WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PRIVATE TRAIns?
There are 3 core differences to look out for - the route the trips take, the cabin classes available and what the trip includes. The Golden Eagle is the most luxurious of the trains by a clear margin followed by Imperial Russia and then Tsars Gold, the latter having the widest range of classes. All the trips include all meals, some drinks, tours, transfers and accommodation both on and off train. The standard of all these are really reflected in the price. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss this further.
how far in advance should we book?
These trains tend to get booked up far in advance, especially the highest category of class on each train. A typical booking is made around 1 year in advance of travel. By 6 months before travel options are likely to be limited. The busiest month for all these trips is September, the least busy usually May.
do the trains run year round?
All three trains run a summer season form May to September and a limited number of departures in the winter - usually in February.
can the private train tours be tailored?
Golden Eagle offers a certain amount of tailoring of its stopovers as part of the "Freedom of Choice" program. Departure dates and the itinerary of the trip are fixed though. It is possible on some tours to reduce or extend the length of time spent at either end of the trip and Tsars Gold trips can start or finish in Ulaanbaatar rather than Beijing. We can also offer a range of private add-ons to these trips either pre or post tour in China or Russia.
how do I make a private train booking?
We recommend having a look at the tours on offer for each train. Then the best thing to do is contact us by phone on +44 020 8816 8925, email or the form below so we can check availability for you.