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Ultimate Trans-Siberian Express in Winter

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Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes

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2021 Tour code: TSW21

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

We meet at our Departure Office at London St Pancras before travelling on the Eurostar to Brussels. From here, we continue by rail to Berlin.

On Day 2 we enjoy a fascinating 'east meets west' tour of the German capital, admiring impressive Imperial buildings and learning about the sights of this once divided city.

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

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 we enjoy a guided tour, strolling around Warsaw's quaint Old Town and exploring the atmospheric streets lined with merchants' houses, craft shops, and cafés. This evening, we board the overnight sleeper train to Moscow, travelling in the best class available.

  • Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast
Days 5-6 - Moscow and the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

After a journey across Poland into Russia, we arrive in Moscow late this morning. Upon leaving the train, we transfer to the 5-Star Four Seasons Hotel, where we dinner in the evening. If you select our fly option of this tour, today is the day you will join the rest of your group.

We spend Day 6 in Moscow, heading out to discover some of its most famous sights including 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. With a reimagined menu influenced by 19th-century Russian cuisine and diners scattered amongst overflowing library bookshelves, this a truly unique experience.

Our sightseeing continues underground as we see some of the most beautiful and ornate Metro stations in the world, before joining the Golden Eagle Trans- Siberian Express for our epic journey to Vladivostok.

Lunch at Café Pushkin

A real Moscovite institution, Café Pushkin is a 5-Star rated restaurant open 24 hours a day. Located in a Baroque mansion, the eatery has been styled to look like a Russian aristocrat's private home circa 1825. The waiters even speak pre-Sovietised Russian, and the menu is known for its high-quality dishes based around some of the country's most famous delicacies.

  • Day 5: Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Red Square, Moscow
Days 7-9 - Kazan, Yekaterinburg, and Novosibirsk

Our first stop is Kazan for a walking tour. The capital of Tatarstan and located on the River Volga, the city is renowned for its ornate buildings, which we admire with our guide ahead of a lunch at a local Tartar restaurant.

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, 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 and its attractions.

  • Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Days 10-12 - Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

We spend Day 10 on board, enjoying the passing scenery as we travel through the Sayan Mountains.

On Day 11 we arrive in Irkutsk, founded by Cossacks, and affectionately known as 'the Paris of Siberia'. Much of the city's cultural heritage came from the Decembrist exiles, and today many of their wooden houses have survived. During a sightseeing tour we take in this fascinating wood-carved architecture, visiting the Decembrist House Museum for a private concert and Champagne reception.

We see Lake Baikal on Day 12 in all its winter glory, gliding across the ice by hovercraft to a local ice fishing spot. Here we get to see, and participate in, how our lunch is caught. The smoked fish will then be served alongside ice-cold vodka for a truly cockle warming experience.

Champagne Reception and Private Concert

Irkutsk was once a safe haven for exiled Russians after the failed Decemberist uprising of the 19th century and during our time in this remote destination, we visit the Volkonsky House Museum. Here the indulgent and elite atmosphere of this time is recreated, as we enjoy a private music recital while supping a chilled glass of Champagne.

Ice Fishing on Lake Baikal

A wonder in its own right, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the planet's freshwater. After disembarking, we head out onto the ice with local villagers for a spot of ice fishing followed by the freshest fish lunch you may ever have had.

  • Day 10: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Irkutsk Orthodox Cathedral
Days 13-15 - Ulan Ude and Ulaanbaatar

Today we arrive in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic. Here we visit the Old Believer's Village, where we are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local musicians and dancers. Afterwards, we take a private flight into Mongolia, to Ulaanbaatar staying the night at Shangri La Hotel.

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, as we continue east through this vast and varied country.

  • Day 13: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Ulan Ude
Days 16-17 - Remote Siberia

The train follows the Shilka and Amur Rivers close to the Chinese border today. Our route takes us across an area of permafrost, which is 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 afternoon tea on board.

  • Day 16: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
Days 18-19 - Vladivostok and London

After travelling across 11 time zones and over 8,000 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 1 night.

On Day 19 we transfer to the airport for our return flight, via Moscow, to London Heathrow.

  • Day 18: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19 - Breakfast

Additional information

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.


NH Berlin Alexanderplatz

NH Berlin Alexanderplatz, Berlin

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Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel, Moscow

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The Shangri La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

The Shangri La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

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Lotte Hotel

Lotte Hotel, Vladivostok

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InterContinental Warsaw

InterContinental Warsaw

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5.0 stars5.0 / 5 · 3 reviews

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Prof Sir Keith Porter

5 stars

Submitted 01 May 2019

An excellent once in a lifetime experience for me. Expensive but worth the commitment

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Ms A Schaeffer

5 stars

Submitted 18 Apr 2019

I would have rated it higher than 5 stars if I could have. Fantastic trip, organization superb, a good mixture of cultural, historic and fun activities. I have traveled for over 58 years, and this trip is without a doubt the best one I ever experienced, from the managers down to the other passengers to the accommodations and so on and so on. The only problem was that there was almost no snow in Siberia!

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Mrs S Gee

5 stars

Submitted 23 Mar 2018

All activities were well planned out. Our tour manager was wonderful.

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Ultimate Trans-Siberian Express in Winter

Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes


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