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					                                                                                                  history of the country
              Included in your package                                                          • Doctor on board (from
• Travel with guaranteed accommodation          • Permanent guiding by experienced tour           Chinese border to
  in the category level booked starting from      guides; in addition, a competent English-       Moscow)
  the Chinese border (Erlian) on a special        speaking tour guide for groups of max.        • Showers on board
  charter train: Two-bed compartments or          26 guests                                     • Two hotel nights in Hong
  compartments for single occupancy. From       • Additional local tour guides                    Kong (first class)
  Beijing to Erlian (approx. 16 hours): No      • Tour of the Great Wall and the Ming tombs     • All transfers with air-conditioned buses
  single occupancy is available for this        • City tour in Ulan Ude, excursion to the         as per above itinerary
  section of the tour in category II and
  category III
• Several-hour journey on the original Trans-
                                                  Mongolian Switzerland incl. meals
                                                • Kremlin visit (also inside), boat trips on
                                                  the Volga and Lake Baikal, including meals
                                                                                                • Two nights hotel accommodation in
                                                                                                  Beijing and one night in Moscow in first-
                                                                                                  class hotels
                                                                                                                                              Tsar’s Gold
  Siberian tracks (now closed for public          and open-air museum in Irkutsk                • One night hotel accommodation in Ulan       The dream of a lifetime: Tsar’s Gold – Special charter train tour
  transport) along the shore line of Lake       • Excursions and sightseeing tours as listed      Bator in a good medium-class hotel
  Baikal with photo-stop                          in the programme, including all entry fees,   • One night hotel accommodation in Irkutsk    on the Trans-Siberian Railway
                                                  competent English-speaking guides               in a hotel of category II (simple medium-
                                                • All meals as per above itinerary                class, central location)                    21.05. – 08.06.2010 and 16.07. – 03.08.2010
                                                  (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)        • Traditional welcome with bread, salt and
                                                • Local delicacies: Tsar’s Feast and Beijing      balalaika; Siberian tea buffet
                                                  Duck                                          Not included:
                                                • Luggage transport service at all railway      • Tips and personal expenses
                                                  stations                                      • Services not mentioned
                                                • Caviar and vodka tasting                      • Visa costs
                                                • Informative short lectures concerning the     • Flight costs
Your home on Tsar’s Gold                          Trans-Siberian Railway, geography and

The Tsar’s Coaches                                The Categories of Your Transsiberian Private Train

In the STANDARD PLUS CATEGORY (II), there are 9 compartments
per car. A compartment is shared by two guests. Berths are sized
app. 70 x 190 cm and arranged facing each other. There is also
a table under the window. Combined toilet/lavatory compartments
are located at each end of this category’s cars. In every second
to third car there is a shower compartment.


If you want to travel like the red tsars, the NOSTALGIC COMFORT
CATEGORY (III) is a must. The newly built cars of our Category
III are nostalgically furnished, but also provide modern amenities.
You’ll be travelling in an ambiance, in which even former Soviet
leaders would have felt at home – although with the comfort of
the 21st century. Each of these rolling hotel rooms offers two
large berths (app. 80 x 185 cm) and an armchair for an especially
comfortable view of the changing landscapes. Two compartments                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Tsar’s Gold
share one bathroom, located in a small lavatory between every
two compartments.

                                                                                                                                              Special Charter Train Journey from Hong kong to Beijing,
The BOLSHOI CATEGORY (IV) is equipped with two beds, one
                                                                                                                                              through Mongolia to Lake Baikal and on to Moscow in 18 days
of which measures 1,10 m x 1,90 m, even providing room for two
people if required. Furthermore, the 5,57 m2 large compartments
offer a cosy seating bench, a commodious table and a wardrobe.                                                                                This exceptionally comfortable tour by special charter      present you two Kremlins - the one in Kazan, the ancient
The compartment’s exclusive en suite bathroom does not only                                                                                   train takes you from dynamic Hong Kong to the               city of the Tartars, and the famous one in Moscow.
contain a washing basin, WC and shower, but also enough storage                                                                               Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall of China and      But you will not only see “classical Moscow”.
space for your personal belongings. Each car of the Bolshoi
                                                                                                                                              far into the Mongolian Gobi Desert. From there you          New places of interest, such as the newly-erected
category has only six compartments.
