Luxury Grand Tour of Russia
Luxury Grand Tour of Russia
Volga River Cruise & Trans-Siberian Journey

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Luxury Grand Tour of Russia
26 days, 25 nights
Luxury Volga cruise & Trans-Siberian rail journey from St Petersburg to Vladivostok from only £14,060

Commencing in St Petersburg, the MS Volga Dream takes in some truly incredible scenery as it ventures towards Moscow; from the remarkable wooden architecture of Kizhi Island that has endured centuries of challenge and revolution, to the inspiring tranquillity of the Svir River, this tour combines the serene with the pristine. From Moscow, board the Golden Eagle as it embarks upon the incomparable Trans-Siberian railway. Enjoy the unique culture and magnificent landscapes of Mongolia, the grandeur of Lake Baikal and the historical significance of military port Vladivostok.

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The Route

ST PETERSBURG • Svir River & Mandrogi • Kizhi Island • Goritsy • Yaroslavl • Uglich • Moscow • Kazan • Yekaterinburg • Novosibirsk • Irkutsk • Lake Baikal • Ulan Ude • Ulaan Bataar • VLADIVOSTOK

St Petersburg
St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.
Hermitage
Hermitage
Lose yourself amongst the treasures of one of Russia’s best known sights and arguably the largest collection of fine art in the world. Masterpieces from artists such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky make the Hermitage an unforgettable visit.
Peterhof
Peterhof
Known as the “Russian Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and Park is a must see at any time of the year. Famous for its myriad of fountains, the grounds of the palace become a haven for tourists in the peak summer months. Look out for the ‘Joke Fountains’ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! If you’re not travelling in the summer, never fear; the parks foliage is beautiful in the autumn and the grounds transform into a striking crystallised wonderland during winter months so there’s never a wrong time to visit.
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
In the quaint village of Pushkin, on the outskirts of St Petersburg, lies one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in Russia; Catherine’s Palace. The pastel exterior is flamboyantly embellished with gold accents and the interior is far from modestly decorated! The palace is home to the famous Amber Room with its mysterious past which our guides will tell you all about. The residence was destroyed in World War II and has been under construction ever since.
Mandrogi
Mandrogi
On the North shore of Lake Ladoga just beyond the archipelago monastery of Valaam, lies Mandrogi village. It was established in the 18th century and was hardly touched by time until being completely destroyed during the World War II. It was only in 1996 that it was decided to rebuild this Karelian village to the smallest detail. Today Mandrogi is a beautiful living museum featuring examples of Russia's stunning wooden architecture and traditional craftsmanship, as well as the head-spinning Vodka Museum with 2800 different types of Russia’s most notorious drink. Village visitors enjoy demonstrations of wood carving, lacework, pottery, horse-riding and archery.
Goritsy
Goritsy
The small village of Goritsy is home to Europe’s largest monastery, the 14th Century Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397 by Saint Cyril it was the holy place where tsars were seeking God's forgiveness. Many priceless relics remain in the monastery, including some of the earliest Russian religious manuscripts and 500 year old icons. The village of Goritsy is home to only 600 inhabitants who live in traditional log houses decorated with intricate wooden carvings and live through fishing and farming.
Kizhi
Kizhi
Kizhi Museum Reserve is one of Russia’s unmissable attractions and by far the most visited of Lake Onega’s 1600+ islands. It is home to dozens of the 18th- and 19th-century wooden buildings which were moved here from Karelian villages during Soviet times. The true marvel is the wooden Church of the Transfiguration (the church of twenty-two wooden domes) built in 1714 without the use of a single nail which has survived the challenges of Russian winters and revolution.
Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl
One of 8 prime jewels of the Golden Ring, Yaroslavl is known for its ancient monuments and picturesque places. The city is situated on the high bank of the Volga river from where you can enjoy the view of tall slender bell towers and elegant domes of the churches.
Uglich
Uglich
Like every ancient city of the Golden Ring, Uglich is home to beautiful temples and monasteries, among which are Alexis Monastery and Monastery of Holy Resurrection. Uglich provincial streets, idyllic landscapes and old wooden houses with carved architraves create a unique unforgettable charm.
Moscow
Moscow
A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.
Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent
Located on the banks of the Moskva River, Novodevichy Convent is one of Moscow’s most renowned historical sites. Built in the 16th century, the architecture of the convent is that of ‘Moscow Baroque’ style and offers a serene retreat from the lively city centre. The convent is home to several churches which are surrounded by a high wall with 12 watch towers. Our guides will bring the convent to life with stories of its past. The necropolis is a must see – many of the country’s famous public figures are buried here, including writer Anton Chekhov and ballerina Anna Pavlova.
Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Museum exposition gives a retrospect on how Soviet space science evolved starting from first man-made satellites subsequently followed by the first manned space flight, first space walks, Moon exploration programs, Solar system exploration programs and international space research programs.
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Armoury Chamber
Armoury Chamber
A world-wide known treasure house displaying an exquisite collection of more than 4000 unique Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families.
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Tretyakov Art Gallery
Named after its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, this gallery is one of the greatest museums in the world and is a must see for art lovers. The Tretyakov Gallery is made up entirely of Russian art and contains more than 130,000 displays spanning from the 11th century to the early 20th. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to the most popular exhibits and will inform you about the artists and the pieces themselves.
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Intricately decorated, the Moscow Metro is an immense museum in itself. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the most magnificent stations, adorned with marble, mosaics and chandeliers.
Kazan
Kazan
Situated on the River Volga, Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan famous for its rich tapestry of history and culture. One its highlights is the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel is a stunning mosque and onion-domed cathedral.
Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg
Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city and the capital of the Urals. The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. The last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II Romanov and his family spent their last days here. On 19th July 1918 the whole family was executed by the Bolsheviks in the basement room of the Ipatiev’s estate. Nowadays there is the Cathedral On Spilt Blood which provides a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk is situated in the south part of West Siberia, on the banks of Ob River. The city takes the third place by population in Russia after Moscow and St Petersburg. It's a center of Russian arts, science and literature. 14 most prestige universities of the country are located here. In the heart of the city there is an architectural marvel -the largest opera house in the world.
Irkutsk
Irkutsk
Irkutsk, capital of South Baikal, is one of the largest Siberian cities and was a key stop for caravans from Buchara and even China. Today Irkutsk became a center of gold-mining production and is developing fast. In the city you can discover unique examples of Irkutsk architectural heritage, such as “White house”, which was first a palace of the merchants Sibiryakovs, then a residence of East Siberia governor-general.
Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal
Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of the Pearl of Siberia. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. It stretches for 636 km longwise and 80 km widthwise. The Baikal’s maximum depth is 1,637 m. It is known as a "laboratory of biodiversity" as it is home to nearly 3,000 species of animals and plants, many of which are found nowhere else, such as a unique breed of freshwater seal.
Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude
The Buryat capital is one of Eastern Siberia’s most fascinating cities. From 1934 to 1980s it was a closed city due to its secret military plants - in fact, there are still mysterious blank spaces on city maps. Today it offers a variety of cultural hot spots, a chance to visit working Buddhist monasteries and sample a taste of the steppes.
Ulaanbataar
Ulaanbataar
Ulaanbataar is a Mongolia's economic, cultural and political center. Located on the bank of the Tuul River and surrounded by sacred mountains and pine forests on the North and grassy steppes on the South. Ulaanbaatar is a city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle.
Vladivostok
Vladivostok
Vladivostok, a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan, is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine.

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Luxury Grand Tour of Russia

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EASTBOUND: ST PETERSBURG TO VLADIVOSTOK

DAY 1, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
2016 02 29 16 04 53 st petersburgUpon arrival in St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into a vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-coloured palaces, transfer to the deluxe Grand Hotel Europe for a three night stay. In the evening gather for the welcome meeting with your guide or spend the rest of the day exploring central St. Petersburg on your own. (Dinner at own arrangements)
DAY 2, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Enjoy a city tour of St. Petersburg and after lunch visit Faberge museum which contains world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family.

