Experience a journey of a lifetime as you visit two continents and travel by rail across nearly 4,000 miles to experience the fascinating landscapes and cultures between Mongolia and Moscow. A special highlight is Mongolia’s incomparable Naadam Festival. 

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 The <i>Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express</i>, traveling along Lake Baikal  Pageantry at the Naadam Festival  Opening ceremonies, Naadam Festival  Traditional costumes, Naadam Festival  National Horse Guard in ceremonial dress, Naadam Festival  Naadam Festival wrestlers  Archer at the Naadam Festival, Mongolia.  Credit: Barbara York  Archery competition, Naadam Festival  Mongolian nomad on the steppes  Traditional landscape in Mongolia with <i>ger</i> and livestock  Village along Lake Baikal  Main street in Ulan Ude  Tuva musicians in Russia  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  Cabin aboard the <i>Golden Eagle</i>  Lounge aboard the <i>Golden Eagle</i>

The Trans-Siberian Express

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

14 days from $17,395

Experience a journey of a lifetime as you visit two continents and travel by rail across nearly 4,000 miles to experience the fascinating landscapes and cultures between Mongolia and Moscow. A special highlight is Mongolia’s incomparable Naadam Festival. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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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. This was just ‘as advertised,’ the voyage of a lifetime by private train. A unique experience with the most professional and personable staff.

- Ken T.

This was an outstanding tour full of very unique experiences and an incredible trip. Enjoyed nature at Lake Baikal and the wildflowers in full bloom; the folk culture at the Nadaam, the village life re-enacted near Irtursk and Lake Baikal, the special concerts at Novosibirsk and Moscow, the dinosaur museum. It was like having eight or ten superb vacations in a single tour!

- Clara Z.


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Jul 9 - 22, 2020 Departure
Sharon Hudgins

Sharon Hudgins

Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author and former university professor. A seasoned traveler with a sense of adventure, she has lived in 10 countries on 3 continents, traveled through 55 countries across the globe, and logged more than 40,000 miles on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. After completing a bachelor's degree in Government (Soviet and East European Studies) at the University of Texas, she earned graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (specializing in U.S.-Soviet strategic relations) and the University of Texas (Communications). For 18 years she taught for the University of Maryland's education programs in Europe and Asia, including Russia. Sharon was a professor and administrator for the first Russian-American program at universities in Vladivostok and Irkutsk. 

She is the author of five non-fiction books, including The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East and a new cookbook, T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks, about the foods of Siberia and the Russian Far East. As editor of Food on the Move: Dining on the Legendary Railway Journeys of the World, she also wrote the chapter on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. As a journalist and independent scholar, she has published more than 900 articles on travel, culture, and food in magazines, newspapers, academic journals, and books, including Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture; Russian Life; Sibirica: Journal of Siberian Studies; Anthropology of East Europe Review; Mongolian Studies Journal; and several Oxford encyclopedias. Her paper on the foodways of the Siberian Buriats won an international prize at the Oxford Symposium on Food. Sharon has lectured on numerous tours to Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Alaska.

Jul 9 - 22, 2021 Departure
Nadia Kizenko

Nadia Kizenko

Nadieszda Kizenko teaches Russian and East European History at the State University of New York at Albany.  She received degrees in Russian History and Literature at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Harriman Institute. Prof. Kizenko explores the intersection of nations and empires, of history and culture, and the extent to which religion has been a constituent element of national and imperial identity.  She has long been fascinated by how the three Baltic nations succeeded in keeping their distinctive identities even when ruled by Germans, Poles, and Russians. For Russia in particular, the three nations have meant a very specific form of access to Europe—and opposition to it.

Prof. Kizenko’s research, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, has allowed her to publish widely on questions of religion as an instrument of empire.  Her first book, A Prodigal Saint:  Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People, won the Heldt Prize; a recent article, “The Feminization of Patriarchy?”, won the Best Article award from Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity.  Prof. Kizenko is currently writing a history of confession in the Russian empire.