The Golden Eagle 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. Five Imperial Suites will continue to be available on all 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 more details about the Imperial Suites, click here.
Journeys on Golden Eagle
The Silk Road rail adventure is one of the most exotic, storied, and best-loved by Society of IRT members, taking travelers to places few Westerners have ventured. It's no wonder IRT co-owners Owen & Eleanor Hardy chose this epic adventure to celebrate IRT's 30th anniversary in 2013! This two-train tour follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo along one of the world’s oldest and most historic trade routes. The luxurious Golden Eagle and the first-class Shangri-La Express trains will transport you back in time through five countries. This great caravan road linked the kings of Europe with the luxuries of Asia—most significantly, its silks and spices. It is preserved to a remarkable degree. Tour the Gobi Desert on camel, and see the Terracotta Warriors of Xian. Marvel at the architecture and artistry on display in the mosques and buildings of Central Asia's most important medieval cities. Wander through local markets offering Uzbek textiles and ceramics. Explore the history-rich cities of Beijing and Moscow. And do it all from the comfort of your "hotel-on-wheels!" This is truly a "trip of a lifetime." Short on time? 13-day "Taste of the Silk Road" also available from Almaty-Moscow only. Please click here for details, pricing, and dates.
Begin the captivating Caspian Odyssey journey in Yerevan, Armenia, where the skyline is dominated by snow-capped Mount Ararat towering in the distance. Then, board the luxurious all-ensuite Golden Eagle train and begin your adventure through the South Caucasus region. Visit the Georgian cities of Tbilisi, Telavi, and Gori, all steeped in history both modern and ancient. Then make your way to Baku, Azerbaijan on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. After an adventurous crossing on the Caspian Sea, you'll join the ancient Silk Road trading route and visit Ashgabat, the gleaming capital of Turkmenistan. Then, visit Uzbekistan, with tours of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent, before arriving at your final destination of Almaty, Kazakhstan. This once-a-year tour takes you to places few western travelers have ever seen - and on one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the stunning Golden Eagle. There's no better way to see these historic and otherworldly places! Click here to read about IRT Vice President of Operations Angela Walker's Caspian Odyssey. Note: The Golden Eagle train includes five Imperial Suites on all departures. These new compartments are the most spacious – 120 square feet – and feature a fixed king-sized bed, a dressing table and lounge area, and more. For details about this and other upgrades, click here.
25 years after operating the first-ever private Trans-SIberian rail journey, join Golden Eagle for the 22-day Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland by Steam. This is a spectacular, entirely steam-hauled voyage through a shimmering sea of winter white on the most iconic railway in the world. This epic trip spans two continents and seven time zones. Enjoy several fascinating stops rich in culture and history, including Yekaterinburg, the spot where the Bolsheviks executed Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Visit the birthplace of Lenin at Ulyanovsk and take in the architecture in Irkutsk, the 'Paris of Siberia.' Visit Kazan's Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Ulan Ude, where you will visit the Old Believers. Tour Ulaan Baatar, capital of Mongolia. Spend one night at a traditional alpine hotel on the shores of Lake Baikal, deepest freshwater lake in the world, and wake up to breathtaking views across the Sharyzhalgay river gorge. Watch ice fishing, or experience a snowmobile or dog-sled ride across the rock-solid lake. For those dazzled by the sunlit snow in "Doctor Zhivago," Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland by Steam is the answer to your "Winter Dreams." Two nights are included in the tour at our fabulous Virtuoso partner property, Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. (And if you've never been to Moscow before, we highly recommend adding a day or two to explore the city more fully.)
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.
A new itinerary for 2020, the Republics of the Silk Road is a fascinating rail journey on the Golden Eagle luxury train that travels through the Five Stans: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Solo travelers take note: there is no single supplement for Silver or Gold Class on the 2020 departure of Republics of the Silk Road. This is unlikely to be offered again. Pricing for solo travelers is going up by at least $15,000 dollars for 2021. If you are a solo traveler and have wanted to take a private train journey through Central Asia, there has never been a better time to do it. Click here for Lonely Planet's short video explaining why they have named the Central Asian Silk Road the top region to visit in 2020.
The Ulaan Baatar Express on the Golden Eagle could be considered a 'highlights reel' of the longer Trans-Siberian Express journey. If you are short on time, or want to explore further in Ulaan Baatar before or after your railway journey, this trip is for you.
The Taste of the Silk Road rail adventure offers travelers unparalleled access to places few Westerners have ventured, and is one of the most exotic and best-loved by Society of IRT members. This abbreviated version of the journey allows you to visit the storied sites of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia in only 13 days. For the classic 21-day Silk Road journey, please visit our website here. The luxurious Golden Eagle will transport you back in time. Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo along one of the world’s oldest and most historic trade routes. This great caravan road linked the kings of Europe with the luxuries of Asia—most significantly, its silks and spices. It is preserved to a remarkable degree.
The Trans-Siberian Express "Winter Wonderland" is a voyage through a shimmering sea of winter white. This epic trip spans two continents and seven time zones. Spend two weeks traveling on the world's most famous railway on board the private, cozy Golden Eagle. This unique winter journey includes a trip to frozen Lake Baikal, the deepest fresh-water lake in the world, and the opportunity to experience a snowmobile or dog-sled ride across the rock-solid lake. For those who were dazzled by the sunlit snow in "Doctor Zhivago," this will be the answer to your "Winter Dreams."
The Arctic Explorer: Quest for the Northern Lights journey takes you through stunning St. Petersburg and Moscow before exploring far north in search of the magnificent Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Travel aboard Russia's premier train, the incomparable Golden Eagle. Note: The Golden Eagle train includes five Imperial Suites on all departures. These luxurious compartments are the most spacious – 120 square feet – and feature a fixed king-sized bed, a dressing table and lounge area, and more. For details about this and other upgrades, click here.
The Naadam Festival is the big event in Mongolia—a lively national celebration, held every year. Naadam means “three manly games.” Known as the world’s second-oldest Olympics, it celebrates what defined civilization in the Steppes eight centuries ago—archery, wrestling, and horse riding. The competitors in the riding events are all children aged between 5 and 12, many of whom have been in the saddle since the age of one. It is claimed that such equestrian skills won Genghis Khan an empire that stretched from the Sea of Japan all the way to Europe. Once a religious ceremony, the festival now formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country. This tour is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience this spectacular, colorful, but little-known festival and soak up the exciting atmosphere of this national holiday. Our tour combines the Naadam Festival with an amazing overland journey from Moscow on board the Golden Eagle private luxury train. Note: The Golden Eagle train includes five Imperial Suites on all departures. These new compartments are the most spacious – 120 square feet – and feature a fixed king-sized bed, a dressing table and lounge area, and more. For details about this and other upgrades, click here.