A string of steel over 9,000 kilometres long connects Moscow with the furthest reaches of the Asian continent. Embark on a journey along the world’s longest railway – The Trans-Siberian. It passes from the undulating hills of the western Russia through the Ural Mountains which separate Europe from Asia into the vast boreal forests of Siberia. This once-in-a-lifetime journey passes through seven time zones and recalls the history of the building of a vast nation.
DAY 1 | SEP 5 | TORONTO
Board your overnight flight to Moscow, Russia, to begin your adventure.
DAY 2 | SEP 6 | MOSCOW (D)
Welcome to Moscow, the capital of Russia, and the world’s northernmost metropolis. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local assistant, who will transfer you safely to your hotel. Today is a day for you to spend at your leisure; relax, explore the area around the hotel, and adjust to your new surroundings. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group at a local restaurant.
DAY 3 | SEP 7 | MOSCOW (B, L, D)
Explore Moscow with a full-day city sightseeing tour that features some of the most remarkable and notable sights of this lively, bustling city. In the morning, the tour focuses on the rich history of Moscow, with visits to such significant sites such as Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills, affording you an incredible panorama of the city; Poklonnaya Hill, a place of great importance in the city’s military history; and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the world’s tallest Orthodox Christian church. You will then proceed to the Red Square – walk along this famous area with stops at the stunning Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and the GUM department store, formerly the Soviet State Department Store. After a busy morning, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, the tour shifts to an in-depth exploration of the Moscow transit system. You’ll discover the “underground palace” which is the Moscow Metro; learn fascinating facts about its history, and visit some of its beautiful, luxurious stations.
After a full day, enjoy dinner at the hotel, accompanied with a presentation from guides of your train.
DAY 4 | SEP 8 | MOSCOW | BOARD THE TSAR’S GOLD (B, L, D)
Enjoy an informative tour of Moscow in the morning, including visits to the imposing Kremlin grounds and Cathedral Square, with magnificent cathedrals dating back to tsarist times. In the evening, you’ll be greeted aboard your private train, where a relaxed get-together in the dining car gives you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and learn more details about the train.
DAY 5 | SEP 9 | KAZAN (B, L, D)
Wake up in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. Take a tour of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, with its panoramic view over the Volga River, Europe’s longest river. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tumultuous history between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Your train resumes its journey eastwards in the evening.
DAY 6 | SEP 10 | YEKATERINBURG (B,L,D)
Arrive in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals, perhaps best-known for being the site of the 1918 brutal execution of Tsar Nicholas and the Romanov family, following the February Revolution. During a brief tour here, you will see the Church of All Saints, built in commemoration of this tragic event, and explore the attractive city centre. Back on board, you continue your train journey through the vast steppes of western Siberia.
DAY 7 | SEP 11 | NOVOSIBIRSK (B,L,D)
Welcome to Novosibirsk, the third-most populous city in Russia, and the heart of Siberia; here, you are greeted with bread and salt, in the traditional Russian fashion of welcome. During a short city tour, you will experience the most Soviet of all cities during your entire journey, and take in awe-inspiring sights such as the enormous monument to the builders of the Trans-Siberian line, and the mighty Ob River.
DAY 8 | SEP 12 | ABOARD THE TRANS-SIBERIA (B,L,D)
Aboard the train, you cross the wide Yenisei River and roll on through Siberia. The train’s chefs once again demonstrate their skills as they serve you Russian specialties in a feast fit for a tsar. A vodka tasting, accompanied by Russian snacks and clever toasts, offers you a relaxing opportunity to combine pleasure and local hospitality. Take in spectacular views as your train passes by villages and through birch forests set against a background of impressive, soaring mountains.
DAY 9 | SEP 13 | IRKUTSK (B,L,D)
Today your train reaches Irkutsk, which was the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. Sights on this tour include picturesque Siberian wooden houses, and a memorial to Tsar Alexander III (the initiator of the Tran-Siberian Railway). After lunch, you take an excursion to an informative, open-air museum that examines life and work in Siberia through the ages. Enjoy a night off the train with accommodation in the city of Irkutsk.
DAY 10 | SEP 14 | LAKE BAIKAL (B,L,D)
Experience picturesque Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of non-frozen freshwater in the world. A bus takes you from Irkutsk to the village; here, a boat brings you across the lake’s deep waters to Port Baikal, where your private train is waiting. Travel alongside Lake Baikal, on the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your train halts for several hours at a particularly scenic spot for you to truly enjoy this natural wonder. Dinner is served as a picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal, weather permitting.
DAY 11| SEP 15 |LAKE BAIKAL – ULAN UDE – MONGOLIA (B,L,D)
Savour the breathtaking sights on this leg of your journey, as you continue along the banks of the seemingly endless Lake Baikal, through the splendid Selenga Valley, and into the wild solitude of eastern Siberia’s steppes. At our stop in Ulan-Ude, explore this interesting city, closed to foreigners until 1991. Border formalities at the Russian-Mongolian border are a simple matter carried out on the train.
DAY 12 | SEP 16 | ULAN BATOR (B, L, D)
Wake up early to appreciate the spectacular scenery that is central Mongolia, with its mountain landscapes dotted with colourful yurt camps and inhabited by solitary riders on horseback, before arriving to its capital, Ulan Bator. Highlights of this city tour include the impressive Gandan Buddhist monastery and the peculiar Choijin Lama Temple. Celebrate Mongolian culture with a tour that hosts a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, fiddle playing, and dancing. Spend the night in Ulan Bator, or make the most out of your Mongolian adventure by opting into alternative yurt lodging in the gorgeous landscape of the Mongolian Alps.
