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A Tsar's Gold Winter's Tale

Overview

Experience the wintertime magic of Siberia on an unforgettable railroad journey from Moscow to Mongolia. A fairy tale of snow and ice awaits you.

DATES

22/02/19-06/03/19 (13 days)
22/02/20-05/03/20 (13 days)

Day 1. Moscow

It’s a beautiful winter’s day in Moscow, where you are transported from the airport to your first-class hotel in the city center. That evening, you take a stroll through the city and feast your eyes on the stunning illuminations of Red Square before enjoying a dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Azimut Olympiski (or similar). (D)

Day 2. Moscow

Your second day in Moscow starts off with a panoramic city tour, where you experience this metropolis from end to end—enjoying its mix of traditional golden domes and modern skyscrapers. Later you have lunch in a Russian history-themed restaurant before you board your private train to continue your unforgettable journey.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 3. Suzdal

After breakfast, you arrive in Vladimir where you take a bus to Suzdal, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Russia’s Golden Ring (a group of historic, ancient towns). There, you see the Suzdal Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Nativity and the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Around noon, you return to your private train and travel east through the vast plains of old Russia, crossing the Volga and Kama Rivers before climbing the Ural Mountains—usually covered in massive deposits of snow this time of year.

Later on board you enjoy talks about the Cossack conquest of Siberia, Russian life in winter, and the last of the Tsars.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 4. Yekaterinburg

Today you stop for a city tour in Yekaterinburg, where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were assassinated in 1918. The Cathedral of All Saints is a memorial to their murder and a part of your tour. Later you board your private train once again and continue through western Siberia.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 5. Siberian Wilderness

Your private train continues through the endless, snow-covered Siberian wilderness. You become familiar with the lesser known Russian dining and drinking customs with a delicious vodka tasting on board. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 6. Krasnoyarsk

In the morning, you reach Krasnoyarsk. During an informative city tour, you learn revealing facts and stories about the city’s history. As you stroll through the city’s old and new streets, you walk through Peace Square, enjoy views of the Yenisei River, and visit the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 7. Irkutsk and Listvyanka

Today you reach Irkutsk, one of the largest cities of eastern Siberia. On your guided city tour, you see the Ethnology Museum, the Trans-Siberian monument, the Drama Theater and a bustling market hall. Your city tour continues to one of the largest monasteries in eastern Siberia and to the Europe House. That evening you reach the Baikal town of Listvyanka and have the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of a real Russian banya (sauna).

Overnight: Hotel Mayak (or similar). (BLD)

Day 8. Lake Baikal

Today you take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and a snowmobile or dogsled on frozen Lake Baikal. You also have the opportunity to get a panoramic view from the sky in a ski lift (during business hours). You enjoy a delicious Russian dinner with a local family. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Baikalian Research Center, where you learn about studies being conducted on the lake. In the evening, your private train departs from Irkutsk.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 9. Lake Baikal Today, your private train arrives at the original track of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. For several hours, you travel along the coast of the lake and have the opportunity to take a walk on its frozen surface. Later, you enjoy a short presentation about the area.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 10. Ulan-Ude

You continue on your way through the steppes of eastern Siberia—through the gorgeous, snow-covered Selenga Valley. You make a stopover in Ulan-Ude where you tour the city, then continue on to the Russia–Mongolia border, where border checkpoint formalities take place.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 11. Mongolia

In the morning, you reach Ulan Bator. Here, you can spend the night in either a hotel or in a heated nomadic felt tent outdoors in the near-freezing wilderness—an extraordinary experience! In the afternoon, you visit the Mongolian National History Museum.

Later, if you choose to stay overnight in the hotel, you have the opportunity to watch a traditional folk performance, which features throat singing, costumes, dances and the horse head fiddle—the morin khuur, a symbol of the Mongolian nation (entrance fee payable on site).

If you decide to spend the night in a traditional tent (requested in advance), you enjoy Mongolian folk tales by the campfire.

Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar). (BLD)

Day 12. Mongolia

Today, you visit the painstakingly restored Buddhist Gandan Monastery and the jewel-like Choijin Lama Temple. An afternoon excursion takes you to a family of cattle herders just outside of the city. Learn how they and their animals spend the Mongolian winter.

Overnight: Hotel Bayangol (or similar). (BLD)

Day 13. Farewell Mongolia Enjoy a final breakfast with your fellow winter travelers before transferring to the airport for your flight home. What a magical journey through snow and ice it’s been! (B)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

Beijing Extension
If you would like your winter’s tale to continue on from Ulan Bator, please ask us for details.

Riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad is an amazing adventure any time of the year. But winter brings out the true soul of the Russian taiga.  Go on a troika sleigh ride, or stroll through a snow forest in the winter morning sun and even get the chance to sleep in a Mongolian tent!  Explore Russia and Mongolia during the colder season from your snug, Trans-Siberian train. Hop aboard for a snowy voyage that is captivating, convenient and secure. It’s the winter experience of a lifetime!

Rates include

  • Guaranteed accommodation on your private train in the category booked from Moscow to Ulan Bator
  • 1 night in Moscow in first-class hotel
  • 1 night in a mid-range hotel in Listvyanka
  • 1 night in Ulan Bator in a centrally located mid-range hotel
  • All transportation according to itinerary
  • Doctor on board (Moscow to Ulan Bator)
  • Experienced tour manager throughout journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator
  • All excursions and sightseeing with local English-speaking guides for groups of 6 or more
  • All meals according to itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks and toasts
  • Snowmobile or dog sled ride on frozen Lake Baikal

Highlights of the journey

  • Panoramic sightseeing tour of majestic Moscow
  • Visit to a classic winter bazaar in Irkutsk
  • The Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg
  • Fun and informative onboard program of talks and entertainment
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on a real troika sleigh ride
  • A chance to experience a very special night in a Mongolian yurt
  • The indescribable atmosphere and views of Lake Baikal in the winter
  • Take a stroll and a snowmobile or dog sled ride on frozen Lake Baikal
  • Hundreds of snow-capped onion domes in fairy tale-like Suzdal and Russia’s Golden Ring
  • The incredibly immense snow deposits of the Ural Mountains
  • Warm up in a real banya, a traditional Russian sauna
  • Also keep warm with a proper vodka tasting on board, with typical Russian snacks and authentic toasts

DATES for 2019

(13 days/12 nights) Depart 22nd February 2019 – Arrive 06th March 2019

 

RATES (per person)

Twin Share

Single Supplement

Category I: StandardUS$4200ppUS$1130
Category II: ClassicUS$5990ppUS$1900
Category II: SuperiorUS$6440ppUS$2240
Category III: NostalgicUS$8130ppUS$4060
Category IV: BolshoiUS$10520ppUS$5210
Category V: Bolshoi PlatinumUS$12880ppUS$7040

DATES for 2020

(13 days/12 nights) Depart 22nd February 2020 – Arrive 05th March 2020

 

RATES (per person)

Twin Share

Single Supplement

Category I: StandardUS$4200ppUS$1130
Category II: ClassicUS$5990ppUS$1900
Category II: SuperiorUS$6440ppUS$2240
Category III: NostalgicUS$8130ppUS$4060
Category IV: BolshoiUS$10520ppUS$5210
Category V: Bolshoi PlatinumUS$12880ppUS$7040