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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FABLED SILK ROAD

A LUXURY RAIL JOURNEY BY PRIVATE TRAIN

20 DAYS APRIL 13 TO MAY 3 - 2020

Beijing to Moscow, via ancient Silk Road oasis communities of Western China & Central Asia CHINA - KAZAKHASTAN - UZBEKISTAN - TURKMENISTAN - RUSSIA Retracing

one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation. Following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great & Marco Polo. An Adventure of a Lifetime, with Golden Eagle Rail


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THE SILK ROAD BEIJING - XIAN - DUNHUANG - TURPAN - ALMATY - TASHKENT - SAMARKAND - BUKHARA MERV - ASHGABAT - DARVAZA GAS CRATER - KHIVA - VOLGOGRAD - MOSCOW

Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation, the Silk Road follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.

For centuries, merchants and adventurers journeyed on ancient routes through some of the most testing landscapes in the world , trading silk, spices and perfumes. These ‘highways’ – stretching some 6,400 km collectively came to be called the ‘Silk Road’. Crossing though China and some of the most remote former Soviet Republics en-route to Moscow, this epic journey is on board both the Shangri-La Express in China and Golden Eagle through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. An ever-changing landscape will take in some of the most magnificent yet little visited sites and oasis communities from the ancient world.

This luxury rail tour provides the opportunity to travel in comfort and safety. A true feeling of adventure and pioneering awaits on this unique tour by private train.

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THE SILK ROAD MOSCOW

BEIJING

RUSSIA MONGOLIA

Volgograd

KAZAKHSTAN

Xian Turpan Almaty

UZBEKISTAN

CASPIAN SEA

Khiva Ashgabat Merv

Dunhuang

KYRGYZSTAN

Tashkent Samarkand Bukhara TAJIKISTAN

CHINA

BEIJING - XIAN - DUNHUANG - TURPAN - ALMATY - TASHKENT - SAMARKAND - BUKHARA MERV - ASHGABAT - DARVAZA GAS CRATER - KHIVA - VOLGOGRAD - MOSCOW

TOUR SCHEDULE WESTBOUND 2020 April 13 - May 3 (Beijing - Moscow)

DAILY TOUR ITINERARIES

ACCOMMODATION 3 hotel nights in Beijing | 3 nights on board theShangri-La Express 1 hotel night in Xian | 1 hotelnight in Dunhuang 10 nights on board theGolden Eagle | 2 hotel nights in Moscow

WESTBOUND (Beijing - Moscow) DAYS 1-3 Beijing Beijing - Xian DAY 4 DAY 5 Xian DAY 6 Dunhuang DAY 7 Dunhuang DAY 8 Turpan DAY 9 Border Crossing DAY 10 Almaty DAY 11 Tashkent DAY 12 Samarkand

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DAY 13 Bukhara DAY 14 Merv DAY 15 Ashgabat & Darvaza Gas Crater DAY 16 Khiva DAY 17 On board DAY 18 Volgograd DAY 19 Arrival in Moscow DAY 20 - 21 Moscow


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RAIL ADVENTURE BY PRIVATE TRAIN

Rail cruising is a fantastic way to absorb the rich culture and cinematic landscape of the country. The program on offer is carefully designed to balance generous amounts of relaxation, while voyaging across vast landscapes with sightseeing that opens a window into the soul and spirit of the places and communities you visit. On offer is first-class customer service, a romantic exploration of the world’s most remarkable sites and a room with a view that constantly changes. Aboard this hotel-on-wheels you can expect welcoming cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings.

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Beijing

Xian

Ashgabat

UNIQUE ITINERARIES

EXPLORING REMOTE LANDS IN STYLE AND COMFORT A TYPICAL DAY ON BOARD YOUR PRIVATE TRAIN

Your rail cruise visits a hand-picked collection of fascinating places, and each day brings a new opportunity for discovery – another chance to explore your world in a personal and meaningful way. On a typical day the Golden Eagle you will travel through the night, as you sleep in your private cabin. Disembarking after breakfast the following morning you will be whisked away by coach or on foot to explore, for example, the sights and sounds of Turpan, Samarkand or Moscow's Kremlin, and at the end of the day return to the sanctuary of your hotel-on-wheels, greeted by your cabin attendants. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Bar Lounge Car as you set off again to our next destination. Then settle down with your travelling companions in the Restaurant Car for a meal of local specialities and international cuisine, accompanied by a selection of fine wines. There is no need to hurry, the Restaurant Cars accommodate all the guests in a single sitting – so linger over coffee and reflect on the adventures of the day – or return to the bar for a night-cap and listen to the resident pianist. Some days will be spent partly on board the train providing an opportunity for guests to watch the landscape unfold. The Golden Eagle offers different on board activities, so you might spend the time attending talks on the local history and culture, trying your hand at bridge, tasting wines, improving your photographic skills or simply soaking up the atmosphere in the Bar Lounge Car.

