Other Trans-Siberian tours are not quite like ours. Our tour provides more time to experience the cultures of this wonderful railway. Our “rail cruise” journey passes through seven time zones as it covers over 8000 kilometers of railway between Russia, Mongolia, and China.
The train spans from Moscow to Beijing, classifying it as the longest continuous railway in the world. Consistent with the Palace Trains portfolio, this trip enables travelers to enjoy the sights and the journey without all of the packing and unpacking necessary in a typical journey. The unique thing about this 15-night / 16-day ride, is that in comparison to other Trans-Siberian railway offerings, travelers are able to get off the train to experience the sights, tastes, smells, and overall culture of each destination along the way through custom excursions and meal experiences. This is unlike many other Trans-Siberian tours, and is truly an amazing experience. The trip will take you through typically unreachable areas of the world like Siberia, Lake Baikal, and Mongolia while enjoying the comfort only possible on board a private charter train.
Aboard our train we have several different classes to choose from ranging from gold ensuite, to a more affordable standard accommodation. All come with a fabulous level of service and comfort. As it is an all-inclusive journey, guests are taken care of in all aspects the moment they board the train. All meals, sightseeing tours, on-board entertainment, food and beverages, and accommodations are included in the price of this tour.
Amazing Destinations Along the Trans-Siberian Route
The tour begins in the beautiful Russian capital, Moscow. The tour provides a whole day of sightseeing that you will be sure to never forget. The most famous spot to see Moscow’s main square, Red Square. Red Square is the home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and the beautiful Kremlin.These are just a few of the beautiful sights that Moscow imparts on Russia. The incredible city of Moscow is just the beginning of the amazing sights along this tour.
Its nickname may imply that Yekaterinburg is an old-fashioned mountain town, but its far from that. Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia, and its vastness contributes to much of Russia’s economy. It currently stands as the main industrial and cultural center of the Ural District of Russia. Yekaterinburg is the technical border between Europe and Asia, which means Russia really does span two continents! Yekaterinburg is home to the Cathedral of the Blood, the place Russians never forget; Czar Nicholas and his family’s execution grounds. The Ural Forests also hold significant importance, where the Ganina Yama is located. The Ganina Yama is a holy place that honors the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty.
Novosibirsk is Russia’s third largest city. This city is home to some of the most authentically beautiful orthodox churches that have survived through the soviet era. The Novosibirsk Opera House & Theatre is the largest in Russia, and is a main attraction for people from all around the world. An even more beautiful experience is the Taiga. The Siberian Taiga is the natural forest consisting of pines, spruces, and mostly larches. It is truly a beautiful sight to see along our tour. Another interesting excursion that we provide is a visit to the largest Russian Open Air Railway Museum. This museum highlights over 60 steam, diesel and electric trains. Its a truly educational experience, especially for all the train enthusiasts out there.
Next Stop: Krasnoyarsk
Yet another naturally breathtaking stop along our tour. Krasnoyarsk is the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk,Krai, Russia. The city is known for its beautiful landscapes and is located along the beautiful Yenissei river. The Yenissei is the largest river to flow into the arctic ocean and only reaches a depth of 80 ft (24 m).
This culturally rich city is known as the Paris of Siberia. Irkutsk is yet again, a major city in Siberia; offering many theaters such as the Okhlopkov Drama Theater, one of the oldest in Russia. You will even get to experience a customized private classical concert in a palace! An experience you will cherish for a lifetime aboard our tour.
This lake is the deepest in the world! It is a memorable experience and there are many beautiful Siberian wooden homes along the lake. Listvyanka shows you to St Nicholas Church, a typical orthodox wooden build Church. What’s also a unique experience, is trying the Omul Fish; only native to Lake Baikal. This area is also home to the small village of Port Baikal and the Circum Baikal Railway line which are sure to amaze during our tour experience.
Ulan Ude is home to the Buryat people. These people have a special mix of cultures that mixes Mongolian and Russian traditions. This city is a meeting place between east and west, so beyond this town is less European culture. The city is home to Ivolginsky Datsan, the largest buddhist monastery in Russia. This is when our tour becomes less European which is exciting and unique.
Our tour takes its unique turn to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. As the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar is full of exciting experiences. The famous Ghandan Monastery, Sukhabaatar Square, Bogd Khan Museum, and Zaisan monument are all rich with cultural and historical value. The Terelj National Park , Naadam show, Mongolian National Naadam festival, Cashmere factory are all special to Mongolia. Not many people experience Mongolian culture; our tour brings out the best of Mongolia for our passengers.
Next Stop: Gobi Desert
Another breathtaking landmark of the tour; If you haven’t already heard of the Gobi Desert, it is a wonderfully beautiful place. In this area it is full of unique stone landscapes that can’t be found anywhere else across the globe.
Next & Final Stop: Beijing
The tour ends in Beijing, the capital of China and one of the most populated cities in the world. In the southeastern part of Beijing is the Temple of Heaven. This is an amazing and complicated system of religious buildings. Another culturally rich place you will experience is the Forbidden City, which used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Tian An Men Square is another interesting place, being the 4th largest city square in the world, and one of great significance due to the protests that occurred there in 1989. Beijing has much to offer and the last big excursion along our tour is to the Great Wall of China. Known as the 8th wonder of the world, walls started to be built as early as the 7th century BCE! Along the way back from the wall, Ming Tombs can be viewed as well as the huge Olympic Park of China.
The Trans-Siberian Railway is a wonderful experience that crosses borders as well as cultures. It is the only train that can start a European experience and end with a Chinese experience. It truly is an exciting ride. Stay tuned for more updates and information on this fantastic new journey!
History of the Trans-Siberian Railways
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the most amazing man-made travel system spanning a lengthy 5,771 miles. The railway begins in Eastern Europe and speeds through 6 time-zones across Central Asia. It is the longest railway and probably the most beneficial in terms of travel to the people of Russia, Mongolia and China.
During the 1800’s travel became less and less efficient with the use of river systems and transportation problems were inhibiting the development of the cultures and countries of Eastern Europe and Asia. It was time for a change, an large investment in rail travel. Railways began to be built in the mid 1800’s and would continue to do so into the next century, still in use today hundreds of years later. Originally ignored by many Russian Leaders, the design process began in 1880, and would continue for 10 years before actually building. Serious building of the Trans-Siberian began May 31st, 1891 and would continue for 25 years until 1916.
The original railway extends through Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok in the far east. There are many connector railways around Moscow, Mongolia and China. The building of this Trans-Siberian railway has been the most beneficial transportation line for Russia and the countries of Central Asia.
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