TRANS-SIBERIAN VOYAGE ON LUXURY TRAIN

While passing across the vast expanse of Russia in a luxury train, travelers get a unique chance to explore different cultures and lifestyles of local people, see historical monuments, admire breathtaking sceneries of virgin land, the Siberian taiga, great rivers, steppes, mountains and deserts. For many people the great part of the pleasure is simply sitting back and watching the land they go by. However, most travelers on the Trans-Siberian Railway find that it is interaction with other passengers is what makes the trip an unforgettable experience. There's something special about watching thousands of kilometers passing by, and observing ever-changing landscapes and views through the window of your train.
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Train description

In Russia and Mongolia passengers travel on board a comfortable modern train charted exclusively for tourists and ideal for long distance travel. The train is composed of first and standard class sleeping cars, restaurants and bar. In China passengers travel on board the Chinese charter train which offers standard class accommodation. The change of trains takes place at the town of Erlian on the Chinese border. All passport and customs formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border and the Mongolian-Chinese border are done in the train, so the passengers may stay in their compartments.
FIRST CLASS SLEEPING CARS
1 to 2 passengers per compartment
 
The First Class Sleeping Car has five compartments and is equipped with the system of air conditioning (therefore windows cannot be opened), heating, lighting (day and evening). Each compartment offers two sleeping berths (one lower berth is 120x180 cm in size and one upper berth is 95x180 cm in size), arm-chair, table, dress closet with hangers, luggage shelf, washstand, shower, ecologically clean (vacuum) WC, DVD with TV monitor, radio point (train broadcasting), socket 220V for equipment charging, call of conductor button. The compartment may be locked by conductor on request.
 
STANDARD CLASS SLEEPING CARS
1 to 2 passengers per compartment
 
The Standard Class Sleeping Car has eight compartments and is equipped with the system of air conditioning (therefore windows cannot be opened), heating, lighting (day and evening),  socket 220V for equipment charging. Each compartment offers two lower sleeping berths 60x175 cm in size, table, place for clothes with peg, luggage shelf, radio point (train broadcasting). The compartment may be locked by conductor on request. Combined, ecologically clean (vacuum) toilet /lavatory /shower compartment is located at the end of this category’s cars.
RESTAURANTS AND BAR
The two restaurant cars serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to all passengers offering traditional Russian and European cuisine. The cars are equipped with professional kitchenware of the world leading trade marks, which allows the staff to offer freshly cooked and high quality dishes. The bar carriage is separated by a decorative partition to make two comfortable zones allowing the passengers to eat, dance, relax with a drink and enjoy the scenery passing in the window. There is a piano in the hall.
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Tour programme Go East

GO EAST: MOSCOW – KAZAN – EKATERINBURG – NOVOSIBIRSK – KRASNOYARSK – IRKUTSK – CIRCUM BAIKAL RAIL ROAD – ULAN UDE – ULAN BATOR – ERLIAN – BEIJING
 
DAY 1 MOSCOW
Arrival in Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation, a city of great historical and cultural traditions. Intourist representative meets you at the airport.
Transfer to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Welcome dinner.
Accommodation at a 4 star hotel.
 