This rail cruise itinerary is planned and operated exclusively by Golden Eagle and they never lose sight of the little things that really matter to you so that you can experience this Voyage of a Lifetime in a relaxed and informal manner. The itinerary is designed to turn dreams of a lifetime into priceless memories, and take in some of the most culturally diverse destinations the world has to offer.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE TOURING Customise your journey and enjoy the opportunity to select from an array of Freedom of Choice touring options that best suit your interests. Your off-train excursions will still take in all the major attractions of the places you are visiting but, in featured locations, you will be presented with a variety of activities from which to choose, and enjoy a tailor-made experience. In short, it means that your holiday is just that, your very own, and it’s all included in the tour price, with no more for you to pay. It is the ultimate in flexibility. Freedom of Choice options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings, minimum numbers and local weather conditions.

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PROUD PARTNERS We're not just specialists, we're partners. Travel Masters & The Travel Studio are proud to provide access to all of Golden Eagle's incredible journeys and itineraries at the very best available prices. Our Senior Travel Advisors are fully trained Rail Specialists with intimate knowledge of all the destinations and holiday packages offered by Golden Eagle. We know 'value for money' when we see it! These luxury holidays provide unforgettable memories that will remain with you forever!

Let us guide you through the details, and explain why Golden Eagle Luxury Rail journeys are truly outstanding

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WELCOME ON BOARD

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The Golden Eagle is your hotel-on-wheels. Settle into your well-appointed and comfortable cabin as you enjoy this voyage of a lifetime. Your cabin attendant will be on hand to look after all of your needs. The Golden Eagle is comprised of Imperial, Golden & Silver Class sleeper carriages, one or two Restaurant Cars and a Bar Lounge Car. As far as possible tours are all-inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are all those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you may need to budget for include personal expenses such as your international flights, visa costs, insurance, selected drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and on board laundry. Our Travel Specialists at The Travel Studio & Travel Masters will gladly assist you with the necessary flights, visas and insurance

OUR EXPERIENCED TOUR ESCORTS/HOSTS Beth & Bob Malcolm have been organising and escorting Travel Masters/ Travel Studio tour groups to all corners of the planet for almost 30 years. Their destination knowledge and experience will be invaluable on this Silk Road Adventure. Beth & Bob have previously escorted many different groups to every destination on this rail journey, hosted rail journeys with several of the world's biggest rail operators (including Golden Eagle), and have been identities in the travel industry for some 35 years. You can be assured of personal and professional care and attention throughout this amazing rail adventure, with lots of memorable occasions along the way.


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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE

Beijing, China

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS

The experienced Tour Managers are selected for their travel knowledge and their organisational abilities, allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. Their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Arrival transfers from the international airport to the tour hotel, and departure transfers from your tour hotel to the airport are included.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

GUIDED OFF-TRAIN EXCURSIONS The history and culture of the places we visit will come alive through expert local guides. All tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations. It is these special little touches that help create magical memories.

PERSONAL HEADSETS

Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find your hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. All hotels are of five-star standard, or the best available.

On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and insights into the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. The range of the headset means that you do not need to worry about missing any of the guide’s commentary on your excursion, even if you prefer to wander away from the group.

BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY

ON BOARD DOCTOR AND MEDICAL FACILITIES

HOTEL AND ON BOARD ACCOMMODATION

All meals are included, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day, unless otherwise stated. The Restaurant Cars are where you can enjoy the excellent waiterserved food and wine. Several times during the tour also sample authentic local cuisine with wine and a selection of drinks off the train, which is also included in the tour price.

To give you peace of mind, tours are accompanied by a Doctor who travels with us for the entire journey, so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. The Doctor will be English-speaking and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.

DRINKS WITH MEALS

PORTERAGE

A generous drinks allowance, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, is included with lunch and dinner on and off the train.

ON BOARD SERVICE You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are served to you in your cabin.

As you only have to unpack once, your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey but, wherever necessary, porterage is included between the hotels and stations.

