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Rail Cruise "Tsar": Russia-Mongolia-China (15-16 days)
ZARENGOLD - TSARS GOLD TRAIN
This is a guided group tour on the privately owned train with set departure dates. You've dreamed of the countries of the East; of what it's like on a different side of the planet. You've read about rugged expanses, the rise and fall of empires and the customs of people you never knew existed. You've thought about riding a train through places seldom seen, have a cup of tea with your former "cold war" enemies, or seeing if the Great Wall is as great as advertised. You've dreamed, read, thought it...now you can live it in the comfort of our train!
ALL CABIN CLASSES CAN BE BOOKED FOR SINGLE (SOLO) TRAVEL FOR ADDITIONAL FEES. SAME WITH THE HOTELS. INQUIRE A QUOTE.
EASTBOUND: Moscow->Beijing, 16 days, 8 stops (Itinerary details)
2019: 04 MAY - 19 MAY (English/French)
2019: 01 JUN - 16 JUN (English/French/Spanish)
2019: 27 JUN - 12 JUL (English/French/Spanish)
2019: 20 JUL - 04 AUG (English/French/Spanish/Italian)
2019: 15 AUG - 30 AUG (English/French/Spanish)
2019: 07 SEP - 22 SEP (English/French)
2020: 09 MAY - 24 MAY (English/French)
2020: 06 JUN - 21 JUN (English/French/Spanish)
2020: 02 JUL - 17 JUL (English/French/Spanish)
2020: 25 JUL - 09 AUG (English/French/Spanish)
2020: 20 AUG - 04 SEP (English/French/Spanish/Italian)
2020: 12 SEP - 27 SEP (English/French)
day #1 - Welcome to Moscow. Dinner. Hotel.
day #2 - in Moscow. Day tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #3 - arrv to Kazan. Day tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #4 - arrv to Yekaterinburg. Day tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #5 - arrv to Novosibirsk. Day tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #6 - Onboard. Siberian countryside.
day #7 - arrv to Irkutsk. Day tours. Overnight in Hotel.
day #8 - in Irkutsk. Day trip to Lake Baikal. PM dept. Onboard.
day #9 - arrv to Ulan-Ude. Day tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #10 - arrv to Ulaanbaatar. Tours, folk show. Hotel.
day #11 - in Ulaanbaatar. Countryside tour. PM dept. Onboard.
day #12 - thru Gobi desert. Arrv to Erlian. Train change. Onboard.
day #13 - arrv Beijing early AM. Supper. Hotel.
day #14 - in Beijing. Day City tours incl. Forbidden city. Hotel.
day #15 - in Beijing. Great Wall. Peking Duck dinner. Hotel.
day #16 - in Beijing. Departure transfer to the Airport. Goodbye.
WESTBOUND: Beijing->Moscow, 15 days, 8 stops (Itinerary details)
2019: 12 MAY - 26 MAY (English/French)
2019: 09 JUN - 23 JUN (English/French/Spanish)
2019: 05 JUL - 19 JUL (English/French/Spanish)
2019: 28 JUL - 11 AUG (English/French/Spanish/Italian)
2019: 23 AUG - 06 SEP (English/French/Spanish)
2019: 15 SEP - 29 SEP (English/French)
2020: 17 MAY - 31 MAY (English/French)
2020: 14 JUN - 28 JUN (English/French/Spanish)
2020: 10 JUL - 24 JUL (English/French/Spanish)
2020: 02 AUG - 16 AUG (English/French/Spanish)
2020: 28 AUG - 11 SEP (English/French/Spanish/Italian)
2020: 20 SEP - 04 OCT (English/French)
day #1 - Welcome to Beijing. Day city tours. Hotel.
day #2 - in Beijing. Great Wall. Peking Duck dinner. Hotel.
day #3 - in Beijing. Day city tour. PM dept for Erlian. Onboard.
day #4 - arrv to Erlian. Train change. Thru Gobi. Onboard.
