“Imperial Russia” train (Beijing — Moscow)

from 5 150 €

Description

Route: Beijing — Erlian — Ulan Bator — Ulan-Ude — Lake Baikal — Irkutsk — Novosibirsk — Yekaterinburg — Kazan — Moscow

Russia is a mysterious country and many tried to understand it but even Lev Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about the Russian restless soul torn between oriental traditions and western civilization. To understand Russia one should get on a train and cross it from the East to the West. For this purpose the Trans-Siberian Railway will be perfect — the most famous railway in the world — the path to the heart of Russia.

Thousands of kilometers from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea — you will hear the beating of the iron heart, what it is silent about, what it is inspired by. Just trust the road and the country will reveal its unexpected sides.

You will see Russia in all its historical greatness, in the mixture of cultures and fortunes, in the architectural splendor and extravagance unifying different people and religions.

You will start your journey in Beijing. Visiting Tiananmen Square — this area can fit about a million people, this is the world’s largest urban area, where the National Museum of China; the House of People’s Meetings, the majestic Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Forbidden City will be followed by dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Next stop is the exotic Asia: Mongolia — Ulan Bator. From the East — the sun rises and moves back to the West.

Ulan-Ude — another Russian city on this journey but people living there have different faces, religion, traditions and cuisine. They are native Siberians (Buryats).

Lake Baikal is one of the major highlights of the trip. In local legends it calls the sacred sea. It is located in the center of the Asia on the border of Irkutsk Oblast and Republic of Buryatia. It’s the deepest lake on the planet and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water.

Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg — each city conceals many secrets. It was here where the history of Russian State was made, history full of contradictions. The journey continues and next stop is Kazan — the capital of the medieval Khanate of Kazan, the place which connected Christianity and Islam.

The last stop of your journey is the ancient and mysterious Moscovia. Visit to the Moscow Kremlin which is a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art, walk along the Arbat Street, visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior will make this stop unforgettable.

Схемы Транссиб

Day 1 — Beijing

  • Transfer from the airport to a hotel.
  • Visiting Tiananmen Square — this area can fit about a million people, this is the world’s largest urban area, where the National Museum of China; the Great Hall of the People, the majestic Monument to the People’s Heroes, Forbidden City.
  • Accommodation in a hotel.
  • Dinner.

Day 2 — Beijing

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visiting of the Great Wall of China.
  • Lunch.
  • Visiting the Summer Palace.
  • Dinner at the Quánjùdé Roast Duck Restaurant.

Day 3 — Beijing

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Beijing.
  • Lunch and dinner on board.

Day 4 — Erlian

  • Arrival in Erlian.
  • Lunch.
  • Change trains.

Day 5 — Ulan Bator

  • Arriving to Ulan Bator.
  • Transfer to the camp of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Upon arrival to the camp some time will be given to settle yurt and freshen up prior to lunch.
  • Lunch at the yurt camp.
  • After lunch the excursion to the turtle rock and enjoy beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. Hiking tour to the top of overlooking hill to have a general view of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.
  • You will visit a nomadic family and get introduced to the authentic lifestyle and culture of Mongolian nomads and try traditional dairy food. Horse riding for an hour (optional), disassembling and building of a smaller Mongolian yurt.
  • Dinner.
  • You will meet the sunset in the wide steppe and observe night stars.
  • Accommodation in yurts.

Day 6 — Ulan Bator

  • Breakfast at the camp.
  • Transfer to Ulan Bator.
  • Visit Sukhabaatar Square and Gandan Monastery.
  • Lunch Mongolian BBQ.
  • Visit to the Mongolian Natural History Museum, сlimb to the Zaisan hill for viewing the city of Ulan Bator.
  • Folk show.
  • Dinner.
  • Departure from Ulan Bator.

Day 7 — Ulan-Ude

  • Arriving to Ulan-Ude.
  • Sightseeing tour of this unique city, a convenient location in both strategic and economics ways on the cross-roads of Russia with China and Mongolia.
  • Ethnic and cultural diversity of this area offers a unique understanding of its heritage of the world’s religions. Visit Ivolginsky Datsan.
  • You will be welcomed in a Buryat family: excursion program, reception in a traditional Buryat yurt and a folklore program. Hospitable Buryats will teach you how to cook the traditional Buryat dish pozy, how to play dice, use a bow, wear a traditional Buryat costume, assemble and disassemble a felt yurt.
  • Departing Ulan-Ude.
  • Dinner on board.

Day 8 — Lake Baikal

  • Arrival in Port Baikal.
  • Ferry trip to the Listvyanka village, the closest one to Irkutsk of all the settlements on the shores of Lake Baikal.
  • Platform observation, Chersky Stone observation point with beautiful view on the southern part of the lake and the source of the Angara River is one of the most favorite places for tourists and photographers.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • Visit to Baikal Museum which displays the flora and fauna of the lake.
  • Listvyanka sightseeing.
  • Visit to local fish and souvenir market.
  • Welcome back to the «Imperial Russia» train.
  • Dinner in a form of a picnic.

Day 9 — Irkutsk

  • Train arrives Irkutsk railway station.
  • Tour to the historical city center including a visit to the Decembrists’ Museum, the «wooden lace» house, also called the «House of Europe», the most beautiful and amazing streets of the city — Bolshaya Prospektnaya, today — Karl Marx street.
  • Lunch at a city restaurant.
  • Visit to the Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography which is located in a picturesque place on the right bank of the Angara River.
  • Free time at the 130 Quarter — Irkutskaya Sloboda, a quarter with reconstructed city buildings of the 19-20 c.
  • Dinner at a city restaurant.
  • Departure from Irkutsk.

