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Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow
Trains:  Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
15-day Escorted Tour

Tour Type:  Luxury

The Tour

The Trans-Siberian Express is THE big train ride—an epic 15-day journey spanning two continents and seven time zones. Travel across the world's most famous railway on board the private Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

You'll spend most days touring cities along the route as well as enjoy three, relaxing all-day train rides. You'll spend your nights on the train in private train compartments (except on the first and last nights of the tour, when you'll be in top hotels). Highlights include viewing the early-morning mist rising over Lake Baikal, as you ride outside on the engine, followed by a picnic lunch on a secluded beach.

There’s no better way to see the vastness of Siberia. One of IRT members’ favorite journeys, it's a trip that will change your life.

Two Imperial Suites will continue to be available on all 2014 Golden Eagle departures. These new compartments are the most spacious – 120 square feet – offered on the train and feature a fixed king-sized bed, a dedicated dressing table and lounge area, and more. For details about this and other upgrades, click here.

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“It was a fine way to see Siberia, a vast land mass of unending field and forest, punctuated by surprisingly vibrant, colorful cities and warm, smiling people. We were like a cruise ship making stops at varied, otherwise inaccessible ports of call.”
— Owen Hardy, Publisher, The International Railway Traveler®

 

“I went on the Golden Eagle...and although I had already traveled to 132 countries, this was the most dramatic and most fantastic trip I have ever taken. It was so well organized and in every way fabulous. I want to continue receiving your notices and hope I can find a similar train trip soon.”
— W. Friar, Trans-Siberian, 2008

The Itinerary

For Moscow-Vladivostok (Eastbound) Itinerary, click here

Vladivostock-Moscow (Westbound)

Day 1: Vladivostok

Passengers are met at Vladivostok airport and transferred to the Hotel Hyundai for a one-night stay. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception dinner this evening.

Day 2: Vladivostok
Today’s city tour includes the major military attractions of this once “closed-to-foreigners” city, including a restored Soviet submarine and the city's naval defenses. This afternoon we board our private Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train; settle into your private compartment as the train departs. Enjoy dinner in one of the beautiful restaurant cars.

Day 3: Khabarovsk
We enjoy our first full day on the Golden Eagle. We stop in Khabarovsk for a short tour of this city of wide, tree-lined boulevards. Located at the confluence of the Assuri and Amur rivers, Khabarovsk is the most easterly point of our journey. Rejoining the train, we now head west—towards Moscow.

Day 4: On board
Our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur Rivers, close to the Chinese border. Relax on board as the Russian scenery unfolds before you. Perhaps you would like to attend an on-board lecture or Russian language lesson.

Day 5: On board
Today offers another opportunity to enjoy the train's service and amenities. Practice your improving Russian or sit back and enjoy a drink (perhaps the local favorite, vodka) in the bar car, where a resident musician entertains.

Day 6: Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia, home of Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. We visit the capital city of Ulaan Baatar, taking in the National Museum to learn the country's history.

Lunch is taken Mongol style in a traditional Ger (Yurt) where we experience an authentic meal, enjoying excellent local dishes and entertainment, providing a unique opportunity to witness this time-honored nomadic way of life. Afternoon free for shopping or a drive through Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

We board the train in time for dinner as we head back into Russia.

Day 7: Ulan Ude
Afternoon arrival in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic, where you’ll notice a fascinating change of people and dress. We visit a community of Old Believers, Russian Orthodox church members whose forebears broke off from the main church following the 1443 split with Constantinople.

We learn about the culture and history of these communities through a traditional meal and concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

Day 8:  Lake Baikal
A fantastic day’s adventure as the Golden Eagle diverts from the main line, winding its way on a little-used, single-track line through tunnels and around cliffs along the shoreline of Lake Baikal, the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake.

We stop at one of the bays, descend from the train to the beach and enjoy a barbecue at the water’s edge (weather permitting), featuring freshly smoked fish. Some brave souls might take a swim! We then visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal village nestled at the base of the surrounding hills. Evening train departure.

Day 9:  Irkutsk
Today we arrive in the “Paris of Siberia,” Irkutsk, so named because of the sophistication brought to the Silerian outpost by the exiled "Decembrists." These were eight aristocractic families banished to Irkutsk in 1825 following an attempted revolt in St. Petersburg.

Our full-day tour includes an exploration of the classic wooden architecture that is unique to the region. We also visit the Decembrist House museum, where a private concert will be performed for our group. Return to the train for dinner. 

Day 10:  On board
Of Siberia, the Russian poet Chekov reportedly wrote: "only the migratory birds know where it ends." Today, we find out why.

After several exciting stops, we have a full day on the train to rest, reflect on the sights we've seen and simply gaze out the window. All meals are served in the train's restaurant cars.