In the evening, board a small river boat for a sail around the numerous rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.

City tour includes: Split of Basil Island (walking tour), Spilled Blood Church (photo stop), Peter and Paul Fortress (entrance), St. Isaac Cathedral (photo stop), Nevskiy Prospekt drive.

Breakfast and Lunch included. Dinner at own arrangements.

DAY 3, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
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This morning enter the famed Hermitage Museum before hours to avoid the main crowds.

After lunch travel to the meticulously restored Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate, often cited as the Versailles of Russia. Visit the authentic Bath Cottage and stroll in the vast Lower Park with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and four cascades, majestic palaces and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil.

Breakfast and Lunch included. Dinner at own arrangements.

DAY 4, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
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This morning travel to Catherine the Great’s Palace, which houses the extraordinary Amber Room, its six tons of solid amber deftly carved and framed in gold leaf. Once deemed the “eighth wonder of the world,” the room was stripped by the Nazis in 1941, but majestically reconstructed in honour of St. Petersburg’s 300th birthday.

After lunch in Podvorie, a restaurant in a traditional Russian log house, on the way back to St. Petersburg visit a ‘Russia in Miniature’ Interactive Museum. Done with a great care and attention to detail, this very realistic model of Russia will give you a great picture of this vast country full of stereotypes, generalizations and main attractions of every region.

Then transfer to the awaiting luxurious MS Volga Dream and begin sailing along the Russian waterways. Gather for the Captain's welcome reception and dinner as we begin our cruise.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 5, SVIR RIVER & MANDROGI, RUSSIA
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While cruising along the 139-mile-long Svir River, appreciate the quiet understated beauty of a region that has long inspired artists and poets. The ship passes quaint riverside hamlets before reaching Lake Ladoga. Step ashore for a brief visit to the vacation village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village on your own.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the Open Deck

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 6, GORITSY, RUSSIA

In the tiny settlement of Goritsy, visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, and now home to one of the best collections of Russian icons in the world. After a guided tour, continue cruising toward majestic Lake Onega.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 7, KIZHI ISLAND, RUSSIA

2016 08 05 11 04 36 kizhiThe Kareliya region, which spans the area from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, is a vast wilderness of forest and water. Discover Lake Onega, fed by 58 rivers and home to 1,369 islands, including Kizhi. See a collection of ancient Russian wooden houses and windmills, and the famous Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail.

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov.

DAY 8, YAROSLAVL, RUSSIA
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Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia and the Volga’s first port. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Savior and admire the mosaics at the Church of Elijah the Prophet. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor’s house, and then re-board the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch.

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 9, UGLICH, RUSSIA
Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of

After a full day of cruising through forested countryside, dock in the ancient trading town of

Uglich, one of the spokes of Russia’s renowned Golden Ring. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591, and attend an enchanting concert of choral music at St. John’s Church.

Volga Dream Experience: Documentary Film “Construction of the Moscow Canal”

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 10, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
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In the afternoon disembark from the MS Volga Dream and transfer to the deluxe St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya or Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel.

After lunch, we join an orientation tour of Moscow and visit famous Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.

Late afternoon we visit the excellent Museum of Cosmonautics to learn about Yury Gagarin’s first flight in the space and proceed to an outdoor Exhibition of Achievements of the People's Economy – a truly remarkable footprint of Soviet architecture and design.

Breakfast and Lunch included. Dinner at own arrangements.

DAY 11, MOSCOW, RUSSIA

This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armoury Museum to view its collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armour and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and dazzling Faberge eggs.

View the ornate gems of the Diamond Fund, including Catherine the Great’s diamond-encrusted coronation crown and the 190-carat Orlov Diamond, and continue to the Square of Four Cathedrals.

After lunch walk around the famous Red Square and visit GUM - Moscow’s largest department store. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Moscow on your own or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city’s renowned venues.

Breakfast and Lunch included. Dinner at own arrangements.

DAY 12, MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Day 1This morning we continue our city tour of Moscow and after lunch, proceed to the famous State Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art.

