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Trans Siberian Rail Journey

July 28- August 9, 2020

Signature Journey

Travel the legendary Trans Siberian Railroad through Russia, Mongolia and China in comfort. See dramatic changes of scenery as you traverse both Europe and Asia on this luxury Private Train.
The train journey from Moscow, across Siberia, into Mongolia and finishing in Beijing is one of the most epic of itineraries linking two very large countries. This journey aboard a very comfortable train covers almost 8000 kilometres/5000 miles all in two weeks travelling through six time zones and ever changing landscapes. The trip will expose you to several different cultures and a myriad of exciting and unusual landscapes and all this while relaxing in your compartment or the observation/day car.

 

Signature Moments

  • Experience one of the World's Epic Rail Journeys
  • Enjoy Vodka & Caviar tasting
  • Journey through 6 time zones
  • Step back in time in a Mongolian Herdsman camp
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 6 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • 9 Nights Tsar's Gold Train
  • Visa support documents required for the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian Visas
  • All meals on train plus 6 breakfast, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks
  • Entertainment program on board, including lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries you pass through along the route.
  • Doctor on board
  • Porter services at all railway stations
  • Special for Bolshoi & Bolshoi Platinum class clients: 2 main course options to choose from for lunch and dinner on board the train. Drinks are included (except for premium beverages) during meal times on board the train.
  • Moscow by Night city lights tour
  • Moscow city tour
  • Kazan tour
  • Vodka and caviar tasting
  • Bread and salt ceremony
  • Irkutsk tour
  • Picnic on Lake Baikal (weather permitting)
  • Visit Buddhist monastery of Gandan
  • Visit Lama Museum
  • Visit Mongolian Herdsman Camp
  • Highlights of Beijing tour
  • Visit the Great Wall of China
  • Visit Ming Tombs and the Avenue of the Spirits
  • Airport Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Day 1 - Arrive Moscow

Welcome to Russia!
Arrive in Moscow and transfer to your overnight hotel in Moscow. Time to settle in before a fabulous "Moscow by Night" city lights tour seeing some of the most iconic building lit in all their glory. After you have time to stroll through the famous Red Square with your guide and will experience the splendour of Moscow’s unique metro stations, as much art museums as public transport.
Accommodations - Hotel Intercontinental

 

Day 2 - Moscow - Embarkation

Today a city tour covering the most famous Moscow sights including the imposing Kremlin complex and one of its magnificent cathedrals dating back to the time of the Tsars. In the evening you will be transferred to your train for the first section of your epic rail journey overnight to Kazan.
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 3 - Kazan

After breakfast in the dining car we arrive in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan province on the banks of the mighty Volga River. The city is full of history and the tour here will bring to life the once turbulent relationship between Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians. Return to your train for dinner and the overnight journey on to Ekaterinburg.
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 4 - Ekaterinburg

Morning on the train before an afternoon arrival in Ekaterinburg. Much of this prosperous city was renovated in 2009 and our tour will visit the newly built Cathedral-on-the-blood, built in memorial to the tragic historical event of the murder of the Tsars and his family. On departing Ekaterinburg we leave Europe and enter Asia and the vast area of Western Siberia.
On board: Vodka & Caviar Tasting
As part of the extensive on board activities program included in this trip perhaps the most popular option is a fun-filled afternoon of vodka and caviar tasting so intrinsic to Russian life!
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 5 - Novosibirsk

Today we reach the city of Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia where you will be welcomed in the traditional Russian manner with bread and salt. We visit a monument to the Trans-Siberian and see the mighty Ob River. After dinner the train continues its journey eastwards into remote lands.
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 6 - Train across Siberia

A full day on the train through Siberia and crossing the vast Yenisey River that flows up into the arctic. The landscape is of pristine rivers, endless birch and pine forest and distant mountains. On the train there will be lectures about this fascinating and remote land. There will also be a special meal today we call the "Tsar’s Feast" and enjoy Russian hospitality with vodka and caviar tasting.
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 7 - Irkutsk

Today we reach the city of Irkutsk, once described as the “Paris of Siberia” and you will see evidence of that on our city tour seeing some of the beautiful wooden architecture and impressive river front’s statue of Alexander III. We also visit the lively market. After lunch the tour continues with a visit to the open-air museum "Life and Work in the Time of the Tsars”. Tonight is spent in a centrally located hotel in Irkutsk.
Accommodations - Marriott Courtyard

 

Day 8 - Lake Baikal

Today a tour by bus out of Irkutsk to a Siberian village on the shore of Lake Baikal. We will take a boat ride from here to Port Baikal where your train awaits. From here we travel the old route of the Trans-Siberian along the shores of Baikal for several hours with a couple of stops to take photos. Dinner is served in typical local style as a picnic on the shores of the lake (weather permitting).
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 9 - Ulan Ude

We continue by train today along the shores of Baikal and though the Selenga valley into the beautiful and wild Eastern Siberia. On the way we stop at Ulan Ude, capital of Buryatia and a city where Western and Eastern cultures meet. Continue on by train to the Mongolian border.
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 10 - Mongolia

During the night we cross the border arriving this morning in Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar. We visit the impressive Buddhist monastery of Gandan and the Lama Museum. Optional Mongolia folk concert (tickets to be bought and paid for locally) before spending the night in a centrally located hotel. *If you prefer we can book in advance to stay in a traditional Mongolian ger (must be booked in advance and please contact us for details).
Accommodations - Ramada City Centre

