Journey from Russia from Vladivostok by train during this 16-day epic expedition with National Geographic. Experience age-old traditions, remote cultures and breath-taking landscapes along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian. Be accompanied by National Geographic experts and enjoy a private show at the Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk. Discover the unique architecture of Siberia’s wooden cottages and Moscow’s onion domes and encounter remote cultures and breath-taking landscapes while tracing the history of tsars, exiles, and Mongols.

Trip highlights

Join historian George Munro aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian for an enlightening journey across Russia on one of the world’s most legendary railways.

Attend musical performances, including a private show at the Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk and a choral concert given by Buryat’s Old Believers.

In Moscow, take an in-depth tour of the Kremlin, and learn about the history of Russian space exploration during a talk by a cosmonaut.

Itinerary - 16 Days

1 Vladivostok, Russia

Arrive in Vladivostok and check in to our hotel. Meet fellow travellers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Hotel Hyundai (D)

2 Vladivostok

As a strategic naval outpost, Vladivostok was closed to most of the world from World War II until the end of the Cold War. Get acquainted with this modern city on a tour that includes the brightly painted railway station and Our Lady Grieving Orthodox Church. See the Pacific Navy War Memorial and the steamboat Krasny Vympel, take in views of the city and its bay from the Eagle’s Nest observation platform, and stroll the historic Vladivostok Naval Cemetery. This evening, climb aboard our luxury train and set off on our journey across Russia.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D)

3 Khabarovsk

Explore the lively squares of Khabarovsk and visit the Natural History Museum by the Amur River. Learn about the flora and fauna of the region, and see artefacts from the indigenous tribes of the Goldi and the Gilyak.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D)

4-5 On Train/Siberia

As the train slips past rolling hills and Siberian villages of log houses, relax with a book, attend a talk by our expert, or simply watch remote and ever changing countryside pass by. On our second day on board, we enter the sweeping Mongolian steppe.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D daily)

6 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

During a morning in Mongolia’s capital city, visit the National Museum to trace the history of Genghis Khan and explore the culture of the steppe nomads. Then head to nearby Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to enjoy the alpine scenery, watch a demonstration of Mongolian horseback riding, and visit a traditional ger (felt tent). This evening, enjoy dinner and a performance of Mongolian throat singing and traditional dance before we reboard our train and continue on our way back into Russia.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D)

7 Ulan Ude

The train rolls through the valley of the Selenge River, which flows into Lake Baikal. Stop in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic and once a major trading post between China and Irkutsk. Pay a visit to a village of Old Believers, a group descended from 17th-century religious exiles whose fascinating culture has changed little over the centuries. Watch a performance of their unique choral music.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D)

8 Lake Baikal

Arrive at beautiful Lake Baikal, called the sacred sea by locals and named a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The lake basin holds about 20 per cent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water. A sacred site for Buryat shamans, Lake Baikal’s Shaman Rock is steeped in legend. Our train route hugs the rocky shores and passes through 33 tunnels. Take in spectacular views from the train, and stop for a barbecue lunch on the shore. In the afternoon, explore the village of Listvyanka and join a family for tea in their home.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D)

9 Irkutsk

Spend today in Irkutsk, an important Siberian outpost established by the Cossacks in 1652. In the early 19th century, many Russian artists, officers, and nobles were exiled here for their involvement in the Decembrist revolt. Visit the city’s historic sights, and wander through a delightful collection of classic Russian and Siberian cottages at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Stop for a private bell-ringing performance, and then enjoy a private concert and champagne reception at the Decembrist House Museum.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D)

10-11 On Train/Novosibirsk

Enjoy a day to relax on board, taking in stunning scenery as the vast Siberian taiga unfurls. The following day, stop in Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city, to see the opera house and Lenin Square.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D daily)

12 Yekaterinburg

Arrive in Yekaterinburg, where Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Visit the Romanovs’ execution site—now a church dedicated to their memory—and view the city’s ornately decorated wooden houses.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

13 Kazan

Today, explore Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, perched on the banks of the Volga River. Tour the city’s Kremlin, the turquoise-topped Qol Sharif Mosque, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Pay a visit to the Kazan Conservatory and enjoy a concert performed by its students. Then set off on a private cruise around the walls of the city’s Kremlin before returning to our train to depart on the final leg of our journey.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (B/L/D)

14-15 Moscow

Disembark in Moscow, and check in to our hotel before an afternoon city tour. After dinner at a local restaurant, take a guided stroll through Red Square at night. The following morning, explore the legendary Kremlin. Visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, and view court regalia from the Romanov dynasty at the Armory Museum. After lunch, head to the Monument to the Conquerors of Space, which sweeps some 360 feet into the sky. Delve into the history of space exploration at the recently updated Memorial Museum of Astronautics, and enjoy a specially arranged talk by a Russian cosmonaut.

Ararat Hyatt Park Moscow (B/L/D daily)

16 Moscow

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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