Experience a journey of a lifetime as you visit two continents and travel by rail across nearly 4,000 miles to experience ever-changing landscapes and the fascinating cultures between Mongolia and Moscow.

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 The <i>Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express</i>, traveling along Lake Baikal  Mongolian nomad on the steppes  Archer at the Naadam Festival, Mongolia.  Credit: Barbara York  Naadam Festival wrestlers  National Horse Guard in ceremonial dress, Naadam Festival  Main street in Ulan Ude  Village along Lake Baikal  Traditional and modern architecture of Yekaterinburg  The Kremlin in Kazan  Sky blue domes of the Annunciation Cathedral in the Kazan Kremlin  St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow  View of Moscow's Kremlin  Traditional landscape in Mongolia with <i>ger</i> and livestock

The Trans-Siberian Express

A Private Train Trip from Mongolia to Moscow Featuring the Naadam Festival Aboard the Golden Eagle

14 days from $16,295

Experience a journey of a lifetime as you visit two continents and travel by rail across nearly 4,000 miles to experience ever-changing landscapes and the fascinating cultures between Mongolia and Moscow.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was a wonderful trip. I thoroughly benefited from my time with Smithsonian.  An added bonus is that so many people on the tour are knowledgeable that we learn from each other. 

- Barbara H.

All in all this was an outstanding adventure—unique background information, excellent city guides, and also all the attention to detail and safety was greatly appreciated.  Would urge anyone to take this Journey and experience the vastness of Russia. 

- Pat R.

I really enjoyed this trip and will recommend it to my friends.  The was just ‘as advertised,’ the voyage of a lifetime by private train.  A unique experience with the most professional and personable staff.

- Ken T.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Tour Extension

St. Petersburg Post-Program Extension5 Days, 4 Nights (July 22-26, 2017)

Day 1 — Moscow

Depart on a full-day guided tour of the city. Begin with a ride on Moscow's Metro system, one of the largest in the world. The stations in the city center are showpieces of Socialist art, furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, and with marbled, gilded, and bronzed walls and ceilings. Exit the Metro at the Tretyakov Museum, founded by 19th century Russian merchant, Pavel Tretyakov, who spent 40 years and much of his fortune collecting and preserving works of Russian art. Take a tour of the Tolstoy House Museum, located in a beautiful early 19th century building. Enjoy an independent dinner and a free evening before your journey to St. Petersburg tomorrow. (B,L)

Day 2 — Moscow / St. Petersburg

Board the afternoon train to St. Petersburg, where the lavish pre-revolutionary palaces and churches have been renovated with flare and reverence. Check in to the Kempinski Moika 22 Hotel. (B,D)

Days 3 & 4 — St. Petersburg​

Drive outside of St. Petersburg to Peter the Great’s summer palace, Peterhof. Peter’s fountains are Peterhof’s main attraction; more than 150 glistening, gilded, sculpted marble, granite and limestone fountains and cascades adorn the Lower Park. Continue on to the town of Pushkin to admire the luminous Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace. The next day, discover two of St. Petersburg’s most beautiful churches, massive St. Isaac’s and the blue-and-green-domed Church of the Savior on the Blood. Spend an afternoon at one of the world’s finest museums, the Hermitage. (3B,2L,1D)

Day 5 — Depart St. Petersburg

The tour concludes with transfers to the airport for international departures. (B)

Kempinski Moika 22
The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is housed in a pre-revolutionary mansion on the Moika Embankment just across from the Hermitage.  Its renovated interior is furnished with a mix of classic and antique pieces.  Amenities include the ninth floor Bellevue Bar with beautiful views over the city, the Beau Rivage restaurant featuring fine dining, a rooftop Wellness Center and a Tea Room where a Russian/English high tea is offered every day.  Rooms include satellite TV, wireless and cable Internet, minibar, hair dryers, heated bathroom floors and bathrobes.

Accommodations

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Khan Palace Hotel

UlaanBaatar, Mongolia

Located in the heart of Mongolia's capital, the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace offers modern, spacious rooms and a choice of three restaurants serving local, Japanese or international cuisine. A spa and sauna are available for the use of guests.