We end the day with an enlightening tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow Metro - showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

Breakfast and Lunch included. Dinner at own arrangements.

DAY 13, ONBOARD, RUSSIA

This morning check-out from your hotel and transfer to the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express at Moscow’s Kazansky Station.

Upon arrival at Moscow Kazansky Station, you will be greeted in the magnificent Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapes as you mix with the other guests and are welcomed by the train staff. The excitement in the waiting room audibly mounts and, 30 minutes before departure, your car attendants will escort you to Platform 1 and the Golden Eagle awaits.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 14, KAZAN, RUSSIA

Kazan City BreakSituated 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.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 15, YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA

Day 12.2Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg, is the capital of the Urals. Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia so that the cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, 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 and we can drink a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

Our Freedom of Choice programme features a visit to the recently opened Museum of Military Machinery. The museum houses an amazing collection of different types of military hardware including tanks, aircraft, boats and even armoured trains. You will also see a wide range of civilian vehicles (particularly Russian models). The museum is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the Soviet past, unparalleled by anything else along the route.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 16, NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA

2013 10 06 10 32 02 novosibirskA modern ‘Soviet’ city, we 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 Opera House, we visit an impressive statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.

Alternatively, south of the city you could visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum on our Freedom of Choice tour. The museum displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era. Or choose to go to the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 17, ON BOARD, RUSSIA
A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on our journey so far. Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 18, IRKUTSK, RUSSIA
Day 9.2Our visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, takes 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 Decembrists uprising of 1825, and we recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

You could learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch with our Freedom of Choice option. Or you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) or an urban apartment to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 19, LAKE BAIKAL, RUSSIA
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Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and is a major highlight on our Trans-Siberian journey. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater.

Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish including omul. For five hours 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 the line. There will be plenty of opportunities for photographs as the train winds its way along the lake. This will be an unforgettable part of our journey.

Weather permitting, we stop in an extremely picturesque location by the lake for photographic opportunities and for the brave hearted there is time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear and ice-cold waters of Baikal. Travelling onwards to the end of the Baikal branch line, we leave the train and travel by boat on the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills and visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium where you can learn about the flora and fauna of the lake.

We will enjoy a delicious barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, prepared by our own chefs on the shore of Lake Baikal to complete a memorable day.

As part of our Freedom of Choice excursion programme you can choose a hiking opportunity that offers some spectacular and panoramic hillside views of the lake below.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 20, ULAN-UDE, RUSSIA
Day 7.2

The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, 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.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 21, ULAAN-BAATAR, RUSSIA
Day 6.2

Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country of beautiful landscapes, nomadic people and rich in culture and history. Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside.

We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as ‘the great place of complete joy’. At Chinggis Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square) we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. We then drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life.

Alternatively, there is an option to stay in the city as part of our Freedom of Choice touring. After Gandan Monastery and Chinggis Square we visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history. We will also see Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, the winter residences of Bogd Khan, the last Mongolian emperor, built between 1893 and 1903.

We can also explore the city and have some free time for shopping for Mongolian souvenirs, and their speciality cashmere. We will also enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 22, ON BOARD, RUSSIA
Enjoy a more leisurely pace today as we travel through the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East. You may wish to attend one of the interesting lectures or Russian language lessons.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 23, ON BOARD, RUSSIA
It's the perfect opportunity to practice your Russian or simply relax as our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Enjoy Russia at its most dramatic and remote, as the Golden Eagle eats up the miles on our way to Vladivostok.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 24, ON BOARD, RUSSIA
Passing directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka, we spend our last full day onboard the Golden Eagle today as the most easterly point of this mammoth journey is reached passing through Khabarovsk, where we cross the River Amur. Tonight we enjoy our final dinner onboard our private train that has been our home for the last twelve days as we approach our final destination on this unforgettable journey.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 25, VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
Day 14After travelling through 8 time zones and covering a staggering 6,600 miles (10,600kms) along this iconic railway, the Golden Eagle pulls into its final destination, Vladivostok.

Vladivostok is a military port, located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine. Our city tour will also take us to the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, which opened in 2012 for the APEC conference.