ALL GRATUITIES You will not have to worry about tipping on or off the train on your rail journey with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains as all gratuities are included in the tour price.

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FINEST RAIL ACCOMMODATION Private en-suite accommodation Cabin attendant service Evening turndown service Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water in-cabin 24 hrs a day Robes, slippers and luxury toiletries incabin Complimentary bottle of vodka in your cabin

OFF-TRAIN EXCURSIONS PROGRAMME Fully guided off-train excursions programme Included Freedom of Choice touring options Personal Headsets to hear the professional guide’s commentary Bottled water during excursions Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants with a generous drinks allowance, including international wines

GOLDEN EAGLE DIFFERENCE Experienced Tour Manager On board Doctor - English speaking Luggage porterage - from the time you are met at the airport until your departure No tipping policy Arrival and departure transfers Commemorative USB with photos of your tour Detailed Golden Eagle route map High quality Golden Eagle embroidered backpack

ON BOARD INCLUSIONS Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily - starting with dinner on first day and finishing with breakfast on last day Generous drinks allowance, including international wine, with lunch and dinner Gala Caviar Dinner on board the train In-cabin breakfast option to start the day Afternoon tea and cakes on board the train

Inclusive drinks packages for Gold Class and Imperial Suite guests Tea, coffee, bottled water, soft drinks and local beer in the Bar Lounge Car Stimulating on board talks Resident pianist in Bar Lounge Car

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Outstanding Silk Road Communities

BEIJING DAYS CHINA

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Beijing mixes both ancient and modern and is where we spend three nights staying at the five-star Regent Beijing hotel, which is located in the historical centre of the city. This luxurious Beijing hotel is minutes from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing shopping, the Oriental Plaza and picturesque hutongs.

west of Beijing. Cuandixia is known for its architecture and the natural beauty of the area. It is home to more than 500 well-preserved courtyard houses dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA During our stay in Beijing we devote time to the most awe-inspiring site in the whole of China – The Great Wall. This amazing edifice is perhaps the most evocative symbol of Chinese skill and precision. Originally built to protect the Chinese Empire from raids by nomadic tribes, it is the world’s longest man-made structure and part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. We have the privilege of walking along a portion of the wall – the perfect opportunity to take some memorable photographs with fellow guests. We share a welcome dinner in an authentic Peking Duck restaurant. The banquet will be complemented by specially selected international wines, as with all meals, as well as a glass of local rice wine also known as ‘firewater’, as befitting this special occasion.

In the extensive touring programme of the Imperial City, we visit Tiananmen Square and explore the magnificently restored Forbidden City, which was built in the early 14th century and was home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Our cultural exploration continues at the Temple of Heaven, built during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifices to the heavens, which is the grandest of the four great temples situated in Beijing. Here we experience enchanting displays of traditional dancing, singing and the delicately precise ancient art of calligraphy. We will also explore the small ‘hutong’ lanes of old Beijing by rickshaw and visit a local family in a traditional courtyard house. Alternatively, with our Freedom of Choice touring programme we offer a tour to Cuandixia ancient village, nestled in the mountains 90kms www.travelmasters.com.au


XIAN DAYS CHINA

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Our fascinating journey of discovery takes us to Xian. We will take the exhilarating new high-speed railway line between Beijing and Xian. Travelling at speeds of up to 300kms per hour the bullet train will cover the distance of 1,144kms in a time of 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Alternatively, as part of our Freedom of Choice program is a visit to the Han Yangling Museum. This tomb, dating back 2,000 years with its adjoining museum, is one of China’s best kept secrets. Also on our extended visit to Xian, we will admire the city’s historical architecture on a cycle along the ancient city walls, and experience the bustling street culture of the Muslim Quarter with a visit to the Great Mosque. We spend one night at the Sofitel Xian, located right in the heart of the walled city district.

We will have several hours to explore the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, discovered by peasants only 40 years ago. The 6,000 terracotta figures and their horses are one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.

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TURPAN

DUNHUANG

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DAYS CHINA

6-7

In the small oasis city of Dunhuang we will visit the fascinating Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex. This impressive site contains almost 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago. Inside see an amazing collection of beautiful sculptures and murals depicting the evolution of Buddhist religious art over this 1,000-year period. In the afternoon we explore the vast natural beauty of the Gobi Desert by camel. Here we discover Crescent Moon Lake. Hidden amongst towering sand dunes, it has sustained life in this region for millennia. We stay for one night at the Silk Road Dunhuang hotel and tonight we experience dinner and a local folk performance in this magical setting before waking for breakfast the following morning to a magnificent sunrise over the sand dunes.