DAY 2 MOSCOW
Guided city tour: Prospect Mira (Peace Avenue), Ostankino TV Tower, Garden and Boulevard Ring, the Moskva River, Novodevichiy (New Vergin) Convent, Vorobiovy Gory (Sparrow Hills), Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Gora (Bow Hill) , Victory Park, Kutuzov Avenue, The Federal Government Building (White House), New Arbat Avenue, Tverskaya Street.
The afternoon tour: historical Red Square, the Kremlin territory including gold-domed Cathedrals with magnificent ancient mural icon paintings, Armory Chamber with the unique collection of treasure objects once in the possession of Russia’s Tzars.
In the evening transfer to the railway terminal to board the Intourist Express.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 3 KAZAN
Arrival in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a city of a 1,000 year-long history.
Guided city tour: Kazan Kremlin, major historical citadel in the 16th -18th centuries, historical Qol-Sarif Mosque and Minarets, the Square of Freedom, magnificent Orthodox Churches and Cathedrals,
President’s Palace, a folk show.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 4 EKATERINBURG
Arrival in Ekaterinburg, the major historic, economic and administrative center of the Ural Region, an area which gave a rise to Russia’s industry in the 18th century. Ekaterinburg is a natural border between Europe and Asia. The city is also known as a place of exile and execution of Russia’s last Tzar Nicholas II and his family in 1918.
Guided city tour visiting architectural monuments of Russian classicism of the 18-19th centuries, the Obelisk marking the virtual Europe-Asia border, the Temple-on-Blood Church erected in place of Ipatiev’s House where the Tsar’s family spent their last days.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 5 NOVOSIBIRSK
Arrival in Novosibirsk, the biggest city in Siberia and major scientific center, the seat of Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Guided city tour: the Red Avenue, Lenin Square, Opera and Ballet Theatre, the geographical centre of Russia – the chapel, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the railway station historic building, the Ob River embankment, the Trans Siberian Bridge.
Excursion to the open air museum of railway machinery with an extensive exposition of the railroad history, locomotives and cars.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 6 KRASNOYARSK
Arrival in Krasnoyarsk, the largest Siberian port on the Yenisei River. The history of the city, founded by the first Russian explorers of Siberia, dates back more than 300 years. Guided city tour of the key landmarks.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 7 IRKUTSK
Arrival in Irkutsk, the oldest city in Eastern Siberia, a historical transit point on trade routes between Russia and China. Irkutsk is situated on the picturesque Angara River in close vicinity of Lake Baikal.
City tour: Kirov Square, Eternal Flame Memorial, Orthodox churches and cathedrals, Bell Tower to admire a magnificent panoramic view on a city, the old wooden town, Museum of Decembrists with a private classical concert. Also included is a visit to the Taltsy open-air museum of wooden architecture.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
TRANS-SIBERIAN
DAY 8 LISTVYANKA AND THE CIRCUM BAIKAL LINE
Arrival at Listvyanka Village to board the train for a ride on the Circum Baikal Line.
The Circum Baikal Line was part of the Trans-Siberian Mainline that connected the Eastern and Western rail lines separated by the Baikal Lake. Nowadays the Circum Baikal Line, no longer on the Trans-Siberian main route, is an open-air museum. There is not much traffic on this railroad, only a few local and excursion trains. The road starts from the dead end at Port Baikal, a small settlement nearby Listvyanka Village and goes along the picturesque southern shore of Lake Baikal to join the Trans Siberian Mainline at Sludyanka Village.
A photo stop is arranged at a small village where the passengers can get off the train and put their feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal. A barbeque by the lakeside is also part of the program.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 9 ULAN UDE
Arrival in Ulan Ude, the capital of Buryatia, a former outpost of Russian Cossacks set up in the 17th century at the junction of the Selenga and the Uda Rivers. The settlement became a busy crossroad of trade routes between China, Mongolia, Russia and Europe. Nowadays Ulan Ude is the major regional city in Russia and prominent center of the Buddhist culture.
The program includes a visit to local Datsan, prominent Buddhist Monastery and centre of Buddhism in Russia. On the way to Mongolia, the Intourist Express crosses the Russian border at Naushki and the Mongolian border at Sukhe Bator and joins the Trans-Mongolian Mainline. All passport and customs control formalities are done on board the train.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 10 ULAN BATOR AND TERELJ
Morning arrival in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. Transfer to Terelj National Park 70 km away. At Terelj Tourist Camp time is given to set up gers and freshen up before lunch.
After lunch excursion to the beautiful Turtle Rock to be followed by a short hiking tour to the top of the Overlooking Hill to have a panoramic view on Terelj National Park. Horse riding. Disassembling and setting up a smaller Mongolian ger. Admire the sunset and bright shining night stars in the wide steppe.
Accommodation in Gers.
Day 11 TERELJ AND ULAN BATOR
In the morning avisit to a nomadic family to learn the authentic lifestyle of Mongolian nomads and try traditional dairy food.
After lunch transfer to Ulan Bator. Visits to Sukhbaatar Square, Gandan Monastery, National History Museum, the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. Climb to the Zaisan Hill to admire the Ulan Bator panorama. Small shopping tour to buy Mongolian souvenirs.
In the evening Mongolian traditional music and dance performance.
Board the Intourist Express to continue the voyage in destination to China, enjoy wonderful Mongolian sceneries with gers, nomads and horses passing by.
Accommodation on board the Intourist Express.
 
DAY 12 ERLIAN (TRANSIT TOWN)
In the morning arrival at the Mongolian border village of Zamyn-Uud and the Chinese border town of Erlian. All passport and customs control formalities take place on board the train.
At Erlian the Russian railway gauge system (broad gauge 1520 mm wide) meets the China railway gauge system (standard gauge 1435 mm wide).Thus the Intourist Express terminates at Erlian.
The connecting Chinese train will be waiting on the same platform. While service staff transfer passengers’ luggage to the private Chinese train, passengers enjoy a sumptuous Chinese welcome lunch.
In the afternoon the train goes via the Gobi Desert famous for its spacious territory, most severe environment and unique fauna.
Accommodation on board the private Chinese train.
 