Day 11:  Novosibirsk
Stop in this modern “Soviet” city and visit the world’s largest Opera House, completed in 1944 and whose stage reportedly was ordered by Stalin to withstand the weight of a squadron of tanks. Also visit Lenin Square and River Ob, which flows 3,500 miles from its source to the Arctic.

Day 12:  Yekaterinburg
Tour Yekaterinburg, last city in Asia and capital of the Urals. More important for students of Russian history, Yekaterinburg is the execution site of Russia's last Czar, Nicholas, as well as his wife, Alexandra, their children and servants.

Khrushchev ordered the destruction of the building where the crime took place, but the Russian Orthodox memorial which replaced it several decades later is a moving tribute to the doomed Romanovs. We cross the Europe/Asia divide shortly after departure.

Day 13:  Kazan
Mid-morning arrival in Kazan, beautiful capital of Tatarstan located on the Volga River. One highlight of our city tour is Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we'll see the stunning mosque and magnificent onion-domed cathedral.

Day 14:  Moscow
Mid-morning arrival in Moscow—the end of our 6,600 mile journey. Full day touring this vibrant city, including Red Square. Here we see an eclectic mix of fascinating architecture: from the ornate St. Basil's Cathedral and grand Kremlin to the somber and evocative site of Lenin's tomb.

Alternative Moscow touring options will be available, such as the Tretyakov Gallery or the KGB Museum. Transfer to our five-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel for a one-night stay, and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 15:  Moscow
Following breakfast, you may explore the city at your leisure. An early-morning Kremlin visit is scheduled this morning if your journey arrived in Moscow on a Thursday, when the Kremlin museums normally are closed. Transfers to Moscow airport included.

Click here for Eastbound Itinerary.


2014 Dates:
May 17-31 (Westbound)
June 14-28 (WB)
Aug. 9-23 (WB)
Sept. 6-20 (WB)

2015 Dates:
May 18-June 1 (Westbound)
June 18-July 2 (WB)
Aug. 8-22 (WB)
Sept. 4-18 (WB)

The Prices

Please note: All prices are per person.

 
2014 Pricing:

  May Departures
 Double
Single
Deposit amount
  Silver Class
$15,495
$22,595
$1,500
  Gold Class
$18,995
$27,995
$2,000
  Imperial Suite
$29,995
$44,995
$5,000

 

  June-September
 Double
Single
Deposit amount
  Silver Class
$16,595
$23,995
$1,500
  Gold Class
$19,995
$29,995
$2,000
  Imperial Suite
$32,995
$47,995
$5,000

 

Please note: All prices are per person.

 
2015 Pricing:

  May Departures
 Double
Single
Deposit amount
  Silver Class
$15,895
$23,495
$1,500
  Gold Class
$19,595
$28,695
$2,500
  Imperial Suite
$30,995
On request
$5,000

 

  June-September
 Double
Single
Deposit amount
  Silver Class
$16,995
$24,995
$1,500
  Gold Class
$20,595
$30,995
$2,500
  Imperial Suite
$33,995
On request
$5,000

 

Other:

Please note: All classic Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express journeys are guaranteed departures. Arrival and departure transfers included, even if you extend your stay. Are you a single? Ask to share, and be guaranteed the per person, double rate. Ask us for details.

Extensions: We are delighted to make arrangements for your extension, and highly recommend adding on St. Petersburg, traveling by first-class train or river cruiser from Moscow, with special visits to Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage and more. Let us custom-design a package for you.

Double-entry Russian visa required for this trip.

If your departure arrives Moscow on a Thursday, please schedule your air departure next day in the afternoon so you can participate in the early-morning Friday Kremlin visit.

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Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow (Length:15 Days)
The Highlights
Guided tours in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulan Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Moscow
Afternoon barbecue on Lake Baikal shore, largest freshwater lake in the world (weather permitting)
Dinner, concert and dancing provided by the Old Believers, breakaway Eastern Orthodox sect living outside Ulan Ude
Irkutsk, elegant home of the upper-class “Decembrist” revolutionaries exiled by Tsar Nicholas I in 1825
Yekaterinburg, infamous execution site of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, their son, daughters and servants, by the Bolsheviks in 1918
Grand Moscow's Red Square, the Kremlin and Kremlin museum, with its Imperial jewels and Fabergé eggs
All meals, fine wine with lunch and dinner, hotels, gratuities, off-train tours and arrival/departure transfers included

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow
IRT 25th Anniversary Trans-Siberian journey, June 2008, at Lake Baikal.

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow
Moscow's Red Square (Photo by Owen Hardy)

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express at Lake Baikal. (Photo by Owen Hardy)

Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express: Vladivostok-Moscow
Passengers converse in a Gold Class cabin aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. (Photo by Owen Hardy)
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