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Welcome to the legendary Grand Trans-Siberian Express

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Grand Train-SIberain Express

Route Map

Experience the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and the Trans-Mongolian Railway on board a private charter train. Forget about any hassle of packing and unpacking every day. Your cabin is your “home on wheels” during the entire rail cruise journey.

Our train offers a choice of 4 accommodation categories from Economy to Deluxe as well as a restaurant, a bar and a conference area for lectures. Stops for land excursions at the most interesting places along the route are included every day. In selected cities like Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk near Lake Baikal and Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, hotel nights in international managed **** hotels are included, allowing you more time to explore these places and enjoy a relaxed journey. The journey may be booked either eastbound, starting in Moscow, or westbound, starting in Beijing. Hotel nights in Moscow and in Beijing in ****/***** star hotels are included as well.

Our rail cruises offer you the possibility to experience remote areas of the world like Siberia, Lake Baikal and Mongolia and at the same time enjoy the comfort which is possible only on board of a private charter train.

One of the world’s greatest travel experiences.

8000 km transcontinental rail journey between Europe and Asia by private train.

The Trans Siberian Railway is the World’s longest railway line, connecting Moscow and Vladivostok as well as 2 continents – Europa and Asia. The Trans Mongolian Railway diverts in Ulan Ude and crosses Mongolia into China.

Onboard the private Grand Trans Siberian Express guests enjoy a journey of a lifetime. A rail curise between Moscow and Peking on our private train includes sightseeing stops in world metropoles as well as in rarely visited places.

Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Gobi Desert and Beijing are visited on the route between Moscow and Beijing.

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Moscow

The Journey Begins

About The Trans-Siberian 

Grand Trans-Siberian Journey Highlights

* Moscow, most vibrant and fast developing metropolitan city of Europe

* Kremlin, the centre of power in Russia

* Yekaterinburg, capital of Ural mountains

* Siberia, a huge land of extreme dimensions

* Boat cruise on Siberia’s mighty River Yenissei or Ob

* Private classical concert in a wooden palace in Irkutsk

* Lake Baikal, deepest lake and biggest freshwater  reserve of the world

* Amazing Mongolian steppes, yurts and horses

* Cultural show of Mongolian artists

* Special Naadam show of Mongolian horse racing, wrestling, archery

* Beijing, Chinese capital and the heart of the Central Kingdom

* Great Wall of China, part of World Heritage

Grand Trans-Siberian Private Train Advantages

* A choice of 4 different categories of sleeping accommodation from Economy to Deluxe

* Possibility of guaranteed double and single accommodation throughout the tour

* All sleeping cars are newly build or reconstructed after 2008, equipped with modern vacuum toilets

* Modern Deluxe Silver and Deluxe Gold sleeping cars with private lavatory, toilet and shower en suite

* Beautifully decorated restaurant cars

* A cosy bar with live piano music in the evening

* Conference area for lectures and on board entertainment

* Daily shower guaranteed for travellers of all categories

* Daily stopovers for sightseeing

* European management

* Travel in style, safety and comfort

Sightseeing Places

Russia  

  • Moscow
  • Yekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Krasnoyarsk
  • Irkutsk
  • Lake Baikal
  • Ulan-Ude

Mongolia

  • Ulaanbaatar

China

  • Beijing

Your Tour Guides

A 3-level tour management system with a  multilingual team

* European Tour Director

* Russian Tour Escorts Moscow-Beijing or v.v.

