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Westward - (East to West) - Beijing TO Moscow

From the cobblestones of the Forbidden City to the walls of the Kremlin

Departures - Set date fully escorted:


Westward - East to West No. 2017    
Beijing to Moscow P5 14 May to 28 May    
. P6 11 Jun to 15 Jun    
  PZ 07 Jul to 21 Jul    
  P7 30 Jul to 13 Aug    
  P8 25 Aug to 08 Sep    
  P9 17 Sep to 01 Oct    

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In addition to English:
P5 has Chinese
P6 also has French and Spanish
PZ has Italian
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P8 has French and Spanish
P9 has Chinese

 

 

 

 

       

04 Aug 2015
Private Train Ulan Bataar

H Brent
Having a great time - we have loved the train, all going well. Great people, excellent staff and so much food. Loving it.
Thanks so much
Sue

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From: Kevin Lundie
Date: 17 October 2014 11:53:55 PM AEDT
To: Helen Fuge
Subject: Re: Private Trans Siberian

Dear Helen
Just an update on our Trans-Mongolian-Siberian train journey. We had an add on Baltic/Iceland /Ireland cruise and have just returned home. We would like to express our sincere thanks to you and your company for the opportunity to share in such a wonderful experience. Truly a journey of a lifetime. We have done a fair amount of travel but that train trip was something very special. Thanks once again
Kind regards Kevin & Kay





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Itinerary - scroll down

A journey on the legendary Trans Siberian Railroad is one of the last great travel adventures in our world. Set this dream of a lifetime on the tracks with this Private Train
and experience Russia, Mongolia and China in a safe, very comfortable style.

Day 1

Beijing––Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square

Upon arrival at Beijing you will be met and transfered to your first class hotel in the centre of town. To have this included transfer you must arrive between 0800am and 1200 midday. Transfers after these times will incur a surcharge. It would also mean you miss the afternoons sightseeing. After a brief rest the itinerary starts off with a tour of Beijing. Highlights include Beijing’s most stunning sights: the Temple of Heaven as well as the famous Tiananmen Square. The day concludes in a relaxed manner with drinks and dinner. (D) We can arrange extra days in Beijing should you wish to arrive earlier.

Day 2

Great Wall and Peking Duck

The Great Wall of China is the 8th Wonder of the World and today is your chance to experience it up close. Enroute to the Great Wall, you visit a pearl farm as well as the famous Ming Tombs (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and pass along the Sacred Way, a boulevard lined with carved stone animals. Wrapping up the day is a feast featuring what is surely the world’s best-known Chinese delicacy, Peking Duck, at one of China’s most famous theme restaurants. (BLD)

Day 3 Forbidden City and departure for Mongolia

For centuries the doors to the former Emperor’s Palaces have been closed to the public. However today the glorious halls and mysterious temples of the Forbidden City are open for you. This evening, the first rail portion of your journey begins. A modern Chinese train will pull out from Beijing’s station, en route to Mongolia, a 16-hour trip (Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cars are not available for this one night). Meanwhile, China’s busy rural life unfolds outside your window: people working in the fields, donkey-drawn carts on dusty roads, and the great steppes of the Gobi desert. (BLD)
Day 4 Through the Gobi desert



At noon you arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian border and change to your Private Train. Formalities are easily completed in your compartment. At Erlian you can explore the colourful border market. Afterwards, your Private Train takes you through the vast expanse of the Gobi desert and then across the vast green steppes of Mongolia. (BLD)
Day 5 Ulan Bator


This morning you arrive in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator. Major luggage can be left on the train while you check into the centrally located standard hotel and then enjoy a tour of the city including the Choijin Lama temple. Tonight you will have the unique opportunity to watch traditional Mongolian music performances. On request we can arrange for you to spend this night at a Ger camp outside the city amongst the hills and steepe. (BLD)
Day 6 Gandan Monastery and the Mongolian Alps


After breakfast you will visit the Buddhist Gandan Monastery and undertake an excursion to a mountainous area with stunning rock formations, known as the Mongolian Alps (about 90 minutes east of Ulan Bator). Along the way, a visit to an open-air railroad museum puts the Mongolian railway in context. A picnic lunch in a yurt is followed by a demonstration of Mongolian horsemanship and the traditional wrestling match. Try some lamb in milk, a culinary specialty of Mongolia, or for the brave of heart, there’s always kumys (fermented mare’s milk), the preferred brew of the nomads. (BLD)
Day 7 Ulan Ude

