Tsar's Gold Best of Trans-Mongolian: Beijing - Moscow by Private Train (TS-23)

This really is a once in a lifetime experience – travelling the legendary Trans-Mongolian railroad, aboard a private train from Beijing to Moscow, taking in the huge countries of China, Mongolia and Russia in the most comfortable and enchanting manner. Designed specifically for tourists, this will be your primary accommodation during your rail journey but you will also be staying at first-class 4* hotels in Moscow, Irkutsk and Beijing. An overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger camp will add to your experience.

Travelling on the Tsar’s Gold private train with China & Beyond means real luxury and a private small group in Moscow and Beijing with an extended sightseeing programme. Please note, a similar tour in the opposite direction is also available.
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from £4,495 per person, 16 days



Day 1. Beijing
Arrival in Beijing. Our driver and a guide will meet you in the arrival sector. We will enjoy Hutong neighbourhood by Shichahai Lake guided tour.
Day 2. Beijing
Today it’s about seeing the main sights of Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
Day 3. Beijing
Two real highlights today – a guided Tour of the Badaling section of the Great Wall and a trip out to the Olympic Green. In the afternoon we board our train and depart to Mongolia.
Day 4. Gobi
Through the Gobi desert to Mongolia
Day 5. Ulan Bator
In the morning our train reaches Ulan Bator. We will enjoy an orientation city tour and in in the evening you will be transferred to a ger camp for an overnight stay.
Day 6. Terelj - Ulan Bator
Today you attend a tour to Mongolia’s mountain wilderness. In the evening we board our private train and continue our journey.
Day 7. Ulan-Ude
After a short city tour we continue our train journey.
Day 8. Port Baikal
The entire day is dedicated to making the most of Lake Baikal. Enjoy the Circum-Baikal Railway guided tour.
Day 9. Irkutsk
We will spend some time exploring the city. We will also visit the open-air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Overnight in a centrally located hotel in Irkutsk.
Day 10. Across Siberia
Free day
Day 11. Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk City Tour
Day 12. Yekaterinburg
This afternoon we arrive to the city of Yekaterinburg, which was restored in 2009. Enjoy a city tour.
Day 13. Kazan
After breakfast we arrive in Kazan, the ‘Pearl of the Central Volga Region’ and the old Tatar capital. We will visit Kazan Kremlin.
Day 14. Moscow
Today, we will explore the major cultural and historical points in Moscow during our Moscow city centre walking tour, visit St. Basil`s Cathedral and the Red Square.
Day 15. Moscow
Today, you will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars. We will also visit the Armoury Museum and have a short Moscow Underground guided tour
Day 16. Moscow
Transfer to the airport.
Click here to view detailed day-by-day itinerary of this tour
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Days: 16
  • Group Size: 0
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Day 1 - Monday - Beijing
Arrival in Beijing. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector. Transfer to the hotel. We start with old Beijing, exploring the city’s ‘hutongs’ or narrow alleys, by rickshaw. Some date back as far as the 13th century. The rickshaw will also take us to the famous Shichahai Lake and the Drum Tower where we’ll see former princes' houses and well preserved Chinese courtyards. (D)
Day 2 - Tuesday - Beijing
Today it’s about seeing the main sights, including Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world with an area of 440 thousand square metres, the famous Imperial palace and the Forbidden City - listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The magnificent Summer Palace located 15 kilometres (9.4 miles) away from central Beijing. The Palace represents Chinese landscape garden design and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Wednesday - Beijing
Two real highlights today – a guided Tour of the Badaling section of the Great Wall, China’s icon, and a trip out to the Olympic Green constructed in Beijing for 2008 summer Olympics. In the evening, our rail adventure begins. A modern Chinese train will pull out from Beijing’s station, en route to Mongolia, a 16-hour trip (Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars are not available for this one night). (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Thursday - Gobi
At noon we arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian border and change to our Private Train. In Erlian you can explore the colourful border market. Afterwards, your Private Train takes you through the vast expanse of the Gobi desert, then through the great green steppes of Mongolia. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Friday - Ulan Bator
In the morning our train reaches Ulan Bator (which means ‘red hero’). The city Ulan Bator is situated on the bank of the river Tuur, at an elevation of about 1,310 meters. In the evening you will be transferred to a ger camp where you will stay overnight in a traditional Mongolia yurt. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Saturday - Ulan Bator
Today you attend a tour to Mongolia’s mountain wilderness. You will take lunch within the typical tent settlements of nomadic herdsmen and a Mongolian horseback riding show will be performed especially for you. In the evening we board our private train and continue our journey. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Sunday - Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic of the Russian Federation, is situated at the junction of - the Selenga and the Uda Rivers, a crossroads of trading routes leading from China and Mongolia to Russia and Europe. Buryatia is wild with endless steppeland, alpine meadows, temples, nomad’s tents and shamans. After a short city tour we continue our train journey. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Monday - Circum-Baikal Railway - Port Baikal
The entire day is dedicated to making the most of Lake Baikal. There will be two long photo sessions so that you can capture the wonderful scenery, there will be a short boat ride on the lake. If the weather is kind, your dinner will be served as a picnic on the shores, before re-boarding the train and going to Irkutsk. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Tuesday - Irkutsk
Today the train reaches Irkutsk - the capital of Eastern Siberia – and we will spend some time exploring it. Highlights include: Siberian wooden cottages, the new statue of Alexander III and the lively market hall. We will also visit the open-air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Overnight in a centrally located hotel in Irkutsk. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Wednesday - Across Siberia
Today is a free day. We proceed further through Siberia, through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia. On board you will kept amused and informed via entertaining lectures about Siberia. You will also be treated to a speciality meal, the "Tsar’s Feast". This gives you the chance to enjoy Russian hospitality, vodka and caviar. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Thursday - Novosibirsk
Enjoy guided Novosibirsk city tour. The non-official capital of Western Siberia, Novosibirsk is at the heart of Siberia. Here you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - Friday - Yekaterinburg
This afternoon we arrive to the city of Yekaterinburg, which was restored in 2009. Admire the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial of the Russian tsar family executed in Yekaterinburg. The city was founded in 1723 and developed as a fortress. Later, we will board the train and continue our journey. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - Saturday - Kazan
After breakfast you arrive in Kazan, the ‘Pearl of the Central Volga Region’ and the old Tatar capital on the banks of the Volga. Located on both sides of the river, Russians and Tatars have been living here together for many centuries which has influenced the unique culture and traditions of this interesting city in many ways which you will learn during your guided tour of the Kazan Kremlin. Your Private Train resumes its journey in the evening. (B, L, D)
Day 14 - Sunday - Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Our driver will meet you with a China & Beyond signboard at the beginning of the platform. Transfer to the hotel. Today, we will explore the major cultural and historical points in Moscow, including Lubyanka Square (the world-famous KGB centre), Teatralnaya Square next to the Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya Street (the main and the busiest street in Moscow), St. Basil`s Cathedral, which has fascinated visitors since its construction in the 1550s and the Red Square arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. (B)
Day 15 - Monday - Moscow
Today, you will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. The Armoury Museum offers a fascinating insight, as it was once the storehouse for Kremlin weaponry. However, today it is home to fifty Faberge eggs, and priceless art by Russian, European and Oriental masters. We finish with a guided tour of Moscow’s famous Underground with its marble, mosaics and stained glass panels. (B)
Day 16 - Tuesday - Moscow
Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you with a China & Beyond sign board at the hotel lobby. (B)


