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Trans-Siberian Rail Expedition
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16 days

from $30,592 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($20,995 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, and easy hikes.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Journey across Russia on one of the world's most legendary railways.
  • Sip tea at a family home in the village of Listvyanka, perched along the shores of beautiful Lake Baikal.
  • Learn about the history of Russian space exploration during a talk by a cosmonaut.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each expedition to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Itinerary

Set out on an epic train journey across one-third of the world, traveling from Vladivostok, Russia to the heart of Moscow along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. From the Mongolian steppe to Lake Baikal’s remote shores to the snow-capped Ural Mountains, trace the history of tsars, exiles, and Mongols in the comfort of our luxury train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Encounter remote cultures and the unique architecture of Siberia’s wooden cottages and Moscow’s onion domes.

Day 1: Vladivostok, Russia

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Arrive in Vladivostok and check in to our hotel. Meet fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2: Vladivostok

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As a strategic naval outpost, Vladivostok was closed to most of the world from World War II until the end of the Cold War. Get acquainted with this modern city on a tour that includes the brightly painted railway station and Our Lady Grieving Orthodox Church. See the Pacific Navy War Memorial and the steamboat Krasny Vympel, take in views of the city and its bay from the Eagle’s Nest observation platform, and stroll the historic Vladivostok Naval Cemetery. This evening, climb aboard our luxury train and set off on our journey across Russia.

Day 3: Khabarovsk

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Explore the lively squares of Khabarovsk and visit the Natural History Museum by the Amur River. Learn about the flora and fauna of the region, and see artifacts from the indigenous tribes of the Goldi and the Gilyak.

Days 4-5: On Train/Siberia

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As the train slips past rolling hills and Siberian villages of log houses, relax with a book, attend a talk by our expert, or simply watch remote and ever changing countryside pass by. On our second day on board, we enter the sweeping Mongolian steppe.

Day 6: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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During a morning in Mongolia’s capital city, visit the National Museum to trace the history of Genghis Khan and explore the culture of the steppe nomads. Then head to nearby Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Enjoy the alpine scenery, watch a demonstration of Mongolian horseback riding, and visit a traditional ger (felt tent). This evening, enjoy dinner and a performance of Mongolian throat singing and traditional dance before we reboard our train and continue on our way back into Russia.

Day 7: Ulan Ude, Russia

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The train rolls through the valley of the Selenge River, which flows into Lake Baikal. Stop in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic and once a major trading post between China and Irkutsk. Pay a visit to a village of Old Believers, a group descended from 17th-century religious exiles whose fascinating culture has changed little over the centuries. Watch a performance of their unique choral music.

Day 8: Lake Baikal

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Arrive at beautiful Lake Baikal, called the sacred sea by locals and named a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The lake basin holds about 20 percent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water. A sacred site for Buryat shamans, Lake Baikal’s Shaman Rock is steeped in legend. Our train route hugs the rocky shores and passes through 33 tunnels. Take in spectacular views from the train, and stop for a barbecue lunch on the shore. In the afternoon, explore the village of Listvyanka and join a family for tea in their home.

Day 9: Irkutsk

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Spend today in Irkutsk. In the early 19th century, many Russian artists, officers, and nobles were exiled here for their involvement in the Decembrist revolt. Visit the city’s historic sights, and wander through a delightful collection of classic Russian and Siberian cottages at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Stop for a private bell-ringing performance, and then enjoy a private concert and champagne reception at the Decembrist House Museum.

Days 10-11: On Train/Novosibirsk

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Enjoy a day to relax on board, taking in stunning scenery as the vast Siberian taiga unfurls. The following day, stop in Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city, to see the opera house and Lenin Square.

Day 12: Yekaterinburg

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Arrive in Yekaterinburg, where Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Visit the Romanovs’ execution site—now a church dedicated to their memory—and view the city’s ornately decorated wooden houses.

Day 13: Kazan

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Today, explore Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, perched on the banks of the Volga River. Tour the city’s Kremlin, the turquoise-topped Qol Sharif Mosque, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Pay a visit to the Kazan Conservatory and enjoy a concert performed by its students. Then set off on a private cruise around the walls of the city’s Kremlin before returning to our train to depart on the final leg of our journey.

Days 14-16: Moscow

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Disembark in Moscow and take a guided stroll through Red Square at night. The following morning, explore the legendary Kremlin. Visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, and view court regalia from the Romanov dynasty at the Armory Museum. After lunch, head to the Monument to the Conquerors of Space, which sweeps some 360 feet into the sky. Delve into the history of space exploration at the recently updated Memorial Museum of Astronautics, and enjoy a specially arranged talk by a Russian cosmonaut. After breakfast the following day, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

EXTENSIONS

Day 1: Moscow/St. Petersburg

The day begins with a tour of the 16th-century Novodevichy Convent and its spectacular Smolensk Cathedral, which rises from within the complex and is filled with stunning paintings, woodwork, embroidery, and illuminated books. Stroll through the adjacent cemetery, the final resting place of luminaries such as Gogol and Chekhov, as well as political figures like Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbachev, and Boris Yeltsin. Ride the high-speed train to St. Petersburg and, upon arrival, settle into your hotel in the heart of the city.