Today you bid farewell to the Mongolian steppes as your train rolls on through the valley of Selenga, the largest river of Mongolia. At Ulan Ude your train joins the main route of the Transsiberian Railroad. Here you can stroll through the city streets or join the guided tour of the city, which includes a high quality Russian folk music performance. (BLD)
Day 8 Lake Baikal



The entire day is dedicated to Lake Baikal. Before noon you will arrive at the old station of Port Baikal, located directly on the shoreline. During two long photo stops on the ancient tracks running parallel to the shore (Circumbaikal Railway) you will have the chance to capture the beauty of the lake on film and explore the wonderful scenery. Take a moment to have a dip in the lake or visit a picturesque Baikal village. You will also enjoy a short boat ride on the lake. If the night is warm, your dinner will be served as a picnic on the shores of the spectacular lake before re-boarding the train. Next stop: Irkutsk. (BLD)
Day 9 Irkutsk

In the morning you will check into a centrally located standard hotel in Irkutsk. You can safely leave your bags on the train. A tour of the city can include the lively market hall, the drama theatre and a rather spectacular oddity, a newly erected statue of the Tsar. In a ddition a visit to the fabulous Decembrist Museum. Here, ater viewing the exhibits, there is an exclusive musical performance. The afternoon features an excursion to an open-air museum displaying Siberian life in the old days. Spend the night at your centrally located hotel in Irkutsk. (BLD)
Day 10 Across Siberia


After breakfast the train continues westward through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. On board you are able to enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. A social get-together complete with caviar and vodka tasting provides a perfect introduction to Russian hospitality. (BLD)
Day 11 Novosibirsk

At noon your train will arrive at Novosibirsk, Siberia’s biggest city, and her you are greeted in the traditional Russian way: with bread, salt and balalaika music. Your city tour includes a visit to the Transsiberian monument, the world rekown Opera House and the mighty Ob River. After dinner, the train continues its journey westwards. (BLD)
Day 12

Ekaterinburg

Around mid-afternoon the train stops in Ekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains and at the border between Asia and Europe. Here you are able to enjoy a short tour of the city centre which was only restored in 2009. During the tour you will see the newly erected Cathedral-on-the-Blood, built on the actual site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas and his family in 1918. From this point on your train is on European ground.

Ekateringburg was the home town of the frist President, Boris Yeltsin. So far Ekaterinburg is the only place in Russia to have a staue honouring this rather controverisal President. The image to the right shows the central 'Salute Rostrum' where Boris, when Governor, used to wave to the soviet style marches. Ekaterinburg was also the scne of that famous 'Cold War' show trial related to the shooting down of a U.S. spy plane - The Gary Powers Affair. The event is imortalised with a mosaic frieze in the railway station hall, next to a similar frieze related to the last Czar!! You can see these as you transit the station. (BLD)

Day 13

Kazan

After breakfast the train arrives at Kazan, the old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. Plenty of history here: on a guided tour of the Kremlin you will learn about the wild and often bloody relations between the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. The evening offers you one last chance to be pampered in the onboard restaurant. (BLD)

Day 14 Moscow

Before noon you arrive in Moscow, Russia’s capital and one of the world’s richest and most dynamic cities. After the long rail journey, your first class hotel offers comfort and convenience. After lunch, your first stop is the Kremlin with its glorious cathedrals. You can also inspect the interiors of some of the buildings. After dinner you will enjoy a magical evening trip through the city. This special tour includes a stop at Red Square as well as a Metro (subway) ride with a visit at two of the ornately decorated old stations. (BLD)
Day 15

Tour of Moscow and return home

After a breakfast at your hotel, your group will enjoy a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, the New Virgin Monastery and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral. As well there is the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. This afternoon your journey ends and you are able to farewell your travelling companions before your departure transfer to the airport. Transfers to airport the Moscow airport DME ( Domodedovo - one of 4 airports) for flights departing between 14.00 and 18.00 will be included. Transfers outside this time range incur a surcharge. (B)

If you are extending to St Petersburg with one of our options you will be transferred to the train station for that journey.

St Petersburg Extension

We can organise extra days for you to explore St Petersburg.

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