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CAUCASIAN VI

RUSSIAN STEAM ADVENTURE

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 13, 2018

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3,500 MILES PULLED BY

21 DIFFERENT STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

STEAM EVENT OF THE YEAR!

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The Caucasian VI Steam Tour is a nostalgic tour in Russia as we travel across the Caucasus hauled throughout by 21 restored Soviet steam locomotives. Join us for a 15-day adventure on our private train, consisting of Golden Eagle en-suite sleeping accommodation as well as Heritage Class accommodation, lounge and restaurant cars. The tour offers a constantly changing window on this rarely explored part of western Russia combined with the very best off-train experiences each day.

 

Our journey begins in Russia’s Capital city, Moscow. After a day exploring the city’s iconic sites including Red Square and the Kremlin, the following day we join our train at Kazanskiy Station after a champagne reception in the iconic Imperial waiting room. On departure our train, hauled by a huge P36 locomotive (Russia’s final passenger design and Europe’s largest steam locomotive) will slowly thread its way through the suburbs of Moscow as it gains speed on our way south heading for the Volga at Saratov and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. We then head west along the stunning Caucasus Mountains to Grozny, Chechnya’s rebuilt capital and Vladikavkaz, capital of adjacent North Ossetia.

 

We then visit the Mineralnye-Vodi Spa towns area and visit Pyatigorsk and Kislovodsk – favourite resorts for the Soviet leaders. Heading west through the mountains we visit remote Guamsky Canyon before dropping down to the Black Sea Coast and then running three hours along the scenic coastal line to Sochi. After enjoying the pebbled beaches of Sochi and a possible side trip to Gagra in Abkhazia, we will return north with mountains giving way for the fertile lowlands as we visit Krasnodar and Tikhoretsk (location of the North Caucasus steam repair depot) before we arrive in Rostov-on-Don, departure point of our tour in 1992.

 

From Rostov, we head east to Volgograd (the former Stalingrad) and our final leg takes us back to Moscow where a Gala Dinner on board the Golden Eagle will mark the end of the tour before our flights home the following morning.

 

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Day 1 Saturday September 29:

Upon arrival at Moscow Airport you will be met and transferred to the five-star Leningradskaya Hilton for our Welcome Dinner and a two-night stay. The hotel is conveniently located in Moscow city center, and within walking distance of Komsomolskaya Square with its three ornate mainline railway stations. 

 

Day 2 Sunday September 30:

Our touring program 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 Armory Chamber. We will enjoy an exclusive private viewing before it opens to the public before, visiting Red Square. This 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 façade of the world famous GUM department store which was constructed in Tsarist times, is also the somber and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb. We will have lunch in Café Pushkin, a legendary Moscow restaurant with a décor that revives the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion and serves traditional Russian cuisine and end the day with 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 included 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.

 

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Day 3 Monday October 1:

Today we will head to Moscow Kazanskiy Station where you will be greeted in the magnificent Imperial Waiting Room with a cold glass of Russian Champagne as you are welcomed by the train staff. The excitement in the waiting room audibly mounts and, 30 minutes before departure, your car attendants will escort you to Platform 1 where our train awaits, a magnificent blue P36 steam locomotive at its head. Soon a loud whistle indicates our imminent departure and our journey begins, the train snaking out of the station as we start as we gain speed and head south, away from Moscow.

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Moscow – Mikhailov  P36 4-8-4

Mikhailov – Tambov  Doubleheading P36 4-8-4 + 4-8-4

 

Day 4 Tuesday October 2:

Today we will arrive on the banks of the Volga river at Saratov. The town has a unique resort atmosphere with a distinctly Central European ambience. A former closed city during Soviet times, the city is home to Russia's first major public art museum situated outside Moscow or St. Petersburg. The Radishchev Museum is named after the "first Russian revolutionary", Alexander Radishchev. This afternoon we will enjoy lunch on board as we travel along the Volga River towards the Caspian Sea.

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Tambov – Saratov – Elton  Doubleheading P36 4-8-4 + 4-8-4

 

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Day 5 Wednesday October 3:

We spend the morning in the culturally diverse town of Astrakhan, Russia’s Caviar capital. Its two impressive cathedrals are accompanied by equally interesting mosques, synagogues and temples. We will have a boat trip on the Volga Delta where the intricate wetlands are home to hundreds of bird and fish species and then have lunch traveling by train across the Delta, perhaps including some of Astrakhan’s most famous export!

