Everyone knows the quickest way to travel from Moscow to Vladivostok is by plane. But it’s far more romantic to take the train. Here’s what it would look like on the most luxurious train in the country.
The Golden Eagle vintage train with a steam engine and tourists aboard arrives in Grozny.Said Tsarnaev/Sputnik
You’re never going to find this train by looking through any known schedules. The Golden Eagle - a joint project between Russian Rail and UK’s Golden Eagle Luxury Trains - can only be reserved by tourist groups, those that wish to traverse all of Russia by train. Traveling in one direction takes 14 days.
The Golden Eagle had its maiden journey along the Transsiberian in 2007, and today makes some 12 trips annually, most often in the summer. But that’s not the only direction it goes: if your heart desires, you can travel all the way to Beijing, Teheran or Russia’s Caucasus region.
A tourist who came on the Golden Eagle vintage train is at the railway station in Grozny.Said Tsarnaev/Sputnik
The locomotive of Russia's Golden Eagle tourist train.Vladimir Fedorenko/Sputnik
Compartment of the Golden Eagle tourist train.Golden Eagle Luxury Trains
The Silver option has six coupes, the Golden one five, which are more spacious. In each you get a private bathroom, a large bed, a TV and a closet. You can also opt for several Imperial Suits, each featuring a bathtub!
Imperial Suite.Golden Eagle Luxury Trains
A double room aboard the train will set you back $14,995, just over a million rubles. The Gold option brings that up to $19,595. And then there’s the Imperial suite - a whopping $31,395, which is more than two million rubles. Guided tours and entertainment are included.
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