Let the Tsar's Gold Train take you on an incredible adventure across almost half of the surface of the world from the ornate splendor of Moscow to the bustling beauty of modern Beijing, through remote Siberia, beautiful Mongolia and the vast landscapes of the Gobi Desert.
Our epic journey across almost half of the globe by rail begins at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office in London. After meeting the rest of the group, we board the Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class, continuing to Potsdam for two nights at the NH Potsdam Hotel. On Day 2 we enjoy a combined coach tour exploring the fascinating sights and monuments of this imperial city and the once-divided city of Berlin. On Day 3 we continue to Warsaw for the night. Day 4 we have a guided tour of the city. Later we board a sleeper train for the journey to Moscow.
Today we arrive in the captivating Russian capital, where we stay at the 4-Star Hotel InterContinental. If you select the fly option for this tour, this is where you will meet the rest of your group.
On Day 6 we begin our exploration with a panoramic city tour. Some of the most famous sights in Russia can be found in Moscow, including the beautiful Saint Basil's Cathedral. Enjoy the beautiful and intricate brickwork of the structure, whilst marvelling at the awe-inspiring sight of the multicoloured 'onion' domes that characterise the building. The building itself stands on Red Square, where you can also find Lenin's Mausoleum, where rests the body of the communist leader.
We also see the Bolshoi Theatre and Tretyakov Gallery, before transferring by coach to the atmospheric Novodevitchy cemetery for an afternoon visit. This evening, we enjoy a magnificent 'City Lights' tour, where we see the beautifully illuminated sights of Moscow as darkness falls.
On Day 7, we visit the Kremlin, a potent symbol of two mighty Imperial cultures. This stunning building overlooks the Moskva River. After some free time, we join the Tsar's Gold Private Train to embark on our incredible journey to Beijing.
Our first stop is Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. The city was at the centre of the struggle for control of Russia - and we learn more of its past on a guided tour of Kazan's magnificent Kremlin - a UNESCO World Heritage site - has been used as the seat of Tsars and Grand Dukes, as well as the site of Stalin's residence in Moscow. Now, it is a museum, after having been restored to its former Imperial glory.
On Day 9 we cross the Europe-Asia divide, arriving in Yekaterinburg, which was founded by Peter the Great. During a tour of the city we visit the site where the Romanov family were murdered in 1918. On Day 10 we reach Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia. We receive a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt, and enjoy a guided tour.
We spend Day 11 travelling through the Sayan Mountains before an evening speciality 'Tsar's Feast', including vodka and caviar tastings. On Day 12 we arrive in Irkutsk which we explore on a guided tour. Later we enjoy an excursion to the local open-air museum to see the region as it would have been in the time of the Tsars. We spend tonight at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Irkutsk.
On Day 13, we travel by bus to a typical Siberian village. After learning about the local culture, we take a leisurely boat trip across Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. We rejoin our train in Port Baikal and continue alongside the sparkling water, with fantastic views of the surrounding hills and forests. Later we stop for a typical picnic dinner on the lake shore.
Today we continue through the Selenga Valley, arriving in Ulan Ude for a tour. The town is dominated by the world's largest Lenin sculpture, and is home to an old branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Later we return to the train for the journey into Mongolia stopping in the capital, Ulaanbaatar on Day 15. A guided tour takes us past the city's impressive sights, before we spend tonight at the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace.
This morning we travel by coach into the rugged mountainous region known as Mongolian Switzerland. We experience a traditional-style lunch in a tent settlement populated by nomadic herdsmen and enjoy a horse-riding show before returning to the train.
On Day 17 we pause in the Gobi Desert, the vast arid landscape where several dinosaur remains have been found amongst the towering dunes. Arriving at the Chinese border, we change trains to a Chinese sleeper train for the final leg of our journey, taking in scenes of rural Chinese life as we travel through the countryside. Having travelled a colossal 7,000 miles from Moscow, we arrive in Beijing on Day 18. We disembark the train and transfer to the Hotel Capital for a three-night stay.
