From St. Petersburg to Vladivostok Aboard the M.S. Volga Dream & the Golden Eagle

Embark on a Grand Tour of Russia, traveling from end to end of the largest country on earth along its waterways and railways. Begin in St. Petersburg, where Peter the Great ordered laborers to dig miles of canals to drain the wetlands along the Gulf of Finland, then board an elegant modern riverboat to follow a leisurely route to Moscow. Discover the classic sites of the capital, then board the luxury Golden Eagle private train on its way east through Siberia to the Pacific Rim city of Vladivostok, counting seven UNESCO World Heritage masterpieces across the miles.

26 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Tour the celebrated Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace
    Marvel at the luminous amber panels on the walls of the fully restored Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace....
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  • Skirt the shore of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal for spectacular views
    Spend a day 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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  • Enjoy a home cooked meal with Siberia’s Old Believers
    Make a village visit to enjoy a home cooked meal and hear the powerful centuries-old songs of Old Believers, learning about their unique history and traditions...
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  • Discover the eerie sound of throat-singing
    Enjoy a performance of other-worldly Mongolian throat-singing...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 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 Princeton and Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • 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 1-4: St. Petersburg

Spend four exhilarating days in St. Petersburg, dipping into the riches of the Hermitage, touring St. Isaac’s Cathedral, wandering the imperial estate of Peterhof with its gilded fountains and admiring the expertly restored Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace. In the evening of Day 4, board the M.S. Volga Dream on its way south along Russia’s waterways.

Highlights

  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Peter and Paul Fortress, the earliest structure in St. Petersburg
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Days 5-7: Svir River, Mandrogi, Goritzy, Kizhi Island

Cruise the 139-mile Svir River, stopping in Mandrogi, a reconstructed Russian village on the riverbank. Disembark in Goritzy, a small Russian village on White Lake, where Ivan the Terrible banished two of his cast-off wives. Visit Kirillov Belozersky Monastery here. Next, tour Kizhi Island in Lake Onega, the location of a UNESCO-listed open-air museum stocked with old wooden churches and houses from the Karelia section of northwest Russia.

Highlights

  • Svir River, the waterway that connects Lake Ladoga with Lake Onega
  • Small, wooden Kirillov Belozersky Monastery, founded by St. Cyril in 1397
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Days 8-9: Yaroslavl, Uglich

Visit historic Yaroslavl and admire the red brick churches decorated with ceramic tiles crafted by members of the town’s renowned posad, or craft center. After a full day of cruising through forested countryside, dock in the ancient trading town of Uglich, best known as the place where Ivan the Terrible’s youngest son, Dmitry, died of stab wounds in 1591 under suspicious circumstances. The Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood’s red and white façade and blue-starred domes grace the riverbank.

Highlights

  • Yaroslavl’s historic town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 12th century Spassky (Savior) Monastery on the Volga River
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Days 10-13: Moscow

Discover Moscow, the political and economic center of Russia. Explore the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Armory Museum and UNESCO-listed Novodevichy Convent with its famous cemetery. Tour the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, housed in the base of the monument named "To the Conquerors of Space." Visit the Tretyakov Gallery, where the history and trajectory of Russian art are displayed. Board the luxury Golden Eagle private train and begin your rail journey to the east.

Highlights

  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures
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Days 14-15: Kazan, Ekaterinburg

Make a stop in Kazan, the beautiful capital of Tatarstan on the Volga, where a kremlin wall surrounds the old town, and both minarets and onion domes are found. Cross from Europe into Asia at Ekaterinburg. Visit the site where the last czar, Nicholas II, and his family were held under house arrest for months before the Bolsheviks executed them in July of 1918.

Highlights

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

Days 16-18: Novosibirsk, aboard train, Irkutsk

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. After a relaxing day on the train, arrive in Irkutsk, the “capital” of Siberia. The tour includes the major sights of this cultured little city, including examples of the classic wooden architecture for which the area is known.

Highlights

  • Largest opera house in Russia
  • Irkutsk’s neighborhood of wooden buildings, decorated with the lacy wooden fretwork typical of Siberian architecture
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Days 19-20: Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude

A spectacular part of the journey t is spent winding through tunnels and around cliffs along the shoreline of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest and oldest freshwater lake. Stop en route for a barbeque at the lake’s edge and continue to the village of Listvyanka. Next, stop in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic and the Buddhist region of Russia. Visit a village of Old Believers for a concert featuring local singers and musicians.

Highlights

  • Circumbaikal Railway, the most scenic stretch of the original Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Little Listvyanka Village on the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on earth
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Days 21-24: UlaanBaatar, aboard train

Dipping down onto the steppe of Mongolia, the train makes a stop in UlaanBaatar, the country’s capital. Tour the Gandan Monastery, experience Mongolian cuisine in a nomadic ger and enjoy a cultural performance. Rolling back up into Russia, Siberia at its most remote and mysterious unfolds before you as the train follows the Shilka and Amur Rivers and passes through Khabarovsk.

Highlights

  • UlaanBaatar, capital and most important city in Mongolia
  • Gandan Monastery, with its 20-ton gilded statue of “the Lord Who Looks in Every Direction”

Days 25-26: 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.

Highlights

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

This itinerary is currently only available as a custom or independent program.  For a rail journey by private through this region, you might be interested in The Trans-Siberian Classic Route: Eastbound.

 

What’s Included

On Your Tour

Volga Dream Inclusions


  • On board accommodation in a cabin of your choice.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary, including a generous, though not unlimited, allowance of wine or local 
beer, soft drinks and water with all lunches and dinners while on board the Volga Dream. 

  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water round the clock while on board the vessel. 

  • A plate of fruit on arrival and bottled water in cabin. 

  • Sightseeing excursions as listed in the itinerary at ports of call.
  • All programs on board: movies, concerts, cooking classes, lectures and others. 

  • Captain’s cocktail party on the 1st and 6th day of the cruise. 

  • BBQ on the open deck. 

  • Tasting of Russian vodka. 

  • Excursion to the captain’s cabin. 

  • Fitness center and sauna. 


Golden Eagle Inclusions

  • Accommodation aboard the Golden Eagle private train.
  • Hotel accommodation per the itinerary (3 nights St. Petersburg, 3 nights Moscow, 1 night Vladivostok).
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary, 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. 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.

Or, choose from one of our private travel suggested itineraries:

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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MIR's Travel Journals offer first hand accounts of MIR's fascinating destinations.

  • St. Petersburg Seminar: Living – and Loving – Russian Culture

    St. Petersburg Seminar: Living – and Loving – Russian Culture

    From November 13-20, 2011, three MIR colleagues - Jenelle Birnbaum, Liz Tollefson and Meaghan Samuels - traveled to St. Petersburg in order to try out a new Custom Group trip, a week-long seminar with an in-depth look at St. Petersburg's illustrious literary and arts traditions, momentous history and inspired culture.... Read More

  • Riding the Trans-Siberian Rails: Moscow to Ulaanbaatar

    Riding the Trans-Siberian Rails: Moscow to Ulaanbaatar

    MIR clients Helge Pedersen and Karen Ofsthus ride the rails of the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar on MIR's Trans-Siberian private rail journey as they check in from each stop with stories, photos and video.... Read More

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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) – 60 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).