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Grand Trans- Siberian Express

Through Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing

One of the world’s greatest travel experiences. Journey of a Lifetime! 

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 accommo-dation 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.

Grand Trans-Siberian Journey Highlights

  • Moscow, most vibrant and fast developing metropolitan city of Europe
  • Kremlin, the center of power in Russia
  • Yekaterinburg, capital of Ural Mountains
  • Siberia, a huge land of extreme dimensions
  • Boat cruise on Siberia’s mighty River Yenissei or Ob
  • Private classical concert in the wooden residence of a former duke in Irkutsk
  • Lake Baikal, deepest lake, and biggest freshwater reserve of the world
  • Amazing Mongolian steppes, yurts, and horses
  • Cultural show of Mongolian artists
  • Special Naadam show of Mongolian horse racing, wrestling, archery
  • Beijing, the Chinese capital, and the heart of the Central Kingdom
  • Great Wall of China, part of World Heritage

    Grand Trans-Siberian Private Train Advantages
  • A choice of 4 different categories of sleeping accommodation from Economy to Deluxe
  • Possibility of guaranteed double and single accommodation throughout the tour
  • All sleeping cars are newly built or reconstructed after 2008, equipped with modern vacuum toilets
  • Modern Deluxe Silver and Deluxe Gold sleeping cars with private lavatory, toilet, and shower en suite
  • Beautifully decorated restaurant cars
  • A cozy lounge with live evening piano music
  • Conference area for lectures and on-board entertainment
  • Daily shower guaranteed for travelers of all categories
  • Daily stopovers for sightseeing
  • European management
  • Travel in style, safety, and comfort

Sightseeing  Places

Russia    

  • Moscow
  • Yekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Krasnoyarsk
  • Irkutsk
  • Lake Baikal

Ulan-Ude Mongolia

  • Ulaanbaatar

China

  • Beijing

Sightseeing  Excursions

Sightseeing tours with English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German or Chinese speaking guides (other languages on request)

Your Tour Guides – A 3-level tour management system with a multilingual team:

  • Tour Director
  • Tour Escorts Moscow-Beijing or v.v.
  • Local Tour Guides in each city

Hotels

  • Category Standard:
  • Moscow, Beijing 5*
  • Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar 4*
  • Categories Silver & Gold:
  • Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing 5*
  • Irkutsk 4*
  • Hotels brands we use (examples): Hilton, Marriott, Novotel, Radisson Blu, Doubletree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn.
  • Meals – Daily change of local   specialties  of  Russia, Mongolia and China in specially selected local restaurants or in the restaurants onboard the private train

Train Description:

Between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar or vice versa, you travel onboard the private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

There are 4 categories of accommodation on the Grand Trans-Siberian Express:

  • Standard Economy      4 persons per cabin
  • Standard Plus     1 or 2 persons per cabin
  • Deluxe Silver       1 or 2 persons per cabin, private shower, and toilet en suite
  • Deluxe Gold         1 or 2 persons per cabin, private shower, and toilet en suite

Our private train on some sections will be attached to regular scheduled trains, on some other parts will be hauled by its own locomotive.

Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa, there are 2 travel options:

Option 1: for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities.

The flight between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa by modern Boeing 737 aircraft takes only 2 hours and allows you to see more sightseeing highlights in both cities, e.g., the National Historical Museum in Ulaanbaatar and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Option 2: for train enthusiasts who wish to travel by train throughout

The train journey on board chartered sleeping cars of a regular train takes about 30 hours (1 night). Only Standard Economy and Standard Plus accommodation is available in this section. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air-conditioned.

Deluxe Gold   Cabins – For those looking for the greatest comfort (01 or 02 person per Cabin).

Deluxe Gold sleeping cars offer the most spacious and comfortable type of accommodation on our private train. Deluxe Gold cabins have a private toilet, washbasin and a spacious shower cabin en suite. Each cabin offers 1 lower and 1 upper bed, a table at the window, a chair opposite the beds, a small wardrobe and storage space. Euro-Sockets for 220 V are in each cabin, capable of razors, loading mobile phones, cameras, and notebooks. The cars are air-conditioned (individual control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving.

