Moscow to Vladivostok via the BAM Aboard the Golden Eagle

The seldom-traveled Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM for short) runs up and over the top of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and east through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country, through the radiant Sayan and dramatic Kodra Mountains (sometimes called the “Russian Alps”), and over miles of tundra where lichen and tiny bushes struggle for a foothold on the permafrost. Outside the windows of the train is some of the most glorious and unspoiled scenery in the world.

Day Trip

Overview Itinerary

MIR Signature Why end mights on this Tour
  • Walk the bricks of fabled Red Square
    Wander the brick-paved expanse of historic UNESCO-listed Red Square in the shadow of St. Basil’s fanciful onion domes....
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  • Ride the BAM through remote Siberia
    Travel where Trans-Siberian passengers rarely go – through thick taiga forests, mountains and tundra in the sparsely-populated region northeast of Lake Baikal....
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  • See where the last czar perished
    Enter the Church on the Blood, standing over the spot where Czar Nicholas II and his family were killed in July of 1918....
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  • Admire the only Tatar fortress in Russia
    Admire the synthesis of the Tatar and Russian cultures at the UNESCO-listed Kazan Kremlin, originally a fortress of the Golden Horde...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Nearly 30 years of Trans-Siberian travel experience
  • Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, recommends MIR as the company to talk to about a Trans-Siberian journey
  • Travel programs such as Harvard, Princeton, Smith and Stanford University alumni have chosen MIR to guide them along the Trans-Siberian line
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Moscow

Enjoy a one-night stay at a five star hotel in Moscow. Tour the classic sights of this 850-year-old capital city, including expansive Red Square and the venerable Kremlin, or opt for a tour of the Tretyakov Gallery instead. In the evening depart aboard the luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train.


  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour of the Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures, or the world-class Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art

Days 3-4: Kazan, Ekaterinburg

Make a stop in Kazan, the beautiful capital of Tatarstan on the Volga, where a kremlin wall encompasses both minarets and onion domes. In Ekaterinburg, visit the site where the Bolsheviks executed the last czar, Nicholas II, and his family in July 1918.


  • UNESCO-listed Kazan Kremlin, once a fortress of the Golden Horde
  • Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg, where Nicholas II and his family perished

Day 5: Novosibirsk

Stop in Novosibirsk, a Siberian town that grew into a city due to its position on the Trans-Siberian line. Visit the massive Opera House, Lenin Square and the Ob River, flowing 2,300 miles from its source to the Arctic.


  • Largest opera house in Russia, in Novosibirsk

Days 6-7: Abakan, Bratsk

Leaving the more-traveled line, the train heads to Abakan, capital of Khakassia. From here to Khabarovsk, travel through territory that passengers on the regular route never see. The first stop on the BAM route is at Bratsk, to admire the massive Bratsk dam.


  • Abakan, capital of Khakassia in southwest Siberia
  • Massive Bratsk Dam, world’s biggest hydroelectric station in 1961

Day 8: Severobaikalsk

Remote Severobaikalsk began in 1974 as a base camp for construction of the BAM line. Explore the shore of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal; here at its pristine northern end it is even more magnificent than at its more populated southern end.


  • Pristine northern tip of Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Severobaikalsk, town of 25,000 surrounded on three sides by mountains

Days 9-10: Novaya Chara, Tynda

Visit little Novaya Chara, known for its mysterious sand dunes and for being the namesake of the rare purple gemstone, charoite. Next is Tynda, headquarters of the BAM construction company, with its BAM Museum.


  • Novaya Chara, jumping-off place to the dramatic “Siberian Alps”
  • Mysterious Chara Sand Dunes, four miles of shifting sand in the middle of the taiga
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Days 11-12: Novy Urgal, Komsomolsk na Amur

A stop in Novy Urgal, with a dwindling population of some 6,000, is like stepping into the Soviet past. Komsomolsk na Amur was founded in 1111 as a secret center for military industries, built from the ground up by the Komsomol, the Soviet youth organization.


  • Novy Urgul, remote and languishing tundra town
  • Komsomolsk na Amur with neoclassical Stalinist buildings and wide boulevards

Day 13: Khabarovsk

Visit Khabarovsk, where the BAM meets back up with the main Trans-Siberian line. Built on three hills overlooking the Amur River, the city has a long and pleasant waterfront.


  • Gracious Amur River embankment

Days 14-15: Vladivostok

Arriving in Vladivostok, enjoy a city tour that includes the principal attractions of this once off-limits Russian city. Transfer to a four star hotel for a one-night stay and enjoy a farewell dinner.


  • Vladivostok, Pacific Rim port city and terminus of the Trans-Siberian line
  • Eagle’s Nest Observation Platform
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What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Accommodation aboard the Golden Eagle private train.
  • Per the itinerary, 2 nights of shared accommodations in well-located hotels.
  • All meals starting with dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on final tour day, including a generous, though not unlimited, allowance of wine or local beer, soft drinks and water with all lunches and dinners.
  • Arrival/departure transfers, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates and in the tour start/end cities.
  • All guided off-train tours per itinerary.
  • The services of an experienced Train Tour Manager, with local guides for scheduled off-train touring.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water round the clock from your car attendant while on board the train.
  • All gratuities.
  • Baggage handling.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information, visa kit.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Eastern or Central Europe before or after your tour. Extend your post-tour with a day trip outside Vladivostok to visit a family of endangered Siberian tigers living at the Amur Tiger Rehabilitation Center. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

This trip is moderately active, and rated moderate to rigorous touring due to the daily walking involved and the overall shortcomings of the tourism infrastructure. To reap the full rewards of this adventure, travelers must be able to walk at least a mile a day, keeping up with fellow travelers. A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

The perfect combination of remote destinations and comfortable accommodations, rail journeys by private train open a world of discovery to travelers who enjoy comfort and leisure time as well as exciting new vistas.

