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Tsars Gold Moscow to Ulaanbaatar Russian Winter Tale Tour

MOSCOW ● VLADIMIR & SUZDAL ● EKATERINBURG ● KRASNOYARSK ● IRKUTSK ● LAKE BAIKAL ● ULAN UDE ● ULAANBAATAR

12 nights from UK £ 3,260 per person

Price based on travelling in a shared Category I Standard class cabin. Please see the pricing tab below for full details of all cabin classes.
Tour Highlights

  Majestic Moscow on a panorama city tour

A ride in a genuine horse-drawn troika sleigh

Stunning views across Lake Baikal

Irkutsk, East Siberia’s capital, with its classic winter bazaar

Snowmobile ride through the taiga

The Cathedral on the Blood, the new symbol of Ekaterinburg

Three speciality meals

Entertaining and varied on-board programme

A magical journey – and a truly memorable experience!

Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks

Relax in a Russian banya sauna

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Day 1 - Arrival Moscow

Your Holiday Starts With a Tour of Red Square

Arrival in Moscow and transfer to your centrally located first-class hotel. After settling in, take a guided walk to discover the magic of Moscow’s legendary Red Square and enjoy its stunning illuminations.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Day 2 - Moscow

City Tour of Moscow Before Joining Your Train

Explore Europe’s most dynamic city on a panorama city tour with its contrast of traditional onion-shaped golden domes decorating small churches and cathedrals and the power centres of the new mega-rich companies such as Gazprom.

Afterwards, relax over lunch in a restaurant themed on Russian history before joining your special carriage to depart from the impressive backdrop of one of Moscow’s major stations. On board, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Suzdal

Tour the Quintessentially Russian Cities of Vladimir & Suzdal

After breakfast you drive by bus to the impressive cities Vladimir and Suzdal, which are one of the most impressive cities on the Golden Ring.

In the afternoon, take in the landscape of rolling steppes in old Russia’s heartlands and cross the impressive bridges over the rivers Volga and Kama before starting the climb to the Ural Mountains – usually a magical snowy landscape at this time of year. Enjoy insights into Russian life with entertaining on-board talks on the Cossacks and winter life in Siberia, as well as a film on Russia’s last tsar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - Ekaterinburg

Learn About The Last Days of the Romanovs

Stop in Ekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Ural region. Yekaterinburg has gone down in history as the place where Tsar Nicolas II, the last tsar of Russia, was murdered with his family in 1918. A short city tour includes the attractive city centre, restored in 2009, as well as the commemorative Cathedral on the Blood, built in 2003 on the site of the tsar’s execution. Back on board, your train continues across the rolling steppes of western Siberia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - Train Across Siberia

Through the Winter Siberian Landscape in Your Cosy Train

Your train, by now a home from home, continues across Siberia. Relax and enjoy the magical winter views of snowy birch and larch woods in the sunshine! A vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks in the restaurant car explores some of the less familiar aspects of Russian customs associated with food and drink. An entertaining film offers a fascinating insight into Russian culture.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - Krasnoyarsk

Tour This Remote & Little Visited Siberian City

Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk – according to writer Anton Chekhov, the most beautiful city in Siberia. The short city tour focuses on an overview of Krasnoyarsk’s captivating history. The mix of old and new streets vividly illustrates how the city has grown and changed down the years. Enjoy a view of Peace Square, the city’s oldest square, and the stunning vistas across the Yenisei river. Naturally, there is also a stop at the beautiful Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel, the symbol of Krasnoyarsk. Back on board your train continues on to Irkutsk.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - Irkutsk

Visit a Frozen Lake Baikal at the Village of Listvyanka

The train pulls into Irkutsk station. Leaving your main luggage safely on board, a transfer takes you to your hotel at the Baikal village of Listvyanka. After time to settle in, a visit to the local open-air museum offers a vivid insight into the history of the region, and traditional life and lifestyles in old Siberia. The traditional lifestyle theme continues in the evening with a chance to visit a banya, the original Russian sauna.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - Lake Baikal

Horse Drawn Sledge Ride & Snowmobile Trip

What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn troika sleigh ride – the next highlight on your programme! From February, this is followed by an exhilarating motorised sledge ride on the frozen Lake Baikal. Afterwards, it is onwards and upwards by cable car (if already in operation) to a special vantage point with stunning views out across Lake Baikal. This vantage point is also renowned for its cold temperatures – so this may be the place to experience the lowest temperatures you have ever known!

Subsequently, a visit to a local family includes a tasty traditional Russian meal. The final stop around the lake is the Baikal Museum, which showcases this area’s special ecosystem and the lake itself, the world’s largest fresh water reservoir.

Back on board in the evening, your train pulls out of Irkutsk station.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 9 - Lake Baikal

Follow the Rail Line Along the Shore of Baikal With Stops

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. Your train travels several hours directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Take a walk on the frozen Lake Baikal and enjoy a relaxing day on board.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - Ulan Ude

Stop in Ulan Ude for & See the Largest Lenin Head!

The journey continues through the snow covered Selenga Valley and the wild solitude of eastern Siberia’s mountainous steppes. You take a tour of Ulan Ude during an intermediate stop there. Border formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border are an easy matter carried out on board.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 - Mongolia

Arrive in Mongolia’s Capital & Visit the Steppe

Over breakfast, watch the taiga mountain landscape of northern Mongolia slide by with its scattered nomad settlements. As your train pulls into the Mongolian capital city of Ulan Bator in the morning, porters are already waiting to help with your luggage.

Your mid-class hotel is conveniently located in the centre of the city. This first night in Ulan Bator also offers the chance to stay in a (preheated) nomad felt tent in unspoiled – and probably very frosty! – surroundings*. Sleeping in a traditional felt tent under the stars in the majestic quiet of nature – a truly unique experience! The afternoon is dedicated to a visit to the National Museum of Mongolia.

Those taking hotel accommodation can enjoy an evening programme of Mongolian folklore with throat singing, music performed on the traditional bowed string instrument, the morin khuur, national costumes, myths and dance (tickets are € 14/ $ 15, to be paid on site). The nomad felt tent option includes traditional Mongolian tales around an open fire.

*The overnight ger option must be booked in advance.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - Mongolia

Tour the Highlights of Ulaanbaatar & Visit a Cattle Breeding Family

Today’s programme offers such impressive sights as the Buddhist Gandan monastery and the quirky architectural masterpiece of Choijin Lama Temple. The temple architecture is unique worldwide for its dramatic depictions of the torments of hell for those leaving the path of righteousness. The afternoon excursion visits a family of cattle breeders just outside the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 - Depart Ulaanbaatar

Your Train Ride Finishes or Add on Beijing With Us!

After breakfast in Ulaanbaatar, your journey through this magical winter landscape has come to an end – or consider adding on Beijing!

Meals Included: Breakfast.

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Destinations Visited on this Trip

Click on any of the destinations below for more information.

2020 Prices & Dates

Eastbound 2020: Starts Moscow 22nd February 2020 – Finishes Ulaanbaatar 5th March 2020 – E / F / D

Key to Languages spoken by guides: E = English; F = French; D = German

CATEGORY V – BOLSHOI PLATINUM

£ 9,780 per person or £ 14,630 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY IV – BOLSHOI

£ 7,970 per person or £ 12,250 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY III – NOSTALGIC COMFORT

£ 6,150 per person or £ 9,260 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY II – CLASSIC

£4,770 per person or £6,280 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY II – SUPERIOR

£5,040 per person or £6,830 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY I – STANDARD CLASS

£ 3,260 per person based on 4 people sharing a cabin. If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 4,160 per person. Single supplement for hotels only is £ 405 per person.

Important Information

► The minimum number of participants required for a trip to run is 18.

► We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable.

► On booking a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total tour price plus any international flights we are booking for you. Full payment is required 90 days before the trip start date.

► International flights, tips, beverages, visa fees and any services not mentioned are not included in the price.

Tsars Gold Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 90 days prior to departure: 20 % of total price
  • Up to 42 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
  • Up to 1 day prior to departure: 90% of total price

Any part of the program that is missed because of late arrival is non-refundable.

Included & Excluded

What is included?

Accommodation in  quality hotels in Moscow (1 night), Listvyanka (1 night) Ulaanbaatar (2 nights)

8 nights on board the Tsar’s Gold train.