Deluxe Gold sleeping cars have only 5 cabins each and may be booked for double or single-use.

Deluxe Gold cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 3,50 m = 7,0 sqm

Lower bed 120 x 185 cm

Upper bed 80 x 185 cm

Deluxe    Silver  Cabins – For   those  looking  for  great comfort (1   or  2  persons   per   cabin)

Deluxe Silver sleeping cars offer slightly smaller cabins than on Deluxe Gold cars. Deluxe Silver cabins have a private toilet, washbasin and “wet-room” style shower en suite. Each cabin offers 1 lower and 1 upper bed, a table at the window, a chair opposite the beds, a small wardrobe and storage space. Euro-Sockets for 220 V are in each cabin, capable of razors, loading mobile phones, cameras, and notebooks. The cars are air-conditioned (individual control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving.

Deluxe Silver sleeping cars have only 6 cabins each and may be booked for double or single-use.

Deluxe Silver cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 2,70 m = 5,4 sqm

Lower bed 110 x 185 cm

Upper bed 80 x 185 cm

Standard Plus Cabins – The      most popular category (1 or 2 Persons per cabin)

Standard Plus, as well as Deluxe Silver, is the most popular type of accommodation on our private train. Standard Plus cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and 2 upper beds. While only the two lower beds are used for sleeping, the two upper beds can be used as additional storage for luggage – or they can be folded away. 2 Toilets and washbasins for common use are situated either at each end of Standard Plus sleeping car, or they are both at one end. The sleeping cars are air conditioned (central control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving. Sockets for 220 V are available in each cabin, capable for razors, loading mobile phones, cameras and notebooks. Standard Plus cars offer 9 cabins each and may be booked for double or single-use.

Daily shower facilities are guaranteed.

If you travel eastbound Moscow – Beijing: Shower facilities are available in Moscow,

Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan Ude (one day room per cabin).

If you travel westbound Beijing – Moscow: Shower facilities are available in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar,

Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Ulan Ude, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk (one day room per cabin).

Therefore on both tours, you have guaranteed access to showers in your hotel room every day during the entire  journey.

Standard Plus cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 2,00 m = 4,0 sqm

Beds 65 x 185 cm

Standard Economy Class Cabins –   The budget way of traveling 3 or 4 persons per cabin

This category is popular with those looking for the most economical way of traveling and is usually booked by families with children or friends traveling together. Standard Economy sleeping cars are equipped with 2 lower beds and 2 upper beds. 2 Toilets and washbasins for common use are situated either at each end of Standard Plus sleeping car, or they are both at one end. The sleeping cars are air-conditioned (central control). The air condition operates only during the time the train is moving. Sockets for 220 V are available in the cabins, capable of razors and loading mobile phones, cameras and notebooks. The Standard Economy sleeping cars offer 9 cabins each and may be booked only by 3 or 4 passengers traveling together. In the hotels the 4 passengers are staying in 2 double rooms, 3 passengers are staying in 1 double and 1 single room.

Daily shower facilities are guaranteed.

If you travel eastbound Moscow – Beijing: Shower facilities are available in Moscow,

Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Krasnoyarsk and Ulan Ude (one day room per cabin).

If you travel westbound Beijing – Moscow: Shower facilities are available in Beijing, Ulaanbaatar,

Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow in your hotel rooms where you stay overnight. In addition to that hotel day rooms for showers are at your disposal during stops in Ulan Ude, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk (one day room per cabin).

Therefore on both tours, you have guaranteed access to showers in your hotel room every day during the entire journey.

