Golden Eagle Train Tour | Central Asia
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Golden Eagle Rail Journey: Luxury Meets Discovery
Journey aboard the Golden Eagle, where luxury train travel in Central Asia transforms into an art form. This is not just a rail journey, it's a curated experience that gives you front-row seats to the mystique and historical richness of the Silk Road. From the rolling steppes of Kazakhstan to the bustling bazaars of Uzbekistan, the Golden Eagle provides a luxurious window into the soul of Central Asia.
The Golden Eagle: Elegance on Rails
Designed for comfort, relaxation and pleasure, the Golden Eagle offers an unparalleled experience in train travel. It weaves through the fabled Silk Road that spans countries like Armenia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, as well as travels along the western shores of the Caspian Sea. The train itself is a sanctuary of luxury, featuring private ensuite sleeping cabins, a stunning bar lounge car and opulent restaurant cars.
The Golden Eagle takes you on a remarkable journey across some of the most intriguing and culturally rich destinations in Central Asia. The routes covered include:
- Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan: Explore the South Caucasus region, where ancient history meets stunning natural landscapes. Discover Armenia's age-old monasteries, Georgia's lush vineyards and Azerbaijan's unique blend of Eastern and Western influences.
- Central Asian Highlights: Journey through the heartlands of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. Experience the vast Kazakh steppes, the historic Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan and the breathtaking natural beauty of Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.
- Tajikistan's Rugged Beauty: Witness the majestic landscapes of Tajikistan, including the towering Pamir Mountains, offering a window into a world of unspoiled natural wonder.
Unique Features & Experiences Offered
Our Golden Eagle packages are filled with unique features and exclusive experiences:
- Luxurious Accommodations: Choose from several classes of cabins, each offering unparalleled comfort and elegance. From the compact but fully-equipped Silver Class to the opulent Imperial Suites, every cabin ensures a comfortable journey.
- Gourmet Dining: Savour the flavours of Central Asia in the train’s elegant dining cars. The onboard chefs prepare exquisite local and international cuisine using fresh ingredients sourced along the route.
- Cultural Engagement: The journey is enriched with cultural interactions and immersive experiences. At various stops, explore local markets, historic sites and interact with artisans, adding depth and meaning to your travel.
- Onboard Entertainment and Lectures: On top of the Golden Eagle’s luxury amenities, passengers enjoy a range of onboard activities including cultural performances and informative lectures. They also get to relax in the Bar Lounge Car, making each moment aboard the train as enriching as the destinations you visit.
- Personalised Service: Experience the warm hospitality and attentive service that Entire Travel Group is known for. From pre-journey planning to onboard care, every aspect of your journey is handled with utmost attention to detail, ensuring a memorable and hassle-free experience.
Highlights of the Golden Eagle Rail Journey
The Golden Eagle rail journey is a visual spectacle, offering a continuous panorama of the ever-changing landscapes of Central Asia. As the train glides through these regions, passengers are treated to views of:
- The vast, unending steppes of Kazakhstan, where the earth meets the sky in a seamless horizon.
- The rugged, mountainous terrain of Armenia and Georgia, with their picturesque valleys and ancient structures.
- The dramatic desertscapes of Turkmenistan, contrasted by the lush, fertile valleys of Uzbekistan.
- The serene beauty of the Caspian Sea, visible as the train travels along its western shores.
The journey is a deep dive into the diverse cultural tapestry of Central Asia. Passengers will have the opportunity to:
- Visit bustling bazaars in Uzbekistan, where the vibrant colours, sounds and smells create a mesmerising experience.
- Explore historic cities like Tashkent and Almaty, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life.
- Participate in local cultural events and festivals to get a unique insight into the customs and traditions of the region.
- Engage with local artisans and craftsmen and witness firsthand the skills and traditions passed down through generations.
Planning and Booking a Golden Eagle Rail Journey
How to Book
Reserving your place on the Golden Eagle is a hassle-free experience. Here's how you can embark on this journey of a lifetime:
- Explore Options: Begin by visiting the Entire Travel Group's website. We provide detailed information and support to help you make an informed decision.
- Select Your Journey: We offer an array of rail journey packages aboard the Golden Eagle, each promising an exclusive adventure through Central Asia. Browse through our options to find the journey that resonates with your travel aspirations.
- Choose Your Cabin: Tailor your experience by selecting a cabin class that aligns with your comfort needs and budget. Whether you're looking for cosy simplicity or opulent luxury, we have options to suit your preferences.
- Reach Out To Our Travel Experts: If you have questions or need further guidance, don't hesitate to contact the knowledgeable staff at Entire Travel Group. Our experts are ready to assist you in finalising your travel plans and ensuring a smooth booking process for your Golden Eagle rail journey.
To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey, passengers should:
- Pack clothing suitable for a range of climates, as the train travels through diverse weather conditions.
- Bring any necessary travel adapters and chargers for electronic devices.
- Familiarise yourself with the itinerary to make the most of the excursions and cultural experiences offered.
- Consider any dietary requirements or preferences and communicate them to the train staff in advance.
