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Golden Eagle - Trans-Siberian Express (15 days) 2016 

 

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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express Bar car

 

 Train passing Lake Baikal

The world’s greatest railway journey. The Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the Russian steppes and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake, Baikal. We follow the classic route between Moscow and Vladivostok (as it should be done) so by the time your journey ends you will have passed through 8 time zones and travelled over 6,000 miles (10,000kms). If you are going to 'do the Trans-Siberian', do it in style onboard the Golden Eagle.

 

 

 

 

2016 Tour Dates  

 

 

Moscow to Vladivostok EASTBOUND 2016                   Vladivostok to Moscow  WESTBOUND 2016

   

May 5        finishes May 19                                     May 18           finishes June 1                  

                                                                          June 18           finishes July 2

                                                                          August 8         finishes August 22

August 22 finishes September  5                              September 4     finishes September 18

                            

 

2017 Tour Dates  

 

 

Moscow to Vladivostok EASTBOUND 2017                   Vladivostok to Moscow  WESTBOUND 2017

   

May 6        finishes May 20                                     May 19           finishes June 2                  

                                                                          June 17           finishes July 1

                                                                          August 5         finishes August 19

August 20 finishes September 3                               September 2    finishes September 16

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What's included in these tours?

As far as possible these tours are all inclusive with no hidden extras. From the time that you arrive at the airport (usually), you are met by representatives of the Train and ushered into private transfer vehicles to the hotel or to the train; all meals and wines with dinner are included, as is the service of a very experienced Tour Manager, as well as a medical Doctor who travels with the train each and every tour. This is backed up with luxury accommodation aboard the privately owned train “The Golden Eagle”, with three classes of accommodation offered.

The “heart” of the train, the Bar Car (pictured above) where you meet in the evenings

 

The only extra items you may need to budget for include personal expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing and occasional optional off-train excursions.

The shore excursions use the train staff to assist, but have highly experienced local guides to tell you of the places of interest at each stop along the way. They also use radio headsets to enable you to hear the guide, even if you are up to 30 yards away from the guide whilst he is speaking.

Finally, the destination is one of great interest, with a start or end atMoscow, with its wonderful onion spires and great cultural icons, such asRed Square, and the Kremlin etc. This journey also allows you to experience the true size of the country, covering some six time zones

  

GOLDEN EAGLE CABIN INFORMATION

SILVER CLASS         

silver class

 

 60 sq ft (5.5 sq metres) 

Sleeps 2 in lower small double bed (4ft) or bunk style 

Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating 

Recessed lighting and wardrobe 

Personal safe 

Private en-suite bathroom with ‘wet-room’ style shower and toilet 

DVD/CD player with LCD screens 

Towels and Linens changed regularly 

Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin 

Laundry service available for a fee 

6 cabins per carriage 

 

 

GOLD CLASS     

 gold class

 

 77 sq ft (7 sq metres)

Sleeps 2 in either lower standard (4ft 6) double bed or bunk style

Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating

Recessed lighting and wardrobe

Personal safe

Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating

DVD/CD player with LCD screens

Towels and Linens changed regularly

Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin

Drinks from the Bar Car included from the Standard Bar List

Laundry service available for a fee

5 cabins per carriage

 

IMPERIAL SUITES         imperial suites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

120 sq ft (11.1sqm) – Sleeps 2 in King Sized Bed (5ft)

Bed Width: 5ft (1.5m)

Bed Length: 6ft 2ins (1.9m)

Cabins Per Car: 1 (plus 3 Gold cabins)

Sleeps 2 in King Sized bed (UK)

Sitting Area

In cabin dining options

Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating

Recessed lighting and wardrobe

Dressing table

Personal Safe

Minibar

Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating

Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided

DVD/CD player with LCD screens

Towels and linens changed daily

Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available at all times

Dedicated butler service

Drinks from the Bar Car included from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding Premium wine list)

Laundry service included

Hotel room upgrade to next available category

 

 

 

DAILY ITINERARY. (This for the Westbound trip depart Vladivostok, the East is the reverse order).

 

Day 1.                            Vladivostok.

Arrive atVladivostokairport, where you will be met and transferred to the centrally located four-star Hotel Hyundai.  We will enjoy a welcome reception dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travellers and anticipate the epic 15 day voyage that lies ahead.

 

Day 2.                            Vladivostok – Join Golden Eagle Train

Today we spend the morning inVladivostok.  This once ‘closed’ Russian port now offers visitors an exciting opportunity to unravel its mysteries as we explore its principal military attractions including a tour of a restored submarine before boarding the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express during the afternoon. 