Visa support documents required for the Russian and Mongolian visas.

Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary.

Three daily meals on board the train.

Other meals as indicated in the itinerary.

Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks.

Informative sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with professional guides.

Group Leader throughout the tour.

During the train journey, fascinating on-board talks ranging from “Life in the Siberian winter” and “The Cossacks conquer Siberia” to “From fur traders to energy suppliers”

Doctor on board.

Porter services at all railway stations.

Dog-sled ride in an impressive winter scenery

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The Russian, Mongolian and (if required) Chinese visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

tsars st petersburg pre tour

Tsars Gold St Petersburg Pre-Tour Itinerary

We highly recommend adding in St Petersburg before starting your Tsars Gold trip. Below is our recommended option but we can tailor this St Petersburg section for you as well as it is usually runs as a private tour rather than a group option. It can be added in to any of the Tsars Gold trips starting in Moscow.

Price from UK £ 1,150 per person

The price is based on 2 people and is for guidance only as it varies with both dates and availability.

Day 1 - Arrival St Petersburg

Start Your Trip in Beautiful St Petersburg

Arrival in St Petersburg with a transfer to your hotel and time to settle in and freshen up. Free time for the rest of the day.

Meals Included: None Today.

Day 2 - St Petersburg

Full Day Tour of the City’s Highlights

St Petersburg’s countless canals, palaces and churches make the city a cultural work of art. Today’s fascinating tour takes you to the main attractions including the former Tsar’s residence, the Winter Palace, which houses the Hermitage, one of the world’s largest art museums. The Alexander Column which commemorates the victory over Napoleon is located in the square next to the museum. The Admiralty and the famous avenue Nevsky Prospect are also on your program. In the evening free time for a leisurely stroll, theater visit, or boat ride on the Neva River.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 3 - St Petersburg

Head Out of the City to Pushkin & Pavlosk Palaces

This morning visit the former residence of the Czar Pavel I, Pavlovsk Palace, 28 km from the city. Walk through the beautiful park to the palace designed by Charles Cameron from 1782 to 1786. See the amazing collection of original objects owned by the Tsars. In the afternoon visit Puskin and Tsarskoe Selo, 25 km south of St Petersburg. The focus here is the Catherine Palace, the former summer residence of the Tsars. The most famous room is the legendary Amber Room.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 4 - St Petersburg to Moscow (Day 1 of the Tsars Gold program)

Peter Paul Fortress & Train to Moscow to Join the Tsars Gold

This morning visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of the Romanov dynasty. Here visit the tombs of almost all the Empresses and Tsars. After the tour a transfer to the station for the high speed Sapsan train to Moscow. On arrival in Moscow you will be transferred to your hotel as per day 1 of the Tsars Gold itinerary.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

What is included?

3 hotel nights in a upper middle class hotel – usually Radisson Royal or Hotel Park Inn Nevsky.

 Scheduled train journey ticket St Petersburg – Moscow.

Visa support documents required for the visa.

 Transfers as per itinerary.

Excursions as per itinerary.

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

Visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

tsars china post tour

Tsars Gold China Post-Tour Itinerary

You have made it almost all the way to China and we would highly recommend seeing more of this fascinating destination if you have the time. Below is our recommended option but we can tailor this China section for you as well as it is run as a private tour rather than a group option. We can also offer more extensive trips in China some of which can be seen by clicking here.

Price from UK £ 2,185 per person

The price is based on 2 people and is for guidance only as it varies with both dates and availability.

Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar to Beijing

Continue by Train Through the Gobi Towards the Chinese Border

Early morning transfer to the station to catch the train on to Beijing. The day is firstly spent in the steppe but that gradually gives way to the stoney Gobi desert – keep an eye out for camels! Evening arrival at the Mongolia-China border at Zamyn-Ude. The Mongolian exit formalities are completed on the train before a much longer stop is on the Chinese side where the train is taken to the sheds where the carriages are raised up (with you still in them!) and the new bogies of the narrower Chinese gauge fitted. A unique experience but do remember that the toilets are locked throughout!

Meals Included: Boxed Breakfast.

