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- discount off the published prices of any journey;

a thank-you gift for every completed journey.

Fay says, “Seeing dachas, steppes and far-reaching views from the comfort of your private suite is mesmerising, making it easy to imagine a distant time, horse-drawn sleighs, fur rugs and Cossack out-riders.”

About the Train

This fabulous train is an hotel on wheels and the only fully en-suite train in Russia and central Asia.  The Golden Eagle’s rail cruises allow one to travel in splendour amidst  opulent décor.  The panoramic windows ensure the best views of the passing countryside, whilst enjoying delicious cuisine.

The drama that is created by sitting in beautiful surroundings, listening to a pianist playing Tchaikovsky whilst watching  the gradually changing scenery could only be Russian.  From the climb through the Ural mountains (the boundary between Europe and Asia), to the wide open steppes and broad rivers, travelling on the Trans-Siberian is the best way to  absorb the vastness and grandeur of the world’s largest country.

Incorporating some of the world’s greatest railway journeys, the Golden Eagle travels through Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and more. The  tours vary, some taking  a leisurely two weeks and crossing eight time zones, making sure you have plenty of time to take in and enjoy these voyages of a lifetime.

Itineraries

 

Jewels of Persia

Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran

Budapest – Kecskemet – Sighişoara – Braşov – Veliko Turnovo – Kazanlak – Istanbul – Cappadocia – Lake Van – Akdamar Island – Van – Zanjan – Yazd – Isfahan – Shiraz – Persepolis – Tehran (15 days).  

This tour can be taken in reverse.

Golden Eagle by Luxury Train Club - Jewels of Persia journey

Jewels of Persia journey

Jewels of Persia is truly amazing.  The Golden Eagle Danube Express  is the first ever European private train to be permitted to enter into Iran.  Travelling from Budapest on the banks of the Danube, via the shores of the Bosphorus and the city of Istanbul, into the ancient land of Persia is a unique journey that  takes in destinations  rarely experienced by the Western visitor.

This remarkable tour will appeal to those with a distinctive sense of adventure who seek extraordinary travel experiences that may not always follow the itinerary step-by-step, but will provide endless excitement throughout the journey.

The Golden Eagle Danube Express uses different passenger carriages than those shown on this page.  It is run in conjunction with the Danube Express.  Follow the link below.

Full details about the Jewels Of Persia journeys are here

Dates and Prices 2015

Budapest to Tehran:  March 31.  September 4.  October 6.  November 16

Tehran to Budapest:  April 13.  September 17.  October 29.  November 29

Prices from

Deluxe Cabin               £14,695 per person

 

 

The Trans-Siberian Express

 

Golden Eagle by Luxury Train Club - Trans Siberiam Express journey

Trans Siberian Express journey

A 15-day adventure from Moscow to Vladivostok, via Mongolia, with 1 night in Moscow, 12 nights on the Golden Eagle and 1 night in Vladivostok.

One of the world’s greatest railway journeys, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent Russian steppes and alongside the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake.   By the time the Golden Eagle arrives in Vladivostok, it will have passed through eight time zones, and travelled over 6,000 miles; one quarter of the way around the world.
This tour is also available westbound from Vladivostok to Moscow. Whether travelling eastbound or westbound, before boarding the train there is a Champagne Reception in wonderful surroundings, with a brass band to accompany passengers to the train, marking the departure.

Day 1  & 2  Moscow.  Upon arrival at Moscow airport, one is met and transferred to the Marriott Royal Hotel, which is within walking distance of Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.  The next day is a tour of Moscow, which takes in the grandeur of the Kremlin where one can see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber.  We also visit the Red Square with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires, the socialist-realist style of the world famous GUM Department store and the sombre site of Lenin’s tomb.

Then one is taken to the Kazansky Station  where one is greeted in the magnificent Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapes as you mix with the other guests and are welcomed by the train staff. Then the car attendants escort you to Platform 1 where a military brass band is playing and the Golden Eagle awaits.  Depart for Kazan.

 Day 3  Kazan, situated on the River Volga and the capital of Tatarstan, with its stunning mosque and perfect onion-domed cathedral, a tour of this city also takes in the Kremlim Fortress, whilst allowing one free time to wander.  There is a private concert in honour of Feodor Chaliapin, a famous Russian opera singer born in Kazan.

