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Fly to Beijing via Singapore. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

After breakfast, you will visit the renowned Beijing Suburban Railway Museum. A number of highlighted locomotives are exhibited including China’s earliest locomotive as well as foreign locomotives. Next you visit the Tiananmen Square and the China Railway Museum nearby, which based on relics of the former Zhengyangmen East railway station.

(Meals: B, L, D)

You will be taken north today to pace the ramparts of China’s famed Great Wall, originally constructed over 2000 years ago. This evening a traditional Peking Duck dinner completes a very special day.

(Meals: B, D)

Today you visit the Forbidden City as the former imperial palace is called. In the evening you transfer to the train station and depart for Mongolia aboard a chartered Chinese train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolian border, where you transfer to the Tsaren Gold private train. You have some time to explore the colourful local market in Erlian, before your Russian train sets off towards Mongolia. After crossing sections of the legendary Gobi Desert, the train travels through the vast green steppes of Mongolia. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Morning arrival in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. During your city tour you will see the impressive Gandan Buddhist Monastery and the odd Choijin Lama Temple. In the evening you attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts. You spend the night in Ulan Bator.

(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast you visit the Gandan Monastery, where it is possible to observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Your bus then takes you to the Mongolian Alps with their majestic scenery and bizarre rock formations. After a picnic lunch in a yurt camp, you watch a small Mongolian horse-riding demonstration and a traditional wrestling match. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga, You are on the way to Ulan Ude, where your train reaches the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Here you take an informative city tour. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today is spent exploring the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. In the morning your train travels directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. During two extended photo-stops, you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. A short boat excursion from Port Baikal takes you out onto the lake. Visit a picturesque Baikal village. Dinner is a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

In the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times. During your city tour you see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall. Around noon you pay a worthwhile visit to an open-air museum with a focus on life and work in historical Siberia. You spend the night in a hotel in Irkutsk.

(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast your train passes through the diverse landscapes of eastern Siberia. Talks on board inform you about the region and a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks is an opportunity to experience firsthand the Russian festive customs of hospitality and clever toasts. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Around noon, your train arrives in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian manner and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities along your entire route, including the chance to see the mighty Ob River. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Your train stops in the afternoon in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. The city is known as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a tour you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which was built in 2003 to commemorate that tragic historic event, and the city centre attractively restored in 2009. Back on board, you enjoy views of the Urals landscape and indulge yourself in the dining car. Your private train is already rolling across the European continent. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast you reach Kazan, the Tatar capital. On your city tour you see Tatar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. You spend the night aboard the train.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Around noon, you arrive in Moscow, Russia’s capital and one of the world’s richest and most dynamic cities. After check in to your hotel, your first stop is the Kremlin with its glorious cathedrals. After dinner you go on a magical evening trip through the city, including the iconic Red Square.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today you go on a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the New Virgin Monastery, and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral. Later you explore the Metro in depth with your guide.

(Meals: B, D)

This morning you visit the Museum of the Moscow Railway, formally the Museum of Lenin’s funeral train. Later you will be transferred to airport for your overnight flight home via Singapore.

(Meals: B)

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