Standard Economy cabin dimensions:

Cabin 2,00 x 2,00 m = 4,0 sqm

Lower beds 65 x 185 cm

Upper beds 65 x 185 cm

Restaurant Cars

There are restaurant cars on the train that serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of the full board service to all passengers of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. Local cuisine is part of the menu: Russian cuisine in Russia and Mongolia, Chinese cuisine in China. During sightseeing tours in the cities, local meals are served in the specially selected restaurants.

Lounge

The lounge is the most popular place of the train and open to all passengers until late. Come, sit down, enjoy the scenery passing by the window and relax while having a drink and listening to the piano entertainment after dinner.

Lecture Area

In the lecture area, part of the lounge or a restaurant car, your tour escorts hold lectures about the history, geography, economy, and daily life of the regions visited. On some evenings we show films about Russia, Mongolia, and China. Also, your tour escorts offer a language course introducing the Russian language to you.

Grand Trans-Siberian Express

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, (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 Tsar’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 & 14 Ulaanbaatar & Beijing: On days 13 and 14 you have the choice between 2 options:

Option 1 is designed for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities.

You stay another day in Ulaanbaatar and take a 2-hour flight to Beijing, giving you additional sightseeing time in both cities. Also, the flight option allows passport holders of more than 40 countries to visit Beijing visa-free up to 144 hours (up to 6 nights).

Checked-in luggage allowance: 1 piece 20 kg per person. Hand luggage: 1 carry-on bag, max. 5 kg.

Option 2 is designed for those who wish to travel by train throughout from Moscow to Beijing. Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing, you travel on a regular Mongolian train, build in China a few years ago. Only categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus are available in this section. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air-conditioned.

Option 1

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.

Option 2

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar

In the morning you leave Ulaanbaatar for a 30 hour journey on chartered standard cars attached to a regular train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. In the afternoon the train reaches the plains of Gobi Desert which is not a sand desert but a stone desert in this part of Mongolia. Temperatures can reach 35-40° C here in summer time. In the evening the train arrives at the Mongolian-Chinese border, where the bogies of the train are changed from Russian 1520 mm to Chinese 1435 mm bogies.

Accommodation on board the train.

Day 14 Beijing

Before lunch time the regular train arrives in Beijing.

In the afternoon you visit 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.

China – Mongolia – Russia (Westbound)

Beijing – Ulaanbaatar – Ulan Ude – Lake Baikal – Irkutsk – Krasnoyarsk – Novosibirsk – Yaketerinburg – Moscow 

Day 1 (Friday ) Arrival Beijing

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

Day 2 (Saturday) 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 (Sunday) 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 (Monday) 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 (Tuesday) 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 (Wednesday) 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 (Thursday) 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 (Friday)           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 (Saturday) 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 (Sunday) 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 (Monday) 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 (Tuesday) 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 (Wednesday) 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 (Thursday) Moscow

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

Theatres

K.S. Stanislavsky and Vl.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko is located in a historic building on Bolshaya Dmitrovka. In 2003-2006, a large-scale reconstruction of the historical building of the theatre took place, and today one of the most modern theatre complexes in Europe is working on Bolshaya Dmitrovka. At the same time, the Musical Theatre retained its inherent Moscow coziness and hospitality. The theatre’s auditorium after reconstruction accommodates 1,100 seats. The new experimental site of the theatre was the Small Stage. This is a modern transformer hall, designed for 200 spectators.

The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of the most important and the oldest theatres in Saint Petersburg among The Mariinsky and The Alexandrinsky theatres. Situated in the city center at the Art square the theatre represents a part of the historical and architectural assembly. Now the Theatre is twice born and leaded by new director Kehman. In 2001 the historical name was returned to the Theatre and now it is considered one of the noblest theatres of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg.

The Moscow Art Theatre is a theatre company in Moscow. It was founded in 1898 by the seminal Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski, together with the playwright and director Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko.