DAY 13 BEIJING
In the morning arrival in Beijing, the capital of China, a city of ancient history and culture, unique architectural monuments and modern dynamic life.
Full day guided city tour: Forbidden City ruled by Emperors and khans and unreachable for ordinary people, the Imperial Palace.
Accommodation in Beijing at a 4-star hotel.
 
Day 14 BEIJING
In the morning excursion to the Great Wall and after lunch to the Ming Tombs.
Farewell dinner at a Beijing Duck Restaurant.
Accommodation in Beijing at a 4-star hotel.
 
Day 15 BEIJING
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport.
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Tour programme Go West

GO WEST: BEIJING – ERLIAN – ULAN BATOR – ULAN UDE – CIRCUM BAIKAL RAIL ROAD – IRKUTSK - KRASNOYARSK - NOVOSIBIRSK – EKATERINBURG – KAZAN – MOSCOW
 
DAY 1 BEIJING
Arrival in Beijing, the capital of China, a city of ancient history and culture, unique architectural monuments and modern dynamic life. Intourist representative meets you at the airport.
Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Accommodation in Beijing at a 4 star hotel.
 
Day 2 BEIJING
In the morning excursion to the Great Wall and after lunch to the Ming Tombs.
Welcome dinner at a Beijing Duck Restaurant.
Accommodation in Beijing at a 4-star hotel.
 
Day 3 BEIJING
Full day guided city tour: Forbidden City ruled by Emperors and khans and unreachable for ordinary people, the Imperial Palace. Transfer to the rail terminal to board the Chinese private train in destination to Mongolia. On the way the train goes via the Gobi Desert famous for its spacious territory, most severe environment and unique fauna.
Accommodation on board the private Chinese train.
 
DAY 4 ERLIAN (TRANSIT TOWN)
In the morning arrival at the Chinese border town of Erlian, where the China railway gauge system (standard gauge 1435 mm wide) meets the Russian railway gauge system (broad gauge 1520 mm wide). The passengers will change the Chinese train for the connecting Intourist express waiting on the same platform. While the service staff transfer passengers’ luggage to the INTOURIST EXPRESS, passengers enjoy a sumptuous Chinese lunch. In the afternoon the train crosses the Chinese-Mongolian border. All passport and customs control formalities take place on board the train.
 
