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TS-GE-MV Golden Eagle Moscow to Vladivostok

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

14 nights from UK £ 10,995 per person

Price based on travelling in a shared Silver class cabin on the May departure. 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 – the Wild Capital of Mongolia

 Vladivostok – Beautifully Located Russian Port City

Day 1 - Arrival Moscow

Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you are met and transferred to the five-star Ritz-Carlton. 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 15 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).

Upon arrival at Moscow Kazansky Station, you will be greeted in the magnificent 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 a military brass band is playing and the Golden Eagle awaits.

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.

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-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country of beautiful landscapes, nomadic people and 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 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 Sukhbaatar Square we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. We then drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life.

Alternatively there is an option to stay in the city as part of our Freedom of Choice touring. After Gandan Monastery and Sukhbaatar Square we visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history. We’ll also see Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, the winter residences of Bogd Khan, the last Mongolian emperor, built between 1893 and 1903. We can also explore the city and have some free time for shopping for Mongolian souvenirs, and their speciality cashmere. We will also enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

Meals Included: 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 wish to attend one of the interesting lectures or Russian language lessons.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - Onboard

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 - Onboard

Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, we spend our last full day onboard the Golden Eagle today as the most easterly point of this 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 - Vladivostok

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15 - Depart Vladivostok

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

Meals Included: Breakfast.

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Destinations Visited on this Trip

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2017 Dates & Prices

6th May 2017 - 20th May 2017

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 21,395 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ POA

GOLD CLASS

£ 13,495 per person or £ 19,975 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

SILVER CLASS

£ 10,995 per person or £ 15,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

4th June 2017 - 18th June 2017

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 23,395 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ POA

GOLD CLASS

£ 13,995 per person or £ 20,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

SILVER CLASS

£ 11,695 per person or £ 16,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

23rd July 2017 - 6th August 2017

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 23,395 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ POA

GOLD CLASS

£ 13,995 per person or £ 20,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

SILVER CLASS

£ 11,695 per person or £ 16,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

20th August 2017 - 3rd September 2017

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 23,395 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ POA

GOLD CLASS

£ 13,995 per person or £ 20,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

SILVER CLASS

£ 11,695 per person or £ 16,995 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

2018 Dates & Prices

6th May 2018 - 20th May 2018

IMPERIAL CLASS

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

GOLD CLASS

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

SILVER CLASS

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

9th June 2018 - 23rd June 2018

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 27,595 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ POA

GOLD CLASS

£ 16,695 per person or £ 25,195 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

SILVER CLASS

£ 13,795 per person or £ 20,295 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

23rd July 2018 - 6th August 2018

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 27,595 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ POA

GOLD CLASS

£ 16,695 per person or £ 25,195 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

SILVER CLASS

£ 13,795 per person or £ 20,295 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

20th August 2018 - 3rd September 2018

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 27,595 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ POA

GOLD CLASS

£ 16,695 per person or £ 25,195 for single occupancy of cabin & hotels

SILVER CLASS

£ 13,795 per person or £ 20,295 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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