Trans Siberian Express

15 days/14 nights
ex Moscow

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Travel through the remote Russian countryside 

Undoubtably one of the most well-known train journeys in the world, the Trans-Siberian Express runs like a ribbon of steel through the remote Russian countryside connecting Moscow in the east to Vladivostok in the west. This impressive feat of engineering spans 9,259 kilometres (5,752 miles) and to travel its length is the epic journey of a lifetime. There are a few different routes to choose from, and the total number of days to complete the journey also varies.

One route travels through the remote Mongolian desert and stops in the capital, Ulaan Baatar. Once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, Mongolia is famed for its beautiful landscapes, nomadic people and fascinating history. The country is also famous for its endless green Steppes and the white Gers (Yurts) of nomadic herders.

Natural Focus offers several rail departures exploring this remarkable region. The luxury train accommodates a maximum capacity in Russia of 100 passengers, although many departures operate with smaller numbers. Travellers can be assured of a superb rail experience and guests can expect first class service, elegant surroundings, fine dining, and the comforts and privacy of their own well-appointed ensuite cabins.

Trans Siberian Bar Lounge

Bar Lounge Car

When not out on an excursion or enjoying the view from the window of your private cabin, the perfect place to relax, unwind and meet fellow travellers is in the Bar Lounge Car. This is the social heart of the Trans-Siberian Express and the place where many fabulous memories will be made. Chat to fellow guests about the day’s adventures over a drink or play a game of cards with new-found friends before dinner.

Throughout your journey, the Bar Lounge Car and Restaurant Car will play host to several entertaining activities, such as lectures on local history and culture or even Russian language lessons. Information sessions about arrival and departure times and daily itineraries will also be given here.

The Restaurant Car

Each day, guests can make their way to the Restaurant Car for a superb continental breakfast buffet along with hot tea or coffee. For a hearty cooked breakfast, passengers can order from the onboard chef. Lunches and dinners are also served in the Restaurant Car and guests can expect a culinary experience inspired by the countries they are travelling through, and quality international cuisine. All meals are created from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, prepared by the skilful Executive Chef and the onboard team. Vegetarian and other dietary options are also available. Expert service and an excellent choice of wines accompany all lunches and dinners, as well as bottled mineral water, draught beer and soft drinks. An informal dress code applies throughout the journey.

Trans Siberian Dining Area

Trans-Siberian Express Cabins

*Please note: Configuration and styles of all cabins may vary.  

Trans Siberian Imperial Suite

Imperial Suite

The largest and most spacious of the three cabin types onboard, the Imperial Suites are roughly 120 square feet* in size. These large, private cabins boast a luxurious double bed as well as a lounge area with dressing table. The suites also have their own ensuite bathroom with power shower and underfloor heating, perfect for chilly mornings. Other amenities include individual air-conditioning, a wardrobe, DVD/CD player, LCD screen, a complimentary full stocked minibar, a safe and large picture windows.

Guests can enjoy personalised service as soon as they step onboard with a complimentary bottle of champagne to toast their adventure.

Trans Siberian Gold Cabin

Gold Cabins

These comfortable, well-proportioned cabins offer guests the perfect place to retire when they are not out mingling with fellow travellers in the communal areas of the train. At roughly 77 square feet*, the cabins feature many comforts, including a private, ensuite bathroom with a power shower and underfloor heating. They have a double lower bed and a single upper bed, a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, wardrobe, individual air-conditioning and large picture windows.

Trans Siberian Silver Cabin

Silver Cabin

The smallest (but still very comfortable) cabins offered are a cosy and compact 60 square feet*. Silver cabins feature a lower and upper bed as well as private, ensuite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower. Just like the other two cabins, they have a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe and individual air-conditioning, and large picture windows.

