Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian | Small Group Tour from Australia

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Overview

The Tsar's Gold private Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Starting in Beijing you discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing. hen experience genuine Mongolia, admire traditional folk arts, meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt and learn more about their culture. Finally, you get to explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, its culture, architecture and people, see breathtaking Lake Baikal, before reaching vibrant Moscow. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, magnificent landscapes and premium comfort onboard the train and in downtown 4-star hotels.

Tour type:
Small group rail tour
Tour rating:
4.93 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star or 5-star centrally located hotels:
    6 nights
    On board the train: 9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    6 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 boat trip
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 11 guided tours with private transportation
    10 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activities: lectures, illumination show, folk show and horseback riding show
  • MEALS
  • 15 breakfasts
    14 lunches
    15 dinners
    Bread and salt ceremony
    Vodka tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Beijing & City Tour

Welcome to the legendary capital of China - Beijing! Your guide and driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

After having some rest you meet your guide and go on an amazing sightseeing tour around the most renowned Beijing landmarks.

You start with a visit to the legendary Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings and the monument to the National Heroes are located.

Then you explore the famous Temple of Heaven, where the Chinese Emperors prayed for good harvests, and some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several futuristic skyscrapers.

After the tour, you return to your hotel for overnight.

Dinner is included.

Day 2
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs

Today you visit the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China. After exploring this majestic man-made miracle of world's architecture you proceed to the famous Ming Tombs - the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors. After the tour, you return to Beijing and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you enjoy dinner with traditional Beijing duck at one of the downtown restaurants.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3
Forbidden City Tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City, where you see its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples.

After the tour, you are transferred to the railway station to board a traditional Chinese train that takes you to the Chinese-Mongolian border.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4
Changing Trains in Erlian

Today you arrive in Erlian - the border town between Mongolia and China. Here you get off your Chinese train and board your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train that takes you on an unforgettable journey across Eurasia.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 5
Ulan Bator City Tour

Today you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. During your guided city tour around the most famous city attractions, you see the legendary Gandan Monastery, that is considered the most important center for Buddhist learning in all of Mongolia, and explore the Lama Museum - a cluster of four temples dedicated to the brother of Bogd Khan, who served as the state oracle during his reign.

In the evening you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, and national dances.

After the tour, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

  • Optional overnight: You can spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt in the amazing Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, sometimes described as the Mongolian Alps (contact your travel specialist for additional information).

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 6
Trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a bus trip to the yurt camp located at the amazing Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Today you have the unique chance to meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt and learn more about their culture, lifestyle, and traditions. After lunch you enjoy a specially arranged Mongolian horseback riding show, that takes you back to the days of the Mongolian Horde, demonstrating the skills that have been passed from fathers to children since time immemorial.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 7
Ulan Ude City Tour

Today your train takes you through the vast Mongolian steppes and the magnificent Selenga River valley to the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia - Ulan Ude.

Upon arrival, you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 8
Visit to Lake Baikal

Today your train takes you directly alongside Lake Baikal that is the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia.

During two extended photo stops you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting.

You also enjoy a relaxing boat ride around the lake with a stop at one of the most picturesque places on the route, giving you the chance to experience the natural atmosphere of this unique area. Here you enjoy a traditional local style picnic (if weather permits).

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 9
Irkutsk City Tour

Today your train arrives in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life.

During your guided city tour you see some classic Siberian wooden cottages, the Okhlopkov Drama Theater, the statue of Alexander III and the Market Hall.

After lunch you take a trip to the nearby Taltsy village to visit its famous open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography, that consists of a number of buildings representing a traditional Siberian rural life.

After the tour, you are transferred back to Irkutsk and check in to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 10
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train. This is a great chance to enjoy fantastic scenery of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers, and verdant slopes, entertaining lectures about Siberia, gourmet dining and vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks in a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 11
Novosibirsk City Tour

Today you reach a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature. Your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant but is certainly not desolate.

