Golden Eagle Luxury Trains offer guests first-class customer service while providing a romantic exploration of the world’s most remarkable sites and a constantly changing room with a view. Regardless of the destination that you choose to explore or how remote it is, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are equipped with welcoming cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings to make your journey a pleasurable one.
The Golden Eagle was unveiled on April 26, 2007 by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO and Dr Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways. The Golden Eagle has been carefully designed with emphasis on comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. Where they mix a classic and traditional Russian design of a bygone era with modern state-of-the-art amenities; all offering en-suite facilities. The Golden Eagle is the only private train of its kind operating in this part of the world.
Itineraries are designed to turn dreams of a lifetime into priceless memories and take in some of the most culturally diverse destinations the world has to offer. Whether you have always wanted to delve into the intoxicating landscape and rich cultural history of India, experience the sweeping panorama of Africa’s vast untamed continent, discover Siberia’s grand wilderness or explore China’s ancient historical heritage, Golden Eagle has created an exclusive range of extraordinary rail tours that have been designed to exceed even the most demanding traveller’s wildest dreams. They do so without compromising on comfort or security and each well planned tour is overseen by an experienced Tour Management team.The Golden Eagle, comprises of three categories of cabins, where the newly introduced Imperial Suites are the most spacious cabins on the Golden Eagle, and on any train in Russia.The Gold and Silver class accommodation has been cleverly designed to maximise the available space as cabins convert from a sitting area by day into comfortable sleeping accommodation by night.
The design of the trains are a mix of a classic and traditional Russian design of a bygone era with modern state-of-the-art amenities… The Golden Eagle is the only private train of its kind operating in this part of the world
On the occasions where travel is by day, the cabins provide a calm, personal space in which to read, enjoy a DVD or simply watch the landscape unfold through the large picture window and the facility to adjust the air-conditioning for your own personal comfort.
All three classes of cabins benefit from an evening turndown service and the services of a cabin attendant who is on call 24 hours a day. In each cabin there is a selection of L’Occitane shower gels and shampoos complemented by premium bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer.
A particular delight of the Golden Eagle is the beautifully decorated restaurant car, a delightful venue in which to enjoy meals skilfully prepared by the Executive Chef and his on board restaurant team using the very best of ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible. A special dining experience is hosted with the celebrated ‘Caviar Dinner’, savouring some of Russia’s gastronomic specialities including black sturgeon and red pacific salmon caviar.
The social heart of the Golden Eagle is the Bar Lounge Car, a great place to relax and settle into the unhurried pace of life on board. Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know your fellow passengers. In the evening, enjoy the sounds of the resident pianist playing on the baby grand piano in the Bar Lounge Car.
The rail cruise itineraries are planned and operated exclusively by Golden Eagle and they always ensure that they never lose sight of the little things that really matter to the guests. Each rail cruise is a hand-picked collection of fascinating places, and each day brings a new opportunity for discovery—another chance to explore your world in a personal and meaningful way. The aim is to make often remote and culturally fabulous destinations which are only reachable by rail accessible to the adventure traveller that wants to experience them in style, comfort and safety. Golden Eagle Luxury Trains often focus on exploring destinations that have been previously ‘closed’ to tourists.
The Trans-Siberian Express tour was Golden Eagles’ pioneering tour in 1996. It is undoubtedly the world’s greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent and endless Steppe and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake. The official length of the Trans-Siberian line between Moscow and Vladivostok is 9,288km, making it the longest single-service railway in the world. As part of the itinerary they will travel along the branch line at Lake Baikal and away from the main Trans-Siberian line when they head into Mongolia and its capital Ulaan Baatar.
The Trans-Mongolian Express featuring the Naadam Festival gives a fuller insight into Mongolia. Naadam is the one and only big event in Mongolia—a spectacular national festival, held every year. Naadam literally means ‘three manly games’. Known as the world’s second oldest Olympics, it celebrates what defined civilisation in the Steppes eight centuries ago; archery, wrestling and horse riding.
The Winter Wonderland is a special winter programme that follows the same course as the Trans-Siberian Express but includes the opportunity to enjoy the iconic Winter Wonderland scenery by horse-drawn sleigh and the chance to watch ice fishing on Lake Baikal or take a dog-sledge or snowmobile on a captivating winter journey.
The Winter Wonderland is a special winter programme that follows the same course as the Trans-Siberian Express
Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation, the Silk Road follows in the footsteps of legendary figures such as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo. Crossing both Russia and China as well as some of the remotest former Soviet Republics, this epic journey on board the Golden Eagle through Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and the Shangri La Express from the Kazakh border to Beijing across the Gobi Desert and through an ever changing landscape, will take in some of the most magnificent yet little visited sites and oasis cities from the ancient world.
From the starting point in the historic Armenian capital of Yerevan, the Caspian Odyssey begins in two halves by exploring the beauty and rich history of the south Caucasus as the train weaves through Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. From the south Caucasus the train then cross the Caspian Sea from Baku and continue along the great trading posts of the Silk Road in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan before arriving at the final destination
The Arctic Explorer takes the traveller on a quest in search of the Northern Lights. The journey takes you through the beautiful cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, as well as deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle to experience the magnificient Aurora Borealis—the Northern Lights.
For those who appreciate luxurious living as well as adventure, the Golden Eagle Trains fulfills both aspects through its design, services and facilities as well as the detailed itineraries. To travel on a Golden Eagle Luxury Train is truly a once in a life time experience.