                                                                                                                                              travel right through Russia - from Lake Baikal in Siberia   Cathedral-on-the-Blood, are also on your schedule as
  BOLSHOI PLATINUM CATEGORY                                                                                                                   to majestic Moscow. You will experience Mongolian           well as Moscow’s city lights on an evening tour. The
The newly introduced BOLSHOI PLATINUM CATEGORY (V)                                                                                            nomads, their settlements and their extraordinary           sophisticated programme on board the train, the wide
features the highest possible comfort on the Transsiberian. Each                                                                              lifestyle in a strikingly vast and memorable landscape.     variety of sightseeing tours and exceptionally well-
compartment is 7,15 m2 large and provided with full shower                                                                                    Another stop will be the unique World Heritage Site         informed and competent tour guides, will turn your
cabin, WC and washing basin. Each wagon of the PLATINUM                                                                                       Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world.      journey into an absolutely unforgettable experience.
CATEGORY contains just about 5 of these magnificent cabins.                                                                                   Boat tours will show you one of Siberia’s (and Europe’s)    Our own special train (with doctor on board) is your
                                                                                                                                              greatest river, the Wolga, while sightseeing tours will     guarantee of comfort and security for the whole journey.

      For bookings and more information please contact:
      Penguin Tours
      35 Breda Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town 8001                                                                                                                          www.tsarsgold.co.za
      Ph.: 021 4613244 Fax: 021 4612349 e-mail: info@penguin-tours.com
                                                                                                    Nomadic settlements and a horseback riding
                                                                                                    show familiarises you with Mongolian
                                                                                                    customs. With a bit of luck, you may also
                                                                                                    come across herds of wild horses or yaks.
                                                                                                    In the evening, the Tsar’s Gold rolls onward
                                                                                                    with destination Siberia. (BLD)

                                                                                                    Day 10 After crossing the Russian-Mongolian
                                                                                                    border, your journey continues through the
                                                                                                    valley of the Selenga to Ulan Ude, where
                                                                                                    the Tsar’s Gold reaches the main                                                      Yaks in Mongolia                                                 Lake Baikal
                                                                                                    route of the present-day Trans-
                                                                                                    Siberian Railway. The train                       wonders, to bathe in the lake and investigate     vodka tasting gives you a glimpse of Russian     by a Volga river trip, complete with lunch.
 Red Square in Moscow
                                                                                                    stops in Ulan Ude, where you                      a Baikal village. Today’s meals are served in     traditions and hospitality. (You will find the   In the evening you bid farewell to the friendly
                                                                                                    can take a city tour. (BLD)                       the dining saloon, but, if the weather            witty Russian toasts especially amusing.)        crew of your special train, while they do
Day 1 Depart from Johannesburg to Hong            Day 5 Today you visit the famous Great Wall                                                         cooperates, dinner is served in the form of       (BLD)                                            their utmost to assure your comfort up to
Kong.                                             of China. The Great Wall, a 6,000 km long         Day 11 Today is dedicated                         a Baikal picnic in a marvellous setting on                                                         the last minute. (BLD)
                                                  construction visible from space, is an            to the natural splendours of                      the lakeshore. Late evening the Tsar’s Gold       Day 14 Around noon you arrive
Day 2 You arrive in Hong Kong at lunchtime.       impressive witness to Chinese history. Your       Lake Baikal, the world’s largest                  rolls on again – destination Irkutsk. The night   in Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest
Your guide escorts you to your five star hotel,   programme includes a tour of a pearl              reservoir of fresh water. The Tsar’s Gold         is spent in the sleeping coach. (BLD)             city, where you are welcomed