The exclusive Golden Eagle private train furnishes the dream of Old World rail travel with modern comforts and amenities that make the journey as pleasant as the destination. The luxurious Golden Eagle is a fully en suite train and a restful and satisfying way to experience legendary rail routes.

Train & Hotel Accommodations

Relax and enjoy the panorama rolling past your private window and disembark for guided off-train touring in fascinating towns and cities along the way.

Each sleeping carriage on the Golden Eagle has its own attendants who provide bed turndown service, plus tea, coffee and mineral water 24 hours a day. Attendants keep an eye on everything while guests are away from the train. L’Occitane body products, as well as premium bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer, are provided in all cabin categories.

  • Imperial Suite

    Imperial Suite

    Imperial Suites are the most beautiful and spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle. Measuring a surprising 120 sq ft (11.1 sq meters), they are furnished with a luxurious king size bed, dedicated seating area, dressing table and private en suite facilities with large power shower and under floor heating. Individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, DVD/CD player with LCD screen and two large picture windows make the cabin a pleasant retreat.

    Additional Information

    Imperial Suite dimensions – 2 suites per departure / 1 suite per carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 120 sq ft (11.1 sq m)
    Cabin length – 17′ 4″ (5.3 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Bed length – 6′ 2″ (1.9 m)
    Bed width – 5′ (1.5 m)

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  • Gold Class

    Gold Class

    Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and feature modern en suite amenities including power showers, under floor heating, a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, remote-controlled air-conditioning/heating, recessed lighting and wardrobe and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper and lower berths, and can accommodate double, twin or single occupancy.

    Additional Information

    Gold Class cabin dimensions – 5 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 77 sq ft (7 sq m)
    Cabin length – 11′ 8″ (3.6 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Size of bathroom – 6′ 6″ x 4′  (2.4 sq m)
    Bed length – 6′ 2″ (1.9 m)
    Lower bed width – 4′ 5″ (1.35 m)
    Upper bed width – 2′ 9″ (85 cm)

    Lower bed converts to a sofa for daytime use.

    Note: The 5th compartment is of a slightly different layout (68 sq ft), and will normally be allocated to single guests.

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  • Silver Class

    Silver Class

    Silver Class cabins are more compact than Gold Class cabins with similar facilities. Silver Class cabins feature the same amenities as Gold Class cabins but in a smaller space and with a smaller, wet room-style shower area.

    Additional Information

    Silver Class cabin dimensions – 6 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 11 sq ft (5.5 sq m)
    Cabin length – 8′ 8″ (2.6 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Size of bathroom – 4′ 6″ x 3′ (1.25 sq m)
    Bed length (upper & lower) – 6′ 2″ (190 cm)
    Lower bed width – 3′ 6″ (1.1 m)
    Upper bed width – 2′ 9″ (85 cm)

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  • Hotel Accommodations

    Hotel Accommodations

    The first and last nights of most tours are spent in well-appointed four and five star hotels. Some tours feature additional hotel nights. Please review the detailed itinerary for specifics pertaining to each tour and departure. Additional nights before and after any tour can be arranged on request.

Life Aboard the Train
Dining Car Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle private train provides everything you need for a pleasurable journey. Join travelers from around the world to enjoy the relaxed and casual environment onboard, with no need to wear formal attire on excursions or while dining.

Train formations are not fixed, as the composition varies to suit the number of passengers on a given departure. Group sizes on winter trips are generally more intimate than spring, summer or fall departures. The exact configuration of the train on any particular journey may not be determined until close to departure. 

Please note that a variety of cabins styles are in use aboard the train. Decor, layout, type and number of dining, bar and sleeping cars on your journey may differ from the sample images depicted in our brochures/websites.

  • Bar/Lounge Car

    Bar/Lounge Car

    A Bar/Lounge Car is a favorite destination in the train formation and is typically included on most departures. The lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable area where you can enjoy a drink, take language lessons, and gather around the piano with other passengers.

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  • Dining Cars

    Dining Cars

    Dining Cars feature local and European cuisine complemented by a selection of local and European wines (except on trips in Iran). Dining cars are multi-purpose, used for on-board lectures and viewing documentaries. One or more dining cars may be included in the train formation of any given departure depending on the number of passengers.

    Additional Information

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  • Off-Train Tours

    Off-Train Tours

    Rail journeys feature an extensive selection of educational city tours in the various stops on our routes. Private coaches and local guides whisk you away from your private train for fascinating half- or full-day forays into the principal towns and cities, sometimes including an in-city dining opportunity. Read through this tour’s itinerary for more information (found on the Itinerary & Map tab of this page).