Day 2 - Beijing

Arrival Beijing & Private Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Jingshan Park

Wake up in China’s Inner Mongolian grasslands before a series of tunnels and impressive views lead you through the mountains that shield Beijing. Late morning arrival in China’s capital. Beijing has it all – history, imperial majesty, modern masterpieces, delicious cuisine, and a vibrant local culture. Your guide will meet you at the station exit.

This afternoon your have a private tour to the vast Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world and home to the Mao Mausoleum and Monument to the People’s Heroes. To the north of the square is the equally vast palace complex of the Forbidden City. We’ll walk up the middle axis from South to North taking in the splendour of the most important central buildings before finishing in the ancient small garden by the north gate. Directly north of the Forbidden city is Jingshan park where we will climb the beautifully landscaped “Coal Hill” for one of Beijing’s best, weather permitting, views over the Forbidden City.

Continue on to your hotel to check-in with the rest of the day free.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 3 - Beijing

The Great Wall at Stunning Mutianyu & Visit One of Beijing’s Markets & Peking Duck Dinner at Dadong Restaurant

Today we will be showing you one of China’s most famous sights – the Great Wall. We visit the dramatic and less crowded Mutianyu section 70km from Beijing set amongst spectacular mountain scenery. Dating back to the 6th Century and largely rebuilt in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty it is one of the best preserved sections of the wall largely due to the high standard of construction. The tour includes cable car tickets cable up and down the Wall.

Also today, if you wish, we can take you to one of Beijing’s many markets. Favourites are the Silk Market, Pearl Market and Panjiayuan antique market. If souvenir shopping isn’t for you other options are the Hutong street of Nanluoguxiang, the 798 Dashanzhi contemporary art area or a quick look at the impressive 2008 Olympic Stadium. You can discuss which is right for you with us in advance or your guide on the day.

This evening enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner – Beijing’s world famous signature dish cooked to perfection at Da Dong Restaurant, considered one of the city’s best restaurants specialised in this classic cuisine. Transfers from and back to your hotel are included.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch & Duck Dinner.

Day 4 - Beijing to Xian

Bullet Train to Xian & Tang Dynasty Evening Show

After a leisurely breakfast check out of your hotel. A guide and driver will transfer you to the bullet train station for the 5 hour 300km / hour 21st century journey to Xian through an ancient rural landscape. Late afternoon arrival in Xian, China’s Tang Dynasty Capital and start of the ancient silk road. Settle in to your 5* hotel before a trip to the lavish Tang Dynasty show including dinner and transfers.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Day 5 - Xian to Shanghai

Full Day Tour in Xian & Flight on to Shanghai

Full day private tour of Xian’s highlights starting with the extraordinary ranks of the Terra Cotta Army. Created by China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang, work began in 246 BC and at its height it is said that 700,000 people worked on the project. In the afternoon we visit a relic of the Tang Dynasty, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 AD. Continue on to Xian’s largest construction, the 13.7 km City Walls which are up to 18 meters thick at the base and 12 meters in height. Finish the day with a wander through Xian’s vibrant Muslim quarter, an exotic reminder of the cities trading past. Flight on to Shanghai with a transfer to your hotel on arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 6 - Shanghai

Full Day Tour of Shanghai & Acrobat Evening Show

After breakfast start a full day private tour of this city’s highlights including the Yuyuan Garden, Fuyou Road Antique Market and Old Shanghai, The Bund, Huangpu River and a trip up one of Pudong’s Sky Scrapers for a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of one of the stunning skyscrapers that now dominate the skyline.

Round off this Shanghai experience that with a visit to the world famous Chinese Acrobats for a show filled with excitement.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - Depart Shanghai & China

Depart China After This Amazing Adventure

Free time until a guide and driver transfer you to the airport for your onward transport from Shanghai.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

What is included?

5* hotels in Beijing, Xian & Shanghai (usually the Hilton Wangfujing in Beijing,  Sofitel on renmin Square in Xian and Les suites Orient in Shanghai.

First train cabin Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, First class Bullet Train to Xian and economy class flight from Xian to Shanghai.

Visa support documents required for the visa.

  All transfers as per itinerary.

Private tours of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai as described.

Dadong Peking Duck Dinner in Beijing, Tang Dynasty Show with dinner in Xian and Acrobat show including dinner in Shanghai.

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

Visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

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