Tour details

Itinerary

Trans-Siberian Express (Eastbound)

15 days/14 nights

Embark on one of the world’s greatest railway adventures – The Trans-Siberian Express – running from Moscow to Vladivostok. This bucket-list 15 day/14 night itinerary passes through Russian cities including Kazan, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk as well as the capital of Mongolia, Ulaan Baatar on its epic journey east. Along the way, experience superb hospitality, get to know your fellow travellers, and enjoy an array of fascinating off-train excursions.


Day 1

Moscow, Russia

On arrival at Moscow Airport, you will be met and transferred to the stylish Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Located in the historic building of Moskva Hotel – and occupying one of the most enviable addresses in the very heart of Moscow – the hotel is a short walk from major sights including the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.

On your first evening in the city, you will be invited to a champagne drinks reception before an exclusive Welcome Dinner. Guests can enjoy specially selected international wines that are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour. D

Day 2

Moscow Russia

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Moscow taking in the capital’s best sights. Witness the grandeur of the Kremlin – the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow – including an exclusive private viewing of the Armoury Chamber that houses the treasures of the Tsars.

Visit Red Square – the symbol of Russia’s former military and political might – with its iconic architecture, including the ornate, onion-domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, and the beautiful facade of the famous GUM department store, built during Tsarist times.

Enjoy lunch at Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine whose décor revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion. Guests will also visit the extravagantly decorated underground stations of the Moscow metro – furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics showcasing Socialist art.

If travellers have been to Moscow before and seen many of the key highlights mentioned above, an alternative tour is possible exploring sights such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum (subject to opening times).

In the late afternoon, arrive at Moscow Kazansky Station and be greeted in the ornately decorated Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapés, as you mix with the other guests and welcomed by staff. Approximately 30 minutes before departure, you will be escort to Platform 1 to board the Golden Eagle. B L D

Day 3

Kazan

Today, explore the picturesque and historic city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan situated on the River Volga. Discover the city’s rich tapestry of history and culture, including exploring the legendary Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel is the stunning mosque, with its picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.

Kazan is also the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938). Honouring his memory, enjoy a private concert of his music. There will also be time to wander through the main pedestrian area of Kazan and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city. B L D

Day 4

Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg, founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, is the capital of the Urals. The Ural Mountains (known as the Great Divide) create a natural border between Europe and Asia. The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape.

Your city tour explores the famous site where the Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918 following 78 days of imprisonment. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. The tour will also visit the obelisk marking the geographical border – where you can drink a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

Time permitting, there may be a chance to visit the recently opened Museum of Military Machinery. The museum houses a truly fascinating collection of military vehicles, such as tanks, aircraft, boats and even armoured trains. The museum is a must visit for anyone interested in Soviet history. Alternatively, make a short stop at the recently opened Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre, which is dedicated to the contemporary political history of Russia and its first president. B L D

Day 5

Novosibirsk

This morning’s stop is the modern ‘Soviet’ city of Novosibirsk, where you can experience the life and character of the city’s rich culture. Located in the heart of Russia, the city is situated on both banks of the River Ob.

Today’s explorations take guests to Lenin Square where the imposing Opera House (an architectural marvel) is located. One of the largest opera houses in the world, the building housing two permanent ballet and opera companies. In front of the Opera House there is also an impressive statue of Lenin.

Time permitting, south of the city, visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum – displaying an impressive array of locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s (including carriages of the Tsars) through to the Soviet era. Alternatively, guests might also have the chance to visit the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals. B L D

Day 6

On Board

Enjoy life onboard this splendid train today. Unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds you have experienced on your journey so far. Chat to your fellow passengers over a drink in Bar Lounge Car, learn a few words of Russian or enjoy the ever-changing landscape from the comforts of your cabin. B L D

Day 7

Irkutsk

Today, explore Irkutsk – sometimes known as the ‘Paris of Siberia’ – and take in this fascinating city’s best highlights. Tour highlights include the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like decorations. This architectural decoration has given many of this region’s buildings a distinctive and unique appearance.

You will also visit the Volkonsky House Museum, dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrist uprising of 1825. Enjoy a champagne reception and private concert.