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Day 2: St. Petersburg

Designed by European architects of Peter the Great's choosing, St. Petersburg was conceived as Russia's link to the western world and served as the country's capital from 1712 until just after the revolution. Get oriented on a driving tour of the city, then take in incredible views of the Winter Palace and Peter and Paul Fortress from Vasilievsky Island. Admire the sparkling dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral, covered with 220 pounds of gold, and examine its beautiful columns faced with lapis, lazuli, and malachite. Step into the Church of the Savior on the Blood, built as a tribute to Czar Alexander II who was killed by a bomb here in 1881. After lunch, explore the world-renowned Hermitage museum and, by special permission, enter its Gold Room to view Scythian and Greek golden ornaments. Cap off the day with a leisurely boat cruise along the city's canals, and dine on your own this evening.

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Day 3: St. Petersburg

Travel by hydrofoil (weather permitting) to Petrodvorets, the country estate of Peter the Great. Stroll the palace's manicured gardens, intended to rival those at Versailles. Then journey to Pushkin, site of Catherine's Palace, originally built in 1717 by Catherine I. After lunch at a traditional restaurant, enjoy a guided tour of the estate, including the iconic Amber Room, clad in brilliant panels of amber. Return to the city for dinner.

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Day 4: St. Petersburg/U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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What to Expect

This expedition is rated as light; travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Excursions may include navigating uneven terrain, climbing stairs without handrails, and walking on paths with some steep ascents\/descents.

Accommodations
During our 12-night train journey, we stay in the well-appointed compartments of a luxury train. In Vladivostok and Moscow, we stay in ideally located, high-end hotels with many amenities.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Journey through the Mongolian steppe to Lake Baikal's remote shores and the snow-capped Ural Mountains in the comfort of our deluxe private train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

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The Golden Eagle at Lake Baikal

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The Golden Eagle at Lake Baikal

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Gold Class: Daytime

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, wardrobe, and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper/lower berths and can accommodate double, twin, or single occupancy.

Silver Class
Silver Class cabins offer the same amenities as Gold Class cabins, but their sleeping and bathroom areas are smaller in size.

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Gold Class: Nighttime

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, wardrobe, and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper/lower berths and can accommodate double, twin, or single occupancy.

Silver Class
Silver Class cabins offer the same amenities as Gold Class cabins, but their sleeping and bathroom areas are smaller in size.

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Silver Class: Daytime

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, wardrobe, and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper/lower berths and can accommodate double, twin, or single occupancy.

Silver Class
Silver Class cabins offer the same amenities as Gold Class cabins, but their sleeping and bathroom areas are smaller in size.

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Silver Class: Nighttime

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, wardrobe, and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper/lower berths and can accommodate double, twin, or single occupancy.

Silver Class
Silver Class cabins offer the same amenities as Gold Class cabins, but their sleeping and bathroom areas are smaller in size.

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Bar and Lounge Car

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Restaurant Car

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Breakfast Service in the Restaurant Car

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The Golden Eagle

PRICES & DATES

  • date Aug 8-23, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $30,592 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $42,970 AUD Per Person

  • date Sep 5-20, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $30,592 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $42,970 AUD Per Person

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Andrew Evans
Author
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Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer, and TV host for National Geographic. He shares stories from around the globe on pixel, paper, and screen. Andrew has completed some 50 assignments for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents and over 100 countries. He was the first person ever to live tweet his ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro and gained a worldwide following when he broadcast his 12,000-mile overland journey from National Geographic headquarters to Antarctica using public transportation. In 2017, he thru-hiked The Jordan Trail, reporting in real time as he walked 400 miles from Syria to Saudi Arabia. Andrew is a regular contributor to National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, BBC Travel, Outside, and The Chicago Tribune. He is the author of five books, including two bestselling guidebooks, and his award-winning memoir The Black Penguin. Andrew has received five Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Andrew’s television work highlights people and places around the world, including his tech-centered series “World’s Smartest Cities,” which still airs in more than 65 countries. A renowned influencer in the world of travel media, he calls for responsible and respectful storytelling that promotes local culture and environmental welfare. Andrew holds degrees from Brigham Young University and Oxford University. He lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • Sep 5-20, 2020 - Golden Eagle Train
William Saturno
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William Saturno is an archaeologist and storyteller specializing in the myths and histories of early civilizations and the politics of empire. A National Geographic Explorer and a former NASA research scientist, he has conducted fieldwork around the globe, both on the ground and from space, to understand the ideological and environmental foundations of how the great Czars, Khans, Emperors, and Ajaws of the past ruled over their societies. As an avid student and scholar of the ancient world, Bill weaves together data from archaeology, anthropology, and history spanning from the jungles of Central America and Southeast Asia to the deserts and grasslands of Eurasia and from the shores of the ancient Mediterranean to those of Scandinavian fjords, narrating the tales of adventurers, artists, commoners, and kings alike to bring the past vividly to life. He has joined numerous National Geographic Expeditions over the years in diverse geographies, including Mexico, Guatemala, China, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, and beyond.

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  • Aug 8-23, 2020 - Golden Eagle Train