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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Eastbound

Overview

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 nine cities (ten if you travel westbound!) and have crossed 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!

  • A Golden Eagle embroidered backpack for use during excursions (one per cabin)

  • Drinks with meals and from the Bar Lounge Car

  • Experienced tour managers

  • On-board doctor and medical facilities

  • Personal headsets

  • Route guide, itinerary and information pack

  • Russian language courses

  • Souvenir CD upon finishing the tour, containing photos, itineraries, distances travelled and menus

  • Welcome and farewell dinners

Itinerary

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow

Once you have arrived in Moscow, you will be picked up and taken to the stylish, five-star Four Seasons hotel. Located in the heart of Moscow, and a short five minute walk to Red Square or the Bolshoi Theatre, this hotel offers a grandeur experience with awe-inspiring views of Moscow’s glorious sights.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Exclusive welcome dinner

Day 2

Excursions in Moscow

While 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. You will have lunch in a legendary Café Pushkin, which serves traditional Russian cuisine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Red Square

  • GUM (Main Universal Store)

  • Kremlin with Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon and Armoury Chamber

  • Cafe Pushkin

  • Moscow Metro

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Transfer to Train

  • Optional Extras

Travel to

Kazan

Kazan is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The city lies at the confluence of the Kazanka and Volga Rivers in the South-East of Russia and was considered a crucial trade and political center from the Late Middle Ages onwards. It has become a popular tourist destination with famous attractions including the Kazan kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque, known to be one of the largest mosques in Russia.

Day 3

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Private concert

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Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg stands close to the divide between Russia and Kazakhstan and is known as the ‘window on Asia’ due to its close proximity to the border. The city is commonly referred to as Russia’s ‘third capital’ as it is ranked third for tourism, transport, and economic size. It holds crucial significance in Russian History as the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty.

Day 4

Excursions in Yekaterinburg

Founded 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Church on the Blood of All Russian Saints

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Optional Extras

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia with the flair and charm of a provincial town. It is an important commercial hub in the region, hosting one of the best and largest universities in Russia which has shaped the identity of the city. The city is home to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (NOVAT), considered one of the best musical and theatre groups in Russia.

Day 5

Excursions in Novosibirsk

The 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Lenin Square

  • Optional Extras

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 6

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and the most important hub for tourism in the Lake Baikal region. As opposed to many of the more industrially shaped cities in Siberia, Irkutsk has a long history as a cultural centre and has been home to scientists, writers, artists, and political activists such as the Decembrists. It is also a key destination on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Day 7

Excursions in Irkutsk

Irkutsk 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. We recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Volkonsky House Museum

  • Champagne reception and private concert

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Optional Extras

Travel to

Listvyanka

A small settlement on the Western shore of Lake Baikal, Listvyanka is a highly popular tourist area known for its distinct local culture, fish market, and breathtaking hiking trails that venture around the edges of the lake. The settlement was formed near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal and is home to the Baikal Museum, with dedicated exhibits to the fauna and wildlife that can be found in the area.

Day 8

Travelling by Lake Baikal

One of the major highlights of any journey along the Trans-Siberian, is the time travelling along 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. 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium

  • Steam train experience

  • Barbeque by Lake Baikal

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Optional Extras

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Ulan-Ude

Located to the East of Russia’s popular tourist destination Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude is a city bustling with tourist activity and is the gateway for the Trans-Mongolian Railway that travels from Ulan-Ude to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar. The city’s close proximity to the Mongolian border and well-established transport links into Asia have allowed the city to form a unique cultural identity as the center of Buddhism in Russia.

Day 9

Excursions in Ulan-Ude

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Old Believers Village

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Concert of local traditions and folk singing

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

Travel to

Ulaanbaatar

The capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, was founded in the 17th century as a Buddhist monastic centre and is the country’s largest city. It is situated in the Tuul River valley, bordering the Bogd Khan Uul National Park and close to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The city has a rich heritage and is home to many famous tourist attractions including the Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Zaisan Memorial, Choijin Lama Temple, and the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan.

Day 10

Excursions in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Our detour along the Trans-Mongolian railway takes us to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar (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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Gandan Monastery

  • Sukhbaatar Square

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Mongolian Ger

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Mongolian throat singing performance

Day 11

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 12

On Board

It’s perfect time to relax as our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Chat to your fellow passengers or simply enjoy the ever-changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 13

On Board

We spend our full last day on board the Golden Eagle today, passing through Khabarovsk, we cross the River Amur and approach our final destination of this unforgettable journey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Vladivostok

The administrative centre of Primorsky Krai, Vladivostok meaning ‘Rule in the East’ in Russian, is situated in the far east of Russia around Golden Horn Bay. The city is famous for its harbour location as the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet and being the final stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Tourists are attracted to its many military sites left over from the Russo-Japanese War and the beautiful Russky Island.

Day 14

Excursions in Vladivostok

Vladivostok (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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Military History

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Submarine museum

  • Zolotoy Bridge

Day 15

Departing Vladivostok

Time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and to Russia. You will be transferred to Vladivostok Airport to begin your journey home. If you are not yet ready to journey home, why not try one of Real Russia’s Vladivostok extensions?

  • Breakfast

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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