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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

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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.

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