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TS-GE-M-UB-N Golden Eagle Moscow to Ulaanbaatar & Naadam


12 nights from UK £ 12,895 per person

Price based on travelling in a shared Silver class cabin. Please see the pricing tab for full details of all cabin classes.
Tour Highlights

 Moscow – Russia’s Iconic Capital

 Kazan – Picturesque City on the River Volga

 Ekaterinburg – the Colourful History & Ural Capital

  Novosibirsk – Cultural Modern ‘soviet’ City

  Irkutsk – Historic Siberian City Close to Baikal

  Lake Baikal – Pristine Siberian Lake

  Ulan Ude – City of Culture Where East Meets West

  Ulaanbaatar – See Mongolia’s Naadam Festival

Day 1 - Arrival Moscow

Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Located in Moscow city centre, and within walking distance of Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre, guests will discover a classic and sophisticated ambience within this luxury hotel. We enjoy a welcome reception dinner this evening, whilst you meet our fellow travellers and anticipate the epic 13 day voyage that lies ahead.

Why not extend your stay in Moscow with additional nights to explore more of the city at your leisure or have time to take in a performance at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre? Tickets need to be pre-booked and are subject to schedule and availability.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Day 2 - Moscow

Our touring programme of Moscow principally 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. We also visit 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 facade of the world famous GUM department store, constructed in Tsarist times, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb.

With our Freedom of Choice touring option you may instead wish to visit the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or travel out of the city centre to Sergiev Posad, home to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia and the historical and spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church (subject to train schedule).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - 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 its 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - Ekaterinburg

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg, 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.

Our Freedom of Choice programme will also offer activities such as a walking tour of the city, or explore the intriguing Soviet military past in a visit to Yekaterinburg Military Museum which displays fragments of the U2 American spy-plane flown by Gary Powers that was shot down in this area in 1960 during the Cold War.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - Novosibirsk

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and science 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, south of the city you could visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum on our Freedom of Choice tour. The museum displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era. Or choose to go to the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.

For those interested in art there is also the Freedom of Choice option to visit the State Art Museum with an extensive collection including icons, Siberian art and numerous distinctive mountain-scapes by celebrated spiritual Russian painter Nicholas Roerich. It also displays temporary art and photography exhibitions by local and international artists.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - Train Across Siberia

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - Irkutsk

Our visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, takes in the most significant sites and museums 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 Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825, and we recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

You could learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch with our Freedom of Choice option. Or you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) or an urban apartment to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and is a major highlight on our Trans-Siberian journey. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater.

Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish including omul. 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.

To add to the grandeur of the day our Golden Eagle train will be hauled by a Soviet era steam locomotive on this beautiful section of the line. There will be plenty of opportunities for photographs as the train winds its way along the lake.

Weather permitting, we stop in an extremely picturesque location by the lake for photographic opportunities and for the brave hearted there is time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear and ice-cold waters of Baikal. Travelling onwards to the end of the Baikal branch line, we leave the train and travel by boat on the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills and visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium.

We will enjoy a delicious barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, prepared by our own chefs on the shore of Lake Baikal to complete a memorable day. As part of our Freedom of Choice excursion programme you can choose a hiking opportunity that offers some spectacular and panoramic views of the lake below.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - Mongolia

Our Trans-Mongolian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a 3 night stay in its capital, Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country of beautiful landscapes and nomadic people, rich in culture and history. Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside.

We conduct a short tour of Ulaanbaatar visiting the 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 Sukhbaatar Square we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan; undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 - Mongolia

On the first day of the Naadam Festival, we observe the elaborate opening ceremony which consists of local dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians, before travelling outside Ulaanbaatar to watch the national horse race. The competitors in the riding events are all children between five and twelve, many of whom have been in the saddle since the age of one. As they race along the plains for 20 kilometres, thousands of spectators line the remote track to watch up to 1,000 horses with children sitting confidently astride their small but sturdy Mongolian steed. It is claimed such equestrian skills won Genghis Khan an empire that stretched from the Sea of Japan all the way to Europe.