the Royal Garden Hotel, or similar. After         cultivation farm. The return trip takes you       follows the tracks hugging the shoreline of                                                         with bread, salt and the sound of
lunch your afternoon programme awaits you.        past the Ming Tombs and the Shen Lu               the lake, closed to other forms of public         Day 12 Arrive in Irkutsk, the capital of          balalaikas. A guided city tour
First you visit the spectacular Wong Tai Sin      (Avenue of the Spirits). In the evening you       transport. The route takes you through short      Eastern Siberia, in the early morning. Here       follows. After your dinner in a city
Temple, then explore the Kowloon City Wall:       will enjoy a meal featuring the world-famous      tunnels and viaducts and over dozens of           you check into a hotel of simple standard,        restaurant, the train resumes its
Bird Garden, Flowers Street, Goldfish Alley,      Chinese dish, Beijing Duck. (BLD)                 bridges in a variety of architectural styles.     but beautiful and centrally located. The bulk     westward journey through the
Avenue of Stars. After a delicious Chinese                                                          Two extended photo stops give you the             of your luggage may again be left safely on       night. (BLD)
dinner, your first day is completed. (D)          Day 6 You begin with a morning sightseeing        opportunity to capture the beauty of the          the special train. A guided city tour takes
                                                  tour of the Forbidden City, once the imperial     lake, to learn about the local natural            you to the market hall, the drama theatre         Day 15 In the afternoon the train
Day 3 After breakfast your excursion starts       palace, with its magnificent halls and                                                                                        and the new statue      stops in Yekaterinburg, the capital
with a visit to Victoria Peak. You stop at        temples. After lunch you transfer to the                                                                                      of Alexander III, a     of the Ural region. Yekaterinburg
Repulse Bay and enjoy Hong Kong’s                 railway station, where you board a Chinese                                                                                    substitute of the old   was founded by Peter the Great
Aberdeen district. After lunch you visit Ocean    special train to Erlian. You can observe            Tour Highlights                                                           Trans-Siberian          in 1723. The last Russian Tsar,
Parc, one of the largest oceanariums in the       everyday life in rural China, as it passes by      • Hongkong: City of the fragrant harbour                                   Obelisk. After lunch    Nicholas the II, also has links to
world. Next you enjoy dinner in a nice            your compartment window - donkey carts                                                                                        you participate in      the city - he and most of his
                                                                                                     • Beijing's secret: The Forbidden City
Chinese restaurant. (BLD)                         on dusty paths, oxen pulling water wheels,                                                                                    an excursion to see     relatives were murdered here. A city tour        Day 17 In the morning you reach Moscow
                                                  labourers in the fields. (BLD)                     • Tiananmen Square                                                         the open-air            takes you to the newly-erected Cathedral-        and your centrally located first class hotel.
Day 4 Transfer to the airport for the flight                                                         • Mongolian horseback riding show                                          museum "Life and        on-the-Blood, built in memory of that tragic     At noon a tour starts to the Kremlin grounds
to Beijing. The Chinese capital awaits you        Day 7 Arrive at the Chinese-Mongolian                                                                                         Work in Old             historical event. Back on the train you enjoy    and one of its splendid cathedrals. Here you
                                                                                                     • Rustic Siberian villages
in all its afternoon glory. You are welcomed      border in the morning, where all the border                                                       Loghouse in Siberia         Siberia". Later in      the view of the fascinating landscape, while     can opt to investigate the inside of some of
by your tour guide and accompanied to             formalities are handled in the comfort of          • Kazan, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ulan                                     the afternoon you       being pampered in the dining saloon. You         the Kremlin buildings. Afterwards, you enjoy
your hotel. A city tour in the afternoon          your train compartment. You have time to                                                            enjoy a tour to the village of Listvyanka and     are invited to a cosy tea tasting ceremony       dinner and a one-hour city lights tour through
presents you some of the most famous sights       stroll around Erlian and visit its market,         • Rail trip on the original tracks of the        a short boat trip on Lake Baikal. The night       onboard the train. (BLD)                         nocturnal Moscow and two of the more
of Beijing, including the Temple of Heaven        before your journey resumes into Mongolia            Trans-Siberian (closed to regular traffic)     is spent back in your hotel in Irkutsk. (BLD)                                                      spectacular of the famous subway stations,
and Tiananmen Square (Square of Heavenly          on our special Russian train, known as Tsar’s        directly along Lake Baikal with two                                                              Day 16 After breakfast you reach Kazan, the      christened “Palaces for the people” by Stalin.
