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Journey of a Lifetime - Grand Trans Siberian Express Winter Tour 5 pax

04 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / Other Russian Cities
Season: Winter
Theme: Individual Travellers

PROGRAM at a Glance

 

Morning Activities
08:00 — 13:00

Lunch
13:00 — 14:00

Afternoon Activities
14:00 — 19:00

Dinner Evening Activities
19:00 — 00:00

Day 1
13 Feb
2021
Sat

Grand Trans Siberian Express: Moscow — Vladivostok

MUST KNOW: Travel Route, Hotels, Meals and Guide Service

MUST KNOW: Included Services & Payment Conditions

MUST KNOW: Train Description

MOSCOW ARRIVAL

Day 2
14 Feb
2021
Sun

MOSCOW

 

 

 

Day 3
15 Feb
2021
Mon

KAZAN

 

 

 

Day 4
16 Feb
2021
Tue

YEKATERINBURG

 

 

 

Day 5
17 Feb
2021
Wed

NOVOSIBIRSK

 

 

 

Day 6
18 Feb
2021
Thu

ON BOARD

 

 

 

Day 7
19 Feb
2021
Fri

IRKUTSK

 

 

 

Day 8
20 Feb
2021
Sat

LAKE BAIKAL

 

 

 

Day 9
21 Feb
2021
Sun

ULAN-UDE

 

 

 

Day 10
22 Feb
2021
Mon

ULAANBAATAR

 

 

 

Day 11
23 Feb
2021
Tue

ON BOARD

 

 

 

Day 12
24 Feb
2021
Wed

ON BOARD

 

 

 

Day 13
25 Feb
2021
Thu

ON BOARD

 

 

 

Day 14
26 Feb
2021
Fri

VLADIVOSTOK

 

 

 

Day 15
27 Feb
2021
Sat

VLADIVOSTOK

 

 

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 

DAY 1 — 13th February 2021, Saturday

 Grand Trans Siberian Express: Moscow — Vladivostok

Brave the elements and experience a stunning Siberian Winter, Dr Zhivago-style! An exceptional journey creating a lifetime of memories.

Our tours along the Trans-Siberian route in winter are an exceptional and unique experience. Undoubtedly the world’s greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent Russian steppe and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake.

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.

The 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 4*/5* 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 5* star hotels are included as well.

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

 MUST KNOW: Travel Route, Hotels, Meals and Guide Service

SIGHTSEEING PLACES:

— Russia: Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Vladivostok.

— Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar.

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:

— Eurasia Tour Director

— Eurasia Tour Escorts Moscow-Vladivostok or v.v.

— Local Tour Guides in each city

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

There are 4 CATEGORIES OF ACCOMODATION 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;

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

HOTELS:

Category Standard:

Moscow, Vladivostok 5*

Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulaanbaatar 4*

Categories Silver & Gold:

Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Ulaanbaatar, Vladivostok 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

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.

 MUST KNOW: Included Services & Payment Conditions

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

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

— Transfer shuttle service airport – hotel v.v. in Moscow on day 1 and in Vladivostok on day 15;

— Sightseeing tours in Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok;

— Lectures on board, Introductory Russian language course, Russian Vodka Tasting;

— Private classic concert in Irkutsk;

— Cultural events as mentioned in the programme;

— English Speaking Tour Director throughout the tour.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

— Flights to Moscow and from Vladivostok;

— Visa Russia and Mongolia;

— 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 60 days before departure.

CANCELLATION CONDITIONS:

Up to 91 days before the tour Deposit

90-61 days before the tour 25%

60-31 days before the tour 50%

30-15 days before the tour 75%

14-01 days before the tour 90%

No Show 100%.

 MUST KNOW: Train Description

Between Moscow and Vladivostok 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

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

DELUXE GOLD CABINS — for those looking for the greatest comfort 1 or 2 persons 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.

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

 MOSCOW ARRIVAL

Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you are met and transferred to the stylish five-star Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Located in the historic building of Moskva Hotel and occupying one of the most enviable addresses in the very heart of Moscow, the hotel is a short walk from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre. On your first evening in Moscow you will be invited to a champagne drinks reception before our exclusive Welcome Dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

 

DAY 2 — 14th February 2021, Sunday

 MOSCOW

Our touring programme of Russia’s capital takes us to the grandeur of the Kremlin – the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow – and to see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber where we will enjoy an exclusive private viewing.

Our exploration of the city continues with a visit to Red Square, the iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture. Here we visit the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires and marvel at the beautiful façade of the world-famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times.

Lunch is served in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion. An essential part of any visit to Moscow is a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro — showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

If you have been to Moscow before we offerincluded Freedom of Choice touring where we show you other sights of Moscow such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum.