CHINA

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Turpan is the location where the famous Flaming Mountains create a magnificent backdrop. We take a fascinating tour to the ancient underground irrigation system that has successfully fed the rich orchards and vineyards for centuries. We visit the Museum of Turpan with its 5,000 artefacts detailing the rich history of the area and the Ancient Mummy exhibition with exhibits dating back 3,200 years. Our final destination is the elegantly decaying sand fortress city of Jiaohe that was founded in 108 BC and became an important trading route along the Silk Road until it was abandoned in the 13th century following a raid by Genghis Khan.

BORDER CROSSING FROM CHINA TO KAZAKHSTAN

DAY

9

After a final breakfast on board the Shangri-La Express, we pass through dramatic mountain scenery before arriving at the Chinese border station of Alashankou. The border crossing takes approximately 5 hours but patience is rewarded as the Golden Eagle is waiting for us at the Kazakh border station of Druzhba.

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ALMATY

SAMARKAND DAY

KAZAKHSTAN

10

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan and notable for its wide tree-lined boulevards. Surrounded by the majesty of the Tien Shan Mountains, this beautiful city derives its name from ‘alma’ meaning ‘apple’. Just a short distance from the city, apple orchards thrive in abundance. Our city tour includes a visit to Panfilov Park where we have the opportunity to visit the Zenkhov Cathedral, which was built entirely of wood. We also go out of the city to the Chimbulak resort, where a cable car ride will give you spectacular views of Almaty and the mountains.

TASHKENT DAY UZBEKISTAN

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Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan and we spend time touring this modern Soviet-style city which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1966. Our tour of the city includes the Old Town, where traditional homes and religious buildings line the narrow streets and here in a small library we will be privileged to see one of Islam’s most sacred relics – the world’s oldest Koran. This is followed by a visit to the Railway Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

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12

UZBEKISTAN

Just the mention of Samarkand instantly conjures up evocative images of the Silk Road, more so than any other town. Founded in the 6th century BC, Samarkand’s stunning architecture hints at its former status as one of the most important cities in Asia and is particularly noted for its architectural remains from the 14th to the 17th century, when it flourished as the fabled capital of the Mongol empire of Timur and his successors. Today we will visit some of its most significant sites including Registan Square, the refined elegance of the beautifully proportioned Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Ulag Beg observatory, one of the earliest Islamic astronomical observatories built in 1428. Before dinner we will return to the now illuminated and awe-inspiring Registan Square.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES Evening visit to the beautifully lit Registan Square, Samarkand See the world’s oldest Koran in Tashkent Ride camels through the sand dunes to Dunhuang’s Crescent Moon Lake Look in awe at the Terracotta Warriors in Xian Climb the Great Wall of China

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BUKHARA DAY U Z B E K I S TA N

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Bukhara is quite simply outstanding. Like Khiva, UNESCO sponsored the renovation of much of the city for its 2,500th anniversary in 1999. The highlight of this wonderful tour is a visit to The Ark, a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara – the despotic and ruthless leaders who ruled until Soviet times. We then travel out of the city to experience the Emir’s enchantingly named, Palace of the Moon and Stars. This evening, weather and time permitting, we will enjoy a barbecue on the station platform before our train departs.

MERV DAY T URKME NISTA N

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From Mary we transfer to the ancient and mainly unrestored remains of Merv. Once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, it claims to have briefly been the largest city in the world during the 12th century. 1794 saw the demise of Merv, after the Emir of Bukhara destroyed the dam which the population depended on for its water.

DARVAZA BURNING GAS CRATER

ASHGABAT DAY T URKME NISTA N

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Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan is known as the ‘Las Vegas of the Kara Kum’. Situated between the Kara Kum desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, Ashgabat is a relatively modern city built upon the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala and the Soviet city built after the devastating earthquake of 1948. The city’s extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings appear strangely incongruous in this desert setting. Highlights include a visit to the National Museum and Kipchak Mosque.

T U R K M E N I STAN

WES T BO U N D O N LY

Time permitting, the Golden Eagle makes a brief scheduled stop at Ichoguz, where we have the opportunity to leave the train and make a short journey to Darvaza’s famous burning gas crater, a spectacular sight best seen at night. Located in the middle of the Kara Kum desert where the area is rich in natural gas, the 70-metre-wide crater is known by the locals as the ‘Door to Hell’ and has been burning for over 40 years. A unique experience that is not to be missed.

