Tour  program, Guaranteed Departures and Prices

for Grand Trans-Siberian Express

Journey of a Lifetime

  One of the world’s greatest travel experiences  

8000 km transcontinental rail journey between Europe and Asia by private train

Introduction

Experience the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and the Trans-Mongolian Railway on board a private charter train. Forget about any hassle of packing and unpacking every day. Your cabin is your “home on wheels” during the entire rail cruise journey.

Our train offers a choice of 4 accommodation categories from Economy to Deluxe as well as a restaurant, a lounge and conference area for lectures. Stops for land excursions at the most exciting places along the route are included every day. In selected cities like Ekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk near Lake Baikal and Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, hotel nights in international managed ****/***** hotels are included. They allow you more time to explore these places and enjoy a relaxed journey. The journey may be booked either eastbound, starting in Moscow, or westbound, beginning in Beijing. Hotel nights in Moscow and Beijing in ***** star hotels are included as well.

Our rail cruises offer you the possibility to experience remote areas of the world like Siberia, Lake Baikal and Mongolia. At the same time, you enjoy the comfort, which is possible only onboard a private charter train.​

  Information about Grand Trans-Siberian Express and cabins types  

TOUR PROGRAM

  Russia – Mongolia – China (Eastbound)  

Moscow – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Ulan Ude –

Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

Day 1

Arrival Moscow

Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the Moscow airport and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in Moscow.

 

Day 2

Moscow

A full day sightseeing tour shows you the magnificent Red Square, the Kremlin grounds and other highlights of Moscow. You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, full of life, comparable to Paris or Rome. In the afternoon transfer to the railway station where your private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express is ready for you to board for the first leg of the almost 8000 km long journey to Beijing. Welcome dinner and accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 3

Full day on the train

Today you enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements, followed by the Ural Mountains. A day to relax, watch the landscape, and listen to lectures about Russia and its people. In the evening you arrive in Yekaterinburg, the "Capital of the Ural Mountains".

Accommodation in Yekaterinburg.

 

Day 4

Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg – “Capital of the Ural Mountains”. The city was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the center of the metallurgical industry. By the 20th century, it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial, and cultural centers of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia.

In the morning a sightseeing tour shows you the city center, and you visit a place of remarkable

importance for Russian history: the "Cathedral on The Blood" which was built at the site where the

Bolsheviks executed Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918.

In the afternoon an excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a "holy place." It is an assembly of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990s to honor the last Czar's family of the Romanov dynasty who were buried in Ganina Yama.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 5

Novosibirsk

Again an almost full day of relaxation and lectures on the train, today you are passing through the plains of Western Siberia and reach Novosibirsk in the late afternoon. With 1,5 million inhabitants Russia's third-largest city and the biggest of Siberia, it is widely regarded as the center of Siberia. It was founded in 1893 as the future site of the Trans-Siberian railway bridge crossing the Siberian River Ob.

Accommodation in Novosibirsk.

 

Day 6

Novosibirsk

In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period, and you see the famous Opera House which is the largest in Russia, situated in the center of the city at Lenin Square. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the town into the Taiga. About 30 km out of the city you have the opportunity of visiting the largest open-air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars – a perfect insight into the development of the trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway. A boat tour on the River Ob shows you one of the mightiest rivers which are crossed by the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 7

Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude, used to be a "closed city" during Soviet times – closed to foreigners and also to most Soviet citizens at that time. It is located along the Yenissei River, which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 8

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called "Paris of Siberia" because of its colorful lifestyle during the time of the Tsars. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses. One of the of the cultural highlights of the tour will be a private classical concert in a Mansion of historical background.

Accommodation in Irkutsk.

 

Day 9

Lake Baikal

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest freshwater reserves in the world. It stretches up to

26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, reaching 1.620 meters at its deepest part. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake, you will never forget.

In the morning a one-hour bus drive takes you from the hotel to Lake Baikal. A walk through the village of Listvyanka shows you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautifully renovated in the 1990's. On a typical Siberian lunch, you can taste fresh fish from Lake Baikal. In the afternoon a boat takes you on a short cruise on Lake Baikal to the small village of Port Baikal where the private train is waiting for you.