Our hotel in Vladivostok, where we stay for one night, is the four-star Hotel Hyundai.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 26,VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Vladivostok Airport to begin your journey home.

Breakfast included.

Luxury Grand Tour of Russia Accommodation:

3 nights in St Petersburg at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

6 nights on board the MS Volga Dream 3 nights in Moscow at Ararat park Hyatt 12 nights onboard the Golden Eagle 1 night in Vladivostok

The Golden Eagle Express Overview

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The Golden Eagle Express

Travelling on the Golden Eagle is an exclusive way to truly take in the vastness and grandeur of the world's largest country.

The Golden Eagle entered service in 2007 and the 12 sleeping cars on the train are separated into three classes: Imperial, Gold and Silver Class.

In the restaurant, the chefs use the finest of local ingredients for lunch and dinner. From traditional and world renowned 'Borsch', to caviar and Omul fish unique to Lake Baikal.

Quality wines from around the world compliment the meals, along with mineral water, soft drinks and naturally, vodka. After a long day sightseeing, unwind in the newly designed and stylishly built Bar Car.

 Accommodation

 

•   Imperial Suite

•   Gold Cabin

•   Silver Cabin

 

Imperial suite

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Imperial Suites are the most spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle measuring 120 sq ft (11.1 sq metres) and benefiting from a large and luxurious double bed as well as a lounge area with dressing table.

Imperial Suite facilities include a private en-suite bathroom with power shower and the luxury of underfloor heating; individual air-conditioning; wardrobe; DVD/CD player with LCD screen; complimentary fully stocked minibar; safe; small library and two large picture windows to watch the world go by.

Exemplary service starts with a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne when you board the train to toast the start of your wonderful adventure.

Imperial Suite guests will also benefit from the option of a private guide and car service in most of the places we visit along the route, the inclusion of drinks from the standard and premium bar list in the Bar Lounge Car, a laundry service and room upgrades to the next available category at the hotels which are featured in the itinerary.

 

Specification

•   Sleeps 2 in King Size bed

•   Sitting area

•   Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating

•   Recessed lighting and wardrobe

•   Dressing table

•   Personal safe

•   Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating

•   Bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and toiletries provided

•   Complimentary minibar

•   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

•   In-cabin dining available on request

•   Drinks from the Bar Lounge Car included from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding Premium Wine List)

•   Private car and guide options in selected cities for off-train excursion programme

•   Laundry service included

 

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Gold cabin

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GOLD CABIN

At 77 sq ft (7 sq metres) Gold Class cabins are extremely well-proportioned and have everything from a private bathroom with separate power shower cubicle and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, large picture window as well as featuring a double lower bed and a single upper bed.

Guests in Gold Class benefit from complimentary drinks off the Standard Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car.

Exemplary service starts with a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne when you board the train to toast the start of your wonderful adventure.

 

Specification

•   Sleeps 2 in either lower standard double bed or bunk style

•   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

•   Laundry service available at an additional charge

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Silver cabin

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Silver Class cabins, which are more compact at 60 sq ft (5.5 sq metres), feature a small double lower bed and a single upper bed as well as DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe and large picture window.

The Silver Class cabins have private en-suite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower.

 

Specification

•   Sleeps 2 in lower small double bed or bunk style

•   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

•   Laundry service available at an additional charge

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CABIN DECK


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Deluxe Junior Suite

 

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Dimensions: 170 sq ft / 15.8 sq m
Type: double
Bed size: 180x200 cm / 71x79
Additional furniture: sofa, chair, desk

Deluxe Junior Suite features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


Junior Suite

 

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Dimensions: 141 sq ft / 13.1 sq m
Type: double
Bed size: 180x200 cm / 71x79
Additional furniture: chair, desk

Junior Suite features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


Deluxe Stateroom

 

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Dimensions: 126 sq ft / 11.7 sq m
Type: twin
Bed size: 91x200 cm / 36x79
Additional furniture:

Deluxe Stateroom features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


Deluxe Single

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Dimensions: 81 sq ft / 7.5 sq m
Type: single
Bed size: 91x200 cm / 36x79
Additional furniture:desk, chair

Deluxe Single features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


PROMENADE DECK

Promenade

Owner's Suite

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Dimensions: 260 sq ft / 24.2 sq m
Type: double
Bed size: 180x200 cm / 71x79
Additional furniture:2 armchairs, sofa, desk

Owner's Suite features the following amenities:

•   Private wrap around terrace

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


Junior Suite

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Dimensions: 158 sq ft / 14.7 sq m
Type: double
Bed size: 180x200 cm / 71x79
Additional furniture:desk, chair

Junior Suite features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


Deluxe Stateroom

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Dimensions: 122 sq ft / 11.3 sq m
Type: double
Bed size: 180x200 cm / 71x79
Additional furniture:

Deluxe Stateroom features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


Standard Single

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Dimensions: 69 sq ft / 6.4 sq m
Type: single
Bed size: 91x200 cm / 36x79
Additional furniture:

Single features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


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Superior Stateroom

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Dimensions: 114 sq ft / 10.6 sq m
Type: twin
Bed size: 91x200 cm / 36x79
Additional furniture:

Superior Stateroom features the following amenities:

•   Large picture windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


CABIN DECK

Cabin

Standard Cabin

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Dimensions: 101 sq ft / 9.4 sq m
Type: twin
Bed size: 91x200 cm / 36x79
Additional furniture:

Standart Stateroom features the following amenities:

•   Porthole windows

•   Private bathroom with shower

•   Spacious closet

•   Air conditioning

•   Direct dial telephone

•   Satellite television (flat-screen TV)

•   Private electronic safe

•   Minibar

•   Radio

•   Hair dryer

•   Bathrobes and slippers

•   220V outlets

•   Welcome fruit basket


Luxury Grand Tour of Russia
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Luxury Grand Tour of Russia

Imperial Suites are the most spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle measuring 120 sq ft (11.1 sq metres) and benefiting from a large and luxurious double bed as well as a lounge area with dressing table.
Imperial Suite facilities include a private en-suite bathroom with power shower and the luxury of underfloor heating; individual air-conditioning; wardrobe; DVD/CD player with LCD screen; complimentary fully stocked minibar; safe; small library and two large picture windows to watch the world go by.
Exemplary service starts with a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne when you board the train to toast the start of your wonderful adventure.
Imperial Suite guests will also benefit from the option of a private guide and car service in most of the places we visit along the route, the inclusion of drinks from the standard and premium bar list in the Bar Lounge Car, a laundry service and room upgrades to the next available category at the hotels which are featured in the itinerary.

Specification

  • Sleeps 2 in King Size bed
  • Sitting area
  • Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating
  • Recessed lighting and wardrobe
  • Dressing table
  • Personal safe
  • Private en-suite bathroom with full power shower and underfloor heating
  • Bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and toiletries provided
  • Complimentary minibar
  • 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
  • In-cabin dining available on request
  • Drinks from the Bar Lounge Car included from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding Premium Wine List)
  • Private car and guide options in selected cities for off-train excursion programme
  • Laundry service included
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Luxury Grand Tour of Russia

At 77 sq ft (7 sq metres) Gold Class cabins are extremely well-proportioned and have everything from a private bathroom with separate power shower cubicle and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, large picture window as well as featuring a double lower bed and a single upper bed.
Guests in Gold Class benefit from complimentary drinks off the Standard Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car.
Exemplary service starts with a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne when you board the train to toast the start of your wonderful adventure.

Specification

  • Sleeps 2 in either lower standard double bed or bunk style
  • 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
  • Laundry service available at an additional charge
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Luxury Grand Tour of Russia

Silver Class cabins, which are more compact at 60 sq ft (5.5 sq metres), feature a small double lower bed and a single upper bed as well as DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe and large picture window.
The Silver Class cabins have private en-suite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower.