Day 4 Yekaterinburg, where the Romanov Royal Family were executed.  Our city tour takes us 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. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.  One can also visit the Europe/Asia boundary to stand with a foot in each continent.

Freedom of Choice programme will also offer activities such as a walking tour of the city, or a visit to Yekaterinburg Military Museum which displays fragments of the U2 American spy-plane flown by Gary Powers that was shot down in this area in 1960 during the Cold War.

Day 5  Novosibirsk,  with its unique Siberian architecture and the city of science. Our city tour takes us to Lenin Square where the imposing Opera House is located. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world.

Freedom of Choice Tour – visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway. The museum displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars through to the Soviet era. Or choose to go to the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.

Freedom of Choice option –  visit the State Art Museum with an extensive collection including icons, Siberian art and numerous distinctive mountainscapes by celebrated spiritual Russian painter Nicholas Roerich. It also displays temporary art and photography exhibitions by local and international artists.

Day 6   Onboard

Day 7  Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, with its classic wooden architecture and lace carved decorations.  There is a visit the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825, and we recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

Freedom of Choice – Learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch. Or 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, the deepest lake in the world and known as  the Pearl of Siberia with its unique breed of freshwater seal.  Five hours pass as the train winds its way through tunnels along cliff-hugging tracks above the lake.  Weather permitting we can enjoy a BBQ in a secluded bay whilst the brave can swim in the crystal clear waters.  In the afternoon, we visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills.

Day 10  Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.  We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. At Sukhbaatar Square we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. We then drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life
Day 11,12,13  Onboard
Day 14  Vladivostok, a military port that was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992.  Overnight in the hotel.
Day 15   Depart Vladivostok 

Hotels:

The Hotel Hyundai, Vladivostok, which is located in the heart of the city.  All the main attractions of this city, which blends European with Oriental cultures, are within walking distance.

The Marriott Royal Aurora, Moscow, located in the centre of the city, within walking distance of such attractions as the Red Square.  This hotel is the only one in Moscow to offer butler service for each guest room.

Upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

 Dates and Prices 2014/2015

2014

Prices are per person

Moscow to Vladivostok:     May 4*.   June 1.   July 27.   August 24

Vladivostok to Moscow:    May 17.  June 14.  August 9.  September 6

 *May 4-18 only

Silver Class  -                   Twin =     £9,695      Single  =  £13, 995

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £11,895     Single  =  £17,495

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £18,695     Single  =  On request

2014

Silver Class  -                   Twin =    £10,395     Single  =  £14, 995

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £12,495     Single  =   £18,695

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £20,595     Single  =  On request

2015

Prices are per person

Moscow to Vladivostok:     May 5*.    June 5.   July 26.  August 22

Vladivostok to Moscow:    May 18.   June 18.   August 8.  September 4

*May 5 only

Silver Class  -                   Twin =     £9,895      Single  =  £14,695

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £12,295     Single  =  £17,895

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £19,395     Single  =  On request

2015

Silver Class  -                   Twin =    £10,595     Single  =  £15,595

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £12,895     Single  =   £19,395

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £21,195     Single  =  On request

 

 

The Ulaan Baatar Express

A compilation of some of the most intriguing and stimulating elements of the world’s greatest railway journey to Ulaan Baatar (Ulan Bator or Ulaanbaatar)

MOSCOW – KAZAN – YEKATERINBURG – NOVOSIBIRSK – IRKUTSK – LAKE BAIKAL – ULAN UDE – ULAAN BAATAR

This 11-day journey is the same as that of the Trans Siberian Express above, starting in Moscow and following the same itinerary until:

Day 8  Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world and known as  the Pearl of Siberia with its unique breed of freshwater seal.  Five hours pass as the train winds its way through tunnels along cliff-hugging tracks above the lake.  Weather permitting we can enjoy a BBQ in a secluded bay whilst the brave can swim in the crystal clear waters.  In the afternoon, we visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills. Tonight we return to Irkutsk and stay at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel (or similar) for the final evening.

Day 9   Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic.  Enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians from the Old Believers’ Village, where we also have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people.

Day 10  Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.  We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. At Sukhbaatar Square we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. We then drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life.

Freedom  of Choice – Alternatively there is an option to stay in the city. After Gandan Monastery and Sukhbaatar Square we visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history. We’ll also see Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum (built between 1893 and 1903), the winter residences of the last Mongolian emperor.  We can also explore the city and have some free time for shopping for Mongolian souvenirs, and their speciality cashmere.  Enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

This evening stay one night at a centrally located hotel.

