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TS-GE-VM Golden Eagle Vladivostok to Moscow

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

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

 Vladivostok – Beautifully Located Russian Port City

 Khabarovsk – Remote City on the Amur River

 Ulaanbaatar – the Wild Capital of Mongolia

 Ulan Ude – City of Culture Where East Meets West

 Irkutsk & Lake Baikal – Historic City & Siberian Lake

 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 Vladivostok

Arrive at Vladivostok Airport, where you will be met and transferred to the centrally located four-star Hotel Hyundai. We will enjoy a welcome reception dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travellers and anticipate the epic 15 day voyage that lies ahead.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Day 2 - 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.

Following a champagne reception at Vladivostok Railway Station, and with a military band playing on the platform, we will board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. After settling into our modern, stylish cabins we enjoy dinner in the restaurant car as our rail adventure westwards begins.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Khabarovsk

Located 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the border with China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the Amur River. Khabarovsk was founded as a military post in 1858, but the region had been populated by several indigenous peoples of the Far East for many centuries. It is now a busy city with tree-lined streets.

We’ll visit the memorial to Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov, the Far East explorer the city is named after, and the impressive World War Two memorial to the fallen soldiers. We will also have time at the Regional Museum where the local history has been well-preserved with a rich collection of artefacts describing the cultural and natural history of the region.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - On Board The Train

Our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Enjoy Russia at its most beautiful and remote, as the landscape unfolds outside your window. Or you may like to attend one of the absorbing lectures or Russian language lessons.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - On Board The Train

Today offers the perfect opportunity to practice your improving Russian or watch a DVD as you watch the world pass by. For those who like to socialise, the Bar Lounge Car is the perfect place to enjoy a chat with your fellow passengers as you listen to our resident musician.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - Ulaanbaatar

Our 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 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 will also enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - 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 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 - 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

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).

Our final evening is spent saying our goodbyes to our fellow travelling companions and friends at the Farewell Dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15 - Depart Moscow

Following breakfast, any free time can be spent exploring this rapidly evolving city. It is possible that we will visit The Kremlin this morning. At the conclusion of your time here, 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 Tour Vladivostok to Moscow map

Destinations Visited on this Trip

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2017 Dates & Prices

19th May 2017 - 2nd June 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

17th June 2017 - 1st July 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

5th August 2017 - 19th 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

2nd September 2017 - 16th 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

19th May 2018 - 2nd June 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

5th August 2018 - 19th 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

2nd September 2018 - 16th 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 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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