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Golden Eagle Express

15 days  |  Moscow to Vladivostok  |  from USD $15,495

The Trans-Siberian in fine style! A decadent way to travel, seeing breathtaking, everchanging landscapes, on the epic journey from Moscow across Russia, Mongolia & on to Vladivostock. Making several exciting stops en route at unique ports of call, such as Yekaterinburg, the mighty Lake Baikal & Ulan Ude - all meals included, luxurious cabins & a whole lot more!

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Day 1
Moscow

Arrive at Moscow airport, where you are met and transferred to the luxurious five-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel (or similar) located in the heart of this vibrant city for a one-night stay. We enjoy a welcome reception dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travellers and anticipate the epic 15 day voyage that lies ahead.

Feedom Of Choice Touring -

Customise your journey and enjoy the opportunity to select from an array of Freedom of Choice Touring options that best suits your interests. Your off-train excursions will still take in all the major attractions of the places we are visiting but, in featured locations, you will be presented when you are onboard the train with a variety of activities from which to choose, and enjoy a tailor-made experience. In Moscow for example, you could choose to spend time in the Tretyakov Picture Gallery or visit the Museum of the KGB, which are not part of the standard touring programme; or you might choose to go shopping in the local markets and bazaars; or spend a day relaxing in a local spa (*treatments extra). In short, it means that your holiday is just that, your very own, and it’s all included in the tour price, with no more for you to pay. It is the ultimate in flexibility. Freedom of Choice Touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings and local charges. Touring options available will typically be advised in the evening prior to the day’s tour.
Overnight: Moscow hotel  |  Dinner

Day 2
Red Square

Our morning city tour of Moscow principally takes us to Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might. Here we see an eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires, the grandeur of The Kremlin and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. With our Freedom of Choice touring options you may instead wish to visit, for example, the Tretyakov Gallery or the Museum of the KGB. Early afternoon sees us boarding the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. After settling into our modern, stylish cabins, we enjoy dinner in one of the beautifully designed restaurant cars as our rail adventure eastwards to Vladivostok begins.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Kazan

We arrive at the picturesque and historic city of Kazan by mid-morning. Situated on the River Volga, Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here we have the opportunity to see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of this city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore its stunning mosque and onion-domed cathedral. After enjoying a relaxing dinner on the Golden Eagle, you may wish to retire to our welcoming bar car where you can enjoy drinks with new friends whilst listening to our resident pianist.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Yekaterinburg

We cross the Europe/Asia divide before arriving in the historic city of Yekaterinburg. Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, the third largest Russian city is also the capital of the Urals. The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Life on board

A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on our journey so far. 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.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Irkutsk

We arrive in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, and our visit today takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. Next, we visit the Decembrist House museum which is dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats who were forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825. Here we enjoy a private concert before returning to our waiting train for dinner.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal. 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. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over fifty species of fish including omul which we will be serving in the dining car for some of our meals. Weather permitting, we stop at one of Baikal’s picturesque and secluded bays to enjoy a delicious BBQ including freshly smoked fish prepared by our own chefs. For the brave hearted, there is even time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. In the afternoon, we visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9
Ulan Ude

This morning we arrive in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic. The ethnic and cultural diversity of this area offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces and dress styles of these welcoming 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 traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10
Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia, home of Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol and we visit the capital city of Ulaan Baatar. Lunch is taken Mongol style in a traditional Ger (Yurt) where we experience an authentic meal, enjoying excellent local dishes and entertainment providing a unique opportunity to encounter this time-honoured nomadic way of life. We board the train in time for dinner as we head back into Russia.
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11
Onboard

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12
Onboard

It is the perfect opportunity to practice your Russian or simply relax as our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Enjoy Russia at its most dramatic and remote, as the Golden Eagle eats up the miles on our way to Vladivostok
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13
Onboard

Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, we spend our last full day on board the Golden Eagle today as the most easterly point of 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 twelve days as we approach our final destination on this unforgettable journey
Overnight: train  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14
Vladivostok

After travelling through 8 time zones and covering an amazing 6,600 miles (10,600km) along this epic route to the end of the Trans-Siberian line, the Golden Eagle pulls into Vladivostok, a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an exciting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a tour of a restored submarine before we transfer to the centrally located four-star Hotel Hyundai. The final evening is spent saying our goodbyes to our fellow travelling companions and friends at the Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Vladivostok hotel  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15
Vladivostok

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Vladivostok airport to begin your journey home.
Breakfast

About the train.

