Explore half way around the world entirely by train
Step on board the Golden Eagle and be transported back to the romantic age of travel as we wend our way across Russia, Mongolia and Siberia in unprecedented luxury. This rail adventure takes you on a journey of over 8,000 miles; a true odyssey to the other side of the world.
We meet at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras International, before embarking on an extraordinary journey across almost half of the globe by train. We depart by Eurostar for Brussels in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board. In Brussels we join Europe's high-speed network, travelling in First Class via Cologne to Berlin, where we transfer to the 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 our journey east, 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 Poland's 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 Ritz Carlton Hotel, where we later enjoy dinner in the evening. We spend Day 6 in Moscow, where we take a tour of its famous sights, including Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral. This afternoon 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 of the city's sights, including the Opera House. The performing arts are an important part of both the city and Siberia, and the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is the largest building of its kind in Russia. Built in 1944, the magnificent structure has been a key symbol of the city ever since. Due to its importance, it's even been nicknamed the 'Siberian Colosseum' and is a much-loved attraction of both Novosibirsk and Siberia.
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, founded by Cossacks. One of the largest and best-known cities in Siberia, it takes its name from the nearby Irkut River, which meets the mighty, 1,640-feet-wide Angara River, close to the city. Surrounded by dense forest lands, Irkutsk was founded in 1661 as a fort to colonise lands stretching right through Siberia to Alaska. Though little is known about the place from that time, it gained notoriety in the early 19th century, when many Russian nobles, artists and officers were sent into exile in the city for taking part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. The city is affectionately known as 'the Paris of Siberia', and much of the city's cultural heritage came from these political outcasts. Many of their wooden houses have survived and during a sightseeing tour we take in the fascinating wood-carved architecture, and visit the city's most significant sights and museums, including the Decembrist House Museum.
Today we experience one of the true highlights of our journey through Siberia. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express will be steam-hauled, as we skirt the shores of vast Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. At 30 million years old, it also makes it the world's oldest lake, and was created by a rift valley, formed when part of the Earth's crust pulled apart. Its massive size is almost difficult to comprehend until you see it for yourself; around 20% of the world's surface freshwater can be found here, and according to ancient Chinese texts, it was once believed to be a part of the North Sea. We continue on to visit the small village of Listvyanka, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills. We stop off later tonight for a barbecue dinner on the lakeside including freshly smoked fish.
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, set in a sweeping valley surrounded by four sacred peaks of the Khentii range. Ulaanbaatar is not just the capital of Mongolia, but also the political, economic and cultural centre of the nation. As befitting a famously nomadic country, it is appropriate that Ulaanbaatar was established as a moving - and moveable - city back in 1639. After a few varying locations (though none was very far from the present site), it settled permanently in its current location in the latter half of the 18th century.
Though the skyline is dotted with modern buildings such as skyscrapers, Ulaanbaatar also hosts many traditional yurts - the felt-covered tents that have been used by Mongolian nomads for centuries. The city took its current name in 1924, after Mongolian hero Damdin Sükhbaatar, together with the Soviet Red Army, saved the country from Chinese occupation. The name 'Ulaanbaatar' means 'Red Hero'. Passing the Genghis Khan monument, we visit the National Museum before enjoying lunch in one of these traditional yurts. 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 today. 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 concludes today, as the Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Vladivostok. We take a tour of the city before transferring to the Hyundai Hotel for one 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. Shorter in length (15 days), this Trans-Siberian adventure includes all the splendour of Moscow, plus the classic rail journey to Vladivostok.
Our Tour Managers have been taking customers on the Trans-Siberian Express for many years now. Read about their experiences on the tour by clicking the link below.
The Trans-Siberian Express with Great Rail Journeys.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
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Please note that for cancellation purposes, this holiday is classed as a 'Private Train' holiday. See our Booking Conditions for further information.
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.
Explore half way around the world entirely by train