Moscow | Kazan | Yekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Lake Baikal | Ulan Ude | Ulaanbaatar | Vladivostok
The diverse history and cultural complexities of Siberia and Mongolia are navigated in this exceptional Trans-Siberian Railway journey through some of the world’s most fascinating cities and landscapes. This extraordinary itinerary is not to be missed – from the imposing, intricate and beautiful facades of Moscow’s architectural wonders to Lake Baikal and the military port of Vladivostok on the Sea of Japan.
Day 1-2 Tour of Moscow | Board the Golden Eagle Luxury, Trans-Siberian Railway
Arrive in Moscow, one of the richest and most dynamic cities in the world. After your arrival and check-in at a hotel, enjoy a welcoming dinner and sightsee the following day, strolling the famous Red Square and Metro stations. A tour of one of the oldest Kremlin in the world and its glorious cathedrals follows, along with an optional visit to Sergiev Posad – home to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia – before you depart for Kazan.
Day 3-4 Kazan | Yekaterinburg
The next day arrive in Kazan, the old Tatar capital on the banks of the Volga, and take a guided tour of the Kremlin to learn about the bloody relations of the Tatars, Cossacks, and Russians. Next, the capital of the Ural Mountains and the border between Asia and Europe – Yekaterinburg – is the site of a varied and somewhat tragic history. The city tour includes the center, restored in 2009, and the newly-erected Cathedral-on-the-blood – built in memorial of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his family.
Day 5-6 Novosibirsk | Onboard the Golden Eagle Luxury, Trans-Siberian Railway
The following day pull into the Novosibirsk station, Siberia’s largest city, and experience the famed arts and sciences of the city on the mighty Ob River. Discover the imposing Opera House, one of the largest in the world, or the Railway Museum which houses carriages of the Tsars. After dinner, the train continues to travel through the landscapes of Eastern Siberia’s mountains, crystal-clear rivers and verdant slopes. The following day enjoy lively conversation with your fellow passengers or learn a few more words in Russian as you unwind on the way to Irkutsk.
Day 7-9 Irkutsk | Lake Baikal | Ulan Ude
A tour of the city of Irkutsk includes the Volkonsky House Museum, dedicated to the memory of aristocrats exiled here after the failed Decembrist uprising of 1825, and a visit to a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house). The next day enjoy activities in and around Lake Baikal. Explore the wonderful atmosphere of the lake, and take a short boat ride to its picturesque town Listvyanka. Continue on to Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic, and explore its ethnic and cultural diversity. Tour the Old Believers’ Village, experience the culture and history of these deeply religious people, and enjoy a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.
Day 10 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, this morning. Explore the seat of Buddhist activity for the region, Gandan Monastery, which houses over 500 monks, along with Sukhbaatar Square, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and the National Museum. Visit a local nomadic family and explore a ger – the traditional dwelling of the nomads.
Day 11-13 Onboard the Golden Eagle Luxury, Trans-Siberian Railway
Spend the next three days aboard the Golden Eagle train at a leisurely pace through the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East. Attend lectures aboard the train or brush up on your Russian language skills as you pass the Shilka and Amur rivers close to the Chinese border. Pass through Khabarovsk and enjoy your final day aboard the train.
Day 14 Vladivostok
Arrive today in Vladivostok after a nearly 6,600-mile-journey. Explore the military port, home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet on the shores of the Sea of Japan.