Theatre “Russian National Ballet Sergei Radchenko” Since 1989 In Moscow Best Private Classical Ballet Company In Russia

The company was founded in 1989 as the «Moscow Festival Ballet» – under the direction of famous dancer of the «Bolshoi Theatre» Sergei Radchenko- Honored Artist of Russia The first independent company of classical ballet began to develop rapidly and a lot of touring in many countries. In this regard, it was decided to create extra troupe «Russian National Ballet theatre», under the direction of Elena Radchenko – soloist dancer of «Mariinsky- Kirov Theatre» and «Bolshoi Theatre». At this time, both the troupe successfully work within the company «Russian National Ballet S.Radchenko» more than 25 years.

With solid knowledge of classical ballet and character dance, combined vast performance experience, a strong will and infinite dedication art of the ballet, the company gained notoriety, respect and a following of audiences around the world.

The repertoire presents many famous ballet masterpieces: “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Don Quixote”, “Giselle”, “Carmen Suite”, “La Bayadere”, “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Coppelia” “Les Sylphides”, “Romeo and Juliet” as well as a wide range of concert numbers of Russian and foreign world classics.

The Theatre was called so after the legendary cruiser Aurora which became famous on October 25 1917 when after the salvo from this ship the Winter Palace was attacked and the Revolution started. The Aurora Palace ballet hall was created in the middle of the XX century on the bank of the Neva River. The modern building is situated in the historic center of Saint Petersburg near the most famous places of interest. From the hall opens a marvellous view on the Neva River, St Peter and Paul’s fortress, The Winter Palace and the cruiser Aurora that adorns the opposite bank of the Neva River (recently the cruiser has left the place for the restoration). This ship also participated in the War against Japan. 

Russian Music Seasons is a unique classical music concert in the magnificent historical palaces of St. Petersburg! Collection of Russian classical music is incredibly deep and melodic. Guests will enjoy not only the soulful music, but also a welcome drink. Before the performance, visitors can learn some of the secrets that are kept in the Palace. Many things can inspire you here: the unique sound of the chamber orchestra and the atmosphere of the aristocratic evening in the amazing interiors of the Palaces. The highlight of the event is a concert of classical chamber music. It includes classical works by famous composers, soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, as well as works of “young talents” of our country. Classical music in St. Petersburg will impress even the most demanding audience and give an unforgettable experience!

Bolshoi Theatre is one of the largest theatres of opera and ballet in Russia and one of the most important ones in the world. The complex of buildings of the theater is located in the heart of Moscow, at the Theatre Square. More than 800 works were performed on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, including the first Russian operas and operas by celebrities such as Verdi, Wagner, Bellini, Donizetti and other composers. The world premieres of operas by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Arensky were performed there. The great Rachmaninoff conducted there.

The State Hermitage MuseumThe Hermitage Theater, the oldest building of the Winter Palace Complex, was built on the site of the former Winter Palace of Peter I in 1711-1723. The theater itself was built later – in 1783-85 to the design by Gakomo Quarenghi and finished in 1802. The theater building is connected with the main palace by an arch over “Zimniaya Kanavka”, the canal between the Moika River and the Neva River. The facade and hall decoration of the Hermitage Theater is unique and represents a classical masterpiece of palace architecture of the XVIII-th century. Today the hall of the Hermitage theatre and all premises are completely reconstructed. Ornamentation of the hall, lines of armchairs, a ceiling, a system of illumination and acoustics are exactly restored. The geometrical proportions of the hall area and the stage allow to giving the artists necessary and large space, that is enough for staging ballet performances and provide the excellent acoustics at the Hermitage Theater. The performances of the best Petersburg and Moscow ballet dancers and ballet troupes are arranged on this stage.

