Trans-Siberian Winter Fairytale

Experience the magic of Siberia with a 13-day private train journey through Russia and Mongolia with possible 3-day extension to China
Discover the magic of winter on the Trans-Siberian aboard a luxurious Tsars Gold train.

In Russia, life is as vibrant in winter as it is all year round. Explore Russia's Golden Ring city - Suzdal, which features dozens of exceptional architectural monuments, including Russia’s iconic onion domes. Go on a troika sleigh ride or stroll through a snow forest under the winter morning sun. Sleep snugly on the Tsar’s Gold, your heated private train, on this 13-day private journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator via Lake Baikal!

Trans-Siberian Winter Fairytale tour highlights:

  • Explore Russia and Mongolia in a fairy-tale setting and experience a very special night in a Mongolian yurt
  • Marvel at rare Russian architecture and the impressive landscapes of Siberia
  • Enjoy the indescribable atmosphere and views of Lake Baikal in the winter. Take a stroll and a snowmobile or dog sled ride on frozen Lake Baikal
  • Explore some of the most essential Trans-Siberian destinations
  • Get insight into the rich tapestry of local culture, heritage and history
  • Warm-up in a real banya, a traditional Russian sauna
  • Enjoy traditional regional food, including dinner with a Russian family. Also keep warm with a proper vodka tasting on board, with typical Russian snacks and authentic toasts

Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

Moscow / Ulan-Bator

Ulan-Bator / Moscow

Tsars Gold private train

Trans-Siberian tour

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

16 days / 15 nights

     

N/A

Guaranteed Departures

Itinerary

DAY 1:Moscow

It’s a beautiful winter’s day in Moscow, where you are transported from the airport to your first-class hotel in the city centre. That evening, you take a stroll through the city and feast your eyes on the stunning illuminations of Red Square before enjoying a dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2:Moscow

Your second day in Moscow starts off with a panoramic city tour, where you experience this metropolis from end to end—enjoying its mix of traditional golden domes and modern skyscrapers. Later you have lunch in a Russian history-themed restaurant before you board your private train to continue your unforgettable journey.

DAY 3:Suzdal

After breakfast, you arrive in Vladimir where you take a bus to Suzdal, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Russia’s Golden Ring (a group of historic, ancient towns). There, you see the Suzdal Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Nativity and the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Around noon, you return to your private train and travel east through the vast plains of old Russia, crossing the Volga and Kama Rivers before climbing the Ural Mountains—usually covered in massive deposits of snow this time of year.

Later on board, you enjoy talks about the Cossack conquest of Siberia, Russian life in winter, and the last of the Tsars.

DAY 4:Yekaterinburg

Today you stop for a city tour in Yekaterinburg, where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were assassinated in 1918. The Cathedral of All Saints is a memorial to their murder and a part of your tour. Later you board your private train once again and continue through western Siberia.

DAY 5:Onboard

Your private train continues through the endless, snow-covered Siberian wilderness. You become familiar with the lesser-known Russian dining and drinking customs with a delicious vodka tasting on board.

DAY 6:Krasnoyarsk

In the morning, you reach Krasnoyarsk. During an informative city tour, you learn revealing facts and stories about the city’s history. As you stroll through the city’s old and new streets, you walk through Peace Square, enjoy views of the Yenisei River, and visit the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel.

DAY 7:Irkutsk and Listvyanka

Today you reach Irkutsk, one of the largest cities of eastern Siberia. On your guided city tour, you see the Ethnology Museum, the Trans-Siberian monument, the Drama Theater and a bustling market hall. Your city tour continues to one of the largest monasteries in eastern Siberia and to the Europe House.

That evening you reach the Baikal town of Listvyanka and have the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of a real Russian banya (sauna).

DAY 8:Lake Baikal

Today you take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and a dog sled on frozen Lake Baikal. You also have the opportunity to get a panoramic view from the sky in a ski lift (during business hours). You enjoy a delicious Russian dinner with a local family. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Baikalian Research Center, where you learn about studies being conducted on the lake. In the evening, your private train departs from Irkutsk

DAY 9:Onboard

Today, your private train arrives at the original track of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. For several hours, you travel along the coast of the lake and have the opportunity to take a walk on its frozen surface. Later, you enjoy a short presentation about the area.