Life on board
The Golden Eagle, comprising three categories of cabins, featuring state-of-the-art amenities and ensuite facilities, is the only private train of its kind operating in these regions of the world.
Silver Class cabins, which are more compact, feature a small double lower bed and a single upper bed as well as DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe and large picture window. The Silver Class cabins have private ensuite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower.
Gold Class cabins are extremely well-proportioned and have everything from a private bathroom with separate power shower cubicle and underfloor heating to a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, safe, individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, large picture window as well as featuring a double lower bed and a single upper bed. Guests in Gold Class benefit from complimentary drinks off the Standard Bar List in the Bar Lounge Car.
Imperial Suites are the most spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle and benefiting from a large and luxurious double bed as well as a lounge area with dressing table. Imperial Suite facilities include a private ensuite bathroom with power shower and the luxury of underfloor heating; individual air-conditioning; wardrobe; DVD/CD player with LCD screen; complimentary fully stocked minibar; safe; small library and two large picture windows to watch the world go by.
A note for Imperial Suite guests:
Exemplary service starts with a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon champagne when you board the train to toast the start of your wonderful adventure. A private guide and chauffeured car service is included in many of the destinations, however, in locations where there are a limited number of experienced and qualified tour guides available a shared car service among Imperial Suite guests will be offered. Imperial Suite guests will also benefit from the inclusion of drinks from the standard and premium bar list in the Bar Lounge Car, a laundry service and room upgrades to the next available category at the hotels which are featured in the itinerary.
The beautifully designed restaurant cars provide a wonderful venue to enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared by the Executive Chef and his highly skilled onboard restaurant team.
Each morning, enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet in the restaurant car, offering a fresh selection of fruit, cereals, cold plates and freshly squeezed orange juice. For something more substantial enjoy a breakfast cooked to order by an onboard Chef, all accompanied by steaming hot tea and coffee.
At lunch and dinner, you will be welcomed by the resident Guest Relations Manager to enjoy a delightful culinary experience inspired by the countries that guests venture through. Attentive service and an excellent choice of wines, accompany all meals at lunch and dinner, in addition to bottled mineral water, draught beer and soft drinks.
Expect a relaxed and convivial atmosphere at mealtimes with the freedom to dine wherever, and with whomever, you please in a single sitting.
Golden Eagle FAQsView All
What is included in the price?
All private train and hotel accommodation as per the itinerary; all meals starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day of the tour (on some tours this may differ slightly, please refer to the specific itinerary); a generous allowance of wine, beer, soft drinks and tea and coffee with all lunches and dinners both on and off the train (except where stated otherwise); all arrival and departure transfers; guided off-train sightseeing excursions; the services of experienced tour leaders; complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water 24 hours a day, all gratuities and the services of an on board doctor.
What is the average age of the passengers?
Although there are no age restrictions on tours – most travellers are aged 55+. The average age is 65 years. Tours may not be suitable for young children.
What happens when I arrive at the airport / train station?
At the point of arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives who will be waiting with a Golden Eagle Luxury Trains sign. If arriving by air, this will be after immigration, once you have collected all your luggage and cleared customs. Our representative will then assist you to your transfer vehicle to the hotel.
Does the train have Wi-Fi?
On the Golden Eagle there is Wi-Fi available on board, powered by a 4G sim. Coverage is limited and will usually be available as we pass through larger cities/towns. However, on all tours – guests are provided with internet access in a local hotel or restaurant at least every other day.
Can you cater to special dietary preferences?
Most dietary requirements can be catered for. Please advise us of your requirements at the time of booking.
Can I smoke onboard?
The Golden Eagle and the Golden Eagle Danube Express are non-smoking trains, however there is a designated area at the back of each train where people are permitted to smoke.
What is the dress code on the train?
During the day, the dress code on the Golden Eagle is casual both on and off the train. In the evening guests are suggested to dress smart casual.
For winter tours on the Golden Eagle, we recommend Ski-type jackets and trousers and thermal underwear. Train staff can provide hats, gloves and warm boots (so long as passengers have advised the rail staff of their shoe size). The train itself is always well heated and normal indoor clothing can be worn.
Since every tour requires some walking, it is recommend that passengers pack some comfortable walking shoes. A rubber sole is recommended to avoid possible slipping.
Is there a recommended time of arrival on the first day?
We recommend arriving between 11.00 and 16.00, in time for the Welcome Dinner, which is normally held between 19.00-20.00. Check in at most our hotels is between 2.00-3.00pm and early check-in is dependent on hotel availability (charges may apply).
Are there luggage restrictions?
There is limited space inside the cabin for luggage storage. Soft-topped luggage is easier to store. Luggage cannot be stored under the beds. There is a dedicated luggage storage area at the end of each carriage. We recommend passengers unpack and store their empty luggage in this area. Cabin attendants will assist guests with this.
Luxury toiletries, including shower cream, shampoo and conditioner are provided in each cabin. A hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and towels are also provided.
Will I need travel insurance?
As with all holidays and trips abroad, we strongly recommend that you have travel insurance. Please consult with our agents at time of booking and we can assist you with this.