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ITTBS - Tsars and Tsarinas - Independent

Wind your way from the Imperial delights of Beijing, across the vast Gobi Desert to the endless rolling steppe of Mongolia, continuing into Russia first stop Yekaterinburg, where Tsarist Russia came to a tragic end. We conclude our journey in the royal, city of St. Petersburg, home of the Tsars and Tsarinas.

Inclusions

Group size
Meals
Transfers
Accommodation
Sightseeing
Expertise
Tour Provider Sundowners Overland
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $4,950
Start Location
Beijing, China
End Location
St Petersburg, China
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
1 to 15
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Self Guided
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Jan 201801 Jan 2019Please see web site for departure detailsAUD $4,950
ItineraryExpand
Days 1-2: Beijing
Arrive Beijing a city that never sleeps! Immerse yourself in this bustling metropolis, wandering through Tiananmen Square and in your free time explore the remarkable Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City or head to the Hutong area to see a vanishing world.
Day 3: All aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway
Board your early morning train that will carry you across the vast expanse of the Great Gobi Desert towards the endless grasslands of Mongolia, and onto its capital Ulaanbaatar.
Day 4: Ulaanbaatar
Explore the capital Ulaanbaatar and take some time to visit the Zaisan Memorial to admire the panoramic views. Visit the city's largest and most important monastery, Gandan Khiid.
Day 5: Terelj National Park and ger camp
Travel out across the grasslands to Terelj National Park where you will spend the night in a Mongolian ger - a traditional felt and wood frame house used by nomadic herdsmen for centuries, set amongst spectacular rock formations and wild rolling hills. Among nomadic families and their grazing livestock you can explore nearby valleys or just relax and enjoy the area.
Days 6-8: Return to Ulaanbaatar and Trans Mongolian Railway
Day 6, return to Ulaanbaatar to meet your onward train and continue your journey into Russia. Settle into life on board, enjoying the time to get acquainted with Russian travellers on the train as you cross the Irtysh and Ob rivers and head out over the vast Siberian silver and green taiga. The train skirts the shores of Lake Baikal which despite being the world's largest freshwater lake, freezes in winter with ice over two metres thick!
Days 9-10: Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg, the city founded by Peter the Great in 1723, is situated outside Siberia and some 40 kilometres on the Asian side of the Ural Mountains. By the 20th century Yekaterinburg became one of Russia's largest and most important financial, industrial and cultural centres. The city is infamous as the brutal murder site of the Romanov family, which brought tsarist rule to an end, and ushered in the Communist era in 1918. Pay your respects at the church recently built on this site, and perhaps plant one foot in Asia and the other in Europe at the obelisk which marks the spot where the two meet.
Day 11: Yekaterinburg and to Kazan
Re-board the train and continue to Kazan arriving later that evening. Discover a picturesque and historic city that is the capital of Tatarstan.
Day 12: Kazan and to Moscow
Kazan is an impressive city where the domes of Orthodox churches and the minarets of the Islamic mosques vie for attention in the skyline. A visit to Kazan's UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kremlin cannot be missed! You cannot help but admire the marvellous towers, glistening domes and ornate minarets encased within the Kremlin that is still today, the very heart of the city. Later this evening an overnight train will whisk you off to Russia's capital Moscow.
Day 13: Moscow
You'll soon see that Moscow has shed is Soviet veil to become a vibrant and dynamic city. The Christ the Saviour Cathedral, built after the collapse of the Soviet Union, now dominates Moscow's skyline and is sure to take your breath away. Beneath the city lies the palatial metro rail system draped in chandeliers, mosaics and baroque bas-reliefs. Nearby, you'll find the cobblestone streets and discover Red Square surrounded by the State History Museum, as well as the iconic swirled cupolas of St. Basils Cathedral, now a museum.
Day 14: Moscow and to St. Petersburg
Go behind the red-brick walls of the Kremlin where you can visit the Armoury Chamber to admire its astounding treasures including a magnificent collection of Faberge eggs. In the evening, board your final train to the imperial city of St. Petersburg home of the Tsarsr's and Tsarinas.
Days 15-16: St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg with its beautiful canals, manicured parks, and graceful 18th century architecture is a fitting city to end our Tsars and Tsarinas adventure. On our city tour, discover the world's largest collection of paintings housed within the gilded halls of the Hermitage Museum, where works by Botticelli and Rembrandt to Van Gogh to Picasso are hung. The following day the time has come to farewell this picturesque city as your epic journey across this vast continent comes to an end.