The Mariinsky Theater, named in honor of Maria Fedorovna, the wife of Emperor Alexander II, was built by architect Cavos in 1859-1860. The building was constructed on Teatralnaya Square, and since then the square was recognized as the center of the cultural life of Petersburg. The hall of the Mariinsky Theater is one of the most beautiful in the world. It is decorated with splendid three-circled chandelier and vivid plafond, designed by master Frachioli, famous curtain by Alexander Golovin, and gilded decorations and statues. The opera and ballet troupe of the Mariinsky Theater is famous all over the world for its professionalism, talent and mastery. The repertoire includes such classics as Tchaikovsky\’s Eugene Onegin, the Nutcracker, the Swan Lake, works by Mozart, Verdi and Rossini, operas Don Juan by Mozart and War and Peace by Prokofiev. Among the performances that were recently staged are the Jewels by Balanchin, La Boheme by Puccini and Macbeth by Verdi. Each new performance at the Mariinsky Theater is a real event in the cultural life of Saint Petersburg.

Folklore Show

Folk show “Golden Ring” – an original Russian production. Sparkling ballet, virtuoso musicians, circus acrobats, a vocal group, magnificent scenery, lively sound of original folk instruments, lighting equipment and original video accompaniment of the stage action on large screens, allowing you to more fully immerse yourself in the plot of the story. About 350 unique stage costumes, striking in their originality and richness of performance – all this is a distinctive feature of the Folklore show and an organic synthesis of live cultural heritage and modern technology, creating a complete picture of enchanting action.

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Casinos

Sochi 

Gambling in Russia is legal in only four regional subject areas, and in 2009 was made illegal in all other areas of Russia. In 2009, gambling was banned almost everywhere in Russia. The only exceptions are four specially arranged zones in the Altai, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, and Primorsky regions. The only one in the Krasnaya Polyana multifunctional entertainment center “Sochi Casino and Resort” offers many opportunities for recreation. The center has a gambling hall, poker club, restaurants high and original cuisine under the guidance of the legendary Russian brand-chief Ilya Zakharov, a concert hall, which organizes performances of Russian pop stars, theater, and more!

Circus

Russian Circus famous not only among Russians but also worldwide. In Russia, the circus has long been one of the favorite form of entertainment for young and old. In Moscow, there are two main highly lauded, permanent circuses.

The shows performed by both circuses feature acrobatics, animals, dance, cabaret and clowns. The displays of daring-do are truly amazing, especially the aerial arts. Only the Nikulin Circus features big cats in its performances, but both venues have monkeys, bears and sea lions. The animals are apparently not mistreated – though their very involvement in the show might make you cringe.

Northern Lights

Murmansk, in the extreme north-west near Finland, enjoys over 40 days of uninterrupted night, making it one of the world’s premier destinations for the Aurora Borealis, and with over 300,000 residents you can enjoy all the cosmopolitan comforts of civilisation amidst the serenity of the Arctic. 

You can get to Murmansk by train (30h) or flight (2h) from Moscow, what makes this region is easiest to get in order to experience the Northern Lights from late August to May, with the condition that the night temperature is below +10 ° C, so plan your trip for January-February.

Bungee Jumping

Sochi 

Rush into the abyss and “come up” by another person, catching the sensation of a dizzying flight – now it’s real thanks to bungee jumping, the most exciting of all kinds of attractions of our time. Among the variety of jumps, a suitable variant will be found for everyone – from a beginner making his first jump to an experienced pro, engaged in pursuit of vivid sensations regardless of the time of year. There is nothing better than a flash of adrenaline to feel alive again!

The platform offers an incredibly beautiful view of the valley of the Mzymta River, the Akhshtyr Gorge and the Black Sea coast. So, when you are preparing to jump on the edge, look around carefully, after all, after returning to the ground you will see all this completely different eyes – the eyes of the winner who overcame himself, space and gravity!

Tank Rides

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Stalin’s Line is an open-air military history museum. The complex created in the 1930’s was once an important part of the defence system along the western border of the Soviet Union. It was built to protect the USSR against attacks from its western enemies.

Tourists will be impressed by the huge collection of military equipment such as airplanes, cars, various defensive structures and weapons. Our guide will immerse you in history and tell you about the main characteristics of the weapon. You can wander through the trenches and climb into the military pillbox.

Shooting with AK47

We offer you a real military tank safari! Come to Moscow with your friends or family and take a part of this crazy adventure!

