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Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Trans-Siberian Express
15 days, 14 nights from 5885 £
Bucket list rail journey from Moscow to Vladivostok
Embark on an epic railroad adventure, as you traverse the world’s largest country by train on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad. This Trans-Siberian rail journey combines travel on the Tsar’s Gold private train with regular trains, taking you all the way from the gleaming capital of Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok . Along the way, see the most spectacular scenery that Russia has to offer, including the incomparable solitude of Lake Baikal. Relax, all the details have been taken care of. All that’s left for you to do is sit back and enjoy a voyage that is captivating, comfortable and secure.
Our trips are accompanied by an experienced multi-lingual tour director and a physician travelling on the train. A sophisticated on-board program complements a comprehensive excursion and sightseeing package to make your journey truly memorable.
- Traveling the entire length of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which celebrated its centennial in 2016
- Touring Vladivostok’s busy harbor Bay by vessel Walking in the taiga forest, the pristine home of the Siberian tiger
- The cities of Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and Ulan-Ude
- Vladivostok’s Oceanarium and submarine museums
- Beaches of the Amur River
- Khechzyr nature reserve
- Old Believers colony
- Ivolginsky Datsan Buddhist Monastery
- Introduction to Your Journey
- Your Itinerary
- Departures and Prices
- What's Included
- Booking conditions
MOSCOW • Kazan • Yekaterinburg • Novosibirsk • Irkutsk • Ulan-Ude • Khabarovsk • VLADIVOSTOK
You are greeted at the airport by your friendly tour guide and accompanied to your hotel. Our “City of Lights” tour shows you around the exquisitely illuminated Russian capital. You notice that Moscow is clearly on a par with Europe’s other great metropolitan cities such as Madrid and Paris. You stroll across the famous Red Square and take a short trip on the underground to view several of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. Overnight: InterContinental Tverskaya (or similar). Meals included: dinner (D)
In the morning you take an informative tour of Moscow, including the imposing Kremlin grounds and its magnificent cathedral from tsarist times. Toward evening, you are greeted aboard your private car (attached to a regular train) prior to departure. You will get to know your friendly conductors and will be served a welcome tea or vodka. Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D).
In the morning you arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. You take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) with its wonderful panoramic view over the Volga, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Your journey continues eastwards in the evening. Overnight on board. (BLD)
Your train stops around noon in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals. The city is remembered as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a brief city tour you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 in commemoration of that tragic historic event, and the city centre so attractively restored in 2009. Back on board, you continue your journey through the vast steppes of western Siberia. Overnight on board. (BLD)
You arrive in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia. During a short city tour, you experience the most Soviet of all cities during your journey. You see the enormous Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River. Overnight on board. (BLD)
You cross the wide Yenisei River and enjoy the journey through Siberia. A vodka tasting accompanied by Russian snacks and clever toasts offers you a very enjoyable opportunity to combine pleasure and local hospitality. Your train passes by villages with their typical wooden houses and through birch forests set against a background of impressive mountains capes and, hopefully, ample sunshine. Overnight on board. (BLD)
After arrival in Irkutsk in the morning you take a bus to Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of non-frozen freshwater in the world. You enjoy a short boat ride on the Lake and a visit to the village of Listvyanka. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal (weather permitting). Overnight: Hotel Mayak (or similar). (BLD)
In the morning you take an excursion to an informative open-air museum with a focus on life and work in historical Siberia. Afterwards, you drive back to Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. During your city tour you see, among other things, the picturesque Siberian wooden houses and a memorial to Tsar Alexander III (the initiator of the Tran-Siberian Railway), which was erected in 2003 where the Trans-Sib Obelisk previously stood. In the evening your journey continues – next stop Ulan Ude. Overnight on board. (BLD)
After arrival in Ulan Ude you are transferred to your hotel for the night. Afterwards you visit an Old Believers Village. The religious group living here broke off from the Russian Orthodox Church centuries ago and favors colorfully painted wooden buildings and traditional dress. Overnight: Hotel Geser (or similar). (BLD)
After breakfast we head to the train station, and then further East, crossing the most fertile countryside east of Lake Baikal, through Chita, site of the Transmanchurian Railway, the junction to the Baikal-Amur-Magistrale, the former penal colony of Svobodny and Birobidzhan. Two overnights on board. (2xBLD)
This afternoon you arrive in Khabarovsk. During the guided bus tour of the city you visit the Regional Museum as well as the bluff over the Amur River, with its wide sandy beaches and view to China. A small boat ride on the Amur River follows. Overnight: Hotel Best Eastern Parus (or similar). (BLD)
After breakfast you’ll go on an excursion to Khechzyr, an extraordinary natural preserve, that provides an opportunity for a short hike through the taiga along the shores of the Amur river. You head towards Vladivostok in the early evening. Overnight on board. (BLD)
In the morning you’ll arrive in Vladivostok. A guided bus tour of the city will include the Submarine Museum as well as the picturesque train station, boasting the founding memorial of the Trans-Siberian Railway. In the afternoon you’ll go on a boat excursion around Russia’s largest Pacific port. Overnight: Hotel Best Eastern Versailles (or similar). (BLD)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for you flight home. (B)
The Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) Express
The private Tsar's Gold (Zarengold) train is designed to provide you with a comfortable experience as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime and offers a range of cabins to suit every budget.
