Golden Eagle Ulaan

Golden Eagle Ulaan-Baatar Express

Eastbound – 11 day itinerary

From RM 55,000 per person

 

MOSCOW – KAZAN – YEKATERINBURG – NOVOSIBIRSK – IRKUTSK – LAKE BAIKAL – ULAN UDE – ULAAN BAATAR (MONGOLIA)

 

Day 1, Moscow

Arrive at Moscow airport, where you are met and transferred to the luxurious five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel (or similar) located in the heart of this vibrant city for a one-night stay.  We enjoy a welcome reception dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travellers and anticipate the epic voyage that lies ahead.

 

Day 2, Moscow

Our morning city tour of Moscow principally takes us to Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might.  Here we see an eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral with its magnificent onion-domed spires, the grandeur of The Kremlin and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. With our Freedom of Choice touring option you may instead wish to visit the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or travel out of the city centre to Sergiev Posad, home to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia and the historical and spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church (subject to train schedule). Early afternoon sees us boarding the luxurious Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.  After settling into our modern, stylish cabins, we enjoy dinner in one of the beautifully designed restaurant cars as our rail adventure eastwards to Ulaan Baatar begins.

 

Day 3, Kazan

We arrive at the picturesque and historic city of Kazan by mid-morning.  Situated on the River Volga, 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 onion-domed cathedral. After enjoying a relaxing dinner on the Golden Eagle, you may wish to retire to our welcoming bar car where you can enjoy drinks with new friends whilst listening to our resident pianist.

 

Day 4, Yekaterinburg

We cross the Europe/Asia divide before arriving in the historic city of Yekaterinburg. Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, the third largest Russian city is also the capital of the Urals.  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, Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918.   Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

 

Day 5, Novosibirsk

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts, science and literature predominate.  Our city tour takes us to the Opera House.  An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is the largest opera house in the world.  In front of the Opera House, we visit an imposing statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.  

 

 

Day 6, On Board

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.

 

Day 7, Irkutsk

We arrive in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, and our visit today takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. Next, we visit the Decembrist House museum which is dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats who were forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825.  Here we enjoy a private concert before returning to our waiting train for dinner.

 

Day 8, Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal.  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.  Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater.  Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over fifty species of fish including omul which we will be serving in the dining car for some of our meals. Weather permitting, we stop at one of Baikal’s picturesque and secluded bays to enjoy a delicious BBQ including freshly smoked fish prepared by our own chefs.  For the brave hearted, there is even time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. In the afternoon, we visit Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills.   

 

Day 9, Ulan Ude

This morning we arrive in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic.  The ethnic and cultural diversity of this area offers a unique insight into its heritage.  As we tour the area you will notice the different faces and dress styles of these welcoming 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 traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

 

Day 10, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

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 for a unique opportunity to experience a taste of the traditional Naadam Festival, with a spectacular display of horse-riding, wrestling and archery, the three games of the festival, performed by members of the local community. We will meet a nomadic family in a traditional Ger and learn more about their historic culture and customs.

 

Alternatively, there is an option to stay in the city as part of our Freedom of Choice touring. After Gandan Monastery and Sukhbaatar Square we visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history. We’ll 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.

 

Included in our time spent in Ulaan Baatar is one night at the five-star Kempinski, or similar.

 

Day 11, Ulan Baatar, Mongolia

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Ulan Baatar airport to begin your journey home.

 

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Finest Rail Accommodation

  • Private en-suite accommodation on the Golden Eagle ( Silver Cabin)

  • 1 night at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

  • 1 night at the Kempinski Khan Palace, Ulaan Baatar

  • 24-hour cabin attendant service

  • Evening turndown service

  • Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water in-cabin 24 hours a day

  • Robes, slippers and toiletries in-cabin

  • Complimentary bottle of vodka in your Golden Eagle cabin

 

Off-Train Excursions Programme

  • Fully guided off-train excursions programme

  • Fully included Freedom of Choice touring options (may vary due to final train times)

  • Personal Headsets to hear the professional guide’s commentary

  • Bottled water during excursions

  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants with a generous drinks allowance.

 

Golden Eagle Difference

  • Experienced Tour Manager

  • On Board Doctor - English speaking

  • Luggage porterage - from the time you are met at the airport until your departure

  • No tipping policy

  • Arrival and departure transfers

  • Commemorative DVD with photos of your tour and tour information

  • High quality Golden Eagle embroidered backpack

  • Detailed Golden Eagle route map

  • Illustrated Golden Eagle tour brochure

 

ON BOARD INCLUSIONS

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily - starting with dinner on Day 1 and finishing with breakfast on Day 11

  • Generous drinks allowance, including international wine, with lunch and dinner

  • Gala Caviar Dinner on board the Golden Eagle

  • In-cabin breakfast option to start the day

  • Afternoon tea and cakes on board the Golden Eagle

  • In-suite dining option for Imperial Suite guests

  • Inclusive drinks packages for Gold Class and Imperial Suite guests

  • Tea, coffee, bottled water, soft drinks and local beer in the Bar Lounge Car

  • Stimulating on board talks

  • Resident pianist in Bar Lounge Car

  • On board Russian language lessons

  • Live musical performances

From

RM55,000.00

Per Person

11D 10N