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TS-GE-WWMV Golden Eagle Winter Wonderland Eastbound

MOSCOW ● VLADIMIR ● SUZDAL ● EKATERINBURG ● NOVOSIBIRSK ● IRKUTSK ● LAKE BAIKAL ● ULAN UDE ● ULAANBAATAR ● VLADIVOSTOK

14 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

 Vladimir & Suzdal – Picturesque Historic Cities

 Ekaterinburg – the Colourful History & Ural Capital

 Novosibirsk – Cultural Modern ‘soviet’ City

 Irkutsk – Historic Siberian City Close to Baikal

 Lake Baikal – Pristine & Frozen Siberian Lake

 Ulan Ude – City of Culture Where East Meets West

 Ulaanbaatar – the Remote 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 luxury five-star Ritz-Carlton. Superbly located in Moscow city centre, and within easy walking distance of Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre, this historic hotel offers spacious and luxurious accommodation. The O2 Lounge, a stylish rooftop terrace, features panoramic views over the Red Square and the Kremlin. The spacious ESPA spa centre includes a hot tub, indoor pool, and 14 treatment rooms. Crystal lighting, candles and beautiful facilities create the perfect atmosphere, and a wide variety of spa treatments, as well as the sauna, are available. There is also a fitness centre, and a beauty salon.

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).

Upon arrival at Moscow Yaroslavsky Station, you are welcomed on board by the train staff with a glass of champagne waiting in the Bar Lounge Car as the train prepares for departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - Vladimir & Suzdal

The historic city of Vladimir was founded in 990 and is one of Russia’s oldest communities with an architectural wealth. The whole city was decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour takes in Uspensky Cathedral, built between the 12th and 15th centuries. It is considered one of the most important and beautiful of Russian cathedrals, where many of the prominent Russian Tsars were crowned.

The pastoral town of Suzdal is one of most perfectly preserved walled cities in Russia dating back to 1024 and is located 22 miles (35 kms) from Vladimir. Here we visit the atmospheric St. Euthymius Monastery to witness an enchanting choral performance.

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.

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 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - Train Across Siberia

Today we relax onboard as our train travels through Siberia. In comfort enjoy the ever-changing panoramas of natural snow-covered beauty unfold before us.

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 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, and we recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

Alternatively you may wish to visit a traditional Russian Banya (sauna) on our Freedom of Choice tour.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - Lake Baikal

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 snow-capped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop. Completely frozen in winter, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and at this time of the year we will visit the shoreside Ice Festival to look at the many intricate works of ice art.

We are taken in a hovercraft on the frozen lake to the place where the ice fishing, 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 9 - Ulan Ude

The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces of these welcoming people. We will meet the people of the Old Believers’ Village and have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people. We are treated to a concert featuring local folk singers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - Mongolia

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 and visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history. We also have the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family.

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 like 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 more 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 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 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.

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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2018 Dates & Prices

21st February 2018 - 7th March 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

2019 Dates & Prices

Dates To Be Confirmed

IMPERIAL CLASS

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

GOLD CLASS

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

SILVER CLASS

£ 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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