Immerse yourself in a winter fairytale as you set off on a journey on board the luxurious Golden Eagle train to explore the Arctic and Northern Lights. See the beauty of Moscow and St. Petersburg, adorned with a white blanket of snow and go on a traditional troika horse sleigh ride. Have a great time in Norway's Kirkenes as you tour the Snow Hotel, go on a king crab safari and Northern Lights hunting. Moreover, tour the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship in Murmansk and enjoy Petrozavodsk.
City:
Saint Petersburg, Kirkenes, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow
Duration:
12 days
Type:
Branded rail tour
From:
$11,995
Next date:
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 09, 2019 View all dates

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in St. Petersburg

Welcome to the magnificent Venice of the North - St. Petersburg! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your luxurious centrally located 5-star hotel for check-in.

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Day 2
Trip to Pushkin & Hermitage Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture

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Day 3
St. Petersburg City Tour

After breakfast you check out from the hotel and meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most outstanding attractions of St. Petersburg, featuring the key sights.

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Day 4
Crossing the Arctic Circle

Today you spend the whole day on board the train as it crosses the Arctic Circle on your quest to see the Northern Lights. You may learn about the Northern Lights from the guest astronomer.

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Day 5
Exploring Kirkenes & Northern Lights

This morning following breakfast you leave the train with an overnight bag on the Russian border station of Nikel and have a 1.5-hour bus transfer across the border of Russia and Norway to your centrally-located hotel in Kirkenes.

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Day 6
King Crab Safari & Husky Dog Farm

In the morning prepare for a unique winter experience as today you're going on a King Crab Safari. The excursion begins with a snowmobile-drawn sleigh across the frozen fjords.

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Day 7
On board the Train

Today you check out from the hotel and return to the train. You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Take in the fantastic scenery passing by your window, have afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cookies.

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Day 8
Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship in Murmansk

Today your train arrives in Murmansk, an exceptional town located halfway between Russia's capital city and the North Pole. While in Murmansk, you have the unique chance to visit the world-famous Nuclear-powered Icebreaker Museum Ship.

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Day 9
Touring Petrozavodsk & Kizhi Island

Today your train arrives in Petrozavodsk, a city set on the shores of the second largest lake in Europe, Lake Onega. During your guided city tour you see the main sights of the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

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Day 10
Exploring Vladimir & Suzdal

Today you disembark the train as you arrive in the historic city of Vladimir founded in 990. Your next stop is the pastoral town of Suzdal. As a tour highlight, you get to enjoy a traditional Russian winter experience, a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

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Day 11
Moscow City Tour & Kremlin

This morning you go on a city tour of the glorious capital of Russia - Moscow! During the tour of the top Moscow attractions you enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Red Square. Then you explore the mighty Kremlin.

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Day 12
Departure

This is the final day of your fantastic Golden Eagle train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel. You meet your driver who transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

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Price

$11,995
Deposit $2,399
Silver Package Twin
reverse
$12,595
Deposit $2,519
Silver Package Twin
$16,995
Deposit $3,399
Silver Package Single
reverse
$17,795
Deposit $3,559
Silver Package Single
$13,995
Deposit $2,799
Gold Package Twin
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$14,695
Deposit $2,939
Gold Package Twin
$19,995
Deposit $3,999
Gold Package Single
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$20,995
Deposit $4,199
Gold Package Single

What's included

  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in St. Petersburg (2 nights), Kirkenes (2 nights) and Moscow (2 nights);
  • 5 nights on board the luxurious Golden Eagle train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day, drinks with meals including wine;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • All gratuities;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: flights, optional tours & services, personal expenses.

Note: a deposit is required when booking the tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in St. Petersburg

Welcome to the magnificent Venice of the North - St. Petersburg! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your luxurious centrally located 5-star hotel for check-in.

In the evening you are invited to a champagne reception and Welcome dinner with wine, where you have the chance to meet your fellow travelers. The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room.

Dinner with drinks included.

Day 2: Trip to Pushkin & Hermitage Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. During the tour you enjoy this outstanding palace and gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

Later this day you go to the legendary Hermitage Museum, that houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, in the halls of the Winter Palace.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3: St. Petersburg City Tour

After breakfast you check out from the hotel and meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most outstanding attractions of St. Petersburg, featuring the key sights including St. Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect.

In the afternoon you are transferred to the train station to board the Golden Eagle train and begin your rail adventure.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4: Crossing the Arctic Circle

Today you spend the whole day on board the train as it crosses the Arctic Circle on your quest to see the Northern Lights. You may learn about the Northern Lights from the guest astronomer.

In the evening you are welcome to celebrate Valentine's Day on board the train with a Gala Caviar Dinner with champagne and wines.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5: Exploring Kirkenes & Northern Lights

This morning following breakfast you leave the train with an overnight bag on the Russian border station of Nikel and have a 1.5-hour bus transfer across the border of Russia and Norway to your centrally-located hotel in Kirkenes for check-in.

