The Romanovs knew that the best way to experience a vast country like Russia was to travel by private train or intimate boutique riverboat. With Exeter, you will embark on a scenic journey that will take you back to a time when the most important discoveries were those of new lands.
Whether it be camel riding on the ancient Silk Road, barbecuing on the banks of Lake Baikal, visiting the stunning wooden village on Kizhi Island or reliving the history of Stalingrad, Exeter will ensure that you are on the trip of a lifetime.
Volga Dream Boutique Russian Riverboat
Journey along the Russian waterways on board the Volga Dream. This boutique riverboat offers the lowest passenger -to-crew ratio on the Moscow to St. Petersburg waterway. Your journey will take you through an array of canals and locks that create a single water system. The best part is that you won't be stuck an hour from the port in either Moscow or St. Petersburg as accommodation in both major cities is in centrally located hotels, ideally located close to the main sights.
Few travelers ever have the chance to explore the truly Russian towns that line the waterways from Moscow south to the enchanting city of Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. This is truly the real Russia, filled with historic towns and cities that we have all heard and read about, Stalingrad (now Volgograd) not the least among them. Set far away from the typical tourist routes, the Lower Volga will take you back in time and show you a part of Russia that she rarely shows to foreigners. Here not only can you experience true Russian towns with all their history, but also grasslands, coastal forests and dense thickets of reeds, which provide habitat to wildlife seen nowhere else in Russia.
The journey starts in Moscow and then includes such exotic ports of call as one thousand year old Kazan where the ancient Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Samara with its picturesque waterfront. Visit Saratov, the home of Yuri Gagarin and a vital link in the Russian space program and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), the site of the bloodiest battle in modern warfare and overseen by Motherland Calls, one of the tallest sculptures in the world. Where the river flows into the Caspian sits the capital of caviar, Astrakhan. Here flamingos and pelicans parade on the riverbank and lotus flowers fill the landscape.
Golden Eagle Luxury Private Train Travel
A journey by luxury private train is a unique adventure. A rail journey takes you to the very heart of a country and the Golden Eagle brings opportunities to explore some of the worlds's most exotic destinations. Cabins are well appointed and include en-suite bathrooms with showers. Relax in the dedicated bar car and meet your fellow travelers. Each journey includes a wide range of sightseeing that will make the most of each destination.
Traveling on the Golden Eagle is like going back in time. A luxury train journeying through exotic lands with all your needs catered for. It is the perfect way to see several destinations together, unpack once and be guided through some of the most far flung destinations in the world.
The most epic rail journey in the world is the renowned Trans-Siberian Express. Over two weeks you will travel 6,500 miles and see some of the most unique places in the world: Lake Baikal, Ulaanbaatar, Vladivostok - destinations that are virtually inaccessible by any other route, and certainly not in the same level of comfort or luxury. For the ultimate Dr. Zhivago experience, you can make the same journey in winter with the Winter Wonderland Explorer.
Other journeys are possible with the Golden Eagle, perhaps the most evocative is The Silk Road. Following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, it’s a 21-day adventure from Russia to China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
The Naadam Festival is a spectacular experience and the July Trans Mongolian Express departure will steep you in traditions created 800 years ago. The Caspian Odyssey includes four of our favorite destinations – Uzbekistan, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan and is a breathtaking 16-day tour into the lands of the Caucasus. For those with less time, the 9-day South Caucasus Explorer is the perfect introduction to this region. The 18-day Persian Odyssey takes you from Moscow through Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, and to Tehran.
Seeing the Northern Lights is on everyone’s bucket list. There is no better way to reach the remote regions visited by the Aurora Borealis in Norway and Russia than by joining the Arctic Explorer. Top your exploration off by upgrading to the Snow Hotel, an unforgettable experience. The same journey is also possible in the summer and is called Land of the Midnight Sun.
Indulge yourself on the trip of a lifetime on the Golden Eagle Tran Siberian rail journey with Exeter International’s cruises and train tours.
For custom luxury travel and tours to any of our destinations, please contact one of our travel experts or call 800.633.1008.