In the evening we will enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - Mongolia

This is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience the spectacular, but little known, Naadam Festival and soak up the exciting atmosphere of this national holiday. Once a religious ceremony, the festival now formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country. In recent times, women have been allowed to enter and they now compete in two of the three events, horse racing and archery.

Today is the day for all the main competitions and will attend the archery, wrestling and ankle-bone shooting events.

Due to the popularity of the period around the Naadam Festival we reserve accommodation for our guests at a number of the best hotels in Ulaanbaatar including the Kempinski and Ramada. Please note, we cannot guarantee your preferred choice of hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 - Depart Ulaanbaatar

Breakfast is served in the hotel and transfers are provided to the airport for departing flights.

Due to the popularity of the period around the Naadam Festival we reserve accommodation for our guests at a number of the best hotels in Ulaanbaatar including the Kempinski and Ramada. Please note, we cannot guarantee your preferred choice of hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Golden eagle Moscow to Ulaanbaatar and Naadam map

Destinations Visited on this Trip

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2019 Dates & Prices (note does not run in 2018)

1st July 2019 - 13th July 2019


£ 24,995 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ 54,995


£ 15,895 per person or £ 23,295 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels


£ 12,895 per person or £ 18,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

2020 Dates & Prices

TBC 2020 - TBC 2020


£ TBC per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ TBC


£ TBC per person or £ TBC for single occupancy of cabin & hotels


£ TBC per person or £ TBC for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

Important information

 The tour may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met.

 We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable.

 On booking a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total tour price plus any international flights we are booking for you. Full payment is required 90 days before the trip start date.

 International flights, beverages not included, visa fees and any services not mentioned are not included in the price.

 Golden Eagle Cancellation conditions:

Up to 61 days prior to departure: 20 % of total price

60 days or less prior to departure: 100% of total price

Any part of the program that is missed because of late arrival is non-refundable.

Inclusions & Exclusions

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 for the Russian  and Mongolian visas.

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 the Trans-Siberian Railway, 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 Russian and Mongolian 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

St Petersburg Golden Eagle pre-tour

Golden Eagle St Petersburg Pre-Tour Itinerary

We highly recommend adding in St Petersburg before starting your Golden Eagle trip. Below is our recommended option but we can tailor this St Petersburg section for you as well as it is usually runs as a private tour rather than a group option. It can be added in to any of the Golden Eagle trips starting in Moscow.

Price from UK £ 1,250 per person

The price is based on 2 people and is for guidance only as it varies with both dates and availability.

Day 1 - Arrival St Petersburg

Arrival in St Petersburg with a transfer to your hotel and time to settle in and freshen up before dinner.

Meals Included: None Today.

Day 2 - St Petersburg

St Petersburg’s countless canals, palaces and churches make the city a cultural work of art. Today’s fascinating tour takes you to the main attractions including the former Tsar’s residence, the Winter Palace, which houses the Hermitage, one of the world’s largest art museums. The Alexander Column which commemorates the victory over Napoleon is located in the square next to the museum. The Admiralty and the famous avenue Nevsky Prospect are also on your program. In the evening free time for a leisurely stroll, theater visit, or boat ride on the Neva River.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 3 - St Petersburg

This morning visit the former residence of the Czar Pavel I, Pavlovsk Palace, 28 km from the city. Walk through the beautiful park to the palace designed by Charles Cameron from 1782 to 1786. See the amazing collection of original objects owned by the Tsars. In the afternoon visit Puskin and Tsarskoe Selo, 25 km south of St Petersburg. The focus here is the Catherine Palace, the former summer residence of the Tsars. The most famous room is the legendary Amber Room.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 4 - St Petersburg to Moscow (Day 1 of the Golden Eagle program)

This morning visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of the Romanov dynasty. Here visit the tombs of almost all the Empresses and Tsars. After the tour a transfer to the station for the high speed Sapsan train to Moscow. On arrival in Moscow you will be transferred to your hotel as per day 1 of the Golden Eagle itinerary.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

What is included?

3 hotel nights in a 5* hotel – usually the Astoria.

 Scheduled train journey ticket St Petersburg – Moscow first class.

Visa support documents required for the visa.

 Transfers as per itinerary.

Excursions as per itinerary.

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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

Visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure (only for UK residents)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

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