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Golden Eagle Trans - Mongolian Express

18 days 16 nights
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2023
For the Naadam Festival
Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude, Ulaan Baatar, Hustai, Harhorin, Bayan Gobi,

A Siberian Adventure

Speeding through the magnificent grasslands and permafrost of Siberia,
One of the most deluxe Golden Eagle Luxury Trains in the world
Taverses Europe and Asia, across six time zones and three capital cities.
Participate the grandest grassland event "Naadam Festival"
And experience the traditional culture and civilization of Mongolia.
Savor the charm of Russia, uncover the mystery of Siberia,
And enjoy the passion of Mongolia.

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Highlights

Together with Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, we are excited to present a once-in-a-lifetime private railway journey across Siberia! Experience bustling cities along the route, explore Mongolia in-depth, and enjoy special on-board trian activities. 

  • City Tours | Take in the sights, sounds and culture of cities across the Trans-Siberian Railway
    • Moscow: Appreciate the essence of Russia's capital city. Explore the Kremlin, stroll through Red Square, and meet the world's most beautiful metro station
    • Kazan: A city reknowned for its mix of Tatar and Russian cultures, experience the mosques and cathedrals of this charming city. Enjoy a private concert featuring Feodor Chaliapin classics, the city's most famous opera singer
    • Yekaterinburg: Situated on the Europe-Asia border, learn the tragic history of the city in the Church of All Saints
    • Novosibirsk: Visit the famous Opera House and Lenin Square, relics of the Soviet era; Witness the history and development of the Great Railway at Railway Museum
    • Irkutsk: Explore its traditional lifestyle and learn about the daily life of an average Siberian family
    • Ulan Ude: Tour one of the oldest Siberian villages of "Old Believers," and enjoy a local country music concert
    • Ulaan Baatar: Visit iconic temples, monasteries, squares, and museums; Experience the area's urban nomadic lifestyle, a mix of traditional herding culture and modern conveniences
  • Lake Baikal | The deepest freshwater lake in the world. Its surrounding village offers a variety of activities
    • Experience the lake by train, opt for a swim in its pure waters, and enjoy a barbecue on its picturesque shores
    • Explore the fishing village, museums, and hiking trails for 360-degree breathtaking views
  • Mongolia | An in-depth exploration of the country's beautiful landscapes and nomadic people
    • Participate in "Naadam Festival," a celebration of the country's unique sports and culture
    • Leave the city behind and go deep into the countryside to experience the traditional nomadic lifestyle: visit a nomadic herding family, ride a camel or horse through the grasslands, and have a "glamping" experience in a traditional Mongolian "ger"
  • Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express | Enjoy luxury service and surroundings with special on-board activities
    • Learn interesting local history, culture, and participate in Russian language lessons
    • Enjoy the delights of afternoon tea with the sounds of the resident pianist playing in the background

Itinerary

Open All Days
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Moscow or Russia
Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) or
Vnukovo Airport (VKO) or
Domodedovo Airport ( DME) 2
Moscow
Welcome Reception
Welcome Reception
Night View of the Red Square
Night View of the Red Square
Welcome to ! For guests within our pickup timeframe, a Supera representative will greet you at the arrival airport. Have a wonderful journey with us!


Enjoy a glass of champagne before an exclusive welcome dinner on your first evening in Moscow. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals on the train.

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Four Seasons Hotel Moscow (Nearby the Kremlin and Red Square)
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Kazan
Stroll Around the Kremlin.
Stroll Around the Kremlin.
Visit the Most Stunning Metro Station
Visit the Most Stunning Metro Station

Moscow

  • The Kremlin:
    Explore the Kremlin – the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow. Enjoy an exclusive private viewing of the treasures of the Tsars in the Armory Chamber.
  • Red Square:
    The iconic symbol of Russia's former military and political might, with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture. Here we visit St. Basil Cathedral's ornate, magnificent onion-domed spires and marvel at the beauty of the world-famous GUM department store, constructed in Tsarist times.
  • Café Pushkin:
    Lunch in a legendary Moscow restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine with a décor that mirrors an early 19th-century mansion.
  • Moscow Metro:
    An essential part of any visit to Moscow is a tour of its opulent and unique metro stations. Furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, these showpieces of Socialist art are unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

Upon arrival at Moscow Kazansky Station in the late afternoon, we will be greeted by train staff in the ornately decorated Imperial waiting room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne and canapes.

