Conditions:

Deposit

Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus: EUR 750 per person at the time of booking

Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold: EUR 1.500 per person at the time of booking

Balance

60 days before departure

 

Cancellation Conditions:

Up to 91 days before the tour Deposit

90-61 days before the tour 25 %

60-31 days before the tour 50 %

30-15 days before the tour 75 %

14-01 days before the tour 90 %

No Show 100% 

Option 2: for those who wish to travel by train throughout from Moscow to Beijing

Moscow – Beijing (15 days, 14 nights; train throughout) 

All rates are in EURO, per person

Prices Option 2 for Route Moscow - Beijing (Trans-Siberian Express)

Services included in the tour price:

✓ 6 nights accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Moscow - Ulaanbaatar in the category booked

✓ 1 night accommodation on board chartered standard sleeping cars on the regular train Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

✓ 1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Novosibirsk

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

✓ 2 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

✓ 1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

✓ Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 15

✓ Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan-Ude for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

✓ Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow on day 1 and in Beijing on day 15

✓ Sightseeing tours in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing

✓ Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

✓ Private classic concert in Irkutsk

✓ Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

✓ English, Spanish, Portuguese speaking tour guides (other languages on request)

✓ English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

 

Services NOT included:

- Flights to Moscoi and from Beijing

- Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

- Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

 

Optional Booking:

Available for maximum 1 month

 

Minimum number of tour participants:

80 persons on board the charter private train

 

Payment Conditions:

Deposit

Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus: EUR 750 per person at the time of booking

Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold: EUR 1.500 per person at the time of booking

Balance

60 days before departure

 

Cancellation Conditions:

Up to 91 days before the tour Deposit

90-61 days before the tour 25 %

60-31 days before the tour 50 %

30-15 days before the tour 75 %

14-01 days before the tour 90 %

No Show 100% 

Itinerary China - Mongolia - Russia (Westbound)

Beijing –Ulaanbaatar – Ulan-Ude – Lake Baikal – Irkutsk – Krasnoyarsk – Novosibirsk – Yekaterinburg – Moscow

Day 1 (Friday ) - Arrival Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. You will be met at Beijing airport and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation in Beijing.

 

Day 2 (Saturday) - Beijing

In the morning you visit the Great Wall of China, which is often called the “8th world wonder”. The Great Wall stretches 6.000 km from East to West. In the afternoon you explore the Summer Palace in the western part of the city. The day ends in one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants where you will taste what many believe is the most typical Chinese meal.

Accommodation in Beijing.

 

Day 3 (Sunday) - Beijing & flight to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning you visit the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In the afternoon you walk through the Temple of Heaven, before you board the aircraft for a 2 hours evening flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 4 (Monday) - Ulaanbaatar

An unforgettable full day excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. A stone formation called the “turtle” and the beautiful mountainous scenery will fascinate you. In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt. A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.

Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 5 (Tuesday) - Ulaanbaatar

During a sightseeing tour you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the Bogd Khan Palace which used to be formerly the winter and sometimes also the summer palace of the Khan’s, as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements.

In the afternoon you board your private train which will be your home for the trans-continental journey to Moscow.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 6 (Wednesday) - Ulan Ude

In the night you reach the Mongolian border station Suchbaatar and the Russian border station Naushki. The Mongolian and Russian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your cabin and don’t have to leave the train.

In the afternoon the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives at Ulan Ude, the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures. Ulan Ude is a meeting place between East and West. Like Irkutsk, the city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses.

Your sightseeing excursion goes to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practising their live like people did it centuries ago. You will be hosted for a typical Russian homemade lunch.

In Ulan Ude the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans Mongolian mainline to the traditional Trans-Siberian mainline on its way to Moscow.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 7 (Thursday) - Lake Baikal

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest fresh water reserves in the world. It stretches up to 26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake of the world, reaching 1.620 meters at its deepest part. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake, you will never forget.

