Traveling the full length of the Trans-Siberian Railway is an experience of a lifetime
About the Tour
Witness the true splendor of Dr Zhivago landscapes from the warmth of your luxurious carriage, enjoying sleigh rides and choirs, saunas, and yurts en-route to Vladivostok. Travel on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train for an unforgettable winter adventure. The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.
- Rail travel on board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (11 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
- 41 meals including 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
- City tours of Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Vladivstok
- Visits to Kazan and Yekaterinburg
- Guided tour of Irkutsk
- Ulan Ude & Ulaanbaatar cultural visit
- Private barbecue on the shores of Lake Baikal
- Airport transfers
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 – Arrive 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. Overnight Moscow. (D)
Day 2 – Exploring Moscow
We spend the day in Moscow and take a tour of its famous sights, including the Kremlin, Red Square, and St. Basil's Cathedral. Following lunch in a Moscow restaurant, this evening 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 in the grounds of the impressive Kazan Kremlin, and the classical style buildings of the university. (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. Enjoy drinking in the views at your leisure or take advantage of the many comforts offered on board our luxurious train.
On Day 7 we arrive in Irkutsk, founded by Cossacks. One of the largest and best-known cities in Siberia, it takes its name from the nearby Irkut River, which meets the mighty, 1,640-foot-wide Angara River, close to the city. Surrounded by dense forest lands, Irkutsk was founded in 1661 AD as a fort to colonize lands stretching right through Siberia to Alaska. Though little is known about the place from that time, it gained notoriety in the early 19th century, when many Russian nobles, artists and officers were sent into exile in the city for taking part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. The city is affectionately known as 'the Paris of Siberia', and much of the city's cultural heritage came from these political outcasts. Many of their wooden houses have survived, and during a sightseeing tour we take in the 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 skirts vast Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake, totally frozen at this time of year. We wind our way through tunnels and along cliff-hugging tracks on our way to the small village of Listvyanka, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills. At the frozen Lake Baikal, we enjoy a thrilling hovercraft ride, followed by the opportunity to watch ice fishing and sample the freshly caught fish, which will be smoked in a mobile smoke house and served warm, with ice-cold vodka. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Ulan Ude
The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces of these welcoming Buryat people. During our exploration of the Old Believers’ Village we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 10 – Ulaan Baatar
We travel by private charter jet from into Mongolia today with a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very center of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country rich in culture and history with beautiful landscapes and nomadic people. Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside.
We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as ‘the great place of complete joy’. At Chinggis Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square) we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol, and visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history.
After lunch, we head into the Mongolian countryside where we will visit the imposing Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, located on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog and also have the opportunity to visit a traditional Mongolian Ger and meet a nomadic family. Overnight Ulaan Baatar. (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 like 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. Our route takes us across an area of permafrost, as remote as it is dramatic.
Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, we spend day 13 on board the Golden Eagle as the most easterly point on our mammoth journey is reached passing through Khabarovsk, where we cross the River Amur. Tonight we enjoy our final dinner onboard our private train that has been our home for the last 12 days as we approach our final destination on this unforgettable journey. Overnight train. (Days 12 & 13 – B, L, D)
Day 14 - Vladivostok
After traveling across 8 time zones and covering a staggering 6,600 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 – Vladivostok
After breakfast, we are free to make your way home. 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.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaan Baatar
This premium hotel is located right in the heart of the city within walking distance of the famous Government House and Great Chinggis Khaan Square. Polished rooms provide Wi-Fi access, flat-screens, and marble bathrooms. All guest rooms and suites overlook either Nayramdal Park to the south or Great Chinggis Khaan Square and panoramic vistas of the city to the north. Amenities include an airy lobby lounge serving afternoon tea, as well as 3 chic restaurants, including an international buffet option and a wood-paneled bar/eatery. There's also a health club with an indoor pool, a gym, a sauna & a juice bar.
Lotte Hotel, Vladivostok
Lotte Hotel Vladivostok is a 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.
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