Number of nights: 3

InterContinental Tverskaya

Moscow, Russian Federation

The luxurious five star InterContinental Tverskaya is located in the heart of Moscow just a Metro stop from Red Square.  The beautifully-designed hotel features a fine restaurant serving a modern take on traditional European cuisine, a 24-hour fitness center, deluxe spa services, and cocktails and sweets in the stylish P-Square Bar.  The elegant rooms include air conditioning, cable TV, minibar, complimentary WiFi, iPod docking, bathrobes and in-room safe.

Number of nights: 1

Train

Golden Eagle Train

A true highlight of The Trans-Siberian Express train journey is the legendary train itself. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train, which travels between Mongolia and Moscow, is the most comfortable train available for this adventurous journey. Dining cars provide traditional Russian and European cuisine and the bar/ lounge car is a relaxing place to gather with other guests. The train offers a choice of comfort levels with different styles of sleeping cars. Each car features two attendants and each cabin offers well-appointed convertible berths, modern amenities, air- conditioning, and private bathroom/shower. 

  • Silver Class: Silver Class cabins are more compact than Gold Class cabins with similar facilities. Silver Class cabins feature the same amenities as Gold Class cabins but in a smaller space. 
  • Gold Class: Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and feature modern en suite amenities including power showers, under floor heating, a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, remote-controlled air-conditioning/heating, recessed lighting and wardrobe and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper and lower berths, and can accommodate double, twin or single occupancy.
  • Imperial Suite: Imperial Suites are the most beautiful and spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle. Measuring a surprising 120 sq ft (11.1 sq meters), they are furnished with a luxurious king size bed, dedicated seating area, dressing table and private en-suite facilities with large power shower and under floor heating. Individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, DVD/CD player with LCD screen and two large picture windows make the cabin a pleasant retreat.
  • Dining Cars feature local and European cuisine complemented by a selection of local and European wines. Dining cars are multi-purpose, used for on-board lectures and viewing documentaries. One or more dining cars may be included in the train formation of any given departure depending on the number of passengers. 
  • The Bar/Lounge Car is a favorite destination in the train formation and is typically included on most departures. The lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable area where you can enjoy a drink, take language lessons, and gather around the piano with other passengers. 

Golden Eagle Train

A true highlight of The Trans-Siberian Express train journey is the legendary train itself. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train, which travels between Mongolia and Moscow, is the most comfortable train available for this adventurous journey. Dining cars provide traditional Russian and European cuisine and the bar/ lounge car is a relaxing place to gather with other guests. The train offers a choice of comfort levels with different styles of sleeping cars. Each car features two attendants and each cabin offers well-appointed convertible berths, modern amenities, air- conditioning, and private bathroom/shower. 

  • Silver Class: Silver Class cabins are more compact than Gold Class cabins with similar facilities. Silver Class cabins feature the same amenities as Gold Class cabins but in a smaller space. 
  • Gold Class: Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and feature modern en suite amenities including power showers, under floor heating, a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, remote-controlled air-conditioning/heating, recessed lighting and wardrobe and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper and lower berths, and can accommodate double, twin or single occupancy.
  • Imperial Suite: Imperial Suites are the most beautiful and spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle. Measuring a surprising 120 sq ft (11.1 sq meters), they are furnished with a luxurious king size bed, dedicated seating area, dressing table and private en-suite facilities with large power shower and under floor heating. Individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, DVD/CD player with LCD screen and two large picture windows make the cabin a pleasant retreat.
  • Dining Cars feature local and European cuisine complemented by a selection of local and European wines. Dining cars are multi-purpose, used for on-board lectures and viewing documentaries. One or more dining cars may be included in the train formation of any given departure depending on the number of passengers. 
  • The Bar/Lounge Car is a favorite destination in the train formation and is typically included on most departures. The lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable area where you can enjoy a drink, take language lessons, and gather around the piano with other passengers. 

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was a wonderful trip. I thoroughly benefited from my time with Smithsonian.  An added bonus is that so many people on the tour are knowledgeable that we learn from each other. 

- Barbara H.

All in all this was an outstanding adventure—unique background information, excellent city guides, and also all the attention to detail and safety was greatly appreciated.  Would urge anyone to take this Journey and experience the vastness of Russia. 

- Pat R.

I really enjoyed this trip and will recommend it to my friends.  The was just ‘as advertised,’ the voyage of a lifetime by private train.  A unique experience with the most professional and personable staff.

- Ken T.
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