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Everything you wanted to know about Russia’s Golden Ring

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Russia’s Golden Ring is a tourist route that was drawn up during the Soviet era, with the idea of boosting the numbers of foreign tourists traveling to the country. Today, it remains one of the most popular routes for both tourists and domestic Russian tourists.

Why was it called so?

In 1967 art historian and journalist Yuri Bychkov journeyed through the towns of Vladimir Oblast to write a series of travel articles . The last city he visited was Yaroslavl, so his route took the form of a ring. Later he published his travel notes under the name “The Golden Ring.”

Which cities are included?

Actually there is no official list of which cities make up the Golden Ring, with the exception of the eight principal cities of Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, and Rostov Veliky.

Apart from this, the cities of Palekh, Plyos, Shuya, Gorokhovets, Gus-Khrustalny, Murom, Yuriev-Polsky, Rybinsk, Tutaev, Uglich, Kasimov (from 2015), and Kaluga (from 2016) are also considered to be a part of the ring.

Look at these six beautiful reasons to travel around Russia’s Golden Ring and 13 vintage photos of Russia’s Golden Ring towns .

The city located on the Volga River some 150 miles northeast of Moscow. Founded in the early 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise - one of the greatest rulers of medieval Rus - by the 13th century, the settlement already had stone churches within monasteries , unusual during a time when most buildings were made of logs. Look at the Church of John the Baptist at Tolchkovo and its magnificent frescoes . The city center is small enough to visit all the main attractions on foot.

And don’t forget to enjoy the bird’s eye view of ancient Yaroslavl !

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Prince Vladimir Monomach founded Vladimir in 1108 as a defensive outpost. Although the Russian capital moved to Moscow in the 14th century, Vladimir played an important role throughout Russia’s history. Today it’s one of the main stops on the Golden Ring, a rough circle of Russia’s most beautiful cities.

Read what to see and where to go in Vladimir if you have only a few days .

And don’t forget to check the main landmarks of that great city. For example, one of the great masterpieces of medieval Rus’ survives to this day –  Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God .

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Kostroma is first mentioned in the chronicles in 1213, but is believed by some historians to have been founded by Moscow Prince Yuri Dolgoruky in 1152, making it just five years younger than Moscow.

Today, Kostroma is a river port, a light-industry center and a serene spot on the Volga River with a population of about 275,000 people. The town is actively developing. In recent years, Kostroma has worked to promote tourism by restoring monuments and public spaces as well as designing new excursion programs and investing in city festivals and cultural events.

Take a while and watch the video showing the aerial view of the ancient city .

The Kostroma Region has a wealth of small historic towns, each with a distinctive setting and cultural heritage. Among these is the town of Bui (pronounced like “buoy”), located on the right bank of the Kostroma River some 60 miles north of the city of Kostroma.

Did you know that Kostroma is the original home of Russia’s Snegurochka (snow maiden )?

One of the main landmarks in Kostroma is the Trinity Cathedral at Ipatiev Monastery , which played a critical role in the history of the Romanov family in the early 17th century.

Read how to spend a weekend in charming and slow-paced Kostroma .

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Suzdal is only 137 miles from Moscow. The first record of Suzdal in the chronicles dates back to 1024. In its day, Suzdal was the spiritual center of Old Russia, and this is evident even now. Over an area of 3.5 square miles there are five monasteries, some 30 churches and chapels, and 14 bell towers : More cultural artifacts per square foot than anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of Old Jerusalem.

Read the story about ancient Suzdal: From Prokudin-Gorsky to the present .

If you want to get away from the typical tourist haunts and have a taste of unadulterated Russian history and tradition in the Golden Ring city of Suzdal, we have some advice about how to spend a great weekend there. And Tim Kirby can tell you how by spending just $100 !

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Pereslavl-Zalessky

Pereslavl-Zalessky is located near the shores of Lake Pleshcheyev and was established in 1152 by Yuri Dolgoruky, prince of the large territory of Rostov-Suzdal and the founder of Moscow.

Pereslavl-Zalessky has had an extraordinary number of monastic institutions – as many as 12 were located in the immediate area during the mid-18th century .

One of the most important institution was the Goritsky-Dormition Monastery, f ounded in the early 14th century by Moscow prince Ivan Kalita (1283-1341) . Destroyed by the Tatars in 1382, the wooden monastery was quickly rebuilt and became a major center of religious activity. At the beginning of the 16th century another monk from Goritsky Monastery, Daniil, founded the Trinity-Danilov Monastery .

Feodorovsky Convent in Pereslavl-Zalessky is not as well-known or as architecturally significant as some of the other religious sites in the Golden Ring, but this monastery played an important role in early Russian history .

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Rostov the Great

Rostov the Great is one of the most ancient Russia’s cities. It was first mentioned in the Primary Chronicle for the year 862 . In this year, the Varangian brothers were invited to Rus. To distinguish the town from Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, it also goes by the name Rostov Veliky, i.e. Rostov the Great.

Take a look at Rostov from above.

The main landmark of Rostov is its Kremlin, which has remained mostly unchanged over the centuries .

Also you can read about Rostov’s most colorful church .

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Sergiev Posad

Sergiyev Posad is the closest to Moscow of all the ancient towns on the Golden Ring with a long history that dates back to the 14th century .

Watch a video tour around the city .

The town's main place of interest is the famous Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, founded in the middle of 16th century.

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The first mention of the settlement dates back to 1608, so Ivanovo is one of the youngest city of the Golden Ring.

Sometimes it’s also called “The City of Brides,” because for 1000 men there are about 1300 women. But this figure is, in fact, not hugely divergent from the national average. Therefore, the situation is not as tragic as it seems, and weddings in the city of brides occur just as frequently as anywhere else. Well, almost.

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Other cities of the Golden ring

Uglich : Five must-see places in Uglich, the newborn pearl of Russia’s Golden Ring .

Plyos : Fall in love with Russia’s provinces .

Kaluga : Restoring cultural heritage .

Tutaev : Murakami’s Russian town of sheep .

Murom : Medieval symbol of Russian faith and devotion .

Yuriev-Polski : Hidden jewel in the Golden Ring .

Palekh : F amous for its unique Russian folk art style .

And don’t forget to check five culinary adventures on Russia’s Golden Ring !

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Sunlight streaming onto the white Assumption Cathedral and church of the Resurrection in Rostov Kremlin.

Russia Golden Ring road trip - The ultimate 7 day itinerary

Day 1: arrive in moscow and explore russia's capital.

We're starting our trip in Russia's capital city, Moscow. Home to one tenth of the county's population, it's the political and financial centre of the country; we suggest you catch an early flight in and spend the first few days finding your feet here before we begin our road trip around Russia's Golden Ring.

We'd recommend that you make this journey during the summer months, before the snow starts setting in and the temperatures drop below zero. Not only will this make the driving easier, but you'll also find that many of the attractions on the Golden Ring are fully or at least partially closed during the winter.

How to hire a car when you arrive in Moscow

Booking your hire car online ahead of time is always a good idea, but you'll still be able to sort it out when you get to Moscow thanks to the multiple major international rental companies represented at the city's three main airports, Sheremetyevo (SVO), Domodedovo (DME) and Vnukovo (VKO).

Moscow also has numerous city-centre car hire venues and an extensive public transport system, so you could also save some money by waiting until the end of the second day to collect your vehicle.

A ticket for the Aeroexpress train, which runs from any of the aforementioned airports directly into the city centre, will only set you back about ₽500 (£6).

Whatever you do, make sure you take a ride on the Moscow metro at some point to see some of its incredibly ornate stations; our favourites are Komsomolskaya station (Circle Line), which is reminiscent of a luxe ballroom, and Slavyansky Bulvar station (Blue Line), which looks almost like it could have been inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

The ornate interior of Komsomolskaya metro station with a yellow Baroque style ceiling and stone arches

Head to the Red Square

Once you've checked into your hotel, there's no time to be lost in exploring and the first stop on any Moscow itinerary has got to be the Red Square.

As well as being at the heart of Russian political life, thanks to the fact that it's home to the Kremlin and the Lenin Mausoleum, it also boasts some of the country's most important cultural sights.

To be honest, it's not hard to spend an entire day in just this area. So, what's worth seeing?

Have your photo taken in front of St Basil's Cathedral

We should probably disclose right now that if you're going to take a Golden Ring road trip then you should probably like churches, or at the very least, like seeing them.

Fortunately, Russia keeps things interesting by doing churches like Rio does festivals - big, flamboyant and with a whole lot of gold.

With its red brickwork, ice-cream shaped domes and patterned turrets, the iconic St Basil's Cathedral is the proverbial poster-boy of Russian churches.

Often mistaken for part of the Kremlin, it was first constructed way back in the mid-1500s and is considered one of the masterpieces of Russian Orthodox art.

Its interior, which now houses a museum, is as colourful as its famous exterior, although to be honest it just doesn't have quite the same magic. Get your obligatory snap in front of St Basil's - extra points if it's complete with Russian hat - and nip inside if you have the time.

 St Basil's Cathedral and the cobbles of the Red Square in Moscow at sunrise

Say hello to Lenin

As the leader of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Ilych Lenin has long been a much venerated figure in Russian society; when he died in 1924, the Russian public demanded that he be preserved for future generations.

So, despite the man himself requesting in his will that he be buried, he now lies in a purpose-built pyramid on the Red Square, with an estimated two and a half million people visiting him every year.

Believe it or not, it's less a macabre experience than it sounds. Close to 100 years after his death, his body is still so well-preserved that there's actually a debate about whether it's even really him, or simply a waxwork replacement.

Top tip : The mausoleum is only open to the public from 10.00 - 13.00 and queues can be long, so get there early. It's closed on Mondays and Fridays.

The red and black exterior of Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow, which is shaped like a pyramid

Learn about Russia at the State Historical Museum

If there's a building that doesn't get enough attention on Moscow's Red Square, then the State Historical Museum has got to be it. More akin to a red-brick cathedral than a national museum, it's a bit like an anti-Guggenheim but in the best possible way.

Inside it doesn't disappoint either, mapping out the history of Russian civilisation from ancient times to the modern day.

It's particularly worth taking the time to visit this museum as it provides a useful contextual background for some of the other places you'll see throughout the trip.

