Celebrate winter and the polar night on this unique trip showcasing Russian treasures and a private train journey to the Arctic Circle. 

Starting at: $14,795 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Northern Lights in Norway. Credit: Kirkenes Snow Hotel  Sleigh rides in Suzdal  Members of the <i>Golden Eagle</i> train personnel  Lounge aboard the <i>Golden Eagle</i>  Holiday lights in Moscow  Moscow in winter. Credit: Douglas Grimes  Onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow  Moscow at night during the holiday season.  Credit: Meaghan Samuels  Moscow's Red Square  Cathedral of the Assumption, Vladimir  Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Suzdal  Interior, Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior, Suzdal  The Northern Lights. Credit: Kirkenes Snow Hotel  Ice sculpture at the Snow Hotel. Credit: Kirkenes Snow Hotel  Woman in traditional Sami dress with reindeer. Credit: Norway Tourism Bureau  Kizhi Island in winter  The Winter Palace, now the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Credit: Hotel Astoria  Viewing the treasures of the Hermitage Museum  View of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood from a canal in St. Petersburg  The magnificent interior of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg  Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

Arctic Explorer by Private Train

A Russian Train Journey Aboard the Golden Eagle

13 days from $14,795

Celebrate winter and the polar night on this unique trip showcasing Russian treasures and a private train journey to the Arctic Circle. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 9, 2020 Departure
Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of Asian history at the University of Nevada. As a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has lectured in 20 countries in Eurasia. Hugh has enjoyed visiting appointments at Princeton University, at universities in China, Japan, and Taiwan, and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His extensive archival and fieldwork regards the history of medicine, disease, and the body in comparative context. His recent work appears in volumes published by Harvard University Press, Brill, and Rowman & Littlefield. Hugh has traveled extensively in Eurasia: Russia, the Baltic States, the Himalayas, China, Japan, Mongolia, and the Silk Road. He enjoys all types of winter and mountain sports and counts volcanic Kamchatka in the Russian Far East, Iceland, and Greenland as among his favorite destinations. Hugh aims for what he terms, “adventure pedagogy”: intense, mindful immersion in the host culture combined with serious study of its history, literature, and geopolitics. Hugh’s other research and teaching interests include visual and performance art, life in post-socialist societies, Sino-Russian-Central Asian relations, and the history of de-colonization and revolution. He received the Li-Qing Prize for the History of Chinese Science and won his university’s highest teaching award. Hugh earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.