Upon arrival, you are welcomed in a traditional Russian manner with a bread and salt ceremony. Then you enjoy a guided city tour, that includes visits to the Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River embankment.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 12
Ekaterinburg City Tour

Today your train arrives in the famous capital of Ural where Europe and Asia meet - Ekaterinburg.

Upon arrival, you have a guided city tour dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family, that includes a visit to the Cathedral-on-the-Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House where the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II, and his family were assassinated.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 13
Kazan City Tour

Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a guided city tour that includes a visit to the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you will see the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral, and learn about the turbulent history of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 14
Visit to the Kremlin & City Tour

Today you arrive in the beautiful capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, you say farewell to your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train and meet your driver who takes to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Later you go on guided tour to one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. During the tour, you explore this world-famous symbol of Russian power and visit one of its brilliant cathedrals.

After dinner, you enjoy a "City of Lights" tour that provides you with a unique opportunity to capture a glance of the magnificent illumination of this Eurasian metropolis.

During the tour, you stroll across the world-famous Red Square and take a short Moscow Metro ride to explore this outstanding work of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes, and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

After the tour, you return to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 15
City Tour & Departure from Moscow

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and continue exploring Moscow in a company of your private guide.

During your panoramic city tour, you see the magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Lomonosov University, the Novodevichy Monastery and the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral.

After the tour, your driver 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.


Included

6 nights in centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfast
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in Beijing (2 nights), Ulan Bator (1 night), Irkutsk (1 night) and Moscow (1 night);
  • 8 nights on board the Tsar's Gold train;
  • Full Russian and Chinese 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 (Chinese visas are upon request). Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Three meals daily on board the train;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Entertainment program on board, including lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route;
  • Doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

*Specials for Bolshoi guests: 2 meals to choose from for Lunch and Dinner on board the train, 1 bottle of water per person daily, 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included for meals on board the train.

Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

Tour highlights
  • Comfort of travelling on a private train combined with a caring tour director, exciting lectures and entertainment onboard;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • "City of Lights" tour in Moscow showing the magnificent illumination of this Eurasian metropolis;
  • A taste of Russian hospitality during welcome 'Bread and Salt' ceremony in Novosibirsk - the capital of Siberia;
  • Grandeur and beauty of the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness and enjoy a picniс on its shores;
  • Immersion into Mongolian culture during a performance of traditional folk arts;
  • A chance to visit to one the "New" Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall of China.
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
  • Eurasian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates
May 4
May - 19, 2019
May 12
May - 26, 2019
Jun 1
Jun - 16, 2019
Jun 9
Jun - 23, 2019
Jun 27
Jul - 12, 2019
Jul 6
Jul - 19, 2019
Jul 20
Aug - 4, 2019
Jul 28
Aug - 11, 2019
Aug 15
Aug - 30, 2019
Aug 23
Sep - 6, 2019
Sep 7
Sep - 22, 2019
Sep 15
Sep - 29, 2019
Classic Cabin
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
Superior Cabin
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
Nostalgic Cabin
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
Bolshoi Cabin
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,120
deposit
$3,224
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
Platinum Cabin
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
Dates
May 4
May - 19, 2019
May 12
May - 26, 2019
Jun 1
Jun - 16, 2019
Jun 9
Jun - 23, 2019
Jun 27
Jul - 12, 2019
Jul 6
Jul - 19, 2019
Jul 20
Aug - 4, 2019
Jul 28
Aug - 11, 2019
Aug 15
Aug - 30, 2019
Aug 23
Sep - 6, 2019
Sep 7
Sep - 22, 2019
Sep 15
Sep - 29, 2019
Classic Cabin
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
$9,550
reverse
deposit
$1,910
$9,330
deposit
$1,866
Superior Cabin
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
$10,050
reverse
deposit
$2,010
$9,840
deposit
$1,968
Nostalgic Cabin
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
$12,850
reverse
deposit
$2,570
$12,640
deposit
$2,528
Bolshoi Cabin
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,120
deposit
$3,224
$16,410
reverse
deposit
$3,282
$16,190
deposit
$3,238
Platinum Cabin
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840
$19,410
reverse
deposit
$3,882
$19,200
deposit
$3,840

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