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2021 Trans-Siberian Golden Program

Small group tour
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14 days
8 cities
2nights

Moscow, Russia

Traveling to the capital of Russia? Make sure to leave extra time to really see all of the world-famous sights of Moscow, starting with St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theater, to GUM - State Department Store, that once boasted 1200 different stores and continues to astonish travelers with its size, elegance, and opulent architecture. When visiting Moscow, make sure to pop up to Kremlin and see the remarkable red brick building that is the principal symbol of Russia....
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport or train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

    Optional pre-tour extension available: begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.

    Day 2: Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
    This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

    Following breakfast you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

    Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

    After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have a welcome meeting with the tour leader. The rest of the day is free.

    Day 3: Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
    In the morning you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

    After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

    Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

    After the tour you are transferred to the train station to board your private train car!

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    Marriott Courtyard Moscow
    4-star hotel
    Voznesenskiy Pereulok, 7, Moscow, Russia, 125009
    Marriott Courtyard Moscow
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    The 4-star hotel located on a charming 18th-century street is less than 10 minutes from the best sights of Moscow. You can relax after busy sightseeing day in the on-site fitness center and spa salon followed by dinner at your choice of the hotel's restaurants including Terraneo, the Russo-American Flat Iron Bar, and Roadhouse. Your beautifully decored room is fitted with air-conditioning system, flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi and spacious bed. Grab a coffee at the Lobby Cafe on your way to explore the beautiful Moscow!... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Russian Visa Processing Service
    • Walking Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
    • Tretyakov Gallery, Subway Ride & Panoramic Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Moscow - Yekaterinburg
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car)
Moscow
26 h
Yekaterinburg
1night

Yekaterinburg, Russia

Visiting Yekaterinburg? Allow yourself three days to thoroughly explore the fourth-largest city in Russia, also known as the “window to Assia”. The wonderful city is packed with must-see attractions, starting with the Church on Blood - a memorial for Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family to the striking architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House. During your time in the city ensure to pay a visit to the renowned Europe-Asia monument where you can experience being at two places at once. Put one foot in Europe and the other in Asia - visit Yekaterinburg!...
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    Day 4: Arrival
    Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg, your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

    Day 5: Exploring the Highlights of Yekaterinburg
    After breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

    During the tour you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov House, admire Sevastyanov's House - the symbol of the city, and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

    The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
    Your guide also takes you to the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

    The day is crowned with a visit to Boris Yeltsin Center, a modern high tech complex where you explore the museum dedicated to the first Russian president and learn about the contemporary history of Russia starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the period often described as “the wild 90s”.

    After the tour you return to the hotel and have some free time.

    In the evening you are transferred to the train station where you board your private train car and continue the Trans-Siberian journey. You spend the rest of the evening and the following day on board the train enjoying the fantastic scenery from the window in the company of your fellow travelers.

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    Four Elements Ekaterinburg
    4-star hotel
    RU, Lenin Avenue, 9А, Yekaterinburg, 620014
    Four Elements Ekaterinburg
    Standard Double Breakfast Included
    The modern 4-star hotel in Ekaterinburg is located right at the heart of the city, within a walking distance from the Pond and Opera. Guests are welcome to dine at the on-site restaurant, serving some delicious Russian dishes alongside everyone's top choices from international cuisine. Great comfort and refreshing beverages can be found in the lobby bar too.... show more
    1 room / 1 night
    Included Experiences
    • City Tour & Last Days of Russian Imperial Family
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
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Connection | Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car)
Yekaterinburg
53 h
Irkutsk
1day

Irkutsk, Russia

Discover another must-see of Russia - the Paris of Siberia - Irkutsk. After visiting Lake Baikal, spend at least couple days in the Russian heritage city, full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames, the large city built earlier than other biggest cities in Russia. Make sure to see the real landmarks of the city - Volkonsky and Trubetskoy Houses, where the largest salons and social gatherings took place in the 19th century. Another important sights you should stop by are Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Sukachev Art Museum - one of the largest art galleries east of the Ural Mountains. ...
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    Day 8: Trip to Listvyanka Village
    In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

