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Imperial Russia

15 days and 14 nights

  • Route
    Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Ulan Bator - Beijing
  • Languages
    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Accommodation
    1 night at Moscow hotel, 1 night in a ger in Mongolia, 2 nights at Beijing hotel
  • Group Tour
    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
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Itinerary

Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Ulan Bator - Beijing

The journey itself is reason enough to take this trip through the vast forests of Russia and the open steppe and desert of Mongolia before finishing in vast China, a destination in itself. Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia, Mongolia and China suggests you an opportunity to see world metropolises such as Moscow, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing as well as the varied landscapes along the route.

Day 1, Moscow

Arrive in Moscow today, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You can choose to enjoy your down time at your hotel room or make a discovery walk of the hotel vicinity.  This evening you will enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 2, Moscow

After breakfast, you will enjoy the panoramic tour of Moscow that give you an idea of capital’s dimensions. Explore the Red Square, the very heart of Moscow, with picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral or enjoy the ride in Moscow subway with the stations that are more likely to be underground palaces. You will be impressed by the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior or stunning view of Moscow standing on the Lenin Hills with your back towards Moscow University and other historical sites. After lunch in the city, continue to the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world. The guided tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Tsars. Enjoy some time in down town strolling along the ancient Arbat Street with its numerous cafes, souvenir shops. Later in the evening, you’ll board «Imperial Russia» Train. Enjoy your dinner onboard & get to know your travel companions.

Day 3, Kazan

Upon arrival in Kazan, once the capital of the Tatar Khanate you will depart for city tour to explore the Old Kazan. Today, in the White Kremlin of Kazan, a new mosque rises in the immediate vicinity of a Christian cathedral. Enjoy the spectacular folklore program that will give you an insight into the Tatar national epic. We invite you to taste local cuisine while lunch & follow cooking demo revealing the secrets of Tatar cuisine. Later this afternoon you board your train & continue your trip. Tonight enjoy your dinner onboard!

Day 4, Yekaterinburg

Today we arrive in Yekaterinburg & start our discovery of this city that is closely connected with the family of the last Russian Emperor.  During the tour, you will visit the memorial Church on the Blood to commemorate the tragic events taken place in this city. After lunch in downtown, we continue our visit. An absolutely must see is a memorial that marks the borderline between Europe & Asia. You will have an opportunity to be in both continents at the same time & keep the memory of it taking pictures. In the evening, we board «Imperial Russia» Train. Tonight enjoy your dinner onboard!

Day 5, Novosibirsk

We arrive in Novosibirsk, the very heart of Siberia, & start our tour of city in the vicinity of the railway station with the visit to the local railway museum dedicated to the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. After lunch break the city tour will take us the embankment of the Ob river, main squares and streets of the most Soviet city on our itinerary. The local Opera House stands out among local sites, will impress you with its monumental architecture, and is known as the biggest theater building in this country. Board your train & enjoy your dinner tonight onboard!

Day 6, On board

Your «Imperial Russia» Train keeps traveling through Siberia. Today enjoy your stay onboard to reflect on cities you have already visited. You may want to spend your time having a drink at the bar with your fellow travelers, or you might stay in your cabin and follow the changing scenery. Wooden houses, birch forests and if lucky enough some sun rays over mountain landscapes will greet you. Onboard staff will invite you for a talk on Trans-Siberian Railway.  Enjoy the relaxing day in anticipation of the next stop!

Day 7, Irkutsk

Our train arrives today in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia. This city has preserved quite a few of historical buildings and monuments. During the city tour you will see picturesque wooden houses, visit the Decembrists’ House that will unfold the story of failed uprising of Russian aristocracy who were exiled to this city. After lunch do not miss the opportunity to visit an open-air museum located in the picturesque place of the river bank of Angara. This unique museum will tell you about the daily life of the people in this region in the past. Spend some free time strolling through Irkutskaya Sloboda before you will board your train in the evening.

Day 8, Lake Baikal

Standing on the shores of Lake Baikal, you can’t help being awestruck with admiration by the wonder created by nature itself. It is the deepest Lake in the world that contains the fifth part of the Earth’s fresh water. After breakfast, board a motor ship to sail on the waters of the Baikal to the village of Listvyanka. Here you will visit the unique museum dedicated to the flora and fauna of the Lake. Not to be missed is the observation point at the Cherssky Stone with a stunning view on the Lake and the Angara river. After a visit to a local market, the journey continues along the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway for several hours directly along the shore of Lake Baikal. Your train will stop at a particular spot for you to enjoy the majestic lake and a barbeque dinner.

Day 9, Ulan-Ude

«Imperial Russia» Train will stop today in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. A special spiritual experience is a visit to an active datsan that is today on your program during the city tour. Be a guest to the locals who will welcome you in a traditional yurt. Here you learn how to cook traditional “pozy”, play dice, wear traditional costume, and assemble yurt. Another perspective on the Buryats’ culture is a colorful and spectacular folklore program that you will enjoy here. Later in the evening board «Imperial Russia» Train to continue your voyage.