About The Train
Our full train comprises of twelve fully en-suite Silver and Gold Class sleeping cars which feature state of the art amenities. 77 sq ft (7 sq metres) Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and have everything from power showers and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen and individual air-conditioning. Silver Class cabins are more compact at 60 sq ft (5.5 sq metres) but have similar facilities.

A particular delight of the Golden Eagle is one of the beautifully appointed restaurant cars, the venue for world class chefs to serve carefully-prepared meals using wherever possible only local ingredients. Whether it be the world-renowned ‘Borscht’ or Omul – a fish unique to Lake Baikal – a culinary experience representing the very essence of Russia is offered. All meals are complemented by wines from around the world, as well as – naturally – vodka.

Yet the social heart of the train is the bar car, a great place to relax and settle into the unhurried pace of life on board. Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know your fellow passengers. Enjoy the sounds of the pianist playing in the evenings; and the bar stays open until the last person leaves.

Please Note: This tour also runs in reverse starting from Vladivostok and ending in Moscow. Please contact us for further details.

Trip Highlights

The comforts of the beautiful Golden Eagle Express train
Yekaterinburg - Europe/Asia Divide and execution site of the Romanovs
Irkutsk - known as the 'Paris of Siberia'
Ulan Ude - capital of the Buryat Republic and historical and cultural area
Local hospitality and entertainment in a Ger Restaurant
Kazan - picturesque capital of Tatarstan on the Volga River
Novoskibirsk - modern 'soviet' city containing world's largest Opera house and Lenin Square
Beautiful Lake Baikal - the world's largest freshwater lake
Ulaan Baatar - capital of Mongolia
Vladivostok - Russia's largest port city on the Pacific Ocean

Included

1 night 5 star hotel Moscow, 1 night 4 star hotel Vladivostock, 12 nights Golden Eagle cabin
Moscow city tour
Yekaterinberg city tour
Novosibirsk city tour
Lake Baikal - we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the picturesque lake before visiting Listvyanka - a small Baikal settlement at the base of the surrounding hills
Ulaan Baatar - the capital of Mongolia - enjoy a traditional lunch in a ger tent and entertainment
Experienced tour manager and the services of experienced tour leaders
All gratuities included
Services of a doctor travelling with the group
All meals starting with dinner on the first day, also a generous allowance of wine, beer, soft drinks and tea and coffee with all lunches and dinners both on and off the train.
Kazan city tour
Novosibirsk city tour
Irkutsk city tour including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture, visit the Decembrist House museum and enjoy a private concert
Ulan Ude - capital of the Buryat Republic - take the Village of Old Believers tour and learn about the traditions and culture of the area. Enjoy a traditional meal and concert
Arrival and departure transfers (day 1 and day 15)
Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water 24 hours a day
All entrance fees for included sightseeing

Not Included

Flights and visas
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of 2 adults sharing a room/cabin. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if a single room/cabin is required.

Prices below are based upon the Silver Class Cabin on the Golden Eagle Express. There are additional supplements for the Gold Class cabins, please contact us for costs, availability and further information.

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of 2 adults sharing a room/cabin. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if a single room/cabin is required.

Prices below are based upon the Silver Class Cabin on the Golden Eagle Express. There are additional supplements for the Gold Class cabins, please contact us for costs, availability and further information.

Westbound dates & prices

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of 2 adults sharing a room/cabin. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if a single room/cabin is required.

Prices below are based upon the Silver Class Cabin on the Golden Eagle Express. There are additional supplements for the Gold Class cabins, please contact us for costs, availability and further information.

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of 2 adults sharing a room/cabin. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if a single room/cabin is required.

Prices below are based upon the Silver Class Cabin on the Golden Eagle Express. There are additional supplements for the Gold Class cabins, please contact us for costs, availability and further information.

Tour Details
Starts
Moscow
Ends
Vladivostok
Hotel Rating
5 star (1 night 4 star)
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for any scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 13, Dinner: 14
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