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Golden Eagle Winter Wonderland Vladivostok to Moscow by Steam Train

VLADIVOSTOK ● KHABAROVSK ● SRETENSK ● ULAAN BAATAR ● ULAN UDE ● LAKE BAIKAL ● IRKUTSK ● ABAKAN ● NOVOKUZNETSK ● BANAUL ● OMSK ● YEKATERINBURG ● KAZAN ● ULYANOVSK ● NIZNY NOVGOROD ● VLADIMIR ● MOSCOW

21 nights from UK £ 14,495 per person

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

Exclusive to Golden Eagle Luxury Trains. 25 years after operating our first ever private Trans-Siberian rail journey, join us again for a spectacular 22 days on the most iconic railway in the world hauled entirely by steam locomotives. Enjoy this exclusive Winter Wonderland departure in February 2021 on board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

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Day 1 - 25th February 2021 - Arrival Vladivostok

Arrival in Vladivostok & a Welcome Reception & Dinner

Arrive at Vladivostok Airport, where you are met and transferred to the five-star Lotte Hotel for a one-night stay. This evening you are invited to our Welcome Dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Day 2 - 26th February 2021 - Vladivostok

Tour This Port City & Champagne Reception at Vladivostok Station

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 morning 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 hauled by two steam locomotives. After settling into our modern, stylish cabins we enjoy dinner in the restaurant car as our rail adventure westwards begins.

Steam Locomotives: P36 and L class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 - 27th February 2021 - Khabarovsk

Visit This City Located on the Amur River & China Border

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. Located next to the station we will pass the monument to Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov, the Far East explorer the city is named after, and see 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.

Steam Locomotives: P36 and Yem class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 - 28th February 2021 - on Board the Train

A Day on the Train Through Russia’s Far East

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.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 - 1st March 2021 - Sretensk

Visit the Remote Community of Sretensk

Sretensk is a community that survives far from the beaten track of the main Trans-Siberian line and offers a rare and exclusive opportunity for our guests to see how families exist and livelihoods are maintained despite the isolation from major conurbations in this remotest part of Siberia.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 - 2nd March 2021 - on Board the Train

A Day on the Train Through Russia’s Far East

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

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 - 3rd March 2021 - Ulaanbaatar

Side Trip Into Remote Mongolia

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

Steam Locomotives: L class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 - 4th March 2021 - Ulan Ude

The Capital of Buryatia Where East Meets West

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 learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 9 - 5th March 2021 - Lake Baikal

The First of 2 Days Spent by Lake Baikal

Our two days spent by Lake Baikal offer a real highlight of travelling through Siberia in winter. Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and our experiences here 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 snowcapped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop.

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and during winter is completely frozen. This evening enjoy an overnight stay at a traditional alpine hotel on the shoreline of Lake Baikal, where you can make full use of the sauna and spa facilities and wake up to breathtaking views across the Sharyzhalgay river gorge.

Steam Locomotives: L class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 - 6th March 2021 - Lake Baikal

A Second Day Enjoying the Lake

Today on our second day on Lake Baikal we are taken in a hovercraft on the frozen lake to the place where the dog sledges and snowmobiles are situated. Here will be the perfect vantage point to appreciate the magnificence of this unspoiled location.

During our extended visit to the lake 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!

Steam Locomotives: P36 and L class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 - 7th March 2021 - Irkutsk

Enjoy a Tour of Irkutsk & Its Fascinating History

Our visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, takes in the most significant sites 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.

As an additional option for your day in Irkutsk you may wish to experience a traditional Russian Banya (sauna).