Day 10, Ulan Bator

After arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will leave for Terelj National Park. You will be introduced to the nomadic way of life of still many Mongolians today. When reached Ger Camp in a remote area at Terelj National Park, explore its most beautiful landscapes on the tour of the National Park. Tonight you will sleep in gers (traditional Mongolian yurt) and enjoy traditional Mongolian dinner.

Day 11, Ulan Bator

Today you travel back to Mongolian capital to explore this historic city. You will visit the Gandan abbey, and the National Museum of Mongolia. Enjoy a stunning Mongolian cultural performance including the famous throat singing. Tonight you are welcome back onboard «Imperial Russia» Train.

Day 12, Erlian

Your train pulls towards the Chinese border through the Gobi Desert. Jaw-dropping landscapes will keep your eyes glued to the window. Erlian, the border town, is nothing more than a military post. Due to the different gauges, «Imperial Russia» Train cannot go to Beijing. Your Chinese charter reaches the capital of China in about 16 hours.

Day 13, Beijing

Beijing is the final destination of your railway journey that has led you across two continents. It is home to millions of small shops and street traders, the place to shop for souvenirs and bargains, and the last opportunity to taste the delicious Chinese food in all its variations. During the city tour you will visit the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square and the Hutongs. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911. Tian’anmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance, as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world’s largest city square and enduring symbol of China’s national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Tonight you will lodge at one of the hotels in the city.

Day 14, Beijing

After breakfast, you head to one of the most powerful symbols of ancient Chinese civilization – the Great Wall of China, stretching 9000 km. It took more than one million people and ten years to build the Great Wall of China, designed as a defensive structure. You can walk along the wall, through the watchtowers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. In the noon you are back in Beijing to visit the Summer Palace.

Day 15, Beijing

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport from where you start your travel home. Your exciting «Imperial Russia» Train journey will certainly stay in good memory for a long time.

Train


VIP Car
This type of car contains 5 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table. All compartments are equipped with individual water closet with a shower booth and a washbowl. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.

Business Car
This type of car contains 6 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed 120 cm wide, and the upper berth of width of 90 cm, a chair and a folding table. All compartments are equipped with a private en-suite bathroom with a washbasin, toilet and wet shower. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.

First Plus Class Car
Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 berths in each. Berths: one upper, one lower one. All compartments are equipted with a table with an armchair. Between compartments, there are four rooms with washbowls and shower cans. In compartment 9 there is a 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. Most cars are equipped with LCD TV sets.

First Class Car
Consists of 8 passenger compartments, 2 lower berths in each and are equipted with a table and 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.

Dining Car
Dining cars, usual for long-distance trains, are equipped with a dining room, kitchen, audio/video broadcasting, inter-car communications system and air conditioning. Interiors of dining cars are made from environmentally friendly and fire-resistant materials. Please note there shall be several modifications of dining cars in different styles to be used for our tours. At our website you will find photos of some of the cars.

Bar Car
A unique car with a music saloon, divided into two functional areas: an area with comfortable armchairs and a restaurant area with a dance floor, equipped with the piano. The bar car is ideal for cocktail parties, theme parties, holiday events. Please note there shall be several modifications of bar cars in different styles to be used for our tours. At our website you will find photos of some of the cars.

Prices and Terms

23 Jun - 7 Jul 2019
First/Comfort Class double $7577
First Class Plus double $8187
First/Comfort Class single $10593
First Class Plus single $11510
Business Class double $12397
VIP double $13295
Business Class single $20767
VIP single $22281
18 Aug - 1 Sep 2019
First/Comfort Class double $7577
First Class Plus double $8187
First/Comfort Class single $10593
First Class Plus single $11510
Business Class double $12397
VIP double $13295
Business Class single $20767
VIP single $22281

Services included:

Accommodation:

  • Onboard «Imperial Russia» Train;
  • 1 o/night at Moscow hotel, 2 o/nights at Beijing hotel, 1 o/night in ger in Mongolia;
  • Towels, bathrobe and slippers available onboard of «Imperial Russia» Train.

Excursions & guides:

  • Excursions with local guides according to the program;
  • Excursions will be conducted in English, German, French and Spanish. Other languages are possible upon request.

Meals:

  • Tea/coffee on board throughout the day;
  • Full board.

Other services:

  • 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 stations;
  • Brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited;
  • Doctor onboard;
  • English speaking Group Leader and Tour managers.


Services not included:

  • International and domestic flights;
  • Visa fees (Company is not liable for passengers with 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 passenger is obliged 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.


Payment policy:

  1. The prepayment is due 5 days upon receipt of the tour confirmation. The prepayment is non-refundable. The prepayment shall amount to:
    • 1500 EUR  – per person in VIP compartment;
    • 1500 EUR – per person in BUSINESS CLASS compartment;
    • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment;
    • 900 EUR – per person in FIRST/COMFORT CLASS compartment.
  2. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation policy:

60-30 days before departure - a fee equal to 50% of the entire package will be charged.

30 days or less before departure or no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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