Trans-Siberian Rail Journey

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Experience the best of China, Mongolia and Russia on this epic 17 day journey traveling across multiple timezones and learning about new cultures in the process

The Trans-Siberian Railway is without a doubt one of the the world’s great rail journeys; a bucket list experience weaving through vast grasslands and forests, skirting the edge of jaw-dropping lakes and rivers, entering modern cities and time-locked villages, and so much more. It’s an experience as romantic as it is inspiring, and, thanks to this 17 day adventure, it’s no longer out of reach.



Experience the best of China, Mongolia and Russia on this epic 17 day journey travelling across multiple timezones and learning about new cultures in the process. Begin in the dazzling metropolis of Beijing, visiting icons from the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace and Great Wall, and then climb aboard an authentic Chinese sleeper train for one night en route to Mongolia. Pass through the spectacular Gobi Desert to Erlian, and then board the luxurious Imperial Russia Train for nine unforgettable nights. Learn aboard the nomadic lifestyle and visit the National Museum of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar; enjoy a boat ride on Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake; see the historic Church on Blood in Yekaterinburg; marvel at Moscow’s historic Kremlin and Red Square; and much more. This incredible package includes return flights, three nights five-star hotel accommodation, 41 meals including a Mongolian barbecue and folklore show, and so much more. If you’ve ever longed to experience the beauty, history and culture of the Trans-Siberian Railway, this is your chance.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience a rail journey through China, Mongolia and Russia
  • Visit Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Moscow and more
  • Explore Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Marvel at the UNESCO listed Great Wall of China
  • Witness the jaw-dropping landscape of the the Gobi Desert
  • Visit the National Museum of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar
  • Learn about the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle in Ulaanbaatar
  • Try your hand at cooking a local Russian dish in Ulan-Ude
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Baikal, the world’s deepest lake
  • Visit the Taltsy Museum and more in historic Irkutsk
  • Explore the impressive Railway Museum and more in Novosibirsk
  • See the historic Church on Blood in Yekaterinburg
  • Explore the ‘Old City’ of Kazan on the Volga River
  • Enjoy a cooking master class in Tatar cuisine in Kazan
  • Marvel at Moscow’s historic Kremlin and Red Square
  • Take a sightseeing tour of the surprisingly opulent Moscow Metro stations
  • Walk along Arbat Street and visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

FLIGHTS

  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/PER

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 nights in 5-star hotel accommodation in Beijing
  • 1 night in 5-star hotel accommodation in Moscow 
  • 9 nights travelling along the Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Stay aboard the luxury ‘Imperial Russia Train’ through Russia and Mongolia
  • 1 night Chinese sleeper train: Beijing to Erlian
  • 1 night in a traditional Mongolian yurt (ger)

DINING

  • Enjoy 41 meals including a traditional Mongolian BBQ and Folklore show 
  • Tea/coffee available throughout the day onboard the ‘Imperial Russia Train’

TOUR ESSENTIALS

  • English-speaking tour leaders and local guides
  • Services of a porter at the hotels and railway stations
  • Informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad
  • Airline taxes and surcharges

TRANSPORT

  • Transportation by A/C vehicles

TRANSFERS

  • Return airport and rail transfers

EXTRA DETAILS

Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 25th August 2019.
 This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- First Class Cabin: $3150
- First Class Plus Cabin: $3450
- Business Class Cabin: $8700
- VIP Class Cabin: $9350
 
Departure Dates (2019)
June: 30 (SOLD OUT)
August: 25
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth.
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide: $200 per person.

FLIGHTS

Full Service Airline(s) Used

Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Air China, Thai Airways plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Beijing, China
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Moscow, Russia
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Only available permitting visa requirements are met.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
*  Singapore
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class: Buy now for $5999 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used
5 Star (self-rated)
- Beijing, China: The Regent Hotel
- Moscow, Russia: Peter 1 Hotel

4 Star (self-rated)
- Russia Rail: 'Imperial Russia Train'

No Star Rating
- China Rail: Standard Sleeper Cabin (Twin Share)
- Mongolia: Traditional Mongolian Yurt (Ger)

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 
Extra Nights
- Beijing, China (Pre Tour): $450 per room including breakfast.
- Moscow, Russia (Post Tour): $480 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Rail Journey: Twin Bedding
Land: Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 120 per train.

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Russia, Mongolia & China are strict requirements if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping:
*China: 50 yuan (approx. $10 AUD) per person/day payable on tour
*Mongolia: 10,000 mongolian tughrik (approx. $5 AUD) per person/day payable on tour
*Russia: 300 rubles (approx. $6 AUD) per person/day payable on tour
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
During July and August in Siberia, you can expect temperatures outside to be +5°C during the night and up to +20°C in the day time. In the Lake Baikal area, with its own microclimate, temperatures in the evening can be lower than usual, so we recommend you to have some warm clothes in your luggage.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
We do not arrange seat selection for this package. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
IMPERIAL RUSSIA TRAIN INFORMATION
Dining Car:
Dining cars, usual for long-distance trains, are equipped with a dining room, kitchen, audio/video broadcasting, inter-car communications system and air conditioning. Interiors of dining cars are made from environmentally friendly and fire-resistant materials. Please note: there will be several modifications of dining cars in different styles to be used for the tours.
 
Bar Car:
A unique car with a music saloon, divided into two functional areas: an area with comfortable armchairs and a restaurant area with a dance floor, equipped with a piano. Please note: there shall be several modifications of bar cars in different styles to be used for the tours. The bar is open all day, through the evening and until the last passenger retires. Smoking is not permitted in the bar area. All drinks are available for an extra charge. A bar car is not available on the route from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing.
 