Annoyingly, there's very little information in English so you'll need to hire an audio guide or a real tour guide to make the most of it.

The red ornate exterior of the State Historical Museum, Moscow, with the cobbles of the Red Square in front

Spend a few hours at Putin's pad

Sitting on the west side of the Red Square, the Moscow Kremlin is a fortified complex best known for being the centre of the Russian Government, with the Grand Kremlin Palace being the official residence of the Russian President.

Although you can't go inside Putin's pad unless pre-booked with a registered (and rather expensive) tour company, entry to the Moscow Kremlin Museums includes five church-museums and the Patriarch's Palace.

Do note, however that it doesn't include The Armoury or the Diamond Fund, which houses the jaw-dropping Russian jewel collection.

If you do include these additional sights then you'll probably need about four hours to see it all, so expect to spend the majority of the afternoon here.

Purple morning skies over the Moscow Kremlin with the river in the foreground

Explore Kitay-gorod

After your day of exploring the sights of the Red Square, take a wander through the neighbourhood in which it resides, Kitay-gorod, which is the city's ancient merchant quarter.

This district is jam packed with churches, intricate architecture and shops; don't forget to look up as you wander round, because while some of the store fronts on the ground floors may be uninspiring, many of the buildings are works of art in themselves.

There are also tons of restaurants and cafes in this area, so plenty of options for dinner.

Inside the GUM (main department store) at the Red Square, Russia, with a fountain in the middle, some greenery and ornate arches

Sample the local nightlife

Hopefully you've got some energy left after your long day, because a big night out in Moscow is an opportunity that shouldn't be scoffed at. As you're going to make an early start from the city in a couple of days, and Russia has a low drink drive limit, tonight is the night.

With plenty of bars and clubs, and many restaurants also doubling up as party joints, there's something out there for every taste and budget.

For a low-key beer, the slightly grubby brewhouse Sosna I Lipa is a great choice; those looking for a bigger night out should check out the swanky rooftop club Kyrsha Mira, which is open until 8am.

If you're hoping to visit one of the more elite establishments then be prepared to fall victim to the 'face policy' - if you're hot, well-dressed and look like you've got dosh to spend, you'll get in; if not, you're staying outside. Think of it like Tinder, but you're standing right next to the person that swipes left on you.

Day 2: The rest of Moscow

Have a russian breakfast.

One of the best parts of travelling is getting to try all kinds of local foods, so start the day by soaking up your vodka hangover with a traditional Russian breakfast.

On the surface of things, it's probably not actually all that different from your bog-standard weekday breakfast at home, with porridge, bread, eggs and pancakes all popular.

However, there's likely to be a Russian twist on these dishes - definitely try kasha , a grainy porridge that's regarded as a Russian soul food staple. While it can be flavoured with anything you fancy, it's most frequently served with sugar, jam... or onions.

Join the space race at Museum of Cosmonautics

All fuelled up? It's time to head off to the first stop of the day.

Many would say that if you're going to visit any museum in Moscow it should be the Tretyakov art gallery, but we'd actually say that the Museum of Cosmonautics should still be high, if not higher, up your list.

Taking you back to the space races of the 20th century and offering a fascinating insight into the inner workings of Russian space programmes, its exhibits include everything from astronauts' suits to robotic moon rovers, and it even lets you step inside the space station.

Although located a little way out of the city centre, it's worth the trek out and handily linked directly to the metro by the pedestrianised Cosmonauts Alley, which is lined with sculptures of the great and good of the Soviet space world.

A mannequin wearing a USSR space suit at the Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow

Bask in a Banya

You'll already know that Russia in the winter is bitterly cold, so it only makes sense that once in a while you're going to need something to warm your bones. And for once, we don't mean vodka… yet.

No, this time we're talking about the banya , the bath house.

Although you'll find these all over Russia, our recommendation would be the Sanduny Bath House in downtown Moscow, which claims to be the nation's oldest.

You're more likely to find fellow confused-looking non-Russian clients here than in other banyas too - it's always nice not to be the only one, right?

You go in starkers - trust us, you'll get used to it - so they're separated by gender, with multiple baths for men and women. Rather than 'baths', they're actually steam rooms, so prepare to sweat your no-longer-there socks off.

Entry only includes admission, for which you choose from different tiers of package. Additional services are available including a beauty lounge, massages and the one you should really try, getting beaten with birch branches, which is said to improve circulation.

The detailed facade of the main building of Sandunovsky baths in Moscow

Unleash your inner child at the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Stuffed with 1970s & 1980s arcade games from USSR and open until 9pm every day, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is ideal for a little pre-dinner time travelling.

The ultimate chance to unleash your inner child, it contains more than 50 machines including ice hockey, driving challenges, basketball and an old-school style photo booth.

If you're old enough to remember the arcades of yesteryear, you're sure to enjoy seeing how different-but-not-that-different childhood was behind the Iron Curtain.

There's no need to carry change as tokens - actually old Soviet coins - are included in your entrance ticket. When you're done beating your friends, go full-on 80s and grab a milkshake and a burger from the connected restaurant.

Please note: that we take no responsibility for friendships ruined by competitiveness.

Four old arcade machines lined up against a wall at the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, Moscow

Soak up some culture at the Bolshoi Theatre

No visit to Moscow would be complete without a night at the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre, which hosts ballet, opera and classical music performances in a building so grand it seems more befitting to a palace.

With constantly changing but consistently fantastic shows on offer, you'll almost certainly find yourself watching a production that even those without a clue about the arts will appreciate as enthralling.

This is your chance to spend an evening feeling all fancy - no ball gowns or tiaras required - before road trip life really kicks in. If you want to go all out, book into a gold-gilded balcony box.

Top tip : Seats regularly sell out ahead of time, so if you want to visit the Bolshoi Theatre then you need to book tickets in advance , the sooner the better.

Ballet dancers in white outfits onstage at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Day 3: Moscow to Pereslavl-Zalessky via Sergiev Posad

Even with the surface of marvellous Moscow only just scratched, it's time to get driving on this Golden Ring road trip; today, we'll be heading up to Pereslavl Zalessky via Sergiev Posad.

A small city with a big cultural presence, Sergiev Posad is the only one within the Moscow region that's included on this circuit - and it more than earns its place.

As long as the traffic plays ball, it should take less than two hours to reach this first stop.

Leaving Moscow: Make an early start

Before we set off, there are a couple of things it might be useful to know about Russian driving styles.

The first, is that you should put aside everything you're used to and accept that speed limits, giving way and indicators seem more or less optional here, especially outside of the cities. Embrace it.

The second, is that you're probably about to get stuck in traffic.

Having recently been named the second worst city in the world for traffic congestion (Los Angeles just pipped it to the post), it's safe to say that you can expect to be caught up in a jam or two while trying to make your escape from Moscow.

Unfortunately, for this we can't advise much more than get an early start - rush hour normally kicks in from about 7.30am - so that you can try to skip the worst of it.

Don't be fooled into thinking it'll be any better on a weekend, because that's when the city slickers escape to the countryside.

Top tip : Being stationary is more fun when you've got car snacks, so grab some sushki before you leave; hard, bite-size bagels, they can be had in different flavours including vanilla, poppy seed, and mustard.

View of traffic stacking up along the Moskvoretskaya embankment, Moscow and, with the river to one side and the Kremlin in the background.

Start with the Troitse-Sergiev Monastery

The jewel in the crown of Sergiev Posad is Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, a monastery that's the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox Church.

First founded in 1337, it is today home to more than 300 monks and considered to be one of the country's most important religious sites, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Admittedly, you would never be able to see it all in one day as it's made up of more than 50 different edifices, each with their own style and structure, that have been added and altered throughout the ages.

Nonetheless, it's worth a visit just for the blue and gold domed Cathedral of the Assumption, whose fairly reserved exterior gives way to a jaw-dropping interior.

Top tip: Parking isn't great here and generally reserved for tourist buses, but there is free parking to be found near the Hotel Optimalniy, about a 10 minute walk away.

Aerial view of the gold and blue domes of Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius with Sergiev Posad in the background

The Toy Museum

In an equally pride-inducing - but not exactly well-matched - claim to fame, Sergiev Posad has also historically been considered the country's toy capital; it was here that matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) were produced before the Russian Revolution.

The city's Toy Museum honours this past with a collection of Russian toys of times gone by, as well as from around the world, with a particular focus on the craft element.

Located along the walk back to town from the monastery, it's not exactly going to be winning any awards anytime soon but still, it's worth a quick stop if you've got the time to spare.

Have lunch in Sergiev Posad

Before you get moving again it makes sense to grab some food, and for a cheap and cheerful lunch with the locals we recommend heading over to Lagmannaya restaurant. How to find it? Just look for the huge bright pink house with a giant teapot in the garden, obviously.

Once you're all topped up, it's time to get back on the road.

Drive to Pereslavl-Zalessky

Home for the night is the city of Pereslavl-Zalessky, about an hour or so further north.

Sitting on the shores of Lake Pleshcheyevo, it's where Peter the Great built his first flotilla (a precursor to the Russian fleet) and has a number of historical attractions including cathedrals and monasteries. Aside from all of that, it's also the undisputed King of weird museums.

While not exactly huge, the city's main attractions are quite spread out so it is worth keeping the car with you once you have checked in to your hotel.

Visit the Goritskiy Monastery

After spending the morning at Trinity Lavra of St Sergius, you may feel like you've had your fill of monasteries for the day. However, this one is a totally different experience.

Although its green domes and castle-like appearance have come to visually represent the city, its murky once-whitewashed walls give it a considerably less opulent feel and with fewer tourists, the atmosphere is quieter and more tranquil.

Once you're done with the monastery (don't forget to climb the bell tower) take a wander around the Pereslavl-Zalessky Historical, Architectural and Art Museum, which is housed in one of its former buildings, and contains a great collection of art and sculptures.

An aerial view of Goritsky monastery, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, with the town seen in the background

Watch the sun go down over Lake Pleshcheyevo

Before the day is done, take a drive down to the shores of Lake Pleshcheyevo and clear your city-dusted lungs out with a dose of fresh air.

In the summer there is kayaking and camping available on the lake, but other than that, there's not actually a lot to do but to stretch your legs and enjoy the views - and that's precisely the beauty of it.

Grab a bench, watch the sunset and feel a million miles away from the usual 9-to-5.

Two small boats on Lake Pleshcheyevo at sunset

Pick a weird museum

It's got to be said that some of Pereslavl-Zalessky's other offerings are errrr… quirky, and the city's museums seem to have an odd preoccupation with displaying just one type of item.

If this does sound up your street though, your options include sewing machines, kettles, irons and teapots.

Similarly, if you were wondering about the nation's inventors, then check out the Museum of What Russians Have Discovered where you can guess what it was from the pictures (sorry, there's no information in English).

If that's not your thing, then there's always the Museum of Cunning and Ingenuity to entertain you.

Day 4: Pereslavl-Zalessky to Uglich via Rostov Veliky

There are various routes that you could take on the journey between Pereslavl-Zalessky and Uglich, but the one that we would recommend travels via another Golden Ring town, Rostov Veliky.

To be honest, the town itself isn't really all that much to write home about, hence why it's worth making this a pit stop rather than an overnight call. Of all of the places to get out and stretch your legs though, we could think of much worse.

Its official name is actually simply Rostov - the Veliky was added colloquially by locals to distinguish it from a similar sounding city - so when you're tapping into your Sat Nav be careful not to accidentally link it to Rostov-on-Don, much further south.

Your estimated journey time should be around an hour, not 14.

What's in Rostov?

Well, this is the Golden Ring, so we'll give you three guesses - yes, it includes a Kremlin, and plenty of monasteries, churches and cathedrals.

Rostov Veliky's Kremlin is one of the country's most fairytale-esque examples, with its round towers and its silver domes, as well as boasting an unusual honeycomb-like church.

There's also a slightly weird but super cute Museum of Frog Princesses, devoted to frog-centric Russian children's stories. Again, all of the signs are in Russian so you don't really end up learning that much, but it doesn't really matter in this case as the staff are friendly and the exhibits fun to look at.

A view of the Rostov Veliky Kremlin with its silver domes and a garden in front of it, at golden hour

Eat blini for lunch

As we said, Rostov Veliky isn't the most hip and happening of towns, but it still has some decent eats.

When you're feeling peckish, Alyosha Popovich is a lovely establishment (with a fun-to-say name) which serves up cheese dumplings to die for and a range of delicious teas.

It's also a superb place to try blini , Russian pancakes that are slightly more dense than crepes and can be served either sweet or savoury.

Drive on to Uglich

Before you leave for Uglich, have a quick glance down at your petrol gauge because although it is only an hour's drive, gas stations are few and far between along the way. As a rule, make sure you have cash with you rather than relying on cards.

Not initially considered one of the 'big' towns on the Golden Ring, over the past few years Uglich has increasingly become a mainstay of the circuit.

Its colourful Kremlin, which is perched on a bend on the Volga River, comes with a bloody history and has played a big part in this growth.

However, there's a lot more to Uglich than just beautiful old buildings.

The majority of the city's most important sites are located within easy walking distance of each other, so ditch the car at your hotel and explore on foot.

The red church of Tsarevitch Dmitry to the left and the yellow Transfiguration Cathedral to the right, Uglich, Russi

Enjoy the waxworks at the Museum of Myths and Superstitions

Run by a couple who spent years studying Russian mythology, the Museum of Myths and Superstitions will bring you face to face with some of the most ghastly and enduring figures of the country's folklore.

With vampires, goblins and deformed old ladies all presented in the semi-darkness, it makes for a refreshing change from all the high-culture elements of the trip so far.

Like most museums on this tour, there's not much in the way of English language signs, but even if you don't go for the content, go for absurdly weird waxworks - they're really quite something.

Refresh yourself at the Russian Vodka Museum

By late afternoon and after a long hard day of driving - yes, three hours counts as long when you're on holiday - it's only right that the driver gets to reward themselves with little tipple. In Russia there can only be one thing for it: vodka.

Although small, the Russian Vodka Museum's collection of bottles runs into the thousands, drawn from 96 different factories.

Unfortunately, the large majority of them are now empty (boo) but your entrance feel does include a vodka-tasting session (yay).

If there's something that particularly pleases your palate, there's also a gift shop carrying a selection of vodkas and liquors.

A collection of green and clear Russian vodka bottles on a shelf at the Vodka Museum, Uglich, Russia.

Pop to Myshkin

Alternatively, if you fancy another little side trip you could carry on to the waterside town of Myshkin, about 40 minutes away.

Here, you'll find more detailed facades, beautiful but now-abandoned houses, and a museum dedicated to Soviet cars, among other things.

If you're really lucky, you'll get there in time to visit the oddest museum so far - one dedicated entirely to mice. No, not Mickey Mouse - actual mice.

Large abandoned and run down wooden village house in Myshkin, Russia

Day 5: Uglich to Yaroslavl

As the capital of the Yaroslavl region, the dome-heavy city of Yaroslavl is one of the oldest and most well-known on the Golden Ring.

Despite it also being one of the largest cities, it's definitely foot-friendly, so it's worth picking a hotel with parking in the centre, dropping the car off and continuing on foot.

So, what to see first?

Travel through time in Yaroslavl's Historical Centre

Start with a walk around Yaroslavl's UNESCO World Heritage protected Historical Centre, which is one of the best preserved of old Russian cities and an example of the style of town-planning that was once prevalent across the whole of Russia.

Notable for its many houses, churches and cathedrals dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, among the highlights are the red-bricked Church of the Epiphany and the Spassky monastery.

Even if you're a little church-jaded by now, take time to step inside the Church of Elijah the Prophet, which was built in the mid 1650s; from the outside it looks pretty plain, but from the inside it's anything but.

A close up of three decorative blue window shutters against red brickwork at the Church of the Epiphany, Yaroslavl, Russia

Spend a few hours exploring the area then stop for a bite to eat - whether you fancy coffee and a pastry, a pizza or a big bowl of borscht, you should be able to find it in Yaroslavl.

Rub shoulders with nobility at the Governor's House

If you're an art buff - or you simply enjoy pretending that you're a character from a Jane Austen novel - then don't miss the Yaroslavl Art Museum.

Housed in a sprawling yellow mansion that was formerly the official residence of successive Yaroslavl governors, it displays portraits of Russian nobility, as well as paintings of countryside life and religious art.

What really sets this museum apart from your run-of-the-mill gallery is the efforts to bring the lives of Russia's elite to life, which include the museum's staff being dressed in traditional period costumes, with dance performances taking place throughout the day. Far from tacky, it's all surprisingly enjoyable.

If you're visiting in the summer, don't miss the perfectly-manicured landscaped gardens.

The yellow exterior of the baroque style Governor's House (now Yaroslavl Art Museum) with a garden and fountain in front

Have a laugh at Einstein's Entertaining Science Museum

If you're on a Golden Ring road trip with kids then you'll probably have played every car game in the book by the time you get to Yaroslavl (although here are a few you might not have heard of ).

To give the little ones a welcome break from all the time spent cooped up and zipping between cathedrals, pay a visit to the Einstein Entertaining Science Museum, a play-and-learn style museum full of gadgets and optical illusions.

It's really aimed at under 10s, but to be honest even the biggest of kids (by which we absolutely mean the parents) seem to be having fun.

Catch the light show at Strelka Park

End the day with a stroll around the fountains at Strelka Park, which was built to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the city and is perched at the point where the waters of the Kotorosl and the Volga rivers meet.

On summer evenings, crowds gather to watch as colourful light shows illuminate the fountains; in the winter they're switched off, because who really wants frostbite anyway.

An aerial view of Strelka park jutting out into the water of the Kotorosl and Volga rivers, which meet here. A statue can be seen at the front of the park.

Day 6: Yaroslavl to Suzdal via Kostroma and Ivanovo

Drive to kostroma.

Although yesterday's drive may have been a simple A-B, there are two stops scheduled on today's journey, with each of the three sections clocking in at approximately 90 minutes.

First things first though, the important bit: today's driving snack, for which we'd suggest crab flavour Lays. We know they sound questionable, but you need them in your life.

Top tip : If you haven't been doing so already on this road trip, keep an eye open for the array of random items being sold on the side of rural roads as you travel - there's everything from banya branches to children's toys.

Explore Kostroma

The first stop of today is the historic city of Kostroma.

Much like the other towns on this Golden Ring itinerary, its main attractions are a selection of old buildings so unless you're hoping to visit them all, you shouldn't need much more than a couple of hours here.

For an insight into the city's bustling past, you just need to take a glance around its enormous centre square, Susaninskaya Ploshchad, which boasts trading arches, an elegant palace-turned-courthouse, a small former Guardhouse, and a prominent UNESCO-protected Fire Tower.

The yellow fire tower in Kostroma, Russia, in the snow on a sunny day

If you did want to stay a few more hours in Kostroma before getting back on the road there are plenty of things to do, including paying a visit to the stunning Ipatiev Monastery, which was used as a sanctuary by the Romanov family before their ascent to the throne.

Just around the corner you'll also find the Museum of Wooden Architecture, which offers a glimpse into rural peasant life.

Back in town there's also a whole museum dedicated to cheese - yes, there are samples available, but there's not a lot of information in English.

The Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma, Russia, shown in winter at sunset, with the lake in front frozen and the gold domes visible

Drive on to Ivanovo

Between its grey buildings, dusty roads and blocky Soviet-era architecture, no one can deny that Ivanovo isn't exactly the prettiest of Russian cities.

Once known as the 'city of brides' due the huge influx of female workers that occurred during its time as the country's textile capital, with its heyday as a thriving hub for industry now long gone it's often written off as somewhere to drive straight through.

But truth be told, we think that's actually a little unfair - sure, we didn't stop overnight here, but it's interesting to see a different kind of Russia to everywhere else on the trail so far.

Stop for a coffee and a snack, and take a walk around.

A street in Ivanovo, Russia, with cars going past a big rectangular grey building

Stop by the Museum of Soviet Car Industry

Not only a hub for the textile trade, Ivanovo was once at the heart of the USSR's automobile industry.