Upon arrival at Moscow Kazansky Station in the late afternoon, you will be greeted in the ornately decorated Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapes as you mix with the other guests and are welcomed by the train staff. The excitement in the waiting room audibly mounts and, 30 minutes before departure, your car attendants will escort you to Platform 1 where the Golden Eagle awaits ready for departure.

 

DAY 3 — 15th February 2021, Monday

 KAZAN

Situated on the River Volga, the picturesque and historic city of Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here we have the opportunity to see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of this city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore the stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.

As Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938), we honour his memory with a private concert of his music. You will also have time to wander through the main pedestrian area of Kazan and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city.

 

DAY 4 — 16th February 2021, Tuesday

 YEKATERINBURG

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the capital of the Urals. Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia so that the cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape.

Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918 following 78 days of imprisonment. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

 

DAY 5 — 17th February 2021, Wednesday

 NOVOSIBIRSK

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and sciences predominate. The city is located in the heart of Russia and is situated on both banks of the River Ob. Our city tour takes us to Lenin Square, where the imposing Opera House is located. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world. In front of the Opera House, we visit an impressive statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.

Alternatively, our Freedom of Choice tour goes south of the city to visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum, which displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era.

 

DAY 6 — 18th February 2021, Thursday

 ON BOARD

Today we relax on board as our train travels through Siberia. In comfort enjoy the ever-changing panoramas of natural snow-covered beauty unfold before us.

 

DAY 7 — 19th February 2021, Friday

 IRKUTSK

Our visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia&rsquo, takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like decorations that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. We also visit the Decembrist House museum which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed uprising of 1825, and we recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

As an additional option for your day in Irkutsk you may wish to visit a traditional Russian Banya (sauna).

 

DAY 8 — 20th February 2021, Saturday

 LAKE BAIKAL

Our day by Lake Baikal offers a real highlight of travelling through Siberia in winter. Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and today will be an unforgettable part of our Trans-Siberian journey.

For five hours we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the frozen lake with a vista of snow-capped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop.

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and during winter is completely frozen. We are taken in a hovercraft on the frozen lake to the place where the ice fishing, dog sledges and snowmobiles are situated and you will enjoy the perfect vantage point to appreciate the magnificence of this unspoilt location.

There is the opportunity to watch the under-ice fishing and try the freshly caught fish which will be smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm with ice-cold vodka. Delicious!

 

DAY 9 — 21st February 2021, Sunday

 ULAN-UDE

The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces of these welcoming Buryat people. During our exploration of the Old Believers’ Village we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

 

DAY 10 — 22nd February 2021, Monday

 ULAANBAATAR

Our eastbound Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country rich in culture and history with beautiful landscapes and nomadic people. Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside.

We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as ‘the great place of complete joy’. At Chinggis Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square) we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol, and visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history.

After lunch we head into the Mongolian countryside where we will visit the imposing Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, located on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog and also have the opportunity to visit a traditional Mongolian Ger and meet a nomadic family.

Please note depending on final timings provided by the railway authorities we may subsitute the railway journey from Russia into Ulaan Baatar with a private jet charter from Irkutsk so that we can maintain the advertised programme in Mongolia.

 

DAY 11 — 23rd February 2021, Tuesday

 ON BOARD

Enjoy a more leisurely pace today as we travel through the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East. You may like to attend one of the interesting lectures or Russian language lessons.

 

DAY 12 — 24th February 2021, Wednesday

 ON BOARD

It's the perfect opportunity to practice your Russian or simply relax as our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Enjoy Russia at its more dramatic and remote, as the Golden Eagle eats up the miles on our way to Vladivostok.

 

DAY 13 — 25th February 2021, Thursday

 ON BOARD

Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, we spend our last full day on board the Golden Eagle today as the most easterly point on our mammoth journey is reached pasing through Khabarovsk, where we cross the River Amur.

Tonight we enjoy our final dinner onboard our private train that has been our home for the last 12 days as we approach our final destination on this unforgettable journey.

 

DAY 14 — 26th February 2021, Friday

 VLADIVOSTOK

After travelling through 8 time zones and covering a staggering 6,600 miles (10,600kms) along this iconic railway, the Golden Eagle pulls into its final destination, Vladivostok.

Vladivostok is a military port, located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine. Our city tour will also take us to the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, which opened in 2012 for the APEC conference.

Our hotel in Vladivostok, where we stay for one night, is the five-star Lotte Hotel Vladivostok.

 

DAY 15 — 27th February 2021, Saturday

 VLADIVOSTOK

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Vladivostok Airport to begin your journey home.