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Connection | Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Private Transfer Minivan
Irkutsk Hotel / Station
Irkutsk, Russia
1 h
Listvyanka Hotel
Listvyanka, Russia
1night

Listvyanka, Russia

Are you dream to see the Lake Baikal? Listvyanka is located in one of the most picturesque places on Earth - the shores surrounding Lake Baikal. The village is truly remarkable with its wooden architecture, visible in all type of buildings from cabins, stores to even churches. The small village doesn’t lack in terms of tourist attractions, make sure to see the Baikal Limnological Museum with exposition dedicated to the lake and its history, flora, fauna and all other aspects regarding the largest freshwater lake in the world. Don’t miss a chance to see the marvelous St. Nicholay Church. ...
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    Day 8: Listvyanka Village Tour & Lake Baikal Cruise
    After some rest you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

    Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

    After lunch at a local restaurant we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

    After the cruise you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Today you have a chance to attend a traditional Russian banya or sauna (at your choice) at the hotel.

    Additional meals: lunch


    Day 9: Trip to Taltsy Village
    After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your guide and driver take you on a trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

    This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

    Your next destination is Irkutsk.

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    Anastasia Hotel
    3-star hotel
    Anastasia Hotel
    Standard Twin Room Breakfast Included
    Perched right on the shore of the vast Lake Baikal by the promenade, the charming Anastasia Hotel in Nikola village is the perfect place to enjoy authentic Russia and Siberia.... show more
    1 room / 1 night
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Tour of Listvyanka
    • Half Day Trip to Taltsy Village
    • Private Baikal Cruise
    • Lunch in Listvyanka
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Connection | Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Private Transfer Minivan
Listvyanka Hotel
Listvyanka, Russia
1 h
Irkutsk Hotel / Station
Irkutsk, Russia
1night

Irkutsk, Russia

Discover another must-see of Russia - the Paris of Siberia - Irkutsk. After visiting Lake Baikal, spend at least couple days in the Russian heritage city, full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames, the large city built earlier than other biggest cities in Russia. Make sure to see the real landmarks of the city - Volkonsky and Trubetskoy Houses, where the largest salons and social gatherings took place in the 19th century. Another important sights you should stop by are Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Sukachev Art Museum - one of the largest art galleries east of the Ural Mountains. ...
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    Day 9: Irkutsk City Tour
    Your arrive in Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

    You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

    You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sign Monastery also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

    After the tour you are transferred to centrally located hotel for check-in.

    Day 10: On Board the Train
    Following breakfast you check out from your hotel, and your driver transfers you to the train station. At the station, you board the private train car and continue your journey to the next destination - Ulan Bator. You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

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    Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center
    4-star hotel
    Chkalov Street 15, Irkutsk, Russia, 64025
    Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    Centrally located within walking distance of the Kirov square, Angara river and the historic Drama theater, this modern and stylish 4-star hotel has everything for fruitful work and comfortable rest. It offers elegant air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities and fridges, free Wi-Fi in public areas, five conference halls and a Grand Courtyard Ballroom, a gym, a bar offering a wide range of snacks and drinks, and an on-site restaurant serving American-style breakfast buffet and Russian-Siberian and international cuisine for lunches and dinners. ... show more
    1 room / 1 night
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Private Guided Tour
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    • Departure Private Transfer Minivan
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Connection | Irkutsk - Ulan Bator
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car) to Ulan Ude and 1st Class Sleeper (Regular Train Car) from Ulan Ude to Ulan Bator
Irkutsk
23 h
Ulan Bator
1day

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Discover Ulan Bator, an exciting city with almost 400 years of history. Today the Mongolian capital looks like a modern dynamically growing city with plenty of tourist attractions. Consider having a walk around Sukhbaatar Square to see the Government Palace with the huge colonnade monument in honor of Genghis Khan, the legendary figure in Mongolian history. In case you want to spend a fabulous evening plunging deep into authentic Mongolian culture, check out the Tumen Ekh Ensemble's shows. The actors present traditional dances in colorful costumes, throat singing, and fantastic art of contortion (a special kind of choreography, implying incredible body flexibility). ...
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    Day 11: Visiting the Gandan Monastery
    In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Upon arrival, your driver meets you and takes to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

    Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive at the camp.