Peace). In your first class hotel you are re-     Gold. Once you have crossed the outer
                                                                                                       extensive photo-stops                          Day 13 After breakfast in your hotel, the         ancient Tartar capital on the Volga. A guided    (BLD)
ceived with a welcome drink, followed by a        fringes of the legendary Gobi Desert, your         • Boat trip on Lake Baikal                       special train takes you through the varied        city tour takes you to the Tartar mosques, a
group dinner – an ideal opportunity for you       train takes you through the wide, green            • Untouched landscapes: Boat tours on            mountain scenery of Eastern Siberia, while        Russian Orthodox cathedral and the Kremlin       Day 18 After breakfast a guided city tour
to get to know your fellow travellers. (BD)       steppe of Mongolia. (BLD)                            the Volga and Lake Baikal                      you listen to short informative lectures on       of Kazan - full of artefacts reflecting the      presents you the most important sights of
                                                                                                                                                      the topics "The Conquest of Siberia" and          troubled past relations between the Tartars,     the Russian capital, before you depart to
                                                                                                     • Proud and impressive Moscow
                                                  Day 8 In the morning your train reaches                                                             "The Emergence of Russia". A caviar and           Cossacks and Russians. The tour is followed      the airport for your return flight. (B)
                                                  Ulan Bator. Your luggage may be left securely      • Magnificent icons and cathedrals
                                                  in the train, while you check in at a centrally    • Informative lectures and films about                                                                                                              Day 19 Arrival in Johannesburg.
                                                                                                       culture, country and people
                                                  located medium-class hotel. Afterwards you
                                                                                                                                                         Compartment category II “Standard plus” p.p. sharing                          R 65 520.00
                                                  will visit the Lama Temple on a guided city        • Authentic speciality meal "Tsar’s Feast"                                                                                                          Please understand that we must reserve the
                                                  tour. In the evening you can attend a show                                                             Surcharge for single use                                                      R 20 370.00       right to alter the itinerary of this tour due
                                                                                                     • Caviar and vodka tasting for
                                                  of traditional Mongolian folklore with throat-                                                         Compartment category III “Nostalgic Comfort” p.p. sharing                     R 81 500.00       to the logistical complexities involved.
                                                  singing, fiddling, national costumes and                                                               Surcharge for single use                                                      R 38 410.00
                                                  traditional dances. (BLD)                                                   Temple of Heaven
                                                                                                                                                         Compartment category IV “Bolshoi” p.p. sharing                              R 113 760.00
                                                  Day 9 After breakfast you will visit the active                                                        Surcharge for single use                                                      R 64 460.00
                                                  Buddhist Gandan Monastery, where you can                                                               Compartment category V “Bolshoi Platinum” p.p. sharing                      R 133 860.00
                                                  attend a religious ceremony. Your tour                                                                 Surcharge for single use                                                      R 64 220.00
                                                  continues past the open air railway museum
                                                                                                                                                         High season supplement (July - September)                                      R 1 790.00
                                                  and out to experience the country's natural
                                                                                                                                                         Visa for China, Russia, Mongolia: subject to exchange rates at time of application                                          Moscow by night
                                                  splendour in Mongolian Switzerland, two
                                                  hours by bus south of Ulan Bator.                                                                      Flight Johannesburg-Hongkong, Hongkong-Beijing,
                                                                                                                                                         Moscow-Frankfurt-Johannesburg                                                   on request
  On the Great Wall
  in China                                                                                                                                               4 days (3 nights) extension St.Petersburg p.p. sharing                        R 10 990.00
                                                                                                                                                         Single supplement                                                              R 2 790.00