In the morning the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years is used only by a few of local trains and tourist trains. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and also visit the typical wooden houses of local people. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program.

In the afternoon a boat takes you on a short cruise from Port Baikal to the small village of Listvyanka. A walk through the village shows you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautiful renovated in the 1990’s. On a great Siberian lunch in a restaurant on the shore of the lake you can taste the famous Omul fish which is living only in Lake Baikal. In the evening a one hour bus drive takes you from the Lake Baikal to your hotel in Irkutsk city.

Accommodation in Irkutsk.

 

Day 8 (Friday) - Irkutsk

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful life style during the time of the Tsars. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a palace of historical background. In the evening you re-join the private train.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 9 (Saturday) - Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times – closed to foreigners and also to most Soviet citizens at that time. It is located along the Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. A sightseeing tour shows you several view points and the main shopping street which is fascinating as the local mayor decided to decorate it with palm trees in summer time – in the middle of Siberia! During a boat cruise on the Yenissei River you will have a great view on the city and the huge railway bridge crossing the river.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 10 (Sunday) - Novosibirsk

In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period and see the famous Opera House which is the largest of Russia, situated in the centre of the city at Lenin Square. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city into the Taiga, the “real Siberian forest”. About 30 km out of the city you have the opportunity of visiting the largest open air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars – a perfect insight into the development of the trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 11 (Monday) - Yekaterinburg

Today the train arrives in Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural Mountains. The city was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the center of metallurgical industry. By the 20th century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centers of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia.

On your sightseeing tour you visit a place of remarkable importance for Russian history: the “Cathedral on The Blood” which was built at the place where Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. An excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a “holy place”. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990’s to honor the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were then buried in Ganina Yama.

Accommodation in Yekaterinburg.

 

Day 12 (Tuesday) - Full day on the train

Today you leave Yekaterinburg in the morning and enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through the Ural Mountains and an endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures about the country and its people.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 13 (Wednesday) - Moscow

Today the almost 8000 km long journey from Beijing to Moscow terminates. In the afternoon you visit the Red Square and the Kremlin grounds. The sightseeing tour shows you the all the many highlights of Moscow: the Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM department store, the Red Square, Moscow River, the Sparrow Hills, Novodevitchy Monastry. You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, comparable to Paris or Rome and full of life.

Accommodation in in Moscow.

 

Day 14 (Thursday) - Moscow

Airport transfers are provided by our service team to connect with your flight departing Moscow.

Prices China - Mongolia - Russia (Westbound)

Beijing – Moscow (14 days, 13 nights)

All rates are in EURO, per person

Prices Option 1 for Route Beijing - Moscow (Trans-Siberian Express)

Services included in the tour price:

✓ 6 nights’ accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Ulaanbaatar - Moscow in the category booked

✓ Flight Beijing - Ulaanbaatar by Mongolian Airlines MIAT in Economy Class, 20 kg checked-in luggage

✓ 2 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

✓ 2 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

✓ 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

✓ 1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

✓ Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 14

✓ Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Ulan-Ude, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

✓ Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Beijing on day 1 and in Moscow on day 14

✓ Sightseeing tours in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan-Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow

✓ Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

✓ Private classic concert in Irkutsk

✓ Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

✓ English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese speaking tour guides (other languages on request)

✓ English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

 

Services NOT included:

- Flights to Beijing and from Moscow

- Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

- Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

 

Optional Booking:

Available for maximum 1 month

 

Minimum number of tour participants:

80 persons on board the charter private train

 

Payment Conditions:

Deposit

Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus: EUR 750 per person at the time of booking

Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold: EUR 1.500 per person at the time of booking

Balance

60 days before departure

 

Cancellation Conditions:

Up to 91 days before the tour Deposit

90-61 days before the tour 25 %

60-31 days before the tour 50 %

30-15 days before the tour 75 %

14-01 days before the tour 90 %

No Show 100%


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