13 Days Grand Trans-Siberian Express

Code: CRZ1-13SQ
2020: 6/9
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Ulaanbaatar
Terelj National Park  Ghandan Monastery
Sukhbaatar Square Zaisan monument
Ulan Ude
Villages of Orthodox ‘Old Believers’
Lake Baikal St Nicholas church
Irkutsk
Krasnoyarsk
 Yenissei River
Novosibirsk
Opera House
Yekaterinburg Ural forests
Moscow
Red Square Kremlin grounds

 

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Day 1: Singapore – Beijing – Ulaanbaatar

SIN/PEK              SQ802                0830/1440
PEK/ULN            OM224               2110/2343

Assemble at Changi International Airport for your scheduled flight to Beijing. Relax and enjoy the in-flight service on board. In the evening, take your flight to Ulaanbaatar.Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in Ulaanbaatar for overnight.

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Day 2: Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)

Today an unforgettable excursion will take you to the Terelj National Park which is famous for its scenery. A stone formation called “turtle” and other holy places will fascinate you. Enjoy the rest of the day viewing the wonderful scenery of Mongolia with yurts, nomads, horses passing by from time to time. A show specially arranged for the participants of the Grand Trans-Siberian Express demonstrates 2 disciplines of the Mongolian National Naadaam festival: Wrestling and Archery. After which, transfer back to Ulaanbaatar to enjoy the amazing cultural music and dance show that introduce Mongolian folk music and culture to you. Proceed to hotel in Ulaanbaatar where you will rest for the day.

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Day 3: Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)

This morning, enjoy the city tour in Ulaanbaatar. During a sightseeing tour you will visit the famous Ghandan Monastery, the central Sukhbaatar Square as well as the Zaisan monument at a viewpoint high above the city. From there you will have an excellent view of the city which is surrounded by large areas of yurt settlements. In the afternoon, you will board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express Train, which will be your home for the trans-continental journey to Moscow.

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Day 4: Ulan Ude(B/L/D)

We will reach the Mongolian border station Suche Baatar and the Russian border station Naushki in the morning. The Mongolian and Russian immigration formalities will take place in the train. You may stay in your compartment and do not have to leave the train. Later in the day, the Grand Trans-Siberian Express arrives at Ulan Ude, the capital of the so-called “Buryat Autonomous Republic” of the Russian Federation. With Buryats being an ethnic group close to Mongolians it is an amazing mix of cultures and a meeting place between east and west. Like Irkutsk, the city still has large areas with typical Siberian wooden houses. Your sightseeing excursion today goes to one of the villages of Orthodox ‘Old Believers’, still practising their live like people did it centuries ago. In Ulan Ude the Grand Trans-Siberian Express switches from the Trans Mongolian mainline to the traditional Trans Siberian mainline on its way to Moscow.

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Day 5: Lake Baikal (B/L/D)

Today one of the top highlights of the tour with the Grand Trans-Siberian Express will amaze you for the rest of the day. Lake Baikal holds the biggest fresh water reserves in the world. It stretches up to 26 miles from east to west and more than 370 miles from north to south. With the depth of 1,620 meter, it is the deepest lake of the world. You will never forget the mountain ranges around Lake Baikal and the deep blue water of the lake. Today the private train is running at low speed along the scenic Circum Baikal Railway line between Sludyanka and Port Baikal, which for many years is used only by a few local trains and tourist trains. 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 the typical wooden houses of the local people. A Baikal picnic is also a part of the programme. At Port Baikal, a boat takes you on a short cruise on Lake Baikal to the small village Listvyanka. A walk through the village leads you to St Nicholas church, a typical orthodox wooden build church beautifully renovated in the 1990’s. You can taste the famous Siberian Omul fish which can be found only in Lake Baikal. Proceed to hotel in Irkutsk for overnight.

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Day 6: Irkutsk (B/L/D)

Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and used to be called “Paris of Siberia” because of its colourful lifestyle. You visit the old town with its large quarters still consisting of wooden houses only, before being invited to the cultural highlight of the tour, a private classical concert in a palace of historical background. In the evening you rejoin the private train.

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Day 7: Krasnoyarsk (B/L/D)

Krasnoyarsk, like Yekaterinburg and Ulan Ude used to be a “closed city” during Soviet times. It is located along Yenissei River which is the greatest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. A sightseeing tour shows 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! During a boat cruise on the Yenissei River you will have a great view on the city and the huge railway bridge crossing the river. Accommodation will be on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

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Day 8: Novosibirsk (B/L/D)

In the morning the Grand Trans-Siberian Express stops in Novosibirsk. With 1.5 million inhabitants Russia’s third largest city and the biggest of Siberia, it is widely regarded as the centre of Siberia. It was founded in 1893 as the future site of the Trans Siberian railway bridge crossing the Siberian River Ob. During the sightseeing tour you will see the Opera House which is the biggest of Russia, situated in the centre of the city at Lenin Square. You will also see some remarkable orthodox churches which have survived the Soviet period. Accommodation will be on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

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Day 9: Yekaterinburg (B/L/D)

Today, the train stops in Yekaterinburg, capital of the Ural Mountains. It was founded in 1723 by Czar Peter I as the metallurgical factory and by the 20th century it had become one of the largest and the most important financial, industrial and cultural centres. Yekaterinburg is located at the geographical border defined by scientists between Europe and Asia. In the afternoon, a sightseeing tour will show you the centre of the city and you will visit a place of remarkable importance in Russian history: 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. You will also enjoy an excursion into the Ural forests to a place which is now considered as a “holy place” by Russians – Ganina Yama. It is an assemble of small wooden chapels which were erected in 1990’s to honour the last Czar’s family of the Romanov dynasty who were buried in Ganina Yama. Proceed to hotel in Yekaterinburg.

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Day 10: Full Day Train to Moscow(B/L/D)

Today you enjoy a typical day on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your private train passes through 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. Accommodation will be on board the Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

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Day 11: Arrival Moscow (B/L/D)

Today the almost 7000km-long journey from Ulaanbaatarto Moscow terminates. Proceed to hotel in Moscow where you will rest for the day. Upon arrival, embark on a sightseeing tour which shows you the magnificent Red Square, the Kremlin grounds and other highlights of Moscow. You will forget old stories about Moscow being grey and dark. It has become a vibrant city, comparable to Paris or Rome and full of life. Accommodation will be at hotel in Moscow.

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Day 12: Moscow – Singapore (B)

DME/SIN                 SQ361                 1510/0625+1

The day is free for leisure. In the afternoon, proceed to the airport for your flight back to Singapore.

Tours Info

Airline Singapore Airline (SQ)
Mongolia Airline (OM)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore / Beijing – 6 hours 10 minutes
Beijing / Ulaanbaatar – 2 hours 30 minutes
Moscow / Singapore – 10 hours 15 minutes
Time Difference There is no time difference between Singapore, Beijing (China), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Ulan Ude (Russia) and Irkutsk (Russia).

Krasnoyarsk (Russia) and Novosibirsk (Russia) is 1 hour behind Singapore.

Yekaterinburg (Russia) is 3 hours behind Singapore.

Moscow (Russia) is 5 hours behind Singapore.

Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of departure from each country is required.
VISAS For most nationalities, visa is required for entry into Russia.

For Singaporean passport holders, visa is not required into Mongolia and China. However, for other nationalities, please check with our office or with the relevant embassies directly.

Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, luggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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