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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian – Winter Wonderland Eastbound

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The most epic rail journey in the world  - the renowned Trans - Siberian Express! Travel  6,500 miles on the luxurious Golden Eagle, your luxe hotel  on wheels. During your two weeks you will see some of the most unique places in the world, Lake Baikal, Ulaan Baatar, Vladivostok -  almost inaccessible by any other route and certainly not in the same level of comfort or luxury.  Alternatively, for the ultimate Dr. Zhivago experience, make the same journey in winter, with the Winter Wonderland Explorer.

Enjoy a Private, Historical and Cultural Tour from Moscow to Vladivostok aboard the Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express,with your personal English-speaking guides.

Trip Departure: 

February 21 - March 7, 2017

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Silver Class: $15,895.00 per person, double occupancy.                                                $23,495.00 single occupancy                        Gold Class:  $19,595.00 per person, double occupancy.                                             $28,695.00 single occupancy.                     Imperial Suite: $30,995.00 per person, double occupancy.                                              Single occupancy on request.                        Prices are per person for the fully inclusive tour Moscow to Vladivostok. Air-fare is not included. Prices are subject to change until deposit is received.

Day 1
Arrival | Arrival

Arrive at Moscow airport, where you are met and transferred to the five-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel (or similar) located in the heart of the city for a one-night stay.

Accommodation: Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

Day 2
Moscow | Moscow

A morning city tour of Moscow takes you to Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might. As you enter through the recently restored Imperial Gates, St Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires rises dramatically before you, alongside the grandeur of The Kremlin. In contrast to this Tatar flamboyance, Lenin’s Tomb is a stark and somber monument.

With our Freedom of Choice Tours, you might opt to visit one of Moscow’s other monuments or museums.

Early this afternoon board the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. After settling into your modern, stylish cabins, enjoy dinner in one of the beautifully designed restaurant cars as your rail adventure east to Vladivostok begins.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 3
Vladimir & Suzdal | Vladimir & Suzdal

Today you visit the historic city of Vladimir. Founded in 990, it is one of Russia’s oldest communities with beautiful wooden architecture. Vladimir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your 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.

Your excursion moves on to the town of Suzdal, one of Russia’s most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024. Visit the atmospheric St Euthymius Monastery to witness an enchanting choral performance by a male choir!

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 4
Yekaterinburg | Yekaterinburg

Today you cross the Europe/Asia divide before arriving in the historic city of Yekaterinburg. Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, this is the third largest Russian city, and is also the capital of the Urals.

Your tour takes you to the execution site where the Romanov Tsar, Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site offers a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 5
Novosibirsk | Novosibirsk

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, you’ll experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich cultural city. Your tour takes you to the Novosibirsk Opera House. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is the largest opera house in the world. In front of the Opera House, visit an imposing statue of Lenin – a marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 6
Onboard | Onboard

Today you relax onboard as your train travels through Siberia. In comfort enjoy the ever-changing views as sweeping panoramas of natural snow-covered beauty unfold before us.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 7
Irkutsk | Irkutsk

You arrive in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, and take in the most significant sites and museums in this city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance.

Next, you visit the Decembrist House museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats who were forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825. Enjoy a private concert in Irkutsk this evening.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 8
Lake Baikal | Lake Baikal

Today offers a real highlight of travelling through Siberia in winter. Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal. For five hours you wind your way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the frozen lake with 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 year you will visit the shore-side Ice Festival to look at the many intricate works of ice art. You are taken in a hovercraft across the 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 unspoiled location.

There is also the opportunity to watch the under-ice fishing and try the freshly caught fish, which have been smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm with ice-cold vodka. Delicious! This is truly a unique day of activities and adventure to experience!

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 9
Ulan Ude | Ulan Ude

Today you arrive in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic. The ethnic and cultural diversity of this area offers a unique insight into its heritage. As you tour the area you will notice the different faces and dress styles of these welcoming people.

During your exploration of the Old Believer’s Village you have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as you are treated to a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 10
Ulaan Baatar | Ulaan Baatar

Your Trans-Siberian adventure takes you into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very center 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. You 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 you can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol and visit the National Museum where you learn about the country’s intriguing history. You also have the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 11
Onboard | Onboard

Enjoy a more leisurely pace today as you travel through the beautiful Russian landscape of this vast and varied country.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 12
Onboard | Onboard

Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, you spend your last full day on board the Golden Eagle as the most easterly point of your journey is reached passing through Khabarovsk, where you cross the River Amur. Tonight, you enjoy your last dinner onboard as you approach your final destination on this unforgettable journey.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 13
Vladivostok | Vladivostok

After travelling through eight time zones and over 6,600 miles (10,600km) along this epic route to the end of the Trans-Siberian line, the Golden Eagle pulls into Vladivostok, a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan.

Vladivostok offers visitors an opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a tour of a restored submarine before you transfer to the four-star Hotel Hyundai for your final evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Hyundai

Day 14
Departure | Departure

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Vladivostok airport to begin your journey home.

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