Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes
Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes from the warmth of your luxurious carriage, enjoying sleigh rides and choirs, saunas and yurts en-route to Vladivostok. Travel on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train for an unforgettable 8,000-mile winter adventure.
We meet at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office and embark on an extraordinary journey across almost half of the globe by train. We depart by Eurostar for Brussels in Standard Premier Class. In Brussels we join Europe's high-speed network, travelling in First Class via Cologne to Berlin, where we transfer to the 4-Star Maritim Hotel for a two-night stay. On Day 2 we enjoy a fascinating 'east meets west' tour of Berlin, admiring impressive Imperial buildings and introducing the sights of this once divided city.
Today we continue eastwards, travelling across the Polish border to the impressive city of Warsaw, where we spend the night. On Day 4 you have a free morning to explore the Polish capital. Take a stroll around Warsaw's quaint Old Town and explore the atmospheric streets, lined with merchants' houses, craft shops and cafés. Later we board the overnight sleeper train for a journey to Moscow.
After a journey across Poland and into Russia, we arrive in Moscow in the late morning. Upon leaving the train we transfer to the 5-star Moscow Ritz Carlton Hotel, where we later enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. On Day 6 we spend the day in Moscow and take a tour of its famous sights, including the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral. Following dinner in a Moscow restaurant, this evening we join the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, for our fabulous 12-night adventure to Vladivostok.
Our first stop on our Trans-Siberian adventure is Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan on the River Volga. The city is renowned for its ornate buildings, including the colourful onion-domed cathedral, the inspiring Kul Sharif Mosque in the grounds of the impressive Kazan Kremlin, and the classical style buildings of the university.
Today we cross the Europe-Asia divide and arrive in Yekaterinburg, founded in 1723 by Peter the Great. Here we visit the site where the Romanov family, headed by Tsar Nicholas II, was murdered in 1918, now marked by a church dedicated to their memory. On Day 9 we alight in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, for a guided tour, taking in the world's largest Opera House, and Lenin's imposing statue. Alternatively you can head to the south of the city with a visit to the excellent railway museum which displays rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars through to the Soviet era.
We spend Day 10 on the train enjoying the passing scenery as we travel through the Sayan Mountains. On Day 11 we arrive in Irkutsk, a city affectionately known as 'the Paris of Siberia'. During a sightseeing tour we visit the city's most significant sights and museums including some classic Siberian carved-wood architecture and the Decembrist House Museum.
Today we experience one of the true highlights of our journey through Siberia. The Golden Eagle skirts vast Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake, totally frozen at this time of year. We wind our way through tunnels and along cliff -hugging tracks before stopping on the lakeside for a barbecue lunch including freshly smoked fish.
We then continue on to visit the small village of Listvyanka, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills before enjoying a boat ride on Lake Baikal.
Today we arrive in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic. Here we visit the Old Believer's Village, where we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local musicians and dancers. On Day 14 we arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Passing the Genghis Khan monument, we visit the National Museum and other sights, before enjoying lunch in a traditional yurt. Day 15 is spent on board as we continue east through this vast and varied country.
The train follows the Shilka and Amur Rivers close to the Chinese border. Our route takes us across an area of permafrost, as remote as it is dramatic. During Day 17 we reach the most easterly point of our journey and as we head towards the Pacific coast, we enjoy a farewell dinner on board.
After travelling across 11 time zones and over 8,000 train miles, our epic journey from London finishes on Day 18, as the Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Vladivostok. We take a tour of the city before transferring to the Hyundai Hotel for the night. On Day 19 we transfer to the airport for our return flight via Moscow to London.
We are delighted to offer a version of the tour starting with a flight from London to Moscow. The two tours join together in Moscow on Day 5. Although shorter in length (15 days), this Trans-Siberian adventure includes all the splendour of Moscow, plus the classic rail journey to Vladivostok.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
British Citizens require a visa to enter Russia and Mongolia and a Belarus transit visa. Please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for further details.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes