It’s not just royalty that can command their own private railway carriages. Now, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains is raising the luxury train travel bar still further on its Trans-Siberian journeys and introducing the Romanov Suite onboard the private Golden Eagle train – an entire private carriage with its own kitchen, chef and personal guide. Privacy comes at a price though: $122,376 for full carriage hire.
With all its best compartments – the sumptuous Imperial Suites – currently a sell out for the year ahead, these VIP Suites have been introduced to meet the demand for high-quality rail accommodation. The exclusive Suite, which can newly be added on to the formation of the Golden Eagle, consists of two bedrooms (sleeping up to 4 guests), a lounge/dining room, a kitchen and personal chef. Offered exclusively by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, this is the perfect solution for families, or for travelers who want to sample a grand rail journey as part of a group but also value additional space and privacy. The Romanov Suite will be available on all Trans-Siberian routes from June 2018. Meanwhile all other cabin classes, as well as the Bar Lounge Car, have recently undergone a refresh, with newly upholstered seating and new carpets and soft furnishings throughout.
Romanov Suite guests can expect luxury on a lavish scale. The Master bedroom is equivalent to the Golden Eagle’s Imperial Suite, measuring 120sq ft and benefitting from a king-size bed, private en suite bathroom and remote controlled air-conditioning and heating. The smaller second bedroom, at half the size, is comparable to the Golden Eagle’s Silver Class cabin, with a small lower double bed, a single bunk-style upper bed, and private en suite bathroom/wet room. Services include a complimentary mini-bar, private guiding and chauffeur in the destinations visited along the way, and laundry service.
From the moment passengers step aboard the Golden Eagle luxury hotel-on-wheels, they can relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of. Fine dining menus, meticulously planned itineraries, cabin attendants and an on-board doctor ensure a care-free experience, while a variety of activities are available on the move too, including Russian language classes and vodka tastings.
TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS IN STYLE
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, the world's leading operator of luxury rail tours by private train, launched the Golden Eagle in 2007, and the classic Trans-Siberian has been a long-standing popular choice. Now guests can travel along this epic route, undoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, in total luxury. Join the Golden Eagle’s Trans-Siberian Express passage between Moscow and Vladivostok, covering a massive 11,000kms over two weeks, largely following the famed Trans-Siberian Railway which weaves through Russia’s vast and little-visited interior, over the Urals and across the steppe.
Among the many highlights along the way are: witnessing the modern Soviet city of Novosibirsk; enjoying a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia at Yekaterinburg, known as the Great Divide; learning to cook traditional Russian dishes in the ‘Paris of Siberia’, Irkutsk; being hauled by a Soviet-Era steam locomotive along the shores of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world; watching a folk performance in the Old Believers Village at Ulan Ude; and, in Mongolia, exploring its capital, Ulaan Baatar, and visiting a traditional Ger to meet a nomadic family in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.
Price: from $122,376pp based on 2 or 4 sharing, including exclusive hire of the Romanov Suite with 12 nights on-board the Golden Eagle and 2 nights’ hotel accommodation, all meals and drinks with private chef, private vehicle and tour guide for off-train excursions, porterage, arrival and departure transfers, complimentary laundry and gratuities. Flights are extra.
For further information contact Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, + 44 (0)161 928 9410 goldeneagleluxurytrains.com