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Golden Eagle Luxury Train 2017

Category: Rail Journeys


 

 

 

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian rail Journey, Classic

Deluxe rail Journey along legendary Trans-Siberian railroad, aboard a private Golden Eagle train 

 

 



EASTBOUND: 4 Departures
Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal - Ulan Ude - UlaanBaatar (Mongolia) - Vladivostok    

 

WESTBOUND: 4 Departures
Vladivostok - Khabarovsk - Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia) - Ulan Ude - Lake Baikal - Irkutsk - Novosibirsk - Yekaterinburg - Kazan - Moscow   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tour Features:
 

 Arrival & departure airport transfers


A 5* hotel accommodation on arrival in Moscow, 1 night; 1 night hotel stay in Vladivostok (1 night stay prior to tour departure from Vladivostok)


12 nights accommodation on board the Golden Eagle train in the chosen category


Comprehensive sightseeing program as per the itinerary, with a local English-speaking guide in each city 


On board doctor


Meals: breakfast, lunch dinner daily


Complimentary tea, coffee or mineral water from car attendant 24 hrs a day


A generous allowance of wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

Experienced Tour manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      Tour Dates, 2017:


                    East_ & West_Bound

 

Tour Dates, 2017:

Eastbound

Tour Dates, 2017:

Westbound 

   

May 06-May 20

May 19-June 02

June 04-June 18

June 17-July 01

July 23-Aug 06

Aug 05-Aug 19

 Aug 20-Sept 03

Sept 02-Sept 16

   
   

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day-By-Day Program:

 


DAY 1     MOSCOW, RUSSIA 

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

Enjoy a welcome reception dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travelers and anticipate the epic 15 day journey that lies ahead

 

DAY 2     MOSCOW  |  Enjoy A Freedom of Choice Touring

Morning city tour of Moscow principally takes us to Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might.  Here we see an eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires, the grandeur of The Kremlin 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 travel out of the city centre to Sergiev Posad, home to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia and the historical and spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Early afternoon sees us boarding the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.  After settling into modern, stylish cabins, enjoy dinner in one of the beautifully designed restaurant cars as our rail adventure eastwards to Vladivostok begins

 

DAY 3     KAZAN

We arrive at the picturesque and historic city of Kazan by mid-morning. 

Situated on the River Volga, Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here we have the opportunity to see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of the city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore its stunning mosque and onion-domed cathedral. After enjoying a relaxing dinner on the Golden Eagle, you may wish to retire to the welcoming bar car where you can enjoy drinks with new friends whilst listening to our resident pianist

 

Day 4     YEKATERINBURG

We cross the Europe-Asia divide before arriving in the historic city of Yekaterinburg. Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, the third largest Russian city is also the capital of the Urals. 

The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape.  Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution

 

Day 5     NOVOSIBIRSK

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts, science and literature predominate. Our city tour takes us to the 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, we visit an imposing statue of Lenin – a marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader 

 

Day 6     ONBOARD

A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on our journey so far.  Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds

 

Day 7     IRKUTSK

We arrive in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, and our visit today takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating 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, we 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.  Here we enjoy a private concert before returning to our waiting train for dinner

 

Day 8     LAKE BAIKAL

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and is a major highlight on our Trans-Siberian journey. For five hours we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake with a vista of snow capped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop. 

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater.  Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over fifty species of fish including omul which we will be serving in the dining car for some of our meals. Weather permitting, we stop in an extremely picturesque location by the lake for photographic opportunities and for the brave hearted, there is even time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.

