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Taking the Trans-Siberian Express

June 8 – 23, 2018

Silver Cabin: $17,995 | SS: $5,795

Gold Cabin: $21,595 | SS: $8,495

(exc. international airfare)

Your place on this tour can be secured with a $1,500 deposit


Tour Description


  • Private viewing of the Treasure of the Tsars at the Kremlin, Moscow
  • Travel east to west, visiting Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok en-route
  • Brave the ice-cold waters of Lake Baikal and dive in for a swim

  • View a dazzling variety of landscapes, from the harsh beauty of Siberia to the endless steppe of Mongolia
  • Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey in luxury, with private cabins, en-suite bathroom and excellent food


June 2018
Prof. Ori Z. Soltes


The Trans-Siberian Railway can’t help but impress. ‘The fairest jewel in the crown of Tsars’ stretches across European Russia towards the outer edge of Asia, darting through eight time zones along its way. Undoubtedly the world’s greatest railway journey, it runs like a steel ribbon connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent endless steppe and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Opened in stages between 1891 and 1916, this extraordinary engineering achievement is a vital link for all the communities that live in close proximity to the line, and to travel along this route is by far the best way to experience the vastness and grandeur of Russia’s rarely visited interior.


On our scenic Siberian escape, we take in nine completely different but equally fascinating cities and lakeside locations. We also spend a number of full days on board the Trans-Siberian Express. As well, as transporting us comfortably to our destinations, these days offer the opportunity to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on our journey so far.

DAY 1 & 2 – MOSCOW
We spend the first night of our tour at Moscow’s Ritz Carlton, where we enjoy a Champagne reception. The next day, we take in the grandeur of the Kremlin and discover the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber, where we have an exclusive private viewing. We stop for lunch in Café Pushkin, a legendary restaurant reminiscent of an early 19th century mansion. We end the day at the famous State Tretyakov Gallery. This evening, we travel to Yaroslavski station, where our magnificent Trans-Siberian Express awaits us. We enjoy dinner on board tonight as we begin our journey East, into the great Russian interior.

Dinner is served at the Ritz Carlton on Day 1 and on board the train on Day 2.

Situated on the River Volga, the picturesque and historic city of Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here we have the opportunity to see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of this city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore its stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral. As Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873–1938), we honor his memory with a private concert of his music. You will also have time to wander and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city.

Dinner is served on board tonight.

Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia. Cultural and architectural influences come together here to create a fascinating, cosmopolitan landscape. Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918, following 78 days of imprisonment. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. We will also drive to the obelisk marking the geographical border, where we can drink a glass of Champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

Dinner is served on board tonight.

We arrive in the modern ‘Soviet’ city in the afternoon, and experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and science predominate. The city is located in the heart of Russia and is situated on both banks of the River Ob. Our city tour takes us to Lenin Square where the imposing Opera House is located. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world. In front of the formidable edifice, we visit an impressive statue of Lenin — this is a marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with the iconic political leader.

Dinner is served on board tonight.

DAY 6 – On board the Trans-Siberian Express

After a day spent on board the Trans-Siberian Express we arrive in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’. We take in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture, with its intricately carved lace-like decorations, that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. We also visit the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrist uprising of 1825. We recreate the atmosphere of that time with a Champagne reception and private concert.

Dinner is served on board tonight.

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal — a major highlight on our journey. Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’, it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish. We wind our way through tunnels along cliff-hugging tracks above the lake with a vista of snow-capped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop. To add to the grandeur of the day, our Golden Eagle train will be hauled by a Soviet-era steam locomotive on this beautiful section of line. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs as we wind along the lake.

We enjoy a barbecue on the shore of Lake Baikal tonight.

The Buryat capital is one of Eastern Siberia’s most likeable cities. The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan-Ude offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces of these welcoming Buryat people. During our exploration of the Old Believers’ Village we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing. Ulan-Ude offers a first taste of what’s to come on Day 10, when our Trans-Siberian adventure reaches Mongolia: a country of beautiful landscapes and a rich nomadic culture.

Dinner is served on board tonight.

We arrive in Mongolia and visit its capital, Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia is famous for its endless green steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside. We begin at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries. We have the option to travel out of the city and into the heart of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia. Alternatively, you may wish to stay in Ulaanbaatar and visit the National Museum. This evening, we enjoy a unique treat sure to linger in the memory: a captivating performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing.

Dinner is served on board tonight.

DAY 11-13 – ON BOARD
These three days are spent at a more leisurely pace aboard the train. Watch the unremittingly beautiful landscapes slide by from your window, or stimulate your mind with lectures and Russian lessons.

Dinner is served on board on these nights.

We arrive in Vladivostok, a city of such vital martial importance that it was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992.There are a number of military attractions we can pay a visit to here, including a preserved World War II submarine.

Final night and special farewell dinner at Hotel Hyundai.We return home Day 15.

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Why settle for less than luxury train travel? Golden Eagle Luxury Trains is the world’s leading operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours. The Trans-Siberian Express is their flagship tour, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands during your stay.

In between days spent in Moscow, Kazan, Novosibirsk and more, we spend Days 6, 11, 12 and 13 onboard the Trans-Siberian Express. You can enjoy a more leisurely pace, relaxing and taking in the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East as it passes by your window. If you’d rather stimulate your mind you could always attend an interesting lecture or two, or work on your Russian language skills instead.

Silver Cabin

Silver Class cabins, at 60 sq ft (5.5 sq meters), are more compact than their Gold Class cousins, but still offer a comfortable resting place for weary travelers. Silver Class cabins feature a small double lower bed and a single upper bed. The Silver Class cabins have private en-suite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower.

What’s Included

  • Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating
  • Recessed lighting and wardrobe
  • Personal safe
  • Private en-suite bathroom with ‘wet-room’ style shower and toilet
  • Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided
  • DVD/CD player with LCD screens
  • Towels and linens changed every second day or daily on request
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available at all times
Gold Cabin

Travel in true style when staying in a Gold Class cabin. At 77 sq ft (7 sq meters) Gold Class cabins are extremely well-proportioned and have everything including a private bathroom with separate power shower cubicle and underfloor heating. Guests in Gold Class can also enjoy complimentary drinks from the Standard Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car.

What’s Included

  • Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating
  • Recessed lighting and wardrobe
  • Personal safe
  • Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating
  • Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided
  • DVD/CD player with LCD screens
  • Towels and linens changed every second day or daily on request
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin available at all times
  • Drinks in the Bar Lounge Car included from the Standard Bar List