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Golden Eagle Arctic Explorer New Year

Moscow ● Vladimir ● Suzdal ● Murmansk ● Kirkenes (Norway) ● Petrozavodsk (for Kizhi Island) ● St Petersburg

11 nights from UK £ 9,995 per person

Price based on 2 people sharing a Silver Class cabin. These prices are based on 2020 rates. See below for full pricing.
Please note that this is group tour with fixed date departures (see full pricing and dates further down this page). We can also book your international flights if required.

Moscow – Russia’s Iconic Capital

Vladimir – Beautiful Architecture

Suzdal – Fairytale Russia Lost in Time

Murmansk – Remote Military Port City

Kirkenes – Norway’s Most Northerly Town

Petrozavodsk – Cultural Lakeside City

St Petersburg – a Celebration of Art and Culture

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Moscow

Arrival in Moscow & a Welcome Reception & Dinner

Flight arrivals into Moscow and transfer to your luxurious hotel for a two-night stay. This evening a welcome reception and dinner where you can meet your travel companions for the next 12 days.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Day 2 - Moscow

Tour the Highlights of Russia’s Capital

During our stay in Moscow we visit the Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires, the beautiful façade of the world-famous GUM Department store, constructed in Tsarist times, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. Our touring programme also takes us to the grandeur of the Kremlin – the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow and to see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber.

Included in our time spent in Moscow is two nights at the stylish five-star Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Vladimir & Suzdal

Visit Two of Russia’s Historical Cities & Board Your Train

The historic city of Vladimir was founded in 990 and is one of Russia’s oldest communities. With an architectural wealth, it has been decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour takes in Uspensky Cathedral, built between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. It is considered one of the most important and beautiful of Russian cathedrals, where many of the prominent Russian Tsars were crowned.

From Vladimir, we travel to Suzdal, one of Russia’s most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024, located 35 kilometres from Vladimir. Here we visit the atmospheric St Euthymius Monastery to witness an enchanting choral performance. No Russian winter experience would be complete either without the horse-drawn sleigh ride through this stunning location.

We have a unique opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve on board at our signature Gala Caviar Dinner on board the Golden Eagle in the beautifully designed restaurant car, specially decorated tonight for our New Year’s Eve Party. Enjoy complimentary champagne, international wines and live musical entertainment for a New Year’s Eve you won’t forget as we begin our rail journey northwards to the Arctic Circle.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - On Board the Train

Cross the Arctic Circle as You Head to Murmansk

On each of our Arctic Explorer itineraries we have the opportunity to have a relaxed day on board the Golden Eagle as our train crosses the Arctic Circle on our quest to see the Northern Lights. We can reflect on the many sights we are about to experience on our rail journey, maybe listen to a talk or simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside our window.

Our guest astronomer will host an afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cakes and talk about the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in our stylish bar car.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - Murmansk

Russia’s Northern Port City

Murmansk is a city halfway between Moscow and the North Pole, and 120 miles (193 km) north of the Arctic Circle. As the main city of the Kola Peninsula, it started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. In 1916, under pressure from the British to establish a support port, Murmansk was founded.

Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round. Homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers, we’ll visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - Kirkenes

Cross Into Norway by Bus for a Two Night Excursion

We leave our train with an overnight bag at the Russian border station of Nikel Murmansk and transfer by bus (90 minutes’ drive) across the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes for a two-night stay at the Thon Hotel (or similar). We will visit the magical Snow Hotel just 15 km outside Kirkenes.

We will have a welcome drink in the snow bar and a tour of the Snow Hotel with its ice sculptures and snow paintings by local and international artists. After a traditional meal in the Snow Hotel’s warm lodge restaurant we will take an evening bus tour in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

If the sky is clear our guest astronomer will be on hand to advise us during star-gazing and will bring the night sky to life with their extensive knowledge.

Upgrade To The Snow Hotel: For a really memorable experience why not choose the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around and stay for one night at the Snow Hotel – or perhaps in one of the stunning (and slightly warmer) wooden log-style Gamme Cabins? Upgrades to the snow hotel are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The Snow Hotel stays at a constant minus four degrees centigrade and thermal sleeping bags are provided. Showers, toilets and a Scandinavian sauna are provided in a building next to the Snow Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - Kirkenes

A Day of Winter Activities in Kirkenes

Today a unique winter experience awaits on our King Crab Fishing adventure. The excursion begins with a snowmobile drawn sleigh across the frozen fjords. Warm clothing and a helmet is provided. 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). We then continue by sleigh to the nearby Fisherman’s Lodge, where your fresh King Crab meal awaits by a roaring log fire.

