Moscow to UlaanBaatar Aboard the Golden Eagle

From the Moscow Kremlin and the Siberian taiga to the Mongolian steppe, this private train journey celebrates three different cultures: that of the modern Muscovite, hailing a taxi in front of an 800-year-old palace; the Baikal Siberian, proud heir of Cossacks, indigenous Buryats and czarist political exiles; and the Mongolian nomad, drawn to the capital, UlaanBaatar, for the celebrated Naadam Festival. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rail line and join the crowd singing the praises of the country’s best in wrestling, archery and horse-racing. 



A westbound UlaanBaatar to Moscow departure is available in 2018.

 

13 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • 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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  • Cheer the Naadam Festival athletes
    Cheer on the school-age jockeys, traditional wrestlers and keen-eyed archers at the Naadam Festival....
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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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  • 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 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 Russia’s capital, Moscow, at a five star hotel with a reception and welcome dinner. Explore the 870-year-old Kremlin and spacious Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the brilliantly decorated onion-domed Orthodox church. Board the luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train for departure to the east.

Highlights

  • Moscow’s 870-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour of the Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures

Days 3-4: Kazan, Ekaterinburg

The first stop is in Kazan, the beautiful capital of Tatarstan on the Volga River. The train crosses from Europe into Asia prior to arrival in Ekaterinburg. Visit the site where, in 1918, Bolsheviks executed the last czar, Nicholas II, along with his wife and children.

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 5-6: Novosibirsk, Aboard Train

Stop in Novosibirsk to visit the enormous Opera House, Lenin Square and the Ob River, which flows 2,300 miles from its source to the Arctic. Enjoy the relaxed pace onboard the train heading east and passing through Krasnoyarsk.

Highlights

  • Russia's largest opera house, located in Novosibirsk
  • Aboard the private train rolling through the Russian taiga

Day 7: Irkutsk

Morning arrival in Irkutsk, the “capital” of Siberia. A tour includes examples of the classic wooden architecture for which Siberian towns are known and a visit to the Decembrist House Museum.

Highlights

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

Day 8-9: Lake Baikal

A spectacular part of the journey is spent winding your way through tunnels and cliffs along the edge of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake. Stop en route for a barbecue at the lake’s edge, and explore to the lakeside village of Listvyanka. On a bonus day at Baikal, board a boat for a short cruise and then relax in a traditional Russian banya, or bathhouse.

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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Day 10: Ulan Ude

Arriving in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic, visit a village of Old Believers, a sect of Orthodox Christians who fled the czar’s repressions many years ago.

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

Days 11-13: UlaanBaatar

Arriving in the capital of Mongolia, UlaanBaatar, check in to the hotel for a two-night stay. Attend the celebrated Naadam Festival, including the opening ceremony, archery and wrestling competitions. Explore the excellent National History Museum and celebrate the journey with a farewell dinner.

Highlights

  • UlaanBaatar, capital and most important city in Mongolia
  • National History Museum, an overview of the country’s history and culture
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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 westbound version of this route: The Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route with Naadam Festival: Westbound.

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What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Accommodation aboard the Golden Eagle private train.
  • Per the itinerary, 4 nights of 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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Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program before your tour in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Eastern or Central Europe. Post-tour options include exploring the Gobi Desert, flying over vast steppe land to Mongolia’s semi-arid desert for a two or three-night stay. 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) – 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.

    Additional Information

  • 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).