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Connection | Ulan Bator - Gorkhi-Terelj Park
Private Transfer Minivan
You depart from the capital for Gorkhi-Terelji National Park.
Ulan Bator hotel
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
1 h 30 min
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia
1night

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Mongolia, placed 60 km (37 mi) from Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital. The park became popular because of its unusual rocks, in their shapes, people sometimes see different animals, dinosaurs, human figures, etc. The park panorama is so picturesque that not only attracts numerous tourists from all over the world but is even often used as a set for filming movies....
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    Day 11: Gorkhi-Terelji National Park Tour
    In the afternoon you arrive at the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

    You then take a tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and admire the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

    In the evening you enjoy a 1-hour pony riding and have dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

    Additional meals: Lunch, Dinner

    Day 12: Meeting a Nomadic Family
    Following breakfast at the ger camp, you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. 

    Later you depart from the park.

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    Buuveit Ger Camp
    3-star hotel
    Buuveit Ger Camp
    Double Ger Full Board Included
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    Included Experiences
    • Gorkhi-Terelji National Park & Chinggis Khaan Statue Sightseeing
    • Guided Horseback Riding
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Connection | Gorkhi-Terelj Park - Ulan Bator
Private Transfer & Exploring Genghis Khan Statue
You head for the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery. After a break for lunch, you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing. Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator.
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia
6 h
Ulan Bator hotel
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
2nights

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Discover Ulan Bator, an exciting city with almost 400 years of history. Today the Mongolian capital looks like a modern dynamically growing city with plenty of tourist attractions. Consider having a walk around Sukhbaatar Square to see the Government Palace with the huge colonnade monument in honor of Genghis Khan, the legendary figure in Mongolian history. In case you want to spend a fabulous evening plunging deep into authentic Mongolian culture, check out the Tumen Ekh Ensemble's shows. The actors present traditional dances in colorful costumes, throat singing, and fantastic art of contortion (a special kind of choreography, implying incredible body flexibility). ...
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    Day 12: Arrival
    In the evening you arrive in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 13: City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator
    After breakfast you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator.

    During the tour you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

    After the tour you return to the hotel to take some rest or continue exploring the city center on your own. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the State National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble of Mongolia (transfers are included).

    After the show you are invited to the restaurant to have farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

    Additional meals: Dinner

    Day 14: Departure from Ulan Bator
    This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

    Optional post-tour extension: continue your journey further to Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem or to Vladivostok to visit one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. Contact your travel specialist for details.

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    Best Western Tuushin Hotel
    5-star hotel
    Prime Minister Amar street 15, MN- 14200, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Best Western Tuushin Hotel
    Deluxe Double City View Breakfast Included
    You will be staying in a hand-picked downtown hotel. We carefully inspect all of our hotel properties and recommend only the ones that are conveniently located to major city attractions, have great atmosphere, comfortable rooms, and guarantee exceptional service.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
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    • Half Day Private Walking City Tour
    • Folk Show with Transfers
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st class train tickets on all legs of the trip;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan Ude;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan Ude;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 17 travelers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Ganina Yama, Church on Blood, Boris Yeltsin Center, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Taltsy Musem, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.


Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. 

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

3. Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 8 travelers. If a particular departure will not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued 4 months prior to the tour start date

4. Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

5. Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have single supplement for train cabin as well.

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