Want to travel on different dates?
Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.

 

STANDARD COMPARTMENT - 4 BERTH PACKAGE

Standard compartments feature 2 lower and 2 upper berths. Bench sizes 27.55 inches x 74.80 inches (70×190cm). Toilet facilities are located at each end of the carriage. There are no shower facilities in this category. View standard compartment description.
Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
09.06.2019 - 24.06.2019 £4,495 £5,095 £495 book now
05.07.2019 - 20.07.2019 £4,495 £5,095 £495 book now
28.07.2019 - 12.08.2019 £4,495 £5,095 £495 book now
23.08.2019 - 07.09.2019 £4,495 £5,095 £495 book now
15.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 £4,495 £5,095 £495 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


CLASSIC COMPARTMENT - 2 BERTH PACKAGE

Classic compartments feature two lower berths, sizes 27.5 inches x 75 inches (70 × 190 cm). Toilet facilities are located at each end of the carriage. In every second carriage there is a shower compartment. View classic compartment description.
Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
09.06.2019 - 24.06.2019 £5,995 £6,595 £495 book now
05.07.2019 - 20.07.2019 £5,995 £6,595 £495 book now
28.07.2019 - 12.08.2019 £5,995 £6,595 £495 book now
23.08.2019 - 07.09.2019 £5,995 £6,595 £495 book now
15.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 £5,995 £6,595 £495 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


SUPERIOR COMPARTMENT - 2 BERTH PACKAGE

Superior compartment is similar to a classic one. The superior compartments have recently been refurbished and offer better inner decoration. Superior compartments feature two lower berths, sizes 27.5 inches x 75 inches (70 × 190 cm). Toilet facilities are located at each end of the carriage. In every second carriage there is a shower compartment. View superior compartment description.
Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
09.06.2019 - 24.06.2019 £6,295 £6,895 £495 book now
05.07.2019 - 20.07.2019 £6,295 £6,895 £495 book now
28.07.2019 - 12.08.2019 £6,295 £6,895 £495 book now
23.08.2019 - 07.09.2019 £6,295 £6,895 £495 book now
15.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 £6,295 £6,895 £495 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