 

Day 11 - Mongolia

Today we visit the open steppe, mountains and grasslands outside of Ulaanbaatar. We visit a typical ger camp, home to the nomadic herdsmen that are still very much part of Mongolian culture. The herdsmen will give a display of their horseback skills. Return to your train in the evening for the journey onward to the Chinese border.
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train

 

Day 12 - Gobi Desert

Travel though the Gobi Desert before reaching the Chinese border late morning.
*IMPORTANT* At the border you will need to change trains as the Chinese have a different track gauge to Russia and Mongolia and will not admit the Russian carriages. Note that the Chinese train has no Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cabins - only two or 4 bed cabins. Single occupancy is not guaranteed. You will reach China’s capital Beijing in about 16 hours.
Accommodations - Tsar's Gold Train (China)

 

Day 13 - Bejing

The journey though China this morning gives a unique insight into the rural life of China before your arrival in Beijing where you spend the next three nights in a comfortable hotel. Free time for the rest of the day and own arrangements for dinner.
Accommodations - Capital Hotel

 

Day 14 - Bejing

Today you will see some of the highlights of Beijing including the Temple of Heaven and its beautiful park full of local Beijingers as well as Tiananmen Square and the extraordinary former home of the Emperors of China, the Forbidden City. Own dinner arrangements in the evening.
Accommodations - Capital Hotel

 

Day 15 - The Great Wall

Today we head out of the city to the mountains that contain the Great Wall. We also visit the Ming Tombs and the avenue of the spirits. Return to the city for the quintessential evening meal of Peking Duck!
Accommodations - Capital Hotel

 

Day 16 - Bejing - Depart

Time to say good-bye to this amazing area and fabulous friends you have made along the way. Sadly, today marks the end of a trip filled with unique and unforgettable experiences. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey home.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Category II – Classic Cabin

Double - $15,499 CAD per person (sharing a cabin)
Single - $19,999 CAD per person (your own cabin)
Deposit - Double Occ: $2895 pp - Single Occ: $3803 pp

Category III – Nostalgic Comfort

Double - $20,499 CAD per person (sharing a cabin)
Single - $29,299 CAD per person (your own cabin)
Deposit - Double Occ: $3886 pp - Single Occ: $5622 pp

Category IV – Bolshoi

Double - $25,999 CAD per person (sharing a cabin)
Single - $39,789 CAD per person (your own cabin)
Deposit - Double Occ: $4980 pp - Single Occ: $7718 pp

*IMPORTANT* At the border you will need to change trains as the Chinese have a different track gauge to Russia and Mongolia and will not admit the Russian carriages. Note that the Chinese train has no Nostalgic Comfort and Bolshoi cabins - only two or 4 bed cabins. Single occupancy is not guaranteed. You will reach China’s capital Beijing in about 16 hours.

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - March 1, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Booking Deadline

January 9 , 2020
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after January 9, 2020 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

 

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Moscow
Depart from Beijing

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Hotel Intercontinental Moscow

Putting you in the vibrant heart of the city, InterContinental® Moscow Tverskaya is just 500 metres from four metro stations and near the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia. It's a 15-minute walk to the historic Kremlin and less than two-kilometres to the stunning performances at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Tsar's Gold Train - Category II Classic Cabin

Category II Classic has two adjacent berths (Classic 187 x 68cm). Classic cabins have a table, luggage storage above the door, centrally controlled air conditioning and shared toilet facilities at the end of each carriage. Clients also have access to shower facilities elsewhere on the train.

Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Tsar's Gold Train - Category III Nostalgic Comfort

This popular category consists of compartments with modern facilities yet beautifully decorated to give the feeling of a bygone era of luxury rail travel. Compartments are 43 square feet / 4 meters squared. There are two berths, one upper and one lower (both 185 x 80 cm), with the upper berth able to be fold up when not in use. Your compartment shares a basic shower and basin with an adjacent compartment. Shared toilets are located at both ends of the carriage. In addition each cabin has their own air-conditioning controls, luggage storage under the bed and a small armchair.

Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Tsar's Gold Train - Category IV Bolshoi

These luxury cabins have 2 berths, one upper 174 x 80 cm and one lower 184 x 110 cm and are 60 square feet / 5.57 square meters with an ensuite bathroom containing a toilet, basin and integrated shower with a curtain. Each Bolshoi class carriage has 6 of these cabins and clients dine in their own dining car (shared with Bolshoi Platinum cabin members) with a choice of 2 main courses during lunch and dinner. In addition, each cabin has remote controlled air conditioning, small wardrobes for storage, DVD / CD player and a small couch. There are a limited number of these cabins so booking as early as possible is advised.

Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk

With beautifully appointed accommodation and outstanding service, the Courtyard Irkutsk City Center provides a relaxed home away from home for both business and leisure travelers.

Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Ramada City Centre Mongolia

Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel is known for elegance and fine service. They offer a very convenient location in the center of town, near the Gandantegchilen Monastery, several businesses, and many local sights and attractions that underscore the rich nature and beauty of the region.

Women's Travel Club Trans Siberian Rail Journey
Capital Hotel Beijing

Capital Hotel is graceful with landscaped gardens and traditional Chinese furnishings. Although it dwells in bustling area, the hotel never misses serenity and tranquility to make the guests relaxed and enjoyable.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request