If you missed Myshkin's museum dedicated to Soviet cars, don't sweat it, because the Museum of Soviet Car Industry in Ivanovo is actually probably the better of the two.

As well as showcasing impeccably restored vehicles including the Volga, Seagul, Gazo and ZIL, there are also examples of vehicles used by the police and by the managers of collective farms.

There's even a Volga KGB, which was used to spy on suspected enemy agents.

Drive on to Suzdal

If you could purposely create the anti-Ivanovo, then the countryside city of Suzdal, fewer than 50 miles away, would be it.

With green open spaces, quaint wooden houses, tree-lined streets and battered tractors slowing down the traffic, it's altogether more relaxed and the perfect place to take some 'me time'.

Having made an early start you'll probably arrive here in the early afternoon, leaving you with plenty of time to explore the area in any way you choose, whether that means doing a spot of shopping, taking a walk by the river or discovering the historical centre of the town.

There are also multiple places to hire bikes in the town, so if you feel like swapping one form of transport for another and venturing out into the countryside then that's always an option too.

Thanks to its status as an integral part of the Golden Ring route, Suzdal is blessed with a varied and large selection of good quality restaurants. Take your pick and enjoy a dinner as leisurely as your afternoon has been!

A house in the distance with its reflection visible in the water below it, surrounded by trees, in Suzdal, Russia

Day 7: Suzdal to Moscow via Vladimir

It's the final day of the trip and time to head back to Moscow, but that doesn't mean there's not time to fit in a trip to the city of Vladimir en-route.

Despite being relatively large, older than Moscow and of huge historical importance, Vladimir seems to slip under the radar of many visitors to Russia.

However, as a stop on the Golden Ring it's one that shouldn't be missed - in fact, if you've got the time to spare then definitely spend a night here.

Aside from a few spruce-ups here and there, some the buildings being re-purposed and the addition of a few mod-cons like traffic lights, the city's central area has remained much the same as it was 100 years ago.

With a number of churches based within walking distance of each other, and ornate pastel buildings and traditional red brick ones lining wide streets, it's a lovely place to take an afternoon stroll or just grab a drink.

Holy Dormition Cathedral

The main draw of Vladimir is a group of white stone cathedrals dating back almost 1000 years, and comprising of the Holy Dormition, the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius and the Golden Gates Cathedral Museum.

If you're short on time, it's the richly decorated Holy Dormition Cathedral - sometimes referred to as the Assumption Cathedral - that's the real standout of the three.

Sitting proudly on a hill with its circular turrets and gold domes looming over the city, it's a very literal and fitting end to the Golden Ring road trip.

Those interested in fitting one more quirky museum into the trip will be glad to know that Vladimir has its very own Spoon Museum - yes, just spoons.

Alternatively, you could try your hand at making a nail at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, which is actually surprisingly fun.

If neither of those take your fancy, there's also a Gingerbread Museum.

The outside of the white-stone Holy Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir, Russia,  with its golden roofs looking bright, on a sunny day

Make the most of your final hours in Moscow

Once you've made it back to Moscow, celebrate successfully completing your Golden Ring road trip with a memorable dinner at Grand Cafe Dr Zhivago, a restaurant located inside the famous and historic Hotel Nacional.

Oozing elegance, devilishly fashionable and with spectacular views over the Kremlin, it's reportedly the go-to hotspot for government officials looking to impress.

More importantly though, the food - mostly traditional Russian plates - is amazing and the prices so reasonable that it's almost confusing. In particular, the caviar blini comes highly recommended, as do the duck dumplings!

Note: You'll need to make your reservations at least a week in advance, further ahead if possible, and you won't be able to wear your trainers and comfy pants.

Don't worry, you can change into them once you get to the airport.

The ornate exterior of the Hotel Nacional, Moscow, with cars visible in front

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Long before the Golden Ring gained fame as one of Russia’s best multi-day tourist circuits, the small collection of cities northeast of Moscow played a vital role in shaping the country’s history. Its oldest settlements can be traced back to at least the 10th century. Our   Golden Ring  Russia tour will unfold the fascinating, deep-rooted history of the region and take you back to a simpler time of picturesque farms and villages, wooden houses and onion-domed cathedrals, all set against the enchanting backdrop of the Russian countryside.

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  • The village of Suzdal appears like a scene from a Russian storybook and has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Wander wide-eyed through quiet laneways and cobblestone plazas, passing horse-drawn buggies and medieval churches.
  • Yaroslavl was the first Christian city on the Volga River. Many of Russia’s greatest craftsmen, stonemasons, painters and sculptors came together to create this city of magnificent churches and monuments, dating back to the 12th century.
  • Rostov is the oldest town in the Golden Ring and the most architecturally impressive, rich in elegantly restored monuments dating from the 12th to the 17th century.
  • Sergiev Posad is one of the most important spiritual centres of the Orthodox Church, sometimes referred to as the ‘Russian Vatican’ for its magnificent white churches with their signature blue and gold cupolas.

Today, much of Russia’s Golden Ring region remains remarkably untouched by urbanisation. Surrounded by rolling hills and flowering meadows, these lands provide a glimpse of rural Russian life that has changed little for generations. Many of the Golden Ring’s villages were instrumental in the rise of the Orthodox church, as evidenced by the abundance of magnificent cathedral spires and domes.

Apart from their religious significance, these proud towns have staunchly preserved their time-honoured traditions, folk art and cuisine. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has recognised the cultural value of some of the Golden Ring's most exceptional sites, including the historic centre of Yaroslavl and the white monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal.

This four-day Golden Ring Russia tour covers all the most rewarding gems of the Golden Ring. As you take in some of the most iconic images and artistic endeavours of Old Russia, your guide will enlighten you with stories and legends that will transport you to a time of knights and princes, heroes and villains, Tsars and fairy tales.

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Day 1 vladimir and suzdal.

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Moscow. Board a car for a drive to Vladimir, which used to be one of the medieval capitals of Russia. During our guided sightseeing tour, we will visit the Cathedral of St Demetrius, Assumption Cathedral and the Golden Gates which featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Next, we headed to Suzdal, the most magical of the Golden Ring towns. We will visit the old Kremlin, the Spass-Evfimievsky Monastery and the Cathedral of Transformation, along with other unique cultural and religious objects.

Day 2 Plyos and Kostroma

We start our day with a short drive to Plyos, a small and picturesque town. This is a place you will want to come back to as it has typical Russian views and an indescribable atmosphere of a 19th-century city.

After a glance tour in the area, we travel on to Kostroma, a historic city which sits on the banks of the Volga River. We will visit the Ipatievsky Monastery which is considered the place where the reign of the House of Romanov began. From Kostroma, we travel on to Yaroslavl for the night.

Day 3 Yaroslavl and Rostov

Today we discover Yaroslavl, the unofficial capital of the Golden Ring whose historical centre is protected by UNESCO. It is a town of trades and crafts, with the majority of churches leaving you impressed with its original beauty. Of special interest is the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, founded in the 12th century, and the majestic Church of Elijah the Prophet.

Next, we head to Rostov, where we visit the Kremlin, a pearl of Russian architecture of the 17th century, and Spaso-Yakovlevsky monastery.

Day 4 Peresalvl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad

From Rostov, we travel on to Pereslavl-Zalessky, where we take a short sightseeing tour of Red Square and the ramparts. This town is famous for some unique museums like the Museum of Iron or Museum of Kettle.

Board a car for a drive to Sergiev Posad, known as "Russian Vatican" for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town. Here we visit the Holy Trinity Lavra, one of Russia's most important religious centres founded in the mid-14th century, and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour of the city. Closer to the evening, you will arrive back to Moscow.

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Travel dates Excluding flights Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
06/27/2024 - 07/06/2024 $2,095 $345 / $845 $95
07/04/2024 - 07/13/2024 $2,095 $345 / $845 $95
07/11/2024 - 07/20/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
07/18/2024 - 07/27/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
07/25/2024 - 08/03/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
08/01/2024 - 08/10/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
08/08/2024 - 08/17/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
08/15/2024 - 08/24/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
08/22/2024 - 08/31/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
08/29/2024 - 09/07/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
09/05/2024 - 09/14/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
09/12/2024 - 09/21/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
09/19/2024 - 09/28/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
09/26/2024 - 10/05/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
10/03/2024 - 10/12/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
10/10/2024 - 10/19/2024 $1,995 $275 / $845 $95
10/17/2024 - 10/26/2024 $1,895 $175 / $845 $95
10/24/2024 - 11/02/2024 $1,895 $175 / $845 $95
10/31/2024 - 11/09/2024 $1,895 $175 / $845 $95
11/14/2024 - 11/23/2024 $1,895 $175 / $845 $95
11/28/2024 - 12/07/2024 $1,895 $175 / $845 $95
12/12/2024 - 12/21/2024 $1,895 $175 / $845 $95
Travel dates Excluding flights Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
06/27/2024 - 07/06/2024 $2,345 $525 / $845 $95
07/04/2024 - 07/13/2024 $2,345 $525 / $845 $95
07/11/2024 - 07/20/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
07/18/2024 - 07/27/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
07/25/2024 - 08/03/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
08/01/2024 - 08/10/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
08/08/2024 - 08/17/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
08/15/2024 - 08/24/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
08/22/2024 - 08/31/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
08/29/2024 - 09/07/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
09/05/2024 - 09/14/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
09/12/2024 - 09/21/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
09/19/2024 - 09/28/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
09/26/2024 - 10/05/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
10/03/2024 - 10/12/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
10/10/2024 - 10/19/2024 $2,245 $495 / $845 $95
10/17/2024 - 10/26/2024 $2,045 $345 / $845 $95
10/24/2024 - 11/02/2024 $2,045 $345 / $845 $95
10/31/2024 - 11/09/2024 $2,045 $345 / $845 $95
11/14/2024 - 11/23/2024 $2,045 $345 / $845 $95
11/28/2024 - 12/07/2024 $2,045 $345 / $845 $95
12/12/2024 - 12/21/2024 $2,045 $345 / $845 $95

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  • All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
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Discovery of the Russian North: St. Petersburg, Kizhi, Solovetsky Island, Gulag Camp (KL-07)

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The Golden Ring is a real catch for tourists who want to get acquainted with the true Russian spirit. This famous touristic route consists of nine ancient Russian cities that keep the genuine atmosphere of the XII-XIX centuries. Most of the sights are closely related to the history of religion: there is hardly another route in Russia where you can find such a number of UNESCO-heritage-listed cathedrals and churches. The most valuable thing about the Golden ring is that its cities maintain the genuine buildings of old times and most of them remained almost the same they were in the ancient Rus period. The cities that are traditionally included in the Golden Ring route are Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rostov The Great, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir, and Uglich.