Today the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years has been used only by a few of local trains and tourist trains. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and - with some luck - also visit the typical wooden houses of local people. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 10

Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures and religions. Ulan- Ude is a meeting place between East and West. Like Irkutsk, the city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses. Your sightseeing excursion goes to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practising their live like people did it centuries ago.

When leaving Ulan-Ude, the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans-Siberian mainline to the Trans Mongolian mainline on its way to Ulaanbaatar. In the evening the train reaches the Russian border station Naushki and the Mongolian border station Sukhbaatar. Russian and Mongolian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your compartment and don’t have to leave the train.

Accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 11

Ulaanbaatar

In the morning the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. During a sightseeing tour you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the central Sukhabaatar Square, the Bogd Khan Museum which used to be formerly the winter and sometimes also the summer palace of the Khans’, as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements. An amazing cultural music and dance show will introduce Mongolian folk music and culture to you. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner. Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 12

Ulaanbaatar

Today an unforgettable excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. A stone formation called the “turtle” and the beautiful mountainous scenery will fascinate you. In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt. A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing. Accommodation in a **** hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 13

Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

Another day for discovering the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar! Today you visit the Historical Museum which explains the long history of the Mongolians from Genghis Khan’s times until today. In the afternoon you visit a cashmere factory and see how the famous cashmere clothes are designed and produced. In the evening a 2 hour flight takes you from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, the Chinese capital, arriving there at 20:10.

Accommodation in Beijing.

Day 14

Beijing

In the morning you visit the Great Wall of China, which is often called “8th world wonder”. The Great  Wall  stretches  6000  km  from  East  to West. In the afternoon you explore the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck  restaurants  you  will  taste  what  many believe is the most typical Chinese meal. Accommodation in Beijing.

Day 15

Beijing & Departure

Airport transfers are provided by our service team to connect with your flight departing Beijing.

  Prices 2020 Moscow – Beijing  

For those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities

Moscow – Beijing (15 days, 14 nights) – All Rates are in EURO, per person. Train Moscow-Ulaanbaatar, flight Ulaanbaatar-Beijing*.

Guaranteed languages on excursions:  English on all tours. Italian on tour 4A and 5A. French on tour 5A.

Other languages or tours dates on request.

  Category                                                                    Standard                 Standard                 Standard                  Silver                Gold          

                                                                                             Economy                 Economy                      Plus                                                                               

   Passengers per cabin                                              4                                        3                                     2                                    2                           2 

   Price per person EUR                                        4.670                             5.590                         6.790                         10.870              13.070

   Single Supplement Train & Hotel             n/a                                  n/a                              2.670                          5.820                6.920

   Supplement High Season I                             240                                 240                              240                               240                    240

   Supplement High Season II                           160                                  160                               160                                160                     160

Services included in the tour price:

  • 6 nights accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Moscow - Ulaanbaatar in the category booked

  • Flight Ulaanbaatar-Beijing by Mongolian Airlines MIAT in Economy Class, 20 kg checked-in luggage

  • 1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

  • 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

  • 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Novosibirsk

  • 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

  • 2 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

  • 2 nights accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

  • Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 15

  • Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan-Ude for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

  • Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow on day 1 and in Beijing on day 15

  • Sightseeing tours in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing

  • Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

  • Private classic concert in Irkutsk

  • Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

  • English, Spanish, Portuguese speaking tour guides (other languages on request)

  • English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

Services Not Included:

  • Flights to Moscow and from Beijing

  • Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

  • Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

 

Optional Booking:

Available for maximum 1 month

 

Minimum number of tour participants:

80 persons on board the charter  private train

Payment Conditions

Deposit        Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus     EUR   750 per person at the time of booking

                            Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold                         EUR   1.500 per person at the time of booking

Balance       65 days before departure

Cancellation Conditions

Up to 100 days before the tour                         Deposit

95-65 days before the tour                                    25 %

65-35 days before the tour                                    50 %

35-20 days before the tour                                    75 %

20-10 days before the tour                                    95 %

No Show                                                                               100 %

Guarenteed departures

(*) The 144-hour-visa-free-transit in Beijing/China:

Flight passengers from more than 50 countries of the world are entitled to stay in Beijing up to 144 hours without a Chinese visa if they continue their flight journey within 72 hours after arrival at Beijing Capital Airport to a third country. If you wish to make use of the 144-hour-visa-free-transit stopover in Beijing without Chinese visa, you need to depart via Beijing Airport to a third country (not return to Mongolia) within 144 hours after arrival in Beijing from Ulaanbaatar. In other words: As you arrive by flight OM 223 on a Thursday at 20:10, you need to leave from Beijing Airport not later than the following Wednesday at 20:10.