Please note: the train tour may be subject to variations dependent on train times and local weather conditions.

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Kazan 4
Yekaterinburg
Visit the Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan
Visit the Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan
Explore the Annunciation Cathedral
Explore the Annunciation Cathedral

Kazan
Situated on the River Volga, the picturesque and historic city of Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan.

  • The Kremlin Fortress:
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel, we will explore the stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.
  • Feodor Chaliapin private concert:
    As Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938), enjoy a private concert of his music.
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Yekaterinburg 4
Novosibirsk
Church of All Saints
Church of All Saints
Toast at the Europe-Asia Border
Toast at the Europe-Asia Border

Yekaterinbur
The capital of the Urals, founded in 1723 by Peter the Great. Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia. Cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilizations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. 

  • Church of All Saints:
    Our city tour takes us to the poignant 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 us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. 
  • Europe and Asia Border:
    At the obelisk marking the geographical border, drink a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.
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Novosibirsk 4
Irkutsk
Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet
Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet
Museum for Railway Technology Novosibirsk
Museum for Railway Technology Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk
Located in the heart of Russia and situated between the banks of the River Ob, this modern 'Soviet' city is rich in culture and arts.

  • Opera House & Lenin Square:
    Our city tour guides us directly to the square of the grand Opera House. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world. In front of the Opera House stands an imposing statue of Lenin – a marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.
  • Railway Museum (Time permitting):
    The museum displays locomotives from the late 1800s through the Soviet era and includes the original carriages of the Tsars.
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Watch as the beautiful scenery passes by your window
Watch as the beautiful scenery passes by your window
Relax in the Piano-Bar Car while listening to the to the music of the ages
Relax in the Piano-Bar Car while listening to the to the music of the ages

A day to unwind and reflect on the many highlights we have experienced on our journey thus far. Chat with your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever-changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds.

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Irkutsk 4
Lake Baikal
Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture
Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture
Volkonsky House Museum
Volkonsky House Museum

Irkutsk

Our visit to Irkutsk, the “Paris of Siberia”, takes in the most significant sites and museums in this captivating city.

  • Taltsy Museum:
    Explore the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like adornments that have given many of the region' s buildings its distinctive and unique appearance.
  • Volkonsky House Museum:
    The museum is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825. Step back in history and experience the atmosphere of the time with a champagne reception and private concert.


Learn to cook traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare our own lunch with the Freedom of Choice option. Or, you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) or an urban apartment and take a glimpse into the everyday life of an average Russian family.


Please note: Freedom of Choice touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalized train timings and local weather conditions.

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Ulan Ude
Travel by Train Along the Shore of Beautiful Lake Baikal
Travel by Train Along the Shore of Beautiful Lake Baikal
Excursion to Listvyanka Village
Excursion to Listvyanka Village

Lake Baikal (A major highlight on our journey!)

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal. The deepest lake in the world, it is also known as the 'Pearl of Siberia.' The lake is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish including omul, a whitefish considered a delicacy throughout the region. 

  • Wind through tunnels along cliff-hugging tracks above the lake with a vista of snowcapped peaks forming a picture-perfect backdrop.
  • To add to the wonderment of the day, our train will be hauled by a Soviet-era steam locomotive on this beautiful section of the line. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as the train winds its way along the lake's edge - an unforgettable part of our voyage!
  • Stop at a picturesque location by the lake for a photo op. The brave-hearted can take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear and ice-cold waters of Baikal.
  • At the end of the line, we leave the train and travel by boat to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestled at the base of the surrounding hills. Visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium to learn more about the flora and fauna of the lake.
  • A delicious barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, will be prepared by our own chefs on the lake's shore to complete a most memorable day.
  • Hike up Chersky Mountain and take in the spectacular and panoramic hillside views of the lake below. (Optional)
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Take in the Diverse Culture of Ulan-Ude
Take in the Diverse Culture of Ulan-Ude
Explore the Old Believers' Village
Explore the Old Believers' Village

Ulan Ude

As the capital of the Buryat Republic, its ethnic and cultural diversity offers insight into its unique heritage. 

  • Old Believers' Village:
    Explore the village and learn about the culture and history of this religious community as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk songs.

Our Trans-Mongolian adventure takes us into Mongolia tonight.

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Ulaan Baatar
Visit the Great Gandan Monastery in Mongolia
Visit the Great Gandan Monastery in Mongolia
Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum
Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum

Ulann Baatar

The capital of Mongolia, once the center of Genghis Khan's enormous empire. 

