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TS-GE-WW-VM Golden Eagle Winter Wonderland Vladivostok to Moscow


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

Vladivostok – Beautifully Located Russian Port City

Khabarovsk – Prosperous City on the Amur River

Ulaanbaatar – the Remote Capital of Mongolia

Ulan Ude – City of Culture Where East Meets West

Lake Baikal – Pristine & Frozen Siberian Lake

Irkutsk – Historic Siberian City Close to Baikal

Novosibirsk – Cultural Modern ‘soviet’ City

Ekaterinburg – the Colourful History & Ural Capital

Vladimir & Suzdal – Picturesque Historic Cities

Moscow – Russia’s Iconic Capital

Day 1 - Arrival Vladivostok

Arrive at Vladivostok Airport where you are met and transferred to the four-star Hotel Hyundai for a one night stay. 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.

Why not extend your stay in Vladivostok with additional nights to explore more of the city at your leisure?

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 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 you 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 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 7 - 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 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 unspoilt 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 - 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 10 - On Board The Train

A day to unwind and reflect on the main sights and sounds we have experienced on our 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 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 12 - Ekaterinburg & Suzdal

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Ekaterinburg 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.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 - Vladimir

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 and is considered one of the most important and beautiful of Russian cathedrals, where many of the prominent Russian Tsars were crowned.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 - Moscow

This evening we reach Moscow, the final destination on our Winter Wonderland voyage across Siberia.

Included in our time spent in Moscow is one night at the 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15 - Depart 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 options you may instead wish to visit the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art).

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.

On the Westbound departure, due to an evening arrival on Day 14 the Moscow city tour will take place on Day 15. We recommend therefore you book your departure flight for after 4pm this day or extend your stay in Moscow with an additional night, and 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 Winter Wonderland westbound map

Destinations Visited on this Trip

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2018 Dates & Prices

5th March 2018 - 19th March 2018


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


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


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

2019 Dates & Prices

24th February 2019 - 10th March 2019


£ 27,595 per person – single occupancy of cabin & hotels £ 54,995


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


£ 13,795 per person or £ 29,295 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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