Alternatively, learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch, or visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer country house) and gain an insight into the everyday life of a Russian family. B L D

Day 8

Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal, a major highlight on your Trans-Siberian journey. Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’, this enormous lake is the deepest in the world and holds roughly 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater. If that isn’t impressive enough, it is also home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish.

For approximately 5 hours today’s rail journey winds through tunnels and along cliff hugging tracks above the lake. This breath-taking section of rail – engineered in the early 20th century – boasts plenty of impressive vistas including snow-capped peaks along the far shore that form a picture-perfect backdrop. To top things off, the train will be hauled by a Soviet Era steam locomotive on this beautiful section of line.

Weather permitting, stop in one of the most picturesque locations by the lake for photographs and, for the brave hearted, a refreshing swim in the crystal clear and ice-cold waters of Lake Baikal. At the end of the Baikal branch line, disembark the train and travel by boat on the lake to Listvyanka, a small settlement nestled at the base of the surrounding hills. Here, guests will visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium and learn about the fascinating flora and fauna of the lake.

Alternatively, guests may choose to hike up Chersky Mount or take the chair lift, which offers some spectacular, panoramic hillside views of the lake below.
Instead of lunch on the train, enjoy a delicious lakeside barbecue prepared by your onboard chefs under a covered dining area, featuring freshly smoked omul fish. B L D

Day 9

Ulan Ude

Today, discover the ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, that offers a unique insight into its heritage.

As you explore the area, you will notice the different faces of the welcoming Buryat people. During your exploration of the Old Believers’ Village, you can learn about the culture and history of these religious people and are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing. B L D

Day 10

Ulaan Baatar

Your Trans-Siberian adventure takes you into Mongolia and a visit to its incredible capital – Ulaan Baatar – once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan. Mongolia is a vast country of beautiful landscapes and nomadic people, rich in culture and history, and famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and the white Gers (Yurts) of nomadic herders.

Today’s tour starts at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist monasteries, home to a community of some 500 monks. The monastery’s full name – Gandantegchinlen – translates as ‘the great place of complete joy.’ Your next stop is Chinggis Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square), where travellers can see the central monument to Genghis Khan.

Heading out of the city, drive to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and witness the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia. There is the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or to try your hand at horse-riding, an essential part of Mongolian life.

Alternatively, there is an option to stay in the city and explore it in greater depth. Take a tour of the National Museum where you can learn about the country’s intriguing past. You will also see Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum (built between 1893 and 1903), the winter residences of Bogd Khan, the last Mongolian emperor. There may also be some free time for shopping for Mongolian souvenirs and enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists. B L D

Please note: Depending on final timings provided by the railway authorities the railway journey from Russia into Ulaan Baatar may have to be substituted with a private jet charter from Irkutsk or Ulan Ude, so that the train can maintain the advertised programme for Mongolia.

Day 11

On board

Enjoy a more leisurely pace today as the train passes through the beautiful landscape of the Russian Far East. If they wish, guests can attend one of the interesting lectures or Russian language lessons. B L D

Day 12

On board

Today offers another chance to relax onboard or practice your Russian, as the train follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Enjoy Russia at its most dramatic and remote. B L D

Day 13

On board

The train passes directly north of Seoul, Darwin and Osaka today, the last full day on board. You will also reach the most easterly point of this mammoth journey, passing through Khabarovsk, where the train crosses the River Amur.
Tonight, enjoy a final dinner on board that has been your home for the last twelve days, the Golden Eagle slowly approaches the final destination of this unforgettable journey. B L D

Day 14

Vladivostok

Vladivostok is a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally  ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine. Our city tour will also take us to the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, which opened in 2012 for the APEC conference.

This evening you are invited to our farewell dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour. Our hotel in Vladivostok, where we stay for one night, is the five-star Lotte Hotel Vladivostok. B L D

Day 15

Moscow

Following breakfast, the remainder of your time in Vladivostok is at your leisure, before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Tour ends. B


B = Breakfast  |  L = Lunch  |  D = Dinner

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