* Local Tour Guide in each city

4 Star/5 Star Hotels (Examples)

Moscow           Hilton *****

Yekaterinburg   Doubletree by Hilton ****

Novosibirsk      Doubletree by Hilton ****

Irkutsk            Courtyard Marriott ****

Ulaanbaatar      Ramada  or similar ****

Beijing             Renaissance *****

Meals

Daily change of local specialties of Russia,

Mongolia and China

* in specially selected local restaurants or

* in the restaurants on board the private train

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Ulanbaatar

Accomodation

Between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar or vice versa you travel on board the private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 There are 4 categories of accommodation on the Grand Trans-Siberian Express:

Standard Economy          3 or 4 persons per cabin

Standard Plus                 1 or 2 persons per cabin

Deluxe Silver                  1 or 2 persons per cabin, private shower and toilet en suite

Deluxe Gold                    1 or 2 persons per cabin, private shower and toilet en suite

In order to realize optimal timings on the heavily used Trans-Siberian railway line, our private train on some sections will be attached to regular scheduled trains, on some other sections will be hauled by its own locomotive.

 Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa there are 2 travel options:

 Option 1: for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities.

The flight between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa by modern Boeing 737 aircraft takes only 2 hours and allows to see more sightseeing highlights in both cities, e.g. the National Historical Museum in Ulaanbaatar and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

 Option 2: for train enthusiasts who wish to travel by train throughout

The train journey on board chartered sleeping cars of a regular train takes about 30 hours (1 night). Only Standard Economy and Standard Plus accommodation is available on this section. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air conditioned.

Prices for 2016 - 2017 Moscow – Beijing

Tour Option 1

private train Moscow – Ulaanbaatar, flight Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

16 days/15 nights

All rates in EURO, per person

Category

 

Standard Economy Standard Economy Standard Plus Deluxe Silver Deluxe Gold
Passengers per cabin 4 3 2 2 2
Price per person EUR 4.470 5.390 6.590 10.470 12.670
Single Supplement Train & Hotel n/a n/a 2.670 5.820 6.920
High Season Supplement Tours 3A, 4A 160 160 160 160 160

Services included in the tour price

6 nights accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Moscow – Ulaanbaatar in the category booked

Flight Ulaanbaatar-Beijing by Mongolian Airlines MIAT in Economy Class, 20 kg checked-in luggage

1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Novosibirsk

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

2 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

3 nights accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 16

Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan-Ude for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

Transfers shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow and Beijing on day 1 and day 16

Sightseeing tours in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing

Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

Private classic concert in Irkutsk

Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

English, Spanish, Portuguese speaking tour escorts (other languages on request)

English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

Services Not Included

– Flights to Moscow and from Beijing                            

– Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

Optional Booking: Available for maximum 1 month

Minimum number of tour participants: 80 persons on board the charter private train

Payment Conditions

Deposit                  At the time of booking

Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus     EUR   750 per person

Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold              EUR 1.500 per person

Balance                 60 days before departure

Cancellation Conditions

Up to 91 days before the tour     Deposit

90-61 days before the tour              25 %

60-31 days before the tour              50 %

30-15 days before the tour              75 %

14-01 days before the tour              90 %

No Show                                      100%

Tour Option 2

private train Moscow – Ulaanbaatar, scheduled train Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

16 days/15 nights

All rates in EURO per person

Category Standard Economy Standard Economy Standard Plus Deluxe Silver Deluxe Gold
Passengers per cabin 4 3 2 2 2
Price per person EUR 4.380 5.350 6.660 10.540 12.740
Single Supplement Train & Hotel n/a n/a 2.670 5.820 6.920
High Season Supplement Tours 3A, 4A 160 160 160 160 160

 

Services included in the tour price

6 nights accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Moscow – Ulaanbaatar in the category booked

1 night accommodation on board chartered standard sleeping cars on the regular train Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Novosibirsk

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

2 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

2 nights  accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 16

Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan-Ude for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow and Beijing on day 1 and day 16

Sightseeing tours in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing

Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

Private classic concert in Irkutsk

Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

English, Spanish, Portuguese speaking tour escorts (other languages on request)

English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

Services Not Included

– Flights to Moscow and from Beijing             

– Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

Optional Booking: Available for maximum 1 month

Minimum number of tour participants: 80 persons on board the charter private train

Payment Conditions

Deposit                  At the time of booking

Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus              EUR   750 per person

Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold                       EUR 1.500 per person

