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 the Maritim Hotel in Berlin today 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. Some of the most famous sights we see include the Reichstag, the current seat of the German Parliament. This building has seen many of the upheavals in German politics, and was initially abandoned after World War II. Its restoration and refurbishment by architect Norman Foster saw the addition of the spectacular glass dome on the top of the building, where visitors can see all over the city and, if they look down, views of the parliament chamber below.
Another sight is the remnants of the Berlin Wall, built after the fall, then later division, of Germany following World War II. Built to divide East Berlin, held by the Russians, and West Berlin, held by America, the UK, and France, the wall controversially stood for nearly 28 years before it fell in 1989. Now, sections of the wall remain standing as a poignant reminder of those divided times.
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. 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.
Another option whilst you are in Poland is to discover the incredible Royal Castle. The castle was built over hundreds of years, starting in 1339, meaning that it is an alluring mix of Polish architecture through the ages. The most famous prospect of the castle is the ineffably elegant Baroque facade, with its whitewashed walls, numerous windows, and spires. 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 Moscow, 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, on which you can find the Kremlin as well as Lenin's Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Communist leader, and we also view the marvelous multi-colored domes of 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 colorful onion-domed cathedral, the inspiring Kul Sharif Mosque in the grounds of the impressive Kazan Kremlin, and the classical style buildings of the university, which we see on an informative sightseeing tour. After a delectable lunch of traditional Kazan cuisine, we continue our tour, before returning to the Golden Eagle for the journey towards Yekaterinburg.
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.
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. The city is 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, 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. 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, the capital of Mongolia. Passing the Genghis Khan monument, we visit the National Museum 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 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 you are free to make your own way home.
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The Trans-Siberian Express with Great Rail Journeys.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Berlin Tegel Airport, approximately 5 miles from your base in Berlin. 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.
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Explore half way around the world entirely by train