NOSTALGIC COMPARTMENT - 2 BERTH PACKAGE

Nostalgic carriages feature two large berths sized app. 31.5 inches x 73 inches (80 × 185 cm) and an armchair. There is a small lavatory with wash basin and shower facility shared between every two compartments. There are also toilet facilities located at each end of the carriage. View nostalgic compartment description.
Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
09.06.2019 - 24.06.2019 £8,295 £8,895 £495 book now
05.07.2019 - 20.07.2019 £8,295 £8,895 £495 book now
28.07.2019 - 12.08.2019 £8,295 £8,895 £495 book now
23.08.2019 - 07.09.2019 £8,295 £8,895 £495 book now
15.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 £8,295 £8,895 £495 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


BOLSHOI COMPARTMENT - 2 BERTH PACKAGE

The Bolshoi compartment has one lower berth measuring 43.30 inches x 74.80 inches (1.10 m x 1.90 m) and one upper folding berth, sized 31.5 inches x 68.5 inches ((80 cm x 174 cm). Compartment size is 219.29 inches² (5.57 m²) and it also features a cosy seating bench, a table and a wardrobe. The compartment has its exclusive en suite bathroom with plenty of storage space for personal belongings. Each carriage of the Bolshoi category has only six compartments. View "bolshoi" compartment description.
Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
09.06.2019 - 24.06.2019 £10,995 £11,595 £495 book now
05.07.2019 - 20.07.2019 £10,995 £11,595 £495 book now
28.07.2019 - 12.08.2019 £10,995 £11,595 £495 book now
23.08.2019 - 07.09.2019 £10,995 £11,595 £495 book now
15.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 £10,995 £11,595 £495 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


BOLSHOI PLATINUM - 2 BERTH PACKAGE

This is the highest category of comfort on the Tsar's Gold Private Train. The Bolshoi Platinum compartment provides 7.15 m2 (almost 77 sq. ft.) of space, even more than the Bolshoi compartment. The lower bed measures 120 × 184 cm / ca. 47.2 × 72.4 in., the upper 82 × 174 cm / ca. 32.3 × 68.5 in. Each compartment has a spacious clothes closet and its own lavatory outfitted with a separate shower cabin. View "bolshoi platinum" compartment description.
Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
09.06.2019 - 24.06.2019 £12,995 £13,595 £495 book now
05.07.2019 - 20.07.2019 £12,995 £13,595 £495 book now
28.07.2019 - 12.08.2019 £12,995 £13,595 £495 book now
23.08.2019 - 07.09.2019 £12,995 £13,595 £495 book now
15.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 £12,995 £13,595 £495 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


Typical Mongolian Ger
In the countryside your accommodation will be in a typical ger camp located in scenic areas. Every couple or a single traveller are allocated a private ger unless you are willing to share with other travellers. All ger camps are very similar in their set –up, facilities and services.

A “ger” or a yurt is a traditional, portable dwelling structure used by Mongolian nomads in the countryside, it is their link with the past, future and spiritual world. The central pillar – the smoke hole on the top of the tent is directly directed to cosmic axis and represents highway for spirits as according to Mongolian traditions, the universe is full of invisible spirits and humans have to develop good relationship with them, win them over and not to offend them.

Ger camps we use on our tours are slightly modified for Western travellers, however they do offer a genuinely authentic experience and most of them are situated in picturesque areas. The gers are made of a wooden frame that is covered with felt. Inside they are generally brightly painted and feature two or four single beds, a small table, stools, a lamp, electricity sockets and a stove for heating. You can ask a member of staff to start the fire in your ger at a specified time to make it warm, for example early in the morning before you get up.

Toilet and shower facilities are outside in a separate block, they are basic but are kept very clean. There is both hot and cold water available. Restaurants and bars are located in separate blocks or quite often in larger gers.

Staying in a typical ger really adds to your travelling experience.



Tiantan Hotel Beijing 4*
Address: No.1, Ti Yu Guan Road, Chong Wen District, Beijing 100061
Telephone: +86 10 6719 0666

DESCRIPTION
The Tiantan (The Temple Of Heaven) Hotel is a modern 4 star hotel located in downtown Beijing. The hotel was fully renovated in 2005 and opened in June that year. Tiantan hotel is just minutes walk from the famous Temple of Heaven and the nearby park. The major tourist attractions like Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are within less than a 15-minute drive, and it is only 40 minutes to Beijing Capital International Airport.

There are 300 guest rooms in the Temple of Heaven hotel, all equipped with telephone, central air-conditioning, safe-box, mini-bar, satellite TV system and bed-side control panel.

The hotel also features Chinese and Western restaurants, coffee shop, lobby bar, karaoke dancing club, billiard and recreational centre with gym, sauna and massage room. Business centre offers fax, photocopying and telex services.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Private parking
  • Business centre
  • Deposit boxes
  • Air-conditioning
  • Night Club
  • Fitness centre and sauna
  • Beauty-centre
PHOTOGALLERY





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