From Moscow to Beijing by luxury train "Imperial Russia"

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From Moscow to Beijing by luxury train "Imperial Russia"
West to East route: Moscow — Kazan — Yekaterinburg — Novosibirsk — Irkutsk — Lake Baikal — Ulan-Ude — Ulaanbaatar — Erlian — Beijing
Highlights
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  • Kazan
  • Yekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Irkutsk
  • Lake Baikal
  • Ulan-Ude
  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
  • Ulanbaatar

Kazan is a beautiful aincient Russian town, located on the coast of the Volga river. It is said to be founded by the Tatars from the Golden Horde, and through the centuries grew to become the unique merge of Christian and Muslim culture. The Kremlin of Kazan is a world heritage site. 

8 hours

Yekaterinburg is a city at the feet of the Ural mountains where Russian West meets Russian East. The special obelisk marks the border. It is Russia's fourth largest city, proudly bearing the name of Peter the Great's wife Yekaterina (Catherine). Through the centuries it has played an important role in the history of the country and became the final home to the last Romanovs.

8 hours

Novosibirsk is a capital of Siberia. It's located on the banks of the Ob river - Siberia's largest waterway. It's a contemporary city, third largest in the country. Novosibirsk is a large industrial, scientific and political center of the region. One of Russia's largest hydro power plants is located just outside of the city.

8 hours

Irkutsk is one of Siberia's oldest towns, founded in 17th century. It's famous for its beautiful old wooden houses, decorated by the splendid carved wood ornaments. Irkutsk has spectacular old churches. It's very popular as a famous stop on the way to miraculous lake Baikal.

8 hours

Lake Baikal doesn't look big, but it's increadably deep, what makes it world's largest fresh water reserve. The water is crystal clean, so you can see through deep below. Baikal has unique wildlife. Local fish has great taste, lots of it is sold in the local market in Listvyanka.

8 hours

Ulan-Ude is a capital of Buryatian republic - the largest Buddhist tribe of Russia. It's also home to Ivolginsky datsan, Russia's largest Buddhist temple. Another famous Ulan-Ude landmark is world's largest head of Lenin - a unique Soviet relique of town's main square.

8 hours

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is located 1,5 hour drive from Ulanbaator, 5000 ft up high in the mountains. There are numerous yurt camps around the area, where you can spend unbelievable night under the starry sky. The park is a great place to hike or to ride the small Mongolian horses, or perhaps enjoy a game of snooker, which is extremely popular in Mongolia.

14 hours

Mongolia's capital doesn't have much to impress, but Gandan monastery visit is an unforgettable experience. It's bright and full of colors. Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, the last Mongolian king is also a beautiful place to see with the ornate rooms and quet courtyards

6 hours

Itinerary

20.08.2017 – 03.09.2017 
19.08.2018 – 02.09.2018
16.09.2018 – 30.09.2018

Day 1:  Arrive in Moscow

Meet at airport and transfer to hotel.
Check -in & rest.
Day 2:   In Moscow. Departure to Kazan
   Breakfast at hotel
After breakfasts start grand city tour including visit to the Moscow Kremlin.
Lunch at city restaurant.
After lunch walk along the Arbat Street, then visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
In the end of tour visit to number of Moscow metro stations.
Late afternoon boarding on the "Imperial Russia" train.
Dinner on board
Departure from Moscow
Day 3:  In Kazan. Departure to Yekaterinburg
   Breakfast on board. 
Arrive in Kazan (the city located on the picturesque banks of Volga river).
Upon arrival start panoramic city tour Kazan. Visit to the "Old Town" with it's eye-catching atmosphere.
Get enjoyed by Tatar epic folklore show "Tugan Avalim".
Continue city tour by visiting to Kazan Kremlin (Qul-Sharif Mosque, the Annunciation Cathedral and ether).
Lunch with a master class will reveal some secrets of Tartar cuisine.
Departure from Kazan.
Dinner on board.
Day 4:  In Yekaterinburg. Departure to Novosibirsk

Breakfast on board.
Arrive in Yekaterinburg.
Upon arrival start city tour dedicated to the last days of last Russian tsar. Visit to the Church on Blood in Honor of All Saints built to commemorate a tragic historical event.
Lunch at city restaurant.
After lunch continue the tour by visiting of geographical boundary of two continents: Europe and Asia.
Departure from Yekaterinburg.
Dinner on board.
Day 5:  In Novosibirsk. Departure to Irkutsk 
Breakfast on board.
Arrival in Novosibirsk.
Lunch at city restaurant.
This afternoon we visit the Railway Museum, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, old-line streets and Ob River esplanade.
Today's city tour concludes by return to the train.
Dinner on board.
Departre from Novosibirsk
Day 6:   On train

Enjoy activities on board
Meals on board.
Day 7:   In Irkutsk. Departure to Lake Baikal