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Our 8 Best Trans-Siberian Rail Tours of 2022

Come with us on truly... The Journey of a Lifetime along the world’s longest railway. See how the landscape and culture changes as you head West to East. See Moscow, Siberia, China and more. Our Trans-Siberian Railway tours are all customizable and can be adjusted to fit any budget. Our most popular packages are listed below. Please click on the tour details to learn more or contact us for more information about our Trans Siberian rail tours using the form on the page. Feel free to also schedule a call with one of our Russian travel specialists. Many travelers have found this to be the best way to together, create an unforgettable customized tour for you.

Trans-Siberian by Imperial Russia Train

Besides the below tours, we also offer a luxurious tour by a private train

Trans-Siberian 3 in 1

Trans-Siberian 3 in 1

This is our shortest version of our Trans Siberian railroad tours but it covers some of the most interesting cities. The trip begins in Moscow, the capital of Russia, then continues on to Yekaterinburg, located in the Ural Mountains and at the edge of Siberia. The tour ends on the shores of Lake Baikal.

  • Schedule Tour can be started on any day
  • Route Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
  • Languages English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Accommodation The following hotel options are available: 3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group

Great Russia by Train

Great Russia by Train

This tour will take you along the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway to 3 of Russia's most interesting cities - Moscow with stunning Red Square, the Kremlin and Cathedrals, Irkutsk located in the heart of Siberia and home to the great Lake Baikal and Vladivostok - the King of the East with its harbor of the Golden Horn and Amursky Bay on the Pacific Ocean.

  • Route Moscow - Irkutsk - Vladivostok

Trans-Sib - four cities

Trans-Sib - four cities

On this great Eurasian journey from West to East you will cover the entire route of the Trans-Siberian Railway, visiting four major cities along the way: Russia's capital Moscow, Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk including incredible Lake Baikal, and finally Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, at the very edge of Russia.

  • Route Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Vladivostok

Highlights on the Trans-Sib

Highlights on the Trans-Sib

This tour is a great choice for seeing the highlights of Russia, Mongolia and China. From Golden-Domed Moscow you will continue on to Irkutsk and visit beautiful Lake Baikal. Mongolia will greet you with its endless steppes and the Gobi Desert. Finally, you will reach China and visit the magnificent Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Forbidden city.

  • Schedule Tour can be started on any Monday
  • Route Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulan Bator - Beijing

The Great Journey - East to West

The Great Journey - East to West

This trip lasts for 2 weeks and passes through 6 fascinating cities. Starting in Vladivostok with its harbour of the Golden Horn and passing through the Buddhist city of Ulan-Ude, then to Irkutsk - home of magnificent Lake Baikal and onto Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg - very dynamic Siberian cities, and finally ending in golden-domed Moscow.

  • Route Vladivostok - Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk - Novosibirsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow

5 stars - East to West

5 stars - East to West

This tour covers the highlights of the Trans-Siberian Railway - including all 5 major cities along its route. You will admire cultural masterpieces in Beijing, learn about nomadic life in Mongolia, see amazing Lake Baikal in Irkutsk, learn about the fate of the Last Tsar in Yekaterinburg, and visit Russia's energetic capital Moscow.

  • Schedule Tour can be started on any Thursday.
  • Route Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow

Trans-Sib through Russia - Mongolia - China

Trans-Sib through Russia - Mongolia - China

This exciting Trans-Siberian tour takes you to three countries - Russia, Mongolia and China. From Moscow you will proceed to the Siberian cities of Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, close to Lake Baikal. Then you will cross Mongolia with its endless steppes and the Goby Desert, and finally arrive in China with the Great Wall and more.

  • Schedule Tour can be started on any Saturday
  • Route Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

Journey of a Lifetime

Journey of a Lifetime

The tour is a great opportunity to visit three countries on one trip. You will be delighted with the capital of Russia, see the border of Europe and Asia in Yekaterinburg, admire beautiful nature in Krasnoyarsk, see the world's largest lake Baikal, steppes of Mongolia and China's cultural heritage.

  • Route Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Krasnoyarsk - Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

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My wife & I have just completed the Journey of a Lifetime 16 day 15 night Trip as organised by Express to Russia. We also had a tour of St Petersburg & Moscow as well. The planning & execution of both trips was well above our expectations. The guides we had in all of our destinations were exceptional & the meet & greet & return to the stations went as smooth as clockwork. We had one minor hitch but that was through no fault of Express to Russia..a quick email from our Ipad had the problem resolved immediately We did have some misgivings at the start about doing the booking online ourselves but Elena was wonderful & answered all of our questions promptly & to our satisfaction. We felt comfortable with the whole process.The train trip is wonderful with Mongolia being a "special " place for us! We highly recommend Elena & her company. I am happy to answer any questions any body may wish to ask.

Thank you so very much for organizing our trip. Everything went wonderfully, and we really enjoyed our time in Russia. Moscow was beautiful, Lake Baikal was very cold, yet very fun to swim in, and the DPR Koreans that I met and made friends with in Vladivostok was beyond priceless. The guides you got for us did an exceptional job, and the drivers helped us out a lot as well. The hotels you got for us were great, and the room you got for us in the Vladivostok really made the long stay comfortable. The trains were also very enjoyable as was the Russian hospitality, although we really weren´t expecting people to be so generous or helpful. Overall, the trip was wonderful, and you arranged it magnificently. You really went out of your way to accommodate my schedule and help me with my schoolwork, so I really appreciate it; I couldn´t have done it without you. So once again, thank you for all of your efforts, and hopefully in the future you will be able to help us out again. Take care, and thank you for everything.

The Trans-Siberian Express is the longest train journey in the world. The route takes you from ancient Russian cities through deep forests and breathtaking mountains to Siberian outposts and into Asia. You will visit Buddhist temples , Lake Baikal , the Ural Mountains , Vladivostok or Beijing . Express to Russia is a specialist in travel for individuals and small groups along the route. We will make sure that you have an unforgettable journey on this incredible adventure. Choose basic packages below or contact us to arrange your own custom travel.

Our Russian tours are offered as land only where you arrange your own airfare and we meet you at the airport and handle everything else. You can easily book the discount tickets yourself through our own discount internet ticket office . Please browse our discount air tickets section to learn more.

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Trans-Siberian Train

The main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway begins in Moscow and heads east to Vladivostok passing through Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Chita, Blagoveshchensk and Khabarovsk. The length of the route is 9259 km or 5753 miles. The train travels through 7 time zones and takes 8 days to complete without making overnight stops. The Trans-Siberian splits off into a few other fascinating directions as well:

Trans-Mongolian Train

The Trans-Mongolian Line was built from 1940 to 1956 between Ulan-Ude at Lake Baikal’s eastern shore and the Chinese capital Beijing. From Ulan-Ude the tracks go south towards Mongolia, crossing the great Gobi Desert and finally ending up in Beijing. This route is a mere 7867 kilometers long (Moscow - Beijing).

A train on Trans-Siberian in 1916

Trans-Manchurian Train

The Trans-Manchurian Line runs on the same route as the Trans-Siberian as far as Tarskaya, which is a few hundred miles east of Baikal. From Tarskaya, the line runs southeast into China near Zabaikalsk and makes its way down to Beijing. This route is a 9001 kilometres long (Moscow - Beijing).

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Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Where does the trans-siberian railway start and where does it end.

The Trans-Siberian Railway starts in Moscow and extends all the way to Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean. This route connects the European part of Russia, the Ural region, Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Are Beijing and Ulan Bator stops along the Trans-Siberian railway?

Beijing and Ulan Bator are parts of Trans-Mongolian railway - an offshoot of the main Trans-Siberian Railway. There are many options to arrange your travel: to visit Ulan Bator and or follow the Trans-Siberian railway to or from Vladivostok. 

Can I use the hop-on hop-off principle when traveling by Trans-Siberian train?

Unfortunately, that is not possible. Train tickets in Russia are not open, so you will need a separate ticket with a particular date for each leg of your trip - for example, you may go all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok, but you will only be able to leave the train for short stops at the railway stations. In case if you would like to explore different cities on the way, you will need separate tickets, for example Moscow – Yekaterinburg, Yekaterinburg – Irkutsk, Irkutsk - Vladivostok. We offer carefully planned private tours that will allow you to visit several cities on your way.

Are there showers aboard Trans-Siberian trains?

Most of the Trans-Siberian trains do not have showers, and there are two WCs per each carriage. Please consider it while planning your trip. We recommend to choose shorter distances (that is, to plan more overnight stops in the cities along the way) to avoid the inconvenience of not showering. Another option is to choose the trip on board a more luxurious train which has all the on-board amenities that one might need.

Are meals included on the board of Trans-Siberian express train?

When traveling with RZD regular trains meals are not included. You can easily buy your meals in the restaurant car.  Another option is to buy local specialties from “babushkas” (grandmothers, or simply Russian old ladies) on the short train stops along the way. This is a very authentic way of getting your meals.

What is the most comfortable way to travel on the Trans-Siberian railroad?

There are luxurious trains on the Trans-Siberian railway that are quite different from regular RZD trains and can be described as 5* hotels on wheels. We offer this type of accommodation on the Imperial Russia train where you can enjoy a full board menu, a shower and a comfortable compartment.

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Vladivostok - Moscow by "Golden Eagle" Train

Vladivostok - Moscow by

Undoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent and endless steppe and alongside the shore of the world's largest freshwater lake.

Arrive at Vladivostok Airport, where you will be met and transferred to the centrally located four-star Hotel Hyundai. We will enjoy a welcome reception dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travellers and anticipate the epic 15 day voyage that lies ahead.

Vladivostok is a military port, located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine. Our city tour will also take us to the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, which opened in 2012 for the APEC conference.