Day 5 ULAN BATOR AND TERELJ
In the morning arrival in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. Transfer to Terelj National Park 70 km away. At the Terelj Tourist Camp time is given to set up the gers and freshen up before lunch.
After lunch excursion to the beautiful Turtle Rock to be followed by a short hiking tour to the top of the Overlooking Hill to have a panoramic view on Terelj National Park. Horse riding. Disassembling and setting up of a smaller Mongolian ger. Admire the sunset and bright shining night stars in the wide steppe.
Accommodation in Gers.
Day 6 TERELJ AND ULAN BATOR
In the morning avisit to a nomadic family to learn the authentic lifestyle of Mongolian nomads and to try traditional dairy food. After lunch transfer to Ulan Bator. Visits to Sukhbaatar Square,
Gandan Monastery, National History Museum, the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. Climb to the Zaisan Hill to admire the Ulan Bator panorama. Small shopping tour to buy Mongolian souvenirs.
In the evening Mongolian traditional music and dance performance.
Board the INTOURIST EXPRESS to continue the voyage in destination to Russia. Enjoy wonderful Mongolian sceneries with gers, nomads and horses passing by. Upon leaving Ulan Bator on the way to Ulan Ude INTOURIST EXPRESS switches from the Trans-Mongolian line to the Trans-Siberian Line. The train reaches the Mongolian border station of Sukhe Bator and the Russian border station of Naushki. All passport and customs control formalities are done on board the train.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 7 ULAN UDE
Arrival in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryatia, a former outpost of Russian Cossacks set up in the 17th century at the junction of the Selenga and the Uda Rivers. The settlementbecame a busy crossroad of trade routes between China, Mongolia, Russia and Europe. Nowadays Ulan Ude is the major regional city in Russia and prominent center of the Buddhist culture.
The program includes a visit to local Datsan, prominent Buddhist Monastery and centre of Buddhism in Russia.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 8 LISTVYANKA AND RIDE ON THE CIRCUM BAIKAL LINE
Arrival at Listvyanka Village to board the trainfor a rideon the Circum Baikal Line.
The Circum Baikal Line was part of the Trans-Siberian Mainline that connected the Eastern and Western rail lines separated by the Baikal Lake. Nowadays the Circum Baikal Line, no longer on the Trans-Siberian main route, is an open-air museum. There is not much traffic on this railroad, only a few local and excursion trains. The road starts from the dead end at Port Baikal, a small settlement nearby Listvyanka Village and goes along the picturesque southern shore of Lake Baikal to join the Trans Siberian Mainline at Sludyanka Village.
A photo stop is arranged at a small village where the passengers can get off the train and put their feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal. A barbeque by the lakeside is also part of the program.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 9 IRKUTSK
Arrival in Irkutsk, the oldest city in Eastern Siberia, a historical transit point on trade routes between Russia and China. Irkutsk is situated on the picturesque Angara River in close vicinity of Lake Baikal.
City tour: Kirov Square, Eternal Flame Memorial, Orthodox churches and cathedrals, Bell Tower to admire a magnificent panoramic view on a city, the old wooden town, Museum of Decembrists with a private classical concert. Also included is a visit to the Taltsy open-air museum of wooden architecture.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 10 KRASNOYARSK
Arrival in Krasnoyarsk, the largest Siberian port on the Yenisei River. The history of the city, founded by the first Russian explorers of Siberia, dates back more than 300 years.  Guided city tour of the key landmarks.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 11 NOVOSIBIRSK
Arrival in Novosibirsk, the biggest city in Siberia and major scientific center, the seat of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Guided city tour: Red Avenue, Lenin Square, Theatre of Opera and Ballet, the geographical centre of Russia – a chapel, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the railway station building, the Ob River embankment, the Trans Siberian Bridge.
Excursion to the open air Museum of railway machinery with an extensive exposition of the railroad history, locomotives and cars.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 12 EKATERINBURG
Arrival in Ekaterinburg, the major historic, economic and administrative center of the Urals Region, which forms a natural border between Europe and Asia. Founded in the 18th century as a fortress the city grew to become a significant regional center, which gave a rise to Russia’s industry. Ekaterinburg is also known as a place of exile and execution of Russia’s last Tzar Nicholas II and his family in 1918.
Guided city tour visiting architectural monuments of Russian classicism of the 18-19th centuries, the Obelisk marking the virtual Europe-Asia border, the Temple-on-Blood Church erected in place of Ipatiev’s
House where the Tsar’s family spent their last days.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 13 KAZAN
Arrival in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a city of a 1,000 year-long history.
Guided city tour: Kazan Kremlin, major historical citadel in the 16th -18th centuries, historical Qol-Sarif Mosque and Minarets, the Square of Freedom, magnificent Orthodox Churches and Cathedrals,
President’s Palace, a folk show.
Accommodation on board the INTOURIST EXPRESS.
 
DAY 14 MOSCOW
Arrival in Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation, a city of great historical and cultural traditions.
Guided city tour: Prospect Mira (Peace Avenue), Ostankino TV Tower, Garden and Boulevard Ring, the Moskva River ,  Novodevichiy (New Virgin) Convent, Vorobiovy Gory (Sparrow Hills), Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Gora (Bow Hill), Victory Park, Kutuzov Avenue, The Federal Government Building (White House), New Arbat Avenue and Tverskaya Street.
The afternoon tour: historical Red Square, the Kremlin territory including gold-domed Cathedrals with magnificent ancient mural icon paintings, Armory Chamber with the unique collection of treasure objects once in the possession of Russia’s Tzars.
Farewell dinner at a city restaurant
Accommodation at a 4 star hotel.
 
Day 15 MOSCOW
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport.
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Included in tour price

ACCOMMODATION
-       9 nights on board the Intourist express private train
-       1 night on board the Chinese private train
-       1 night at Moscow hotel****
-       1 night in Terelj gers
-       2 nights at Beijing hotel****
-       bathroom set (towel and soap) on board
-       bath robe and slippers on board
-       showers on board
MEALS
-       Moscow – Beijing: full board throughout the tour starting with welcome dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day
-       Beijing – Moscow: full board throughout the tour starting with breakfast on the second day and ending with breakfast on the last day
-       complimentary morning/day/evening  tea/coffee
-       culinary specialties (Beijing Duck, caviar and vodka tasting, picnic on lake Baikal)
 
EXCURSIONS & GUIDES
-       excursions with local guides according to the program
-       extensive trip on the old rail lines of the Trans-Siberian Railway directly to the coast of Lake Baikal with photo stop
-       guides speaking English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (other languages on request) for language groups from 10 persons traveling on board the Intourist Express
 
OTHER SERVICES
-       transfers airport – hotel – airport in Moscow and Beijing
-       luggage services at railway stations
-       brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited
-       doctor on board (from Moscow to Erlian and from Erlian to Moscow)
-       Intourist english speaking tour director throughout the tour
 
