Tsars Gold Trans-Siberian China, Mongolia, Russia
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Fay says, "The Club is delighted to add the Tsar's Gold to our collection of Trans-Siberian adventures. Featuring spacious caompartments with private bathrooms, excellent service and exciting excursions, Tsar's Gold is a worthy companion to both the Golden Eagle and The Imperial Russia."
Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian
Category V – Bolshoi Platinum. This compartment measures 7.15 m² / 77 sq. ft. The lower bed is 120×184 cm / 47.2×72.4 ins, the upper bed 82×174 cm / 32.3×68.5 ins. There is spacious clothes storage and own lavatory outfitted with a separate shower cabin. This category has the highest level of comfort available on the Trans-Siberian Railway (other than the Golden Eagle's Imperial Suite and private rail cars) with only 5 suites per carriage (10 passengers).
Category IV – Bolshoi. This compartment is 5.57 m² / 60 sq. ft. It has bunk beds (Pullman style); the lower bed is 110×187 cm / 43.3×73.6 in., the upper bed 80× 176 cms / 31.5×69.3 in. This compartment also offers comfortable seating, a generous-sized table and a small clothes cupboard. The Bolshoi category has its own bathroom equipped with a toilet, wash basin and integrated shower. There are just 6 compartments.
Dining Cars. There are 4 dining cars, one with a bar service available.
TSAR'S GOLD MOSCOW TO BEIJING
Moscow, Lake Baikal, Beijing and reverse
Reverse itinerary - Beijing to Moscow - is here
Day 1. Welcome to Moscow. Following being met at the airport and transferred to the InterContinental Tverskaya hotel (or similar), join the guided “City of Lights” tour of Moscow, a metropolitan city that is on a par with Paris and Madrid. Stroll across the famous Red Square, followed by a short trip on the underground to view several of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations, before dinner.
Day 2. Moscow. After breakfast there is a detailed tour of Moscow, including the imposing grounds of the Kremlin and its magnificent cathedral from tsarist times. Later join the train and settle into you cabin before departure and dinner on board.
Day 3. Kazan. A morning arrival in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, allows one a tour of the Kazan Kremlin with its wonderful panoramic view over the Volga. Learn here about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tartars, the Cossacks and the Russians. Train resumes its journey eastwards in the evening.
Day 4. Yekaterinburg. Around noon the train arrives in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is remembered as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. Visit both the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 in commemoration of that tragic historic event and the city centre. Back on board the journey continues through the vast steppes of western Siberia.
Day 5. Novosibirsk. Arrival in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, allows one to experience the traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt. A city tour allows one to experience the most Soviet of all cities, along with the enormous Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River.
Day 6. Trans-Siberia. Crossing the wide Yenisei River and travelling through Siberia, one can indulge in Russian specialties within a “tsar’s feast”. Vodka tasting accompanied by Russian snacks entertain one as the train passes by villages with their typical wooden houses and through birch forests set against a background of impressive mountainscapes.
Day 7. Irkutsk. Upon arrival in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times, there is a city tour where one sees the picturesque Siberian wooden houses and a memorial to Tsar Alexander III (the initiator of the Tran-Siberian Railway). After lunch visit the open-air museum that focuses on life and work in historical Siberia. Rejoin the train.
Day 8. Lake Baikal. A bus takes us to Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of non-frozen freshwater in the world. Take a boat trip across the lake’s deep waters to Port Baikal, to rejoin the train which then takes several hours travelling alongside Lake Baikal, on the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. A stop for several hours at a particularly scenic spot allows one to enjoy the majestic calm of this unique natural wonder. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal, weather permitting. Return to the train for the night as it remains beside the Lake
Day 9. Ulan Ude to Mongolia. The next morning the journey continues along the banks of the seemingly endless Lake Baikal, then through the splendid Selenga Valley and into the wild solitude of eastern Siberia’s mountainous steppes. A tour of Ulan Ude. Border formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border are carried out on board.
Day 10. Ulan Bator. Travelling through central Mongolia’s spectacular scenery, set in a mountain landscape dotted with colourful yurt camps and inhabited by solitary riders on horseback, the train arrives in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. (Large luggage is left safely in your compartment). A city tour takes one to the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the odd Choijin Lama Temple, among other things. Beer gardens are very popular in Mongolia as you will discover in the evening. Afterwards there is a unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, national costumes, and dances (tickets are €14/ $ 15, to be paid on site). Transfer to the Ramada hotel or similar.
Day 11. Ulan Bator and the Mongolian Alps. After breakfast take a bus to Terelj National Park, east of Ulan Bator. Here are the nomadic herdsmen’s exotic settlements of traditional tents, horse herds and scraggly yaks, a type of wild Tibetan cattle. There is a Mongolian horse-riding demonstration and a picnic lunch served in these splendid surroundings. In the evening you continue on aboard your train towards China.
Day 12. Crossing the Gobi Desert. Upon arrival around noon at the Mongolian-Chinese border, you transfer to the chartered Chinese train. The Russian train cannot continue Travelling through the night, the train reaches the Chinese capital. The Chinese train does not include wagons in the Nostalgic Comfort or Bolshoi categories.
Day 13. Beijing. The hustle and bustle of Beijing greets you as you transfer to your hotel. Free time.
Day 14. Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. A guided tour takes you to Beijing’s most beautiful and important sights, including the photogenic Temple of Heaven with its park, the huge Tiananmen Square, some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the new “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several futuristic sky scrapers. In the afternoon, you are able to enter the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace.
Day 15. The Great Wall of China and Peking Duck. The guided tour today takes you to the Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world. The giant wall extends for more than 6000 km through the countryside. On the way you visit a pearl cultivation farm and the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, with its impressive Spirit Way. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner of world-renowned Peking Duck.
Day 16. Departure from Beijing for home. After breakfast, transfers to the airport.
Dates and Prices 2019
Moscow to Beijing (16 days): 2019: *May 4. June 1,27. July 20. August 15. September 7
Beijing to Moscow (15 days): 2019: *May 12. June 9. July 5,28. August 23. September 15
*May - Reduction of €180.
Dates and Prices 2020
Moscow to Beijing (16 days): 2020: *May 9. June 6. *July 2,25. August 20. *September 12
Beijing to Moscow (15 days): 2020: *May 12. June 9. July 5,28. August 23. September 15
*May - Reduction of €180. July/September discounted Bolshoi rates.
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