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).


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, 2019 - January 9, 2020

February 1-12, 2020

December 29, 2020 - January 9, 2021

February 1-12, 2021

Download a PDF itinerary here.



Silver Class $12,995.00 per person, double occupancy                                                       Silver Class $18,195.00 single occupancy Gold Class $14,995.00 per person, double occupancy                                                          Gold Class $21,495.00 single occupancy Imperial Class $24,995.00 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 and the Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars which houses the royal art collection of over three million works. It is one of the world’s largest and most impressive art museums. 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

Today there is a tour of St Petersburg featuring the key sights including St Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. This 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.

On the December 29 departure-celebrate New Year’s Eve on board at our signature Gala Caviar Dinner in the beautifully designed restaurant car, specially decorated tonight for our New Year’s Eve Party. Enjoy complimentary champagne, international wines and live musical entertainment for a New Year’s Eve you won’t forget.

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

Today we have the opportunity to have a relaxed start to the day and to unwind after our evening of celebration. 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 car. Today our train crosses the Arctic Circle on our quest to see the Northern Lights.

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 including a reindeer hot dog in the snow hotel’s warm lodge restaurant we’ll 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 star-gazing and will bring the night sky to life with his extensive knowledge. Optional Activities in Kirkenes: You may like to book some additional optional activities such as a Snowmobile Safari (2 hours), Snow Shoe Walking Tour (2 hours), take a magical excursion by husky dog sledge (2 hours) or go in search of the Northern Lights by husky dog sledge (4 hours). 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.

For a really memorable experience why not choose the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around and stay overnight at the Snow Hotel? Upgrades to the snow hotel are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The snow hotel stays at a constant minus five degrees centigrade and thermal sleeping bags are provided. Showers, toilets and a Scandinavian sauna are provided in a building next to the snow hotel.

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. The crabs you catch will be prepared and cooked for you here. This afternoon we return to the Snow Hotel to see the resident reindeers and visit the biggest husky dog farm in eastern Finnmark or return to Kirkenes Village for a walking tour.

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. 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 stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of the North-West of Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

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

This morning we arrive at Moscow station.

Included in our time spent in Moscow is two nights at the five-star Four Seasons. 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.

Today. we visit the 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 façade of the world famous GUM Department store, constructed in Tsarist times, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. Our touring programme also 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.

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

Today we travel by regular train to the historic city of Vladimir, which 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 by the resident monks. 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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