Golden Eagle Quest for the Northern Lights

Golden Eagle Quest for the Northern Lights

12 Days / 11 Nights

Price fromUSD$13,795

• Moscow • Vladimir • Arctic Circle • Murmansk • Kirkenes • St Petersburg

Take in the beautiful cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as exploring deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis. To keep you warm in the Siberian winter when you are off the train, complimentary hats, Russian traditional felt boots and gloves are provided, specially designed to keep out the worst of the cold and they are yours to keep!

The Train: The Golden Eagle has been carefully designed with emphasis on your comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. Aboard your luxurious private train, you can expect well-appointed en suite cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings. All cabins feature LCD TV, DVD player, wardrobe, air-conditioning, large window and en suite bathroom.

Silver Class Cabins: A compact cabin featuring a small double lower bed and single upper bed with private en suite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower.

Gold Class Cabins: A well-proportioned cabin including a private bathroom with separate power shower and underfloor heating. Guests also benefit from complimentary drinks off the Standard Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car.

Imperial Suite Cabins: The most spacious cabin which include a large double bed, lounge area with dressing table and private en suite bathroom with power shower and underfloor heating. Guests can also enjoy drinks from the Standard and Premium Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car along with use of a private guide and chauffer service at many of the destinations.

Golden Eagle Quest for the Northern Lights map

Days 1 & 2: St Petersburg Arrive into St Petersburg and transfer to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel (or similar) for a two night stay. This evening you are invited to a champagne drinks reception with the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers before our exclusive welcome dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

The next day enjoy a guided tour of Catherine's Palace in Pushkin and the Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars which houses the royal art collection of over three million works. It is one of the world's largest and most impressive art museums. Make your evening in St Petersburg extra special by purchasing a ticket for a ballet or opera performance at one of the world-renowned St Petersburg theatres (subject to schedule and availability and pre-booked at least six weeks prior to departure).

Day 3: St Petersburg Enjoy a tour of St Petersburg featuring the key sights including St Issacs's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. In the afternoon transfer to the station to board the Golden Eagle and settle into your modern, stylish cabin to embark upon your rail adventure to the Arctic Circle. There is a unique opportunity to celebrate your arrival onboard at the signature Gala Caviar Dinner in the beautifully designed Restaurant Car. Enjoy complimentary champagne and international wines with dinner and live musical entertainment.

Day 4: Crossing the Arctic Circle You will have the opportunity to have a relaxed start to the day and to unwind after our evening of celebration. Reflect on the many sights you are about to experience on your rail journey, maybe listen to a talk or simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside our window. The Guest Astronomer will host an afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cakes and talk about the northern lights in the stylish Bar Lounge Car.

Day 5: Kirkenes & Northern Lights This morning leave the train with an overnight bag at the Russian border station of Nikel and transfer by bus across the Russian/Norwegian border for a two night stay at the Thon Hotel (or similar). Visit the magical Snow Hotel and enjoy a welcome drink in the snow bar and a tour of the Snow Hotel with its ice sculptures and snow paintings by local and international artists. After a traditional meal at the Snow Hotel take an evening bus tour in search of the northern lights. Optional activities include an evening snowmobile tour or husky dog sled tour in search of the northern lights.

For a really memorable experience why not choose the 'coolest' hotel check-in around and stay overnight at the Snow Hotel.

Day 6: Kirkenes & Northern Lights Today a unique winter experience awaits on your King Crab Fishing adventure. The excursion begins with a snowmobile-drawn sleigh across the frozen fjords. Warm clothing and a helmet is provided. Through a hole in the ice you will be shown a catch of the magnificent Arctic King Crab by your guide. Then continue by sleigh to the nearby Fisherman's Lodge, where it is here by a roaring log fire that your fresh King Crab meal awaits. Also included during your stay in Kirkenes is a one-hour husky dog sledge ride and a visit to the resident reindeers.

Day 7: Northern Lights Cross the border back into Russia and re-join the train which is waiting in Nikel. Spend the afternoon on board travelling through arctic Russia. Relax and enjoy the ever-changing winter landscape outside your window, or chat to fellow passengers. Afternoon tea with freshly baked Russian cookies will be served the Bar Lounge Car.

Day 8: Murmansk & Northern Lights Continue to Murmansk, a city halfway between Moscow and the North Pole, and 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. As the main city of the Kola Peninsula, it started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. In 1916, under pressure from the British to establish a support port, Murmansk was founded. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round. Homeport of Russia's nuclear-powered icebreakers, you will visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship.

Day 9: Petrozavodsk Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega - the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of the northwest of Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

Day 10: Moscow This morning arrive into Moscow station. Included is a two night stay at the five-star Four Seasons (or similar). Visit Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia's former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil's Cathedral's magnificent onion-domed spires, the beautiful facade of the world famous GUM Department store, constructed in Tsarist times, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin's tomb. The tour also takes you to the grandeur of the Kremlin - the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow and to see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber.

Day 10: Vladimir & Suzdal Today travel by regular train to the historic city of Vladimir, which was founded in 990 and is one of Russia's oldest communities. With an architectural wealth, it has been decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour takes in Uspensky Cathedral, built between the 12th and 15th centuries. It is considered one of the most important and beautiful of Russian cathedrals, where many of the prominent Russian Tsars were crowned. From Vladimir travel to Suzdal, one of Russia's most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024, located 35 kilometres from Vladimir. Visit the atmospheric St Euthymius Monastery to witness an enchanting choral performance by the resident monks. No Russian winter experience would be complete either without the horse-drawn sleigh ride through this stunning location. This evening return to Moscow to enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Day 11: Moscow Breakfast in the hotel brings the tour to a close and airport transfers are provided for your departure flights. Why not extend your stay in Moscow to explore more of the city at your leisure?

Note: Itinerary also operates in reverse

• Winter accessories including hats, felt boots, scarf and mittens (for you to take home) • Arrival and departure transfers • Hotel and onboard accommodation • Welcome and farewell dinners • Route guide, itinerary and information pack • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily • Drinks with meals and from the Bar Lounge Car* • Onboard service including turndown and housekeeping • Complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water in your cabin • Guided off-train excursions • Freedom of choice touring - select from an arrange of touring options that suit your interests • Personal headsets • On board doctor and medical facilities • 24 hour service attendant • Porterage • All gratuities

*A generous drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner. For passengers travelling in Gold Class on board the Golden Eagle, drinks from the Standard Drinks List in the Bar Lounge Car are also included. For Imperial Suite guests, drinks from both the Standard and Premium Bar Lists (excluding premium wines) in the Bar Lounge Car are included.

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2022 & 2023

1 Feb

Silver Class

Gold Class

Imperial Suite

29 Dec

Silver Class

Gold Class

Imperial Suite

-

-

$13,795

$16,195

$27,595

-

$16,295

$20,595

$36,495

-

-

$20,595

$26,695

$54,995

-

$24,495

$34,295

$72,895

Departs

2022 St Petersburg to Moscow 1 Feb
Moscow to St Petersburg 29 Dec

2023 St Petersburg to Moscow 1 Feb
Moscow to St Petersburg 29 Dec

Booking conditions

• Please enquire for other Golden Eagle itineraries including The Trans-Siberian via BAM and Yakutsk, Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland, Trans-Mongolian Express and the Baikal Express

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.