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Tsars Gold Ulaanbaatar to Moscow Russian Winter Tale Tour

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

11 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 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Mongolia’s Capital With the Option to Stay in a Ger

You arrive in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar. You have the chance to stay in a (preheated) nomad felt tent in unspoiled and probably very frosty surroundings (advance booking required). 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.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner (as applicable to arrival time).

Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar

City Tour & Visit the Steppe

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, before you board your private train in the evening and settle in in your compartment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Ulan Ude

Capital of Buryatia Where East Meets West

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 4 - Lake Baikal

Follow the Rail Line Along the Shore of Baikal

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. You will also have the chance to visit the village Listvyanka, directly located at the shore of Lake Baikal.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - Irkutsk

Explore Winter in Irkutsk & the Baikal Region

The train pulls into Irkutsk station. What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn sleigh ride — the next highlight on your programme! From February, this is followed by an exhilarating dog-sled ride in an impressive winter scenery. 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 and a chance to visit a banya, the original Russian sauna. 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk

Continue Exploring the City Before Departure

During your city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. You will also see the picturesque Siberian wooden houses and visit one of the biggest monasteries in East Siberia.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - Krasnoyarsk

Explore This Remote 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 to Moscow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - Vladimir & Suzdal

Tour the Quintessentially Russian Cities of Vladimir & Suzdal

After breakfast arrive in Vladimir 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 11 - Moscow

Arrive in Russia’s Capital & Start Exploring This Vast City

Arrival in Moscow. 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. In the evening, take a guided walk to discover the magic of Moscow’s legendary Red Square and enjoy its stunning illuminations.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - Depart Moscow

Depart Russia or Continue With Us to St Petersburg

Moscow marks the end of your memorable journey and the time has come to head to the airport. We accompany you to the airport and bid you bon voyage.

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

Westbound 2020: Starts Ulaanbaatar 2nd March 2020 and finishes Moscow 13th 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.

2021 Prices & Dates

Westbound 2021: Starts Ulaanbaatar 22nd February 2021 and finishes Moscow 5th March 2021 – E / F / D

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

CATEGORY V – BOLSHOI PLATINUM

£ 9,770 per person or £ 15,160 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

£ 6,145 per person or £ 9,255 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 £6,820 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

CATEGORY I – STANDARD CLASS

£ 3,270 per person based on 4 people sharing a cabin. If there are 3 people in a 4 berth cabin then the price is £ 4,170 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)

7 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 post tour

Tsars Gold St Petersburg Post-Tour Itinerary

We highly recommend adding in St Petersburg at the end of this 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 finishing 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 - Moscow to St Petersburg

Sapsan Train to Beautiful St Petersburg

After the final city tour in Moscow a transfer to the train station. Travel comfortably by high speed Sapsan train to the beautiful city of St Petersburg reached in just 4 hours. Transfer on arrival to your hotel, dinner and free time for the rest of the day.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

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.

Depart St Petersburg

Peter Paul Fortress & Departure Transfer

For your final 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 airport for your flight back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

What is included?

3 hotel nights in a upper middle class hotel – usually the Rossi Hotel 4*.

 Scheduled train journey ticket Moscow to St Petersburg.

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 pre tour

Tsars Gold China Pre-Tour Itinerary

China is a logical place to start this trip if you have the time and we would highly recommend seeing more of this fascinating destination. 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 £ 2,320 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 Shanghai

Arrival in Shanghai With Time to Relax at the Hotel After Your Flight

Welcome to Shanghai, China’s exciting and futuristic financial capital and living testament to China’s phenomenal growth. Your guide will greet you at the airport with a transfer by private car to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax from the long flight or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised and exclusive Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip. The area around your centrally located hotel is perfect for an introductory walk.

Meals Included: None Today.

Day 2 - Shanghai to Xian

Full Day Tour of Shanghai & Flight to Xian

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.

Transfer on to the airport for a flight to Xian. Arrival in Xian, the once golden city of Emperors, soldiers, arts, culture and the capital of the prosperous Tang Dynasty. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel to overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 3 - Xian

Full Day Tour in Xian & Tang Dynasty Show

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. Finish the day with a trip to the lavish Tang Dynasty show including dinner and transfers.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch &  Dinner.

Day 4 - Xian to Beijing

Bullet Train to Beijing

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 Beijing through an ancient rural landscape. Late afternoon arrival in China’s cultural and political capital of Beijing with it’s extraordinary blend of ancient and modern sights. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 5 - 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 6 - Beijing

Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Today you will see the main highlights of Beijing starting with the Temple of Heaven, considered by many to be the most beautiful building in China. On to vast Tiananmen Square, home to the Mao Mausoleum (it may be possible to visit if open) and Monument to the People’s Heroes before walking to the huge 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 a small and ancient garden by the north gate.

The last stop today is at the Summer Palace to the west of Beijing. Dominated by Kunming lake it is as popular an escape from the city for todays Beijingers as it was for the Imperial court over the centuries.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free or just ask us for suggestions of shows or cultural activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 7 - Depart Beijing

Train Journey Up to the China Mongolia Border

Morning transfer to the station to catch your first train in to Mongolia. Pass through Beijing’s suburbs before entering the grasslands of inner Mongolia, an expansive land of villages and farms. Evening arrival at the China-Mongolia border at Erlian. Here the carriages are raised up (with you still in them!) and the new bogies of the Mongolian gauge fitted making for a unique experience. Once completed the train continues across the border to the Mongolian town of Zamyn-Ude for the Mongolian immigration formalities. By this time it is late in the night as you continue your journey under darkness through the Gobi desert.

Meals Included: Breakfast box if requested the day before.

Day 8 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar Arrival to join the Tsars Gold Tour

If you wake up early this morning you will find yourself in the heart of Mongolia’s stoney Gobi desert. Keep your eyes peeled for camels! Gradually the landscape changes from desert to grassland as you approach Ulaanbaatar arriving early afternoon. Outside of the chaotic capital of Ulaanbaatar this is a land of endless grassland, deserts, pristine lakes and nomads whose way of life has changed little over the years offering a truly rewarding travel experiences. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar to join your Tsars Gold Tour.

Meals Included: None Today.

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.

  Economy class flight from Shanghai to Xian, First class Bullet Train to Xian & First train cabin Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

Visa support documents required for the visa.

  All transfers as per itinerary.

Private tours of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing as described.

  Tang Dynasty Show with dinner in Xian and Dadong Peking Duck Dinner in Beijing

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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