Golden Eagle Train Golden Eagle Train

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian – Arctic Explorer

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Celebrate New Year and a Russian Christmas in style! Take in the beautiful cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, graced by festive decorations and nature's own wintry adornments, before exploring deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Accommodations

St. Petersburg: Two (2) nights at the Four Seasons Lion Palace or similar; Buffet Breakfast and tax included daily.

Kirkenes: Two (2) nights at the Thon Hotel or similar; Buffet Breakfast and tax included daily.

Golden Eagle, Trans Siberian Express: One Silver or Gold Class Cabin or Imperial Suite for Four (4) nights on board the Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included daily.

Moscow: Two (2) night at the Four Seasons Moscow or similar; Buffet Breakfast and tax included daily.

The Tour Includes:

  • All meals on board the train.
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks provided with Lunch and Dinner.
  • Experienced tour representatives throughout the tour.
  • Russian Interpreters able to speak English, German, French and Italian.
  • Comprehensive off-train sightseeing program as detailed in the itinerary. Please note that all touring is with fellow-passengers at all times.
  • A doctor who travels with the train throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the tour from your car attendant.

The Tour Does Not Include:

  • Travel cancellation insurance.
  • Charges of a personal nature on the train or at the hotels (laundry, telephone, bar account, etc.)
  • Visas (as required) or Excess Baggage Charges, Airport Departure Taxes, Vaccination or Medical Costs.

Options and Extensions:

Please contact Exeter International for tour extensions and options in Russia. All tour extensions are on a private customized basis.

Trip Departure:   

December 29, 2020 - January 9, 2021

February 1-12, 2021

February 1-12, 2022 

Download a 2022 PDF itinerary here.  (Pricing in the 2022 PDF is good through December 31, 2020). 

ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

Silver Class $13,495.00 per person, double occupancy                                                       Silver Class $20,195.00 single occupancy Gold Class $15,595.00 per person, double occupancy                                                          Gold Class $25,695.00 single occupancy Imperial Class $25,995.00 per person, base on double occupancy.  Single occupancy on request.

Day 1
Arrival | Arrival Church of Spilled Blood - St. Petersburg, Russia

Arrival into St Petersburg and transfer to the luxurious Four Seasons Lion Palace (or similar) for a three-night stay. This evening you are invited to a champagne reception with the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers before our exclusive welcome dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

Day 2
St. Petersburg, Russia | St. Petersburg, Russia Pavlovsk Gallery - St. Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg is a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World. Today we have a guided tour of Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin, followed by lunch in a local restaurant overlooking St. Isaac’s Cathedral. We continue our exploration of St. Petersburg with a city tour featuring the key sights including Kazan Cathedral, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. Make your evening in St Petersburg extra special by purchasing a ticket for a ballet or opera performance at one of the world-renowned St Petersburg theatres (subject to schedule and availability and pre-booked at least six weeks prior to departure).

Day 3
St. Petersburg, Russia | St. Petersburg, Russia

A tour of St. Petersburg would not be complete without a visit to the world-famous Hermitage Museum, located in the Winter Palace, which epitomizes Russia’s love affair with art and culture. Dating back to 1764, it is the home to the largest collection of paintings in the world. After lunch there is the option to make a short visit to either Peter and Paul’s Fortress or the Faberge Museum. Late afternoon we transfer to the station to board Russia’s premier train, the Golden Eagle and settle into our modern, stylish cabins to embark upon our rail adventure to the Arctic Circle. We are welcomed on board with a signature Gala Caviar Dinner in the beautifully designed restaurant car and enjoy after dinner drinks and musical entertainment.

Day 4
Onboard, Russia | Onboard, Russia Golden Eagle Train

We have a relaxed start to the day as our train crosses the Arctic Circle on our quest to see the Northern Lights. We can reflect on the many sights we are about to experience on our rail journey, maybe listen to a talk or simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside our window.

Our guest astronomer will host an afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cakes and talk about the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in our stylish Bar Lounge Car.

