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Side of a train passing close to the shores of a snow covered frozen lake.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland by Steam

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

22 Days

Prices Start from

£14,495pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Adventure Traveller

A one-off Trans-Siberian rail journey in February 2021, on board the luxury Golden Eagle, powered exclusively by steam. Cross Russia, from Vladivostok in the far east, through Mongolia to the metropolis of Moscow over 22 days during Russian wintertime.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Golden Eagle Railway, Lake Baikal, Russia 1

Powered by Steam

Cross eight-time zones and 6,500 miles hauled by steam locomotives.

Frozen lake Baikal with dog slegde and snowmobile silhouetted. 2

Frozen Landscapes

Stay on the shores of ice-covered Lake Baikal and explore by hovercraft, dog sledge and snow mobile.

Old Lady & Wooden House, Siberia, Russia 3

Remote Communities

Visit isolated Siberian communities and learn how they exist in these harsh but beautiful lands.

Winter view of white chruch with pine trees in foreground. 4

Historical Russia

Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, mosques and cathedrals amidst magical snowy surrounds.

Why we like it

This holiday offers a chance to experience this epic journey on another level. As well as being pulled by 20 different, historic steam locomotives, the itinerary visits remote communities rarely experienced by visitors and sees the country during the winter months, when snow carpets the landscape and lakes are frozen. Accompanied by the founder of Golden Eagle Luxury trains, learn about the history of this iconic route and how the railway has changed over the years.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1 - 2

    Vladivostok

  • Day 3

    Khabarovsk

  • Day 4

    On Board Train

  • Day 5

    Sretensk

  • Day 6

    On Board Train

  • Day 7

    Ulaanbaatar

  • Day 8

    Ulan Ude

  • Day 9 - 10

    Lake Baikal

  • Day 11

    Irkutsk

  • Day 12

    On Board Train

  • Day 13

    Abakan

  • Day 14

    Novokuznetsk & Barnaul

  • Day 15

    Omsk

  • Day 16

    Yekaterinburg

  • Day 17

    Kazan

  • Day 18

    Ulyanovsk

  • Day 19

    Nizhny Novgorod

  • Day 20

    Vladimir

  • Day 21

    Moscow

  • Day 22

    Moscow

Day 1 - 2

Vladivostok

Spend two days exploring this military port on the shores of the Sea of Japan. Home to the Russian Navy fleet there will be time to visit a WWII submarine and other sites before boarding the Golden Eagle Train.

Day 3

Khabarovsk

Located 15 miles from the border with China on the banks of the Amur River, this now busy city was founded as a military post in 1858. Visit the regional museum housing a rich collection of artefacts.

Day 4

On Board Train

Day 5

Sretensk

Visit this remote village community for a chance to see how families live in isolated parts of Siberia.

Day 6

On Board Train

Day 7

Ulaanbaatar

Arrive into Mongolia and take a short visit of the country’s capital city and some of the surrounding steppes, where nomadic families live.

Day 8

Ulan Ude

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

Learn about the people and culture of this area – the Buryat are religious people, Buddhist and orthodox Christian, and during a visit to the Old Believers village you will experience a traditional folk singing concert.

Day 9 - 10

Lake Baikal

Spend two days on the shores of Lake Baikal amidst spectacular scenery. Explore its surface by hovercraft, dog sledges and snowmobiles. Watch under ice fishing and make use of the spa and sauna facilities.

Day 11

Irkutsk

Wooden Houses, Irkutsk, Russia

Explore the wooden houses typical of this area with their intricate decorations plus the Decembrist House Museum, dedicated to the memory of aristocrats exiled here in 1825.

Day 12

On Board Train

Day 13

Abakan

Visit the regional museum and experience a private folk concert.

Day 14

Novokuznetsk & Barnaul

Visit Novokuznetsk, one of Siberia’s oldest cities and a former mining centre before continuing to Barnaul, located on the shores of the River Ob.

Day 15

Omsk

Founded in 1716 Omsk has since grown and is now capital of Western Siberia and has a wealth of neoclassical architectural heritage.

Day 16

Yekaterinburg

Visit the church dedicated to the memory of the Romanov family which offers a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

Day 17

Kazan

Qol Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Russia

Explore the picturesque riverside city of Kazan with a visit to the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander the atmospheric streets and experience a private opera performance.

Day 18

Ulyanovsk

Known as the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin, visit his memorial complex including a research centre and museums in his former homes.

Day 19

Nizhny Novgorod

Visit the 16th century Kremlin which is ringed by 13 fortified towers.

Day 20

Vladimir

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, explore this fabulous city including Uspensky Cathedral before heading to Moscow, your final destination.

Day 21

Moscow

Visit the Podmoskovnaya Train Station and Locomotive Depot.

Day 22

Moscow

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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 worlds 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 Ulan Bataar (Mongolia). Alternatively, board the Trans-Mongolian journey arriving into Ulaan Baatar 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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A note on price

This Itinerary
Price
From £14,495 Per person

When to travel

February along the Trans-Siberian is cold but beautiful. The vast landscapes of Siberia are snow covered, rivers and lakes frozen and there are far fewer visitors. Wrap up warm for excursions and enjoy the wonderful views as snowy scenes unfold from the comfort of your cabin.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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