Specification

  • Sleeps 2 in lower small double bed or bunk style
  • 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
  • Laundry service available at an additional charge
Luxury Grand Tour of Russia

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MS Volga Dream & Golden Eagle

  Golden Eagle cabin categories

MS Volga Dream cabin categories

(Price per person)

Silver (£ GBP)

Gold (£ GBP)

Imperial (£ GBP)

Twin Single Occupancy Twin Single Occupancy Twin Single Occupancy
Eastbound St Petersburg - Vladivostok
Deposit per person 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%

Standard Twin Cabin Deck

 Без имени 1

£14,495 £20,490 £16,995 £23,990 £25,495 On Request

Superior Twin Main Deck

Без имени 1

£14,995

£20,990 £17,495 £24,990 £25,995 On Request

Deluxe Double Promenade Deck

Без имени 1

£15,495 £21,990 £17,995 £25,990 £26,495 On Request

Deluxe Twin Sun Deck

Без имени 1

£15,495 £21,990 £17,995 £25,990 £26,495 On Request

Junior Suite Double Promenade & Sun Deck

Без имени 1

£15,995 £23,490 £18,495 £26,990 £26,995 On Request

Deluxe Junior Suite Double Sun Deck

Без имени 1

£16,495 £24,990 £18,995 £27,990 £27,495 On Request

Owner's Suite Double Promenade Deck

Без имени 1

£17,495 £25,990 £19,995 £29,990 £28,495 On Request

Single Occupancy cabins on MS Volga

Dream (Price per person)

           
 Standard Single Promenade Deck

Без имени 1

N/A  £21,495  N/A  £25,495   N/A On Request 

Deluxe Single Sun Deck

Без имени 1

N/A £21,995 N/A £25,995 N/A On Request 

 

 

 

All Tours Include:

As far as possible tours are all inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.

Experienced Tour Managers

Experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. Golden Eagle receive exceptional passenger comments about their Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

Arrival and Departure Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included.

Hotel and Onboard Accommodation

Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find you hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

Welcome and Farewell Dinners

Each tour begins with a Welcome Dinner, an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers; for the Tour Manager to brief you on the trip; and introduce you to the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains team and the Tour Doctor. The Farewell Dinner is the perfect end to your adventure by private train where you can relive the journey and look ahead to future tours.

Route Guide, Itinerary and Information Pack

When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Tour Manager will organise a programme of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programme for the next day’s touring schedule.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily

All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour you will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

Drinks with Meals and from the Bar Lounge Car

A generous drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner. For passengers travelling in Gold Class onboard the Golden Eagle, drinks from the Standard Drinks List in the Bar Lounge Car are also included. For Imperial Suite guests, drinks from both the Standard and Premium Bar Lists in the Bar Lounge Car are included.

Onboard Service

You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottle drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Guided Off-Train Excursions

The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. All tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations. We believe it is the special little touches that help create magical memories.

Imperial Suite guests will benefit from the option of a private car and guide in the majority of places we visit along the route.

Freedom of Choice Touring

Customise your journey and enjoy the opportunity to select from an array of Freedom of Choice Touring options that best suits your interests. Your off-train excursions will still take in all the major attractions of the places we are visiting but, in featured locations, you will be presented when you are onboard the train with a variety of activities from which to choose, and enjoy a tailor-made experience. Look at the individual itineraries where we are operating Freedom of Choice Touring.

Freedom of Choice Touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings and local charges. Touring options available will typically be advised in the evening prior to the day’s tour.

Personal Headsets

On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and comprehension of the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. So you do not need to worry about missing any of the interesting details on your excursions.

Onboard Doctor and Medical Facilities

To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. Normally, the doctor will be English speaking and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.

Porterage

As you only have to unpack once, your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey but, wherever necessary, porterage is included between the hotel and stations.

All Gratuities

You will not have to worry about tipping on and off the train on your rail journey with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains as all gratuities are included in the tour price.

Please note that 10% deposit is payable on this tour

 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 62 days or more prior to tour departure date - Loss of deposit paid or due
Cancellation 61 days or less prior to tour departure date - 100% of the total cost of the holiday

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