Day 11 Ulaan Bataar. After breakfast, begin our journey home.  Or there is an extension programme to visit the Gobi Desert (please ask).

Dates and Prices 2014

2014    Eastbound:    May 4, June 1, July 27, August 24

Prices are per person

Silver Class  -                   Twin  =   £7,895       Single  =  £11,295

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £9,495        Single  =  £13,695

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  Sold Out     Single  =  Sold Out

 

 

 

The Silk Road (Moscow to Beijing and Beijing to Moscow)

 

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Silk Road journey

21 days from Moscow to Beijing, or in reverse

2 nights in Moscow, 10 nights onboard the Golden Eagle, 5 nights onboard the Shangri-La Express, 3 nights in Beijing.

Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation, this remarkable tour follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.

Crossing both Russia and China as well as some of the remotest former Soviet republics – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – the  journey  takes in some of the most magnificent yet rarely-visited sights from the ancient world.  Eastbound trips start in Russia’s capital Moscow (westbound trips end here), with plenty of time to explore.

The Golden Eagle then travels on to Volgograd on the banks of the Volga, often better known as Stalingrad, where the Soviets turned the course of the Second World War, before heading to far remoter places that owe their importance to a time much further back in history.

The crossing of the  Kara Kum desert is followed by the amazing 2,500 year old cities of Khiva and Bukhara, both considered so important by UNESCO that it supported their restoration.  Between visits to Khiva and Bukhara, there is  a two-day excursion into Turkmenistan and a visit to the capital city of Ashgabat, a huge modern folly in the desert and a monument to the recently deceased President Sapamurat Turkmenbashi.  Then we tour the ancient city of Merv, claimed to have been the largest city in the world in the 12th century.  Arriving in the outstanding city of  Bukhara, we  visit the Ark, a fortified residence and then onto the Palace of the Moon and Stars.

Samarkand, the ‘Rome of the East’, and a name that conjurs up the Silk Road.  Much admired by Alexander the Great before he destroyed the ancient city, Samarkand is home to Registan Square, a spectacular open space surrounded by beautiful Islamic buildings and considered one of the most inspirational sights in central Asia.  Tashkent,  the capital city of Uzbekistan and a modern Soviet-style city which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966. Our tour of the city includes the Old Town, where traditional homes and religious buildings line the narrow streets and here in a small library we will be privileged to see one of Islam’s most sacred relics – the world’s oldest Koran. This is followed by a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.  Almaty  is the largest city in Kazakhstan and is notable for its wide tree-lined boulevards. Surrounded by the majesty of the Tien Shan Mountains, this beautifully city derives its name from ‘alma’ meaning ‘apple’.  Just a short distance from the city, apple orchards thrive in abundance. Our city tour includes a visit to Panfilov Park where we have the opportunity to visit the Zenkhov Cathedral which was built entirely of wood. We’ll also go out of the city to the Chimbulak resort, where a cable car ride will give you spectacular views of Almaty and the mountains.

China – After crossing the border into China, and changing trains (details below), the tour takes in the Urumqui, the city furthest from any sea in the world.  Then Turpan, where the Flaming Mountains create a magnificent backdrop. We take a fascinating tour to the ancient underground irrigation system that has successfully fed the rich orchards and vineyards for centuries. Our final destination is the elegantly decaying sand city of Jiaohe that was founded in 108 BC.  Dunhuang, with its fascinating Magao Thousand Buddha cave complex (a network of almost 500 grottoes containing over 2,000 statues and 45,000 murals created up to 1,700 years ago).  Then Jiayuguan,  the  fortress at the end of the Great Wall (considered one of northern China’s most spectacular sights).  Lanzhou with the famous galloping horse; Xian with the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, an army of almost 6,000 statues recognised as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th Century.

