Golden Eagle Lake Baikal

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian – Winter Wonderland Westbound

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 Vladivostok to Moscow with your personal English-speaking guides onboard the Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express.

 Trip Departure: 

March 5 - 19, 2017

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Silver Class: Sold Out                                 Gold Class: Sold Out                                Imperial Suite: Sold Out                                Prices are per person for the fully inclusive tour Vladivostok to Moscow. Air-fare is not included. Prices are subject to change until deposit is received.

Day 1
Arrival | Vladivostok

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

Accommodation: Hotel Hyundai

Day 2
Vladivostok | Vladivostok

You spend the following morning in Vladivostok. This once ‘closed’ Russian port offers visitors an opportunity to unravel its mysteries as you explore its principal military attractions. Enjoy a visit to a restored submarine before boarding the Golden Eagle. Tonight you enjoy dinner as your rail adventure to Moscow begins.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 3
Khabarovsk | Khabarovsk

Located 15 miles from the border with China, Khabarovsk stretches along the bank of the Amur River. Khabarovsk was founded as a military post in 1858 but several indigenous people of the Far East have populated the region for many centuries.

You’ll visit the memorial to Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov, the Far Eastern explorer the city is named after, and the impressive World War II memorial to the fallen soldiers. You will also have time at the Regional Museum where the local history has been well preserved with a rich collection of artifacts describing the cultural and natural history of the region.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 4
Onboard | Onboard

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

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 5
Onboard | Onboard

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

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 6
Ulaan Baatar | Ulaan Baatar

Your Trans-Siberian adventure takes you to Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia. Passing the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and infamous Mongol, you can visit the National Museum and explore the country’s intriguing history.

Enjoy lunch in Mongol style in a traditional Ger (Yurt) where you experience an authentic local meal and entertainment providing a unique opportunity to encounter this time-honored nomadic way of life.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 7
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 Mongol heritage. As you tour the area you will notice the different faces and dress styles of these welcoming people.

During the exploration of the Old Believer’s Village you have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these communities as we are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 8
Lake Baikal | Lake Baikal

Today offers a real highlight of traveling 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
Irkutsk | Irkutsk

Today 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. 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.

You will enjoy a private concert before leaving for the enchanting wooded encampment of Zaimka (Hunters Lodge). You have the opportunity to explore a Banya (Russian Sauna) in one of the region’s authentic wooden houses. Drinks and traditional food can be enjoyed within a series of the cozy timber houses.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 10
Onboard | Onboard

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

Time and weather permitting, you may stop at Abakan located at the confluence of the Yenisei and Abakan rivers.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 11
Novosibirsk | Novosibirsk

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, you will 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, you will visit an imposing statue of Lenin – a marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 12
Ekaterinburg | Ekaterinburg

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is Russia’s third largest city and is also the capital of the Urals. The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilizations fuse in this cosmopolitan landscape, making it a unique experience.

Your tour takes you to the execution site where the Bolsheviks executed Tsar Nicholas II 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 13
Vladimir & Suzdal | Vladimir & Suzdal

Today you will visit the historic city of Vladimir. Founded in 990, it is one of Russia’s oldest communities and has exquisite wooden architecture. Vladimir is 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.

Next your excursion moves on to the pastoral 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 the resident monks. No Russian winter experience would be complete without a Troika Sledge Ride. Enjoy the stunning scenery as your open horse drawn sleigh takes you on a captivating journey around Suzdal.

Accommodation: Golden Eagle

Day 14
Moscow | Moscow

After traveling along this epic route to the end of the Trans-Siberian line, you arrive in Moscow by mid-morning. Your city tour of Moscow focuses on Red Square. Here you see a mix of fascinating architecture, such as St Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb.

With our Freedom of Choice touring options you may instead wish to visit, for example, the Tretyakov Gallery or the KGB Museum.

At the conclusion of your city tour, you will be transferred to the five-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel (or similar). Your final evening is spent saying your goodbyes to your travelling companions at the Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

Day 15
Departure | Departure

This morning you will be transferred to Moscow airport to begin your journey home.

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