KHIVA DAY UZBEKISTAN

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From Urgench we travel to the ancient city of Khiva, founded 2,500 years ago. As one of the Silk Road’s most important trading posts and now a World Heritage Site, it lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia. A truly magnificent sight to behold, it rises out of the desert to reveal a wealth of impressive architecture. Stepping back in time, we discover its impressive mosques, madrassas, bazaars and minarets within Khiva’s ancient walls.

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ON BOARD

K AZ AK HST AN / D AY O N B O AR D O U R P R I VA T E T R AI N

DAY

17

We will enjoy a relaxing day on board the Golden Eagle as we travel across the vast open expanses of Kazakhstan and head into Russia. This time offers the opportunity to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced or are about to experience on our rail journey so far. Chat to your fellow passengers, listen to a talk on the history of the Silk Road and its people along the route, simply relax with a good book or enjoy the ever-changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds before you.

VOLGOGRAD R U SSI A

DAY

18

Standing on the banks of the Volga, Stalingrad, as the city was known in Soviet times, was the dramatic scene of one of the most important Second World War battles. The Russians heroically turned back the Nazi advance here to alter the course of the war. We visit the poignantly sobering Mamayev Kurgan war memorial, followed by an informative museum visit.

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MOSCOW RUSSIA

DAYS

19-21

Our touring programme of Moscow principally takes us to the grandeur of the Kremlin – the spiritual, historical and political heart of Moscow – and to see the treasures of the Tsars in the Armoury Chamber. We will enjoy an exclusive private viewing before it opens to the public, and visit Red Square. This iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires, the beautiful façade of the world-famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times, is also the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. We will have lunch in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion and serves traditional Russian cuisine, and end the day with a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro - showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

On your final evening in Moscow you will be invited to a champagne drinks reception before our exclusive farewell dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour. Included in our time spent in Moscow are two nights at the stylish fivestar Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Located in the historic Moskva Hotel building and occupying one of the most enviable addresses in the very heart of Moscow, the hotel is a short walk from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre. Why not extend your stay in Moscow with additional nights to explore more of the city at your leisure, or have time to take in a performance at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre? Tickets need to be pre-booked and are subject to schedule and availability.

If you have been to Moscow before, there will be an alternative Freedom of Choice touring option where you can visit other sights of Moscow such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum.

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DINING ON BOARD

A world of culinary delights. The Golden Eagle Restaurant Cars are a delightful venue in which to enjoy meals skillfully prepared by an Executive Chef and his on board restaurant team using the very best in ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible. Depending on the number of guests on board, one or two Restaurant Cars will be used. Enjoy the delights of an on-train breakfast each morning - a wide selection of fruit, cereals, orange juice and cold plates are available from a bountiful buffet. Alternatively enjoy a cooked breakfast brought to your table by waiting staff, all complemented by steaming hot tea and coffee. For lunch and dinner, you will enjoy fine food, great wines and attentive service in the welcoming atmosphere of the Restaurant Car.

On offer is a culinary experience that reflects the very essence of the countries we travel through, as well as international cuisine. Vegetarian and other dietary options are also available. All meals at lunch and dinner are complemented by an excellent choice of wines from around the world, along with bottled water, beer and soft drinks. Meals on board are a relaxed affair as the Restaurant Cars can accommodate all our guests in a single sitting. Throughout the journey there is an informal dress code, so you can enjoy culinary experiences in convivial and relaxed surroundings and with an openseating policy you can dine wherever, and with whomever, you please.

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RELAX IN OUR BAR LOUNGE CAR

Bar Lounge Car

The social heart of the Golden Eagle is the Bar Lounge Car, a great place to relax and settle into the unhurried pace of life on board. Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know fellow passengers and begin long-lasting friendships. Perhaps read a novel to while away the time or challenge your friends to a game of cards. It is here that the Tour Manager will also organise a program of activities. Passengers receive printed daily itineraries throughout the tour detailing train arrival and departure timings, latest weather forecasts for the next destination and information on the following day’s excursions and activities.

The Bar Lounge Car and Restaurant Cars will host an entertaining and enlightening range of activities such as engaging talks by expert lecturers on local history and culture. In the evening enjoy the sounds of the resident pianist playing in the Bar Lounge Car. Every night the bar stays open until the last person leaves.

