Golden Eagle

The most famous railway journey of them all, the Trans-Siberian railway is a historic line that firmly connects Europe, the remote, and stunning, Siberia, and Asia. It has proven to be a steel lifeline for the Russian people since its completion a century ago. Travelling through the cities of the Golden Ring, across the Ural Mountains, around the famous Lake Baikal and alongside the stunning Amur River, you can experience new cultures and new ways of looking at the world every day you are travelling.

The Golden Eagle tour will take you along the traditional route of the Trans-Siberian, with the added bonus of a slight detour along the, newer, Trans-Mongolian railway, as the adventure takes in northern Mongolia and its capital city, Ulan Bator. By the time you have completed his epic journey, you will have travelled a staggering 6,500 miles (11,000km), visiting ten cities (nine if you travel eastbound) and crossing two continents.

Winston Churchill famously said that Russia was a, ‘riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. This is your opportunity to solve it … or at the very least explore the possible answers!

Destination Map

Day 1 - Arrival in Vladivostok

Once you arrive in Vladivostok, you will be met, and driven to the centrally located, and very modern, four-star Hotel Hyundai. A welcome reception dinner will be held, offering you the chance to get yourself acquainted with your travelling companions for the next 15 days.

Day 2 – Excursions in Vladivostok

VladivostokVladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) is a military port that was once off limit to foreigners, only reopening in 1992. Located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan, it is home to Russia’s Pacific Navy Fleet.

You will have the opportunity to visit its principal military attractions, including a visit to a preserved Wold War Two submarine. You will also be taken to one of the largest suspension bridges in the world over the Golden Horn Bay, which opened in 2012 for the APEC conference in the city.

Day 3 – Excursions in Khabarovsk

golden eagle khabarovskLocated just 15 miles from the border of China, Khabarovsk’s defining feature is that it stretches along the banks of the huge Amur River, the tenth-longest river in the world. Founded as a military outpost in 1858, the Trans-Siberian railway has helped it grow to become a modern, bustling city.

During your time here, you visit the memorial to Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov, the Far East explorer after whom the city is named, as well as the impressive World War Two memorial to fallen soldiers.

In addition to this, time will be spent at the Regional Museum where you will have the opportunity to learn about the indigenous culture and natural history of Khabarovsk and the surrounding region through a rich collection of well-preserved artefacts.

Day 4 – On board

You can take a day to unwind and recharge your batteries after several jam-packed days. Watch the breath-taking scenery go by, share your experiences with your fellow travellers or, perhaps, learn a few words of Russian.

Day 5 – On board

You can take a day to unwind and recharge your batteries after several jam-packed days. Watch the breath-taking scenery go by, share your experiences with your fellow travellers or, perhaps, learn a few words of Russian.

Day 6 – Excursions in Ulan Bator

trans-mongolian peopleOur detour along the Trans-Mongolian railway takes us to the Mongolian capital of Ulan-Bator (literally meaning Red Hero). Once the centre of one of history’s largest empires (second only to the British Empire) led by Genghis Khan, Mongolia is a country of stunning landscapes and nomadic people, rich in culture and history. Mongolia is famous for its endless green steppes, the Gobi desert, its grazing livestock and the iconic white Gers that are dotted across the landscape.

Your time in Ulan Bator will begin at the Tibetan-style Gandan Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist Monasteries in Mongolia, home to a community of over 500 monks. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as 'the great place of complete joy'.

Visiting Sukhbaatar Square, you will have the opportunity to gaze upon the central monument to Genghis Khan, probably the most famous, and certainly the most feared and revered, Mongol.

Once you have had time in the square, you will be driven out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to enjoy the breath-taking scenery, visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family to see how they live, or try your hand at horse riding; an intrinsic part of Mongolian life across the steppe.

Ulan Bator’s ‘Freedom of Choice’ option allows you to stay in the city, giving you the option to follow up Sukhbaatar Square up with a trip to the National Museum to learn about the tumultuous, fascinating and eye-opening history of Mongolia. There will also be time to visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, the residence of the last Mongolian emperor built around the turn of the century. Any time remaining will be free to explore the city some more, or purchase souvenirs.

To cap it all off, you will be performed for by contortionists and traditional Mongolian throat singers. A truly unique vocal style.

Day 7 – Excursions in Ulan-Ude

ulan-ude yurtUlan-Ude is a unique place, with a unique heritage; it is the capital of the Buryat Republic and home to the native Buryat people.

