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Discover Russia and Siberia’s striking landscapes in winter

19 days From £10,995 per person

2022 Tour code: TSW22

About the tour

Witness the true splendour of Russia and Siberia's wintry landscapes from the warmth of the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, as we glide 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.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London and Berlin

We begin our extraordinary journey in London. We meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, where we join the train to Berlin. We stay in Germany's enigmatic capital for two nights, enjoying an 'east meets west' guided tour of the city on Day 2. Admire impressive Imperial buildings and learn about the unique sights of this once-divided city, as we take in fascinating insights from our local guide.

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

We continue our journey east, travelling across the Polish border to the vibrant city of Warsaw, where we spend the night. Warsaw is drenched in history, having survived many turbulent wars and movements. After the Second World War, a painstaking restoration process saw the beautiful Old Town gain UNESCO World Heritage status, and Warsaw earned the nickname the 'phoenix city'.

We delve into this rich history on a guided tour on Day 4, strolling around the quaint Old Town and exploring the atmospheric streets lined with old merchants' houses, craft shops, and cosy cafés. This evening, we board the overnight sleeper train to Russia's capital, Moscow. 

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

This morning we arrive in the vibrant metropolis of Moscow, a lively city filled with captivating history. If you select our fly option, today you arrive in Moscow and join the rest of the group. 

On Day 6, we discover the sights of Moscow. We have a private viewing of the Tsar's Armoury before visiting the Red Square, seeing the iconic Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum, and the rainbow-hued domes of St Basil's Cathedral. We enjoy lunch at Café Pushkin, a legendary restaurant with early 19th-century décor, before a tour of the Moscow Metro System. Quite unlike any other in the world, the stations that make up Moscow's Metro are breathtaking, filled with opulent chandeliers, stained glass, sculptures, and Art Deco bronze and marble finishings.

This afternoon, we board the legendary Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express and begin our 11-night adventure on the Trans-Siberian Railway to Vladivostok. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and widely regarded as the most remarkable rail journey in the world. Travelling on the Golden Eagle in itself is an unforgettable experience; luxuriously decorated in a classical style, the train is equipped with every modern convenience for our comfort, and we relax amidst the elegant surroundings as we speed away from Moscow and towards Kazan. 

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

Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, is the first stop on our Trans-Siberian adventure. Nestled on the banks of the River Volga, the city is renowned for its ornate, multi-coloured architecture, including the cobalt onion-domes of its cathedral, the inspiring Kul Sharif Mosque, and the classical-style buildings of the university. 

We're immersed in this splendid architecture as we head out on a walk with a local guide. After a delicious lunch of authentic local cuisine, we visit the Museum of Kazan and the traditional Tatar district, before joining the Golden Eagle for our onwards journey.

On Day 8 we reach a landmark point of our journey today, crossing the Europe-Asia divide before arriving in Yekaterinburg. The city was founded in 1723 by Peter the Great and is famous for the Church of the Blood, which we see today. The dramatic golden-domed church was built in the early 21st century on the site where the Romanov family were murdered in 1918, and is dedicated to their memory. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to the train and continue overnight towards Novosibirsk.

On Day 9 we spend this morning relaxing as we're whisked through the landscapes of southern Russia. Later this afternoon, we stop off in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia. Although the city boasts the title of the third-largest in Russia, it has the charms of a large town, with tree-lined streets and lush green spaces dotted amongst its Soviet-era centre. We head out on a guided tour of the city's main attractions, seeing Lenin Square and the Opera House, before settling down in a local restaurant for dinner. Back on the Golden Eagle tonight, we continue to Irkutsk.

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

Today is spent on board, enjoying the passing scenery as we travel through the dramatic Sayan Mountains.

On Day 11, we arrive in Irkutsk, an old merchant city and one of the most popular stops on the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway. 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 wood-carved architecture, which sits amongst grand 19th-century structures and eye-catching cathedrals, as well as the Decembrist House Museum. Our tour ends with a Champagne reception and private concert. Back on board, we continue our journey, heading towards Lake Baikal.

Lake Baikal is one of the highlights of our journey through Siberia, and we spend Day 12 discovering its stunning landscapes in all their winter glory. Endlessly blue, the lake is the largest freshwater lake in the world, as well as the oldest. We glide across the ice by hovercraft to a local ice fishing spot. Here, we have the chance to see how the fish are caught, and can even join in ourselves. Later, we enjoy a delicious lakeside barbecue, enjoying the traditionally smoked fish alongside ice-cold vodka - a truly cockle warming experience.

Includes
  • 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. The city is fascinating; closed to outsiders until 1991, there's a distinctly Asian atmosphere here, with colourful Buddhist temples dotted across the city. We enjoy a guided tour that includes a visit to an Old Believers settlement, home to a centuries-old religious community. We have a unique glimpse into this little-known culture. We meet locals in traditional dress and enjoy a delicious lunch, before being entertained with a lively folk concert featuring music and dance. 

Afterwards, we take a private flight into Mongolia, to Ulaanbaatar, where we spend the night.

On Day 14, we explore the capital of Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar is noted for being the coldest capital city in the world, and is an eclectic blend of contrasts, with Soviet-era buildings standing alongside more sleek, modern structures. We take a guided tour, passing the Genghis Khan monument, a 131-foot tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, symbolically pointing east toward his birthplace. Lunch is a traditional Mongolian barbecue before we visit the Bogd Palace Museum and visit 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.

Includes
  • Day 13: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Ulan Ude
Days 16-17 - Through Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Express

We settle down for a couple more days onboard, enjoying time to relax amidst the timeless luxury of the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. 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, and from the warmth and comfort of our train, we enjoy the perfect vantage point to admire the scenery.

During Day 17, we reach the most easterly point of our journey. As we speed through Siberia and towards the Pacific coastline, we enjoy afternoon tea on board.

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

After travelling across an incredible 11 time zones and over 8,000 miles, our epic rail journey concludes today, as the Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Vladivostok. A dynamic port city, built around the Golden Horn Bay and close to the borders of China and North Korea, Vladivostok is the unofficial capital of Russia's Far East. We're introduced to the city on a guided tour before we transfer to our hotel for the night.

On Day 19 our holiday draws to a close, and we transfer to the airport for our return flight to London Heathrow, via Moscow.

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

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.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

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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Trains

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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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