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YOUR ON BOARD ACCOMMODATION The Golden Eagle is your luxurious hotel-on-wheels. Unpack just the once and settle into your well-appointed and comfortable en-suite cabin as you begin this voyage of a lifetime. One of your cabin attendants, available at all times, will be on hand to look after all of your needs.

The Golden Eagle, comprising three categories of cabins, featuring state-ofthe-art amenities, and all offering en-suite facilities, is the only private train of its kind operating in this part of the world. All cabins have been fully re-furbished in 2018.

On the occasions where travel is by day, your cabin provides a calm, personal space in which to read, enjoy a movie or simply watch the landscape unfold through the large picture window, with the facility to adjust the air-conditioning for your own personal comfort.

Our Imperial Suites are the most spacious cabins on the Golden Eagle and on any train in Russia. The Gold and Silver Class accommodation has been cleverly designed to maximise the available space as cabins convert from a sitting area by day into comfortable sleeping accommodation by night.

All three classes of cabin benefit from an evening turndown service and the services of a cabin attendant who is on call 24 hours a day. In each cabin you will also find an excellent selection of luxury shower gels and shampoos, complemented by premium bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer.

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IMPERIAL SUITES

Exemplary service starts with a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne when you board the train to toast the start of your wonderful adventure. Imperial Suites are the most spacious cabins available on board the Golden Eagle measuring 11.1 sq metres and benefiting from a large and luxurious King Size bed as well as a lounge area with dressing table.

Imperial Suite facilities include a private en-suite bathroom with power shower and the luxury of underfloor heating, individual airconditioning, wardrobe, DVD/C D player with LCD screen, complimentary fully stocked minibar, safe, small library and two large picture windows to watch the world go by.

Imperial Suite guests will also benefit from the option of a private guide and chauffeured car service in most of the places we visit along the route, the inclusion of drinks from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding premium wines) in the Bar Lounge Car, a laundry service and suites at the hotels which are featured in the itinerary.

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IMPERIAL SUITE DIMENSIONS CABIN AREA

11.1 sq m

CABIN LENGTH

5.3m

CABIN WIDTH

2m

BED WIDTH

1.5m

BED LENGTH

1.9m

CABINS PER CAR

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1 Imperial Suite (+ 3 Gold Class Cabins)

Gold Class Cabins

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Attendant Off Duty

Imperial Suite

Imperial Suite & Gold Class Carriage Floorplan

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Sleeps 2 in King Size bed Sitting area Remote controlled airconditioning and heating Recessed lighting and wardrobe Dressing table Personal safe Complimentary minibar

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Sleeps 2 in King Size bed Sitting area Remote controlled airconditioning and heating Recessed lighting and wardrobe

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Dressing table Personal safe Complimentary minibar

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Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available at all times Drinks from the Bar Lounge Car included from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding Premium Wine List) Private car and guide options in selected cities for off-train excursion programme Laundry service included


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GOLD CLASS GOLD CLASS DIMENSIONS CABIN AREA

7sq m

CABIN LENGTH

3.6m

CABIN WIDTH

2m

LOWER BED WIDTH

1.35m

UPPER BED WIDTH

85 cm

BED LENGTH

1.9m

CABINS PER CAR

5

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Sleeps 2 in either standard double bed or upper and lower bunk style Remote controlled airconditioning & heating Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available at all times Drinks from the Bar Lounge Car included from the Standard and Premium Bar List (excluding Premium Wine List) Private car and guide options in selected cities for off-train excursion programme Laundry service included

At 7 sq metres Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and have everything from a private bathroom with separate power shower cubicle and underfloor heating to a DVD/C D player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, large picture window as well as featuring a double lower bed and a single upper bed. Guests in Gold Class benefit from complimentary drinks off the Standard Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car. Configuration and styles of all cabins may vary

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Note: The fifth compartment in Gold Class is of a slightly different layout with an area measurement of 68 sq ft but with all the above facilities. It is usually reserved for single passengers or at a reduced rate for twin share passengers. Late bookings may be allocated this cabin and a reduced rate will be applicable. This information will be advised prior to departure.

