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

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

12 nights from UK £ 10,995 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

 Ulaanbaatar – See Mongolia’s Naadam Festival

 Ulan Ude – City of Culture Where East Meets West

 Lake Baikal – Pristine Siberian Lake

 Irkutsk – Historic Siberian City Close to Baikal

 Novosibirsk – Cultural Modern ‘soviet’ City

 Ekaterinburg – the Colourful History & Ural Capital

 Kazan – Picturesque City on the River Volga

 Moscow – Russia’s Iconic Capital

Day 1 - Arrival Ulaanbaatar

Our westbound Trans-Mongolian adventure begins in Mongolia and an extended 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.

Upon arrive at Ulaanbaatar Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located for a three night stay. We will enjoy a welcome reception dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travellers.

Due to the popularity of the period around 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: Dinner.

Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar

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.

On the first day of the 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Ulaanbaatar

On the second day of the festival we will attend the archery, wrestling and ankle-bone shooting events

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - Ulaanbaatar

This morning we start our tour of Ulaanbaatar 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.

Alternatively there is an option to drive out of the city to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia as part of our Freedom of Choice tour, 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 hillside views of the lake below.

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 10 - On Board The Train

A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on the journey so far. Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few more words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - Moscow

After travelling nearly 4,000 miles (6,400kms) along this iconic railway, today we reach Moscow, our final destination.

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). This evening we will enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15 - Depart Moscow

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Moscow Airport to begin your journey home. 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: Breakfast.

Golden Eagle Ulaanbaatar to Moscow and Naadam map

Destinations Visited on this Trip

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2017 Dates & Prices

10th July 2017 - 22nd July 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

2018 Dates & Prices

10th July 2018 - 22nd July 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

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 post tour

Golden Eagle St Petersburg Post-Tour Itinerary

We highly recommend adding in St Petersburg after 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 finishing 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 - Moscow to St Petersburg

(Following on from the departure day of the Golden Eagle tour) Free time until a transfer to the station for the fast Sapsan train on to St Petersburg. This city is Russia’s the cultural centre and an architectural wonder often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” There are world famous museums including the Hermitage and numerous palaces can be visited as day trips from the city.

On arrival you will be met at the station and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or start to explore this stunning city and your hotel is ideally located to do this.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 2 - St Petersburg

After breakfast a guide will meet you at the hotel to start a walking tour of central St petersburg. The perfect introduction to this beautiful city you will learn about both the history and architecture of the city as well as life in today’s St Petersburg.

Time for lunch (own arrangement) before visiting The Hermitage, one of the world largest and greatest art museums. It has a collection of 3,000,000 objects exhibited in 4 buildings, the most famous of which is the Winter Palace – the former Tzars’ residence. Return to your hotel with a free evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 3 - St Petersburg

Today you leave the city by car to visit two places outside the city. Start with Pavlovsk and a walk in the Pavlovsk Park before heading to the palace. During the tour the guide will tell you about the Palace, describe interiors of the rooms and answers any questions you have about the fascinating history. Continue on to Pushkin which has a very different set up. Walking towards the Catherine Palace you pass a pond, several canals, and former Czars’ private pavilions. We will also enter the Palace, former summer residence of Catherine the Great, and known to the world for its famous Amber Room and numerous golden chambers. Return to your hotel in St Petersburg with the rest of the day free.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 4 - Depart St Petersburg

Free time to further explore St Petersburg before a transfer to the Airport for your onward travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

What is included?

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

 Scheduled train journey ticket Moscow to St Petersburg 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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