You will be taken on a tour of the Old Believers Village, and have the opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of these deeply religious people. Following this you will be treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

Day 8 – Travelling by Lake Baikal

Lake BaikalOne of the major highlights of any journey along the Trans-Siberian, is the time spent alongside the majesty that is Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, holding around 20% of the world’s freshwater. Building the railway around Lake Baikal was one of the toughest challenges faced by the original architects, and you will see why as the train spends around five hours following the shoreline, across bridges and through tunnels. Try to look out for Baikal’s most unique residents, the Baikal seal, the only, exclusively, freshwater seal in the world. To top the experience off, the train will be pulled by a Soviet-era steam locomotive along this incredible section of the line.

Weather permitting, the train will stop in an extremely picturesque pasrt of the coastline for some fantastic photo opportunities. For those brave enough, there will also be the opportunity to take a quick swim in the crystal clear waters.

Towards the end of the Trans-Baikal line, the tour will board a boat towards Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement, in order to visit the Lake Baikal Museum and aquarium, giving you the opportunity to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the Baikal region.

Before leaving, everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious barbeque by the lake, including freshly smoked omul fish, a species endemic to Lake Baikal and a local specialty.

The ‘Freedom of Choice’ excursion for the day will offer you the opportunity to go hiking in the hills surrounding Lake Baikal, offering unparalleled views and some breath-taking photo opportunities.

Day 9 – Excursions in Irkutsk

IrkutskIrkutsk is often called the ‘Paris of Siberia’ due to its wide streets and ornate architecture, and we are sure you will see why as you take the city tour upon arrival. Exploring the city, you will have the opportunity to take in the beauty of the intricate, lace-like, decorations carved into the classical wooden architecture, that make the regions buildings so distinctive and unique. There will also be time to visit the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the aristocrats who were exiled to this, at the time, far flung, corner of Siberia after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825.

If adding to your culinary repertoire is something that excites you, the ‘Freedom of Choice’ option is an opportunity to learn how to cook some traditional Russian dishes. A local chef will take you through everything you need to know, before you are given the chance to prepare your own lunch.

If you would rather gain an insight in to the day to day lives of an average Russian family, the alternative ‘Freedom of Choice’ option is a visit to a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) or an urban apartment.

Day 10 – On board

You can take a day to unwind and recharge your batteries after several jam-packed days. Watch the breath-taking scenery go by, share your experiences with your fellow travellers or, perhaps, learn a few words of Russian.

Day 11 – Excursions in Novosibirsk

novosibirskThe most populous city in Asian Russia (at the time that it hit 1 million inhabitants, it was the youngest city ever to do so), located on the banks of the Ob River, Novosibirsk is a thoroughly modern ‘Soviet’ city. Art and science are prominent in the city and it is on this basis that your tour options have been created.

You could take a city tour, taking in Lenin Square and its Soviet-era statue of this iconic political leader, where you will find the imposing, and beautiful, Opera House. It is one of the largest opera houses in the world, and hosts two permanent opera and ballet companies.

For those with an interest, or a passion, for art one of the ‘Freedom of Choice’ options is a visit to the State Art Museum, home to an extensive collection of around 10,000 pieces of art. With collections including icons, Siberian art and mountainous landscapes by celebrated spiritual Russian painter Nicholas Roerich.

The second ‘Freedom of Choice’ may be for those whose interests lie elsewhere, as you may be able to visit the Novosibirsk Railway Museum. Here you will find a collection of locomotives and rolling stock from the 1800’s up until the present day. Of particular interest are the collection of carriages that were in use by the Tsars themselves.

Day 12 – Excursions in Yekaterinburg

YekaterinburgFounded nearly 300 years ago by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia and holds a very important place in the history of Russia, as it is here that, in 1918, the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed.

Our primary tour will take you to the site of the execution, now the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land. The tour will offer an insight into the turmoil that surrounded the Russian Revolution. You get to visit the obelisk marking the geographical border, where celebrations take place with a glass of campaign, while standing with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

Your ‘Freedom of Choice’ alternatives tours include a walking tour of the city of Yekaterinburg, or a chance to explore the mysterious, and fascinating Soviet military past of the city with a visit to the Yekaterinburg Military Museum. One of the many exhibits you will be able to see is the infamous U2 American Spy Plane that was shot down in the area during the height of the Cold War in 1960.

Day 13 – Excursions in Kazan

Situated on the Volga River, the picturesque and historic city of Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. You will have the opportunity to experience its unique history and culture, with free time to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city, as well as a tour of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel are a stunning mosque as well as a picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.

To top off your day, in memory of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, born in Kazan, Feodor Chaliapin, you will be invited to a private concert of some of his music.

