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. The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.
Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at the 5-star Four Seasons Moscow, where we enjoy a welcome reception and dinner.
On Day 2 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 lunch 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 5 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 6 on the train enjoying the passing scenery as we travel through the Sayan Mountains. Enjoy drinking in the views at your leisure, or take advantage of the many comforts offered on board our luxurious train.
On Day 7 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 signifi cant sights and museums, including 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 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.
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. On Day 10 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 11 is spent on board as we continue 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 13 we reach the most easterly point of our journey and as we head towards the Pacific coast, we enjoy final dinner on board.
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 Hyundai Hotel for one night. On Day 15 you are free to make your own way home.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Domodedovo Moscow Airport (DME), approximately 30 miles from your starting hotel in Moscow. Our recommended departure airport is the Vladivostok airport, approximately 30 miles from your final base in Vladivostok.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour Manager.
An escorted experience and travel during your tour
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes