White Nights by Steam

  • Golden Eagle

  • Luxury

    The Tour

    Join us on White Nights by Steam for an incredible rail journey during the celebratory White Nights season, as we cross deep into the Arctic Circle aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle. Incomparable cities, remote communities, serene forests and stories recounting a turbulent history await you on this adventure of a lifetime. What better way is there to experience the land of the midnight sun than by private train?

    This is a spectacular, entirely steam-hauled voyage through a shimmering sea of winter white on the most iconic railway in the world.

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    The Itinerary

    Day 1 – Moscow
    Arrive into Moscow and be transferred to the luxurious Four Seasons Moscow (or similar) situated on Red Square for two nights. In the evening, enjoy a champagne reception with the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers before an exclusive welcome dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

    Day 2 – Moscow
    Today in Moscow, make an extended visit to the Podmoskovnaya Train Station and Locomotive Depot.

    Day 3 – Roslavl
    Transfer in the morning to Moscow’s Kazanski station to join the Golden Eagle, our new home for the next 11 nights. After a welcome reception and introduction to the train staff in the Bar Lounge Car, lunch follows, and our journey begins.  There will not be many hours of darkness in the next two weeks as this is the time of year the Russians call ‘White Nights’.

    in the evening, make a short stop in the town of Roslavl.

    Steam Locomotive: P36 class

    Day 4 – On Board
    Relax on board as the steam engines haul us through the Russian countryside.

    Steam Locomotives: L class and Er class

    Day 5 – Pskov & Novgorod
    In the morning, visit Pskov with its ancient and well restored centre situated on the Latvian border and in whose station Tsar Nicholas II abdicated on 15th March 1915.

    Return to the train for lunch and travel on to Novgorod for a short city tour, billed as the birthplace of Russia. Within Novgorod Kremlin’s red-brick fortress walls is the 5-domed, 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral.

    Steam Locomotive: Er class

    Day 6 – St. Petersburg
    After breakfast, visit Catherine’s Summer Palace in Pushkin, including a visit to the Amber Room, once considered an ‘8th Wonder of the World’.  Lunch follows at the Podvorye Restaurant (a typical Russian Log House). Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city of St. Petersburg, a visit to the Imperial Waiting Room at Vitebski Station and an optional visit to the Railway Museum before rejoining the train for dinner.

    Steam Locomotives: LV class, P36 class and Ov class

    Day 7 – Petrozavodsk for Kizhi Island
    Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centers of the northwest of Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a private folk performance before taking a city tour. Later, be transferred via hovercraft to Kizhi Island on Lake Onega to explore its open-air museum of wooden architecture. Marvel at wooden churches built without the use of a single nail which have survived the challenges of Russian winters and revolution.

    Steam Locomotive: Ov class

    Day 8 – Murmansk
    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. Learn about the perilous missions of the many Arctic convoys, hunted continually by the German Navy, which sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland and North America to Murmansk in World War Two to deliver essential supplies to the Soviet Union. As Murmansk is homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreaker, enjoy a visit to the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship.

    Steam Locomotive: Su class

    Day 9 – Nikel Murmansk
    In the early morning arrive at Nikel, on the border with Norway. The station is close to the Nikel smelting plant which in part has caused the devastation to the surrounding countryside that will have been evident for the 20 miles before arrival. An eerie place but has been one of the highlights of our previous tours.

    Steam Locomotive: P36 class

    Day 10 – Kem for Solovetsy Island
    After arriving early morning into Kem, transfer to a small boat bound for Solovetsky Monastery on Solovetsky Island in the White Sea. The island is also infamous for its ‘Special Purpose Camp’ set up by Stalin and is the location used as the basis for Solzhenitzyn’s Gulag Archipelago.

    Steam Locomotive: P36 class

    Day 11 – Archangel
    Spend the day touring Archangel, a town located on the banks of the White Sea that was the chief seaport of medieval Russia. On the city tour you will have the opportunity to visit the British and American Arctic Convoy War Graves and the Wooden Architecture Museum.

    Steam Locomotive: SO class

    Day 12 – Bakaritsa
    In the morning, make a short stop in the town of Bakaritsa, once a make-shift airfield for British forces in the Second World War.

    Steam Locomotive: P36 class

    Day 13 – Vologda & Yaroslavl
    Arrive in Vologda, known particularly for its beautiful Kremlin. Its landmark buildings include the 16th-century St. Sophia Cathedral and its gilded bell tower.

    Return to the train for lunch while the P36 steam locomotives travel on to Yaroslavl for a short city tour. Yaroslavl is the largest and oldest (founded 1010) city on the Golden Ring, a fact underscored by its place of honor on the Russian 1000-rouble note (including the 15-domed church of John the Baptist on the back). Anchored by two rivers, the mighty Volga and the smaller Kotorosl, Yaroslavl’s center is dotted with onion domes like no other place in Russia.

    Later on in the evening enjoy a farewell dinner on board.

    Steam Locomotive: P36 class

    Day 14 – Moscow
    Return to Moscow in the morning.  Visit Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might. Red Square is home to an 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, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb.

    Enjoy a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro, decorated with showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

    Steam Locomotive: P36 class

    Day 15 – Moscow
    Breakfast in the hotel brings the tour to a close and airport transfers are provided for departing flights.

    2021 Dates:

    June 16 - June 30

    The Prices

    2021 Pricing Double
    Deposit amount
    Heritage Class
    Silver Class
    Gold Class
    Imperial Suite

    Please note: all prices are per person.


    Latest News: Click here for owner Owen Hardy’s blog on improvements in 2012 on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

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    The Highlights

    • Three nights at the five-star Four Seasons Moscow
    • Visit to Catherine’s Summer Palace in Pushkin, home to the Amber Room
    • Hovercraft transfer to Kizhi Island on Lake Onega
    • Visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship in Murmansk, a place rich in WW2 history
    • Visit to iconic Red Square in Moscow
    • 11 nights aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle
    • All gratuities, meals, drinks, and sightseeing per itinerary.
    Golden Eagle P36 steam engine.
    Golden Eagle P36 steam engine.
    Red Square in Moscow
    Red Square in Moscow
    Moscow at night
    Moscow at night
    The Heritage Museum in St. Petersburg
    The Heritage Museum in St. Petersburg