Following a champagne reception at Vladivostok Railway Station, and with a military band playing on the platform, we will board the  Golden Eagle  Trans-Siberian Express. After settling into our modern, stylish cabins we enjoy dinner in the restaurant car as our rail adventure westwards begins.

Located 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the border with China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the Amur River. Khabarovsk was founded as a military post in 1858, but the region had been populated by several indigenous peoples of the Far East for many centuries. It is now a busy city with tree-lined streets.

We’ll visit the memorial to Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov, the Far East explorer the city is named after, and the impressive World War Two memorial to the fallen soldiers. We will also have time at the Regional Museum where the local history has been well-preserved with a rich collection of artefacts describing the cultural and natural history of the region.

Our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border. Enjoy Russia at its most beautiful and remote, as the landscape unfolds outside your window. Or you may like to attend one of the absorbing lectures or Russian language lessons.

Today offers the perfect opportunity to practice your improving Russian or watch a DVD as you watch the world pass by. For those who like to socialise, the Bar Lounge Car is the perfect place to enjoy a chat with your fellow passengers as you listen to our resident musician.

Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country of beautiful landscapes, nomadic people and rich in culture and history. Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside.

We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as ‘the great place of complete joy’. At Sukhbaatar Square we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. We then drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life.

Alternatively there is an option to stay in the city as part of our  Freedom of Choice touring. After Gandan Monastery and Sukhbaatar Square we visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history. We’ll also see Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, the winter residences of Bogd Khan, the last Mongolian emperor, built between 1893 and 1903. We can also explore the city and have some free time for shopping for Mongolian souvenirs, and their speciality cashmere.

We will also enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces of these welcoming Buryat people. During our exploration of the Old Believers’ Village we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal and is a major highlight on our Trans-Siberian journey. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater. Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish including omul. For five hours we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake with a vista of snow capped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop.

To add to the grandeur of the day our Golden Eagle train will be hauled by a Soviet era steam locomotive on this beautiful section of the line. There will be plenty of opportunities for photographs as the train winds its way along the lake. This will be an unforgettable part of our journey.

Weather permitting, we stop in an extremely picturesque location by the lake for photographic opportunities and for the brave hearted there is time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear and ice-cold waters of Baikal. Travelling onwards to the end of the Baikal branch line, we leave the train and travel by boat on the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills and visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium where you can learn about the flora and fauna of the lake.

We will enjoy a delicious barbecue, including freshly smoked omul fish, prepared by our own chefs on the shore of Lake Baikal to complete a memorable day. As part of our  Freedom of Choice  excursion programme you can choose a hiking opportunity that offers some spectacular and panoramic hillside views of the lake below.

 

The world’s  , containing approximately 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water, it is the deepest and the clearest of all lakes. Lake Baikal is the 7th largest lake in the world and is considered to be the world’s oldest lake dating back 25 million years.

The lake is completely surrounded by mountains, contains 27 islands and hosts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The most amazing fact is that two thirds of all Lake Baikal's species are unique only to this lake and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

 

 

Our visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace- like decorations that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. We also visit the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825, and we recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

You could learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch with our  Freedom of Choice  option. Or you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) or an urban apartment to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.

Founded in 1661 as a fortress on the distant Russian border, Irkutsk soon became a large merchant city; a gold mining and trading post with China. Before the revolution, Irkutsk was often referred to as the Saint-Petersburg of Siberia. During the tour you will get acquainted with many of the well preserved historical monuments: the  ,  ,  ,  , the reconstructed  , wooden cottages and the so called "lace house," also known as the " ," the  , beautiful streets of the city and the lively market hall. 

 

A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on the journey so far. Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few more words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window.

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and science predominate. The city is located in the heart of Russia and is situated on both banks of the River Ob. Our city tour takes us to Lenin Square where the imposing Opera House is located. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world. In front of the Opera House, we visit an impressive statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.

Time permitting, south of the city we will visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum. The museum displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era. Alternatively, as part of our Freedom of Choice programme choose to visit the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.

Located in the southwesten part of Siberia on the banks of the Ob river, Novosibirsk was founded in 1893 at the future site of the Trans-Siberian Railway crossing of the Siberian River Ob. At that time it was named Novonikolayevsk in honor of Saint Nicholas and after the reigning Tsar Nicholas II. In 1907, with a population exceeding 47,000, it was granted town status with full rights for self-government. Throughout its history, Novosibirsk experienced steady economic growth thus becoming a modern city with a population of 1.5 million, the third largest city in Russia, mostly known for its advanced scientific research and technological center, Akademgorodok.

 

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg, is the capital of the Urals. Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia so that the cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918 following 78 days of imprisonment. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

Time permitting, our Freedom of Choice programme features either a visit to the recently opened Museum of Military Machinery. The museum houses an amazing collection of different types of military hardware including tanks, aircraft, boats and even armoured trains. The museum is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the Soviet past, unparalleled by anything else along the route.  Alternatively, we will make a short stop at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre, recently opened in Yekaterinburg, which is dedicated to the contemporary political history of Russia and its first president.

Founded in 1723 and named after Peter the Great's wife, Empress Ekaterina, Yekaterinburg was one of Russia’s first industrial cities. Today it is the fourth-largest city in Russia. It is located at the border of Europe and Asia and is mostly known for the tragic events that took place soon after the October Revolution, on July 17, 1918, when Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatyana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexey were murdered by the Bolsheviks at the Ipatiev House in this city.  

Situated on the River Volga, the picturesque and historic city of Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here we have the opportunity to see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of this city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore its stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.

As Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938), we honour his memory with a private concert of his music.

You will also have time to wander through the main pedestrian area of Kazan and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city.

The capital and the largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan is located on the picturesque banks of the Volga River. The Kazan Kremlin is the main historic site of the city and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible, it is the home of many old buildings including The Annunciation Cathedral, dating back to the 16th century, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Spasskaya Tower, and the recently built Qol Sharif mosque.

 

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 also visit Red Square, an 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 fac?ade of the world famous GUM department store, constructed in Tsarist times, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb.

Lunch is served in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion. An essential part of any visit to Moscow is 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.

If you have been to Moscow before we offerincluded Freedom of Choice touring where we show you other sights of Moscow such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum.

Included in our time spent in Moscow is one night at the five-star Marriott Royal Aurora, or similar. Located in Moscow city centre, and within walking distance of Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre, this luxury hotel offers spacious accommodation with butler service for each guest room – the only hotel in Moscow to offer this fine service.

Our final evening is spent saying our goodbyes to our fellow travelling companions and friends at the Farewell Dinner.

Following breakfast, any free time can be spent exploring this rapidly evolving city. It is possible that we will visit The Kremlin this morning. At the conclusion of your time here, you will be transferred to Moscow Airport to begin your journey home.

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.

 

The City Tour of Moscow will offer excellent views of the Kremlin, Red Square, Kitay Gorod, Tverskaya, Arbat, and Zamoskvorechje. Later we will visit Red Square and the Kremlin with its golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, and many other landmarks. Inside the Kremlin the main attractions are the three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, which date back to the 15th-16th centuries. Other landmarks are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, Terem Place, and the Great Kremlin Palace - the official residence of Russian presidents.

 

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May - Jun 2022 $18,095.00 (Silver Class - Twin ) $26,995.00 (Silver Class - Single) $22,695.00 (Gold Class - Twin) $37,395.00 (Gold Class - Single) $38,195.00 (Imperial Suite - Twin) $76,195.00 (Imperial Suite - Single) Aug - Sep 2022 $19,395.00 (Silver Class - Twin ) $28,995.00 (Silver Class - Single) $23,795.00 (Gold Class - Twin) $39,495.00 (Gold Class - Single) $42,195.00 (Imperial Suite - Twin) $84,295.00 (Imperial Suite - Single) May - Jun 2023 $18,095.00 (Silver Class - Twin ) $26,995.00 (Silver Class - Single) $22,695.00 (Gold Class - Twin ) $37,395.00 (Gold Class - Single) $38,195.00 (Imperial Suite - Twin ) $76,195.00 (Imperial Suite - Twin ) Aug - Sep 2023 $19,395.00 (Silver Class - Twin ) $28,995.00 (Silver Class - single) $23,795.00 (Gold Class - Twin ) $39,495.00 (Gold Class - Single ) $42,195.00 (Imperial Suite - Twin) $84,295.00 (Imperial Suite - Single)

Deposit requirements (2022): Silver Class: $2000 per person Gold Class: $3000 per person Imperial Suite: $6000 per person

Deposit requirements (2023): Silver Class: $2500 per person Gold Class: $3500 per person Imperial Suite: $7000 per person

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Sailing schools and courses (ISSA, RYA, IYT) in Russia

The possibilities for yachting in russia are unlimited, since this is a country with a long maritime history. you just need to choose where you want to sail. small and big lakes, full-flowing rivers, warm and cold seas — all this is available to those who want to try sailing in this country..

Sailing schools and courses (ISSA, RYA, IYT) in Russia

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You will be able to master the skills of sailing; learn to feel the boat, approach and leave the pier, learn about the safety measures on the water and much more.

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International Bareboat Skipper (IYT) Course

International Bareboat Skipper (IYT) Course

Having received the International Bareboat Skipper Certificate, you can independently charter a yacht on a charter and operate it in the waters of any country.

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ISSA Offshore Skipper course

ISSA Offshore Skipper course

The certificated confirms the skills sufficient to sail the yacht in light and dark hours at a distance from a sheltered port up to 100 sea miles.

IYT International Crew course

IYT International Crew course

This is a certificate of excellence for those candidates who wish to train to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht. It includes Introduction to Boating for power and sail yachts.

IYT Introductory Sailing Skills course

IYT Introductory Sailing Skills course

This course is great for groups of friends or like-minded people to get together for a few days of fun sailing while learning skills to better help as crew onboard.

IYT Try Sailing Course

IYT Try Sailing Course

It’s a fun hands-on course to enjoy being on the water while learning basic sailing skills.

Yacht management training in the Moscow region

Yacht management training in the Moscow region

In three hours of training, you will learn the basic techniques of managing a yacht, learn some of the specifics of working with a yacht, a helm, sails.

