Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian | Branded Rail Tour to Russia
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Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian

Tour rating: 4.9 / 5, Based on 366 Reviews
Tourist trains to Russia, Mongolia, China

The Tsar's Gold private rail tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Beginning in Moscow, you get to explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, see breathtaking Lake Baikal, experience genuine Mongolia, and discover the best of Chinese heritage in Beijing. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, complimentary Russian visa processing, magnificent landscapes and premium comfort on board the train.

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian

16 days6 cities
RussiaMongoliaChina3 countries
Tourist trains to Russia, Mongolia, China
From
$9,330
Tour rating: 4.9 / 5, Based on 366 Reviews

The Tsar's Gold private rail tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Beginning in Moscow, you get to explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, see breathtaking Lake Baikal, experience genuine Mongolia, and discover the best of Chinese heritage in Beijing. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, complimentary Russian visa processing, magnificent landscapes and premium comfort on board the train.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow & City Tour
Transfer
City tour

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

Later you are invited to 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.

Dinner is included.

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Day 2
Visit to the Kremlin
City tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet your guide who takes you 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. 

In the evening you are transferred to the railway station to board your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train and start your voyage across Eurasia. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Located on a picturesque 18th-century street not far from the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, this remarkable 4-star hotel offers a great combination of charm and quality.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

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Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Today your unforgettable Trans-Siberian rail experience on the Tsar's Gold train starts as you make your way from the capital of Moscow to the gem of Tatarstan, Kazan. Relax and take in the views of the Russian countryside.

Kazan

second destination
1 day in each city
Detailed itinerary
5 nights on board the train
Day 3
Kazan City Tour
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.

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Day 4
Ekaterinburg City Tour
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 through the vast steppes of Western Siberia.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 5
Novosibirsk City Tour
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.

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Day 6
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train. This is a great chance to enjoy fantastic sceneries 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.

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Tsar's Gold Train
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Meet the Tsar’s Gold - a private Trans-Siberian train famous for its attentive service, opulent dining menu, spacious and comfortable compartments and facilities to cater to every need.

Welcome to Kazan

As the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan is a glorious city that represents Russia's Tsarist past. With complex palaces, towering churches, and a thriving cultural scene, Kazan is a pure Russian city with incredible beauty and heart.

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Kazan
Irkutsk
2d 20h

Board a comfortable train and make your way through the world-famous Trans-Siberian railway, making stops to explore Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and arriving at the gem nearby the scenic Lake Baikal, Irkutsk.

Irkutsk

third destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Irkutsk City Tour
City tour
Day tour

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

During your guided city tour you see some classic Siberian wooden cottages, 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.

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Day 8
Visit to Lake Baikal
Day tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet your guide who takes you to the nearby Listvyanka village to explore a famous Lake Baikal that is the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia. 

You 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 most 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.

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Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
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The elegant hotel Marriott Courtyard is located in the city center of Irkutsk just near the embankment. Guests are welcome to stay in modern rooms equipped with modern facilities.

Welcome to Irkutsk

Irkutsk - the former residence of exiled artists and nobles is a real architectural and cultural treat.

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Irkutsk
Ulan-Ude
7 hrs 30 min

Reboard your Russian Trans-Siberian train and continue to the one-of-a-kind Buryatia region. This part of the route is known for its panoramas as the train makes its way along the shores of Lake Baikal.

Ulan-Ude

fourth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night on board the train
Day 9
Ulan Ude City Tour
City tour

Today your train takes you along a different part of the shore of the beautiful Lake Baikal to the magnificent Selenga River valley, passing wild mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia.

On its way to the Mongolian border, the train stops in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. 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 toward the Russian-Mongolian border.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Tsar's Gold Train
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Meet the Tsar’s Gold - a private Trans-Siberian train famous for its attentive service, opulent dining menu, spacious and comfortable compartments and facilities to cater to every need.

Welcome to Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude was founded in 1666 and due to its location on trade routes between Russia, China and Mongolia it developed into a prosperous trading town.

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Ulan-Ude
Ulan Bator
15 hrs 10 min

You spend 15 hours on a comfortable train from Ulan-Ude to Ulan Bator, having rest in your cabin and marveling at the panoramas passing by the window.

Ulan Bator

fifth destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Ulan Bator City Tour
City tour
Museum

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 your guide shows you the best beer garden in the city, so that you could enjoy a peaceful evening in a company of your fellow-travelers. Afterwards, 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.

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Day 11
Trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Day tour

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 towards the Mongolian-Chinese border.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 12
Changing Trains in Erlian

Today you arrive in Erlian - the border town between Mongolia and China. Here you say farewell to your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train and board a traditional Chinese train that takes you to Beijing.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulan Bator
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The luxurious Best Western Premier boasts an amazing central location, just near the State Government House, Sukhbaatar Square and National Museum of Mongolian History. The property provides elegant air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, 3 on-site restaurants, great spa and fitness facilities, and even a nightclub.

Welcome to Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator, meaning "Red Hero," is the capital of Mongolia. With a population of around 1.2 million, it is also the largest city in the country.

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Ulan Bator
Beijing
1 d 7 hrs

Today you board a Chinese train in Erlian and start your journey to the gorgeous capital city of China, Beijing. Delve into the beautiful countryside sceneries from the window of the train, relaxing in your train compartment.

Beijing

sixth destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Arrival in Beijing
Transfer

After observing impressive scenes of Chinese rural life, parts of the Great Wall of China and magnificent river valleys where fields are still cultivated and harvested by hand, you finally arrive in the capital of China - Beijing!

Upon arrival your driver meets you at the railway station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is free. 

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 14
Beijing Sightseeing Tour
City tour

After breakfast 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 enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties - the Forbidden City. You explore its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples.

Following lunch, you visit the fantastic ensemble of lakes, gardens and imperial buildings - the Summer Palace, and take a walk at the famous Silk Store, where you can buy some traditional Chinese souvenirs and various silk products.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 15
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs
Day tour

Following breakfast you enjoy a wonderful guided tour of the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China, to see one of its best-preserved and unique sections that has less tourists - the Mutianyu Great Wall.

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.

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Day 16
Departure from Beijing
Transfer

This is the final day of your fantastic Tsar's Gold train tour! Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and 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.

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4-star hotel
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Stay at the remarkable centrally-located 4-star hotel that offers high-quality service and all amenities necessary for a nice vacation.

Welcome to Beijing

Beijing is a wonderful mix of China's numerous cultures and historical periods and a one-of-a-kind capital.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in Moscow (1 night), Irkutsk (1 night), Ulan Bator (1 night) and Beijing (3 nights);
  • 8 nights on board the Tsar's Gold train, 1 night on board a traditional Chinese train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Full Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (not required for US and Canadian citizens). Full Chinese* visa processing service for US, 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;
  • 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;
  • Support line 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.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses. Chinese visa processing service for Canadian passport holders.

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Tour Highlights

  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Ulan Bator, and Beijing
  • Day trip to Lake Baikal, the Siberian gem
  • Mongolian horseback riding show in the Mongolian Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
  • Trip to the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble, the Mongolian tugrik in Mongolia, and the Chinese Yuan in China. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major Russian sights on foot.
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