If the Trans-siberian, the world’s longest rail journey, has always been on your bucket list, but the idea of sharing close quarters with vodka-swilling conscripts and babushkas doesn’t appeal, book the Golden Eagle Trans-siberian Express, a distinctly lu
On the Golden Eagle Trans-siberian Express, you travel the iconic railway in luxury befitting a tsar
1. TRAVEL LIKE A TSAR
The Golden Eagle recently launched a luxurious private carriage fit for your tsarist alter ego. The Romanov Suite features two bedrooms accommodating up to four guests, a private lounge and dining room, a complimentary minibar, a personal chef who will whip up Russian classics, chauffeur-driven transport and a private guide. The carriage’s master suite is the grandest accommodation on the train, and boasts a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom and large picture windows through which you can watch the splendour of Siberia unfold. The second bedroom is ideal for children and features twin single berths.
2. IT’S THE WORLD’S LONGEST RAIL JOURNEY
For travellers who like going to extremes, you can’t beat the Transsiberian Railway. Its network of lines reaches across the empty but beautiful expanses of Siberia (left) between Moscow and Vladivostok, with extensions to St Petersburg and into Mongolia, China and North Korea. The main route is 9,289 kilometres and takes the Golden Eagle 12 days to traverse (it takes regular trains seven days non-stop). The railway was inaugurated in 1890 by Tsar Nicholas II and completed in 1916.
3. ROYAL SEND-OFF
There’s no departure quite like the one guests at Moscow’s Kazansky railway station enjoy. Russian Railways’ military-style brass band plays classic Soviet marching songs as an army of stewards in immaculate blue uniforms guide travellers to their assigned carriages, where waitresses serve champagne in crystal flutes.