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Golden Eagle Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia

Golden Eagle – Trans Siberian Railway



15 Days

Prices Start from

£14,945pp (ex. flights)

This iconic train journey connects east and west travelling from Moscow across endless steppes landscapes, over the Urals, hopping across the border into Mongolia before terminating in far eastern Russia in the military port of Vladivostok. Travel 6,500 miles across Russia, through eight time zones and covering a third of the world’s total.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Golden Eagle Train, Bar Carriage in winter, Russia 1

Luxury Mobile Accommodation

Watch the ever-changing landscape, from the comfort of the luxurious Golden Eagle train.

Steppes, Mongolia 2

Wild Landscapes

View beautiful Mongolian scenery dotted with nomadic gers and attend a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singers.

Golden Eagle Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia 3

Lake Baikal

Circumnavigate Lake Baikal by soviet era steam locomotive before taking a bracing dip and dining on fresh fish.

Golden Horn Bridge with Russian Flag, Vladivostok, Russia 4


Visit Vladivostok, home to the Russian Pacific fleet.

Why we like it

This is undoubtedly one of the greatest railway journeys in the world and one of the best ways to absorb the rich culture and sprawling landscapes on offer in Russia’s rarely visited interior. A perfect holiday for those with an adventurous spirit who don’t wish to forgo comfort and don’t wish to be packing and unpacking every few days. Service, guides and accommodation onboard the train are second to none.

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  • Day 1


  • Day 2


  • Day 3


  • Day 4


  • Day 5


  • Day 6

    On board train

  • Day 7


  • Day 8

    Lake Baikal

  • Day 9

    Ulan Ude

  • Day 10

    Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

  • Days 11 - 13

    On board train

  • Day 14


  • Day 15


Day 1


Day 2


St Basils Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Soak up the ornate onion domed spires and Kremlin treasures of Moscow.

Day 3


Qol Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Russia

Explore the riverside Kremlin fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4


Classical Building, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Gain a powerful insight into the Russian Revolution in Yekaterinburg.

Day 5


Opera House, Novosibirsk, Russia

Visit Lenin Square and the opera house – one of the largest in the world.

Day 6

On board train

Day 7


Wooden Houses, Irkutsk, Russia

Take in the intricately carved wooden architecture for which this region is famed.

Day 8

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal View, Russia

Circumnavigate Lake Baikal by soviet era steam locomotive before taking a bracing dip and dining on fresh fish.

Day 9

Ulan Ude

Decoration, Old Believer's House, Ulan Ude, Russia

Learn about the culture and history of the ‘Old Believers’, a religious people who inhabit Ulan Ude.

Day 10

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Steppes, Mongolia

View beautiful Mongolian scenery dotted with nomadic gers and attend a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singers.

Days 11 - 13

On board train

Bar Car, Golden Eagle Train, Iran

Watch the ever-changing landscape, from the comfort of the luxurious Golden Eagle train.

Day 14


Golden Horn Bridge with Russian Flag, Vladivostok, Russia

Visit Vladivostok, home to the Russian Pacific fleet.

Day 15


Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow, Russia
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow
Wooden House, Irkutsk, Russia
Wooden houses, Irkutsk

Moscow and Irkutsk

The journey begins with the iconic sites of Moscow, from the grandeur of the Kremlin to the ornate architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral. After boarding the Golden Eagle train your journey continues to the picturesque and historic town of Kazan with its UNESCO World Heritage Kremlin fortress. From here, travel onto Yekaterinburg, the Capital of the Ural Mountains, which form a mighty natural divide between Europe and Asia and onwards to the modern Soviet city of Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, known as the Paris of Siberia. Irkutsk is renowned for its wonderful wooden architecture.

Lake Baikal View, Russia
Lake Baikal
GW Train, Lake Baikal, Russia
Golden Eagle train on Lake Baikal
Old Believer, Ulan Ude, Russia
Ulan Ude, Old Believer

Lake Baikal and Ulan Ude

Lake Baikal is a major highlight on this journey and five hours will be spent winding alongside the lake through stunning scenery. To add to the wonderful vistas the Golden Eagle train will also be hauled by a Soviet era steam locomotive for this section of the journey and the day will conclude with a barbecue on the shores of the lake. Onto Ulan Ude with its unique culture and people, known for their local traditions, beliefs and folk singing, before crossing into Mongolia.