Day 14 – Excursions in Moscow

MoscowWhile in Moscow, the tours primary destination will be the centre of Moscow itself, including the iconic Red Square, an evocative symbol of Russia’s political and military might throughout the 20th Century. You can marvel at the incredible architecture surrounding the square, including St Basils Cathedral, with its gorgeously ornate onion domes, and the famous, and historic, GUM department store. Not only will you visit Red Square, you will also have the opportunity to step inside the Kremlin, the seat of Russia’s government, while visiting the armoury chamber.

Thanks to Golden Eagles ‘Freedom of Choice’ feature, you may have the opportunity instead to travel out of the hustle and bustle of the city, to Sergiev Posad, the home of one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia, as well as the historical, and spiritual, home of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Trinity Lava of St Sergius.

Alternatively you could pay a visit to the famous State Tretyakov Gallery, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world; today home to more than 130,000 pieces.

Your final night will be spent at the palatial, five star Ritz Carlton hotel, or a hotel of equal quality. Located in the heart of Moscow, it is a short five minute walk to Red Square or the Bolshoi Theatre. The Ritz Carlton offers a grandeur experience with awe-inspiring views of Moscow's glorious sights.

A farewell dinner will be held, giving you the opportunity to say goodbye to your travelling companions, share stories of the adventure you have just had, and plan for more in the future!

Day 15 – Departure from Moscow

Following breakfast, any free time can be spent exploring Moscow at your leisure. Following this you will be transferred to Moscow Airport to begin your journey home. If you are not yet ready to journey home, why not try one of Real Russia’s Moscow or Saint Petersburg extensions?


Golden Eagle

This tour includes:

Experienced tour managers:
Golden Eagle tour managers are selected for their linguistic and organisational capability, allowing you to sit back and relax on your Trans-Siberian adventure.

Hotel and on-board accommodation:
Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or socialising in the trains public areas, you will find your hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of the day. All hotels are 5*, or the best available.

Welcome and farewell dinners:
Golden Eagle welcome dinners offer all travellers the opportunity to make friends with one another before the adventure ahead. The farewell dinner offers the chance to share stories of your time on the Trans-Siberian and look ahead to future tours.

Route guide, itinerary and information pack:
Once you have boarded the train, a brochure will be available in your cabin outlining the journey ahead. Each evening the Golden Eagle tour manager will offer a briefing and a programme for the next day’s activities.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily:
All departures feature Golden Eagles uniquely designed restaurant cars, it is here you will be served your meals. On occasion the tour will also provide meals in that day’s destination in order to sample the finest local cuisine.

Drinks with meals and from the Bar Lounge Car:
A generous drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner. For those travelling Gold Class, all drinks on the Standard Drinks List are included. For those who have chosen Imperial Suite, all drinks from both the Standard and Premium Drinks Lists are included.

On-board service:
You can expect service that is attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Guided Excursions:
Imperial Suite travellers will have the added benefit of the option of a private car and guide in many of the places visited en-route.

‘Freedom of Choice’ touring:
In many of the places that you visit, Golden Eagle guides will offer you a selection of different tours to take, to best suit your interests. Please note, though, that ‘Freedom of Choice’ options may be subject to variations depending on finalised train timings ad local charges. Touring options that are available will, typically, be advertised the evening prior to the days tour.

Personal headsets:
On all excursions, a lightweight headset will be provided to ensure that you hear your guide clearly, and do not miss out on any of the fascinating information them are imparting.

On-board doctor and medical facilities:
For your peace of mind, Golden Eagle tours are always accompanied by a doctor for the whole journey. They will be on call 24 hours a day, and are generally English speaking, registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.

All gratuities:
You will not have to worry about tipping while travel with the Golden Eagle as any, and all, gratuities are covered in the tour price.

A Golden Eagle embroidered backpack for use during excursions (one per cabin):
A handy way to ensure that you never leave anything behind on your day to day excursions and to carry any souvenirs that you may pick up.

Souvenir CD upon finishing the tour, containing photos, itineraries, distances travelled and menus:
The perfect way to remember your adventure along the most famous railway in the world.

Lectures on Russian history, life under Communism vs today and the Trans-Siberian Railway:
Golden Eagles’ local experts will insure that you will come away from your adventure with a deeper understanding of Russia, Mongolia and their people.

After-dinner live musical entertainment on-board:
A variety of traditional and popular music to keep you entertained into the night.

Daily newspapers (printed on-board):
Keep up to date on the comings and goings of the outside world.

Russian language courses:
Golden Eagle will ensure that you need not worry about travelling from, or to, your Trans-Siberian adventure once you are in Russia.

While you will stay on the train for the duration of your journey, when you do arrive at, and the leave, the train, you can be assured all of your bags will be in safe hands.