DAY 13 | SEP 17 | ULAN BATOR (B, L, D)
Go off the beaten path with a visit to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, located just east of Ulan Bator. Observe nomadic herdsmen’s settlements consisting of traditional tents, herds of horses, and scraggly yaks. In these stunning surroundings, a small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration is put on especially for you, followed by a picnic lunch. In the evening, continue your train trip towards China.
DAY 14 | SEP 18 | CROSSING THE GOBI DESERT (B,L,D)
Transfer to your chartered Chinese train at the Mongolian-Chinese border, where a lengthy train trip eventually brings you to Beijing, China’s capital. Take the time to relax and prepare yourself for the sights of vibrant Beijing.
DAY 15 | SEP 19 | BEIJING (B, L)
Beijing greets you in the morning with all its colourful hustle and bustle. After an accompanied transfer to your hotel, spend the rest of the day as you like – perhaps in exploration, or in relaxation before your city tour the next day.
DAY 16 | SEP 20 | BEIJING (B, L)
Take in the stunning sights – and take incredible photos – of Beijing on our day tour of this magnificent city. Visit the Temple of Heaven and its beautiful park; experience Tiananmen Square and feel the weight of its historical significance; and gaze at some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the Bird’s Nest (the 2008 Olympic stadium), and several futuristic skyscrapers. Enter the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace, and be awed by its numerous temples and halls.
DAY 17 | SEP 21 | BEIJING (B,L,D)
Spend your last day in Beijing at one of the world’s wonders, the Great Wall of China. This historic wall extends for more than 6000 kilometres throughout the Chinese countryside, and you’ll have the chance to walk upon it. On the way, visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, with its striking and beautiful spirit way. Say goodbye to China with a farewell dinner featuring the world-renowned delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 18 | SEP 22 | DEPART BEIJING (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Canada, bringing back photos and memories of a trip of a lifetime.
PACKAGE PRICE (AIR [from Toronto], TRAIN & LAND) PER PERSON IN CAD
|Compartment Category||Twin Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
|Cat.II / Classic||CAD $12,280 per person||CAD $15,560 per person|
|Cat.II / Superior||CAD $12,710 per person||CAD $16,350 per person|
|Cat.II+ / Superior Plus||CAD $13,240 per person||CAD $16,880 per person|
|Cat.III / Nostalgic Comfort||CAD $15,550 per person||CAD $21,390 per person|
|Cat.IV / Bolshoi||CAD $19,240 per person||CAD $27,520 per person|
|Cat.V / Bolshoi Platinum||CAD $21,920 per person||CAD $31,510 per person|
- Roundtrip international airfare and air taxes for flights from Toronto – Moscow, and return Beijing – Toronto.
- All gratuities for train conductor and crew, and for local guides and drivers for included land and train excursions
- Chinese Visa fee to obtain visa prior to departure
- Russian Visa fee to obtain visa prior to departure
Train Program Inclusions
- Journey with guaranteed lodging in the booked category aboard the Tsar’s Gold between Moscow and Erlian
- Accommodation in a 2- or 4-bed compartment in a Chinese sleeper car between Erlian and Beijing
- Tour director with pertinent knowledge of the travelled route throughout the journey
- Experienced local tour guides
- All transfers / bus trips according to itinerary
- All excursions and sightseeing according to itinerary including all entry fees (except optional tours)
- Meals onboard include water and tea/coffee
- Porter service at all railway stations
- Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
- Informational talks on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route
- A physician on board the train (Moscow – Chinese border)
- Shower facilities on board
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moscow with breakfast and porterage
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Irkutsk with breakfast
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Ulan Bator with breakfast
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Beijing with breakfast
- Specials for Bolshoi guests:
- Your choice of two meals for lunch and dinner on board
- 1 bottle of water per person per day in the compartment
- 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included with on board meals
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Optional travel, health, accident or other insurance
- Items of a personal nature
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
First Deposits: $2,500 per each confirmed passenger at the time of booking
Second Deposits: $2,500 per each confirmed passenger, due at 180 days prior to departure
Final Payment: balance due 121 days prior to departure
CANCELLATION CHARGES ON LAND/TRAIN ARRANGEMENTS
From time of booking to 181 days prior to departure: $2,500 per person
180-121 days prior to departure: $5,000 per person
120 days or less prior to departure: 100% of tour cost
AIR CANCELLATION PENALTIES ARE SUBJECT TO AIRLINE REGULATIONS
Please contact us at 1.866.760.1987 for more information.
Bolshoi PlatinumSleeps up to 2 guests 1 large lower bed (47.2 × 72.4 in /120 × 184 cm) 1 large upper bed (32.3 × 68.5 in /82 × 174 cm) Large compartment 77 sq ft/7.15 sq m Large window Small sofa Table Large closet Private bathroom with sink, toilet and separate shower 5 compartments per car
BolshoiSleeps up to 2 guests 1 large lower bed (43.3 × 72.4 in/110 × 184 cm) 1 large upper bed (31.5 × 68.5 in/80 × 174 cm) Large compartment 60 sq ft/5.57 sq m Large window Small sofa Table Small closet Private bathroom with sink, toilet and integrated shower 6 compartments per car
Nostalgic ComfortSleeps up to 2 guests 2 lower beds 26.7 × 72.8 in /68 × 185 cm Large window Table shared bathrooms with sink and shower between 2 compartments 9 compartments per car 2 toilet compartments per car
SuperiorSleeps up to 2 guests 2 lower beds 26.7 × 73.6 in/68 × 185 cm Large window Table 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car 9 compartments per car Shower shared between 1 to 3 cars
ClassicSleeps up to 2 guests 2 lower beds 26.7 × 73.6 in/68 × 187 cm Large window Table 2 shared bathrooms with sink and toilet per car 9 compartments per car Shower shared between 2 to 4 cars