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Important extras

- International Flights
- Visa Russia, Mongolia, China
- Gratuities
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Dates and itinerary

GO EAST: MOSCOW - BEIJING July 5-19, August 16-30
                 
GO WEST: BEIJING - MOSCOW July 13-27, August 24-September 7
                   
 
Day
July 5-19
15 days/14 nights
Local time
City
Accommodation
1
Fri
5 July
 
Moscow
Hotel
2
Sat
6 July
1900 dep
Moscow
Train
3
Sun
7 July
1000-1500
Kazan
Train
4
Mon
8 July
0900-1200
Ekaterinburg
Train
5
Tue
9 July
1400-2200
Novosibirsk
Train
6
Wed
10 July
1200-1700
Krasnoyarsk
Train
7
Thu
11 July
1200-2200
Irkutsk
Train
8
Fri
12 July
1300-2100
Lake Baikal
Train
9
Sat
13 July
0900-1500
Ulan Ude
Train
10
Sun
14 July
0900 arr
Ulan Bator
Ger camp
11
Mon
15 July
1900 dep
Ulan Bator
Train
12
Tue
16 July
1100-1600
Erlian
Train
13
Wed
17 July
0600 arr
Beijing
Hotel
14
Thu
18 July
 
Beijing
Hotel
15
Fri
19 July
 
Beijing
 
 
 
Day
July 13 - 27
15 days/14 nights
Local time
City
Accommodation
1
Sat
13 July
 
Beijing
Hotel
2
Sun
14 July
 
Beijing
Hotel
3
Mon
15 July
1900 dep
Beijing
Train
4
Tue
16 July
1100-1600
Erlian
Train
5
Wed
17 July
0900 arr
Ulan Bator
Ger camp
6
Thu
18 July
2200 dep
Ulan Bator
Train
7
Fri
19 July
1700-2200
Ulan Ude
Train
8
Sat
20 July
1300-2100
Lake Baikal
Train
9
Sun
21 July
0900-1600
Irkutsk
Train
10
Mon
22 July
1000-1600
Krasnoyarsk
Train
11
Tue
23 July
0900-1600
Novosibirsk
Train
12
Wed
24 July
1500-2000
Ekaterinburg
Train
13
Thu
25 July
1000-1800
Kazan
Train
14
Fri
26 July
1100 arr
Moscow
Hotel
15
Sat
27 July
 
Moscow
 
 
Day
August 16-30
15 days/14 nights
Local time
City
Accommodation
1
Fri
16 Aug
 
Moscow
Hotel
2
Sat
17 Aug
1900 dep
Moscow
Train
3
Sun
18 Aug
1000-1500
Kazan
Train
4
Mon
19 Aug
0900-1200
Ekaterinburg
Train
5
Tue
20 Aug
1400-2200
Novosibirsk
Train
6
Wed
21 Aug
1200-1700
Krasnoyarsk
Train
7
Thu
22 Aug
1200-2200
Irkutsk
Train
8
Fri
23 Aug
1300-2100
Lake Baikal
Train
9
Sat
24 Aug
0900-1500
Ulan Ude
Train
10
Sun
25 Aug
0900 arr
Ulan Bator
Ger camp
11
Mon
26 Aug
1900 dep
Ulan Bator
Train
12
Tue
27 Aug
1100-1600
Erlian
Train
13
Wed
28 Aug
0600 arr
Beijing
Hotel
14
Thu
29 Aug
 
Beijing
Hotel
15
Fri
30 Aug
 
Beijing
 
 
Day
August 24– September 7
15 days/14 nights
Local time
City
Accommodation
1
Sat
24 Aug
 
Beijing
Hotel
2
Sun
25 Aug
 
Beijing
Hotel
3
Mon
26 Aug
1900 dep
Beijing
Train
4
Tue
27 Aug
1100-1600
Erlian
Train
5
Wed
28 Aug
0900 arr
Ulan Bator
Ger camp
6
Thu
29 Aug
2200 dep
Ulan Bator
Train
7
Fri
30 Aug
1700-2200
Ulan Ude
Train
8
Sat
31 Aug
1300-2100
Lake Baikal
Train
9
Sun
1 Sep
0900-1600
Irkutsk
Train
10
Mon
2 Sep
1000-1600
Krasnoyarsk
Train
11
Tue
3 Sep
0900-1600
Novosibirsk
Train
12
Wed
4 Sep
1500-2000
Ekaterinburg
Train
13
Thu
5 Sep
1000-1800
Kazan
Train
14
Fri
6 Sep
1100 arr
Moscow
Hotel
15
Sat
7 Sep
 
Moscow
 
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