Golden Eagle Luxury Train
Voyages of a lifetime by private train. Rail cruising is a fantastic way to absorb the rich culture and cinematic landscape of the country. Our rail cruise itineraries are planned and operated exclusively by us and we never lose sight of the little things that really matter to you so that you can experience our Voyages of a Lifetime in a relaxed and informal manner.
Our itineraries are designed to turn dreams of a lifetime into priceless memories and take in some of the most culturally diverse destinations the world has to offer. Whether you have always wanted to discover Siberia’s grand wilderness, Mongolia’s nomadic culture or explore ancient history of the Silk Road, we have created an exclusive range of extraordinary rail cruises. With Russia and its neighbouring countries changing so rapidly, it remains an immensely exciting time to visit and draw back the veil on a part of the world surrounded by intrigue, myth and legend not to mention that it also offers some of the most remarkable and iconic rail journeys in the world.
RECOMMENDED LUXURY TRAIN JOURNEYS
- Classic Trans-Siberian
May to September 2018/19 | 15 Days Moscow to Vladivostok
Undoubtedly the best way to experience the vastness and grandeur of Russia's rarely visited interior, this classic Trans-Siberian journey passes through eight time zones and travels an incredible 6,500 miles through Russia and Mongolia. Highlights include the breathtaking beauty of Lake Baikal, hauled by steam-locomotive; the Old Believers Village in Ulan Ude & the heart of Mongolia, Ulaan Baatar.
- Persian Odyssey
October 2018 | 17 - 20 Days | Tehran to Moscow
This unique journey by private train combines the remarkable treasures of Persia with the ancient trading cities of the Silk Road; the awe-inspiring Baikonur cosmodrome and Russia’s magnificent capital Moscow. Travelling on board Russia's premier luxury train, the Golden Eagle, there is no better way to explore these captivating, yet rarely seen destinations.
- Arctic Explorer
February 1 - 12, 2019 | St. Petersburg - Moscow
Combining the beautiful cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow with the charming settlements deep within the Arctic Circle, this astronomer-led quest to see the Northern Lights promises to be truly spectacular. Tour highlights include two nights in Kirkenes, Norway where you can sample King Crab fishing and a tour of the remarkable Kirkenes Snow Hotel, plus a visit to Kizhi Island (weather permitting).
- Trans Siberian Winter Wonderland
February 24 - March 4, 2019 | 15 Days Vladivostok to Moscow
Complete the longest single-service railway journey in the world through picture perfect, snow-covered Siberia and experience unforgettable moments including ice-fishing, snowmobiling and dog sledding on a frozen Lake Baikal; horse-drawn sleigh rides and visits to some of Russia’s oldest and most remote communities, on this spectacular adventure aboard the Golden Eagle.
A TYPICAL DAY ON BOARD YOUR PRIVATE TRAIN
Each rail cruise is a hand-picked collection of fascinating places, and each day brings a new opportunity for discovery – another chance to explore your world in a personal and meaningful way. On a typical day the Golden Eagle will travel through the night, as you sleep in your private cabin. Disembarking after breakfast the following morning you will be whisked away by coach or minibus to explore, for example, the sights and sounds of Lake Baikal, Samarkand, Yerevan or the Kremlin and Red Square, and at the end of the day return to the sanctuary of your hotel-onwheels, greeted by your cabin attendants with complimentary refreshments.
Enjoy a hot shower in your private en-suite bathroom and then, as we set off again to your next destination, settle down with your travelling companions for pre-dinner drinks in the Bar Lounge Car followed by a meal, in one of the two Restaurant Cars, of local specialities and international cuisine, accompanied by a selection of fine wines. There is no need to hurry, the Restaurant Cars accommodate all the guests in a single sitting – so linger over coffee and reflect on the adventures of the day – or return to the bar for a night-cap and listen to the resident pianist.
Some days will be spent partly or entirely on board the train providing an opportunity for guests to watch the landscape unfold. The Golden Eagle offers different on board activities and facilities so you might spend the time taking part in Russian language lessons, attending talks on the local history and culture, trying your hand at bridge, tasting vodkas, improving your photographic skills, or simply soaking up the atmosphere in the Bar Lounge Car.
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 with a variety of activities from which to choose, and enjoy a tailor-made experience. In short, it means that your holiday is just that, your very own, and it’s all included in the tour price, with no more for you to pay. All Freedom of Choice tours are booked on board the train, so you don’t need to decide prior to the departure of the tour. It is the ultimate in flexibility.
We have a full range of Freedom of Choice touring to include hiking around Lake Baikal, cookery classes in Irkutsk and walking tours of Yekaterinburg.
Look at the individual itineraries where we are operating Freedom of Choice Touring. Freedom of Choice options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings and local weather conditions.
Extend your Voyage of a Lifetime by Private Train with one of our fantastic tour extensions.Our selection of tour extension options includes St Petersburg, Mongolia and the Gobi Desert, the Imperial City of Beijing, Shanghai and the stunning but remote Kamchatka Peninsula.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE
As far as possible our tours are all-inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are all those elements which are included in the tour price.
The only extra items you may need to budget for include personal expenses such as International and Internal flights that are not included in the itineraries, visa costs, insurance, selected drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.
- EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS
Our experienced Tour Managers are selected for their travel knowledge, and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. We receive exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.
- ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Arrival and departure transfers are included.
- HOTEL AND ON BOARD ACCOMMODATION
Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find your cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. All hotels are of five-star standard, or the best available.
- BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY
All meals are included, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day. 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 we will also sample authentic local cuisine with wine and a selection of drinks off the train, which is also included in the tour price.
- DRINKS WITH MEALS
A generous drinks allowance, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, is included with lunch and dinner on and off the train.
- ON BOARD 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 bottled 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 our 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.
- PERSONAL HEADSETS
On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and insights into 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. The range of the headset means that you do not need to worry about missing any of the guide’s commentary on your excursion, even if you prefer to wander away from the group.
- ON BOARD 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. In almost every case, the doctor will be English speaking and registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.
- LUGGAGE HANDLING
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 hotels and stations.
- ALL GRATUITIES
You will not have to worry about tipping on or off the train on your rail journey with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains as all gratuities are included in the