Not Included:

  • Any flights or travel costs not covered in the itinerary.
  • Visa costs. See the Real Russia Trans-Siberian Visa’s page
  • Insurance. See Real Russia’s advice on travel insurance.
  • Drinks from the Bar Lounge Car not included in your travel class. For more information visit ‘About the Golden Eagle’.
  • Any laundry services not included in your travel class. For more information visit ‘About the Golden Eagle’.
  • Personal expenses such as souvenir shopping or extra food and drink not included in the itinerary.


Golden Eagle

Real Russia's range of tour extensions are an ideal way to make your incredible trip go that little bit further. With two, three or four day options, you can explore and spend more time in Moscow, discover the mysterious pacific coastal city of Vladivostok, or experience stunning St Petersburg, one of Russia’s greatest cities.

Northern Capital, the 'Real Russia' St Petersburg extension

St Petersburg

Spend a few days exploring the stunning city of St Petersburg; built on the shores of the Baltic as his window to the west by one of Russia's greatest Tsars, Peter I.

During your few days there, you will discover some of the many delights of this ‘Venice of the North’, including, the Hermitage, one of the greatest treasures in the world, the Peter and Paul Fortress on the banks of the Neva, the golden coated St Isaac's Cathedral and a trip through its many canals before setting off for Moscow. A great way to begin, or finish, your Trans-Siberian adventure.

Heart of Russia, the 'Real Russia' Moscow extension


Add to your Moscow experience with a few extra days in Russia’s historic capital.

You will have the opportunity to see a few sights that may not be covered on your private tour, including the beautiful Alexander Gardens, along with the Eternal Flame there, the memorial to Soviet Cosmonauts and the famous artist’s quarter, Old Arbat.

Lord of the East, the 'Real Russia' Vladivostok extension


Expand your Russian adventure with a few extra days in the naval port of Vladivostok.

Over the course of three days, you will be taken on a tour of the highlights of the city, including the Central Square, the Nikolai Triumph Gate and the Sports Harbour. Not only will you be guided around these highlights, but you will have time to explore at your own pace and recover from, or prepare for, two weeks adventuring along the Trans-Siberian railway.

The Heart and Soul of Russia, the 'Real Russia' Moscow and Saint Petersburg Tour

MoscowWhy not combine your extra time in Moscow with a short trip to Russia’s former capital, the architecturally beautiful ‘Venice in the North’, Saint Petersburg.

Real Russia’s four, six and eight day tours cover everything you could want to see; from the Peterhof Palace and Gardens, to the world famous Hermitage museum.


Golden Eagle

Your tour will begin with the opportunity to discover, and experience, the naval port of Vladivostok. En-route to majestic Russian capital, Moscow, enjoy the ever changing landscapes, history and culture of Russia and Mongolia, as you visit many varied and unique towns and cities, including Ulan Bator, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Kazan.

Tour dates 2016

May June Aug Sept
18th 18th 8th 4th


Silver Class Gold Class Imperial Suite
Number of people £ £ £
1 £14,695 - £15,595 £17,895 - £19,395 On request
2+ £9,895 - £10,595 £12,295 - £12,895 £19,395 - £21,195

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"Extraordinary experience - exceeded all expectations. The leaders Tatyana, Anna & Sabira were exceptional & made the tour a joy."

Mr Bacharach, US

"A memorable journey on a legendary train with a fabulous staff – a five star hotel on wheels."

Mr Munoz, US

"Would eagerly & readily recommend to anyone interested or seasoned traveller - so well organised & Tatyana is an incredible tour leader."

M/M Sage, US

"It was the single most memorable & pleasurable experience of my life. Perfectly managed & never a dull moment. Fantastic food, even better company & the places we visited were breath-taking."

Mr Collinson, UK

"First class & likely to be without parallel."

Dr Hilliard, UK

"Top class! A once in a lifetime experience in company with interesting fellow travellers. Service and quality/diversity of visits exceeded expectations."

M/M Paul, UK

"It will go down as one of our most memorable holidays ever."

M/M Powell, Australia

"We travelled in comfort through amazing scenery, countries & different cultures. Slept better on the train than I do at home!"

M/M Armitage, Australia

"Would definitely recommend the TSX Golden Eagle to friends for the high standard of service & excellent food, & the wonderful experience of seeing the true Russia."

Mr Staples, Australia

"My dietary needs (gluten free meals) were very well and graciously taken care of, thank you."

M/M Goddard, Australia

"Wonderful experience, more than met our expectations, we were well informed & treated as being special, the entire journey."

M/M Tobin, Australia

"Wonderful in every way. Tatyana was an exceptional Tour Manager. Her organisational skills are fantastic and no detail was overlooked. Above all that she showed concern for the individual needs of everyone & was always friendly & helpful."

Mr Shields, Australia