After settling into our modern, stylish cabins, we enjoy dinner in one of the beautifully designed restaurant cars as our rail adventure westwards toMoscowbegins.

 

 

 Day 3.                            Aboard Golden Eagle - Khabarovsk. 

Passing directly north ofOsaka,DarwinandSeoulwe spend our first full day on board the Golden Eagle today.

 

This is the most easterly point of our mammoth journey passing through Khabarovsk, where we stop for a short city tour.  We then rejoin the train and cross the River Amur, as we make our way west. 

 

Day 4.                            Aboard Golden Eagle.

Our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border.  Enjoy Russia at its most beautiful and remote, as the landscape unfolds outside your window. Or you may like to attend one of the absorbing lectures or Russian language lessons.

 

Day 5                             Aboard Golden Eagle.               

Today offers you the perfect opportunity to practice your improving Russian or watch a DVD as you wile away a few hours.  For those who like to socialise the Bar Car is the perfect place to enjoy a chat with your fellow passengers as you listen to our resident musician.                              

       

Typical Ger tents of the nomadic Mongol tribes

 

Day 6                             Aboard Golden Eagle  - Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.

Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia, home of Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol and we visit the capital city of Ulaan Baatar. Lunch is taken Mongol style in a traditional Ger (Yurt) where we experience an authentic meal, enjoying excellent local dishes and entertainment providing a unique opportunity to encounter this time-honoured nomadic way of life. We board the train in time for dinner as we head back into Russia.

 

 

Day 7.                            Aboard Golden Eagle - Ulan Ude.                

This afternoon we arrive in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic.  The ethnic and cultural diversity of this area offers a unique insight into its Mongol heritage.  As we tour the area you will notice the different faces and dress styles of these welcoming people. 

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 enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.                                  

 

Statue of Lenin, at Ulaan Ude.

 

Day 8.                   Aboard Golden Eagle - Lake Baikal    

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur ofLakeBaikal.  For five hours we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake with a vista of snow capped peaks along the far shore. LakeBaikalis the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater.  Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over fifty species of fish including omul which we will be serving in the dining car for some of our meals.

Weather permitting, we stop at one of Baikal’s picturesque and secluded bays to enjoy a delicious BBQ including freshly smoked fish prepared by our own chefs.  For the brave hearted, there is even time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters before we visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills.

         

Day 9.                            Aboard Golden Eagle - Irkutsk

 We arrive in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, and our visit today takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. Next, we visit the Decembrist House museum which is dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats who were forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825.  Here we enjoy a private concert before returning to our waiting train for dinner.

 

 

Day 10.                          Aboard Golden Eagle

A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on our journey so far.  Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few more words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window.

 

Day 11.                          Aboard Golden Eagle - Novosibirsk

 A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character ofNovosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts, science and literature predominate. 

 

Our city tour takes us to the Opera House.  An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is the largest opera house in the world.  In front of the Opera House, we visit an imposing statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader. 

 

 

Day 12.                          Aboard Golden Eagle -  Yekaterinburg

 Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city and the capital of the Urals.  The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape.  Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, Nicholas II ofRussiawas executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918.   Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. We cross the Europe/Asia divide after we leave Yekaterinburg.

 

Day 13.                          Aboard Golden Eagle - Kazan

 We spend our last full day on board the Golden Eagle today.  We arrive at the picturesque and historic city of Kazanby mid-morning.  Situated on the River Volga, Kazanis the capital of Tatarstan.  Here we have the opportunity to see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture.  One of the highlights of this city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore its stunning mosque and magnificent onion-domed cathedral.  

 

Day 14.                          Aboard Golden Eagle - Moscow - Freedom of Choice Touring

After travelling over an amazing 6,600 miles (10,600km) along this epic route to the end of the Trans-Siberian line, we arrive inMoscow.  Your city tour ofMoscowprincipally takes us to Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might.  Here we see an eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires, the grandeur of The Kremlin and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. With your Freedom of Choice touring options you may instead wish to visit, for example, the Tretyakov Gallery or the Museum of the KGB. At the conclusion of your city tour, we transfer to the luxurious five-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel (or similar) located in the heart of this vibrant city.  Your final evening is spent saying our goodbyes to our fellow travelling companions and friends at the Farewell Dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15.                          Moscow

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Moscow airport to begin your journey home.

 

The westward journey is almost the same, with the journey undertaken in reverse order.

 

 

 

The tour is also available in a eastbound direction from Moscow to Vladivostok