Opulent Journeys

Trans-Siberian Rail Journey & Grand St Petersburg

5 July - 23 July, 2019

From (AUD)

$12,795

19 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
  • Obtain profound insights into Chinese, Mongolian and Russian culture – in just one epic journey
  • Dine in the lovingly designed restaurant wagons and enjoy the finest local cuisine and drinks served by courteous waiters
  • More than 20 excursions and performances as well as entrances fees
  • Extensive trip on the ancient rail lines of the Trans- Siberian Railway directly on the banks of Lake Baikal with photo stop
  • Entertaining lectures on local culture, history and everyday life
  • Sample a Peking Duck in China
  • A visit to the Beijing Railway Museum
  • Journey through the vast Gobi Desert
  • Visit the lively market hall in Irkutsk
  • Admire views of the mighty Ob River
  • Caviar & Vodka tasting on board the train
  • Doctor on board (from Chinese border to Moscow)
  • Traditional Russian welcoming ceremony with bread, salt and Balalaika music
  • Tour the Russian capital, Moscow
 
Dates & Prices

Price per person

Twin share

Single Supplement

Classic (Compartment cat. II)  $12,795 $3,845
Superior (Compartment cat. II) $13,360 $4,280
Superor Plus (Compartment cat. II)  $14,298 $4,280
Nostalgic Comfort (Compartment cat. III)           $17,445 $6,995
Bolshoi (Compartment cat. IV) $22,220 $9,855
  • Due to limited availability of cabin types on board the train, we recommend you book early to secure your preferred cabin type. Cabin categories listed above are subject to availability at time of booking.

Price per person

Twin share

Single Supplement

Classic (Compartment cat. II)  $14,980 $4,530
Superior (Compartment cat. II) $15,545 $4,965
Superor Plus (Compartment cat. II)  $16,484 $4,965
Nostalgic Comfort (Compartment cat. III)           $19,630 $7,636
Bolshoi (Compartment cat. IV) $26,555 $10,535
  • Due to limited availability of cabin types on board the train, we recommend you book early to secure your preferred cabin type. Cabin categories listed above are subject to availability at time of booking.
What's Included
Tour inclusions:
  • Ten nights accommodation in 4-star and 5-star hotels with breakfast daily
  • Eight nights on board the Tsaren Gold Private Train
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • An exclusive train tour director with the group
  • Private coach with local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All bridge games
  • Visa fees for China, Mongolia and Russia
  • Special for Bolshoi guests: two meals to choose from for lunch and dinner on board the train, 1 bottle of water per person every day in the compartment, 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included for meals on board the train

Not included:

  • International flight from Australia
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above
 
Fitness Level - Moderate
Tour participants will need to carry their own luggage, board a bus unaided, walk a kilometre plus, and navigate uneven surfaces including stairs.
Please find more information on fitness level at www.opulentjourneys.com.au/fitness_level/
 
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Itinerary
Arriving in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
(Meals: D)
You will be taken north today to pace the ramparts of China’s famed Great Wall, originally constructed over 2000 years ago. Afterwards, visit the China Railway Museum, preserving locomotives built in the People's Republic of China since 1949. This evening a traditional Peking Duck dinner completes a very special day.
(Meals: B, D)
This morning you will visit the Forbidden City as the former imperial palace is called. In the evening your rail journey begins, as you transfer to the train station and depart for Mongolia aboard a chartered Chinese train. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B, D)
Around noon you reach the Chinese-Mongolian border, where you transfer to the Tsar’s Gold private train. In the growing city of Erlian, you have some time to explore the colourful local market 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)
In the morning you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. In the evening you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts. You spend the night in the hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
(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)
You travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga, and 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)
Explore the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal. During two extended photo-stops, you explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. Take a swim in the lake and 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)
Morning 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 Siberia in olden times. You spend the night in the hotel in Irkutsk.
(Meals: B, L, D)
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 offers an experience of Russian festive customs and hospitality. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B L D)
Around noon, your train arrives in Novosibirsk. You are greeted with bread and salt in the customary Russian manner and taken on a tour of this most Soviet of cities, including a chance to see the mighty Ob River. You spend the night aboard the train.
(Meals: B L D)
Afternoon your train stops in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District. During a tour you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, built in 2003 on the site where the last Emperor and his household were shot. Back on board, your private train is rolling across the European continent. You spend the night aboard the train. 
(Meals: B L D)
After breakfast you reach Kazan. On your city tour you see Tartar 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 Tartars, 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. Your first stop is the Kremlin with its glorious cathedrals. It is the historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow. You can also check out the interiors of some of the buildings. After dinner you go on a magical evening trip through the city. This special tour includes a stop at Red Square.
(Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast you go on a guided tour of Moscow to see the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which dominates the skyline along the Moscow River, the Lomonossov University, the New Virgin Monastery, and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral. On the way to dinner, you will pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House.
(Meals: B, D)

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

(Meals: B)

This morning, you transfer to the station for Sapsan train to St Petersburg.  On arrival, met and transferred to hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Travel by coach through the city centre past the Mariinsky Theatre to the brilliant St. Nicholas Church.  Visit Peter the Great’s grand summer estate, Petrodvorets (Peterhof). A series of palaces and gardens – laid out on the orders of Peter the Great – is also situated there. After lunch visit the Central Railway Museum. This is the country's best museum concerned with railways.
(Meals: B, D)
Visit former imperial Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum), the foundation of the city at Peter and Paul Fortress and the incredible Spilt Blood Cathedral, Catherine’s Palace and its mysterious Amber Room. In the afternoon visit the Museum of Artillery. Farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Transfer to airport for your departure flight.
(Meals: B)

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