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Eastward - (West to East) - Moscow TO Ulan Bataar

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

Departures - Set date fully escorted:


Easttward - West to East
Moscow to Ulan Bataar
No: 2017 2018
  M5 24 Feb to 08 Mar  
All tours have English guiding. M5    
       

Look forward to a fairy tale journey through Siberia and its magical winter landscapes! Enjoy a ride in a troika sleigh, the morning light reflecting off the frost in the taiga birch woods, the crisp, clear winter sun and the stunning Lake Baikal – just a few of the memorable moments on a journey through a Winter Wonderland in a perfectly-heated train. Optional highlight: Spend a night in a nomads' camp in Mongolia in totally unspoilt surroundings!

Some recent feed back

Hi Brent We are at the end of our journey in Edinburgh we trained it all the way from Beijing to here except we flew from Helsinki to London.
10000 kms It was the greatest experience and a wonderful time,
the two Mrs Sheridan turned out to be (Miss sisters .) and we teamed up and all looked after each other.
The St Petersburg extension was well worth while as we saw Swan Lake at the Hermitage theatre and our guide Lucy was spectacular !!!
Thanks for all your help and I would recommend this trip to every one I know.
Best Regards Keith. ,

04 Aug 2015
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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 2013
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

Welcome to Moscow.

After arrival in Moscow, you are met and transfered to your hotel. To have this included transfer you must arrive between 1300pm and 1600pm. Transfers out side this time range will incur a surcharge. The Russian capital offers wonderful illuminations at night on your "Moscow by Night" city lights tour. Afterwards you can stroll across the famous Red Square with your tour guides and experience Moscow’s Metro stations in all their splendour and beauty. (D)

Day 2

Sightseeing Moscow

Explore Europe's most dynamic city on a panorama city tour with its contrast of traditional onion-shaped golden domes decorating small churches and cathedrals and the power centres of the new mega-rich companies such as Gazprom. Afterwards, relax over lunch in a restaurant themed on Russian history before joining your special carriage to depart from the impressive backdrop of one of Moscow's major stations. On board, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner. (BLD)

Day 3

Volga and Ural Mountains

In the morning, take in the landscape of rolling steppes in old Russia's heartlands and cross the impressive bridges over the rivers Volga and Kama before starting the climb to the Ural Mountains – usually a magical snowy landscape at this time of year. Enjoy insights into Russian life with entertaining on-board talks on the Cossacks and winter life in Siberia, as well as a film on Russia's last tsar. (BLD)

Day 4

Ekaterinburg

Stop in Ekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Ural region. Ekaterinburg has gone down in history as the place where Tsar Nicolas II, the last tsar of Russia, was murdered with his family in 1918. A short city tour includes the attractive city centre, restored in 2009, as well as the commemorative Cathedral on the Blood, built in 2003 on the site of the tsar's execution. Back on board, your train continues across the rolling steppes of western Siberia. (BLD)

Day 5

The vastness of Siberia

Your train, by now a home from home, continues across Siberia. Relax and enjoy the magical winter views of snowy birch and larch woods in the sunshine! A vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks in the restaurant car explores some of the less familiar aspects of Russian customs associated with food and drink. An entertaining film offers a fascinating insight into Russian culture. (BLD)

Day 6

Krasnoyarsk

Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk — according to writer Anton Chekhov, the most beautiful city in Siberia. The short city tour focuses on an overview of Krasnoyarsk's captivating history. The mix of old and new streets vividly illustrates how the city has grown and changed down the years. Enjoy a view of Peace Square, the city's oldest square, and the stunning vistas across the Yenisei river. Naturally, there is also a stop at the beautiful Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel, the symbol of Krasnoyarsk. Back on board, your train continues on to Irkutsk. (BLD)

Day 7

Lake Baikal

The train pulls into Irkutsk station. Leaving your main luggage safely on board, a transfer takes you to your hotel at the Baikal village of Listvyanka. After time to settle in, a visit to the local open-air museum offers a vivid insight into the history of the region, and traditional life and lifestyles in old Siberia. The traditional lifestyle theme continues in the evening with a chance to visit a banja, the original Russian sauna. (BLD)

Day 8

Lake Baikal

What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn troika sleigh ride — the next highlight on your programme! From February, this is followed by an exhilarating motorised sledge ride on the frozen Lake Baikal. Afterwards, it is onwards and upwards by cable car (if already in operation) to a special vantage point with stunning views out across Lake Baikal. This vantage point is also renowned for its cold temperatures – so this may be the place to experience the lowest temperatures you have ever known! Subsequently, a visit to a local family includes a tasty traditional Russian meal. The final stop around the lake is the Baikal Museum, which showcases this area's special ecosystem and the lake itself, the world's largest fresh water reservoir. The day ends in Irkutsk in your centrally located hotel. (BLD)

Day 9

Irkutsk

Today's guided walking tour includes the fascinating Museum of Architecture and Ethnography, the Trans-Siberian Memorial to Tsar Alexander III, the Drama Theatre and the vibrant and bustling covered market — just the place to find a few souvenirs! A city tour takes you to one of East Siberia's largest monastery complexes and to the House of Europe. Back on board in the evening, your train pulls out of Irkutsk station heading for Ulan Bator. (BLD)

Day 10

Relaxing on board

After the intensive and varied programme of the last days, a day on board offers an ideal chance to relax and recharge the batteries! The entertaining on-board talks focus on winter travels during the age of the tsars and the Mongol invasions. (BLD)

Day 11

Ulan Bator

Over breakfast, watch the taiga mountain landscape of northern Mongolia slide by with its scattered nomad settlements. As your train pulls into the Mongolian capital city of Ulan Bator in the morning, porters are already waiting to help with your luggage. Your mid-class hotel is conveniently located in the centre of the city. This first night in Ulan Bator also offers the chance to stay in a (preheated) nomad felt tent in unspoilt — and probably very frosty! — surroundings (advance booking required). Sleeping in a traditional felt tent under the stars in the majestic quiet of nature – a truly unique experience! The afternoon is dedicated to a visit to the National Museum of Mongolia. Those taking hotel accommodation can enjoy an evening programme of Mongolian folklore with throat singing, music performed on the traditional bowed string instrument, the morin khuur, national costumes, myths and dance. The nomad felt tent option includes traditional Mongolian tales around an open fire. (BLD)

Day 12

Ulan Bator

Today's programme offers such impressive sights as the Buddhist Gandan monastery and the quirky architectural masterpiece of Choijin Lama Temple. The temple architecture is unique worldwide for its dramatic depictions of the torments of hell for those leaving the path of righteousness. The afternoon excursion visits a family of cattle breeders just outside the city. (BLD)

Day 13

Tour conclusion

After breakfast in Ulan Bator, your journey through this magical winter landscape has come to an end! (B)

Time to return home, or move on to another destination. We are able to arrange an extension to Beijing using the standard service trains.

St Petersburg Extension

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

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