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New Year 2014 in Trans-Siberian train

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Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Highlights
  • Silvester night aboard the legendary Trans-Siberian train
  • Journey rich in cultural encounters and discoveries
  • Discovery of three majestic countries aboard the train
  • Iniatiatorite escape of 7 622 km
Tour Overview

If there are two countries in the world that changed dramatically in a few years, they are Russia and China. These two huge countries, two ancient cultures, despite their hard past, are now among the greatest nations of the XXI century.

Russia and China are now open to tourists from all over the world, who can discover inimitable cultural and natural heritage.

Moscow, the capital of Tsars, and Beijing, the capital of the Middle Kingdom, are two megacities where you will forget all your problems and plunge into their magical atmosphere.

On the occasion of New Year celebrations, BaikalNature not only offers an opportunity to experience these two civilizations, but also to enjoy the priceless luxury. Take your time to live, think calmly, serenely. Take your time to admire the landscapes, to see the changes. Take your time to meet new people and get to know them. And, of course, take your time to have a party!

The Kremlin and the Forbidden City are separated by 7622 km and we propose to win them on the Chinese train. You will travel for six days via the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and the equally famous Trans-Mongolian Railway. Each stop is an opportunity to meet new people, taste local specialities sold alongside. The stations of Russia, Mongolia and China will welcome you till your final destination, Beijing. Train schedules in the program are likely to change slightly. Please, check with your provodnitsa (the hostess of the car) the arrival and departure in each city. At the end of the car please note the departure time, take your papers and your train ticket with you. If the stop is not long, do not stray too far from the car and be vigilant not to miss your train.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    MOSCOW Monday, December 30, 2013 Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Free time to explore the city. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 2
    MOSCOW - BEIJING Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with your guide. Visit to the Kremlin, the fortress and the Cathedral. Lunch at the Russian cafe next to Red Square. Visit to Red Square. Small city tour on foot: Tverskaya - Nikitskaya street - the Arbat - Gogol Boulevard - Prechistenka Street. Visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. In the evening transfer to the railway station to catch the train to Beijing.
  • Day 3
    TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 Trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. You will cross all Russia from Moscow to the Ural Mountains and to Lake Baikal by train. On the way to Mongolia, you can contemplate the landscape of steppe and desert. During the trip you will make unforgettable encounters. You can spend your time on the train reading, discussing something with your travelling companions and playing games. You can get meals in the dining car (not included). You can also purchase food (Russian pies, potatoes, fish, etc.) sold by old women at the train stations. You will spend New Year Night 2012 aboard the train in Mongolia. The New Year party itself is to be organized by travelers.
  • Day 4
    TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY Thursday, January 2, 2014 Trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. During the trip, stops from 15 to 20 minutes at 2:25 p.m. in Omsk and at 10:15 p.m. in Novosibirsk.
  • Day 5
    TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY Friday, January 3, 2014 Trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. From 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 p.m. you can visit Krasnoyarsk station where the train will stay for 20 min.
  • Day 6
    TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY Saturday, January 4, 2014 Trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. In the morning from about 6:00 your train will run along the south coast of Lake Baikal. This is perhaps the most beautiful stretch of Trans-Siberian Railway during which you can admire the majestic lake. Arrival in Buryatia. Opportunity to visit Ulan Ude station, where the train stops from 12:27 p.m. to 1:04 p.m.. From 6:08 p.m. to 9:43 p.m. Passage through the customs on Mongolian border in Naushki. After the crossing of the border, the major stop will be for 1h45m in Sukhe Bator from 9:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m..
  • Day 7
    TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY Sunday, January 5, 2014 Trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. From 6:30 to 7:15 there will be a stop in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. From 7:10 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. the passage through Chinese customs in Dzamyn-Ude. Crossing of the Chinese border. After the arrival in the city of Erenhot the train will stay for 4 hours from 9:00 p.m. till 0:57.
  • Day 8
    BEIJING Monday, January 6, 2014 Arrival in Beijing at 2:04 p.m. Transfer to your hotel. City tour in the company of your guide. Visit to Chang An Street and Hutongs around Lake Houhai. Discover the bar street. You will admire the night view of the National Stadium in Beijing called "Bird's Nest" and the Water Cube, the National Aqua Centre. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 9
    BEIJING Tuesday, January 7, 2014 In the morning visit the impressive and magnificent Great Wall of China. The symbol of Chinese civilization, the great wall is 6700 km long from the west to the east. Its average height is 8 m with the width of 6 m. It was a stronghold dotted with watchtowers. Visit Badaling, located 70 km northwest of Beijing where you can take a hike of 2 to 3 hours. In the afternoon go to the Ming Dynasty Tombs, where 13 emperors were buried. You will visit Changling Tomb, the central and largest mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. In the evening return to your hotel.
  • Day 10
    BEIJING Wednesday, January 8, 2014 After breakfast, set off for the tour of the banned city, the Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the Mid-Qing Dynasty. In the afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors held solemn rituals to reap good harvests and seek divine mercy. Then you will visit the Summer Palace, situated near Kunming Lake. Finally, take the time to stroll around Beijing for a little shopping and discoveries in the company of your guide. In the evening visit the famous Beijing Opera and farewell dinner with Peking duck.
  • Day 11
    BEIJING Thursday, January 9, 2014 After breakfast transfer to the airport.
                        Detailed description
                        New departures available soon
                        Price includes
                        • English-speaking guide
                        • Accommodation as per itinerary
                        • Transport as per itinerary
                        • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
                        • Letter of invitation
                        • Meals during excursions
                        • Breakfasts
                        • Railway tickets in 2nd class
                        Price does not include
                        • Medical insurance
                        • Administrative registration
                        • Personal expenses and tips
                        • Visa fees and travel insurance
                        • Celebratory dinner with alcoholic beverages
                        • Optional activities
                        • Meals in train
                        • Guide in the trains
                        • Dinners
                        For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
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