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GE3: Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express - Naadam Festival (Eastbound)

13-day tour to Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Ulan-Ude, Lake Baikal, Ulaanbaatar

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GE3: Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express - Naadam Festival (Eastbound) :: Luxury Trans-Siberian Express :: Trans Siberian Railway Tourist OfficeNaadam means ‘three manly games’. Known as the world’s second oldest Olympics, it celebrates what defined civilisation in the Steppes eight centuries ago; archery, wrestling and horse riding. It is held in the Mongolian capital, Ulaan Baatar, during the National Holiday from July 11 – 13 in the National Sports Stadium. The festival now commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country.

Other cities and towns across Mongolia and those with significant Mongolian populations in China have their own smaller, scale Naadam celebrations. The festival begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians which we attend. After the ceremony, the competitions begin of archery, wrestling and horse riding begin. Another popular Naadam activity is the playing of games using ‘shagai’ - sheep knuckles - that serve as game pieces and tokens of both divination and friendship.

This is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience this spectacular but little known festival and soak up the exciting atmosphere of this national holiday.

On 26 April 2007 HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO unveiled the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express®, our new train that brings unprecedented luxury to the world’s greatest railway journey.

The 12 new fully en-suite sleeping cars feature state of the art amenities. 77 sq ft (7 sq m) Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and have everything from power showers and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen and individual air-conditioning. Silver Class cabins are more compact at 60 sq ft (5.5 sq m) but have similar facilities.

A particular delight of the Golden Eagle is our two beautifully appointed restaurant cars, the venue for our chefs to serve carefully-prepared meals using wherever possible only local ingredients. Whether it be the world-renowned ‘Borsch’ or Omul – a fish unique to Lake Baikal – we offer a culinary experience representing the very essence of Russia. Our meals are complemented by wines from around the world, as well as – naturally – vodka.

Yet the social heart of our train is the bar car, a great place to relax and settle into the unhurried pace of life on board. Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know your fellow passengers. Enjoy the sounds of the pianist playing in the evenings; and the bar stays open until the last person leaves.

Gold Class
Cabin area – 77 sq ft (7sqm)
Cabin length – 6’ 7” (2m)
Cabin width – 11’ 8” (3.6m)
Lower bed width – 4’ 5” (1.35m)
Upper bed width – 2’ 9” (85cm)
Bed Length – 6’ 3” (1.9m)
Cabins per car: 5

Silver Class
Cabin area - 60 square feet, (5.5sqm)
Cabin length – 6’ 7” (2m)
Cabin width – 9’ (2.7m)
Lower bed width – 4’ (1.2m)
Upper bed width – 2’ 9” (85cm)
Bed length (upper & lower) – 6’ 3” (1.9m)
Cabins per car: 6

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