Aboard the Golden Eagle


16 days


20 Aug -

4 Sep 2022


Starting from $TBC



Martin Kers (Moscow)


Ramble across the cobblestones of history and relive the life of revolutions and royalty, Red Square and the brightly coloured spires of St Basil’s Cathedral are more magnificent than you can imagine.

Lake Baikal


Landscapes of astounding beauty wash past as the train hugs tightly to the cliff. Looking up to snow-capped peaks and down to idyllic lake vistas it feels like this area has been lifted from poem and transplanted in the most surprising of locations. 



Throw in a pinch of Europe, a teaspoon of Asia and a good measure of Istanbul’s vibe and you’ll come closer to understanding Kazan, whose name means “cooking pot”.

Ulaan Baatar - Sükhbaatar


The hypnotic chanting of hundreds of monks fills the air, spiriting you away to a place without time, to “the great place of complete joy” – the site of Mongolia’s most important monastery.



Unsure whether you’re in Asia, Europe or another world altogether, you’ll come face to face with the turmoil of Russia’s 100 year past – from the execution of the Romanovs to the rise of the nation’s first president. 



Closer to Beijing and Tokyo than Moscow you’ll find one of Russia’s greatest displays of military might, more than mildly intended to intimidate the nation’s neighbours. But Vladivostok is also a display of natural beauty and striking architecture.





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Saturday 20 August

Arrive in the Russian capital and be driven to the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Settle into your luxurious surrounds before joining fellow Constellation Journeys travellers and your tour leader for a welcome dinner.

Sunday 21 August

Begin your exploration of Moscow with a a visit to the statue of Peter the Great in the Moscow River, Novodevichy Convent and University Hill for views across the city before lunch at Matroshka Restaurant. Over dinner this evening we’ll be joined by other guests who are joining us for the train journey to Vladivostok.


Monday 22 August

Beat the crowds with an early entry time into the Kremlin before stepping out onto adjacent Red Square. Take time to pause for lunch in Café Pushkin, a legendary restaurant within a Baroque mansion. End the day with a tour of the opulent stations of the Moscow Metro.

Later this afternoon we board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Head to the Dining Car for your first dinner aboard the train and see why the gourmet cuisine, accompanied by fine wine, is rated as a highlight.


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Tuesday 23 August

Today we visit picturesque Kazan. Situated on the River Volga, Kazan offers a rich tapestry of history and culture including the World Heritage Listed Kremlin Fortress. And being the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938), we’ll celebrate his music with a private performance.  

Back aboard the train we depart this evening. Relax with a drink in the Bar Car before being invited to the Dining Car to sample what delicacies the chefs have prepared using Kazan’s premier produce.


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Wednesday 24 August

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the capital of the Urals.  
A La Carte options are offered throughout your itinerary. Today make a choice from:

  • Gain an insight into the turmoil and intensity of the Russian Revolution, visiting the poignant site where Romanov Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. 

  • Alternatively visit the Museum of Military Machinery. Housing an amazing collection of military hardware including tanks, aircraft, boats and even armoured trains the museum is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the Soviet past.


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Thurday 25 August

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and science dominate. Choose from A La Carte options today:

  • Take in Lenin Square, where the imposing Opera House is located. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world.

  • South of the city, visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum, displaying locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era. Or choose to go to the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.


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Friday 26 August

Today is the perfect opportunity to unwind and relax aboard our train.
Join a game of cards, watch the Siberian scenery pass by your cabin window or delve into that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Linger over lunch as the waiters serve another gourmet meal accompanied by quality wines.



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Saturday 27 August

Wake to the ‘Paris of Siberia’, Irkutsk. Explore this fascinating city and marvel at the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like decorations. We also visit the Volkonsky House Museum, dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrist uprising of 1825. Thankfully we’ll be treated significantly better, enjoying a champagne reception and private concert. 

Make your A La Carte Selection today:

  • Learn to cook traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch.

  • Visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) and obtain an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.


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Sunday 28 August

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and few travellers ever venture this far. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. The extraordinary views will keep you glued to your window this morning as we wind our way through tunnels and along cliff hugging tracks, looking down to idyllic vistas of the lake and
upward towards the spectacular snow capped peaks.  

