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Golden Eagle Winter Wonderland Eastbound

Overview

Travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway on the Golden Eagle luxury private train is a one of a kind experience, especially in winter. You will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful snowy landscapes, go ice fishing on Lake Baikal or travel by dog-sledge and snowmobile. The displays of ice sculptures at the shore side are a reminder of the constant sub-zero temperatures here. Complimentary hats, Russian traditional felt boots and gloves are there to keep you warm! The Golden Eagle luxury private train will take you along the traditional Trans-Siberian route, with a slight detour along the newer Trans-Mongolian Railway, as the adventure takes in northern Mongolia and its capital city, Ulaanbaatar. By the time you have completed this epic journey, you will have travelled a staggering 6,500 miles (11,000 km), having visited eight cities across two continents.

  • Champagne reception on departure with a military brass band performance

  • Private viewing of the Kremlin armoury in Moscow

  • Discover traditional nomadic life at Mongolia’s Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

  • Private performance of Mongolian throat singing and contortionists

  • VIP seating at the spectacular opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival

  • Experience the Naadam Festival’s major sporting events

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 luxury five-star Four Seasons hotel located in the very heart of Moscow, overlooking Red Square. The Four Seasons offers a grand 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, you will explore the city centre, 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 the legendary Café Pushkin.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Private concert

Travel to

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

  • 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

Novosibirsk is situated in the heart of Russian Siberia. Nowadays it is one of the ten most promising Russian megalopolises.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Lenin Square

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Optional Extras

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 6

On the Train

You can take a day to unwind and recharge your batteries after several jam-packed days. Share your experiences with your fellow travellers. perhaps learn a few words of Russian or simply watch the snowy scenery to go by.

  • 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 corner of Siberia after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825. As an additional option for your day in Irkutsk you may wish to experience a traditional Russian Banya (Sauna).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Volkonsky House Museum

  • Champagne reception and private concert

  • Optional Extras

  • Food & Drink Experience

Travel to

Lake Baikal

A popular tourist destination situated in the heart of Siberia, Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its natural beauty, pristine beaches and scenic walks. The Lake is home to unique wildlife such as the Baikal Seal, the world’s only freshwater seal, and is the both the deepest and largest freshwater lake in the world descending to a depth of 1700m.

Day 8

Winter activities in Lake Baikal

One of the major highlights of any journey along the Trans-Siberian, is the part alongside the majesty that is Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Hovercraft

  • Winter activities

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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

Excursion in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Your Trans-Siberian adventure takes you into Mongolia and its capital Ulaanbaatar (literally meaning Red Hero) by short charter flight. Mongolia is a country of stunning landscapes and nomadic people, rich in culture and history. The country 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

  • Private air charter

  • Gandan Monastery

  • Sukhbaatar Square

  • Museum of National History

  • Genghis Khan Statue Complex

  • Mongolian Ger

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 11

On the Train

Chat to your fellow passengers, take a Russian language class, listen to a talk on Soviet or Russian history, learn about the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway or simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside your window.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 12

On the Train

Today offers the perfect time to relax as your journey follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Chat to your fellow passengers or simply enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside your window.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 13

On the Train

Today you will spend your last full day on the Golden Eagle, passing through Khabarovsk, you will cross the River Amur and approach your final destination on this unforgettable journey. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Russian countryside before enjoying a final evening meal aboard the train.

  • 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

Excursion in Vladivostok

After travelling through eight time zones and covering a staggering 6,500 miles along this iconic railway (including the Mongolian detour!), the Golden Eagle train pulls into its final destination, Vladivostok.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Military History

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Submarine museum

  • Zolotoy Bridge

Day 15

Departing Vladivostok

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

  • 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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