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 - 8th March 2021 - on Board the Train

A Day to Relax on the Train & Enjoy the Snowy Landscape

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.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 - 9th March 2021 - Abakan

A Short Stop in Little Visited Abakan

Abakan is the capital city of the Republic of Khakassia located at the confluence of the Yenisei and Abakan Rivers, where this morning we will conduct a short tour of the regional museum and enjoy a private folk concert.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 - 10th March 2021 - Novokuznetsk & Barnaul

Visit Two Historic Siberian Cities

Novokuznetsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia, founded in the early 17th century and we’ll enjoy a short city tour of this former mining centre. After lunch we continue the short distance onto Barnaul, located on the western banks of the River Ob for an early evening arrival and enjoy a few hours touring.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15 - 11th March 2021 - Omsk

The Neoclassical Architecture of Omsk

This afternoon we spend a few hours in the city of Omsk. Founded in 1716 as a fortress on the Imperial Russia’s expanding southern frontier, by 1850s Omsk grew to become the capital of Western Siberia. The construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the late 1890s brought a rapid development boom, culminating in an extravagant 1910s World Fair, around the time of which Omsk acquired much of its neoclassical architectural heritage.

Steam Locomotives: P36 and L class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 16 - 12th March 2021 - Ekaterinburg

The Story of the Romanovs in 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.

Steam Locomotives: P36 and LV class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 17 - 13th March 2021 - Kazan

Stop in Beautiful & Historic Kazan

Situated on the River Volga, the picturesque and historic city of Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here we 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.

Steam Locomotives: LV and L class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 18 - 14th March 2021 - Ulyanovsk

A Stop at Lenin’s Birthplace

Ulyanovsk is a western Russian city sitting beside the Volga River, known as the birthplace of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. The central Lenin Memorial complex features museums in his former homes and a research centre.

Steam Locomotives: L class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 19 - 15th March 2021 - Nizny Novgorod

View This City’s Fine Kremlin

Today we arrive into Nizny Novgorod. The city is particularly well-known for its 16th-century Kremlin, ringed by 13 fortified towers, including the Dmitrovskaya Tower. Within the Kremlin’s walls is the green-spired Cathedral of the Archangel Michael, rebuilt in the 17th century.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 20 - 16th March 2021 - Vladimir & Moscow

Vladimir & on to Our Final Stop of Moscow

The historic city of Vladimir was founded in 990 and is one of Russia’s oldest communities. With an architectural wealth, it has been decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What better place to spend Rozhdestvo (Russian Christmas), celebrated today? Our tour takes in Uspensky Cathedral, built between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. It is considered one of the most important and beautiful of Russian cathedrals, where many of the prominent Russian Tsars were crowned.

This evening we head towards Moscow and following dinner in the Restaurant Car we arrive into our final stop.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 21 - 17th March 2021 - Moscow

A Tour of Russia’s Capital City

Included in our time spent in Moscow is two nights at the stylish five-star Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Located in the historic building of Moskva Hotel and occupying one of the most enviable addresses in the very heart of Moscow, the hotel is a short walk from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.

Today in Moscow we make and extended visit to the Podmoskovnaya Train Station and Locomotive Depot.

Steam Locomotives: Em and Eu class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 22 - 18th March 2021 - Depart Moscow

Depart Russia or Extend to St Petersburg

Following breakfast, spend the remaining time in Moscow at your leisure, followed by your transfer which will take you to the airport to begin the return flight 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.

Please note that our Winter Wonderland tours always operate as small group departures (normally less than 40 guests, compared to up to 80 on summer departures). Reduced numbers mean more intimate groups and a shorter formation of Golden Eagle sleepers with a restaurant appropriate to the number of guests. Russian Railways attach our carriages to the rear of a regular train each day. However, as there is no connection between our carriages and the main train, your on board experience will be unaffected.

golden eagle winter steam map

The Main Destinations Visited on this Trip

Click on any of the destinations below for more information. Note this trip also visits many smaller, less visited places.

One off dates of 25th February 2021 to 18th March 2021

IMPERIAL CLASS

£ 45,295 per person for a twin cabin & hotels – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ 90,495

GOLD CLASS

£ 25,595 per person for a twin cabin & hotels – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ 42,995

SILVER CLASS

£ 21,495 per person for a twin cabin & hotels – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ 32,295

HERITAGE CLASS

£ 14,495 per person for a twin cabin & hotels – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ 21,495

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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.

Included & Excluded

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

imperial russia st petersburg post-tour

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