The  journey ends in Beijing, the vibrant capital of modern, confident China, where the latest architecture rubs shoulders with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Day 1 , Moscow – collection from airport;  Day 2 Moscow; Day 3 Depart Moscow; Day 4 Volgograd; Day 5 Kara Kum Desert, Kazakhstan; Day 6 Khiva, Uzbekistan; Day 7 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Day 8  Merv; Day 9 Bukhara, Uzbekistan; Day 10 Samarkand; Day 11 Tashkent; Day 12 Alamty, Kazakhstan; Day 13 Crossing into China (Change of Trains); Day 14 Urumchi & Turpan; Day 15 Dunhuang; Day 16 Jiayuguan; Day 17 Xian; Day 18 & 19  Beijing; Day 20 Beijing – The Great Wall; Day 21  Beijing – transfer to airport

Hotels:

The Marriott Royal Aurora, Moscow, located in the centre of the city, within walking distance of such attractions as the Red Square.   This hotel is the only one in Moscow to offer butler service for each guest room.  Two nights.

The Hotel Regent, Beijing, located in the centre of China’s Capital, within walking distance of attractions such as the Forbidden City.  Three nights.

Upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

 

Dates and Prices 2014/2015

2014

Moscow  to Beijing:   September 20 – SOLD OUT

Beijing to Moscow:    September 24

Prices are per person

Silver Class  -                   Twin  =   £14,995     Single  =  £21,895

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £18,695      Single  =  £27,195

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £26,495      Single  =  £39,695

2015

Moscow  to Beijing:   September 19

Beijing to Moscow:    September 23

Prices are per person

Silver Class  -                   Twin  =   £15,395     Single  =  £22,395

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £19,195      Single  =  £27,895

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £27,495      Single  =  On request

 

A Taste of the Silk Road

Golden Eagle from Luxury Train Club, taste of the Silk Road

A Taste of the Silk Road

Moscow to Almaty or reverse.

Two nights in Moscow, nine nights onboard the Golden Eagle, and one night in Almaty.

This tour follows the same route and itinerary as the above Silk Road tour, except that it does not go as far as China.  Therefore please read the full itinerary of the Silk Road Journey above in conjunction with the brief itinerary below:

Day 1 , Moscow – collection from airport;  Day 2 Moscow; Day 3 Depart Moscow; Day 4 Volgograd; Day 5 Kara Kum Desert, Kazakhstan; Day 6 Khiva, Uzbekistan; Day 7 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Day 8  Merv; Day 9 Bukhara, Uzbekistan; Day 10 Samarkand; Day 11 Tashkent; Day 12 Alamty, Kazakhstan.

Dates and Prices 2014/2015:

2014

Moscow to Almaty: September 20

Almaty to Moscow: October 2,29

Prices are per person

Silver Class  -                   Twin  =   £10,395     Single  =  £14,995

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £12,495      Single  =  £18,695

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £20,595     Single  =  on request

2015

Moscow to Almaty: September 19

Almaty to Moscow: October 1,30

Prices are per person

Silver Class  -                   Twin  =   £10,595     Single  =  £15,595

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £12,895      Single  =  £19,395

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £21,195     Single  =  on request

 

Arctic Explorer

Arctic Explorer

Arctic Explorer

St Petersburg – Kiekenes (Norway) – Murmansk – Petrozavodsk – Vladimir – Suzdal – Moscow.

Two nights in St Petersburg,  eight on the train, one night in Moscow.

What a way to celebrate New Year and a Russian Christmas in style! Take in the beautiful cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, graced by festive decorations and nature’s own wintry adornments, before exploring deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 1 – St Petersburg, Russia.  Flight arrivals into St Petersburg and transfer to the luxurious Grand Hotel Europe (or similar) for a two-night stay. This evening you are invited to a champagne drinks reception with the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers before the exclusive welcome dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

At the start of your adventure why not extend your stay in St Petersburg with pre-tour nights to explore more of the city at your leisure and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Christmas markets or go ice skating on one of the outdoor rinks in the central squares? It is a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.

Day 2 – St Petersburg.  St Petersburg is beautifully decorated in preparation for Rozhdestvo (Russian Christmas) which is celebrated on the 7th January, and is a  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. Make your evening in St Petersburg extra special by purchasing a ticket for a ballet or opera performance at one of the world-renowned St Petersburg theatres (subject to schedule and availability and pre-booked at least six weeks prior to departure).

Day 3 St Petersburg (New Year’s Eve)

Today there is a tour of St Petersburg featuring 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 embark upon our rail adventure to the Arctic Circle. There is a unique opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve on board at the signature Gala Caviar Dinner in the beautifully designed restaurant car, specially decorated tonight for the New Year’s Eve Party.  Enjoy complimentary champagne, international wines and live musical entertainment for a New Year’s Eve you won’t forget.

