Undoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans – Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting East and West from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent and endless steppe and alongside the shore of the world's largest freshwater lake. Beautifully decorated with furnishings, spacious compartments, well- organized excursions- a good opportunity to travel across the country with the maximum comfort. During the trip, the chef prepares dishes of national cusine-borsch, pelmeni and blini, and Lake Baikal – the real smoked omul. Promises to be a memorable trip!
Day 1: MOSCOW
Arrival at Moscow airport. Transfer to the luxurious five hotel (or similar) located in the heart of this vibrant city. Welcome reception dinner, where you meet your fellow travelers and anticipate the epic 15 day voyage that lies ahead.
Day 2: MOSCOW
Short city tour with a visit to Moscow on Red Square. Boarding the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. the modern, stylish cabins. Dinner in one of the beautifully designed restaurant cars Rail adventure eastwards to Vladivostok begins.
Day 3: KAZAN
Arrival at the picturesque and historic city of Kazan. Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here you have the opportunity to rich tapestry of history and culture: explore the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its stunning mosque and onion is the birthplace of one of the Russia’s most famous opera singe Chaliapin (1873-1938), we honour his memory with a private concert of his music.
Day 4: EKATERINBURG
Crossing the Europe/Asia divide and arrival at the historic city of Yekaterinburg. is the third largest Russian city also known as the capit takes you to the poignant site where the Romanov, Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks, where now their memory is located.
Day 5: NOVOSIBIRSK
It is a modern ‘Soviet’ city, where the arts, science and literature predominate. Our city tour takes you 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, you visit an imposing statue of Lenin marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.
Day 6: ONBOARD
A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds experienced on your 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.
Day 7: IRKUTSK
Arrival in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, and your visit today takes in the most significant sites in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture. Next, you 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 you enjoy a private concert before returning to train for dinner.
Day 8: LAKE BAIKAL
Few natural sights can surpass the beauty of Lake Baikal. For five hours you wind your way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ It is home to unique animal species including freshwater seal and omul fish. To add to the grandeur of the day our Golden Eagle train will be hauled by a Soviet era steam locomotive on this beautiful section on the line. In the afternoon, you visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement.
Day 9: ULAN UDE
Arrival at Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic distinguished by its cultural diversity. As you tour the area you will notice the different faces and dress styles of these welcoming people. During the exploration of the Old Believers Village you have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of its people, taste traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.
Day 10: ULAAN BAATAR, MONGOLIA
Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country of beautiful landscapes, nomadic people and rich in culture and history. Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside.
Day 11: ONBOARD
Enjoy a more leisurely pace today as you travel through the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East. You may like to attend one of the interesting lectures or Russian language lessons.
Day 12: ONBOARD
It is the perfect opportunity to practice your Russian or simply relax as our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border.
Day 13: ONBOARD
Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, you spend your last full day on board the Golden. Passing through Khabarovsk, where you cross the River Amur. Tonight, you enjoy final dinner onboard your private train that has been your home for the last twelve days.
Day 14: VLADIVOSTOK
After travelling through 8 time zones and covering an amazing 6,600 miles (10,600km) along this epic route, the Golden Eagle pulls into Vladivostok, a military port on the shores of the Sea of Japan. During the tour you explore its principal military attractions including a tour of a restored submarine before you transfer to the centrally located four-star hotel. In the evening you say goodbyes to your fellow travelling companions and friends at the Farewell Dinner.
Day 15: VLADIVOSTOK
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Vladivostok airport to begin your journey home.