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Elton – Astrakhan  2 x P36 4-8-4 + 4-8-4

Astrakhan – Kizlyar  LV 2-10-2

 

Day 6 Thursday October 4:

Today we arrive at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains as we visit the towns of Grozny, Chechnya and Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia.  Despite the region's recent turbulent history after the fall of the Soviet Union, both cities feature many interesting features including Grozny's Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque. Completed in 2008 and locally known as the Heart of Chechnya, this is by far the largest mosque in Russia and was part of the huge regeneration program that has completely transformed Grozny. Vladikavkaz, situated in a stunning location in the Caucasus mountain foothills, was established as a Russian fortress in 1784 and is at the northern end of the Georgian Military Highway, a huge undertaking at the end of the 18th century to link the South and North Caucasus.

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Kizlyar – Grozny – Prokhladny 2 x LV 2-10-2 + 2-10-2

Prokhladny – Vladikavkaz  Su 2-6-2

 

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Day 7 Friday October 5:

Our train will continue west this morning pausing at the impressive station of Mineralnye-Vodi (Mineral Water) before taking the steep branch line up to Kislovodsk. Here we have the opportunity for a walking tour of the city’s well-manicured gardens and cobbled streets. In Soviet times Kislovodsk was a closed area and required special permission to visit as it was a favorite haunt of the Soviet leadership.  Here we will have lunch at the restaurant Zamok (Castle) before continuing by train to Pyatigorsk, another Spa town, on our way back down to Mineralnye-Vodi.

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Vladikavkaz – Mineralnye-Vodi  L 2-10-0

Mineralnye-Vodi – Kislovodsk return  L + LV 2-10-0 + 2-10-2

Mineralnye-Vodi – Armavir  2 x Su 2-6-2 + 2-6-2

 

Day 8 Saturday October 6:

Traveling overnight, we arrive in the small town of Apsheronsk which is in the most densely forested area of our tour. Here we transfer to the tiny village of Guamka where we will join a restored 1930s narrow gauge railroad for a journey through Guamsky Canyon, pausing midway for a very scenic lunch. This evening, dinner will be served on board as we head south to the Black Sea coast.

 

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Guamsky Canyon the Narrow Gauge Railroad

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Armavir – Belorechensk  2 x Su 2-6-2 + 2-6-2

Belorechensk – Apsheronsk return  2 x Er 0-10-0 + 0-10-0

Guamka – Mezmay return  Narrow Gauge Diesel

 

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Day 9 Sunday October 7:

This morning we will arrive in the colorful coastal town of Tuapse, one of the Black Sea’s biggest oil terminals. Here we will join the scenic coastal ‘Russian Riviera’ line all the way to Sochi.  After lunch on board we will disembark for a tour of the Winter Olympic city (actually held at Krasnya Polyana, about 25 miles from Sochi in the Caucasus Mountains).

 

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Route and Locomotives

 

Belorechensk – Sochi  Su + LV 2-6-2 +2-10-2

 

Day 10 Monday October 8:

We are hoping to continue south down the coast today into Abkhazia, however negotiations on this sector are still going on at the time of writing.  Our train will, hopefully, stop in the town of Gagra, which was Lenin’s coastal summer destination of choice and during the Soviet era a playground for Russian elites. The town has been substantially re-built following the war with Georgia which resulted in Abkhazia declaring independence.

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Sochi – Gagra return  LV + L 2-10-2 + 2-10-0

 

Day 11 Tuesday October 9:

We run back up the coast to Tuapse before taking a relatively new and very steep line up to Goryachy Kluch, before arriving at Krasnodar late morning. Nicknamed ‘Little Paris’ because of its European style, we visit Krasnodar for a brief tour of the charming city center. We will return to the train for lunch before arriving in Tikhoretsk where there will also be the opportunity to visit the locomotive repair depot here to see more historic locos.

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Sochi – Tuapse  L + Su 2-10-0 + 2-6-0

Tuapse – Krasnodar  FD + Yem 2-10-2 + 2-10-0

Krasnodar – Tikhoretsk – Bataisk  P36 4-8-4

Tikhoretsk depot  9P 0-6-0

 

Day 12 Wednesday October 10:

After an early morning stop in Azov, we arrive into Rostov-on-Don this morning where we will transfer to the famous Gagarin Children’s Railway, a miniature narrow gauge railroad for a tour around Nikolai Ostrovsky Park. After a lunch in Rostov we will continue our exploration of southern Russia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city including a boat ride on the Don River to the Cossack capital of Starocherkassk.

 

Route and Locomotives

Bataisk – Azov  Er 0-10-0

Azov – Rostov  TE 2-10-0

Children’s Railway  Gr 4-6-0

Rostov – Salsk  2 x L 2-10-0 + 2-10-0

Salsk – Kuberle  FD 2-10-2

 

Day 13 Thursday October 11:

This morning we will arrive in Volgograd. Standing on the banks of the Volga, Stalingrad, as the city was known in Soviet times, was the dramatic scene of one of the most important Second World War battles. The Russians heroically turned back the Nazi advance here to alter the course of the war. We will visit the poignantly sobering Mamayev Kurgan war memorial, followed by an informative museum visit.