  • Gandan Monastery:
    As one of the most important Buddhist Monasteries in Mongolia, it houses a community of over 500 monks. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as "The great place of complete joy."
  • Chinggis Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square) :
    See the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. 
  • National Museum:
    Mongolia's first museum that characterizes itself as "a cultural, scientific, and educational organization, which is responsible for the collection, care and interpretation of the objects."
  • Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum:
    Visit the winter residences of Bogd Khan, the last Mongolian emperor, built between 1893 and 1903.

In the evening, enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

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VIP Seating at the Naadam Festival's Opening Ceremony
VIP Seating at the Naadam Festival's Opening Ceremony
Naadam Festival Horse Racing Competition
Naadam Festival Horse Racing Competition
  • Naadam Festival:
    • Enjoy the unique opportunity to be one of the few non-Mongolians to experience the spectacular Naadam Festival. Our special arrangements allow you to soak up the exciting atmosphere of this national holiday.
    • Once a religious ceremony, the festival now formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country. Women, once banned from participating, are now allowed to enter and compete in two of the three events: horse racing and archery.
    • Enjoy specially-arranged VIP seating for the elaborate opening ceremonies, consisting of local dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians. Travel to outside Ulaan Baatar to watch the national horse race.
    • Riding Events: Children, ranging in age from five to twelve, compete in riding events. Many of them have been in the saddle since the age of one. Thousands of spectators line the remote track to watch up to 300 horses with children sitting confidently astride their small but sturdy Mongolian steed. Our prime seating at the finish line gives us a fantastic view of the competition.
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Archery: One of the Naadam Warrior Games
Archery: One of the Naadam Warrior Games
Wrestling: One of the Naadam Warrior Games
Wrestling: One of the Naadam Warrior Games
  • Naadam Festival:
    Witness the three traditional sports of nomadic culture:
    • Archery: In this competition, both men and women may participate. The winners of the contest are granted the titles of "national marksman" and "national markswoman."
    • Wrestling: The most famous traditional sport in Mongolia. The Mongolian government officially awards national titles to the wrestlers.
    • Anklebone Shooting: Ankle bone shooting is a UNESCO registered World Heritage game, and was officially added to the Naadam games in 1998.
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Ulaan Baatar 2
75 mi
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Hustai 2
220 mi
, 4 hrs

Harhorin
Embrace the Full Landscape of Hustai National Park
Embrace the Full Landscape of Hustai National Park
The Przewalski Wild Horses in Hustai National Park
The Przewalski Wild Horses in Hustai National Park

Leave the crowded city behind to explore the most primitive wilderness and grassland in Mongolia!

  • Hustai National Park:  
    Ride an off-road vehicle on the prairie to find the traces of the Przewalski's wild horses, the last truly surviving wild horses in the world and the ancestors of Mongolian horses.
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Ikh Khorum Hotel
Harhorin 2
50 mi
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Bayan Gobi
Recall the Former Glory of Erdene Zuu Monastery
Recall the Former Glory of Erdene Zuu Monastery
Camel Ride in the Gobi Desert
Camel Ride in the Gobi Desert

Harhorin
The capital of Mongolia, and once the center of the world in the middle of the 13th century. Now, only a desolate town and ruins remain.

  • Erdene Zuu Monastery: 
    The earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, one of the most fascinating places on earth. Composed of several dozen temples surrounded by 108 stupas, the monastery of Erdene Zuu was a major religious center in Mongolia.
  • Harhorin Museum:
    Understand the cultural heritage and history of the capital of the Mongol Empire, and imagine the prosperity of this world center of the 13th century.

Bayan Gobi

  • Camel Riding: 
    Ride a camel across the singing sand dunes and experience the majesty of the Gobi desert.
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Hoyor Zagal Tourist Camp (Luxurious Mongolian yurt)
Bayan Gobi 2
185 mi
, 4 hrs

Ulaan Baatar
Equestrian Statue of Genghis Khan
Equestrian Statue of Genghis Khan
Overlook the Landscape from the Top of the Statue
Overlook the Landscape from the Top of the Statue