DAY 10:Ulan-Ude

You continue on your way through the steppes of eastern Siberia—through the gorgeous, snow-covered Selenga Valley. You make a stopover in Ulan-Ude where you tour the city, then continue on to the Russia–Mongolia border, where border checkpoint formalities take place.

DAY 11:Mongolia

In the morning, you reach Ulan Bator. Here, you can spend the night in either a hotel or in a heated nomadic felt tent outdoors in the near-freezing wilderness—an extraordinary experience! In the afternoon, you visit the Mongolian National History Museum.

Later, if you choose to stay overnight in the hotel, you have the opportunity to watch a traditional folk performance, which features throat singing, costumes, dances and the horse head fiddle—the morin khuur, a symbol of the Mongolian nation (entrance fee payable on-site).

If you decide to spend the night in a traditional tent (requested in advance), you enjoy Mongolian folk tales by the campfire.

DAY 12:Ulan-Bator

Today, you see the Gandan Monastery and the otherworldly Choijin Lama Temple—a unique example of worldwide Buddhist architecture. In the afternoon, you visit with a cattle breeder family at the edge of the city.

DAY 13:Departure

Today is the last day of your winter’s tale on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. On your way to the airport, you reflect on your magical journey through Russia and Mongolia and all the great memories you have made.

*** If you would like your winter’s fairytale to continue on from Ulan Bator, you can board the regular train to Beijing on the morning of the thirteenth day. The Chinese train to Beijing takes you on a scenic ride through the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppes over the course of about 35 hours and your last night on the train.

DAY 14:Beijing extension*

In the afternoon, your train pulls into Beijing, where shuttle service brings you to your first-class hotel. After making yourself comfortable, you have time to explore China’s capital on your own.

DAY 15:Beijing extension*

Today, you enjoy a thorough guided tour of the Forbidden City and a sightseeing tour that includes the Temple of Heaven. That evening, you dine well at one of the capital’s top-ranking restaurants for the city’s most famous dish—Peking Duck.

DAY 16:Departure

After sixteen days through a winter wonderland on the Tsar’s Gold private train, your journey has come to an end. The sights you have seen and the things you have learned will stay with you forever. 

Inclusions

Accommodation on the private train in the chosen cabin category

1 night in Moscow in 5* hotel

1 night in a mid-range hotel in Listvyanka

1 night in Ulan Bator in a centrally located mid-range hotel

All transportation according to the itinerary

Doctor on board (Moscow to Ulan Bator)

Experienced tour manager throughout the journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator

All excursions and sightseeing with local English-speaking guides for groups of 6 or more

All meals according to the itinerary

Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks and toasts

Snowmobile or dog sled ride on frozen Lake Baikal

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees.*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Optional excursions

Individual transfers

Gratitudes

Dates & Prices

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22 Feb - 6 Mar, 2020 (M to UB)
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AvailableUS $4,100contact usReserve
2 Mar - 14 Mar, 2020 (UB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $4,100contact usReserve
16 days
Moscow / Ulan-Bator to Ulan-Bator / Moscow
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DAY 1: Moscow

It’s a beautiful winter’s day in Moscow, where you are transported from the airport to your first-class hotel in the city centre. That evening, you take a stroll through the city and feast your eyes on the stunning illuminations of Red Square before enjoying a dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2: Moscow

Your second day in Moscow starts off with a panoramic city tour, where you experience this metropolis from end to end—enjoying its mix of traditional golden domes and modern skyscrapers. Later you have lunch in a Russian history-themed restaurant before you board your private train to continue your unforgettable journey.

DAY 3: Suzdal

After breakfast, you arrive in Vladimir where you take a bus to Suzdal, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Russia’s Golden Ring (a group of historic, ancient towns). There, you see the Suzdal Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Nativity and the Monastery of Saint Euthymius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Around noon, you return to your private train and travel east through the vast plains of old Russia, crossing the Volga and Kama Rivers before climbing the Ural Mountains—usually covered in massive deposits of snow this time of year.

Later on board, you enjoy talks about the Cossack conquest of Siberia, Russian life in winter, and the last of the Tsars.

DAY 4: Yekaterinburg

Today you stop for a city tour in Yekaterinburg, where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were assassinated in 1918. The Cathedral of All Saints is a memorial to their murder and a part of your tour. Later you board your private train once again and continue through western Siberia.