Balance                  60 days before departure

Cancellation Conditions

Up to 91 days before the tour     Deposit

90-61 days before the tour              25 %

60-31 days before the tour              50 %

30-15 days before the tour              75 %

14-01 days before the tour              90 %

No Show                                      100%

Prices for 2016 - 2017 Beijing-Moscow

Tour Option 1

Flight Beijing – Ulaanbaatar, private train Ulaanbaatar – Moscow

15 days, 14 nights

All Rates are in EURO, per person

Category Standard Economy Standard Economy Standard Plus Deluxe Silver

 

Deluxe Gold
Passengers per cabin 4 3 2 2 2
Price per person EUR 4.370 5.270 6.390 10.270 12.470
Single Supplement Train & Hotel n/a n/a 2.560 5.710 6.810
Supplement High Season Tours 3B, 4B 160 160 160 160 160

Services included in the tour price:

6 nights’ accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Ulaanbaatar – Moscow in the category booked

Flight Beijing – Ulaanbaatar by Mongolian Airlines MIAT in Economy Class, 20 kg checked-in luggage

2 nights’ accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

3 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 16

Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Ulan-Ude, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow and Beijing on day 1 and day 16

Sightseeing tours in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan-Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow

Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

Private classic concert in Irkutsk

Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese speaking tour escorts (other languages on request)

English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

Services Not Included

– Flights to Beijing and from Moscow             

– Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

Optional Booking: Available for maximum 1 month

Minimum number of tour participants: 80 persons on board the private train

Payment Conditions

Deposit                  At the time of booking

Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus              EUR   750 per person

Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold                       EUR 1.500 per person

Balance                  60 days before departure

 

Cancellation Conditions

Up to 91 days before the tour     Deposit

90-61 days before the tour              25 %

60-31 days before the tour              50 %

30-15 days before the tour              75 %

14-01 days before the tour              90 %

No Show                                     100%

Tour Option 2

Beijing – Ulaanbaatar by scheduled train, pruvate train Ulaanbaatar – Moscow

15 days, 14 nights

All Rates are in EURO, per person

Category

 

Standard Economy Standard Economy Standard Plus Deluxe Silver Deluxe Gold
Passengers per cabin 4 3 2 2 2
Price per person EUR 4.280 5.320 6.460 10.340 12.540
Single Supplement Train & Hotel n/a n/a 2.560 5.710 6.810
High Season Supplement Tours 3B, 4B 160 160 160 160 160

Services included in the tour price:

6 nights accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Ulaanbaatar – Moscow in the category booked

1 night accommodation on board the regular train Beijing – Ulaanbaatar in Standard Economy or Standard Plus

2 nights accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

2 night accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 16

Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Ulan-Ude, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow and Beijing on day 1 and day 16

Sightseeing tours in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan-Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow

Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

Private classic concert in Irkutsk

Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese speaking tour escorts (other languages on request)

English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

Services Not Included

– Flights to Beijing and from Moscow             

– Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

Optional Booking: Available for maximum 1 month

Minimum number of tour participants: 80 persons on board the private train

Payment Conditions

Deposit                  At the time of booking

Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus              EUR   750 per person

Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold                       EUR 1.500 per person

Balance                  60 days before departure

Cancellation Conditions

Up to 91 days before the tour     Deposit

90-61 days before the tour              25 %

60-31 days before the tour              50 %

30-15 days before the tour              75 %

14-01 days before the tour              90 %

No Show                                      100%

GTSE Itinerary

Russia – Mongolia – China (eastbound)

Moscow – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Ulan Ude – Ulaanbaatar – Beijing 

Day 1              Arrival Moscow

Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at Moscow airport and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Moscow.

Day 2              Moscow

A full day sightseeing tour shows you the magnificent Red Square, the Kremlin grounds and other highlights of Moscow. You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, full of life, comparable to Paris or Rome. In the afternoon transfer to the railway station where your private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express is ready for you to board for the first leg of the almost 8000 km long journey to Beijing. Welcome dinner and accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 3              Full day on the train

Today you enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements, followed by the Ural Mountains. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures about Russia and its people. In the evening you arrive in Yekaterinburg, the “Capital of the Ural Mountains”.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Yekaterinburg.