Enjoy dining in the charming restaurant carriages where you are able to try the freshest local cuisine and relax with fellow passengers. Also, take the time to get involved in several lectures on board the train where you can learn about the history, people and cultures of the countries you travel through.
Choose from 2 cabin types
In the STANDARD CATEGORY (I), there are nine compartments per car, each for four guests. On both sides, left and right, there are two berths, one upon the other and each of them sized 27.55 inches x 74.80 inches (70×190cm). In the middle, below the window, you will find a table. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments are located at each end of the car.
In the CLASSIC CATEGORY (II), there are 9 compartments per car. A compartment is shared by two guests. Berths are sized app. 27.5 inches x 75 inches (70 × 190 cm) and arranged facing each other. There is also a table under the window. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments are located at each end of this category’s cars. In every second car there is a shower compartment.
Compartment height: 100.4 inches (255 cm) Compartment depth: 74.8 inches (190 cm)
Compartment width: 71.6 inches (182 cm)
Bed length: 73.6 inches (187 cm)
Bed width: 26.8 inches (68 cm)
Space between the beds: 16.5 inches (42 cm)
Luggage case under beds: height 14.2 inches (36 cm); width 18.5 inches (47 cm); depth 25.6 inches (65 cm)
Luggage case above door: height 12.2 inches (31 cm); width 58.7 inches (149 cm); depth 21.7 inches (55 cm)
The newly refurbished Category II Superior now presents interiors in a nostalgic look. The compartments have two lower beds, one on each side of the compartment and measuring 67 cm x 187 cm / 26.5 × 73.6 in.
The nine compartments in a wagon share two combination wash and toilet facilities located at its ends. Depending on the train configuration, a shower facility is shared by guests from two to four sleeping cars. (The sanitary facilities were also modernised as part of the refurbishment, with the wagons now outfitted with the practical vacuum toilets, which are preferable both for the user and the environment.
This category of compartment offers the opportunity to truly travel in the style of the red tsars. You travel in a nostalgic ambience that would even make past Soviet leaders feel at home – but with all of the 21st century’s modern amenities.
Each of these of these rolling hotel rooms offers not only two comfortable beds (ca. 80 × 185 cm / 31.5 × 72.8 in.) placed one above the other, but also an armchair from which to enjoy the passing landscape. Each of two neighbouring compartments shares a semi-private lavatory with wash basin and simple shower located between them. Combination wash and toilet facilities are located at both ends of the wagons.
This category of compartment, with its illustrious name, offers 5.57 m² (almost 60 sq. ft.) of space. It has two beds, with the upper measuring 80 × 176 / 31.5 × 69.3 in. and the lower 110 × 187 cm / 43.3 × 73.6 in. This compartment also offers comfortable seating, a generous-sized table, and a small clothes closet. The Bolshoi category has its own lavatory equipped with a toilet, wash basin, and integrated shower with a full shower curtain. This configuration of wagon has only six compartments.
The Bolshoi Platinum compartment provides 7.15 m² (almost 77 sq. ft.) of space, even more than the Bolshoi compartment. The lower bed measures 120 × 184 cm / ca. 47.2 × 72.4 in., the upper 82 × 174 cm / ca. 32.3 × 68.5 in. Each compartment has a spacious clothes closet and its own lavatory outfitted with a separate shower cabin. This category of wagon offering the highest level of comfort available on the Trans-Siberian Railway contains only five compartments and offers space for a maximum of just 10 guests.
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DEPARTURES DATES AND PRICES
PRICE PER PERSON, STARTING FROM
*Private car attachec to a regular train
**Flight availability is subject to change, the actual cost may be different
All Tours Include:
*9 nights in a private car of category Classic or Bolshoi (depends on the booked category) attached to a regular train on the route from Vladivostok to Moscow (single occupancy or Superior car available on request)
*5 nights in hotels along the route
*English-speaking tour guide with pertinent knowledge of the region throughout the journey
*Local travel guides
*All transfers and bus tours according to itinerary
*All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary, including all entry fees
*All meals according to your itinerary. Meals are served in the restaurant car of the regular train or in local restaurants at the stops.