Day 4 Crossing the Arctic Circle (New Year’s Day) – Russia

Today we have the opportunity to have a relaxed start to New Year’s Day with a sumptuous breakfast, followed by the opportunity to listen to one of the many talks or just relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside.  A guest astronomer will host an afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cakes and talk about the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in the stylish Bar Lounge car.  Today the train crosses the Arctic Circle on the quest to see the Northern Lights.

 

Day 5 Kiekenes & Northern Lights – Norway

This morning at the Russian border station of Nikel we leave the train with an overnight bag and transfer by bus (90 minutes drive) across the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes for a two night stay at the Thon Hotel (or similar). We visit the magical Snow Hotel just 15 km outside Kirkenes where we have a welcome drink in the snow bar and a tour of the Snow Hotel with its ice sculptures and snow painting by local and international artists. After a traditional meal including a reindeer hot dog in the snow hotel’s warm lodge restaurant we take an evening bus tour in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). If the sky is clear our guest astronomer will be on hand to advise us during star-gazing and will bring the night sky to life with his extensive knowledge.

For a really memorable experience why not choose the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around and stay overnight at the Snow Hotel? Upgrades to the snow hotel are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The snow hotel stays at a constant minus five degrees centigrade and thermal sleeping bags are provided. Showers, toilets and a Scandinavian sauna are provided in a building next to the snow hotel.

 

Day 6 Kiekenes & Northern Lights – Norway

This morning join a tour of Kirkenes Village or travel back to the site of the snow hotel to see the resident reindeers and visit the biggest husky dog farm in eastern Finnmark. After lunch we take a magical excursion by husky dog sledge to the arctic tundra and the frozen fjords. Each sledge is pulled by a team of eight dogs and can seat two people and a driver (dog musher). Later we search again for the Aurora Borealis by bus before returning to the hotel in Kirkenes.

Optional Activities in Kirkenes: You may like to book some additional optional activities such as a Snowmobile Tour (2 hours), Cross Country Skiing (2 hours) or a Snow Shoe Walking Tour (2 hours) – please contact us for prices. These activities have limited places and should be requested at the time of booking the tour.

 

Day 7 Arctic Circle & Northern Lights – Russia

After crossing the border back into Russia to re-join train, we spend the afternoon on board travelling through arctic Russia. Relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape or listen to a lecture by our guest astronomer. Afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cookies will be served in our stylish bar car.

 

Day 8 – Murmansk & Northern Lights

Today we continue to Murmansk, a city halfway between Moscow and the North Pole and 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle.  As the main city of the Kola Peninsula, it started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. In 1916, under pressure from the British to establish a support port, Murmansk was founded. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round. Homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers we’ll visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship

 

Day 9 – Petrozavodsk (6 January: Russian Christmas Eve)

Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of the North-West of Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia. We take a city tour and then celebrate Sochelnik (Russian Christmas Eve) with a Karelian Folk Performance before continuing our festivities with a traditional Russian Christmas Eve meal, known as the Holy Supper. As always a generous allowance of international wine and drinks are included with dinner.

 

Day 10 – Vladimir & Suzdal (7 January: Russian Christmas Day)

The historic city of Vladimir was founded in 990 and is one of Russia’s oldest communities. With an architectural wealth, it has been decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What better place to spend Rozhdestvo (Russian Christmas).  The tour takes in Uspensky Cathedral, built between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries and is 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. Here we visit the atmospheric St Euthymius Monastery to witness an atmospheric choral performance by the resident monks. No Russian winter experience would be complete without the horse-drawn sleigh ride through this stunning location.

 

Day 11 – Moscow

This morning we arrive at Moscow Kazanskiy station and transfer to the centrally located five-star Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel (or similar) for a one-night stay. We visit the Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires; the beautiful façade of the world famous GUM Department store constructed in Tsarist times; the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. We also take a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro – showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

 

Day 12 – Moscow

Today there is a tour of the Kremlin – the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow. We will enjoy an exclusive private viewing before it opens to the public. We’ll also see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber. A return to the Moscow Aurora late morning brings the tour to a close and airport transfers are provided for your departure flights. Lunch, if required would be by your own arrangement. Flights should be booked to depart after 3pm or why not extend your stay in Moscow to explore more of the city at your leisure, go ice skating on the open air ice rink at Red Square or enjoy the Russian Christmas celebrations?