Day 4              Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg – “Capital of the Ural Mountains”. The city was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the center of metallurgical industry. By the 20th century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centers of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia.

In the morning a sightseeing tour shows you the city center and you visit a place of remarkable importance for Russian history: the “Cathedral on The Blood” which was built at the place where Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

In the afternoon an excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a “holy place”. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990’s to honor the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were buried in Ganina Yama.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 5              Novosibirsk

Again an almost full day of relaxation and lectures on the train, today you are passing through the plains of Western Siberia and reach Novosibirsk in the late afternoon. With 1,5 million inhabitants Russia’s third largest city and the biggest of Siberia, it is widely regarded as the centre of Siberia. It was founded in 1893 as the future site of the Trans-Siberian railway bridge crossing the Siberian River Ob.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Novosibirsk.

Day 6              Novosibirsk

In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period, and you see the famous Opera House which is the largest of Russia, situated in the centre of the city at Lenin Square. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city into the Taiga, the “real Siberian forest”. About 30 km out of the city  you have the opportunity of visiting the largest open air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars – a perfect insight into the development of the trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway. On a boat tour on the River Ob you cruise under the mighty railway bridge of the Trans-Siberian railway.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 7              Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times – closed to foreigners and also to most Soviet citizens at that time. It is located along the Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. A sightseeing tour shows you several view points and the main shopping street which is fascinating as the local mayor decided to decorate it with palm trees in summer time – in the middle of Siberia!

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 8              Irkutsk

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful life style during the time of the Tsars. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a palace of historical background.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Irkutsk.

Day 9              Lake Baikal

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest fresh water reserves in the world. It stretches up to 26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake of the world, reaching 1.620 meters at its deepest part. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake, you will never forget.

In the morning a one hour bus drive takes you from the hotel to Lake Baikal. A walk through the village of Listvyanka shows you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautifully renovated in the 1990’s. On a great Siberian lunch you can taste the famous Omul fish which lives only in Lake Baikal. In the afternoon a boat takes you on a short cruise on Lake Baikal to the small village of Port Baikal where the private train is waiting for you.

Today the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years has been used only by a few of local trains and tourist trains. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and also visit the typical wooden houses of local people. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 10                        Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures and religions. Ulan-Ude is a meeting place between East and West. Like Irkutsk, the city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses. Your sightseeing excursion goes to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practising their live like people did it centuries ago. You will be hosted for a typical Russian homemade lunch.

When leaving Ulan-Ude, the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans-Siberian mainline to the Trans Mongolian mainline on its way to Ulaanbaatar. In the evening the train reaches the Russian border station Naushki and the Mongolian border station Sukhbaatar. Russian and Mongolian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your compartment and don’t have to leave the train.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 11            Ulaanbaatar

In the morning the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. During a sightseeing tour you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the central Sukhabaatar Square, the Bogd Khan Museum which used to be formerly the winter and sometimes also the summer palace of the Khans’, as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements. An amazing cultural music and dance show will introduce Mongolian folk music and culture to you. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 12            Ulaanbaatar

Today an unforgettable excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. A stone formation called the “turtle” and the beautiful mountainous scenery will fascinate you. In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt. A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 13 & 14   Ulaanbaatar & Beijing

On days 13 and 14 you have the choice between 2 options.

Option 1 is designed for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities.
You stay another day in Ulaanbaatar and take a 2 hour flight to Beijing, giving you additional sightseeing time in both cities. Also, the flight option allows passport holders of more than 40 countries to visit Beijing visa free up to 72 hours (up to 3 nights). Details see page 10.

Checked-in luggage allowance: 1 piece 20 kg per person. Hand luggage: 1 carry-on bag, max. 5 kg.

