Embarking on one of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ rail journeys might mean riding through China’s ancient cities, stopping off at a desert in Kazakhstan, or enjoying Afternoon Tea as you travel underneath the Northern Lights. Whichever adventure you find yourselves on, rest assured you’re in for a cool, culture-rich ride…

For the last 25 years, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains has been operating some of the world’s most pioneering rail journeys.

The company’s Voyages of a Lifetime by Private Train journeys operate worldwide through Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Mongolia, China, Central Asia and Iran, onboard a selection of the world’s leading luxury private trains.

Created for the adventure-seeking traveller, the fully-escorted rides transport passengers to fabulous, and often remote, destinations, in the safe and comfort of their very own five-star cabin – which you’re able to retreat to once you’re done exploring.

The one-of-a-kind level of inclusivity offered includes a comprehensive range of off-train excursion programmes for guests to choose from, plus fully-inclusive dining experiences made with the best, local cuisine and served with quality wines, plus overnight stays in some of the finest five-star hotels Europe has to offer.

The hardest part, it seems, is just deciding where to go. Fortunately for you, though, we’ve rounded up five of the best tours happening this autumn and into 2018. Passports at the ready…


New year in Vienna

Venture through the winter wonderland of Central Europe en-route to Vienna for a festive New Year.
After two nights in Budapest, guests board the luxury Golden Eagle Danube Express, home for the next five nights. The route heads into Austria and the city of Graz on the cusp of the Alps, for Baroque palaces and tastings of the finest local food and wine, before reaching Vienna in time for New Year.

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Romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, Viennese Waltz dancing lessons and VIP tickets to a New Year’s Eve Gala in the famous ballroom of Vienna City Hall.

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As the clock strikes 12, you’ll be able to step out on to the grand balcony to watch Vienna’s famous New Year fireworks, before dancing the night away to the Blue Danube waltz.

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From £5,195 per person, including 3 nights in hotels and 5 nights aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Guests spend the first couple of days of 2018 travelling through the Czech Republic and Slovakia before returning to Budapest at the culmination of their adventure. Departs 28 December, 2017.



South Caucasus explorer

This is a unique adventure, weaving through Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, flanked by the stunning scenery of the Caucasian Mountains. The eight-night tour on board the Golden Eagle begins
in the Armenian capital of Yerevan – a city rich with history and where the skyline is dominated by the snow-covered Mt Ararat in the distance.

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The historic monasteries and churches and the shores of the stunning Lake Sevan. Once in Georgia, soak up the architectural charms of the capital, enjoy the wine-making Kakheti region and the cave city at Uplistsikhe.

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The final destination – Baku, Azerbaijan, on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The vibrant city is often likened to Dubai for its cosmopolitan edge and jaw-dropping architecture.

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From £8,995 per person, including 3 nights in hotels and 5 nights aboard the Golden Eagle. Departs 17 October 2017.



Silk Road & Tibet

Connecting west and east, Europe and Asia, this new, one-off 23-day journey-of-a-lifetime takes intrepid passengers from Moscow on board the luxurious Golden Eagle, along the Silk Road to the Tibetan city of Lhasa.

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With each time zone offering travel treasures, highlights are almost too innumerable to count, but our picks are the dramatic Kara Kum desert in Kazakhstan (home to a crater made by geologists more than 40 years ago with roaring flames that have been burning ever since) and Khiva’s majestic mosques and minarets.

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Once in China, you’ll hop aboard the Shangri-La Express Private Train – the best available private train in China – as well as a high altitude train that’ll take you on a 14-hour daylight journey along the ‘roof of the world’ line to a summit finish in Lhasa, cresting the 5,072-metre Tangula Pass – the world’s highest.

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From £16,995 per person, including 8 nights in hotels, 10 nights aboard Golden Eagle and 4 nights on the Shangri-La Express. Departs 22 September, 2017.



Trans-Siberian Express (classic route)

The Golden Eagle begins its journey along the Trans-Siberian line, after passengers have toured Moscow. You’ll disembark to visit the picturesque city of Kazan, the modern Soviet city of Novosibirsk and the ‘Paris of Siberia’, Irkutsk, before detouring along the shores of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, and into Mongolia to explore its capital, Ulaan Baatar, ahead of arrival in Vladivostok.

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Covering a massive 11,000 kilometres over two weeks, expect many stand-out moments along the way, including a private viewing of the Kremlin, a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia at Yekaterinburg (known as the ‘Great Divide’) and learning to cook traditional Russian dishes in Irkutsk.

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Being hauled by a Soviet-Era steam locomotive along the shores of Lake Baikal and swimming in its ice-cold waters and, in Mongolia, visiting a traditional Ger and meeting a nomadic family in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Kazan Cathedral is worth snapping, too.

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From £11,695 all-inclusive per person, including 12 nights onboard the Golden Eagle and 2 nights’ hotel accommodation. Departs 6 May and 9 June, 2018.



Arctic explorer

A tour to seek out the Northern Lights with the added bonus of a guest astronomer onboard. Step aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle train in St Petersburg to embark upon a rail adventure deep into the Arctic Circle.

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Russian language lessons, talks on the Northern Lights, Afternoon Tea and vodka tasting sessions.

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After journeying into the Arctic Circle, you’ll leave the train behind to travel by bus across the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes, where you’ll spend two nights. Visit the Snow Hotel, enjoy a husky excursion, go fishing for crabs through ice holes and take a tour in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis. Rejoin the Golden Eagle to travel to Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Vladimir and Suzdal en-route to Moscow for a fitting finale.

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From £9,695 per person, including 6 nights’ en-suite accommodation on the Golden Eagle in Silver Class and 5 nights’ 4/5* hotel accommodation. Departs 11 February, 2018.


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