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Luxury

Trans-Siberian Rail with Russian Waterways

Vladivostok to St Petersburg
26 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUWT26
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 17 destinations
  • 3 nights' land accommodation, 12 nights Golden Eagle Train and 10 nights on a stylish river ship MS Valentina
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • A total of 73 meals plus beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on your train and cruise
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities
  • Partake in a Russian cooking lesson, or visit a family dacha in Irkutsk
  • Enjoy a special private ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre
  • On a special before-hours visit to the State Hermitage Museum, take in the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2023 EUWT26
Vladivostok to St Petersburg

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner.

Stay: Vladivostok, Hotel Hyundai

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Embark on a sightseeing tour of this port city which takes us to the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, opened in 2012 for the APEC conference. Later, transfer to Vladivostok Railway Station and enjoy a Champagne Reception before boarding the Golden Eagle.

Stay: 12 Nights, the Golden Eagle

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Close up of the Golden Eagle train with logo at the station

Cross the River Amur and arrive in Khabarovsk. See the memorial to Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov and the WWII memorial to fallen soldiers, then visit the Regional Museum.

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Follow the Shilka and Amur rivers, which are situated close to the Chinese border.

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Perhaps enjoy a Russian language lesson.

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Golden Eagle Danube Express train travelling over a bridge

Cross into Mongolia and visit Ulaanbaatar. We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist monasteries, housing a community of over 500 monks. At Chinggis Square we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. Later you have the choice to venture to the grasslands of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park or visit the National Museum and Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum. After your touring has concluded enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

 

Please note, depending on final timings provided by the railway authorities, the railway journey from Russia into Ulaanbaatar may be substituted with a private jet charter from Irkutsk or Ulan Ude.

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In Ulan Ude, embark on an exploration of the Old Believers Village. Later, enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

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Today our train is pulled by a true Soviet steam locomotive. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs as the train winds its way along Lake Baikal. Travel by boat to Listvyanka and visit the Baikal Limnological Museum or enjoy a hike. Weather permitting, on the shores of Lake Baikal enjoy a delicious barbecue, which includes freshly smoked omul fish. You may like to choose a hiking opportunity up Chersky Mount or take the chair lift, which offers some spectacular and panoramic hillside views of the grandeur of the lake below.

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In Irkutsk, perhaps enjoy a guided tour or take part in a traditional Russian cooking class. Alternatively, you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family. Later, enjoy a private opera performance.

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Sit back and relax on board your train.

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Close up image of two wooden painted dolls, Russia

Disembark in Novosibirsk for a tour that takes you to Lenin Square, which houses the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Time permitting, you will have the option to visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum. The museum displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.

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Yekaterinburg is the capital of the Urals and is known as the Great Divide. The Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia. Discover the city on a tour and visit the Church Upon the Blood. Later travel to the obelisk which marks the geographical border between Europe and Asia and enjoy a glass of champagne. Time permitting, you will have the option to explore the Museum of Military History or visit the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre to learn about the contemporary political history of Russia and its first president.

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In historic Kazan, take a guided discovery. One of the highlights of this city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin. You will have the chance to enjoy a private concert of his music.

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After travelling over 10,500 kilometres you will arrive in Russia’s capital city, Moscow. Be met at the train station and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with Russian folklore entertainment.

Stay: Moscow, Hotel Baltschug Kempinksi

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Enjoy a guided exploration of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. Later, perhaps tour a Cold War bunker or enjoy free time before exploring some of Moscow’s Metro stations. Later, board your river ship.

Stay: 10 Nights, MS Valentina

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MS Valentina Cruising in Russia

Tour the Armoury Museum and venture inside the walls of the Kremlin, a fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps gain an insight into the history of space exploration with a visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, Alternatively, you can explore Tretyakov Art Gallery.


Choose your activity today.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

On a tour of Uglich, visit the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Or visit the Hydropower Engineering Museum.


Set out on your preferred experience.

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Arrive in Yaroslavl and set out on a fascinating sightseeing exploration.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Visit the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and its Museum of Icons. Alternatively, take a walking tour of Goritsy, including a visit to a local school. Later, cruise the White Lake.


Dock in Goritsy and choose your preferred activity.

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Ornate onion domed spies of the orthodox church in Goritsy, Russia

Situated on Lake Onega, Kizhi Island is home to the Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without a single nail.

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Dock in the village of Mandrogi, teeming with traditional houses.

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Board a hydrofoil and travel to Peterhof Palace for a guided tour. After lunch, see St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Nevsky Prospect then visit the Peter & Paul Fortress.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later this evening, attend a private ballet performance at the iconic Hermitage Theatre.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience a special tour before the State Hermitage museum is open to the public for the exclusive Peacock Clock Ceremony.


Take a hydrofoil ride to the State Hermitage. Here, enjoy a special experience. We have an exceptional evening planned for you tonight.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps tour Catherine Palace or visit the Faberge Museum.


Disembark for the final time today in St Petersburg and set out on your chosen activity. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: St Petersburg, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22

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Be transferred to the airport.

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It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.