Option 2 is designed for those who wish to travel by train throughout from Moscow to Beijing. Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing you travel on a regular Mongolian train, build in China a few years ago. Only categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus are available on this section. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air conditioned.

Option 1

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

Another day for discovering the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar! Today you visit the Historical Museum which explains the long history of the Mongolians from Genghis Khan’s times until today. In the afternoon you visit a cashmere factory and see how the famous cashmere clothes are designed and produced.

In the evening a 2 hour flight takes you from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, the Chinese capital, arriving there at 20:10.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Beijing.

 

Option 2

 

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar

In the morning you leave Ulaanbaatar for a 30 hour journey on chartered standard cars attached to a regular train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. In the afternoon the train reaches the plains of Gobi Desert which is not a sand desert but a stone desert in this part of Mongolia. Temperatures can reach 35-40° C here in summer time. In the evening the train arrives at the Mongolian-Chinese border, where the bogies of the train are changed from Russian 1520 mm to Chinese 1435 mm bogies.

Accommodation on board the train.

 

Day 14 Beijing

In the morning you visit the Temple of Heaven and in the afternoon the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants you will taste what many believe is the most typical Chinese meal.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Beijing.

 

Day 14 Beijing

Before lunch time arrival in Beijing. In the afternoon you visit the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants you will taste what many believe is the most typical Chinese meal.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Beijing.

 

 

Day 15                        Beijing

Today you visit the Great Wall of China, which is often called “8th world wonder”. The Great Wall stretches 6000 km from East to West. On the return way to Beijing you visit the Ming Tombs and stop for a photo opportunity at the Olympic stadium which is called “Bird’s Nest”.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Beijing.

Day 16                        Beijing & Departure

Airport transfers are provided by our service team to connect with your flight departing Beijing.

China – Mongolia - Russia (westbound)

Beijing –Ulaanbaatar – Ulan-Ude – Lake Baikal – Irkutsk – Krasnoyarsk – Novosibirsk – Yekaterinburg – Moscow

Day 1 (Thursday)       Arrival Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. You will be met at Beijing airport and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Beijing.

Day 2 (Friday)                        Beijing

In the morning you visit the Great Wall of China, which is often called the “8th world wonder”. The Great Wall stretches 6.000 km from East to West. In the afternoon you visit the Imperial Palace, known as the “Forbidden City”. In one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants you will taste what many believe is the most typical Chinese meal.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Beijing.

Day 3 & 4 (Saturday – Sunday)       Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

On days 3 and 4 you have the choice between 2 options:

Option 1 is designed for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities.
Compared to option 2 you get two additional days full of sightseeing in Beijing. In the evening of day 4 you take a 2 hour flight to Ulaanbaatar. The checked-in luggage allowance: 1 piece 20 kg per person. Hand luggage: 1 carry-on bag, max. 5 kg.

Option 2 is designed for those who wish to travel by train throughout from Beijing to Moscow. Between Beijing and Ulaanbaatar you travel on a modern regular Mongolian train. Only categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus are available on this section. If you booked Deluxe Silver or Gold cabins on the private train between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar, you will travel in Standard Plus on the section between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air conditioned. The train option requires obtaining the Chinese visa in your country of residence in advance.

Option 1

Day 3 (Saturday) Beijing

Another full day of sightseeing in Beijing. In the morning you visit the Temple of Heaven, in the evening the Summer Palace.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 (Sunday)     Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

After a relaxing Sunday morning at leisure you enjoy an afternoon tour of the magic “Hutong” lanes of the old city, before you are transferred to the airport. In the evening a 2 hour flight takes you from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Option 2

 

Day 3 (Saturday) Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

About 11:00 you leave Beijing for a 30 hour journey on a Mongolian regular train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. In the late afternoon the train reaches the plains of Gobi Desert which is not a sand desert but a stone desert in this part of Mongolia. Temperatures can reach 35-40° C here in summer time. In the evening the train arrives at the Chinese-Mongolian border, where the bogies of the train are changed from Chinese 1435 mm to Russian 1520 mm bogies.

