Most trips Include:
- One or two dining cars
- Comfy lounge with bar/piano
- Laundry facilities
- Train doctor
- Tour manager and staff
- Gold Class compartments
* 77 square feet, and feature underfloor heating
* DVD/CD player
* Audio system
* Individual air conditioning
* Wardrobe space
* Full bathroom (shower with sliding glass door)
- Silver Class compartments
* 60 square feet with similar amenities
* The en-suite bathroom is smaller (shower has curtain only).
Day 1: Vladivostok. Passengers are met at Vladivostok airport and transferred to the four-star Hotel Hyundai for a one-night stay. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception dinner this evening.
Day 2: Vladivostok. Today’s city tour includes the major military attractions of this once “closed-to-foreigners” city, including a restored submarine. This afternoon we board our private Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train. Settle into your private compartment as the train departs. Enjoy dinner in one of the beautiful restaurant cars.
Day 3: Khabarovsk. First full day on the Golden Eagle as the train passes directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka. We stop in Khabarovsk, the most easterly point of our journey, for a short city tour. Rejoin the train and head west, crossing the Amur River.
Day 4: On board. Our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur Rivers, close to the Chinese border. Relax on board as the Russian scenery unfolds before you. Perhaps you would like to attend an on-board lecture or take a Russian language lesson.
Day 5: On board. Today offers another opportunity to enjoy the train's service and amenities. Practice your improving Russian or sit back and enjoy a drink (perhaps the local favorite, vodka) in the bar car, where a resident musician entertains.
Day 6: Ulaan Baatar. Morning arrival in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaan Baatar. Visit the National History Museum and lunch in a traditional ger (yurt) restaurant. Free time this afternoon or optional visit to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Evening departure of the train and return to Russia.
Day 7: Ulan Ude. Afternoon arrival in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic, where you’ll notice a fascinating change of people and dress. During our exploration of the Old Believers Village, we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these communities as we are treated to a traditional meal and concert featuring local dancers and musicians.
Day 8: Lake Baikal. A fantastic day’s adventure as we wind our way through tunnels and around cliffs along the shoreline of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal. We stop at one of the bays and have a barbecue at the water’s edge (weather permitting). Some brave souls might take a swim! We then visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal village nestled at the base of the surrounding hills. Evening train departure.
Day 9: Irkutsk. Today we arrive in Irkutsk, the “Paris of Siberia.” Our full-day tour includes an exploration of the classic wooden architecture that is unique to the region. We also visit the Decembrist House museum, where a private concert will be performed for our group. Return to the train for dinner.
Day 10: On board. After several exciting stops, we have a full day on the train to rest and reflect on the sites we've seen. All meals served in the train's restaurant cars.
Day 11: Novosibirsk. Stop in this modern “Soviet” city and visit the world’s largest Opera House, Lenin Square and River Ob, which flows 3,500 miles from its source to the Arctic.
Day 12: Yekaterinburg. Tour Yekaterinburg, last city in Asia and capital of the Urals—including the Romanov execution site, memorial and the Urals Mineralogical Museum. We cross the Europe and Asia divide shortly after departure.
Day 13: Kazan. Mid-morning arrival in Kazan, beautiful capital of Tatarstan located on the Volga River. One highlight of our city tour is Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we'll see the stunning mosque and magnificent onion-domed cathedral.
Day 14: Moscow. Mid-morning arrival in Moscow—the end of our 6,600 mile journey. Full day touring this vibrant city, including Red Square. Here we see an eclectic mix of fascinating architecture: from the ornate St. Basil's Cathedral and grand Kremlin to the somber and evocative site of Lenin's tomb. If there's time, you'll have a tour of Moscow's surprising metro. Transfer to our five-star hotel for a one-night stay, and enjoy a farewell gala dinner.
Day 15: Moscow. Following breakfast, you may explore the city at your leisure. An early-morning Kremlin visit is scheduled this morning if your journey arrived in Moscow on a Thursday, when the Kremlin museums are closed. Transfers to Moscow airport included.
(Above itinerary also available in reverse.)
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