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Trans-Siberian Golden Program

Tour rating: 4.94 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews
Small Group Rail Tour to Russia, Mongolia

Cross a third of the world and marvel at the beautiful views behind your window while comfortably seated on a train! The scenic Trans-Siberian rail journey takes you through some of the most spectacular cities and landscapes in the continent, which you explore enjoying the company of a small group of like-minded travelers.

Trans-Siberian Golden Program

14 days5 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
Small Group Rail Tour to Russia, Mongolia
From
$8,028
Tour rating: 4.94 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews

Cross a third of the world and marvel at the beautiful views behind your window while comfortably seated on a train! The scenic Trans-Siberian rail journey takes you through some of the most spectacular cities and landscapes in the continent, which you explore enjoying the company of a small group of like-minded travelers.

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

You can't say you've been in Russia if you haven't stopped in legendary Moscow, and even if you have just one day to spend there, there are a lot of things you can cross from your Russia travel bucket list.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport 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.

No meals included.

  • 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.
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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 at 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 walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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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 brightest gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces by 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!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Moscow
Ekaterinburg
25 hrs 40 min

Make yourself at home in the first-class sleeper of the private train car and enjoy part of your unforgettable Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to magnificent Ekaterinburg.
The private train car is detached and locked during stops with overnight stays in local hotels. This way you can safely leave your luggage and only take what you will need for your time in the hotel, avoiding the hustle of packing and unpacking.

Ekaterinburg, Russia

Ekaterinburg

second destination

A bridge between Europe and Asia, lovely Ekaterinburg is one of the most significant Russian cities, boasting a rich cultural heritage and plenty of amazing sights to explore, including the world-famous Church of All Saints!

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

Today you arrive in the capital of Ural Region. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

No meals included.

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Day 5
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a guided 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’s House 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.

The last stop for today is 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 the Boris Yeltsin Center*, a modern high tech complex where you explore the life of the first Russian president and learn about the contemporary history of Russia, starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the time known as “the wild 90s”.

After the tour, you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

*Please, note: the 2020 tour program features a visit to the Vysotsky viewpoint instead.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
On Board the Train

In the morning you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the train station to beard the train to Moscow.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
On Board the Train

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.

Breakfast box is included.

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4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

train
Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs

Travel from authentic Ekaterinburg to your next destination - the scenic village of Listvyanka, while comfortably seated in the first-class sleeper of your private train car. The train goes to Irkutsk, from where you'll be transferred right to Listvyanka Village, which is situated on the Lake Baikal shore. The region of Lake Baikal and more adventures along the Trans-Siberian route await! 

Listvyanka Village, Russia

Lake Baikal, Listvyanka Village

third destination

If the magnificent Lake Baikal is on your travel bucket list, there is no better place to visit than lovely Listvyanka Village. Nestled right on the shores of the unique lake, it boasts numerous wooden churches and breathtaking landscapes.

1 day in the village
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a great location hotel
Day 8
Listvyanka Village Tour & Lake Baikal Cruise

In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. On the way, you make a stop at a local cafe for breakfast (not included).

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.

To enhance your experience, you have a chance to attend a traditional Russian banya or sauna (at your choice) at the hotel in the evening.

  • Please, note: chair-lift is not available on Monday

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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3-star Hotel
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Enhance your rail adventure by staying in a cozy 3-star hotel, providing everything a traveler might ask for a nice stay. In the gallery, you can see several examples of the 3-star hotels that we offer to our clients.

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Lake Baikal, Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk

In a short car trip, a reliable driver will take you from the shores of Lake Baikal to Siberia's heart, Irkutsk. On your way to the city, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Russian countryside, as well as multiple alluring views and riverain areas.

Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk

fourth destination

Irkutsk boasts an amazing location close to China and Mongolia, making it an interesting blend of cultures. The city played a major part in the country's history and is a "must-visit" place for those who want to experience genuine Russia.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Trip to Taltsy Village & Irkutsk City Tour

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 driver takes you then to 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Ride to Ulan-Ude & Train to Ulan Bator

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and a private driver transfers you to the amazing Russian city of Ulan-Ude where you board a train that takes you to the final destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - striking Ulan Bator. 

You spend the rest of the day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

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4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan Bator
22 hrs 40 min

Make your way from Irkutsk to Ulan Bator to continue your unforgettable Trans-Siberian adventure! Meet your driver for a private transfer to Ulan Ude and embark on the first-class sleeper in a regular train car heading towards your next destination.

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Ulan Bator

fifth destination

Ulan Bator is an off-the-beaten-path city full of treasures waiting to be discovered, and anyone who is looking for a travel destination with a unique culture and unparalleled atmosphere should put the city on a travel bucket list.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 11
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park

After breakfast you check out from your hotel, 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 in the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Later you take the 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 enjoy 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.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 

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Day 12
Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue

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. 

You continue to 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 a thread and then into clothing.

Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 13
City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator

After breakfast, you meet your guide at 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 the rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

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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 driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

  • Note: You can extend your trip to Beijing or Vladivostok. Contact your travel specialist for more information.

Breakfast is included.

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5-star Hotel
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You have to agree, it's impossible to think of a perfect vacation without a top-notch hotel where you can relax after a long day of exploring the city. And there is no better place to unwind than a high-end 5-star hotel, providing flawless service, a wide choice of in-house facilities to take advantage of, and ample bedrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a great stay.

What's Included

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, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Petite group size of no more than 18 people (minimum group size: 8 travelers)
  • Private 1st class train car for the Trans-Siberian rail portion
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany you
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator
  • A boat ride along Lake Baikal
  • Authentic Mongolian experience: a night in a Mongolian ger camp
  • Included Russian visa processing

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble and the Mongolian tugrik in Mongolia. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Since you'll be staying at many hotels along the way, not only on the train, it is wise to have smaller luggage or a carry on to take with you for overnights at the hotels (opposed to all of your suitcases which you can leave in the lockable private train car).
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
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