You can go for a tank driving and shooting tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg! There are variety of the legendary military vehicles (T-62, T-80, BMP-1, BRDM, BTR-80).  Put on your military camouflage and shoot a tank gun or other available firearms. A selfie with a Kalashnikov AK-47 Or AK 47 Shooting.

Skiing

Shymbulak, also known as Chimbulak is a ski resort near Almaty. The Shymbulak Ski Resort is located 25km outside Almaty city. It is located in the upper part of the Medeu Valley in the Zaiilisky Alatau mountain range. It is the largest ski resort in Central Asia.
 
There are three ski lifts at the resort with the highest going to 3200 meters above sea level. There is also a Hotel located at the Resort, enabling those wishing to ski during the day, have a place to stay at night. The resort is located in the upper part of the Medeu Valley in the Zaiilisky Alatau mountain range.
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Angling (Fishing)

Lake Baikal is a unique place that becomes the dream destination for thousands of people. However, it’s also known among fishermen all over the world. We suggest you the tour “Fishing on the lake Baikal” that is convenient for everybody: for the true fishermen and for the novices who have never tried the fishing tackle. You have possibility to hook grayling, pike and perch. Everybody will have a catch!

The fishing in the wilds is the best possibility to have a rest, to become revived or have a good time with your family and friends.

Sledging / Husky Rides

On most of our activities, there will 2 persons per sledge: One person will be the driver and other one will travel as a passenger. You can switch positions halfway of the safari.You can meet husky dogs and try dog sledding year-round – sled riding is also great fun!  

Duration of a wintry dog sleigh ride varies from a few minutes to several hours, depending on your wishes and schedule: Take a husky tour or spend a relaxing Husky Therapy day, or learn life of a musher. In summer you can visit sled dog farms and get to know the life of a sledge dog. You’ll find all services related to husky.

Summer Activities

Sochi 

  • Summer activities in Gorki Gorod Resort
  • Yoga Center 
  • School mountain bike
  • “Gorky Bike Park” (a complex of tracks for downhill mountain biking from a height of about 1000 meters above sea level, accessible for both amateurs and trained sportsmen.
  • Adventure Park in altitude
  • Rafting
  • Hiking Eco trails
  • ATV Trips
  • Tours on electric bikes
  • Paragliding

Helicopter Rides

Saint Petersberg  |  Sochi  |  Irkutsk  | Minsk  |  Kiev

Experience the Helicopter Tour, ensuring you have a spectacular bird’s eye view of some of the wonderful landmarks this beautiful city has to offer. Taking off from the city’s heliport, you will be soaring along the Neva River experiencing some of the city’s greatest landmarks.

We propose helicopters Mi-8 for flights: Passenger helicopter with 20 comfortable chairs, TV, WC and language broadcasting system. Small Helicopters are also available.

Please note! –Flights depend on visibility and weather conditions. Due to adverse weather conditions, the Saint Petersburg Helicopter Tour can be postponed or cancelled.

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River Cruise

Delight in magical St Petersburg on a 2-hour sightseeing cruise along the Neva River. Meet your guide, stroll along Nevsky Prospekt — the city’s main avenue —and board your comfortable sightseeing boat. Then, sit back and enjoy your St Petersburg river cruise. 

Sailing along the Neva River in St Petersburg, pass the Peter and Paul Fortress; glide beneath some of the city’s beautiful bridges; and pass elegant landmarks such as the Summer Garden and Mariinsky

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Underwater Aquarium

 Sochi 

Sochi Discovery World Aquarium is one of the premier attractions of Adler resort in Sochi. Built in late 2009, it is the largest aquarium in Russia. Specialists from Australia, New Zealand, China and other countries participated in its design and outfitting.  The Aquarium boasts a rich collection of underwater life. It houses some 4 000 freshwater and marine fishes as well as other aquatic animals from around the world which represent in excess of 200 species. They inhabit 30 aquariums with total water capacity of some 5 million liters.