Moscow to Vladivostok in Winter Aboard the Golden Eagle

Russia is fantastic in the winter. The country is at its most beautiful, the crackling air burnished by a fresh snowfall. Across Siberia, the faraway lights of the Trans-Siberian shine through the darkness like a moving beacon. Join us on this remarkable winter route.

A westbound Vladivostok to Moscow winter departure is also available. The Trans-Siberian route between Moscow and Vladivostok also has summer and fall departures, eastbound and westbound.

15 Day Trip

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  • Take an exhilarating sleigh ride in UNESCO-listed Vladimir and Suzdal
    Visit UNESCO-listed Vladimir and Suzdal to admire the snow-tipped onion domes crowning some of the first churches and monasteries in Kievan Rus; then...
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  • Walk the snow-dusted 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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  • Savor a Russian snack of vodka and caviar
    Enjoy a tasting of Russian vodka with an accompaniment of caviar aboard the luxury Golden Eagle private train....
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  • Skirt the frozen shore of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal for spectacular views
    Spend some time admiring UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal on the fabulous Circumbaikal Old Railway, one of the most complicated and beautiful rail routes in the world...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 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

Spend a night in a five star Moscow hotel and tour iconic Red Square and the Kremlin, or opt for a tour of the Tretyakov Gallery before boarding the distinctive private train on its way across seven time zones.

Highlights

  • Moscow, Russia’s capital and most important city
  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the world-class Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art

Day 3: Vladimir, Suzdal

Visit Vladimir and Suzdal, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two of Russia’s oldest cities. Their brilliant snow-tipped onion domes crown some of the first churches and monasteries of the Kievan Rus. Attend a choral performance in 14th century St. Euthymius Monastery, and enjoy an exhilarating sleigh ride through the snowy countryside.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, “White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal”
  • Vladimir’s 12th century Cathedral of the Assumption with its twelve blue and gold gilded domes
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Days 4-6: Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk

Cross the Europe/Asia divide just outside of Ekaterinburg, and tour the site where the last czar, Nicholas II, and his family were held prisoner and then executed by the Bolsheviks. In Novosibirsk, Siberia’s most important city, explore the country’s biggest Opera and Ballet Theater.

Highlights

  • Ekaterinburg’s Church on the Blood, where Nicholas II and his family perished
  • Largest opera house in Russia, located in Novosibirsk

Days 7-8: Irkutsk, Lake Baikal

Tour cultured Irkutsk, including a neighborhood of classic Siberian wooden architecture, and enjoy a private concert of accomplished classical musicians at the 19th century Decembrist House Museum. Take an opportunity to experience an authentic Russian banya, or steam bath, at a forest resort. Later, the train winds along the majestic frozen shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, where the ice is often transparent. Board a hovercraft that crosses the lake to a spot where you can join in with locals ice-fishing, riding snowmobiles and running dogsleds.

Highlights

  • Irkutsk’s neighborhood of wooden buildings, decorated with the lacy wooden fretwork typical of Siberian architecture
  • Classical concert at Decembrist House Museum
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Day 9: Ulan Ude

Stop in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic, a small city with a multiethnic background. Spend some time visiting with Orthodox Old Believers at a nearby village. Savor a home-cooked meal, and hear their marvelous chants, lyric songs and folk prayers, passed down intact from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Highlights

  • Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic with the world’s largest Lenin head
  • Village visit to Old Believers, exiled to Siberia after they rebelled against the 17th century reforms of the Orthodox liturgy
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Days 10-13: Ulaanbaatar, Aboard Train

Dipping down on to the Mongolian steppe, make a day-long visit to the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Investigate its National History Museum, providing a look into the steppe nomads’ history and culture, ranging from the dawn of humanity through the incredible empire of Genghis Khan and on to the present day. Relax onboard the comfortable train as it barrels back up to Russia and east across the mighty Amur River.

Highlights

  • Ulaanbaatar, capital and most important city in Mongolia
  • National History Museum, an overview of the country’s history and culture

Days 14-15: Vladivostok

At the end of this momentous journey, explore the Pacific Rim naval port of Vladivostok, including a tour of a restored submarine, before transferring to a four star hotel for a final night and a festive farewell dinner.

Highlights

  • Vladivostok, Pacific Rim port city and terminus of the Trans-Siberian line
  • Eagle’s Nest Observation Platform
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 15 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person

  • Silver Class, twin share
    $15,895
  • Silver Class, single
    $23,495
  • Gold Class, twin share
    $19,595
  • Gold Class, single
    $28,695
  • Imperial Suite Class, twin share
    $30,995

2018 Dates

  • February 21-March 7
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  • $15,895
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What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Accommodation aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train.
  • Per the itinerary, 2 nights shared accommodation 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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Visas

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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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in St. Petersburg, Moscow, or Eastern or Central Europe before or after your tour. Consider St. Petersburg – easy to see year-round – and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially in the winter. 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)


  • 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.


  • 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)


  • 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.

  • 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.

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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).