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Golden Eagle Winter Wonderland Westbound

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!

  • See the iconic winter wonderland scenery by horse-drawn sleigh

  • Experience a traditional Russian Banya (sauna)

  • Dog sledding and snowmobile rides across a frozen Lake Baikal

  • Observe local ice-fishing at Lake Baikal and sample the freshly caught and smoked fish

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in Vladivostok

You have arrive at Vladivostok Airport, where you will be met by your driver who will take you to the five-star Lotte Hotel Vladivostok. You will have a welcome reception dinner at the hotel while meeting your fellow travellers who will accompany you for the next 15 days.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 2

Excursions in Vladivostok

Vladivostok is a military port, located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Golden Horn Bay

  • City Tour

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Khabarovsk

A large city situated on the Amur River in South-eastern Russia, Khabarovsk is the largest city and the administrative center of Khabarovsk Krai. It lies just 14 miles from the border with China and was named “Boli” when it was part of the Chinese Empire. The city has a rich history and culture and is best known for the dazzling Cathedral of the Assumption and the popular Komsomolskaya Square.

Day 3

Excursions in Khabarovsk

Located just 15 miles from the border of China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the huge Amur River, the tenth-longest river in the world. During your time here, you will 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Regional Museum

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 4

On the Train

The journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. You can take a day to unwind and recharge your batteries after several jam-packed days. Watch the snowy scenery go by, share your experiences with your fellow travellers or attend one of the interesting lectures on the train.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Souvenir Shopping

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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 5

On the train

You will spend the day on the train, offering you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a DVD or chat with your fellow passengers and practice your Russian.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Optional Extras

Day 6

Excursion 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

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Concert of local traditions and folk singing

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 7

Winter activities in Lake Baikal

On the first day in Baikal you will head deep into the countryside for more spectacular views, snow activities and photo opportunities.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Hovercraft

  • Winter activities

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 8

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. You will have the day to explore around Lake Baikal and take part in a range of winter activities such as dog sleding or snowmobiling.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Winter activities

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Optional Extras

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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 9

Excursion in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is often called the ‘Paris of Siberia’ due to its wide streets and ornate architecture. 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Private concert

Day 10

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

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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 11

Excursion in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is situated in the heart of Siberia. Nowadays it is one of the 10 most promising Russian megalopolises.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Lenin Square

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Optional Extras

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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 12

Excursion 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

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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 13

Excursion 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 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

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Private concert

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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 14

Arrival in Moscow

In the morning the Golden Eagle train pulls into its final destination, 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 opportunity to step inside the Kremlin, the seat of Russia’s government, while visiting the Armoury chamber with its treasures of the Tsars.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Red Square

  • GUM (Main Universal Store)

  • Kremlin with Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon and Armoury Chamber

  • Expert Guide

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 15

Departing Moscow

Following breakfast, any free time can be spent exploring the Russian capital. At the end of your time here, you will be transferred to Moscow airport to start your journey home.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • 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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