TOUR PROGRAM

  China – Mongolia - Russia (Westbound)  

Beijing  – Ulaanbaatar  –  Ulan-Ude  –  Lake  Baikal  –  Irkutsk  –  Krasnoyarsk  –  Novosibirsk  –

Yekaterinburg – Moscow

Day 1

Arrival Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. You will be met at Beijing airport and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in Beijing.

 

Day 2

Beijing

In the morning you visit the Great Wall of China, which is often called the “8th world wonder”. The

Great Wall stretches 6.000 km from East to West. In the afternoon you explore the Summer Palace in the western part of the city. The day ends in one of the famous Beijing Roast Duck restaurants where you will taste what many believe is the most typical Chinese meal.

Accommodation in Beijing.

 

Day 3

Beijing & flight to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning you visit the Imperial Palace (“Forbidden City”) and the huge Tian An Men Square. In the afternoon you walk through the Temple of Heaven, before you board the aircraft for a 2 hours evening flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 4

Ulaanbaatar

An unforgettable full day excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. A stone formation called the “turtle” and the beautiful mountainous scenery will fascinate you. In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt. A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.

Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.

 

Day 5

Ulaanbaatar

During a sightseeing tour you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the Bogd Khan Palace which used to be formerly the winter and sometimes also the summer palace of the Khan’s, as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of nomadic yurt settlements.

In the afternoon you board your private train which will be your home for the trans-continental journey to Moscow.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 6

Ulan Ude

In the night you reach the Mongolian border station Suchbaatar and the Russian border station Naushki. The Mongolian and Russian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your cabin and don’t have to leave the train.

In the afternoon the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives at Ulan Ude, the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of cultures. Ulan Ude is a meeting place between East and West. The city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses.

Your sightseeing excursion goes to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practising

their live like people did it centuries ago. You will be hosted for a typical Russian homemade lunch. In Ulan Ude the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans Mongolian mainline to the traditional Trans-Siberian mainline on its way to Moscow.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 7

Lake Baikal

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest fresh water reserves in the world. It stretches up to 26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake of the world, reaching 1.620 meters at its deepest part. The mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake, you will never forget.

In the morning the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line

between Port Baikal and Sludyanka, which for many years is used only by a few of local trains and tourist trains. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and also – with some luck - visit the typical wooden houses of local people. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program.

In the afternoon a boat takes you on a short cruise from Port Baikal to the small village of Listvyanka. A walk through the village shows you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautiful renovated in the 1990’s. On a great Siberian lunch in a restaurant on the shore of the lake you can taste fresh fish from Lake Baikal. In the evening a one hour bus drive takes you from the Lake Baikal to your hotel in Irkutsk city.

Accommodation in Irkutsk.

 

Day 8

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful life style during the time of the Tsars. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a Mansion of historical background.  In the evening you re-join the private train.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 9

Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times – closed to foreigners and also to most Soviet citizens at that time. It is located along the Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 10

Novosibirsk

A city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period and see the famous Opera House which is the largest of Russia, situated in the centre of the city at Lenin Square. Worth to see is also the local food market which is famous all over Siberia for its wide range of products. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you out of the city into the Taiga. About 30 km out of the city you have the opportunity of visiting the largest open air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars – a perfect insight into the development of the trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 11

Yekaterinburg

Today the train arrives in Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural Mountains. The city was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the center of metallurgical industry. By the 20th century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centers of Russia. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia.

On your sightseeing tour you visit a place of remarkable importance for Russian history: the “Cathedral on The Blood” which was built at the place where Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. An excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a “holy place”. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990’s to honor the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were then buried in Ganina Yama.

