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Golden Eagle Journey

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Trip Overview

The Golden Eagle is a one-of-a-kind luxury train - a glamorous throwback to the golden age of steam engines on the Trans-Siberian railway route. It is especially appealing for travelers who want over-the-top comfort and superior service as they explore the vastness of Eurasia. Overwhelming Moscow, unique Russian towns, legendary Vladivostok all combined with cozy cabins, special onboard entertainment, meals, drinks, and guided tours in the most interesting stops all come with the price. 

Tour type:
Group rail tour
Tour rating:
5 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 5-star central hotels
    2 nights
    Golden Eagle Luxury Train
    12 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private airport/station/ hotel transfers
    Golden Eagle train
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 9 guided tours
    Meet Nomadic family
    Visit to Old Beliebers' Village
  • MEALS
  • 14 breakfasts
    12 lunches
    13 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so that you could relax in your cozy room after the flight or start exploring the charming city center on your own. In the evening you enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel, where you can meet your fellow travelers and discuss the fantastic journey that awaits you ahead.

Day 2

Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

This morning is devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin. Following breakfast, you go on a guided tour of this historical fortress, that includes a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs. 

Later you enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Red Square, take a photo stop near the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and see the largest Moscow department store GUM

After the tour, you are transferred to the railway station where you board your luxurious Golden Eagle train and start your one-of-a-kind adventure to Vladivostok.

Day 3

Kazan City Tour

Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. 

Upon arrival, you have a guided city tour that includes a visit to the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you will see the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral, a private concert of Feodor Chaliapin’s music and a walking tour through the main pedestrian area of Kazan. 

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Day 4

Ekaterinburg City Tour

Today your train arrives in the famous capital of Ural where Europe and Asia meet - Ekaterinburg.

Upon arrival, you have a guided city tour dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. During the tour, you visit the Cathedral-on-the-Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were assassinated.

Then you are transferred to the obelisk marking the geographical border and can drink a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

  • Optional tours: Walking city tour or visit to the Ekaterinburg Military Museum.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Day 5

Novosibirsk City Tour

Today you reach a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature. Your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant but is certainly not desolate. 

During your city tour, you see a central Lenin Square with the famous Ballet and Opera Theater, stroll along the ancient streets of Novosibirsk and enjoy the great views of the Ob River. 

  • Optional tours: Visit to the Open Air Railway Museum, State Art Museum tour or visit to the Mineralogical Center.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Day 6

On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Enjoy fantastic sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 7

Irkutsk City Tour

Today you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. 

During your sightseeing tour, you see the House of Europe also known as the "wooden lace" house and take a relaxing walk along Karl Marx Street that is the most beautiful street in Irkutsk.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to the Decembrist Volkonsky House Museum dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats who were forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825, where you enjoy a champagne reception and a private concert. 

  • Optional tours: Cooking master class with a local chef or visit to a traditional Russian dacha (summer house) or an urban apartment.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling. 

Day 8

Stop at Lake Baikal

Today your train makes a stop at the picturesque Lake Baikal that is the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia. 

You start exploring Baikal from a boat trip to Listvyanka village. During your sightseeing tour, you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake. 

Later you enjoy a traditional barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, on the shore of Lake Baikal (if weather permits).

  • Optional tour: Chersky Mount hiking tour.

Later you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Day 9

Ulan Ude City Tour

Today you arrive in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions.

Later you visit an authentic Old Believers’ village, where you will learn more about the culture and history of the Buryats and attend a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Day 10

Ulan Bator City Tour

Today you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Upon arrival, you meet your private guide who takes you on a wonderful tour around the most famous city attractions.

During the tour, you see a central Sukhabaatar Square with the monument to Genghis Khan and visit the legendary Gandan Monastery that is considered the most important center for Buddhist learning in all of Mongolia.

Then you take a trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park where you have the chance to visit a traditional ger (yurt), meet a nomadic family, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of wild Mongolia and try your hand at horse-riding. 

