Quest for the Northern Lights
Renowned for its theatrical landscapes and dramatic climate, the Arctic Circle is one of the world's most mystifying places to explore. On this grand rail quest aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle, take in the beautiful cities of Moscow and Vladimir before travelling deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis. Journey highlights include a tour of the magical Snowhotel in Kirkenes (with the option to upgrade to an overnight stay) and a visit to St Petersburg, a city teeming with impressive palaces and historic monuments.
• Tour of Moscow, including St Basil's Cathedral • Vladimir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Crossing the Arctic Circle • The greatest light show on earth, the Aurora Borealis • Nuclear-powered icebreaker ships in Murmansk • Tour the magical Snowhotel in Kirkenes (Norway) • King crab fishing adventure • The impressive palaces and monuments of St Petersburg
This luxurious train traverses Russia and Central Asia with ensuite cabins, fine dining and elegant interiors. The first-class restaurant cars and bar lounge host a variety of onboard entertainment throughout each journey, including Russian language classes and lectures on local history and culture from guest speakers. Buffet breakfast is served onboard each morning with lunch and dinner treating guests to culinary experiences inspired by the surrounding countries. Itineraries include sightseeing excursions that explore a rich tapestry of history and culture, all in refined comfort.
Silver Class Cabins are compact with a double lower bed and single upper bed. Cabins come with an LCD TV, DVD player, wardrobe, air-conditioning, a large window and ensuite facilities. Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water is available at all times. Gold Class Cabins are well proportioned with underfloor heating, air-conditioning, LCD TV, DVD player, wardrobe, a large window and an ensuite bathroom featuring a power shower. Cabins come with a double lower bed and single upper bed along with complimentary tea, coffee and drinks from the standard bar list. Imperial Suite Cabins feature a luxurious amount of space and include a large double bed, lounge area, dressing table, fully stocked minibar, library, two large windows and an ensuite bathroom with a power shower. First-class service beings with a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne being served on arrival to toast the start of your adventure. Guests also receive the option of a private guide and car during most excursions, as well as laundry service and room upgrades at the various hotels featured in itineraries. Standard and premium drinks are included in the bar car.
Days 1 & 2: Moscow You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The next day, visit the iconic Red Square with its fascinating and unique architecture such as St Basil's Cathedral, GUM department store, and more. Take a tour of the Moscow metro stations, renowned for their opulent interiors.
Day 3: Moscow > Vladimir > Suzdal Travel to Vladimir, one of Russia's oldest communities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the beautiful Uspensky Cathedral before travelling to Suzdal, a perfectly preserved walled city dating back to 1024. Tour St Euthymius Monastery and enjoy a choral performance by the resident monks and a sleigh ride before dinner aboard the Golden Eagle.
Day 4: Crossing the Arctic Circle Take in scenic views while crossing the Arctic Circle in the onward journey to see the Northern Lights.
Day 5: Murmansk Continue to Murmansk, an Arctic trading post half way between Moscow and the North Pole. The port here is home to Russia's nuclear-powered icebreaker ships where you'll visit one of the ships that has been turned into a fascinating museum.
Day 6: Murmansk > Kirkenes This morning transfer by bus to Kirkenes in Norway to spend the next two nights. Tour the magical Snowhotel, finishing with a drink in the snow bar and a traditional meal. You may opt to upgrade to an overnight stay here. In the evening, set out on a tour in search of the Aurora Borealis with a guest astronomer.
Day 7: Kirkenes Today head out on a king crab fishing adventure. You will be shown an Arctic king crab (weighing up to 15kg) being caught through a hole in the ice, before heading to a nearby lodge to indulge in a meal made from the tasty catch. Optional activities today include dog sledding and a visit to see reindeer.
Day 8: Kirkenes > Nikel Cross back into Russia and rejoin the train. Enjoy a traditional Russian afternoon tea while traversing the Russian Arctic.
Day 9: Nikel > Petrozavodk Today enjoy a city tour of Petrozavodk, a cultural and industrial centre in the northwest of Russia.
Day 10: Petrozavodk > St Petersburg This morning arrive in St Petersburg. Marvel at the impressive palaces and monuments in this historic city.
Days 11 & 12: St Petersburg Head out on a guided city tour, visiting key sites such as St Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. Tour Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage Museum which houses over three million artworks. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Journey also available in reverse, contact World Journeys for more information
• Luxury accommodation on board and in hotels • All meals • Excursions as per the itinerary • Specified beverages on board the train, • Tour host • Porterage • Gratuities
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Feb 1 (Journey in reverse), Dec 21 (Christmas), Dec 29 (New Year)
2019 Feb 1 (Journey in reverse), Dec 21 (Christmas), Dec 29 (New Year)
Not included • International airfares
• International airfares