Luxury Golden Eagle train
Type of tour
12 days / 11 nights
Flight arrivals into St Petersburg and transfer to the luxurious Grand Hotel Europe for a two-night stay. This evening you are invited to a champagne drinks reception with the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers before our exclusive welcome dinner.
Today we have a guided tour of Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin and the Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars which houses the royal art collection of over three million works. It is one of the world’s largest and most impressive art museums.
Today's tour of St Petersburg features the key sights, including St Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. This afternoon we transfer to the station to board Russia’s premier train, the Golden Eagle, and settle into our modern, stylish cabins to embark upon our rail adventure to the Arctic Circle.
Today we have the opportunity to have a relaxed start to the day and to unwind after our evening of celebration. Our train crosses the Arctic Circle on our quest to see the Northern Lights.
This morning we leave our train and transfer to Kirkenes for a two night stay. We’ll have a welcome drink in the Snow Bar and a tour of the Snow Hotel, and in the evening we’ll take a bus tour in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
This morning begins with a snowmobile-drawn sleigh across the frozen fjords. Through a hole in the ice you will be shown by your master guide how to catch the magnificent Arctic King Crab. In the afternoon we return to the Snow Hotel to see the resident reindeers and visit the biggest husky dog farm in eastern Finnmark or return to Kirkenes Village for a walking tour.
We cross the border back into Russia and re-join our train which is waiting for us. We’ll spend the afternoon on board travelling through arctic Russia. Relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside your window, or chat to fellow passengers.
We will continue to Murmansk, a city halfway between Moscow and the North Pole and 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers, we’ll visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship.
We take a city tour of Petrozavodsk and a hovercraft transfer to visit Kizhi Island on Lake Onega to explore its open-air museum of wooden architecture. Marvel at wooden churches built without the use of a single nail which have survived the challenges of Russian winters and revolution.
Our tour takes in Vladimir's Uspensky Cathedral, considered one of the most important and beautiful of Russian cathedrals, where many of the prominent Russian Tsars were crowned. From Vladimir we travel to Suzdal, one of Russia’s most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024, located 35 kilometres from Vladimir.
This morning we arrive in Moscow, for one night at the five-star Ritz-Carlton.
We visit the Red Square and enjoy of St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires, the beautiful façade of the world famous GUM Department store and the Lenin’s tomb. Our touring program also takes us to the grandeur of the Kremlin to see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber.
Breakfast in the hotel brings the tour to a close and airport transfers are provided for your departure flights. Extend your stay in Moscow to explore more of the city at your leisure.
Luxurious 5* hotels
Accommodation on board comfortable Golden Eagle train
Full board, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day
Welcome and farewell dinners
Arrival and departure transfers, all transportation according to the itinerary with professional drivers
English speaking tour leader throughout the tour
24 hour service attendant and English speaking doctor services
Porter services at all railway stations
Guided enriching tours with experienced English speaking guides
Wide choice of optional off-train tours
Russian visa support documents
*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers
|29 Dec 2018 - 9 Jan 2019 (M to SPB)
|Limited spaces||US $12,595||US $5,200||Reserve|
|2 Feb 2019 - 13 Feb 2019 (SPB to M)
|Available||US $12,595||US $5,200||Reserve|
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