  • Optional tours: Visit to the National Museum or visit to the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Day 11

On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Enjoy fantastic sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 12

On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Enjoy fantastic sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 13

On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Enjoy fantastic sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 14

Vladivostok City Tour

After traveling through 8 time zones and covering around 6,600 miles (10,600 km) along the epic Trans-Siberian route, your train finally arrives in Vladivostok - one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. 

During the tour, you visit the historical center of Vladivostok, the Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum and the iconic bridge over Golden Horn Bay.

After the tour, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Day 15

Departure from Vladivostok

This is the final day of your fantastic Golden Eagle train tour! Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!


Hotels

2 nights at 5-star centrally located hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow (1 night) and Vladivostok (1 night);
  • 12 nights on board the Golden Eagle train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Full Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (Mongolian visa is not required for US and Canadian customers). Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • All gratuities;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: international flights, optional tours, and services, all personal expenses.

IMPORTANT: Any changes and add-ons required to be made on your itinerary after the final confirmation has been sent to you are subject to $150 modification fee.

Tour Highlights

  • Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin
  • Exploring the highlights of Kazan
  • Last days of the Russian Imperial Family in Ekaterinburg
  • Visit to Lake Baikal
  • Ulan Bator city tour
  • Guided tour of Vladivostok

What to Know

  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Siberian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates Gold Single Cabin Gold Twin Cabin Silver Single Cabin Silver Twin Cabin
May 6 - May 20, 2018
$28,695
deposit
$5,739
$19,595
deposit
$3,919
$23,495
deposit
$4,699
$15,895
deposit
$3,179
May 19 - Jun 02, 2018
$28,695
reverse
deposit
$5,739
$19,595
reverse
deposit
$3,919
$23,495
reverse
deposit
$4,699
$15,895
reverse
deposit
$3,179
Jun 9 - Jun 23, 2018
$30,995
deposit
$6,199
$20,595
deposit
$4,119
$24,995
deposit
$4,999
$16,995
deposit
$3,399
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Dates Gold Single Cabin Gold Twin Cabin Silver Single Cabin Silver Twin Cabin
May 6 - May 20, 2018
$28,695
$19,595
$23,495
$15,895
May 19 - Jun 02, 2018
$28,695
reverse
$19,595
reverse
$23,495
reverse
$15,895
reverse
Jun 9 - Jun 23, 2018
$30,995
$20,595
$24,995
$16,995
Jul 23 - Aug 06, 2018
$30,995
$20,595
$24,995
$16,995
Aug 5 - Aug 19, 2018
$30,995
reverse
$20,595
reverse
$24,995
reverse
$16,995
reverse
Aug 20 - Sep 03, 2018
$30,995
$20,595
$24,995
$16,995
Sep 2 - Sep 16, 2018
$30,995
reverse
$20,595
reverse
$24,995
reverse
$16,995
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Julie Glass

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Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas. It was my mother's first ever trip out of the US. She loved it! The Classic Moscow & St. Petersburg tours were well organized and provided great pictures and lots of information. Our tour guide in Moscow was awesome. And our tour guide in St ...

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October 16, 2016

The Volga Dream Cruise met or even exceeded our expectations

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Mark Liang

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October 16, 2016

Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords with Helsinki and St. Petersburg

Thank you for planning the trip of a lifetime. Everyone in our group had a great time on the trip. The itinerary that you have planned for us was just what we were hoping. We were already excited about the trip after receiving the itinerary. The trip more than exceeded our expectations. Scandinavia has a lot to offer.

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Julie Glass

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Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas

Amazing!! This was probably one of the best trips I have had overseas. It was my mother's first ever trip out of the US. She ...

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Linda Snowman

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Mark Liang

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October 16, 2016

Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords with Helsinki and St. Petersburg

Thank you for planning the trip of a lifetime. Everyone in our group had a great time on the trip. The itinerary that you ...

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