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Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes

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2020 Tour code: TSW20

About the tour

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. The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.


What’s included


Days 1-2 - To Berlin

Meet your group and Tour Manager 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. Here, we join Europe's high-speed network, traveling in First Class via Cologne to Berlin, where stay for two nights. On Day 2 we enjoy an 'east meets west' tour of Berlin, admiring the impressive Imperial buildings of this once divided city.

  • Day 1: Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 - Warsaw and on to Moscow

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 sightseeing tour of Poland's capital. This beautiful city has hundreds of years of history to uncover - the oldest building in Warsaw is St John's Cathedral, which started construction at the end of the 14th century. A favorite of many who visit is the charming Old Town. Filled with quaint cobbled streets and multicolored buildings, this area is a delight to explore. Although many of the originally medieval buildings were destroyed in World War II, they have been painstakingly restored and reconstructed. Here also, surrounding the main square, Rynek Starego Miasta, you can find numerous upscale restaurants offering delectable Polish fare. This can be anything from 'pierogi', the national dish of Poland which are delicious dumplings filled with cabbage or potato, or sour rye soup, served in a bowl of sourdough bread.

Later we board the overnight sleeper train for a journey to Moscow.

  • Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast
Days 5-6 - Moscow

After a journey across Poland into Russia, we arrive in Moscow late this morning. If you select our fl y option of this tour, today is the day you join the rest of your group.

We spend Day 6 in Moscow, seeing Red Square, the Kremlin, Lenin's mausoleum, and St Basil's Cathedral. We also have lunch at Café Pushkin, set in a Baroque mansion on Tverskoy Boulevard. Later, we see some of the most beautiful and ornate Metro stations, before joining the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express to Vladivostok.

  • Day 5: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Breakfast, Dinner
Red Square, Moscow
Days 7-8 - Kazan and Yekaterinburg

Our first stop is Kazan on the River Volga for a walking tour. On Day 8 we cross the Europe-Asia divide, arriving in Yekaterinburg which was 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 9-10 - Novosibirsk

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. 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 board, enjoying the passing scenery as we travel through the Sayan Mountains.

  • Days 9-10: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Novosibirsk
Days 11-12 - To Irkutsk & Lake Baikal

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-foot-wide Angara River, close to the city. Surrounded by dense forest lands, Irkutsk was founded in 1661 AD as a fort to colonize 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, on Day 12, 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 on our way to the small village of Listvyanka, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills. At the frozen Lake Baikal, we enjoy a thrilling hovercraft ride, followed by the opportunity to watch ice fishing and sample the freshly caught fish, which will be smoked in a mobile smoke house and served warm, with ice-cold vodka.

  • Days 11-12: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Irkutsk Orthodox Cathedral
Day 13 - Ulan Ude

Today we arrive in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic. Here we visit the Old Believer's Village, where we 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lake Baikal
Days 14-16 - Ulan Ude and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

On Day 14, we explore the capital of Mongolia. Passing the Genghis Khan monument, we take a guided tour before lunch and an afternoon visit to the Bogd Palace Museum and a local cashmere factory. We return to Ulan Ude by plane, rejoining the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Day 15 is spent on board.

On Day 16 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.

  • Days 14-16: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ulan Ude
Days 17-18 - Remote Siberia

During Day 17, we reach the most easterly point of our journey and as we head towards the Pacific coast, we enjoy afternoon tea on board. After travelling across 11 time zones and over 8,000 miles, our epic journey concludes on Day 18 as the Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Vladivostok and we take a tour of this city.

  • Days 17-18: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
Day 19 - Vladivostok and London

After traveling 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 Lotte Hotel for one night, where we enjoy a farewell meal. On Day 19 we transfer to the airport for our return flight via Moscow to London.

  • Day 19: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 20 - Breakfast

Additional information

Outbound Flight Option

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.

Red Square, Moscow
Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


Leonardo Berlin Mitte

Leonardo Berlin Mitte, Berlin

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Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel, Moscow

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Lotte Hotel

Lotte Hotel, Vladivostok

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InterContinental Warsaw

InterContinental Warsaw

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