GOLDEN EAGLE LUXURY TRAIN

MOSCOW TO VLADIVOSTOK

WINTER WONDERLAND EASTBOUND

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MAP & DESTINATIONS

MOSCOW ● KAZAN ● EKATERINBURG ● NOVOSIBIRSK ● IRKUTSK ● LAKE BAIKAL ● ULAN UDE ● ULAANBAATAR ● VLADIVOSTOK

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TOUR OVERVIEW

14 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS

✔︎ INCLUDES 8 ORGANISED STOPOVERS

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TOURS AS DESCRIBED

✔︎ INCLUDES ALL TRANSFERS & MEALS AS LISTED

✔︎ VISITS 🇷🇺 RUSSIA & 🇲🇳 MONGOLIA

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DATES & PRICES

MOSCOW TO VLADIVOSTOK DATES & PRICES PER PERSON IN GBP / USD

13th February to 27th February 2022

IMPERIAL CLASS

TWIN : GBP £ 29,495 / USD $ 39,795
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 4,000 / USD $ 5,000
SINGLE : GBP £ 58,895 / USD $ 79,495
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 4,000 / USD $ 5,000

GOLD CLASS

TWIN : GBP £ 16,995 / USD $ 22,895
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,000 / USD $ 2,500
SINGLE : GBP £ 28,195 / USD $ 37,995
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 2,000 / USD $ 2,500

SILVER CLASS

TWIN : GBP £ 13,995 / USD $ 18,995
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,000 / USD $ 1,500
SINGLE : GBP £ 21,095 / USD $ 28,495
DEPOSIT : GBP £ 1,000 / USD $ 1,500
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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - MOSCOW

ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW & A WELCOME RECEPTION & DINNER

Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you are met and transferred to 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. 

On your first evening in Moscow you will be invited to a champagne drinks reception before our exclusive Welcome Dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

MEALS: Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Four Seasons Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 2 - MOSCOW

CITY TOUR OF MOSCOW & JOIN THE GOLDEN EAGLE TRAIN

Our touring programme of Russia’s capital 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 where we will enjoy an exclusive private viewing.

Our exploration of the city continues with a visit to Red Square, the iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture. Here we visit the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires and marvel at the beautiful façade of the world-famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times. Lunch is served in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion. An essential part of any visit to Moscow is a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro - showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world. If you have been to Moscow before we offer included Freedom of Choice touring where we show you other sights of Moscow such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum.

Upon arrival at Moscow Kazansky Station in the late afternoon, you will be greeted in the ornately decorated Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapes as you mix with the other guests and are welcomed by the train staff. The excitement in the waiting room audibly mounts and, 30 minutes before departure, your car attendants will escort you to Platform 1 where the Golden Eagle awaits ready for departure.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 3 - KAZAN

STOP IN BEAUTIFUL & HISTORIC KAZAN

Situated on the River Volga, the picturesque and historic city of 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 the stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.

As Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938), we honour his memory with a private concert of his music.

You will also have time to wander through the main pedestrian area of Kazan and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 4 - EKATERINBURG

THE STORY OF THE ROMANOVS IN EKATERINBURG

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Ekaterinburg is the capital of the Urals. Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia so that 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, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918 following 78 days of imprisonment. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 5 - NOVOSIBIRSK

VISIT SIBERIA’S LARGEST CITY

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and sciences predominate. The city is located in the heart of Russia and is situated on both banks of the River Ob. Our city tour takes us to Lenin Square, where the imposing Opera House is located. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world. In front of the Opera House, we visit an impressive statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.

Alternatively, our Freedom of Choice tour goes south of the city to visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum, which displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 6 - on the train

A DAY TO RELAX ON THE TRAIN & ENJOY THE SNOWY LANDSCAPE

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.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 7 - IRKUTSK

ENJOY A TOUR OF IRKUTSK & ITS FASCINATING HISTORY

Our visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, takes in the most significant sites in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like decorations that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance.

We also visit the Decembrist House museum which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed uprising of 1825. As an additional option for your day in Irkutsk you may wish to experience a traditional Russian Banya (sauna).

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 8 - LAKE BAIKAL

ENJOY THE SCENIC HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP

Our day by Lake Baikal offers a real highlight of travelling through Siberia in winter. Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and today will be an unforgettable part of our Trans-Siberian journey.

For five hours we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the frozen lake with a vista of snowcapped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop.

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and during winter is completely frozen. We are taken in a hovercraft on the frozen lake to the place where the dog sledges and snowmobiles are situated and you will enjoy the perfect vantage point to appreciate the magnificence of this unspoiled location. There is the opportunity to watch the under-ice fishing and try the freshly caught fish which will be smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm with ice-cold vodka. Delicious!

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 9 - ULAN UDE

THE CAPITAL OF BURYATIA WHERE EAST MEETS WEST

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 you will learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 10 - ULAANBAATAR

ARRIVE IN MONGOLIA’S REMOTE CAPITAL

Our eastbound Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia, once the very centre 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.

Please note, we travel by air from Russia to Ulaanbaatar on board a private jet charter from either Irkutsk or Ulan Ude.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 11 - on the train

A DAY ON THE TRAIN THROUGH RUSSIA’S FAR EAST

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.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 12 - on the train

CONTINUE BY TRAIN TOWARDS VLADIVOSTOK

It's 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. 

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 13 - on the train

THE LAST DAY ON BOARD THE TRAIN

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 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.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: On the Golden Eagle Train

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DAY 14 - VLADIVOSTOK

TOUR THIS PORT CITY SO LONG CLOSED TO FOREIGNERS

After travelling through 8 time zones and covering a staggering 6,600 miles (10,600kms) along this iconic railway, the Golden Eagle pulls into its final destination, Vladivostok.

Vladivostok is a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine.

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.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Lotte Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ or similar

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DAY 15 - end of tour

DEPART RUSSIA AFTER YOUR EPIC RAIL ADVENTURE

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

MEALS: Breakfast

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INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

As far as possible our tours are all inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.

Experienced Tour Managers

Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. We receive exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

Arrival and Departure Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included.

Hotel and On Board Accommodation

Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find you hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

Welcome and Farewell Dinners

Each tour begins with a Welcome Dinner, an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers; for the Tour Manager to brief you on the trip; and introduce you to the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains team and the Tour Doctor. The Farewell Dinner is the perfect end to your adventure by private train where you can relive the journey and look ahead to future tours.

Route Guide, Itinerary and Information Pack

When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organise a programme of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programme for the next day’s touring schedule.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily

All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

Drinks with Meals and from the Bar Lounge Car

A generous drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner. For passengers travelling in Gold Class on board the Golden Eagle, drinks from the Standard Drinks List in the Bar Lounge Car are also included. For Imperial Suite guests, drinks from both the Standard and Premium Bar Lists (excluding premium wines) in the Bar Lounge Car are included.

On Board Service

You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottle drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Guided Off-Train Excursions

The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. All our tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations. We believe it is the special little touches that help create magical memories.

Imperial Suite guests will benefit from the option of a private car and guide in the majority of places we visit along the route.

Freedom 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. Look at the individual itineraries where we are operating Freedom of Choice Touring.

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.

Personal Headsets

On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and comprehension of the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. So you do not need to worry about missing any of the interesting details on your excursions.

On Board Doctor and Medical Facilities

To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us usually for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. Normally, the doctor will be English speaking and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.

24 Hour Service Attendant

Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Porterage

As you only have to unpack once, your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey but, wherever necessary, porterage is included between the hotel and stations.

All Gratuities

You will not have to worry about tipping on and off the train on your rail journey with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains as all gratuities are included in the tour price.

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