Stop on the shores of Lake Baikal where you’ll enjoy a BBQ of smoked Omul fish, a local delicacy.
Enjoy a tour of Moscow's iconic monuments including Red Square, home to the ornate domes of St Basil's Cathedral.
Absorb the grandeur of Lake Baikal as your train is pulled by an authentic Soviet steam locomotive.
Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to settle in and relax. Tonight, gather together to meet your fellow travellers at a welcome reception and dinner.
Stay: Three Nights, Ulaanbataar, Shangri-La or similarDaily :
Spend a full day at the Naadam Festival, a Mongolian tradition involving wrestling, horse racing and archery. Attend the opening ceremony featuring dancers, athletes and musicians. You’ll then head outside Ulaanbaatar to watch the national horse race.Daily :
On the second day of the festival, attend the archery and wrestling events, as well as see the ankle-bone shooting event.Daily :
Today you’ll have a choice of sightseeing that best suits you. Perhaps embark on a discovery of Ulaanbaatar and visit Gandan Monastery. You will also visit Chinggis Square and see the central monument of Genghis Khan. Alternatively, head out of the city to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to meet a nomadic family. Later, board the Golden Eagle train, where you’re greeted by a welcome reception.
Stay: Eight Nights, The Golden EagleDaily :
Arrive in Ulan Ude and embark on an exploration of the Old Believers Village, where you’ll enjoy a concert featuring local traditions and folk singers, before re-boarding your train.Daily :
Absorb the scenery of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake. Here, wind your way through tunnels as your train is pulled by an authentic Soviet steam locomotive. Disembark and travel by boat to the village of Listvyanka, where you can learn about the lake’s flora and fauna at the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium. Weather permitting, enjoy a barbecue lunch of smoked Omul fish prepared on the shores of the lake - a local delicacy. Or for amazing views, take a hillside hike. If you’re feeling adventurous, dive into the clear but ice-cold water for an invigorating swim.Daily :
Arrive in Irkutsk, often referred to as the ‘Paris of Siberia’ thanks to its tree-lined avenues. Perhaps take a city exploration, then visit the Volkonsky House Museum. Or maybe learn more about Russian cuisine and authentic culinary traditions during a fun cooking class, which of course involves plenty of eating.Daily :
Enjoy the opportunity to unwind today in comfort on board your private train.Daily :
Disembark your train and perhaps enjoy a visit to the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, an architectural marvel that’s one of the largest opera houses in the world. Alternatively, you can choose to visit the Railway Museum or the Mineralogical Centre.Daily :
Cross the Europe-Asia divide and the Ural Mountains, then arrive in Yekaterinburg. Here, perhaps tour the city or explore the Museum of Military Machinery and look at the Cold War through Soviet eyes.Daily :
Take in a selection of the city’s major sights, including the World Heritage-listed Kremlin Fortress. As Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin, we have prepared a private concert for you featuring his music.Daily :
Disembark in Moscow and see Tsarist treasures in the Kremlin’s Armoury Chamber. You’ll also visit Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and GUM department store. Enjoy a farewell dinner.
Stay: Four Seasons Moscow or similarDaily :
Be transferred to the airport.Daily :
Step aboard Russia’s most luxurious train as you relax in the lounge, enjoy Russian language lessons and lectures.
Dine in the stylish Restaurant Car, where expert chefs serve carefully-prepared international and Russian cuisine.
In the cosy Bar Lounge Car, a pianist plays and drinks are served as the ever-changing scenery slips past your window.
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