Mongolia, once the center of Genghis Khan's enormous empire, is a country of beautiful landscapes and nomadic people. On this fascinating exploration of Mongolia and Siberia, begin in Ulaanbaatar at the colorful Naadam Festival, to see spectacular demonstrations of performing arts and the traditional sports of archery, wrestling, and horseback riding. Next, board the Golden Eagle luxury train to cross vast green steppes dotted with grazing livestock and white nomadic gers (yurts).
An extraordinary highlight will be Russia's Lake Baikal, where we'll enjoy a feast of smoked omul fish freshly sourced from the lake. In Irkutsk, the "Paris of Siberia," celebrate with a private concert and champagne reception. Honor the life of Russian opera virtuoso Feodor Chaliapin (1873—1938) with an exclusive performance of his music in his hometown of Kazan. Visit the poignant site in Yekaterinburg where the Romanovs met their fate at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1918. Finish in Moscow with a private viewing of the treasures of the tsars and a tour of the opulent stations of the Moscow Metro, known as "the people's palaces."
An optional postlude in St. Petersburg is offered.