These long-distance trains are warm, comfortable, and offer a great insight into the people and their way of life. The journey tends to be slow and very gentle.
Tsars Gold Private Train
Tsars Gold Private Train, Beijing, China
The train is well equipped with a restaurant car where meals, typically Russian in style (or Chinese when on-board the Chinese train) are served. The train also has an on-board doctor, tour director and a team of dedicated on-board staff.
A range of excursions are included throughout the journey, designed to offer a good overview of each destination along the route and in some cases these are experiences that would not be available when traveling by public train. Group sizes for each excursion are at a maximum of 26 people and although there is a predominantly German client base, an English-speaking guide will be guaranteed for your departure. For days spent on-board, a wide range of lectures and other activities such as caviar and vodka tasting are offered.
The train offers varying classes of travel ranging from standard two-berth compartments with shared washing carriages (Category I) to cabins that offer en suite facilities. Standard plus cabins (Category II and II New) are similar to those found in first class on normal Russian trains, with two lower berths and shared toilet facilities at the end of each carriage. Guests are also able to access shower compartments located in every second or third car.
Nostalgic comfort compartments (Category III), nostalgically furnished but with modern amenities, are well equipped with large upper and lower berths and an armchair. Neighboring compartments share a small bathroom that is equipped with a handheld shower. Where hotel nights are included within your itinerary, these are in three- and four-star properties. Bolshoi Class (Category IV) is equipped with two bunks, with the lower berth measuring slightly wider than the top at almost two meters. The compartment comes well equipped with a wardrobe, flat-screen television and DVD player. This class also boasts an en suite bathroom that can be turned into a wet shower room. Each carriage in Bolshoi category holds only six compartments with at most 12 guests sharing one carriage. Where hotel nights are included within the trip, these are in four- and five-star properties in Moscow and Beijing and in suites of standard hotels in Ulaan Bataar and Irkutsk.
Bolshoi Platinum (Category V) is the most luxurious class available, boasting the largest compartments offered on-board and similar amenities and berths as found in Bolshoi Class. These compartments also offer larger en suite bathrooms with separate shower cubicles. Where hotel nights are included within the trip, these are in four- and five-star properties in Moscow and Beijing and in suites of standard hotels in Ulaan Bataar and Irkutsk.
Please note that the Tsars Gold Train only carries passengers up to Erlian on the Chinese border, at which point guests change onto a Chinese train. Unfortunately this train does not offer Bolshoi Class Cabins (Category IV and V) and as such clients are accommodated in comfortable private cabins with two berths. Cabins are not en suite but guests do have access to shared washing and bathroom facilities.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
To really experience Beijing you need to get out onto the streets. The Forbidden City is one of the most fascinating places in Beijing and is well worth a visit.
Take a tricycle tour of Beijing’s unique and famous Hutongs, a maze of old narrow back streets found in the Changiao area of the Western District.
Located in the Haidian district in the north of Beijing, the Palace is a classical imperial garden embracing beautiful landscaped hills and lakes.
For a different insight into Chinese religion and history, a popular place to visit is the Temple of Heaven.
Stretching for over 6,000 km to the Gobi desert in the far west, the Great Wall remains one of the world’s true must-see sights.
This exciting piece of theater comprises a number of spectacular and highly skilled Kung Fu demonstrations, following the story of a young Shaolin Monk as he trains in the discipline.
Closed to the world for over 500 years, and home to emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Forbidden City is a truly fascinating place.