Accommodation on board the train.

 

Day 4 Ulaanbaatar

In the afternoon about 15:30 arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Time at leisure to explore the centre of the city.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

 

 

Day 5 (Monday)     Ulaanbaatar

An unforgettable full day excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. A stone formation called the “turtle” and the beautiful mountainous scenery will fascinate you. In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt. A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 6 (Tuesday)        Ulaanbaatar

During a sightseeing tour you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the Bogd Khan Palace which used to be formerly the winter and sometimes also the summer palace of the Khan’s, as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements.

In the afternoon you board your private train which will be your home for the trans-continental journey to Moscow.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 7 (Wednesday)  Ulan Ude

In the night you reach the Mongolian border station Suchbaatar and the Russian border station Naushki. The Mongolian and Russian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your cabin and don’t have to leave the train.

In the afternoon the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives at Ulan Ude, the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures. Ulan Ude is a meeting place between East and West. Like Irkutsk, the city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses.

Your sightseeing excursion goes to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practising their live like people did it centuries ago. You will be hosted for a typical Russian homemade lunch.

In Ulan Ude the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans Mongolian mainline to the traditional Trans-Siberian mainline on its way to Moscow.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 8 (Thursday)       Lake Baikal

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest fresh water reserves in the world. It stretches up to 26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake of the world, reaching 1.620 meters at its deepest part. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake, you will never forget.

In the morning the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years is used only by a few of local trains and tourist trains. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and also visit the typical wooden houses of local people. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program.

In the afternoon a boat takes you on a short cruise from Port Baikal to the small village of Listvyanka. A walk through the village shows you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautiful renovated in the 1990’s. On a great Siberian lunch in a restaurant on the shore of the lake you can taste the famous Omul fish which is living only in Lake Baikal. In the evening a one hour bus drive takes you from the Lake Baikal to your hotel in Irkutsk city.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Irkutsk.

Day 9 (Friday)           Irkutsk

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful life style during the time of the Tsars. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a palace of historical background.  In the evening you re-join the private train.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 10 (Saturday)     Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times – closed to foreigners and also to most Soviet citizens at that time. It is located along the Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. A sightseeing tour shows you several view points and the main shopping street which is fascinating as the local mayor decided to decorate it with palm trees in summer time – in the middle of Siberia! During a boat cruise on the Yenissei River you will have a great view on the city and the huge railway bridge crossing the river.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 11 (Sunday)       Novosibirsk

In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period and see the famous Opera House which is the largest of Russia, situated in the centre of the city at Lenin Square. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city into the Taiga, the “real Siberian forest”. About 30 km out of the city  you have the opportunity of visiting the largest open air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars – a perfect insight into the development of the trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 12            (Monday)      Yekaterinburg

Today the train arrives in Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural Mountains. The city was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the center of metallurgical industry. By the 20th century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centers of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia.

On your sightseeing tour you visit a place of remarkable importance for Russian history: the “Cathedral on The Blood” which was built at the place where Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. An excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a “holy place”. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990’s to honor the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were then buried in Ganina Yama.

Accommodation in a **** hotel in Yekaterinburg.

Day 13 (Tuesday)      Full day on the train

Today you leave Yekaterinburg in the morning and enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through the Ural Mountains and an endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures about the country and its people.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Day 14 (Wednesday)       Moscow

Today the almost 8000 km long journey from Beijing to Moscow terminates. In the afternoon you visit the Red Square and the Kremlin grounds. The sightseeing tour shows you the all the many highlights of Moscow: the Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM department store, the Red Square, Moscow River, the Sparrow Hills, Novodevitchy Monastry. You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, comparable to Paris or Rome and full of life.

Accommodation in a ***** hotel in Moscow.

Day 15 (Thursday)         Moscow

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