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RYA Coastal Skipper course

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

RYA Competent Crew course

RYA Competent Crew course

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

RYA Day Skipper course

RYA Day Skipper course

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

RYA Start Yachting course

RYA Start Yachting course

A short introduction to sailing for complete beginners.

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VLADIVOSTOK – KHABAROVSK – ULAAN BAATAR – ULAN UDE – LAKE BAIKAL – IRKUTSK – NOVOSIBIRSK – YEKATERINBURG – KAZAN – MOSCOW

Please note all Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian departures have been suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and the international sanctions that have been subsequently placed on Russia.

Undoubtedly the world’s greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent and endless steppe and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake.

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Day 1  vladivostok.

Arrive at Vladivostok Airport, where you are met and transferred to the five-star Lotte Hotel Vladivostok.

This evening you are invited to our Welcome Dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

DAY 2  Vladivostok

Vladivostok is a military port located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Due to its military importance, the city was closed to foreigners between 1930 and 1992. Vladivostok (literally translated as ‘Ruler of the East’) offers visitors an interesting opportunity to explore its principal military attractions including a visit to a preserved World War Two submarine. Our city tour will also take us to the iconic suspension bridge over Golden Horn Bay, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, which opened in 2012 for the APEC conference.

Following a champagne reception at Vladivostok Railway Station, and with a military band playing on the platform, we will board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. After settling into our modern, stylish cabins we enjoy dinner in the restaurant car as our rail adventure westwards begins.

DAY 3  Khabarovsk

Situated 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the border with China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the Amur River. Khabarovsk was founded as a military post in 1858, but the region had been populated by several indigenous peoples of the Far East for many centuries. It is now a busy city with tree-lined streets.

Located next to the station we will pass the monument to Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov, the Far East explorer the city is named after, and see the impressive World War Two memorial to the fallen soldiers. We will also have time at the Regional Museum where the local history has been well-preserved with a rich collection of artefacts describing the cultural and natural history of the region

DAY 4  On Board

Our journey today follows the Shilka and Amur rivers, close to the Chinese border.

Enjoy Russia at its most beautiful and remote, as the landscape unfolds outside your window. Or you may like to attend one of the absorbing lectures or Russian language lessons.

DAY 5  On Board

Today offers the perfect opportunity to practice your improving Russian or watch a DVD as you watch the world pass by.

For those who like to socialise, the Bar Lounge Car is the perfect place to enjoy a chat with your fellow passengers as you listen to our resident musician.

DAY 6 Ulaan Baatar

Our Trans-Siberian adventure takes us into Mongolia and a visit to its capital, Ulaan Baatar. Mongolia, once the very centre of an enormous empire led by Genghis Khan, is a country rich in culture and history with beautiful landscapes and nomadic people. Mongolia is famous for its endless green Steppes, grazing livestock and white, nomadic Gers (Yurts) dotted all across the countryside.

We start the tour at Gandan Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important Buddhist Monasteries housing a community of over 500 monks. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates as ‘the great place of complete joy’. At Chinggis Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square) we can see the central monument to Genghis Khan, undoubtedly the most feared and revered Mongol. We then drive out of the city to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Mongolia, having the opportunity to visit a traditional Ger and meet a nomadic family or try our hand at horse-riding, an intrinsic part of Mongolian life.

Alternatively, there is an option to stay in the city as part of our Freedom of Choice touring. After Gandan Monastery and Chinggis Square we visit the National Museum where we learn about the country’s intriguing history. We will also see Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, the winter residences of Bogd Khan, the last Mongolian emperor, built between 1893 and 1903.

We can also explore the city and have some free time for shopping for Mongolian souvenirs and their specialty cashmere. We will also enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing and contortionists.

Please note, depending on final timings provided by the railway authorities we may substitute the railway journey from Russia into Ulaan Baatar with a private jet charter from Irkutsk or Ulan Ude so that we can maintain the advertised programme for Mongolia. This will be advised in your final documentation.

DAY 7 Ulan Ude

The ethnic and cultural diversity of Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, offers a unique insight into its heritage. As we tour the area you will notice the different faces of these welcoming Buryat people.

During our exploration of the Old Believers’ Village we have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

DAY 8 Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal, a major highlight on our Trans-Siberian journey. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater. Also known as the ‘Pearl of Siberia’, it is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish including omul. For five hours we wind our way through tunnels along cliff hugging tracks above the lake. With a vista of snow-capped peaks along the far shore forming a picture-perfect backdrop, we gain a full appreciation of the engineering achievement which produced this part of the railway in the early twentieth century. To add to the grandeur of the day our Golden Eagle train will be hauled by a Soviet Era steam locomotive on this beautiful section of line. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs as the train winds its way along the lake.

Weather permitting, we stop in an extremely picturesque location by the lake for photographic opportunities. For the brave hearted, there is time for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear and ice-cold waters of Baikal. Travelling onwards to the end of the Baikal branch line, we leave the train and travel by boat on the lake to Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at the base of the surrounding hills and visit the Lake Baikal Museum and Aquarium where you can learn about the flora and fauna of the lake.

We will enjoy a delicious barbecue prepared by our own chefs, including freshly smoked omul fish, in the delightful covered dining area on the shore of Lake Baikal to complete a memorable day.

As part of our Freedom of Choice excursion programme you can choose a hiking opportunity up Chersky Mount or you can choose to take the chair lift, which offers some spectacular and panoramic hillside views of the grandeur of the lake below.

DAY 9 Irkutsk

Our visit to Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like decorations that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. We also visit the Volkonsky House Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of the aristocrats who were exiled to this remote outpost after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825. We recreate the atmosphere of that time with a champagne reception and private concert.

You could learn to cook some traditional Russian dishes with a local chef and prepare your own lunch with our Freedom of Choice option. Or you might also wish to visit a traditional Russian Dacha (summer house) to get an insight into the everyday life of an average Russian family.

Please note: Freedom of Choice touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalised train timings and local weather conditions.

DAY 10  On Board

A day to unwind and reflect on the many sights and sounds we have experienced on the journey so far. Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps learn a few more words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever changing landscape outside your window.

DAY 11 Novosibirsk

A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and science predominate. The city is located in the heart of Russia and is situated on both banks of the River Ob. Our city tour takes us to Lenin Square where the imposing Opera House is located. An architectural marvel, it houses two permanent ballet and opera companies and is one of the largest opera houses in the world. In front of the Opera House, we visit an impressive statue of Lenin – a marvellous opportunity to have your photograph taken with this iconic political leader.

Time permitting, south of the city we will visit Novosibirsk’s excellent Railway Museum. The museum displays locomotives and rolling stock from the late 1800s, including carriages of the Tsars, through to the Soviet era. Alternatively, as part of our Freedom of Choice programme, you may choose to visit the Mineralogical Centre with its fine display of Siberian minerals.

DAY 12 Yekaterinburg

Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the capital of the Urals. Known as the Great Divide, the Ural Mountains create the natural border between Europe and Asia so that the cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. Our city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918 following 78 days of imprisonment. Now a church dedicated to their memory, this site provides us with a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. We will also drive to the obelisk marking the geographical border and we can drink a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

Time permitting, our Freedom of Choice programme features either a visit to the recently opened Museum of Military Machinery. The museum houses an amazing collection of different types of military hardware including tanks, aircraft, boats and even armoured trains. The museum is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the Soviet past, unparalleled by anything else along the route.  Alternatively, we will make a short stop at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre, recently opened in Yekaterinburg, which is dedicated to the contemporary political history of Russia and its first president.

DAY 13 Kazan

Situated on the River Volga, the picturesque and historic city of Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan. Here we see for ourselves its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of this city tour is our exploration of the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel we will explore the stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.

As Kazan is the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938), we honour his memory with a private concert of his music. You will also have time to wander through the main pedestrian area of Kazan and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city.

DAY 14 Moscow

Our touring programme of Russia’s capital 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 where we will enjoy an exclusive private viewing.

Our exploration of the city continues with a visit to Red Square, the iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture. Here we visit the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires and marvel at the beautiful façade of the world-famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times.

Lunch is served in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion. An essential part of any visit to Moscow is 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.

If you have been to Moscow before we offer an included Freedom of Choice touring programme where we show you other sights of Moscow such as the famous State Tretyakov Gallery (National Museum of Fine Art) or the Space Museum.

Included in our time spent in Moscow is one night at the stylish five-star Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. Located in the historic building of Moskva Hotel 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

DAY 15  Moscow

Following breakfast, spend the remaining time in Moscow at your leisure, followed by your transfer which will take you to the airport to begin the return flight home.

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.

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  • Private en-suite accommodation on the Golden Eagle train
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  • All gratuities – on and off the train
  • Luggage porterage throughout the journey
  • Freshly prepared meals on board, using the finest local ingredients
  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants
  • Generous drinks allowance, including international wines with lunch and dinner
  • Golden Eagle Gala Caviar dinner
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • Expertly guided off-train excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Freedom of Choice touring options

Tour Highlights

  • Champagne reception on departure with a military brass band performance
  • Private viewing of the Kremlin armoury in Moscow
  • Soviet-era steam locomotive haulage at Lake Baikal
  • Barbecue on the shores of Lake Baikal, plus the opportunity to swim in its ice-cold waters
  • See Mongolia’s three national sports in action in a mini-Naadam showcase
  • Authentic performances showcasing traditional Russian and Mongolian culture

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King Midas has returned to Fortnite Island in Fortnite : Chapter 5, Season 2. He brings with him all kinds of gilded fun for players to have, including the Rise Of Midas Quests. With these quests you can earn not just XP, but also other rewards including the Cerberus Medallion Spray, Rose of Avarice Back Bling, and Queen In Gold Glider.

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The Rise Of Midas Quests are available to complete until April 2nd. If you're having trouble navigating the quests and need some guidance on what to do and where you need to go, don't worry, we're here to help!

Updated March 28, 2024 by Connie Watson: The final batch of the Rise of Midas quests, The Great Marigold Yacht Heist, have dropped, so we've updated this guide to include those and how to complete them.

Midas, who was imprisoned by Hades , has broken out and is on the rise again. But how did he get out, and what does he have planned for the Olympians?