DAY 5: Onboard

Your private train continues through the endless, snow-covered Siberian wilderness. You become familiar with the lesser-known Russian dining and drinking customs with a delicious vodka tasting on board.

DAY 6: Krasnoyarsk

In the morning, you reach Krasnoyarsk. During an informative city tour, you learn revealing facts and stories about the city’s history. As you stroll through the city’s old and new streets, you walk through Peace Square, enjoy views of the Yenisei River, and visit the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel.

DAY 7: Irkutsk and Listvyanka

Today you reach Irkutsk, one of the largest cities of eastern Siberia. On your guided city tour, you see the Ethnology Museum, the Trans-Siberian monument, the Drama Theater and a bustling market hall. Your city tour continues to one of the largest monasteries in eastern Siberia and to the Europe House.

That evening you reach the Baikal town of Listvyanka and have the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of a real Russian banya (sauna).

DAY 8: Lake Baikal

Today you take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and a dog sled on frozen Lake Baikal. You also have the opportunity to get a panoramic view from the sky in a ski lift (during business hours). You enjoy a delicious Russian dinner with a local family. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Baikalian Research Center, where you learn about studies being conducted on the lake. In the evening, your private train departs from Irkutsk

DAY 9: Onboard

Today, your private train arrives at the original track of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. For several hours, you travel along the coast of the lake and have the opportunity to take a walk on its frozen surface. Later, you enjoy a short presentation about the area.

DAY 10: Ulan-Ude

You continue on your way through the steppes of eastern Siberia—through the gorgeous, snow-covered Selenga Valley. You make a stopover in Ulan-Ude where you tour the city, then continue on to the Russia–Mongolia border, where border checkpoint formalities take place.

DAY 11: Mongolia

In the morning, you reach Ulan Bator. Here, you can spend the night in either a hotel or in a heated nomadic felt tent outdoors in the near-freezing wilderness—an extraordinary experience! In the afternoon, you visit the Mongolian National History Museum.

Later, if you choose to stay overnight in the hotel, you have the opportunity to watch a traditional folk performance, which features throat singing, costumes, dances and the horse head fiddle—the morin khuur, a symbol of the Mongolian nation (entrance fee payable on-site).

If you decide to spend the night in a traditional tent (requested in advance), you enjoy Mongolian folk tales by the campfire.

DAY 12: Ulan-Bator

Today, you see the Gandan Monastery and the otherworldly Choijin Lama Temple—a unique example of worldwide Buddhist architecture. In the afternoon, you visit with a cattle breeder family at the edge of the city.

DAY 13: Departure

Today is the last day of your winter’s tale on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. On your way to the airport, you reflect on your magical journey through Russia and Mongolia and all the great memories you have made.

*** If you would like your winter’s fairytale to continue on from Ulan Bator, you can board the regular train to Beijing on the morning of the thirteenth day. The Chinese train to Beijing takes you on a scenic ride through the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppes over the course of about 35 hours and your last night on the train.

DAY 14: Beijing extension*

In the afternoon, your train pulls into Beijing, where shuttle service brings you to your first-class hotel. After making yourself comfortable, you have time to explore China’s capital on your own.

DAY 15: Beijing extension*

Today, you enjoy a thorough guided tour of the Forbidden City and a sightseeing tour that includes the Temple of Heaven. That evening, you dine well at one of the capital’s top-ranking restaurants for the city’s most famous dish—Peking Duck.

DAY 16: Departure

After sixteen days through a winter wonderland on the Tsar’s Gold private train, your journey has come to an end. The sights you have seen and the things you have learned will stay with you forever. 

Included

Accommodation on the private train in the chosen cabin category

1 night in Moscow in 5* hotel

1 night in a mid-range hotel in Listvyanka

1 night in Ulan Bator in a centrally located mid-range hotel

All transportation according to the itinerary

Doctor on board (Moscow to Ulan Bator)

Experienced tour manager throughout the journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator

All excursions and sightseeing with local English-speaking guides for groups of 6 or more

All meals according to the itinerary

Vodka tasting with classic Russian snacks and toasts

Snowmobile or dog sled ride on frozen Lake Baikal

Not included

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees.*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Optional excursions

Individual transfers

Gratitudes

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