Day 5
Kirkenes, Arctic Norway | Kirkenes, Arctic Norway

This morning we leave our train with an overnight bag at the border station of Nikel and we transfer by bus (90 minute drive) across the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes for a two night stay at the Thon Hotel (or similar). We will visit the magical Snow Hotel just 15 km outside Kirkenes. We’ll have a welcome drink in the snow bar and a tour of the Snow Hotel with its ice sculptures and snow painting by local and international artists. After a traditional meal in the Snow Hotel’s Hoyloftet restaurant we will take an evening bus tour in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). If the sky is clear, our guest astronomer will be on hand to advise us during stargazing and will bring the night sky to life with their extensive knowledge.

Day 6
Kirkenes, Arctic Norway | Kirkenes, Arctic Norway Finnish Lapland

This morning a unique winter experience awaits on our King Crab Fishing adventure. The excursion begins with a snowmobile-drawn sleigh across the frozen fjords. Warm clothing and a helmet is provided. Through a hole in the ice you will be shown by your master guide how to catch the magnificent Arctic King Crab (which can span two meters and weigh up to 15kgs). We then continue by sleigh to the nearby Fisherman’s Lodge. It is here by a cosy log fire that your King Crab meal awaits.

Also included during your stay in Kirkenes, weather permitting, is a one-hour husky dog sledge ride and a visit to the residen reindeers.

Optional Activities in Kirkenes: You may like to book some additional optional activities such as an evening snowmobile tour (3 hours), or husky dog sledge tour (2 hours) in search of the Northern Lights. Each sledge is pulled by a team of eight dogs, and can seat two people and a driver called a dog musher. These activities have limited places and should be requested at the time of booking the tour-please contact us for prices.

Day 7
Onboard, Arctic Russia | Onboard, Arctic Russia Lori on the Golden Eagle Train

Today we cross the border back into Russia and re-join our train which is waiting for us in Nikel. We’ll spend the afternoon on board travelling through arctic Russia with an early evening arrival into Murmansk. Relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside your window, chat to fellow passengers or listen to a lecture by our guest astronomer. Afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cookies will be served in our stylish bar car.

Day 8
Murmansk, Arctic Russia | Murmansk, Arctic Russia Golden Eagle Train

We will continue to Murmansk, a city halfway between Moscow and the North Pole, and 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. As the main city of the Kola Peninsula, it started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. In 1916, under pressure from the British to establish a support port, Murmansk was founded. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round. Homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers we’ll visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship.

Day 9
Petrozavodsk, Russia | Petrozavodsk, Russia Golden Eagle Train

Petrozavodsk is the capital of the Karelia Republic and remains a major cultural and industrial centre of Russia’s North-West. It stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. Today we visit the Art Museum and Kantele House, where we enjoy a local Karelian folk performance.

Day 10
Moscow, Russia | Moscow, Russia Suzdal, Golden Ring, Russia

This morning we arrive at Moscow station.

Our touring program of Russia’s capital 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 where we will enjoy an exclusive private viewing. Our exploration of the city continues with a visit to Red Square, the iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture. Here we visit the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires and marvel at the beautiful façade of the world-famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times.

Lunch is served in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion and serves traditional Russian cuisine. An essential part of any visit to Moscow is a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro – showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

If you have been to Moscow before we offer included Freedom of Choice touring where we show you other sights of Moscow such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum.

Day 11
Vladimir & Suzdal, Russia | Vladimir & Suzdal, Russia State History Museum - Moscow, Russia

Today we travel by public train north-west from Moscow to two of the ancient cities that form the Golden Ring.

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. 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. From Vladimir we travel to Suzdal, one of Russia’s most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024, located 35 kilometres from Vladimir. Here we visit the atmospheric St Euthymius Monastery to witness an enchanting choral performance. No Russian winter experience would be complete either without the horse-drawn sleigh ride through this stunning location.

This evening we return to Moscow to enjoy our Farewell Dinner.

Day 12
Moscow, Russia | Moscow, Russia Four Seasons Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel brings the tour to a close and airport transfers are provided for your departure flights.

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