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Trans-Siberian Railway

Day 1: En Route from U.S.
Day 2: Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 3: Ulaanbaatar
Day 4: Gandan Monastery / Mongolian Alps 
Day 5: Ulan Ude, Russia
Day 6: Lake Baikal
Day 7: Irkutsk
Day 8: Trans-Siberia
Day 9: Novosibirsk
Day 10: Yekaterinburg
Day 11: Kazan
Day 12: Moscow
Day 13: Moscow
Day 14: Moscow / Depart for U.S.

Day 1: En Route from U.S.

Day 2: Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Welcome to the diverse capital of Mongolia—Ulaanbaatar. Not only is this cultural-rich city Mongolia's industrial and financial heart, it's also the center of the country's road network and connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system.

Transfer to your hotel to relax and settle in before joining fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail this evening.
The Blue Sky Hotel & Tower (R)

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, set out on a guided city tour to see the Buddhist monastery, Choijin Lama Temple. This site, which features five temples, is no longer a place of worship, but rather a museum that demonstrates the area's historic feudal lifestyle.

Also visit Parliament Square to see the statue of Genghis Khan, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

This evening, attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, and dancing.
Overnight: The Blue Sky Hotel & Tower (B,L,D)

Day 4: Gandan Monastery / Mongolian Alps
This morning features a visit to the Gandan Monastery—the center of Mongolian Buddhism and the only working monastery during the entire communist period. Depending on arrival time, it may be possible to observe a traditional Buddhist religious ceremony.

Afterward, journey 90-minutes east of Ulaanbaatar to the Mongolian Alps. Take time to observe the stunning scenery in every direction, including the mountains' majestic topography and bizarre rock formations. With rolling landscapes and grazing herds of animals watched over by men on horses, Mongolia to some looks and feels like Texas.

Visit a typical ger camp for a wonderful front-row seat to nomadic Mongolian life that is integral to the culture. Gers, built with wooden boards held together with rope made from horses' hair, can easily be moved around according to seasons and to follow cattle pastures. Gather around the ger's centrally located stove where food is cooked and dairy products are produced for sale. 

At a picnic lunch served in a yurt camp, sample classic Mongolian specialties with rice and vegetables and possibly even their famous fermented mare's milk. Then attend a festival to view presentations on three national sports: wrestling, archery, and horse riding. 

Next transfer to the train station to board Trans-Siberian Railway's Tsar's Gold. Get acquainted with your stateroom and unpack before dinner on board.
Overnight: Tsar's Gold (B,L,D)

Day 5: Ulan Ude, Russia
Awake to the train's steady hum and embrace the passing views of the Mongolian steppes. Travel through the valley of Mongolia’s largest river, the Selenga, which flows into Lake Baikal. 

At Ulan Ude, the train reaches the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Disembark at the station for a guided city tour of Ulan Ude's main square—home to the largest bust sculpture of Lenin in all of Russia. Also visit the local theater, constructed during Stalin’s time.
Overnight: Tsar's Gold (B,L,D)

Day 6: Lake Baikal
Today, explore the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater reservoir in the world. Travel directly alongside Lake Baikal, on the old route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. During two extended photography stops, wander the lakeside and capture its seemingly endless beauty. 

At one stop, embark upon a brief boat excursion from Port Baikal out onto the lake where the Angara River flows. Afterward, visit the picturesque Baikal village of Listvyanka to stroll the market, and for those seeking an extra adventure—take a plunge in the chilly water. Legend has it that the crystal clear, colbalt blue waters have magical healing powers which give its swimmers extra years of life. Join in the thrill of a quick and bracing dip or simply have fun watching others do so. 

Tonight, enjoy a special barbecue picnic dinner along the shoreline (weather permitting). 
Overnight: Tsar's Gold (B,L,D)

Day 7: Irkutsk
Welcome to Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in Tsarist times. Join a local guide for a panoramic city tour to see the architecturally impressive Okhlopkov Drama Theatre—the largest of its kind in Siberia—which opened in 1896, the new memorial to Tsar Alexander III, and the photogenic market hall—one of the main centers in the city selling fresh regional produce.

Then, visit the Taltsy Museum—an open-air exhibition featuring the history and culture of the people of Eastern Siberia. The museum is composed of more than 40 historical and architectural monuments, and 8,000 exhibits that tell about the peculiarities of life, customs, and traditions of past residents of the Baikal region.

A final highlight for today: join a local family in their home for a traditional meal with dessert, and learn more about their daily life and customs.
Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center (B,L,D)

Day 8: Trans-Siberia
Back on board the Tsar's Gold, the journey continues through many diverse landscapes of Eastern Siberia. Join the informational onboard lectures about the region and partake in a vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks and red caviar—a unique opportunity to experience first-hand Russia's festive customs of hospitality and clever toasts.
Overnight: Tsar's Gold (B,L,D)

Day 9: Novosibirsk
Arrive midday in Novosibirsk—Russia's third largest city. Locals will greet you with bread and salt in the customary Russian manner before setting out on a panoramic tour of the city, including the mighty Ob River, the town's Central Market, and Opera and Ballet Theatre. 
Overnight: Tsar's Gold (B,L,D)

Day 10: Yekaterinburg
Today's highlights include a special champagne toast while entering into Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District and the frontier between the Asian and European continents, followed by a panoramic tour. The city is known as the place where the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. While in town, view the Church of All Saints, which was built in 2003 to commemorate the tragic and historic event.

Back on board, the passing landscape of the Ural Mountains unfolds as the journey continues across the European continent. 
Overnight: Tsar's Gold (B,L,D)

Day 11: Kazan
After breakfast, arrive in Kazan, the Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga River. During a guided city tour, see Tartar mosques and the famous Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Venture into Kazan’s Kremlin to learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tartars, the Cossacks, and the Russians.
Overnight: Tsar's Gold (B,L,D)

Day 12: Moscow
Bid the Tsar's Gold staff a fond farewell as you disembark in Russia's capital, Moscow, and meet a local expert guide for an exciting day of exploration. Join fellow travelers for a welcome lunch followed by a panoramic tour of Moscow City, the Novodevichy Convent, the Lubyanka (the former KGB headquarters), and other meaningful landmarks.

Dinner is on your own this evening with leisure time to see Red Square illuminated at night.
Overnight: Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow (B,L)

Day 13: Moscow
Today's special highlight features an exclusive visit to St. Basil’s Cathedral—a wildly colorful building of shapes and spires that is unique to Russian architecture. 

Arrive at the Kremlin with time to walk the grounds and cathedrals, and discover its armory chamber—a museum of items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars' treasury and the patriarch’s vestry. Displays feature uniforms and regalia, coronation dresses, ceremonial armor, and the largest collection of gold and silverware made by Russian craftsmen.

Enjoy a special lunch before continuing the tour to see the world-famous Metro and bustling Arbat Street, which has existed since at least the 15th century, making it one of the oldest surviving streets of the Russian capital. 

Tonight, join fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to reflect on the past two weeks of this phenomenal journey.
Overnight: Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow (B,L,D)

Day 14: Moscow / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, guests with flights departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. 

Guests continuing on the optional post-tour will transfer to St. Petersburg. (B)

R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level:


Guests should be comfortable boarding and disembarking trains without assistance, and walking and moving between cars while the train is in motion. All hallways are narrow and have handrails, but train travel can be unpredictable and some unexpected movement may occur. We expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled are limited.