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Imperial Russia Train
From Moscow via Lake Baikal through Mongolia and on to Beijing
15 Days

ITINERARY

15 Days: Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Trans-Siberia, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Terelj National Park, Erlian, Beijing

Tour Overview:
A journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad is one of the last great travel adventures in our world. Set this dream of a lifetime on the tracks with the “Imperial Russia” Train and experience Russia, Mongolia and China in the safest, most comfortable and fascinating manner. The historic route between Moscow, Lake Baikal and Beijing is the heart of all travel experiences. The exciting days of your journey are delivering three of the world’s largest countries directly to your compartment. Lean back to enjoy the dramatic changes of scenery and savour a choice of Europe’s and Asia’s most superb and splendid landscapes!

Day 1: Welcome to Moscow

Arrival in Moscow, meet and greet at the airport, transfer from airport to Hotel Baltschug Kempinski***** (or similar), check-in


Day 2: Moscow, Boarding “Imperial Russia” Train

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Moscow including Cathedral of Christ the Savior and view of Moscow on the Lenin Hills, Moscow University and other historical sites, enjoy tour of Moscow Metro. After lunch at a city restaurant, you will explore the Red Square, the very heart of Moscow, with picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral, visit the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world, the former residence of the Russian Tsars. Enjoy some time in down town strolling along the ancient Arbat Street with its numerous cafes and souvenir shops. In the evening you are welcome onboard the «Imperial Russia» Train, enjoy dinner onboard and get to know your travel companions


Day 3: Kazan

Breakfast on board, in the morning arrival in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, city tour to explore the Old Kazan, visit to the Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) with its wonderful panoramic view over the Volga River and enjoy the folklore program that will give you an insight into the Tatar national epic. You will taste local cuisine during lunch including a cooking master class revealing the secrets of Tatar cuisine. Later this afternoon you board the train and continue the trip. Dinner onboard


Day 4: Yekaterinburg

Breakfast on board, arrival in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals, city tour dedicated to the family of the last Russian Tsar and their last days. During the tour you will visit the memorial Church on the Blood to commemorate the tragic events that took place in the city. After lunch in downtown you will visit the memorial that marks the borderline between Europe and Asia, you will have an opportunity to be in both continents at the same time. In the evening you board the train and continue the trip. Tonight enjoy dinner onboard.


Day 5: Novosibirsk

Breakfast on board, arrival in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, the city tour will start at the railway station with the visit to the local Railway Museum dedicated to the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. After lunch at a city restaurant the tour will continue on the embankment of the Ob River, main squares and ancient streets of the city. The Ballet and Opera House will impress you with its monumental architecture, it is known as the biggest theater building in the country. Board the train and enjoy dinner onboard.


Day 6: Trans-Siberia

The train crosses the wide Yenisei River and rolls on through Siberia. Today enjoy your stay and various activities onboard. The train passes by villages with their typical wooden houses and through the birch forests, enjoy the relaxing day in anticipation of the next stop. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board.


Day 7: Irkutsk

Breakfast on board, today the train arrives in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia. The city has preserved quite a few of historical buildings and monuments. During the city tour you will see the picturesque wooden houses, visit the Decembrists’ Museum that will unfold the story of failed uprising of Russian aristocrats who were exiled to Irkutsk. Lunch at a city restaurant, in the afternoon an excursion to Open-air Museum Taltsy, located in the picturesque place on the bank of the Angara River, focusing on life and work in historical Siberia, spend some free time strolling through Irkutskaya Sloboda. Dinner at a city restaurant. In the evening board the train.


Day 8: Lake Baikal

Arrival in Port Baikal. After breakfast you board a motor ship to sail to Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the deepest Lake in the world that contains the fifth part of the Earth’s fresh water. You will visit the unique Baikal Museum dedicated to flora and fauna of the lake, the observation point at the Chersky Stone with a stunning view on the lake and the Angara River. After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the fish and souvenir market. Return to Port Baikal, the journey continues along the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway along the shore of Lake Baikal. You will enjoy barbeque dinner on the shore of the lake


Day 9: Ulan-Ude

Breakfast on board, today the train stops in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. A special spiritual experience is a visit to an active Datsan during the city tour, reception in a traditional Buryat yurt with local welcome, you learn how to cook traditional “pozy”, play dice, wear traditional costume and enjoy colorful and spectacular folklore program of the Buryats’ culture. In the evening board the train to continue the voyage. Dinner on board.


Day 10: Ulaanbaatar, Terelj National Park

Breakfast on board, in the morning you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. During the city tour you will visit the Sukhe Bator Square and Zaisan, then drive to Terelj National Park where you will be introduced to the nomadic way of life of many Mongolians today. Lunch at the Ger Camp, tour of the National Park including visit to the Turtle Rock, hiking tour to the top of the hill to have a wonderful view. Traditional Mongolian dinner and overnight in the Ger camp.


Day 11: Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast you travel back to Ulaanbaatar to explore this historic city. You will visit the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khaan Winter Palace and the National Museum of History. After BBQ lunch at a local restaurant you enjoy a stunning Mongolian cultural performance and the famous throat singing. In the evening you are welcome back onboard the train to continue the trip towards China. Dinner onboard.


Day 12: Crossing The Gobi Desert, Erlian

Breakfast on board. The train pulls towards the Chinese border through the Gobi Desert. Erlian, the border town, is a military post and the greatest hub for Chinese-Mongolian cross border trade. Due to the different track gauges the «Imperial Russia» Train cannot continue towards Beijing. You will board the comfortable Chinese charter train, which will bring you to the capital of China. Lunch and dinner on board.


Day 13: Welcome to Beijing

Breakfast on board, arrival in Beijing. During the city tour you will visit the Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911, the Hutongs and Tiananmen Square which has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history, the world’s largest city square and an enduring symbol of China’s national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), the Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Lunch at a city restaurant. In the afternoon check-in at Hotel Regent Beijing***** (or similar). Traditional Beijing duck dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 14: Beijing, The Great Wall Of China

Breakfast at hotel, city tour including visit to the Great Wall of China, a powerful symbol of ancient Chinese civilization, the eighth wonder of the world. It took more than one million people and ten years to build the Great Wall of China, designed as a defensive structure. You can walk along the wall, through the watchtowers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. Lunch at a city restaurant. In the afternoon visit to the Summer Palace. Dinner at a city restaurant.


Day 15: Departure from Beijing

Breakfast at hotel, transfer from hotel to the airport, end of the trip.


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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 9 x nights onboard the “Imperial Russia” Train in Russia and Mongolia, 1 x night onboard the Chinese train in China.
  • 1 x night at 5-star hotel in Moscow, 2 x nights at 5-star hotel in Beijing, 1 x night at Ger Camp at Terelj National Park in Mongolia (VIP and Business class passengers stay in gers with private facilities, First Plus class and First class passengers stay in gers with shared facilities)
  • Transfer to/ from hotels and train stations, transfer to/ from the airport (in Moscow and Beijing)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations
  • Informative lectures on Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited
  • Doctor on board
  • English speaking Group Leader and Tour Managers

Exclusions:

  • Flights, fees for visas, all drinks ordered in the bar on board, tips and own expenses, insurance (medical insurance is obligatory for the whole tour)

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