DAY 1:Welcome to Russia
Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you are met and transferred to the five-star Ritz-Carlton. Enjoy a welcome reception dinner this evening, whilst you meet the fellow travellers and anticipate the epic 15-day voyage that lies ahead. You'll have the opportunity to take in a performance at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre this night.
A tour of Moscow takes you to the grandeur of the Kremlin to see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber. Then, stroll along the Red Square and enjoy the St Basil’s Cathedral, the world famous GUM department store and the evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. End the day with a tour of the opulent stations of the Moscow metro. In the evening, board the Golden Eagle train - your home for the next ten nights.
In Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, you have the opportunity to see for yourself its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of this city tour is exploration of the Kremlin Fortress and the picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral. Afterwards you will enjoy a private concert of Feodor Chaliapinis' music. You will also have time to wander through the main pedestrian area of Kazan and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city.
A Yekaterinburg city tour takes you to the poignant site where the Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918 following 78 days of imprisonment. The tour program features a visit to the recently opened Museum of Military Machinery - a real treat for anyone with an interest in the Soviet past, unparalleled by anything else along the route.
A Novosibirsk city tour takes you to the Lenin Square, where the imposing Opera House is located. In front of the Opera House, you visit an impressive statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader. Alternatively, south of the city you could visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum or choose to visit the State Art Museum.
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 words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds.
A visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, takes you in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture. You could learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef or you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) or an urban apartment to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.
DAY 8:Lake Baikal
For five hours you wind your way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake Baikal. Travelling onwards to the end of the Baikal branch line, you leave the train and travel by boat on the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills. Visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium, where you can learn about the flora and fauna of the lake. You will enjoy a delicious barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, prepared by our own chefs on the shore of Lake Baikal to complete a memorable day.
The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, offers a unique insight into its heritage. During the exploration of the Old Believers’ village you have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as you are treated to a concert, featuring local traditions and folk singing.
DAY 10:Ulaan-Baatar Mongolia
The Trans-Siberian adventure takes you into Mongolia for a visit to its capital, Ulaan-Baatar. This morning you start a tour at Gandan Monastery. You also visit the Chinggis Square with the monument to Genghis Khan. As an option, we drive out of the city to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family, or try your hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life.
Enjoy Russia at its most dramatic and remote, as the Golden Eagle eats up the miles on our way to Vladivostok. Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, you spend your last full day onboard the Golden Eagle today as the most easterly point of this mammoth journey is reached passing through Khabarovsk, where we cross the River Amur. Tonight you enjoy a final dinner onboard, before we approach the final destination on this unforgettable journey.
After travelling through 8 time zones and covering a staggering 10,600km along this iconic railway, the Golden Eagle pulls into its final destination, Vladivostok. Here you explore its principal military attractions, including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine. A city tour will also take you to the iconic suspension bridge over the Golden Horn Bay.
DAY 15:Farewell hugs
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Vladivostok Airport to begin your journey home.
Accommodation at luxurious 5* hotels in Moscow and Vladivostok
12 nights onboard of the 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
Activities and sights
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, tips