Later today you have a chance to visit the Snow Hotel, have a welcome drink in the Snow Bar and enjoy the ice sculptures and snow paintings by local and international artists on the territory. After a traditional meal including a reindeer hot dog in the Snow Hotel’s warm lodge restaurant, you take an evening bus tour in search of the Northern Lights together with the guest astronomer who will share knowledge and give tips on watching stars.

After the tour you return to your hotel for overnight and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6: King Crab Safari & Husky Dog Farm

In the morning prepare for a unique winter experience as today you're going on a King Crab Safari. The excursion begins with a snowmobile-drawn sleigh across the frozen fjords (warm clothing and a helmet is provided). Your master guide will demonstrate how to catch the magnificent Arctic King Crab through a hole in the ice, the crabs can span two meters and weigh up to 15 kilos. Then you make your way to the nearby Fisherman's Lodge by sleigh, where the crabs you catch are cooked for you so you can enjoy your delicious King Crab meal by the cozy log fire.

In the afternoon you come back to the Snow Hotel to see the resident reindeer and then visit the biggest husky dog farm in eastern Finnmark or return to Kirkenes Village for a walking tour. You then return to your hotel and have the remaining part of the day at leisure.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7: On board the Train

Today you check out from the hotel and return to the train. You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Take in the fantastic scenery passing by your window, have afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cookies in the Bar Lounge Car, and enjoy gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.​

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8: Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship in Murmansk

Today your train arrives in Murmansk, an exceptional town located halfway between Russia's capital city, Moscow, and the North Pole. Set only 120 km north of the arctic circle, it is an Arctic port and the main city of the Kola Peninsula.

While in Murmansk, you have the unique chance to visit the world-famous Nuclear-powered Icebreaker Museum Ship. After the tour you return on board the train to continue your journey.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9: Touring Petrozavodsk & Kizhi Island

Today your train arrives in Petrozavodsk, a city set on the shores of the second largest lake in Europe, Lake Onega.

During your guided city tour you see the main sights of the capital of the Republic of Karelia, which is one of the major cultural and industrial centers of North-West of Russia.

As a tour highlight, weather-permitting, you take a hovercraft transfer to Kizhi Island, a real miracle of wooden architecture. You get to explore its famous Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses.

You then return to your train and continue traveling. In the evening you are invited to a farewell dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10: Exploring Vladimir & Suzdal

Today you disembark the train as you arrive in the historic city of Vladimir founded in 990. The whole city is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site that boasts incredible architectural wealth. During the tour you see the place where many Russian Tsars were crowned, the Uspensky Cathedral, built between the 12th and 15th centuries.

Your next stop is the pastoral town of Suzdal - one of the most perfectly preserved walled cities in Russia, dating back to 1024. While touring Suzdal you visit the atmospheric St. Euthymius Monastery where you witness an enchanting choral performance by the resident monks.

As a tour highlight, you get to enjoy a traditional Russian winter experience, a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

After the tour you are taken to Moscow to your centrally-located hotel for check-in.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Moscow City Tour & Kremlin

This morning you go on a city tour of the glorious capital of Russia - Moscow!

During the tour of the top Moscow attractions you enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Red Square, take a photo stop near the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, see the largest Moscow department store GUM and Lenin's tomb.

Then you explore a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin. You go on a guided tour of this historical fortress, that includes a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12: Departure

This is the final day of your fantastic Golden Eagle train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel. You meet your driver who transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in St. Petersburg (2 nights), Kirkenes (2 nights) and Moscow (2 nights);
  • 5 nights on board the luxurious Golden Eagle train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with experienced guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Full board starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day, drinks with meals including wine;
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners;
  • Limited drinks for lunches and dinners;
  • Unlimited drinks from Standard Menu for Gold Class;
  • 24-hour service attendant and doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • All gratuities;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: flights, optional tours & services, personal expenses.

Note: a deposit is required when booking the tour

Catherine's Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Saint Petersburg

Catherine's Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Saint Petersburg, Russia

Catherine's Palace aka Tsarskoye Selo is the luxury summer residence of tsars built by Catherine I. 

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The world-famous Hermitage Museum is the home to the largest collection of paintings in the world.

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

The most iconic golden dome of Russia and a landmark of over 150 years of St. Petersburg history.

Suzdal, Russia

Suzdal is often referred to as Golden Ring's city-museum for its abundance of historical monuments.

Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Being the most recognizable symbol of Russia in the world, Red Square is an absolute must see when in Moscow. 

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

St. Basil’s Cathedral is Moscow’s most famous artistic work of architecture set in the romantic Red Square.

GUM, Moscow, Russia Gallery

GUM, Moscow, Russia

The famous GUM is a large department store in the Kitai-gorod part of Moscow facing Red Square.

Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

The symbol of Moscow and entire Russia, the Kremlin is often described as the 8th Wonder of the World.

The Armoury Chamber, Moscow, Russia Gallery

The Armoury Chamber, Moscow, Russia

History and luxury is revealed inside the Kremlin as the Armoury Chamber displays treasures like Faberge Eggs.

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