Cameras:
It’s recommended that you take with you any spare camera batteries that you may require for your trip.
 
Credit Cards & Travellers Cheques: 
Travellers cheques are almost impossible to use outside of Moscow and large hotels and your advised against bringing them. It’s therefore necessary to bring sufficient cash to cover all likely souvenir purchases and additional personal items on the tour. ATM machines dispensing Russian Rubles now exist in nearly all the cities along the route. Unfortunately for security reasons credit card payments are no longer accepted on board the train, so any expenses should be settled in cash, either as you go or at the end of the tour.
 
Currency:
Only Russian Rubles are accepted onboard the train. 
 
Doctor:
There will be a doctor onboard the train throughout the journey. If you need any regular medication you must bring sufficient to last the duration of the trip. You should also bring a copy of your prescription. Russian medical services are very efficient for foreigners – but this should in no way be considered an alternative to full medical insurance cover. The railways have their own hospitals along the route and the Tour Leader will assist if necessary.
 
Dress Attire:
On and off the train, dress is casual. In the evening smart casual is suggested. There may be an opportunity for a swim in Lake Baikal, so please include some swim wear in your luggage. Please avoid wearing short clothes during the visits to churches and mosques, even if the weather is warm. If not, you will not be allowed to visit inside some churches. When visiting a mosque, you will need to take off your shoes, but can keep your socks on. Please remember to bring appropriate headgear. Women are required to cover their hair with a headscarf or shawl in Russia’s orthodox churches. Men must not wear short trousers inside the church.
 
Electricity:
Sockets in hotels and on the train use a standard European 2-pin style adapter, 220 V in hotels. Each train car has 110 V (dc) and 220 V (ac) sockets suitable for recharging video batteries and shaving.
 
Food & Drink:
All food is included and three meals per day will be provided. A generous allowance of wine, beer or soft drinks is available in the bar car for an extra charge. Tea, coffee and mineral water are available from your carriage attendant throughout the tour free of charge. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Internet:
There is no Wi-Fi capability on the train.
 
Laundry:
This service is chargeable per item, available on the train, and operates from car attendants.
 
Drinking Water:
It’s not recommend to drink tap water on the train. A small bottle of water is available daily in the cabin, during meals and tours. Extra bottled water can be provided by the car attendant any time upon request.
 
Shower: 
As there is no running water onboard and the quantity is limited, please be wise having a shower on the train for other traveller’s convenience. Water in the First Class Plus and First Class cabins showers needs some time to heat before it can be used by the next customer.
 
Luggage:
Please keep luggage to a minimum, as there is limited storage space inside the cabin for luggage storage & oversized luggage maybe difficult to stow. It’s strongly recommend to use the soft type of suitcase, as it is easier to fit in the cabin. Soft-topped luggage is easier to store. Clients can have assistance to store their luggage. You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, porters will be available at the railway stations and the hotels to assist you.
 

SLEEPING CARS

First Class Cabin:
Consists of 8 passenger compartments with 2 lower berths in each. They are equipped with a table and LCD TV set. In compartment 9 there is a shower booth with a washbowl. Two water closets: at the beginning and the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment.
 
First Plus Class Cabin:
Consists of 8 passenger compartments with 2 berths in each - one upper and one lower. All compartments are equipped with a table with an armchair. Between compartments, there are four rooms with washbowls and shower cans. In compartment 9 there is a room for storing luggage. Two water closets: at the beginning and the end of the car. The air conditioning system is general, with an option of additional temperature control in each compartment. Most cars are equipped with LCD TV sets.
 
Business Class Cabin:
This type of car contains 6 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed - 120cm wide, and the upper berth with a width of 90cm, a chair and a folding table. All compartments are equipped with a private en-suite bathroom with a washbasin, toilet and wet shower. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.
 
Vip Cabin:
This type of car contains 5 compartments. There are two berths in every compartment: a sofa that transforms into a semi-double bed - 120cm wide, and the upper berth with a width of 90cm, a chair and a folding table. All compartments are equipped with an individual water closet with a shower booth and a washbowl. An individual air conditioner for heating and cooling the cabin.
 
OTHER
Traditional Mongolian Yurt (Ger) Overnight Stay:
The accommodation in yurts is for 2 people. There are public facilities in a separate building on the territory of the camp.
 
Overnight Chinese Train:
Please note that the facilities on the overnight train are very basic.
 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is:
*China: 50 yuan (approx. $10 AUD) person/day payable on tour
*Russia: 300 rubles (approx. $6 AUD) per person/day payable on tour
*Mongolia: 10,000 mongolian tughrik (approx. $5 AUD)
which will be collected by the tour leader whilst on tour.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.

VISAS

China:
You will be able to start your visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. 
TripADeal offers a fast, secure and easy service to obtain a Visa for this country - This visa can take approximately 2 weeks to complete. Please start arranging your visa as soon as you receive your documentation to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Mongolia: 
A tourist visa is a strict requirement for Mongolia if travelling on an Australian passport.
 
Russia:
A tourist visa for Russia is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport.
- The visa is valid for 30 days for double entry and the final exit date must be no more than 30 days from the date of first entry. You must apply for this visa at least 6 weeks prior to departure from Australia.
- A valid voucher and official confirmation letter issued by a registered Russian tour agency will be provided to you. Please contact your nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate for instructions on how to apply in person or via post. We will provide you with further information in your Travel Pack.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.

INSURANCE

We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Voluntary Changes

This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to us, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.                                             

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