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A 13-day luxury rail journey from Moscow to Ulaan Baatar to see Mongolia's spectacular Naadam Festival

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Moscow
  • 7 Nights Trans-Siberian Express
  • 3 Nights Ulaan Baatar


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City | History & culture | Honeymoon | Rail journey

Known as the world's second oldest Olympics, Naadam means 'three manly games'. It celebrates what defined civilisation in the Steppes eight centuries ago; archery, wresting and horse riding. It is held in the Mongolian capital, Ulaan Baatar, during the National Holiday in the National Sports Stadium. The festival now commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country.

The festival begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians, which you will attend. After the ceremony, the competition of archery, wresting and horse riding begin.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2

Arrive in Moscow where you be met and transferred to your city-centre accommodation. On your first night you'll enjoy a welcome dinner and the chance to meet your fellow travellers.

The following day you'll enjoy a city tour, which takes you to Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia's former military and political might. You'll see the ornate St Basil's Cathedral, the grandeur of The Kremlin and the sombre site of Lenin's tomb.

Stay: Ritz Carlton (B,L,D) Day 1, Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D) Day 2

Day 3

After your first night on board the Golden Eagle you'll arrive at the picturesque and historic city of Kazan situated on the River Volga. One of the highlights of this city tour is a visit to the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site which plays host to a magnificent onion-domed cathedral.

Stay: Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D)

Day 4

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city and the capital of the Urals. The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in thei fascination and cosmopolitan landscape. The city tour takes you to the poignant site where the Romanov, Nicolas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

Stay: Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D)

Day 5

Today you will visit Novosibirsk is a modern Soviet city which houses two permanent ballet and opera companies in the largest opera house in the world - in front of which is an imposing statue of Lenin.

Stay: Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D)

Day 6

Spend a day onboard the Trans-Siberian, the perfect chance unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds you have experienced on your journey so far and enjoy the vast landscapes that characterise the plains of central Russia.

Stay: Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D)

Day 7

Irkutsk is known is the 'Paris of Siberia' and your visit today will take in the most significant sites and museums in the fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture that has given many of this region's buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. You will enjoy a private concert at the Decembrist House museum which is dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats who were forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825.

Stay: Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D)

Day 8
Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal. For 5 hours the Golden Eagle winds it's way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the worlds freshwater. You'll be sampling one of the 50 species of fish and weather permitting a barbeque will be served in one of the secluded bays. There is even time for a refreshing swim in the clear crystal waters.

Stay: Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D)

Day 9
Ulan Ude, Russia

This afternoon you arrive in Ulan Udem capital of the Buryat Republic. The ethnic and cultural diversity of this area offers a unique insight into its Mongol heritage. As you tour the area you will notice the difference faces and dress styles of these welcoming people. During an exploration of the Old Believers Village you will have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these communities as you are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local dancers and musicians.

Stay: Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle (B,L,D)

Day 10
Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Your Trans-Mongolian adventure takes you to Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia and your final destination where you'll spend the next three nights.

Passing the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol, you'll visit Gandon Monastery and the National History Museum where you'll explore the country's intriguing history. Lunch is taken Mongol style in Terelj National Park, in a traditional Ger (Yurt) restaurant where you'll experience an authentic meal, enjoying excellent local dishes and entertainment providing a unique opportunity to encounter this time-honoured nomadic way of life. There will be the option to experience horse riding or simply enjoy free time enjoying the scenery of this beautiful area.

Stay: Ulaan Baatar Accommodation (D)

Day 11
Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Today you will spend a full day at the Naadam Festival where you will have the opportunity to observe the elaborate opening ceremony which consists of local dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians, before watching the national horse race.

Stay: Ulaan Baatar Accommodation (B,L,D)

Day 12
Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

This is the day when all the main competitions are held. In the morning you'll attend archery, wrestling and ankle bone shooting. After a Mongolian barbecue lunch we will visit the Museum of Religion. This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner in Ulaan Baatar with folk songs and dance Mongolian-style.

Stay: Ulaan Baatar Accommodation (B,L,D)

Day 13

After breakfast you'll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

13-day luxury rail journey from £16,745

Silver Class

Tour operates Westbound Ulaan Baatar to Moscow

2018 : 10 - 22 Jul 2018

2019 : 10 - 22 Jul 2019

Tour operates Eastbound Moscow to Ulaan Baatar

2019 : 1 - 13 Jul 2019


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Moscow and back from Ulaan Baatar
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Freedom of Choice guided touring
  • 1 night accommodation in Moscow
  • 8 nights on board Golden Eagle including all meals and a Gala Caviar Dinner on board, in-cabin breakfast, on board talks, resident pianist in the Lounge car, on board Russian lessons and live musical performances
  • Complimentary bottle of vodka in your cabin
  • Fully guide off-train excursions programme
  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants
  • Champagne reception at the station on departure
  • Private viewing of Kremlin Armoury
  • Soviet Era steam locomotive on the beautiful Lake Baikal section
  • Barbecue on the shore of Lake Baikal and a refreshing swim in the ice-cold waters of Lake Baikal
  • Visit a nomadic family in a Mongolian gerMilitary brass band playing on Vladivostock station
  • 3 nights in Ulaan Baatar including two days at the Naadam Festival
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Commemorative DVD with photos of your tour and tour information
  • Embroidered Golden Eagle backpack with detailed route map and tour brochure

SIlver Class Cabin details

  • Sleeps 2 in either small double double bed or bunk style
  • Air-conditioning and heating
  • Personal safe
  • Private en-suite bathroom with wet room shower and toilet
  • Bathrobes, slippers and luxury toiletries provided
  • DVD/CD player with LCD screen
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin at all times

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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