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Trans-Siberian Rail Expedition

  • Trip Type: Train
  • 16 Days | Round-trip Vladivostok to Moscow
  • Group Size: Max 32

Expedition Details


Set out on an epic train journey across one-third of the world, traveling from Vladivostok to the heart of Moscow along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. From the Mongolian steppe to Lake Baikal’s remote shores to the snow-capped Ural Mountains, trace the history of tsars, exiles, and Mongols in the comfort of our luxury train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Encounter remote cultures and the unique architecture of Siberia’s wooden cottages and Moscow’s onion domes.

Trip Highlights

  • Historian and National Geographic expert George Munro joins us aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian for a journey along one of the world’s most legendary railways.
  • Attend musical performances, including a private show at the Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk and a choral concert given by Buryat’s Old Believers.
  • Sip tea at a family home in the village of Listvyanka, perched along the shores of beautiful Lake Baikal.
  • In Moscow, take an in-depth tour of the Kremlin, and learn about the history of Russian space exploration during a talk by a cosmonaut.

Itinerary - 16 Days

Days 1 & 2 — Vladivostok, Russia

Arrive in Vladivostok and meet fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. On a city tour, see the Pacific Navy War Memorial and the Vladivostok Fortress, and take in skyline views from the Eagle’s Nest observation platform. Board our luxury train and set off on our rail journey across Russia.
Hotel Hyundai; Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Espress (D; B,L,D)

Days 3 through 6 — Khabarovsk/On Train/ Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Explore Khabarovsk and visit its Natural History Museum to learn about the region’s ecology and indigenous tribes. Enjoy two days on board as we glide across Siberia to the Mongolian steppe. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and visit the National Museum. Then head to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for a horseback-riding demonstration and a visit to a traditional ger (tent) camp. Enjoy a Mongolian throat-singing performance.

Days 7 & 8 — Ulan Ude, Russia/Lake Baikal

Stop in Ulan Ude to watch a choral performance given by the Old Believers, a group descended from 17th-century religious exiles. Trace the shores of beautiful Lake Baikal on a route that passes through 33 tunnels. Stop to enjoy lunch on shore before joining a family for tea in the village of Listvyanka.

Days 9, 10, & 11 — Irkutsk/On Train/Novosibirsk

Visit Irkutsk’s historic sights, and wander through a collection of Russian and Siberian cottages at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Hear a bell-ringing performance, then enjoy a private concert at the Decembrist House Museum. After a day relaxing on board, stop in Novosibirsk to see the opera house and Lenin Square.

Day 10 — Irkutsk

Spend today in Irkutsk, an important Siberian outpost established by the Cossacks in 1652. In the early 19th century, many Russian artists, officers, and nobles were exiled here for their involvement in the Decembrist revolt. Visit the city’s historic sights, and wander through a delightful collection of classic Russian and Siberian cottages at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Stop for a private bell-ringing performance atop a bell tower, and then enjoy a private concert and champagne reception at the Decembrist House Museum.
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B,L,D)

Days 11 & 12 — On Train/Novosibirsk

Enjoy a day to relax on board, taking in stunning scenery as the vast Siberian taiga unfurls. The following day, stop in Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city, to see the opera house and Lenin Square.

Days 12 & 13 — Yekaterinburg/Kazan

Arrive in Yekaterinburg and visit the site of the infamous Romanov execution. The next day, explore Kazan, touring the city’s Kremlin, the Qol Sharif Mosque, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Visit the Kazan Conservatory, and enjoy a student concert before a private cruise around the walls of the city’s Kremlin.

Days 14 & 15 — Moscow

Disembark in Moscow for a city tour and a guided nighttime stroll through Red Square. Explore the legendary Kremlin, and visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Armory Museum, and the Conquerors of Space monument. Delve into the history of space exploration at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, and hear a talk from a Russian cosmonaut.
Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora (B,L,D DAILY)

Day 16 — Moscow

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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National Geographic Expert

George Munro

George MunroGeorge Munro, a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, has lived and studied in the former Soviet Union and travels to Russia regularly to pursue his research. A Fulbright fellow, George is the author of five books, including The Most Intentional City: St Petersburg in the Reign of Catherine the Great. He has written more than 200 articles about the region, has lectured widely, and has received numerous fellowships and distinguished service awards.

George will join the following departures:

Aug 05 - 20, 2018
Sep 02 - 17, 2018


  • Aug 05 - 20, 2018
  • Sep 02 - 17, 2018

Expedition Cost

Silver Class $19,995
Gold Class $23,495

Visit our website for details on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2017, add $7,995 for Silver Class and $10,595 for Gold Class; in 2018, add $8,495 for Silver Class and $10,995 for Gold Class. Airfare to Vladivostok and return from Moscow is not included in the expedition cost.

Featured Traveler Photo

Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.