Also included during your stay in Kirkenes is a one-hour husky dog sledge ride and a visit to the resident reindeers.

Optional Activities in Kirkenes: You may like to book some additional optional activities such as a Snow Shoe Walking Tour (2 hours), go in search of the Northern Lights by snowmobile (3 hours) or take a magical excursion by husky dog sledge (2 hours). Each sledge is pulled by a team of eight dogs and can seat two people as well as a driver called a dog musher. These activities have limited places and should be requested at the time of booking the tour – please contact us for prices.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - Murmansk

Cross Back Into Russia

Today we cross the border back into Russia and re-join our train which is waiting for us in Nikel Murmansk.

We’ll spend the afternoon on board travelling through Arctic Russia. Relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside your window or chat to fellow passengers. Afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cookies will be served in our stylish Bar Lounge Car.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 9 - Petrozavodsk

Stop in Petrozavodsk in Artic Russia

Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of the North-West of Russia. We take a city tour of this capital of the Republic of Karelia. Today, enjoy a traditional Christmas meal and celebrate Russian Christmas Eve in style.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - St Petersburg

Arrive in Russia’s Cultural Capital

St Petersburg is a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards and beautiful bridges. It is also renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.

The White Nights (Beliye Nochi) – those remarkable, luminous northern mid-summer evenings when the high latitudes are drenched all night in a pearlescent glow and warm summer days – are an enchanting time lasting just a few weeks. By day, locals revel in the heat and the outdoors; by night, there are the Stars of the White Nights festivals and concerts to indulge in.

Upon arrival into the city we orientate ourselves with a short touring programme of central St Petersburg featuring the key sights, including St Isaac’s Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect.

We stay for two nights in St Petersburg.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 -St Petersburg

Continue to Explore This Beautiful City

Today we have a guided tour of Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin and the spectacular Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars which houses the royal art collection of over three million works. It is one of the world’s largest and most impressive art museums.

After dinner, why not make your final White Nights evening in St Petersburg extra special by purchasing a ticket for a ballet or opera performance at the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre or take in one of the many outdoor concerts (subject to schedule and availability; must be pre-booked at least six weeks prior to departure).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - Depart St Petersburg

Free Time Until a Transfer to Your Onward Travel

After breakfast our tour comes to a close. Lunch, if required, would be by your own arrangement.

At the end of your adventure why not extend your stay in St Petersburg with post-tour nights to explore more of the city at your leisure?

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Please note: Our Arctic Explorer tours can operate as small group departures (normally less than 30 guests). Reduced numbers mean more intimate groups and a shorter formation of Golden Eagle sleepers with a restaurant appropriate to the number of guests. Russian Railways attach our carriages to the rear of a regular train each day. However, your on board experience will be unaffected as there is no connection between our carriages and the main train.

2019 Dates & Prices

Starts St Petersburg 29th December 2019 and finishes Moscow 9th January 2020


£ 19,195 per person or £ 38,495 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels


£ 11,495 per person or £ 16,495 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels


£ 9,995 per person or £ 13,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

2020 Dates & Prices

Starts St Petersburg 29th December 2020 and finishes Moscow 9th January 2021


£ 25,495 per person or £ 50,895 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels


£ 14,695 per person or £ 24,395 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels


£ 11,795 per person or £ 17,795 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

Inclusions & Exclusions For This Trip

What is included?

Accommodation in high quality hotels for nights not spent on the train.

Full board the Golden Eagle train including drinks with meals.

Other meals as indicated in the itinerary including welcome and farewell dinners.

Visa support documents required.

Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary.

 Route Guide and Information Pack.

Informative sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with professional guides and your own personal headsets.

 Experienced tour managers and 24 hour service attendants.

Entertainment program on board, including lectures on regional geography, culture, and history of the countries you pass through along the route.

Onboard doctor and medical facilities.

Porter services at all railway stations.

 All tips and gratuities.

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

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