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Luxury rail: a journey across Russia with the Golden Eagle

18 days from £17,895pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore the vast Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

  • Visit Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square.

  • Travel along Lake Baikal on the Circum Baikal Railway.

  • Visit Mongolian Nomads around Ulaanbaatar.

  • Travel through Russia's remote Far East.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to St. Petersburg. Arriving into St Petersburg you'll be met by your private local guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

  • Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and take you on a tour of the city taking in the main streets and squares of the city as well as a visit to Peter and Paul's Fortress, set on an island on the Neva Delta. You have the afternoon at leisure. We'd suggest a visit to Yusupov Palace.

  • This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the Hermitage for your private tour taking in some of the vast museum's highlights. In the afternoon you have some time at leisure and is a good chance to take a cruise on the canal or visit the museum of political history.

  • This morning you'll be met at your hotel and transferred to the station in time to take your train to Moscow. Upon your arrival into Moscow you'll be met at the station and transferred to your hotel where you'll meet your fellow Golden Eagle passengers.

  • Today you will have a tour of Moscow's Kremlin followed by the Red Square and take lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon you'll be transferred to Kazansky station where on arrival you'll be greeted with Champagne and canapés. For those who have visited Moscow before, or would like something a little different, you also have a freedom choice option to visit the Tretyakov Gallery or the space museum.

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  • You arrive into Kazan this morning, the capital of Tartarstan, and take a tour of the city taking in the Kazan Kremlin including the Qolsarif Mosque and Annunciation Cathedral. You also have a private concert show the famous Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin. There is also time to wander the pedestrian area of the city.

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  • Ekaterinburg is the border city between Europe and Asia and as such the city has a mix of cultural and architectural influences. On your city tour today you'll visit the site where the Romanovs were executed by the Bolsheviks and the church dedicated to their memory. You have a freedom of choice option today to visit the Museum of Military Machinery.

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  • On your city tour today you'll visit Lenin Square and visit the impressive opera house, located behind the statue of Lenin. Alternatively you could visit the city's Railway Museum or Mineralogical Centre as part of the freedom of choice options.

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  • Today will be your first full day onboard the train. You'll have the opportunity to chat to fellow passengers, take a Russian lesson given by the onboard Russian expert, or simply watch the scenery go by from your cabin.

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  • Arriving into Irkutsk this morning you will have a city tour including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture and the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the exiles sent to Siberia during the 1825 uprising. You then have a couple of freedom of choice options to chose from; visiting a local dacha and urban apartment to meet a local and her family or visit a local chef and prepare your own lunch.

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  • This morning you'll wake up on the shores of Lake Baikal. After an opportunity in the morning for a swim in the lake the train connects to a steam locomotive and travels along the southern shore of the lake. In the evening the train stops at a picturesque spot of a barbecue by the lake. You have a couple of freedom of choice options today; hiking to a viewpoint above Listvyanka or a visit to the open air wooden architecture museum, the Taltsy Museum.

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  • This morning you arrive into Ulan-Ude. You'll visit the city's square which holds the world's largest statue of Lenin's head. You then travel out of the city to an old believers community who still practise a form of Christianity centuries old.

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  • Arriving into Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, this morning you will visit a number of the city's sights including the Gandan Monastery and venture out of the city to the Chinggis Khan statue. In the evening you have dinner at a restaurant overlooking Sukhbaatar Square. You have a couple of freedom choice options today; souvenir shopping in Ulaanbaatar or visiting Terelj National Park to experience a mini Naadam festival and visit a local nomadic family.

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  • Today is a full day onboard the train where you'll be able to practise your Russian with a Russian language lesson or sit in on a lecture on Russian history.

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  • You have another full day onboard the train today as you journey along the Shilka and Amur Rivers along China's remote north-easterly boarder.

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  • On your final full day onboard the train you pass the most easterly point of your journey as you pass through Khabarovsk and cross the Amur River. You'll have your final dinner onboard the train this evening.

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  • You reach the end of the Trans-Siberian Railway today arriving into Vladivostok, a military port on Russia's eastern coast. You have a tour of the city visiting a World War II submarine and the Zolotoy Bridge over Golden Horn Bay.

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  • This morning you'll be collected from your hotel and driven to the airport for your return flights. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
St. Petersburg
 
Moscow
 
Ulan-Ude
 
Kazan
 
Ekaterinburg
 
Irkutsk
 
Ulaanbaatar
 
Vladivostok
 

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