day #5 - arrv to Ulaanbaatar. Tours, folk show. Hotel.
day #6 - in Ulaanbaatar. Countryside tour. PM dept. Onboard.
day #7 - arrv to Ulan Ude. Day tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #8 - arrv to Lake Baikal. Day on the shore. Onboard.
day #9 - arrv to Irkutsk. Baikal land and boat tours. Hotel.
day #10 - in Irkutsk. Breakfast. Dept to the next stop. Onboard.
day #11 - arrv to Novosibirsk. Day city tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #12 - arrv to Yekaterinburg. Day tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #13 - arrv to Kazan. Day city tours. PM dept. Onboard.
day #14 - arrv Moscow. City tours. Farewell Dinner. Hotel.
day #15 - in Moscow. AM city tours. Departure transfer. Goodbye.
ABOUT THE TRAIN
JOURNEY ESSAY (click for a photo tour)
Wagons/cars used for most tours offer five different compartment categories ranging from the budget-minded category with shared facilities to the best possible comfort with private facilities. The Staff on the train is about 80 including cooks, waiters, guides, technical staff plus local guides at each stop. Passengers about 180-200 per departure. Max group size during tours is 26. Along with sleeping accommodations, the train carries 3-4 wagons for dinning and entertaining. The showers for first and second class category guests are located in every 2nd to the 3rd wagon with 2 showers per wagon. The Nostalgic category has 4 hand-held showers for 8 cabins. The Bolshoi & Bolshoi Platinum category showers are en-suite with individual air-conditioning control. All other categories have central air-conditioning, but provided only when the train is moving. Electric outlets (110V and 220V) are available in each cabin and bathrooms. Games, newspapers, bottled water are supplied daily. Toilets and shower are cleaned frequently and stocked with toilet paper, soap & towels daily. All categories have ”smoker’s corners” at one end of each wagon. Note that the Chinese portion of the trip (Erlian <-> Beijing) is serviced by the Chinese Train. It carries wagons with 2 categories only: Standard 2nd class (4-berth) and Standard 1st class (2 berth), all centrally air-conditioned. Single use cabins are not guaranteed. There are no showers on the Chinese train. The ride takes about 16 hours. Main reason for changing trains is the difference between railroads width in China with Mongolia and Russia.
CATEGORY (I), STANDARD, QUAD size (click for a photo tour)
In the ”STANDARD” CATEGORY (I), there are nine compartments per car, each for four guests (2 upper and 2 lower bunk beds, 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.
CATEGORY (II) OFFERS 3 TYPES OF TWIN SIZE CABINS:
CLASSIC / SUPERIOR / SUPERIOR PLUS (click for a photo tour)
All compartments have 2 beds. Both, "Classic" and "Superior" types have similar configuration, 9 compartments per wagon, shower in every second wagon, but the "Superior" cabins are nicely refurbished with newer design and more expensive. The "Superior Plus" cabins also have same dimensions, but there are only 8 refurbished compartments per wagon, and 1 shower cabin in each wagon. 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. All cabins have central air-conditioning. Base measures are: Compartment height - 255 cm; Compartment depth - 190 cm; Compartment width - 255 cm; Bed length - 190 cm; Bed width - 70 cm; Space between the beds - 42 cm. Luggage case under beds height - 36 cm; width - 47 cm; depth - 95 cm. Luggage case above door: height - 32 cm; width - 159 cm; depth - 68 cm.
CATEGORY (III), NOSTALGIC COMFORT TWIN SIZE (click for a photo tour)
If you want to travel like the red czars, the Nostalgic Comfort category is a must. The newly built wagons are retro furnished, but also provide modern amenities. You’ll be traveling in an ambiance, in which even former Soviet leaders would have felt at home – although with the comfort of the 21st century. Each of these rolling hotel rooms offers two large berths (app. 80 x 185 cm) and an armchair for an especially comfortable view of the changing landscapes. There are 4 hand-held showers per wagon located in a small lavatory between every two compartments. Two compartments share one bathroom. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments are located at each end of the wagon. All cabins have central air-conditioning. Base measures are: Bed length - 187 cm; Bed width - 80 cm. Luggage case above the door (no case available under beds): width - 160 cm; height - 30 cm; depth - 60 cm. Corridor's width - 85cm; corridor's height - 207 cm.
