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Angela Walker

tHe tour

The Trans-Siberian Express
is the big train ride-an epic
15-day journey spanning two
continents and seven time
zones. Travel on the world's
most famous railway on the
private Golden Eagle. Most days
are spent touring cities along
the route; there are several
wonderful and decidedly not
boring all-train days. Nights are
spent on board (except in top
hotels on first and last nights of
the tour).
This is one of IRT members'
favorite journeys. Almost everyone who does this trip loves
it and can't believe the beauty
and variety of the landscape.
Owen Hardy

tHe itinerary

Day 1: Vladivostok
Transfers included from Vladivostok airport to the Hotel Hyundai. Meet your fellow travelers
at a welcome reception dinner.
Day 2: Vladivostok
Today's city tour includes the
major military attractions of
this once "closed-to-foreigners"
city, including a restored World
War II submarine. This afternoon
board the Golden Eagle train;
settle into your private compartment and enjoy dinner in one of
the beautiful restaurant cars.

Day 3: Khabarovsk
Leisurely morning as the train
passes directly north of Seoul,
Darwin and Osaka. Stop in
Khabarovsk, most easterly point
of our journey, for a short city
tour. Rejoin the train and head
west, crossing the Amur River.
Day 4: On board
Our journey today follows the
Shilka and Amur Rivers, close
to the Chinese border. Relax on
board as the Russian scenery
unfolds before you. Perhaps
attend an on-board lecture or
Russian language lesson. These
are interesting and fun.
Day 5: On board
Today offers another opportunity to enjoy the train's service
and amenities. Practice your
improving Russian or sit back
and enjoy a drink (perhaps the
local favorite, vodka) in the bar
car, where a resident musician
entertains. Enjoy all meals in the
train's lovely diners.
Day 6: Ulaan Baatar,
Mongolia
Welcome to Mongolia, home
of Genghis Khan. The morning
trip into Ulaan Baatar is breathtaking. We visit the capital city,
Ulaan Baatar, once the center of
an enormous empire. We then

drive to Gorkhi-Terelj National
Park, where we're in for a treat:
a "taste" of the traditional Naadam Festival, with a spectacular
display of horse-riding, wrestling and archery. Then meet a
nomadic family in a traditional
Ger (tent). Lunch is an authentic meal, with excellent local
dishes and entertainment. After
free time, we return by train to
Russia.
Day 7: Ulan Ude
Afternoon arrival in Ulan
Ude, where we'll visit the Old
Believers Village and have the
opportunity to learn about
their culture and history. Enjoy
a traditional meal and concert
featuring local dancers and
musicians.
Day 8: Lake Baikal
Today is a highlight: a fantastic
adventure as we wind our way
through tunnels and around
cliffs along the shoreline of the
world's largest and deepest
freshwater lake, Lake Baikal.
We stop at one of the bays and
have a barbecue at the water's
edge (weather permitting), featuring freshly smoked fish. Take
a swim, if you dare! We then visit
Listvyanka, a small Baikal village
nestled below surrounding hills.
Evening train departure.

Angela Walker
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