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Bridging Continents With Luxurious Rail Cruise Journeys

A wanderer’s adage “have feet will travel” gets wonderfully nuanced with options of a luxury rail cruise. Combining comfortable and safe high speed travel with an essential mix of air and road travel, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains bring exotic but remote destinations right to your doorstep. Set your pace and breeze through or meander as you tweak your itinerary, picking a bit of elegant Europe, sprinkling some mystical Far East and fascinating pieces of Central Europe and the erstwhile Soviet Union. The concept of ‘Flexible Freedom of Choice’ touring makes it possible to handpick elements of the rail cruise in a way that allows you to do things you really have your heart set on. Like a master conjurer, mix in touring ingredients to spice up your eclectic tastes, savour some military history, unravel palace intrigues and head out in the beautiful outdoors. Summer tours start June onwards while winter ones from October, with bookings on for 2016.

 

Arctic Explorer

Experience White Winters with the Arctic Explorer

Juxtaposing modern with traditional are St Petersburg and Moscow which stand testimony to their past, allowing you to explore the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Being a winter tour, you get to celebrate a white Russian Christmas in a city known as the ballet capital of the world. Moving along the cruise itinerary you have enough time to stop at the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes, visiting with prior booking, the magical Snow Hotel. Going back centuries, reliving little nuggets from history books and period films, you can now see for yourself how the Russian empire grew and expanded, militarily, architecturally and artistically.

The 10-day cruise covers St Petersburg – Kirkenes (Norway) – Murmansk – Petrozavodsk – Vladimir – Suzdal – Moscow

 


 

Jewels of Persia

Treasure the Priceless Jewels of Persia

This unique journey includes destinations rarely experienced by Western visitors. The tours which begins from the banks of the Danube to shores of the Bosphorus and onto the ancient land of Persia, emerges as a destination rarely experienced by Western visitors. Some of the highlights including visiting Yazd which is one of the oldest cities in the world. The beauty of this rail journey is that it provides mesmerising glimpses into the rich tapestry of culture, music, art, religion and literature which the area has been so famous for. Dating back to the 14th century and before, some of the cities and towns on the route are completely frozen in time. Just being part of their canvas is an experience in itself. And then ofcourse there are the bustling bazaars of Turkey where you have to enjoy the process of haggling and negotiating the best rates for the carpets, kilims and dry fruits, before you can head back home.

The 14-day tour covers Budapest – Kecskemet – Sighisoara – Brasov – Veliko Tarnovo – Istanbul – Cappadocia – Van Lake – Akdamar Island – Zanjan – Yazd – Isfahan – Shiraz – Persepolis – Tehran

 


 

Silk Road

Take a Journey Back in Time with the Silk Road Tour

From Beijing to Moscow over 21From Beijing to Moscow over 21 days, don the hat of a trader following footsteps of none other than Alexander the Great and Marco Polo searching for silk, spices and perfumes. Initiate the 4000-mile long ‘highway’ stretch from Beijing, where you take the high speed 5-hour bullet train to Xian to see the terracotta warriors and move to the magnificent sand dunes and Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex. Aboard the Shangri-la Express, you move further to Turpan and then to another historical leg of the journey that begins with Tashment before moving on to Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan. This is a tour that has an eclectic composition of the Oriental world and parts of Eastern Europe which have been specially developed in keeping with the historicity of the famed Silk Route. The 15-day tour covers Beijing – Xian – Dunhuang – Turpan – Almaty – Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Merv – Ashgabat – Darvaza – Khiva – Kara Kum – Volgograd – Moscow.days, don the hat of a trader following footsteps of none other than Alexander the Great and Marco Polo searching for silk, spices and perfumes. Initiate the 4000-mile long ‘highway’ stretch from Beijing, where you take the high speed 5-hour bullet train to Xian to see the terracotta warriors and move to themagnificent sand dunes and Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex. Aboard the Shangri-la Express, you move further to Turpan and then to another historical leg of the journey that begins with Tashment before moving on to Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan. This is a tour that has an eclectic composition of the Oriental world and parts of Eastern Europe which have been specially developed in keeping with the historicity of the famed Silk Route.

The 15-day tour covers Beijing – Xian – Dunhuang – Turpan – Almaty – Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Merv – Ashgabat – Darvaza – Khiva – Kara Kum – Volgograd – Moscow.

 


 

Trans-Siberian Express

Get Mesmerised with the Grandeur of the Trans-Siberian Express

Whether you are a student of history or art, an admirer of grand architectural styles or a comfort traveller with at thing for spas or hungry for trivia about the places you visit, the Trans-Siberian Railway is a highly recommended journey. It seamlessly connects the east to the west. From Moscow over the Urals, across magnificent and endless steppes and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake to the land of the Russian Tzars, it takes you up close and personal with all that you have studied, seen and marvelled. Take the walking tours of the Yekaterinburg Military Museum, visit opera houses and art galleries and to make the Russian experience wholesome, join cookery sessions and live the local life for a day with a Russian family. As the trip winds down to Mongolia, join a group of traditional Mongolian throat singers and contortionists before getting to the last destination, Vladivostok, a military port.

The 15-day voyage includes Moscow – Kazan – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Ulan Ude – Ulaan Baatar – Vladivostok

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