Dates: July 9 - July 23, 2017
Total Duration: 15 days
Cost: From $17,595 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Forestry & Environmental Studies
Vehicle: Golden Eagle
Tour Operator: MIR Corporation
Region: Northern Central Asia
Join a deluxe tour aboard the luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train rolling from Mongolia's capital, UlaanBaatar, through Siberia and on into Moscow. Attend the remarkable Naadam Festival in UlaanBaatar and get a feel for the big sky and endless steppe of Mongolia. Trace the shores of Siberia's UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world, and admire some of the classic sites of 860-year-old Moscow.
At the colorful Naadam Festival, a celebration of Mongolia's land and traditions, enjoy the long distance horse-racing, wrestling and archery competitions. In Siberia, hear the stirring songs of exiled Old Believers in one of the villages they founded in the Ulan Ude area around 1764. Ride around the tip of great Lake Baikal on the fantastically scenic Old Railway, the original alternative to ferrying the train cars and passengers across the lake. Investigate the House Museum of the Decembrists in Irkutsk, where advocates of democratic reform settled after their 1825 exile. Make a stop at Ekaterinburg, where the last czar and his family were executed. Visit exotic Kazan, the former capital, or khanate, of an offshoot of the Golden Horde and the capital of the Tatarstan Republic. In magnificent Moscow, tour the Kremlin's Armory Museum, where Russia's treasures are safeguarded. Along the way, enjoy on-board educational lectures and experience three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.