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Trans-Siberian Golden Program | Moscow - Ulan-Bator

Tour rating: 4.78 / 5, Based on 50 Reviews
Small group rail tour to Russia, Mongolia

Set off on an unforgettable journey in a small group tour along Trans-Mongolian railway line. Enjoy comfortable accommodation in the cities and 1st class cabins of your own private train car. Cross 1/3 of the world in just 14 days: from mighty Moscow to Ekaterinburg to the border of Europe and Asia.

Trans-Siberian Golden Program | Moscow - Ulan-Bator

14 days5 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
Small group rail tour to Russia, Mongolia
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$6,298
Tour rating: 4.78 / 5, Based on 50 Reviews

Set off on an unforgettable journey in a small group tour along Trans-Mongolian railway line. Enjoy comfortable accommodation in the cities and 1st class cabins of your own private train car. Cross 1/3 of the world in just 14 days: from mighty Moscow to Ekaterinburg to the border of Europe and Asia.

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Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

  • Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
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Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

In the morning you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views from the Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers in the capital of Russia.

After that, you are transferred to the train station to board your private train car!

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

train
Moscow
Ekaterinburg
25 hrs 40 min

Board a local Russian train and enjoy the experience of crossing the Trans-Siberian railway in the first-class sleeper of the private train car. Make your way from the iconic capital of Moscow to the Ural treasure - Ekaterinburg in 25 hours. 
The private train car is detached and locked during stops with overnight stays in local hotels. This way you can safely leave your luggage and only take what you will need for your time in the hotel, avoiding the hustle of packing and unpacking.

Ekaterinburg Sight Gallery

Ekaterinburg

second destination

Ekaterinburg is the capital of the Ural Mountain Region, full of cultural and architectural heritage for you to discover. This city is the place where the Russian royal family, the Romanovs, spent their last days.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Transfer
Transfer

Upon arrival in Ekaterinburg,  your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 5
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

During the tour, you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

The day is crowned with a visit to the Boris Yeltsin Center*, a modern high tech complex where you explore the life of the first Russian president and learn about the contemporary history of Russia, starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the time known as “the wild 90s”.

After the tour, you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

*Please, note: the 2020 tour program features a visit to the Vysotsky viewpoint instead.

Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 6
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 7
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

No meals included.

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Four Elements Hotel, Ekaterinburg
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The Four Elements Hotel is an ideal place to stay and relax during your Ekaterinburg trip. Situated right in the historic center of the city, the hotel offers spacious rooms equipped with comfortable Suite Dreams beds, ergonomic desks, 37-inch TVs, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.

train
Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs

Continue your Trans-Siberian adventure spending the next two days onboard Russian train, in the first-class sleeper of your private train car. Leave Ekaterinburg behind and explore the Lake Baikal region in a couple of days.

Listvyanka Village, Russia

Listvyanka Village

third destination

Located nearby Lake Baikal, the village of Listvyanka is surrounded by green mountains and lush nature, adding up to one truly picturesque landscape. It is a highlight stop during Trans-Siberian adventures.

1 day in Listvyanka Village
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a great location hotel
Day 8
Listvyanka Village Tour & Lake Baikal Cruise
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. On the way, you make a stop at a local cafe for breakfast (not included).

After some rest, you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour, you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide, you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

After the cruise, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

To enhance your experience, you have a chance to attend a traditional Russian banya or sauna (at your choice) at the hotel in the evening.

  • Please, note: chair-lift is not available on Monday

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Anastasia Hotel, Listvyanka
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Set near the breathtaking Lake Baikal, the Anastasia Hotel is a great place to stay at during your Siberia getaway. It offers spacious cozy rooms, fitted with cable TVs and private bathrooms. Some rooms have balconies, perfect to take in the incredible beauty of the local nature.

car
Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk
1 hr 10 min

You have a short car ride with a trusted driver ahead of you today. Buckle up, and enjoy the beautiful views on your way to Irkutsk.

Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk

fourth destination

The cold Siberian city Irkutsk is known as the city from which Russia's great explorers set off for their expeditions. Located about 70 kilometers from Lake Baikal not far from China and Mongolia, Irkutsk Russia of today is among the region's largest towns.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Trip to Taltsy Village & Irkutsk City Tour
City tour
City tour
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your guide and driver take you on a trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

Your driver takes you then to Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sign Monastery also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour you are transferred to centrally located hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Transfer to Ulan Bator
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and a private driver transfers you to the train station where you catch a train to Ulan-Ude. After a pleasant ride in a private train car, you arrive in Ulan-Ude where you change train cars (regular train car for this connection) and continue making your way to the final destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - striking Ulan Bator. 

You spend the rest of the day onboard your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

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Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
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Set near the embankment, the elegant Marriott Courtyard is a great property, offering spacious air-conditioned rooms, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including such amenities as a mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and a safe.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan Bator
22 hrs 40 min

Enjoy another leg of your journey traveling towards Ulan Bator. Your journey will begin with a train ride in a private car to the city of Ulan-Ude, where you change to the first-class sleeper in a regular train car for the second part of your trip. 

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Ulan Bator

fifth destination

Ulan Bator is the capital and largest city of Mongolia, this extraordinary Silk Road town has rich multi-ethnic history.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a hotel and 1 night in a traditional yurt
Day 11
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive in the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and admire the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

In the evening you enjoy a 1-hour pony riding and have dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 12
Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast at the ger camp you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. 

You continue to the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery.

After a break for lunch you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing.

Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 13
City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator
City tour
City tour
Show
Show

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator.

During the tour you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

After the tour you return to the hotel to take some rest or continue exploring the city center on your own. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the State National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble of Mongolia (transfers are included). After the show you are invited to the restaurant to have a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

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Day 14
Departure from Ulan Bator
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem. Contact your travel specialist for details.
  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Vladivostok and spend 4 days exploring one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan! Contact your travel specialist for details.
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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st class train tickets on all legs of the trip;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan Ude;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan Ude;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 17 travelers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Ganina Yama, Church on Blood, Boris Yeltsin Center, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Taltsy Musem, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 8 to 18 travelers;
  • Comfort of traveling in a private train car and attention of a professional English-speaking tour leader that turn your adventure into a carefree journey;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Comprehensive tours providing in-depth insights into local culture throughout the journey;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness during a private cruise;
  • A taste of the traditional Mongolian nomadic way of life at the ger camp including pony riding;
  • Journey across 2 continents along Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Ulan-Bator.

What To Know

  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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