CATEGORY (IV), BOLSHOI STANDARD TWIN SIZE (click for a photo tour)
Each wagon of the "Bolshoi" category has only six compartments equipped with two beds, one of which measures 1,10 m x 1,90 m, enough to provide room for two people if required. Furthermore, the 5,57 m² large compartments offer a cozy seating bench, a commodious table, a wardrobe, and enough storage space for your personal belongings. The compartment offers en-suite bathroom with washing basin, WC and shower. Each cabin has individual air-conditioning. Compartment measures: Height - 255 cm; Depth - 205 cm; Width - 269 cm. Bed 1 length - 187 cm; bed 1 width - 110 cm; bed 2 length - 176 cm; bed 2 width - 80 cm. Small wardrobe width - 35 cm; height - 46 cm; depth - 85 cm. Big wardrobe width - 35 cm; height - 158 cm; depth - 85 cm. Luggage case above the door width - 118 cm; height - 22 cm; depth - 207 cm.
CATEGORY (V), BOLSHOI PLATINUM TWIN SIZE (click for a photo tour)
Each wagon of the Bolshoi Platinum category contains 5 cabins. The newly introduced Bolshoi Platinum Category features the highest possible comfort on Trans-Siberian routes. The compartment size is 7,15 m². It offers guests more living space, storage, and closed shower cubicle along with the WC and washing basin. Each cabin has individual air-conditioning. The dimensions of beds are similar to the "Bolshoi" (above) category.
DINNING/BAR wagons (click for a photo tour)
There are usually 3-4 wagons specifically dedicated for dinning, bar and group entertainment events. There is an educational program prepared for you. Our guides will conduct daily lectures on local history, geography, economy, culture, films about Russia, Mongolia and China, discussions with your local tour guides, and Russian language lessons. Local cuisine will be part of the menu along with traditional European dishes with caviar and vodka tasting on board the train. Food preferences are available upon request.
Included:All transfers at your travel destinations - on arrival and departure day airport transfers are only provided during specific departure and arrival times;
Train accommodations, Moscow <-> Erlian, 8-9 nights
Chinese Train accommodations, 4-beds cabin, Erlian<->Beijing, 1 night
Moscow hotel (4*), 1 night, double occupancy, per Itinerary;
Irkutsk hotel (3*), 1 night, double occupancy, per Itinerary;
Ulaanbaatar hotel (3*), 1 night, double occupancy, per Itinerary;
Beijing hotel (4*), 2-3 nights, double occupancy, per Itinerary;
Full board (B/L/D), supper on arrival & breakfast on departure days;
Traditional Russian welcoming ceremony with bread and salt;
Caviar and vodka tasting on board the train;
Special Peking Duck dinner at one of Beijing’s leading theme restaurants;
Professional threefold tour guide-system: Knowledgeable and dedicated tour director, a competent group train guide (max. 26 guests per group guide) as well as local guides, all equipped with expert knowledge of the region;
More than 20 excursions and performances included with entrance fees;
Train Bedding, Basic Toiletries, Blankets, Showers on board;
Luggage handling during the train ride.
Doctor on board (Russian-Mongolian portion only);
Entertainment program (educational/informal discussions & lectures);
NOTE: "Bolshoi"/"Bolshoi Platinum" guests reside in deluxe rooms
Not included:Visa Fees (Russian/Mongolian/Chinese);
Russian Visa Registration fee ($5-8 at the hotel);
Non-group Arrival/Departure Transfers;
Transportation to/from Moscow/Beijing;
Drinks in the restaurant/bar;
Special tour-related note:The price and space availability are subject to confirmation. One year advance booking is strongly recommended.
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