Day 1:Depart K.Lumpur and Arrive Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar. You will be met at Ulaanbaatar airport and transferred to your hotel.
Join a guided excursion to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its nature. In the park area you will have the chance to meet a herder family inside their yurt. A Naadam show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 3 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadam festival: Wrestling, Archery and Horseracing. In the evening you experience a traditional Mongolian Hot Pot dinner.
Join a guided sightseeing tour visit Ghandan Monastery, central Sukhabaatar Square, Bogd Khan Museum and Zaisan Monument where you will have an excellent view of Ulaanbaatar city. In the afternoon you board your private train which will be your home for the trans-continental journey to Moscow.
In the evening the train reaches the Mongolian border station Sukhbaatar and Russian border station Naushki. The Mongolian & Russian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your compartment. In the afternoon train arrives at Ulan-Ude, the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. Buryats are an ethnic group close to Mongolians with an amazing mix of culture and religions. Start your guided sightseeing by visit to one of the villages of Orthodox “Old Believers” still practicing their live like people did centuries ago. You will be hosted for a typical Russian homemade lunch. In Ulan Ude the Grand Trans- Siberian Express switches from the Trans Mongolian Mainline to the traditional Trans-Siberian mainline to Moscow.
Day 5:Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume), the world's deepest and oldest lake. In the morning the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Port Baikal and Sludyanka. A photo stop will be arranged at a small village where you can get off the train, put your feet into the clear and cold water of Lake Baikal and also visit local families. A Baikal barbecue is also a part of the program. In the afternoon enjoy a short cruise from Port Baikal to the small village of Listvyanka. A walk through the village shows you the St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden church. Later, motorcoach transfer to your hotel in Irkutsk city.
Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful life style during the time of the Tsars. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a palace of historical background.
Krasnoyarsk used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times and located along the Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. A sightseeing tour shows you several view points and the main shopping street which is fascinating as the local mayor decided to decorate it with palm trees in summer time – in the middle of Siberia! A great view on the city and huge railway bridge crossing the river on a boat cruise is arranged.
In the morning a city sightseeing tour shows you some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period, and you see the famous Opera House which is the largest of Russia. In the afternoon, an excursion takes you to Taiga, the “real Siberian forest”. You have the opportunity of visiting the largest open air railway museum of Russia, a collection of more than 60 showpieces of steam, diesel and electric locomotives as well as several historical passenger cars.
Today the train arrives in Yekaterinburg, Join a guided sightseeing tour to the “Cathedral on the Blood” which was built at the place where Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed By the Bolsheviks in 1918. An excursion into the Ural forests takes you to Ganina Yama, which today is considered by Russians as a “Holy Place”. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in the 1990’s to honor the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were then buried in Ganina Yama.
Day 10:Full day on the train
Leave Yekaterinburg in the morning and enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through the Ural Mountains and an endless scenery of forests, lakes and small settlements. A day to relax, watch the landscape and listen to lectures about the country and its people.
Today the almost 6300 km long journey from Mongolia to Moscow terminates. In the afternoon you visit the Red Square and the Kremlin grounds.
A full day sightseeing tour shows you all the many highlights of Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM department store, the Red Square, Moscow River, the Sparrow Hills, Novodevitchy Monastery.
Day 13:Moscow Departure
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Airport transfers are provided to connect with your flight back home.
- 6 nights accommodation on board the train
- 6 nights accommodation on land. Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg x 1 night each, Ulaanbaatar, Moscow x 2 nights
- Full board meals
- Sightseeing & Transfers with English speaking guides
- Daily shower facilities on board train (for categories Deluxe Silver and Deluxe Gold)
- Shower facilities in hotel day rooms in Ulan-Ude, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk (for categories Standard Economy and Standard Plus)
- Return airport transfer
- COMPLIMENTARY travel insurance
- COMPLIMENTARY Russia Visa application for Malaysian passport holder ONLY
- International air ticket
- Gratuity. Recommeded US$180 per person