Day 10 — on board

  • Enjoy activities on board.

Day 11 — Novosibirsk

  • Arrival in Novosibirsk.
  • Sightseeing tour: Railway Museum, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, ancient streets, Ob River esplanade.
  • Lunch.
  • City tour continued.
  • Departure from Novosibirsk.
  • Dinner on board.

Day 12 — Yekaterinburg

  • Train arrives in Yekaterinburg railway station.
  • City Tour dedicated to the last days of last Russian tsar. As part of the excursion you will see the Church on Blood erected to commemorate a tragic historical event, the orthodox monastery with temples that are considered to be pearls of Russian construction.
  • Lunch.
  • You will visit the memorial built at the boundary of two continents (the Europe and Asia).
  • Departure from Yekaterinburg.
  • Dinner on board.

Day 13 — Kazan

  • Arriving in Kazan railway station.
  • Grand city tour «Old Kazan» (the Tartar capital is situated on the picturesque banks of the Volga).
  • Within folklore program «Tugan Avalim» you will enjoy Tartar epic.
  • Kazan sightseeing (Kremlin).
  • Lunch including a master class revealing the secret of Tartar cuisine.
  • Departure from Kazan.
  • Dinner on board.

Day 14 — Moscow

  • Arriving in Moscow railway station.
  • You leave the «Imperial Russia» train.
  • Visit to the Moscow Kremlin which is a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • Walk along the Arbat Street, visiting the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and sightseeing tour of Moscow metro stations.
  • Dinner.
  • Check-in at the hotel.

Day 15 — Moscow

  • Transfer from hotel to airport.

Please note! Tour program changes are possible. For more information please contact our managers.

Date

27 August 2018
24 September 2018

Prices

Per person in a two-bedded compartment Supplement payment for single use
VIP 9805 € 5580 €
Business Class 9155 € 5230 €
First Class Plus 5950 € 2055 €
First Class  5350 € 1875 €

 

Payment and cancellation conditions

1. Non-refundable prepayments payable 5 days upon receipt of the confirmation of the tour:

  • 1500 € per person in VIP compartment;
  • 1500 € per person in Business Class compartment;
  • 900 € per person in First Class Plus compartment;
  • 900 € per person in First Class compartment.

2. Full payment due to be made 60 days prior to departure.

3. After cancellation of a confirmed reservation 60 days prior to departure of the tour 50 % of the cost will be non-refundable.

4. After cancellation of a confirmed reservation 30 days prior to departure of the tour 100 % of the cost of the tour will be non-refundable.

Services included:

  • onboard the Imperial Russia Train in Russia and Mongolia, Chinese train — in China;
  • 1 night at Moscow hotel (Baltchug Kempinski), 2 nights at Beijing hotel;
  • full board, tea/coffee on board throughout the day;
  • towels, bathrobe and slippers onboard of the Imperial Russia Train;
  • excursions with local guides according to the program (excursions will be conducted in English, German, French and Spanish, other languages are possible upon request);
  • pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport;
  • services of the porter at the hotel and the railway station;
  • brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited;
  • doctor on board, English speaking group leader and tour managers.

Services not included:

  • flights international and domestic;
  • the cost of entry visas (Russian Railway Tours is not responsible for passengers who have incorrect or expired visas);
  • all drinks ordered in the bar car;
  • «tailor made» excursions (you have possibility to extend your tour, we offer additional excursions in every city within the tour and in other cities of Russia);
  • meals on the day of arrival, departure;
  • tips and personal expenses;
  • insurance (every passanger is oblighed to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the tour);
  • vaccination (consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice due to visit of different countries in terms of this tour).

Cars’ description

VIP Cars (1 to 2 passengers per compartment)

Consists of 5 passenger compartments, 2 seats in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. A table with an armchair. An LCD TV set. An inbuilt cabinet for clothes and luggage. An individual water closet with a shower booth and a washbowl. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin. VIP cars have two-seat compartments with an area larger than two ordinary ones. A compartment has a comfortable transformable sofa and a foldaway upper berth, also en-suite there is a shower cabin and an environmentally friendly toilet.

Business Class Cars (1 to 2 passengers per compartment)

Consists of 6 passenger compartments, 2 seats in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. A table with an armchair. An LCD TV set. A private en-suite bathroom with a wash-basin, toilet and wet shower. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin. Business Class cars have two-seat compartments with an area of 5.5 sqm. A compartment has a comfortable transformable sofa and a foldaway upper berth.

First Class Plus Sleeping Cars (1 to 2 passengers per compartment)

Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 seats in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. A table with an armchair. An LCD TV set. An inbuilt clothes cabinet. Between compartments there are four rooms with washbowls and shower cans. In compartment 9 there is an auxiliary room for storing luggage. Two water closets: in the beginning and in the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment.

First Class Sleeping Cars (1 to 2 passengers per compartment)

Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 seats in each. Berths: all lower ones. A table. An LCD TV set. In compartment 9 there is a shower booth with a washbowl. Two water closets: in the beginning and the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment.

Booking and payment

For any enquiries or booking requests please contact our English speaking managers Elvira and Kara:
+7 (499) 704-35-53 (ext. 5372, 5472), info@rzdtour.com, imperial@rzdtour.com.