Travelling onwards to the end of the Baikal branch line, we leave the train and travel by boat across the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills and include a visit to the local museum. As part of our Freedom of Choice excursion program we will offer hiking opportunities that provides some spectacular and panoramic hillside views of the lake below. We then enjoy a delicious barbecue, including freshly smoked omul, prepared by our own chefs on the banks of the Angara River to complete a memorable day 

 

Day 9     ULAN UDE

This morning we 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 we tour the area you will notice the different faces and dress styles of these welcoming people.  During our exploration of the Old Believers Village we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

 

Day 10     ULAAN BAATAR, MONGOLIA

Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very centre 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. Passing the central monument to Genghis Khan in Sukhebaatar Square we visit the National Museum where we explore the country's intriguing history. We will also visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life. Alternatively guests can remain in Ulaan Baatar to explore more of the city and have some free time for shopping

 

Day 11     ONBOARD

Enjoy a more leisurely pace today as we travel through the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East.  You may like to attend one of the interesting lectures or Russian language lessons

 

Day 12     ONBOARD

It is the perfect opportunity to practice your Russian or simply relax as our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border.  Enjoy Russia at its most dramatic and remote, as the Golden Eagle eats up the miles on our way to Vladivostok

 

Day 13     ONBOARD

Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, we spend our last full day on board the Golden Eagle today as the most easterly point of our mammoth journey is reached passing through Khabarovsk, where we cross the River Amur.  Tonight, we enjoy our final dinner on board our private train that has been our home for the last twelve days as we approach our final destination on this unforgettable journey

 

Day 14     VLADIVOSTOK

After travelling through 8 time zones and covering an amazing 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 (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an exciting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a tour of a restored submarine before we transfer to the four-star Hyundai Hotel.  The final evening is spent saying our goodbyes to our fellow travelling companions and friends at the Farewell Dinner

 

Day 15     VLADIVOSTOK

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

 

 

 

 

 

About Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Luxury train:


The full train comprises of twelve fully en-suite Silver and Gold Class sleeping cars which feature state of the art amenities. 77 sq ft (7 sq metres) Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and have everything from power showers and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen and individual air-conditioning. Silver Class cabins are more compact at 60 sq ft (5.5 sq metres) but have similar facilities.

 

A particular delight of the Golden Eagle is one of our beautifully appointed restaurant cars, the venue for our chefs to serve carefully-prepared meals using wherever possible only local ingredients. Whether it be the world-renowned ‘Borscht’ or Omul – a fish unique to Lake Baikal – we offer a culinary experience representing the very essence of Russia. The meals are complemented by wines from around the world, as well as – naturally – vodka.

 

Yet the social heart of our train is the bar car, a great place to relax and settle into the unhurried pace of life on board. Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know your fellow passengers. Enjoy the sounds of the pianist playing in the evenings; and the bar stays open until the last person leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Eagle Compartment Information: 
 

 

IMPERIAL SUITES:

120 sq ft (11.1 sq m) – Sleeps 2 in King Sized Bed (5 ft)

Bed Width: 5 ft (1.5 m)

Bed Length: 6 ft 2 ins (1.9 m)

Cabins Per Car: 1 (plus 3 Gold cabins)

Sleeps 2 in King Sized bed (UK)

Sitting Area

In cabin dining options

Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating

Recessed lighting and wardrobe

Dressing table

Personal Safe

Minibar

Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating

Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided

DVD/CD player with LCD screens

Towels and linens changed daily

Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available at all times

Dedicated butler service

Drinks from the Bar Car included from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding Premium wine list)

Laundry service included

Hotel room upgrade to next available category

Optional private car and guide for all off train excursions

 

 

GOLD CLASS:

77 sq ft (7 sq metres)

Sleeps 2 in either lower standard (4ft 6) double bed or bunk style

Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating

Recessed lighting and wardrobe

Personal safe

Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating

DVD/CD player with LCD screens

Towels and Linens changed regularly

Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin

Drinks from the Bar Car included from the Standard Bar List

Laundry service available for a fee

5 cabins per carriage

Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided

 

 

SILVER CLASS:

60 sq ft (5.5 sq m)

Sleeps 2 in lower small double bed (4 ft) or bunk style
Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating
Recessed lighting and wardrobe
Personal safe
Private en-suite bathroom with ‘wet-room’ style shower and toilet
DVD/CD player with LCD screens
Towels and Linens changed regularly
Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin
Laundry service available for a fee
6 cabins per carriage
Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided

 

 

 

 

 
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