Today we enjoy a guided tour of one of China's ancient cities. We visit the incredible Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world, which is surrounded by symbols of China's power and reminders of its glorious past. These treasures include the Great Hall of the People, Mao's Mausoleum, the Monument to the People and Tiananmen Tower. The square also serves as the entrance to the truly wonderful Forbidden City, the Chinese Imperial Palace complex which was the centre of Chinese power from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. We also visit the Temple of Heaven, a breathtaking example of Chinese architecture from the 15th century which symbolised the relationship between Heaven and Earth in Chinese culture.
On Day 20 we visit a beautiful section of the world-famous Great Wall of China, perhaps the most evocative symbol of Chinese skill and precision. Tonight we enjoy a dinner together featuring the celebrated dish of Peking duck.
This morning we transfer to the airport for the flight back to London.
We are delighted to offer a version of the tour starting with a flight from London to Moscow. Although shorter in length (16 days), this version still includes all the splendour of Moscow.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Guests of Great Rail Journeys who opt to make the epic and iconic journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow, Russia to Beijing, China will have the pleasure of travelling aboard the Tsar's Gold Private Train. This immaculate, privately-operated train offers undoubtedly the most luxurious way in which to cover the 8,961-kilometre route across Russia, Siberia, Northern Asia and down into China.
Effectively a five-star hotel in the form of a train, the Tsar's Gold Private Train is opulently decorated in vintage Soviet style and furnished to the highest standards of quality and comfort; the carriages which now comprise the train's 'Nostalgic Comfort' class, for example, were originally built for the use of former Russian president Leonid Brezhnev and his staff. In addition to classical décor and sumptuous comfort the train is also equipped with every modern facility and features two beautifully-appointed restaurant cars which also serve as informal bar lounges in the evening.
The Capital Hotel is ideally located within easy reach of Beijing's main sights. Among its many facilities is its choice of restaurants overlooking the central courtyard, a range of bars and a café, a gym with indoor heated swimming pool and even an indoor golf course! The rooms have typical facilities for a hotel of this standard.
Housed in a modern building, the 4-Star Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk is situated in downtown Irkutsk, within walking distance of the city's theatre and Kirov Place. The hotel benefits from a restaurant serving both Siberian and international cuisine and a bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a selection of meals and light snacks. There is also a fully equipped gym and a 24-hour shop selling snacks and drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby. The air-conditioned rooms come with a telephone, flat screen television, and tea and coffee making facilities.
The grand, marble-floored InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel is located close to Pushkin Square in the heart of Moscow. The 4-Star hotel has elegant rooms and excellent facilities including the Chekhonte Restaurant and the P-Square Bar. The hotel's leisure facilities include a 24-hour gym, a sauna and steam bath, as well as a 'spa & wellness' centre offering a range of treatments, massages and beauty therapies (payable locally). The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a safe, minibar, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There are self-laundry facilities for guests at the hotel, plus there is a dry cleaning/laundry service.
In Potsdam, we stay at the NH Potsdam Hotel.
An escorted experience with all your travel arrangements taken care of
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Upgrade your cabin on the Tsar's Gold Private Train from a Superior cabin to Superior Plus, Nostalgic Comfort, Bolshoi or Bolshoi Platinum accommodation:
|Cabin type||Air outbound||Rail outbound|
|Category II Superior Plus||from £6,495||£7,145|
|Nostalgic Comfort||from £8,375||£8,995|
|Bolshoi Platinum||from £11,975||£12,595|
Please note that the amounts given above represent the total price payable per person (based on 2 sharing), inclusive of the supplement for the upgraded accommodation.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
|Pullman London St Pancras||From £110 per person|
|Studios2Let, Cartright Gardens||From £55 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject
to availability, and per room per night based on two people
sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the
hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.