Dates and Prices 2014/2015

2014

St Petersburg to Moscow: December 29

Prices are per person

Silver Class  -                   Twin  =   £10,395     Single  =  £14,995

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £12,495      Single  =  £18,695

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £20,595     Single  =  on request

2015

St Petersburg to Moscow:  February 12

 

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Ulan Ude – Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia) – Vladivostok (15 days)

1 night in Moscow, 12 nights on board, 1 night in Vladivostok.

 

Moscow, a city full of wonderful architecture.  This is where the journey begins with a tour of the Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might. Here we see a mix of fascinating architecture, such as St Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires, the grandeur of The Kremlin and the evocative site of Lenin’s tomb.  Departing Moscow in the opulence of the Golden Eagle is evocative of the Tsar’s era, whilst travelling across Siberia with views of snowy scenery creates a romantic atmosphere. For the next 12 nights, this train is the luxury transport that takes one to the following destinations, whilst also allowing one to have relaxing time on board.

Vladimir and a tour of the 12th century Uspensky Cathedral, one of the most beautiful Russian cathedrals where many of the Tsars were crowned. The same day we travel to Suzdal, one of Russia’s most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024, we visit the atmospheric St Euthymius Monastery to witness an enchanting choral performance by a male choir.  No Russian winter experience would be complete without a Troika sledge ride, through the stunning scenery of Suzdal.

Yekaterinburg, having crossed the Europe/Asia divide.  This historic city was founded in 1723 by Peter the Great and contains the execution site of the Romanovs by the Bolsheviks in 1918, a visit of which is thought-provoking.

Novosibirsk, a modern Soviet city, where we have a tour of the largest Opera House in the world, along with an imposing statue of Lenin.

Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’ with its classic wooden architecture.  We visit the Decembrist House (dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats who were forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825), and a private concert  before leaving for the enchanting wooded encampment of Zaimka (Hunters Lodge) where we will be met by local women dressed in traditional costume.  We have the opportunity to explore a Banya (Russian Sauna) in one of the region’s authentic wooden houses.

Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world and known as  the Pearl of Siberia with its unique breed of freshwater seal, and completly frozen in winter with a back drop of snow-capped peaks.   We visit the shoreside Ice Festival, have a hovercraft ride across the lake, see ice fishing, dog sledges and snowmobiles.

Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic. We visit the Old Believer’s Village and have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.  Famous for the infamous Genghis Khan, we visit the National Museum to learn more about this figure from history and the culture of the nomadic people of Mongolia, with a visit to a Ger.

Vladivostok, reached after  travelling through 8 time zones and over 6,600 miles (10,600km) along this epic route to the end of the Trans-Siberian line.  This military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. offers visitors an opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a tour of a restored submarine before transfer to the four-star Hotel Hyundai for our final evening and the Farewell Dinner.

Dates and Prices 2015

Moscow to Vladivostok:  February 22

Vladivostok to Moscow:  March 6

Prices are per person

Silver Class  -                   Twin  =   £9,895     Single  =  £14,695

Gold Class    -                    Twin  =  £12,295      Single  =  £17,895

Imperial Suite  -              Twin  =  £19,395     Single  =  on request

 

Accommodation

Cabins

Imperial Suites

The Imperial Suites are the most spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle.

Imperial Suites

They benefit from their own large and luxurious fixed King Size bed as well as a dedicated sitting area with dressing table.

Suite facilities include private en-suite facilities with large power shower, underfloor heating and complimentary bathrobes, slippers, toiletries; individual air-conditioning; wardrobe and dressing table; DVD/CD player with LCD screen; safe; two large picture windows.

Guests will also have a dedicated butler service, a selection of complimentary drinks from the premium bar list (excluding premium wines); towels and linen changed daily;  included laundry service and room upgrades to the next available category at our selected hotels as per the itinerary.

  • Area: 120 sq ft (11.1 sq m)
  • Width: 17ft 4ins (3.6m)
  • Length: 6ft 7ins (2m)
  • Bed Width: 5ft/1.5m; sleeps 2 in (UK) King Size bed
  • Bed Length: 6ft 2ins (1.9m)
  • Cabins per car: 1 (plus 3 Gold Class Cabins)

 Gold Class

Gold Class cabins have everything from power showers and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen and individual air conditioning – and are among the largest rail cabins anywhere in the world.  5 cabins per carriage.