Ulaan Baatar

  • Statue of Genghis Khan:
    The giant statue of Khan riding a horse was erected 33 miles from the capital Ulaan Baatar. At 131 feet high, it is one of the world's tallest and largest equestrian statues. Climb on the top of the horse's back and be greeted with a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
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Gorkhi-Terelj 2
50 mi
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Ulaan Baatar
Visit a Nomad Family in Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Visit a Nomad Family in Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Wilderness Horse Riding Adventure in the Grasslands
Wilderness Horse Riding Adventure in the Grasslands
  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park:
    A majestic wilderness of grasslands, forests, and mountains.
    • Home Visit of Herdsman:
      Visit a local herding family, and experience in-depth the Mongolian nomadic culture and traditional way of life. Taste local dairy products and learn about the inhabitants' spiritual identity.
    • Horse Riding:
      Enjoy horseback riding under the watchful eye of a local herder while admiring the region's diverse landscape of grasslands and mountains.
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Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN)
A great journey always feels short, let’s look forward to seeing each other again!
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  • Deposit:A deposit of per person is due within 7 days of reservation confirmation to secure your space on tour.
  • Balance:Due days before tour departure.
  • Flights:We are happy to arrange air tickets with the best balance between price and flight quality. If you prefer to book your own flights, please refer to the following flight arrival & departure timeframes for us to provide pick up/send-off service
    If arriving or leaving outside these timeframes, please travel to the designated meeting place on your own expense or call us for transfer pricing. We're sorry, but missed activities will not be made up.
    • Pre/post hotels: We can help arrange hotels matching our tour schedule. For prices and availability, please contact our team.
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    • Is This Trip Right for Me?
      • Please see the Itinerary for activity levels and details.
      • Wheelchairs Accessible: Guests in wheelchairs welcome, but please understand some sites are not accessible. A companion to help with the wheelchair must accompany the guest.
      • Age Limit: For quality concerns, guests should be 2 years or older to join this tour
      • Dietary Restrictions: It is important everyone has a great dining experience with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e., fatal allergies, no sashimi, no lamb, etc.), please let us know 30 days before tour date. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.
    • Accommodations:
      • Our rooms for this tour are reserved with twin rooms (2 beds/room), but hotels may have different configurations. Please refer to the Hotels section for details.
      • If you have special requirements, please inform us at time of booking so we may make arrangements as soon as possible.
      • For guest privacy and security considerations, we do not have single sharing arrangements.
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      • Please be aware once a visa is processed by Supera, we will not be able to provide a refund under any circumstances.
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      • Please provide a copy of your passport at sign up; we recommend having a copy of your passport with you in case of emergencies.
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      • Some airlines charge a fee for pre-assigned seats. If so, we will let you know the details at time of booking.
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    Stays of a Lifetime

    Don't be too tired to remember your trip!
    A hotel is not merely a place to rest your head. We hand-pick each one to give you comfort, great views, unique experiences, and above all, memorability. We carefully consider locations to let your mind, body, and spirit wander freely while feeling at home.


    Moscow :

    Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

    Steps from the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow's historic heart, Old World glamour gets a contemporary spin at Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Discover a bold reimagining of the legendary 1930s-era Hotel Moskva at this modern replica.

    Deluxe Room    
    40 ~ 59 m² (431 ~ 635 ft²)
    135 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    180 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
    N/A

    Golden Eagle Luxury Train

    The most luxurious train along the Siberia Railway.

    More details in "Train Info"

    Ulaan Baatar :

    Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar

    Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, is located right in the heart of the city center. It's an ideal base for both business and leisure travelers and within walking distance of the famous Government House, Great Genghis Khan Square and main offices and embassies.

    Deluxe Room    
    42 m² (452 ft²)
    135 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    200 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Deluxe Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 200 cm)

    Harhorin :

    Ikh Khorum Hotel

    Ikh Khorum Hotel was built on the foundations of the most important city of the ancient Mongol Empire in Harhorin, and is the best hotel in South Mongolia. 

    * Due to geographical conditions, hotel facilities are very limited in this area and may not meet the usual Supera standard. Thank you for understanding. 

    Bayan Gobi :

    Hoyor Zagal Tourist Camp

    Bayan Gobi tourist camp is located in the sand dune territory of Burd soum, Uvurkhangai province in Mongolia. It's an extraordinary place with many different types of natural landscapes: Gobi sand dunes, wide open steppes, beautiful lush oasis and rocky high mountains. The architecture and design of the Hoyor Zagal tourist camp truly presents authentic nomadic tradition, culture and civilization, and provides a comfortable traditional Mongolian "ger" accommodations.