Opulent Journeys

Winter Wonderland on the Trans-Siberian

22 February - 06 March 2019

From (AUD)

$7,995

13 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview
Experience the magic of Siberia with a 13-day private train journey through Russia and Mongolia. A true winter's tale for all who crave a real Siberian adventure. Go on a troika sleigh ride, or stoll through a snow forest in the winter monring sun. Sleep snugly on the Tsar's Gold, your heated private train, and even get the chance to sleep in a Mongolian tent!

 

Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    

                               

Per person, twin share                               $7,995
Single room supplement $2,885
Mongolian & Russian visa fees $465

 *Tour starts in Moscow and finishes in Ulan Bator. Tour price is based on Classic twin share compartment. Upgrade to an en-suite compartment available on request.

Highlights
  • Soaking up the incomparable wintertime atmosphere at Lake Baikal. A snow globe-scene come to life
  • Traveling by train through the Siberian countryside as fairytale villages pass by
  • The cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Ulan Bator
  • See world famous Red Square and the Kremlin grounds
  • Ride a cable car to a panoramic viewing point above Lake Baikal (seasonal opening conditions allowing)
  • Ride on Lake Baikal’s ice in a motorized sled
  • Authentic Russian banja saunas
  • The Choijin Lama Temple and the Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator
 
What's Included

Tour inclusions: 

  • 7 nights aboard on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the category booked
  • 5 nights twin share accommodation at hotel
  • Tour manager for the entire journey from Moscow to Ulan Bator
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Porter service at all stations.

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Optional tours
  • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses and anything not mentioned

 

Fitness Level - Moderate

Passengers must be able to:

  • Undertake walking tours of 2-3 hours duration 
  • Walk over uneven ground & cobblestone surfaces
  • Stand for a reasonable length of time during site visits
  • Get on & off transportation unassisted
  • Manage airports & railway stations without wheelchair assistance
  • Handle your own luggage
To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

Please Click Here to download the tour details.

To make a booking

Please complete, sign and return the booking form, with your deposit and a copy of your passport. As all of our tours are very unique and bespoke, we aim to provide a seamless individual service to you. Please contact us directly if you have questions.

 

Itinerary
Welcome to Moscow, one of the most vivid, dynamic and richly-historic cities on Earth. After dinner, experience the opulence and colour of Moscow at night on a guided walk that includes the almost dream-like Red Square. Relax after your urban adventure in your central and comfortable hotel.
(Meals: D)
Wake up to morning in cosmopolitan Moscow. Visit the otherworldly Kremlin grounds and see the surreal and candy-cane Orthodox masterpieces of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Visit the lovingly-reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Savior, pass by the notorious former KGB headquarters, and behold the imposing architecture of the Soviet-era White House and Lomonosov University, before bidding farewell to this bold city. Towards evening, your train departs for Siberia. Overnight on board.
(Meals: B, L, D)
In the morning, pass through the Russian heartland and cross the mighty Volga River. Then make the steady climb towards the Ural Mountains. As your train whisks you through the wintry landscape, enjoy enlightening talks on the history of the Tartars, Cossacks, Russians and winter life in Siberia. Overnight on board.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Yekaterinburg is the capital of the ancient Ural Mountain region. Its position on the Asian-European border makes for a city of fascinating influences and combined cultures. You visit the painstakingly-preserved city centre and fairytale-like Church on Blood, which commemorates the site where the Romanovs, Russia’s last Tsar dynasty, were shot by revolutionists. From here your train leaves Europe into Asia. Overnight on board.
(Meals: B, L, D)
A day of fantastically frosted views enjoyed from the comfort of your train. Snow-capped mountains and birch forests sparkle in the sunlight. Icy rivers crash along jagged rocky banks. Huge, imposing skies, shift in rhythm with the clack of the tracks. Winter has come alive. Entertaining presentations on local customs and culture double as social get-togethers between new friends, complete with Russian canapés, hospitality and, of course, a vodka tasting. Overnight on board. 
(Meals: B, L, D)
Is this most beautiful city in Siberia? The writer Anton Chekhov thought so. Krasnoyarsk’s certainly wears winter well, with snow dusting its streets and blue-gold hues coloring the cityscape. See all the sights on a short tour and take in the stunning vista across the Yenisei River. Back on board, your Trans-Siberian tour continues on to Irkutsk. Overnight on board.
(Meals: B, L, D)
You’ve arrived in Irkutsk, one of Siberia’s largest cities. Travel light and leave your main luggage securely stowed in your train on the transfer to your hotel, located in the village of Listvyanka on Lake Baikal. After you’ve settled in, take a peek at the frozen shoreline of this remarkable body of water and visit the local open-air museum. Then relax by visiting a banja, a traditional Russian sauna.
(Meals: B, L, D)
A day dedicated entirely to enjoying blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Surrounded by snowy mountains, the clear, deep, aquamarine and blue waters glitter in the winter sun. The lake’s frozen sections are like perfect glass, imbuing a near-total stillness. Ride in a horse-drawn troika sleigh before switching to a motorized sled that takes you across the lake’s icy surface. Climb higher by cable car (seasonal opening conditions allowing), arriving at a spot with spectacular views of the chilly waters below. This vantage point is known for blustery and bitter cold temperatures – so bundle up for what might be the deepest chill you have ever experienced! After a warming meal with a local family, learn about the lake’s unique ecosystem at a nearby museum. After an unforgettable day, return to Irkutsk, where you spend the night at your centrally-located hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Popular and historic Irkutsk is one of Siberia’s largest cities. Explore its walkable core, tour the city’s colourful market, theatre, and two-manor site of the Irkutsk local history museum. Back on board, your train powers on towards Mongolia. Overnight on board.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Today, you wind along the picturesque valley of the Selenga River. As your time in Russia comes to a close, relax on board and enjoy entertaining talks on winter travels during the tsarist era and the Mongol invasions. Overnight on board.
(Meals: B, L, D)
It’s morning and the vibrant Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, awaits. Here your train adventure ends, but your voyage is far from over. Should you wish, spend the night in a traditional yurt tent in the pristine winter wilderness - truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience (optional). Or opt to stay in a hotel in the city.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Today, you visit the painstakingly restored Buddhist Gandan Monastery and the jewel-like Choijin Lama Temple. An afternoon excursion takes you to a family of cattle herders just outside of the city. Learn how they and their animals spend the Mongolian winter.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Enjoy a final breakfast with your fellow winter travellers before transferring to the airport for your flight home. What a magical journey through snow and ice it’s been!
(Meals: B)

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