Gold Class

Fully en-suite, the bathrooms contain a separate shower cubicle.

  • Cabin area: 77 sq ft (7sqm)
  • Cabin length: 6′ 7″ (2m)
  • Cabin width: 11′ 8″ (3.6m)
  • Lower bed width: – 4′ 5″ (1.35m)

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 linen changed daily; 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

Silver Class

Silver cabins are more compact but  have similar facilities with a fully en-suite wet room.  60 sq ft (5.5 sq metres). 6 cabins per carriage.

Silver Class

  • Cabin length: 6′ 7″ (2m)
  • Cabin width: 9′ (2.7m)
  • Lower bed width: 4′ (1.2m)
  • Upper bed width: 2′ 9″ (85cm)

Sleeps 2  lower standard (4ft) double bed 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 linen changed daily; complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin;  laundry service available for a fee

Restaurant Cars

Opulence is key in these two beautifully appointed restaurant cars which provide a venue for chefs to serve carefully-prepared meals using only the finest local ingredients.  Whether it be the world-renowned ‘Borsch’, caviar or Omul – a fish unique to Lake Baikal – they offer a culinary experience representing the very best of Russia.  Meals are complemented by wines from around the world, as well as – naturally – vodka.

Lounge Car

The social heart of the train is of course the bar car, a great place to relax and settle into the unhurried pace of life on board.  Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know your fellow passengers; the bar stays open until the last person leaves.  Enjoy refreshments whilst briefings are given on the places to be visited, or talks on local history and culture, as well as language lessons.

Shangri-La Express – China  (5 nights on the Silk Road):

Shangri La Express – cabin by night.        Cabin by day.

This modern train has twin-berth cabins, comfortably furnished and traditionally decorated with varnished wood and brass reminiscent of a different age.  Each includes a ‘Pullman’ table and deep armchair alongside a large picture window; a perfect place from which to take in China’s ever-changing scenery.  A state of the art shower car complements the two washrooms/WC’s in every sleeping carriage.

Meals are served in the train’s spacious restaurant cars, with a western breakfast followed by a wide range of authentic Chinese specialities at lunch and dinner, using only the finest local ingredients.  As well as soft drinks, tea and coffee, meals are accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world.  Equally special is the unique ambience of the piano bar car, where our resident pianist is always happy to take requests. Staying open until the last person leaves, the bar is the perfect place to get to know your fellow passengers… or simply wile away some time, reading or taking in the scenery while enjoying your favourite drink.

Cabins

38 sq ft (3.6 sq metres):  Sleeps 2 in bunk style beds:  Wash basin facility shared between 2 compartments:  Toilet/wash facilities are available at the end of each sleeping carriages:  Separate state-of-the-art shower car with individual compartments. Each compartment features shower, mirror, hairdryer and changing area:  Towels, robes and slippers provided:  Towels and linen changed regularly: Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin.

Catering

Most breakfasts and evening meals are served on the train, with a mixture of international and regional catering.  Lunches are either on the train or in restaurants, depending on the itinerary.   There is a generous allowance of wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee with all lunches and dinners both on and off the train (except where stated otherwise).

General Information

What is included in the price.   All accommodation as per the itinerary, both on board the train and in hotels; all meals, be they on the train or otherwise, starting with dinner on the first day (on some tours this may differ slightly, please refer to the specific itinerary); wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee with all lunches and dinners both on and off the train (except where stated otherwise); all arrival and departure transfers; guided off train sightseeing excursions; the services of experienced tour leaders; complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water 24 hours a day, all gratuities; the services of a doctor (except where stated otherwise); porterage between the hotels and stations.

Gratuities.   All gratuities are included in the tour price.  Passengers are asked to refrain from offering gratuities to crew/hoteliers/drivers etc.

Luggage.   There is limited storage space inside the cabin for luggage storage.  Soft-topped luggage is easier to store.  Clients can have assistance to store their luggage.

Dress Code.    During the day, dress is casual both on and off the train.   In the evening we suggest smart casual.

Visas.   These are not included.  Please take  into consideration the time needed to obtain visas and the number required depending on which countries the train passes through.  Visas can be obtained through the train for a fee.

 

Booking & Reservations

All prices are at publicly-quoted rates.

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