We also visit the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrists uprising ofand we recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert. Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in following 78 days of imprisonment.
The excursion begins with a snowmobile drawn sleigh across the frozen fjords. An essential part of any visit to Moscow is a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro - showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world. As part of our Freedom of Choice excursion programme you can choose a hiking opportunity up Chersky Mount that offers some spectacular and panoramic hillside views of the lake below.
Once a religious ceremony, the festival now formally commemorates the revolution when Mongolia declared tarns a free country.
Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds. Time permitting, our Freedom of Choice programme features a visit to the recently opened Museum of Military Machinery. Please note, we cannot guarantee your preferred choice of hotel.
Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers Yurts dotted all across the countryside. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country of beautiful landscapes and nomadic people, rich in culture and history. We will also drive to the obelisk marking the geographical border and we can drink a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.
There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs as the train winds its way along the lake's edge.
Cthedral, as part of our Freedom of Choice programme, choose to visit the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals. Please note: Freedom of Choice touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings and local weather conditions. Why not extend your stay in Moscow with additional nights to explore more of the city at your leisure or have time to take in a performance at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre?
Travelling onwards to the end of the Baikal branch line, we leave the train and travel by boat on the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills and visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium where you can learn about the flora and fauna of the lake. The museum displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late s, including carriages of the Tsars, cathedrsl to the Soviet era.
For five hours we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake with a vista of snow capped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop. Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia so that the cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape.
Tickets need to be pre-booked and are subject to schedule and availability. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces of these welcoming Buryat people. Today is the day for all the main competitions and will attend the archery, wrestling and ankle-bone shooting events. We will enjoy a delicious barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, prepared by our own chefs on the shore of Lake Baikal to complete a memorable day.
You will also have time to wander through the main pedestrian area of Kazan and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city. Through a hole in the ice you will be shown by your guide a catch of the magnificent Arctic King Crab which can span two metres and weigh up to 15kgs.
The competitors in the riding events are all children between five and twelve, many of whom have been in ttrans saddle since the age of one. You could learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with rrans local chef and prepare your own lunch with our Freedom of Choice option. We conduct a short tour of Ulaan Baatar visiting the Gandan Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist Monasteries in Mongolia housing a community of over monks.
Or you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha summer house or an urban apartment to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.
The city is located in the heart of Russia and is situated on both banks of the River Ob. We see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Due to the popularity of the period around the Naadam Festival we reserve accommodation for our guests at a of the best hotels in Ulaan Baatar including the Shangir-La, Kempinski or Ramada.
An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world.
The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as the great place of complete joy. The museum is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the Soviet past, unparalleled by anything else along the route. DAY 11 Ulaan Baatar On the first day of the Naadam Festival, we observe the elaborate opening ceremony which consists of local dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians, before travelling outside Ulaan Baatar to watch the national horse race.
DAY 12 Ulaan Baatar This is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience the spectacular, but little known, Naadam Festival and soak up trsns exciting atmosphere of this national holiday. Upon arrival at Moscow Kazansky Station in the late afternoon, you will be greeted in the ornately decorated Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapes as you mix with the other guests and are welcomed by the train staff.
On your first evening in Moscow you will escoft invited to a champagne drinks reception before an exclusive Welcome Dinner. Weather permitting, we stop in an extremely picturesque location by the lake for photographic opportunities and for cathedrak brave hearted there is time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear and ice-cold waters of Baikal.
The museum houses an amazing collection of different types of military hardware including tanks, aircraft, boats and even armoured trains.
In the evening we will enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists. As they race along the plains for 20 kilometres, thousands of spectators line the remote track to watch up to 1, horses with children sitting confidently astride their small but sturdy Mongolian steed. Alternatively we will make a short stop at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre, recently opened in Yekaterinburg, which is dedicated to the contemporary political history of Russia and its first president.
Located in the historic building of Moskva Hotel and occupying one of the most enviable addresses in the very heart of Moscow, the hotel is a short walk from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre. The excitement in the waiting room audibly mounts and, 30 minutes before departure, your car attendants will escort you to Platform 1 where the Golden Eagle awaits ready for departure.
It is claimed such equestrian skills won Genghis Khan an empire that stretched from the Sea of Japan all the way to Europe. DAY 6 On Board A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on our journey so far. Catheddal clothing and a helmet is provided. In front of the Opera House, we visit an impressive statue of Lenin — a marvellous opportunity to escoort your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.
Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore the stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral. This will be an unforgettable part of the journey.