To add to the occasion of the day our Golden Eagle train will be hauled by a Soviet Era steam locomotive. Weather permitting, we stop in a picturesque location by the lake for photographic opportunities and, for the brave hearted, a refreshing swim in the crystal clear, ice cold waters of Baikal. The magic of the day continues as we feast on local specialities barbequed by our train chefs along the shore of Lake Baikal. 


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Monday 29 August

The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the differing faces of these welcoming Buryat people. During our exploration of the Old Believers’ Village we learn about the culture and history of these devout people through a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.


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Tuesday 30 August

After 6,000km of travel across Russia we enter Mongolia, a country of beautiful landscapes, rich culture and nomadic people. We become better acquainted with Mongolia’s history and traditions through its capital, Ulaan Baatar, once the centre of Genghis Khan’s enormous feared and revered empire. Today we’ll begin our discovery of this fascinating city at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. At Chinggis Square we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan.

A La Carte options are yours to select this afternoon:

  • Drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try your hand at horse riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life.

  • Alternatively, stay in the city and continue  exploring the treasures of Ulaan Baatar including a traditional cultural performance and time for shopping.


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Wednesday – Friday, 31 – 2 September

It’s not every holiday that involves travelling aboard a luxury train, so make the most of the next three days as we journey from central Mongolia to Russia’s far east. Unwind and reflect on the extraordinary experiences of the past two weeks. Chat to your fellow travellers, take a Russian language class or attend a talk on Soviet history. There will be plenty of time to soak up the scenery as it passes by your window and indulge in the fine cuisine and complimentary drinks aboard.


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Saturday 3 September

Our epic journey of the Trans-Siberian comes to an end at the military port of Vladivostok on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers the opportunity to gain an understanding of the military might, past and present, of Russia.

This evening we come together for a final dinner in celebration of our journey. Our hotel is the five star Lotte Hotel Vladivostok. 


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Sunday 4 September

All good journeys come to an end and it’s time to bid farewell to newfound friends. Fly home from Vladivostok today or continue your travels in Asia.



Prices are all inclusive, twin share per person joining for dinner in Moscow on 20 August and departing after breakfast in Vladivostok on 4 September. Contact us for prices for flights to join the journey in Moscow and depart from Vladivostok.

Conditions apply. 


From $TBC

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Featuring a narrow lower double bed (1.1m wide and 1.9m long) and a single upper bunk. 

*For more information on our cabins, please see the Golden Eagle Experience






From $TBC

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Featuring a lower double bed  (1.35m wide and 1.9m long) and a single upper bunk.   

*For more information on our cabins, please see the Golden Eagle Experience






From $TBC

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Featuring a large double bed (1.5m wide and 1.9m long) and a lounge area.

*For more information on our cabins, please see the Golden Eagle Experience





ST PETERSBURG - Pre Journey Extension

Join us for a three night stay in Russia’s grand imperial city of St Petersburg.

Wednesday 17 August
Arrive in St Petersburg, Russia’s former Imperial Capital this evening and transfer to the 5 star Lotte Hotel.

Thursday 18 August
Enjoy early entry to the Hermitage and explore the labyrinth of art housed within the world’s second largest Museum. Our guides can show you the highlights or you might prefer to make your own way through the masterpieces. Embrace a different form of culture with a visit to the Russian Vodka Museum for a tasting and lunch before a gentle cruise along the canals of St Petersburg’s Neva River.
Dinner this evening is at Mansarda Restaurant, a short walk from our hotel and with views across the gold dome of
St Isaac’s Cathedral.

Friday 19 August
Our St Petersburg discovery continues with a drive along the city’s most famous boulevard, Nevsky Prospekt, a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and to The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, as well as a stop at what is perhaps the city’s most famous landmark, The Bronze Horseman Monument.

PRICE (per person, twin share)




This evening we travel to the outskirts of the city to visit Catherine’s Summer Palace at Pushkin, before returning to St Petersburg for a fine dinner at our hotel.

Saturday 20 August
Depart Moscow this morning for the 650km journey aboard the high speed Sapsan intercity train to Moscow. Travelling at speeds up to 250kmh, we’ll complete the journey in less than four hours. On arrival, transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow to join fellow travellers at our welcome dinner.

St Petersburg


With limited space available on this unique Journey we encourage you to contact us now.