Wooden Roofs, Winter Palace, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Rooftops of Winter Palace, Ulaanbaatar
Submarine Museum, Vladivostok, Russia
Submarine Museum in Vladivostok

Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok

In Ulaanbaatar, explore Gandan Buddhist monastery, home to over 500 monks and experience some of Mongolia’s wild scenery as well as the chance to meet with a traditional nomadic family. After a few days on board the Golden Eagle train, the journey will end in the military port of Vladivostok with the chance to visit a preserved WWII submarine.

Typical Russian Village, Russian Far East, Russia
Typical Russian Village

Days on board

Days spent travelling on board the Golden Eagle train offer the chance to relax and enjoy the passing scenery, take a Russian language class or listen to a talk on Soviet or Russian history.

The Trans Siberian Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal, Russia

Eastbound or Westbound?

The Trans-Siberian also operates in a westbound direction starting in Vladivostok and terminating in Moscow.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Golden Eagle Train £££££

  • Russia

The Golden Eagle Train embarks on the world’s longest train journey from Moscow. This rail adventure is a must-do for any train aficionados. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian chugs past Lake Baikal before reaching Vladivostok via Ulaanbatar (Mongolia). Alternatively, board the Trans-Mongolian journey arriving into Ulaanbaatar in time to celebrate the Naadam Festival. The Golden Eagle plays host to many interesting Guest Speakers who travel on board delivering a series of informed lectures.

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Four Seasons Moscow £££££

  • Russia
  • City

The Four Seasons Hotel Moscow was newly built in the place of the legendary Hotel Moskva, which originally opened its doors in 1935. The front has retained its historic façade but the interior ticks all the boxes one would expect from the celebrated Four Season brand.

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The train was out of this world - the staff were friendly and helpful and the food excellent.

Trans Siberian - Golden Eagle Train

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Russia in January

Russia experiences particularly cold winters, with minus temperatures not uncommon for many regions. The continuing cold winters will see many cities including St Petersburg and Moscow transformed into a winter wonderland as the snow settles on these cities.

Russia in February

Due to the predictability of Russia’s extreme winters, public transport systems are well prepared for snowy conditions meaning travelling through winter is not uncommon, particularly as temperatures slowly start to warm up in February.

Russia in March

Spring begins in Russia in March however not as you would typically expect, with snow still on the ground. We recommendation travelling during the winter months or from May, as you will be greeted with melting, dirtier snow in March and the beginning of April.

Russia in April

Throughout April, Russia will experience relatively cold temperatures and cloudy days, however, temperatures can range from -25°C in some regions and reach 25.C in others due to the sheer size of the country.

Russia in May

A perfect time to avoid the crowns prior to Russia’s peak season whilst still experiencing a pleasant climate.

Russia in June

Depending on your exact location, June can be the perfect time to travel to Russia, with temperatures starting to rise throughout the country ad summer begins.

Russia in July

As summer begins in Russia, many locals travel to the countryside and so cities will be much quieter with long, sunny days and very little humidity.

Russia in August

During the peak of summer, cities such as Moscow can experience high temperatures of up to 37°C with other regions generally still warm but with more comfortable conditions.

Russia in September

As summer draws to a close, temperatures will drop and due to this milder climate, sightseeing can become more comfortable yet not be as cold as visiting during winter.

Russia in October

Autumn and spring are typically short in Russia as the country experiences the two extremes – summer and winter. October can be an unpredictable month to travel to the country in terms of climate.

Russia in November

Prior to the beginning of winter, days can be unpredictable with temperatures averaging as low as 2°C, with November experiencing more rainfall depending on your exact destination.

Russia in December

Throughout Russia, December brings harsh winter conditions but can also be the ideal time to see Russia’s spectacular, iconic winter wonderlands.

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