Breakfast on board.
Arrival in Irkutsk.
Upon arrival start city tour of historical city center of Irkutsk including the Decembrists’ Museum and the "Wooden Lace House" also known as "House of Europe", the most beautiful and amazing streets of the city called Paris of Siberia.
Lunch at a city restaurant.
Continue today's tour by visit to the Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography which is located on the right bank of the Angara River.
Explore by your own the 130th Quarter - Irkutskaya Sloboda where were reconstructed city buildings of the XIX-XX cc. 
Dinner at a city restaurant.
Departure from Irkutsk.
Day 8:   Lake Baikal. Departure to Ulan-Ude

Breakfast on board
Arrival in Port Baikal station.
Then continue by ferry boat to Listvyanka village.
Start today's tour from Chersky Stone observation where opens a beautiful view on the southern part of the lake and the source of the Angara River.
Lunch at a city restaurant.
After lunch take a visit to the Baikal Museum where presented flora and fauna of the lake.
Walking tour along the narrow streets of the village concludes by visiting of local fish and souvenir market.
Return to Port Baikal station.
Picnic-dinner on one of m of a picnic on the shore of the lake.
Day 9:   In Ulan-Ude. Departure to Ulaanbaatar

Breakfast on board.
Arrival in Ulan-Ude.
Upon arrival start sightseeing tour of Ulan-Ude with inside visit to Ivolginsky Datsan.
Lunch with folk show in a traditional Buryat yurt.
The folk show includes: cooking-class of traditional Buryat dish pozy, master-class of playing dice, archery, wear a traditional Buryat costume, assembly / disassembly a felt yurt.
Departure from Ulan-Ude.
Dinner on board.
Day 10:  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Breakfast on board.
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar.
Upon arrival transfer to the camp of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. In camp some time will be given to settle a yurt and fresh up prior to lunch.
Lunch at the yurt camp.
After lunch visit to the Turtle Rock and enjoy beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. Easy hiking to the top of overlooking hill to get 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 at the yurt camp.
Get enjoyed by sunset in the wide steppe and observing the night stars.
Overnight in yurts.
Day 11:  In Ulaanbaatar. Departure to Erlian

Breakfast at the camp.
After breakfast transfer to Ulaanbaatar.
Upon arrival visit to the Buddist Monastery Gandan, Mongolian Natural History Museum and Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan.
Lunch Mongolian BBQ.
Traditional folk show expect you after the lunch.
Departure from Ulaanbaatar.
Dinner on board.
Day 12:  In Erlian. Departure to Beijing 

Breakfast on board.
Arrival in Erlian and leave the Imperial Russia Train.
Lunch in a city restaurant.
Free time to explore the town by your own.
Late afternoon boarding on the "Chinese Railways" train.
Departure from Erlian.
Dinner on board.
Day 13:  In Beijing

Breakfast on board.
Arrival in Beijing and leave the "Chinese Railways" train.
Upon arrival start city tour around Beijing including visit to the Tiananmen Square - the world’s largest urban area, National Museum of China, Great Hall of the People, Majestic Monument to the People’s Heroes and The Forbidden City.
Lunch at a city restaurant.
After lunch transfer to the hotel.
Check -in & rest before a dinner.
Dinner at the Quánjùdé Roast Duck Restaurant.
Day 14:  In Beijing

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast visit to the Great Wall of China.
Lunch at city restaurant.
Our today's sightseeing continue by visiting of the Summer Palace.
Dinner at a city restaurant.
Return to the hotel & rest.
Day 15:  Trip concludes

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer airport / departure home

Included

  • 10 nights onboard the "Imperial Russia" train;
  • 1 night onboard the "Chinese Railways" train;
  • 1 night at Moscow hotel "Baltchug Kempinski", 1 night in Mongolian yurt in Ulaanbaatar and 2 nights at the hotel in Beijing;
  • meals: full board (Days 2-14) + tea/coffee on board throughout the day;
  • onboard supply with towels, bathrobe and slippers at "Imperial Russia" train;
  • sightseeing according to program with local guides (available in English, German, French and Spanish; other languages are possible upon request);
  • arrival / departure transfers (airport-/rail st.- htl. and v.v.);
  • porterage service (at hotels  & railway stations);
  • en-route brief lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited;
  • on board staff: doctor; English speaking group leader, tour managers.

NOT Included

  • International & domestic flights;
  • meals on Day 1 and Day 15;
  • all drinks ordered in the bar car;
  • Russian, Mongolian and Chinese visas (*to be arranged by passengers prior to departure as earlier as possible);
  • tailor made sightseeing (customized day-tours are available for each place of stop through Russia upon request);
  • tips and personal expenses; 
  • medical insurance (every passenger is oblighed to have a personal 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).
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Important

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.
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Private tour cost,  EUR per person:


½ of 2-bedded state room  Single supplement  
VIP 9 805 5 580
     
Business Class 9 155 5 230
     
*First Class (for 2017) 0 0
Sold out    
  First Class (for 2018) 5 350
1 875
     

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