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Let the Tsar's Gold Train take you on an adventure

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2019 Tour code: MBJ19

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - Moscow

Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at the 4-Star Hotel InterContinentalin Moscow. This evening, we enjoy a magnificent 'City Lights' tour, where we see the beautifully illuminated sights of Moscow as darkness falls.

On Day 2, 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.

St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
Days 3-5 - Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk

Our first stop is Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. The city was at the center 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 4 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 5 we reach Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia. We receive a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt, and enjoy a guided tour.

Yekaterinburg
Days 6-8 - To Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

We spend Day 6 traveling through the Sayan Mountains before an evening speciality 'Tsar's Feast', including vodka and caviar tastings. On Day 7 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 8, 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.

Irkutsk Orthodox Cathedral
Days 9-10 - Ulan Ude and Mongolia

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 10. A guided tour takes us past the city's impressive sights, before we spend tonight at the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace.

Lenin Statue, Ulan Ude
Days 11-13 - Mongolian Switzerland and Gobi Desert

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 12 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 traveled a colossal 7,000 miles from Moscow, we arrive in Beijing on Day 13. We disembark the train and transfer to the Hotel Capital for a three-night stay.

Gobi Desert
Days 14-15 - Beijing and the Great Wall of China

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 center 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 15 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.

Great Wall of China
Day 16 - Return home

This morning you are free to return home.

Flight home

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Recommended Airport Arrival

For this tour, we recommend you fly in to Domodedovo Moscow Airport (DME), which is approximately 30 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), which is approximately 23 miles from your final hotel in Beijing.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Hotels

Capital Hotel, Beijing

Capital Hotel, Beijing

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Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk, Irkutsk

Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk, Irkutsk

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InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel, Moscow

InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel, Moscow

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NH Potsdam

NH Potsdam, Potsdam

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