The Rise of Midas quests are here to help you learn what happened, and on the way you get to earn valuable XP and some pretty nifty rewards .

Some of the Rise Of Midas Quests can be completed on the Marigold Yacht , which is anchored in the ocean to the east of Grim Gate . Others can be done anywhere else on the map.

The quests come in multiple parts :

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  • Et Tu, Brutus?
  • Myths Of Midas

There are three quests to complete under the Midas Rises section. The first one comes in three stages .

Stage

Quest

XP

Collect

10K

Investigate Midas' Jail Cell,

10K

on Midas' Escape. You can talk to her through the Scrying Pools.

10K

When you talk to Marigold, she will ask you questions about Midas' escape. Here are the answers to those questions:

  • How did he escape? - A guard unshackled one of his hands.
  • Then what happened? - He used his free hand to turn the other shackle gold!
  • What was the final step to his escape? - He shoved open the cell door.

The remaining two quests you need to complete are:

Quest

XP

or a for

10K

Hit an Olympian Boss ( ) with .

10K

Midas suspects his buddy Brutus to be a traitor, and has tasked you with investigating him.

Quest

Guide

XP

, hire located around the map.

10K

Purchase an item or from a Midas Vending Machine or Service Station to complete this quest. This needs to be done in three separate matches.

10K

Visit the Marigold Yacht and . You'll see a sparkly transparent shape in the middle of the hallway. to complete the quest.

10K

When you've completed the above quests, a new one will pop up, telling you to confront Brutus . You can do this by using one of the Scrying Pools to contact him.

The first quest in this list comes in three stages . They are:

Stage

Quest

XP

Deal while under the effects of The River Styx.

10K

at Grim Gate to collect a

10K

.

10K

The remaining two quests are:

Quest

XP

at Mod Benchs.

10K

with fully modded weapons.

10K

Quest

Guide

XP

You can purchase a Drum Gun or find one on the map anywhere. to enemy players with a Drum Gun to complete this quest.

10K

Finish the game without having consumed any healing items. This .

10K

This one is pretty straightforward. Simply before eliminating any opponent, including NPCs and bosses.

10K

anywhere on the map and consume it to fill up your health over time.

10K

Quest

Guide

XP

on the map and there.

10K

, you only need to .

10K

Get in a car and when you're near an enemy player ( ), honk the horn.

10K

Travel using Wings of Icarus.

10K

Either , or .

10K

Goals

Reward

Cerberus Medallion Spray

Rose of Avarice Back Bling

Queen In Gold Glider

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Hungary striker Martin Ádám didn’t play much in his side’s Euro 2024 opener, but he was on the field long enough to become something of a viral sensation.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, Ádám’s size is immediately noticeable when he steps onto the pitch. Combined with his shaved head and large ginger beard, the 29-year-old quickly became a fan favorite during an 11-minute cameo in Hungary’s 3-1 loss to Switzerland.

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As we sit roughly 10 months out from the 2025 NFL draft, running a mock draft for the purpose of trying to predict how things will unfold is a bit pointless. Obviously, a lot is going to change with players rising and falling down draft boards and team needs changing as the 2024 NFL season takes place.

However, with the college football season inching closer, what mock drafts can provide us with are some early round names to watch for the upcoming season. For the Indianapolis Colts specifically, a popular name for them in mock drafts has been Georgia safety Malaki Starks. To read more about Starks and why he could be a fit for the Colts, click here .

Using Pro Football Focus’ mock draft machine and its predetermined draft order, I let the computer make each of the first-round selections. Here is how things turned out:

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1.6 Washington Commanders: Mason Graham, IDL, Michigan

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1.7 Arizona Cardinals: Tetairoa McMillan, WR, Arizona

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Dec 28, 2023; San Antonio, TX, USA; Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan (4) gets ready for a play in the first half against the Oklahoma Sooners at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

1.8 Minnesota Vikings: Luther Burden III, WR, Missouri

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Dec 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Luther Burden III (3) runs upfield during the fourth quarter of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Ohio State Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium.

1.9 Las Vegas Raiders: Carson Beck, QB, Georgia

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Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (15) Throws a pass to Georgia wide receiver Rara Thomas (9) during the G-Day spring football game in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

1.10 Seattle Seahawks: Kelvin Banks Jr., IOL, Texas

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Texas Longhorn offensive linemen Kelvin Banks (#78) works out during their second day of preseason practice at the Denius Fields on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023.

1.11 New Orleans Saints: Nic Scourton, Edge, Texas A&M

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Purdue Boilermakers linebacker Nic Scourton (5) watches a replay on the scoreboard during the NCAA football game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue Boilermakers won 49-30.

1.12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Benjamin Morrison, CB, Notre Dame

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Benjamin Morrison CB of the Fighting Irish at practice at the Fighting Irish Athletic Center at Notre Dame on Thursday July 27, 2023.

1.13 Indianapolis Colts: Malaki Starks, S, Georgia

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wOct 28, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Malaki Starks (24) against the Florida Gators during the first half at EverBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

1.14 Pittsburgh Steelers: Tacario Davis, S, Arizona

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Nov 25, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Wildcats cornerback Tacario Davis (23) celebrates a play against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first half of the Territorial Cup at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

1.15 Los Angeles Rams: Abdul Carter, Edge, Penn State

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Nov 4, 2023; College Park, Maryland, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Abdul Carter (11) celebrates after sacking Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) dung the first half at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

1.16 Jacksonville Jaguars: Colston Loveland, TE, Michigan

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Michigan tight end Colston Loveland celebrates a play against Washington during the second half of U-M’s 34-13 win in the College Football Playoff national championship game in Houston on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

1.17 Cleveland Browns: Travis Hunter, WR, Colorado

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Apr 27, 2024; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Travis Hunter (12) during a spring game event at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

1.18 Chicago Bears: JT Tuimoloau, Edge, Ohio State

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Dec 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end JT Tuimoloau (44) tackles Missouri Tigers running back Cody Schrader (7) on run in the first quarter during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium.

1.19 Los Angeles Chargers: Harold Perkins, LB, LSU

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Oct 21, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Army Black Knights running back Kanye Udoh (26) is hit by LSU Tigers linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. (4) on a run during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

1.20 Houston Texans: Ollie Gordon II, RB, Oklahoma State

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Dec 27, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Ollie Gordon II (0) hurdles Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Dalton Brooks (25) in the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

1.21 New York Jets: Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas

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Texas Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) throws a pass while warming up ahead of the Longhorns’ spring Orange and White game at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, April 20, 2024.

1.22 Atlanta Falcons: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

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April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (2) catches a pass for the scarlet team during the first half of the LifeSports Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.

1.23 Miami Dolphins: Kevin Winston Jr., S, Penn State

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Dec 30, 2023; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins (4) is tackled by Penn State Nittany Lions safety Kevin Winston Jr. (21) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

1.24 Green Bay Packers: Jack Sawyer, Edge, Ohio State

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Nov 18, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Jack Sawyer (33) celebrates a tackle during the first half of the NCAA football game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ohio Stadium.

1.25 Dallas Cowboys: Ashton Gillotte, IDL, Louisville

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Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Ashton Gillotte (9) brings down Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Devin Leary (13) for a sack in the first half Saturday. Nov. 25, 2023.

1.26 Philadelphia Eagles: Jabbar Muhammad, CB, Oregon

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Oregon defensive back Jabbar Muhammad carries the ball during practice with the Ducks Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore.

1.27 Detroit Lions: Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ohio State

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April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Devin Brown (33) hands off to Quinshon Judkins (1) for the scarlet team during the first half of the LifeSports spring football game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.

1.28 Cincinnati Bengals: Tre Harris, WR, Ole Miss

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Nov 4, 2023; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Tre Harris (9) catches the ball against Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Jayvon Thomas (14) during the first half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

1.29 Buffalo Bills: Omarion Hampton, RB, UNC

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Nov 11, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Omarion Hampton (28) with the ball as Duke Blue Devils linebacker Tre Freeman (12) defends in the first overtime at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

1.30 Baltimore Ravens: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

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Sep 2, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Burke (10) lines up during the NCAA football game at Indiana University Memorial Stadium. Ohio State won 23-3.

1.31 San Francisco 49ers: Evan Stewart, WR, Oregon

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Oregon wide receiver Evan Stewart makes a catch during practice with the Ducks Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Ore.

1.32 Kansas City Chiefs: Jonah Savaiinaea, IOL, Arizona

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Nov 25, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Jonah Savaiinaea (71) against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the Territorial Cup at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Florida Gators Jac Caglianone Named Two-Way Player of the Year

Bennett solomon | jun 12, 2024.

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On Wednesday, Florida Gators baseball first baseman and left-handed pitcher Jac Caglianone was named the Two-Way Player of the Year by Perfect Game College Baseball. 

2024 @PGCollegeBall 2W Player of the Year 🏆 The college baseball world knows what ‘Cags’ can do and he has 33 💣s heading to Omaha with an OPS near 1.400 AND just a .225 BAA. https://t.co/nm8fV8ziwA pic.twitter.com/S2br97nOQt — Perfect Game USA (@PerfectGameUSA) June 12, 2024

After getting snubbed of being a Golden Spikes Finalist, Caglianone took home PG College Baseball’s Two-Way POY Award for the second consecutive year. 

Caglianone has done it all throughout the Gators’ season and during their remarkable postseason run. 

As Florida heads to the College World Series for the second straight year, Caglianone has tallied a .411 batting average, 33 home runs, 68 RBI and a .860 slugging percentage, all leading the team. 

Nationally , he’s tied for second in home runs behind Georgia’s Charlie Condon, sixth in batting average, tied for fourth in hits (97) and fourth in slugging percentage. 

On the mound, he’s recorded a 4.71 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 72 ⅔ innings. He also has limited opponents to a .225 batting average against. 

Despite being left off as a Golden Spikes Finalist, none of the finalists will be playing in Omaha. Caglianone will be, and he has a chance to tie or become the record-holder for the most home runs hit in Florida baseball history. He’s hit 73 total during his time with the Gators and is one behind Matt LaPorta , who hit 74 during his time with the program. 

UF will open College World Series play against the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday at 7 p.m. in Omaha. The Gators took two-out-of-three against the Aggies in their first SEC series of the season in March. 

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