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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.
Discover the evocative choral music and
unique culture of Buryat’s Old Believers.
Trace the shores of Lake Baikal, and stop
for tea in a family home.
Attend musical performances, including a
concert at the Decembrist House Museum
In Moscow, take an in-depth tour of the
Kremlin, and meet a Russian 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
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. (B,L,D DAILY)
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. (B)
George 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.
Visit our website for details on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (pictured left). Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $7,995 in Silver Class and $10,595 in Gold Class. Airfare to Vladivostok and return from Moscow is not included in the expedition cost.