Explore halfway around the world entirely by train
About the Tour
Step on board the Golden Eagle and be transported back to the romantic age of travel as we wind our way across Russia, Mongolia, and Siberia in unprecedented luxury. This rail adventure takes you on a journey of over 8,000 miles; a true odyssey to the other side of the world.
- Travel on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (12 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- 41 meals, including a BBQ on the shores of stunning Lake Baikal
- City tours of Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Vladivstok
- Visits to Kazan and Yekaterinburg
- Guided tour of Irkutsk
- Ulan Ude & Ulaanbaatar cultural visit
- Airport transfers
- Services of a professional tour escort and knowledgeable local guides for touring
Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the 5-star Four Seasons Moscow where you meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager for a welcome reception and dinner at 7:30pm. Overnight Moscow. (D)
Day 2 - Moscow
We spend Day 2 in Moscow, where we take a tour of its famous sights, including Red Square, on which you can find the Kremlin as well as Lenin's Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Communist leader, and we also view the marvelous multi-colored domes of St Basil's Cathedral.
This afternoon we join the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, for our fabulous 12-night adventure to Vladivostok. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Kazan
Our first stop on our Trans-Siberian adventure is Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan on the River Volga. The city is renowned for its ornate buildings, including the colorful onion-domed cathedral, the inspiring Kul Sharif Mosque on the grounds of the impressive Kazan Kremlin, and the classical style buildings of the university, which we see on an informative sightseeing tour. After a delectable lunch of traditional Kazan cuisine, we continue our tour, before returning to the Golden Eagle for the journey towards Yekaterinburg. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Yekaterinburg
Today we cross the Europe-Asia divide and arrive in Yekaterinburg, founded in 1723 by Peter the Great. Here we visit the site where the Romanov family, headed by Tsar Nicholas II, was murdered in 1918, now marked by a church dedicated to their memory. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Novosibirsk
A modern "Soviet" city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk's rich culture where the arts, science, and literature predominate. Our city tour takes us to the Opera House. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is the largest opera house in the world. In front of the Opera House, we visit an imposing statue of Lenin, presenting a marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Days 6 - 7 - To Irkutsk
We spend Day 6 on the train enjoying the passing scenery as we travel through the Sayan Mountains. On Day 7 we arrive in Irkutsk, founded by Cossacks. The city is affectionately known as 'the Paris of Siberia'. Much of the city's cultural heritage came from the Decembrist exiles, and today many of their wooden houses have survived. During a sightseeing tour, we take in this fascinating wood-carved architecture and visit the city's most significant sights and museums including the Decembrist House Museum. Overnight train. (Days 6 & 7 – B, L, D)
Day 8 - Lake Baikal
Today we experience one of the true highlights of our journey through Siberia. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express will be steam-hauled, as we skirt the shores of vast Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. We continue onward to visit the small village of Listvyanka, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills. We stop off later tonight for a barbecue dinner on the lakeside including freshly smoked fish. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Ulan Ude
Today we arrive in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic. Here we visit the Old Believer's Village, where we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local musicians and dancers. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Ulaan Baatar
We arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Passing the Genghis Khan monument, we visit the National Museum before enjoying a traditional lunch. We then drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - On Board
Enjoy a more leisurely pace today as we travel through the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East. You may wish to attend one of the interesting lectures or Russian language lessons. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Days 12 - 13 - Remote Siberia
The train follows the Shilka and Amur Rivers close to the Chinese border today. Our route takes us across an area of permafrost, as remote as it is dramatic.During Day 13 we reach the most easterly point of our journey and as we head towards the Pacific coast, we enjoy a farewell dinner on board. Overnight train. (Days 12 & 13 – B, L, D)
Days 14 - Vladivostok
After traveling across 11 time zones and over 8,000 train miles, our epic journey concludes today, as the Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Vladivostok. Our city tour will also take us to the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, which opened in 2012 for the APEC conference. This evening you are invited to our farewell dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour. Our hotel in Vladivostok, where we stay for one night, is the five-star Lotte Hotel Vladivostok. Overnight Vladivostok. (B, L, D)
Day 15 - Departure
You are free to make your way home after breakfast today. Airport transfers are provided. (B)
Four Seasons Hotel, Moscow
Situated in what was once the city's legendary Hotel Moskva, the 5-Star Four Seasons Hotel is a homage to Soviet Art Deco design and grandeur perfectly placed in the heart of Moscow, just a minute or two's walk from the Kremlin, Red Square and Bolshoi Theater. Facilities include an impressive, mosaicked swimming pool, a spa and two bars while each of the elegant rooms features air conditioning, a coffee machine, tea making facilities, Roberto Cavalli toiletries as well as a safe and hairdryer.
Lotte Hotel, Vladivostok
Lotte Hotel Vladivostok is a first five-star hotel, which has become the place for many important social and economic events. The hotel was built in 1997, and is located in the business and cultural center of Vladivostok: there are shopping centers, supermarkets, major attractions and places of recreation nearby. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as minibars, tea and coffeemakers, and safes. Hotel amenities include a chic Korean restaurant, a warm cafe/bar, and a top-floor bar with bay views, plus an indoor pool, a sauna, and a gym.
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express is arguably the best quality of rail travel offered anywhere in the world. This private train offers a standard of accommodation and catering that most rail passengers crossing Russia can only dream of. The train features two beautifully appointed restaurant cars, in which meals freshly prepared by the on-board chefs are served accompanied by wine and vodka. There is also a bar car which is an excellent place to relax and get to know your fellow passengers - and in the evening, enjoy the music from the resident pianist.
We include accommodation in Silver Class cabins. These cabins cover 60 square feet (5.5 square meters) and sleep two people in an upper and a lower berth. They feature a wealth of amenities including remote controlled air conditioning and heating, a wardrobe, luggage space, a safe and a DVD/CD player with LCD television screens. Complimentary tea, coffee, and mineral water are available in the cabins and towels are provided. There are six cabins per carriage and all Silver Class cabins have private en suite facilities with a 'wet room' style shower, washbasin and WC.
Upgrades are available to Gold Class cabins. These are among the best available in rail travel, with an overall area of 77 square feet (7 square meters). The Gold Class cabins sleep two people in either upper and lower berths or a lower double bed. Facilities include remote controlled air conditioning and heating, luggage space, a wardrobe, a safe and a DVD/CD player with LCD television screens. Complimentary tea, coffee, and mineral water are available in the cabins and towels are provided. There are five cabins per carriage, and all have a private en suite bathroom with a power shower, underfloor heating, washbasin, and WC. All drinks from the Bar Car's Standard Bar List are included for Gold Class passengers.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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