Trans-Siberian Express Adds Luxurious Suites, Upgrades Restaurant Cars, Services

20 Aug

The Imperial Suite, newest and largest accommodations on the Golden Eagle (Photo by GW Travel)

Want to do the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express but worried about tight quarters?

Starting next year, you can book the new, extra-large Imperial Suite on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, the top private train in Russia and Central Asia.

The Golden Eagle train set will have one Imperial Suite, according to the train’s operator, GW Travel. The dining cars and services also are being upgraded.

The Imperial Suite measures 120 square feet and will boast a luxurious, fixed, king-sized bed and a dedicated sitting area with dressing table. It also will include a large en-suite shower, under-floor heating, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, DVD/CD player, and two large picture windows.

Imperial Suite guests will receive a selection of complimentary drinks from the premium bar list, complimentary laundry service, and room upgrades to the next available category at selected hotels (depending on trip itinerary). They also will have the option of dining in-suite, attended by their private butler.

The wait staff on a Golden Eagle dining car in their new uniforms (Photo by GW Travel)

Meanwhile, the two dining cars on the train – 64-seats on each – have been redesigned to allow guests more space while simultaneously adding a central buffet area for some self-service breakfast items. New china and crystal and new staff uniforms will also be visible aboard the Golden Eagle next year.

The news we’re most excited about affects the entire train: improving communication on board and upping the level of service and the dining experience. The position of maitre d’ has been added to improve communication between the wait staff, kitchen, and passengers, and a new executive chef will introduce a new level of quality and presentation in the dining car menus. All of these are being implemented this season. We have a number of Society of IRT guests on board who will report when they return from Russia.

In addition to Russian, new Golden Eagle Maitre D’ Yekaterina Borovikova speaks fluent English and French. Photo by GW Travel

Other enhancements include new bathrobes and towels, new l’Occitane on-board toiletries, internet connections in the bar car, gift certificate and a coffee table memory book for all passengers, and new wireless headsets for off-train excursions.

Also, a champagne reception is being added for guests departing from Moscow’s Kazansky Station and, in Vladivostok, the “Far East Fleet Orchestra” will play for passengers on arrival and departure;

For Silk Road travelers, a reception will be held at Registan Square, and a light show will entertain guests in Samarkand.

To view the itineraries available on the Golden Eagle, please click here. For more information, call (800) 478-4881 in the U.S. and Canada, (502) 454-0277 elsewhere.

And if you’ve traveled on this train, let us know what you think.

9 Responses to “Trans-Siberian Express Adds Luxurious Suites, Upgrades Restaurant Cars, Services”

  1. John Delamere December 6, 2011 at 3:16 PM #

    Love to know more, what is the difference between Gold and Silver? are there different common places/lounges as well as cabins? What extras are there? persumable wine and drinks at dinner etc?
    Where would you play cards/bridge with friends?

    • Owen C. Hardy December 6, 2011 at 4:42 PM #

      Hi John: Delighted to hear from you. This is one of the most comfortable trains in the world. For a complete description about the difference between Gold & Silver, please see this link to our comments about it: Gold is considerably larger and has a quite spacious bathroom with shower with a sliding glass door. Silver is smaller and fine for two persons if a bit snug but perfect for a single traveler. It, too, has a private bathroom, but the shower is smaller. There are two diners and a lovely lounge. And the program cost includes all airport transfers, hotels in the itinerary, all gratuities, wine & beer with lunch and dinner, all meals, all sightseeing. It is quite an all-inclusive package. Love to welcome you aboard! Please email us your snail mail address if you want us to mail you any more details. We will be happy to pop it to you.

      • Gaynor December 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM #

        Glad to read of the upgrades that are being made to this trip, we travelled last year Sept 10 and only had one dining car which was filled to the excess, no room at all and the adding of the maitre D’ is a welcome improvement as the staff we travelled with could barely speak english, it was very hard to communicate and the food could do with an upgrade so the new executive chef will be a much welcome addition, we wish we could travel again as it seems there have been many improvements made

      • Owen C. Hardy December 9, 2011 at 8:25 AM #

        Thanks very much for your comments, Mr. Beech. I’ve made four trips on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, three of them across the entire Trans-Siberian route between Vladivostok and Moscow, so I know the train well. While we’ve always regarded the Golden Eagle as the best way to traverse this route, we too have been concerned about the problems you mention. We use an international standard when judging whether or not a train is a “luxury” service and, until the most recent upgrades, the Golden Eagle was not. Happily, with the recent improvements, it clearly is now.

  2. Jane Noe June 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

    I would like to know if there are private toilet/shower facilities in each room, like the cruise ships. I do not care to walk down the hall in the middle of the night. Thank you.

    • Owen C. Hardy June 23, 2012 at 7:20 AM #

      All of the compartments on the Golden Eagle have private toilet/shower/sink. The Imperial Suite is the most luxurious accommodation on the train, with a fixed king-sized bed, a dedicated sitting area with dressing table, large en-suite shower, under-floor heating, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, DVD/CD player, and two large picture windows. Please let us know if you’d like us to make a reservation for you.

  3. Silvia May 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM #

    Good morning Mr Hardy, i`m planing to do this travel whith my husband next august.From Moscow to Vladivostok. I`d like to have more details, prices and an indication of a good cabin, but not the more expensive one.The itinerary,what to do during the trip,if the train stops and where and what can we visit during it. About that festival in Ulaanbaatar,when does it hapen? Thanks for your atention. Silvia

  4. Owen C. Hardy June 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM #

    Dear Silvia: The Moscow-Vladivostok trip on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express is incredible. Click here for details. I’v been on this route four times, and it’s never lost its appeal. The Naadam Festival in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia is a never-to-be forgotten experience, according to the travelers we’ve sent there. You board the Golden Eagle train in Moscow and pretty much follow the regular Trans-Siberian itinerary to Ulaan Baatar. Then you spend three days at the Naadam Festival. Read more about it here . Please contact me by phone or email if you have questions. Thanks for writing, Silvia. I hope can take this fabulous train!


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