Elite Traveler Winter 2021

Clockwise St Basil’s Cathedral;

journey through Russia on a 22-day itinerary; the steam locomotive

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains encapsulates all the magic of train travel — awe-inspiring, cinematic views; old-world sophistication; a sense of community with like-minded adventurers; once-in-a- lifetime itineraries; and ticking multiple sights and locations off your bucket list in one joyous hit. To celebrate 25 years of private Trans-Siberian rail journeys, the firm has concocted a 22-day journey on board a steam locomotive. The Winter Wonderland itinerary departs on February 25, 2022 from Vladivostok and traverses Russia, from Lake Baikal (the deepest lake in the world, which completely freezes over during the winter months) to Irkutsk (the ‘Paris of Siberia,’ known for its curious carved wooden architecture), Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow and a stop in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. At every destination you can expect interesting tours with local guides to explore the area’s history and culture (Imperial Suite guests have the option of a private guide and car in most instances). If you can peel your eyes away from the remote, Winter wonderland

The Imperial Suite is the one to book — the most spacious cabin on the Golden Eagle with a lounge area and dressing table, small library, two large picture windows and an en suite with underfloor heating. Imperial Suite from $64,695. Contact +44 161 928 9410, goldeneagleluxurytrains.com

snow-filled panoramas, attend one of the on-board lectures, or take a Russian language lesson. Wondering what to pack? Complimentary Russian hats, traditional felt boots, an embroidered scarf and woolly mittens will be provided and are yours to keep as charming souvenirs.

Photos Fabian Öhrn AB, timonthetrain.com

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