 

Route and Locomotives

 

Kuberle – Kotelnikovo  FD 2-10-2

Kotelnikovo – Volgograd Yea 0-10-0

Volgograd – Moscow 2 x P36 4-8-4 + 4-8-4

 

Day 14 Friday October 12:

Today we enjoy our final lunch and a Gala Dinner on board the Golden Eagle as we travel on the final leg of this momentous journey north towards Moscow behind our two P36 steam locomotives.

 

Day 15 Saturday October 13:

Our 3,500 mile (5,700km) journey ends as we arrive back into Moscow’s Paveletski station shortly after breakfast. After farewells, you will be transported to the airport or other train stations for your onward journey.

 

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ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON

 

DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY HERITAGE CLASS$12,689 

SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY HERITAGE CLASS$18,995 

SILVER CLASSsold out

GOLD CLASSsold out

IMPERIAL SUITEsold out

DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$3,000 

FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY JUNE 29, 2018

 

PHOTOS OF THE PASSENGER CARS

 

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Introduction:

Each Heritage sleeper carriage has nine sleeping cabins with an upper and lower bed. A shared toilet is available at one end of the carriage and a shared shower at the other end. Each cabin has wood-paneled walls, air-conditioning, power sockets and hanging space. A range of toiletries and a dressing gown are provided.

 

A full length couch provides daytime seating. The large picture window will open for fresh air and for that perfect photo opportunity. During dinner each evening the cabin is converted into two comfortable beds by your attendant who is also on hand to bring early morning tea or coffee.

 

Specification:

9 x 2-bed cabins per carriage

Cabin size: 194cm x 158cm

Cabin area: 3.06 m2 (33 ft2)

Upper bed size: 176cm x 74cm (5'10" x 2'5")

Lower bed size: 185cm x 75cm (6'1" x 2'5.5")

Shared toilet facility and shower facility available at opposite ends of the carriage

Air-conditioned

Full length couch provides daytime seating

9 x 2-beLarge picture window - opens partially, perfect for photograph opportunitiesd cabins per carriage

Clothes hanging storage and power sockets

 

Tour Includes

 

What's Included:

All inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.

 

Experienced Tour Managers

Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organizational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. We receive exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

 

Arrival and Departure Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included.

 

Hotel and On Board Accommodation

Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find you hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

 

Welcome and Farewell Dinners

Each tour begins with a Welcome Dinner, an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers; for the Tour Manager to brief you on the trip; and introduce you to the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains team and the Tour Doctor. The Farewell Dinner is the perfect end to your adventure by private train where you can relive the journey and look ahead to future tours.

 

Route Guide, Itinerary and Information Pack

When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organize a program of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a program for the next day’s touring schedule.

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily

All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

 

Drinks with Meals and from the Bar Lounge Car

A generous drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner. For passengers traveling in Gold Class on board the Golden Eagle, drinks from the Standard Drinks List in the Bar Lounge Car are also included. For Imperial Suite guests, drinks from both the Standard and Premium Bar Lists in the Bar Lounge Car are included.

 

On Board Service

You can expect service which is attentive and friendly. Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottle drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

 

Guided Off-Train Excursions

The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. All our tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations. We believe it is the special little touches that help create magical memories.

 

Freedom of Choice Touring

Customize your journey and enjoy the opportunity to select from an array of Freedom of Choice Touring options that best suits your interests. Your off-train excursions will still take in all the major attractions of the places we are visiting but, in featured locations, you will be presented when you are onboard the train with a variety of activities from which to choose, and enjoy a tailor-made experience. Look at the individual itineraries where we are operating Freedom of Choice Touring.

 

Freedom of Choice Touring options may be subject to variations dependent on finalized train timings and local charges. Touring options available will typically be advised in the evening prior to the day’s tour.

 

Personal Headsets

On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and comprehension of the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. So you do not need to worry about missing any of the interesting details on your excursions.

 

On Board Doctor and Medical Facilities

To give you peace of mind our tours are typically accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. Normally, the doctor will be English speaking.

 

24 Hour Service Attendant - Golden Eagle

Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

 

Porterage

As you only have to unpack once, your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey but, wherever necessary, porterage is included between the hotel and stations.

 

All Gratuities

You will not have to worry about tipping on and off the train on your rail journey with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains as all gratuities are included in the tour price.

 

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TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.