Accommodation in Yekaterinburg.

 

Day 12

Full day on the train

Today you leave Yekaterinburg in the morning and enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through the Ural Mountains and an endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures about the country and its people.

Accommodation onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Day 13

Moscow

Today the almost 8000 km long journey from Beijing to Moscow terminates. In the afternoon you visit the Red Square and the Kremlin grounds. The sightseeing tour shows you the all the many highlights of Moscow: the Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM department store, the Red Square, Moscow River, the Sparrow Hills, Novodevitchy Monastry (outside visit). You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, comparable to Paris or Rome and full of life.

Accommodation in in Moscow.

 

Day 14

Moscow

Airport transfers are provided by our service team to connect with your flight departing Moscow.

  Prices 2020 Beijing-Moscow  

Beijing – Moscow (14 days, 13 nights). All Rates are in EURO, per person. Flight Beijing-Ulaanbaatar, Private Train Ulaanbaatar-Moscow

Guaranteed languages on excursions: English on all tours. Other languages on request.

  Category                                                                    Standard                 Standard                 Standard                  Silver                Gold          

                                                                                             Economy                 Economy                      Plus                                                                               

   Passengers per cabin                                              4                                        3                                     2                                    2                           2 

   Price per person EUR                                        4.570                             5.470                         6.590                         10.670              12.870

   Single Supplement Train & Hotel             n/a                                  n/a                             2.560                           5.710                 6.810

   Supplement High Season I                             240                                 240                             240                               240                    240

   Supplement High Season II                           160                                  160                              160                                160                     160

Services included in the tour price:

  • 6 nights’ accommodation on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Ulaanbaatar - Moscow in the category booked

  • Flight Beijing - Ulaanbaatar by Mongolian Airlines MIAT in Economy Class, 20 kg checked-in luggage

  • 2 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Beijing

  • 2 nights accommodation at **** hotel, Ulaanbaatar

  • 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Irkutsk

  • 1 night accommodation at **** hotel, Yekaterinburg

  • 1 night accommodation at ***** hotel, Moscow

  • Full board throughout the tour, starting with dinner on day 1 and terminating with breakfast on day 14

  • Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Ulan-Ude, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk for guests travelling in categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus

  • Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Beijing on day 1 and in Moscow on day 14

  • Sightseeing tours in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan-Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow

  • Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting

  • Private classic concert in Irkutsk

  • Cultural events as mentioned in the programme

  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese speaking tour guides (other languages on request)

  • English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour

 

Services Not Included:

  • Flights to Beijing and from Moscow

  • Visa Russia, Mongolia, China

  • Gratuities (EUR 200 / USD 250 tipping budget recommended)

 

Optional Booking:

Available for maximum 1 month

 

Minimum number of tour participants:

80 persons on board the private train

Payment Conditions

Deposit        Category Standard Economy & Standard Plus     EUR   750 per person with booking

                            Category Deluxe Silver & Deluxe Gold                         EUR   1.500 per person with booking

Balance       65 days before departure

Cancellation Conditions

Up to 100 days before the tour                         Deposit

95-65 days before the tour                                    25 %

65-35 days before the tour                                    50 %

35-20 days before the tour                                    75 %

20-10 days before the tour                                    95 %

No Show                                                                               100 %

Guarenteed departures

(*) The 144-hour-visa-free-transit in Beijing/China:

Flight passengers from more than 50 countries of the world are entitled to stay in Beijing up to 144 hours without Chinese visa, if they continue their flight journey within 144 hours after arrival at

Beijing Capital Airport to a third country. If you wish to make use of the 144-hour-visa-free-transit stopover in Beijing without Chinese visa you need to depart via Beijing Airport to a third country (not return to Mongolia) within 1442 hours after arrival in Beijing from Ulaanbaatar. In other words: As you leave by flight OM 224 on a Sunday at 21:10 in the evening, you need to arrive in Beijing Airport not earlier than Monday at 21:10. If you arrive on Friday morning, you are qualified for the visa-free 144-hour-transit in Beijing!

  Information about Grand Trans-Siberian Express and cabins types