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En-Suite Bathroom

Twin / Double Bedroom

Gold Class Carriage Floorplan


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SILVER CLASS

REC OMM END SOLO ED USE ONL Y SILVER CLASS DIMENSIONS CABIN AREA

5.5sq m

CABIN LENGTH

2.6m

CABIN WIDTH

2m

LOWER BED WIDTH

1.1m

UPPER BED WIDTH

85 cm

BED LENGTH

1.9m

CABINS PER CAR

6

SPECIFICATION Silver Class cabins, which are more compact at 5.5 sq metres, feature a small double lower bed and a single upper bed as well as DVD/C D player, LCD screen, safe, n i dividual air-conditioning, wardrobe and large picture window. The Silver Class cabins have a private en-suite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower. Configuration and styles of all cabins may vary

• Sleeps 2 in lower small double bed or bunk style- but recommended for solo use only • Remote controlled air-conditioning and heating • Recessed lighting and wardrobe • Personal safe • Private en-suite bathroom with ‘wet room’ style shower and toilet • Bathrobes, slippers and luxury toiletries provided • DVD/C D player with LCD screens • Towels and linens changed every second day or daily on request • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water available at all times

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• Laundry service available at an additional charge


SHANGRI-LA EXPRESS TRAVEL FROM BEIJING TO THE KAZAKHSTAN BORDER - 3 NIGHTS ONBOARD

Reasonably modern comfort in an ancient country… the Shangri-La Express, with the option of private en-suite facilities, guarantees you good living even in the most remote of places.

Meals are served in the train’s spacious restaurant car, where dedicated chefs serve a western breakfast followed by a wide range of authentic Chinese specialities at lunch and dinner, using only the finest local ingredients. As well as soft drinks, tea and coffee, meals are accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world. Equally enjoyable is the unique ambience of the piano bar car, where a resident pianist will entertain you during the evenings. Staying open until the last person leaves, the bar is the perfect place to get to know your fellow passengers… or simply while away some time, reading or taking in the scenery while enjoying your favourite drink.

Please Note - Tours running through both Russia and China on the Silk Road will use the Golden Eagle for the Moscow to Almaty part of the journey. Imperial Suite passengers will be guaranteed a twin berth cabin with private en-suite facilities on the Chinese Private Train, Gold Class passengers will be allocated a twin berth cabin with private en-suite facilities on a first come, first served basis (subject to availability) and will be advised at the time of booking. Silver Class passengers will receive twin berth cabins with shared facilities. Subject to availability, upgrades to cabins with private en-suite facilities will be offered to Silver Class passengers in order of confirmed bookings received with deposit and final balance paid.

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SHANGRI-LA EXPRESS ON BOARD ACCOMMODATION

SHANGRI-LA EXPRESS Heritage Class

Diamond Class

• Sleeps one or two in lower twin berths • Shared shower, wash basin and toilet facilities in each carriage • Towels, robes and slippers provided • Towels and linens changed regularly • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin

• Sleeps one or two in double bed format • Private en-suite facilities (shower, toilet & wash basin) • Towels, robes and slippers provided • Towels and linens changed regularly • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin

CABIN AREA: 3.4 SQ M

CABIN AREA: 6.9 SQ M

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVENTURE

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

All accommodation as per the itinerary; both on board the train and in hotels; all meals starting with dinner on the first day; a generous allowance of wine, beer, soft drinks and tea and coffee with all lunches and dinners both on and off the train; all arrival and departure transfers; guided off-train sightseeing excursions; the services of experienced tour leaders; complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water 24 hours a day, all gratuities; and a doctor travelling with the group.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

ACCESS TO WI-FI

On the Golden Eagle there is a Wi-Fi box on board, powered by a 4G sim. Coverage is limited and will usually be available as you pass through larger cities/towns. However, Golden Eagle aim to provide internet access in a local hotel or restaurant for passengers at least every other day. The Tour Manager will keep you informed of all the opportunities to use Wi-Fi and provide password access when necessary.

INSURANCE

Airfares, visa and excess baggage charges; insurance. Personal expenses. There may also be an occasional optional activity that needs to be paid for locally.

It is a booking condition that you must be fully insured for any medical expenses that may be incurred whilst travelling. Comprehensive travel insurance policies can be obtained from The Travel Studio or Travel Masters.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

ON BOARD DOCTOR

It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and visa for your trip. A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months is required. Many of the remote and exotic countries visited require visas. Visa costs are not included in the price of the tour and these must be purchased independently. Golden Eagle do not take any responsibility for any passengers in possession of incorrect or invalid visas. Please contact The Travel Studio or Travel Masters for help and information.

VACCINATIONS

A doctor will be on board who is available 24 hours a day. They carry a fully stocked medical kit but it is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations, prescribed and precautionary medicine for the countries you are visiting before taking this journey.

INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Flights are not included but are available from The Travel Studio or Travel Masters. Please note that we do not advise that you book flights more than 60 days in advance of the tour departure date.

As this rail journey visits areas of developing countries, we strongly advise that you consult your doctor for specific health advice.

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

TRAVELLER HEALTH CONDITIONS

SPECIAL REQUESTS

Golden Eagle full booking conditions are available from The Travel Studio or Travel Masters.

Hotel accommodation as described in the tour itinerary is included in the price of the tour. All hotels are of a 5-star standard or best available. Room upgrades are available on request, subject to availability and at an additional cost. Please seek advice from The Travel Studio or Travel Masters.

To get the most out of our tours, passengers must be able to walk at least 2kms per day at normal walking speed. The traveller must represent that neither he/she has any physical or mental condition or disability that could create a hazard to him/herself or other members of the tour. Golden Eagle reserve the right to refuse travel to anyone who, in the opinion of the tour doctor or tour manager would be incapable of completing the tour or ITINERARIES Accommodation and tour itineraries, including the provision of guest would cause unacceptable delays to the rest of the group. In these speakers and steam haulage, are subject to change at any time circumstances there would be no refund for any unused part of the tour. If due to circumstances beyond Golden Eagle's control. Every effort will be in doubt, please call The Travel Studio or Travel Masters for advice. made to operate tours as advertised and as per the rail timings received. Where group numbers are small, a shorter formation of the MEETING POINTS Golden Eagle will operate as appropriate to the number of guests. Details of hotel/airport meeting points will be printed on the tour Russian Railways may attach the Golden Eagle carriages to the rear of a vouchers and departure packs. These will be sent to you by The Travel regular train each day, however your 'on board experience' will Studio or Travel Masters one month prior to departure. be unaffected, there being no connection between the Golden Eagle train and the main train. BOOKING CONDITIONS

Golden Eagle pride themselves pride ourselves on offering you a personalised and knowledgeable service and will make every effort to meet any of your special dietary, room or travel requests. Please advise at the time of booking with The Travel Studio & Travel Masters.

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Many guests are single travellers and of course passengers travelling as families, couples or singles are all equally welcome.

GRATUITIES

All gratuities are included in the tour price and we strongly encourage you to refrain from offering gratuities to crew/hoteliers/drivers etc. We prefer you inform management of any exceptional service received, and Golden Eagle will reward accordingly.

LANGUAGE

The primary tour language will be English. Other languages may be available on request.

MINIMUM PASSENGER REQUIREMENTS

All Golden Eagle rail tours require a minimum number of passengers to operate. Should this not be reached, they will run a modified service of carriages attached to regular service trains to accommodate a smaller group or offer an alternative tour. If no alternative is suitable a full refund will be offered. Reduced numbers mean smaller and more intimate groups, and a shorter train, as they leave unfilled cars behind. On a number of tours Russian Railways will be combining Golden Eagle carriages with regular trains departing at similar times. The 'on board experience' and off-train tours will be unaffected and, as there will be no connection between the Golden Eagle carriages and the regular trains, the Golden Eagle carriages will remain totally private and you will not notice any difference to the quality, comfort and enjoyment of your holiday.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important, therefore travel insurance is a must whenever you travel abroad. You can buy either single trip or annual multi-trip travel insurance through The Travel Studio or Travel Masters. To arrange cover or to obtain a quotation please make contact. Full details of the cover provided will be shown on your policy documentation, which will be sent to you. We would ask you to please read the terms of your policy carefully to ensure you understand the cover provided, which includes certain terms, conditions, exclusions and excesses. In common with most travel insurance, cover is excluded for any defined preexisting medical condition from which you or any person upon whom travel depends are suffering. If in doubt please contact The Travel Studio or Travel Masters, as additional cover may be necessary. Please note that if you choose not to take insurance from The Travel Studio or Travel Masters then Golden Eagle require confirmation that you have an alternative policy that provides cover which is as wide as theyrequire. In this case you will be asked to provide them with the name of your alternative insurer and your policy number together with the 24hour medical emergency assistance contact number. They will require this information at least six weeks prior to travel.

COSTS SILVER CLASS: GOLD CLASS: IMPERIAL CLASS:

USD $26,295 pp twin share. USD $32,995 pp, twin share. USD $49,395 pp, twin share.

SINGLE from

USD $38,495 pp, twin share.

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