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Caspian Odyssey - Golden Eagle Journey

Departing: Yerevan, Armenia - 16 days
Countries visited: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

This luxury private train tour visits six diverse countries on the eastern and western shores of the Caspian Sea. You will be surprised by the hidden treasures in store in Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.For information regarding the various classes of travel please contact Sundowners Overland via the website, Live Chat or calling Sundowners Overland. The relevant phone numbers are listed in the 'Contact Us' tab at the bottom of this page.

  

 

Itinerary

The Caucasus Nations
In the Armenian capital of Yerevan, we stay overnight and visit the medieval Gerhard Monastery cut into rock, and the pagan temple of Garni, before visiting the Cascade giant stairway and the Casfejian Museum of Modern Art. Boarding The Golden Eagle we take the scenic route around stunning Lake Sevan, before visiting the Haghpat Monastery, and sipping Armenian Cognac while admiring glorious views of the Caucasus Mountains.

In Georgia, we walk through old Tbilisi with its atmospheric winding streets. We visit the 13th century Metekhi church, the 5th century Sioni Cathedral and Trinity Cathedral, one of the world's largest Orthodox churches. In the beautiful Kakheti region, at the heart of the Georgian wine industry, we tour the Tsinandali estate. At Gori, we find the birthplace and museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin, before proceeding to Uplistsikhe for a private performance of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing, and a tour of the amazing cave city of Uplistsikhe from the 6th century BC. Travelling via Mtskheta, Georgia's old capital we enter Azerbaijan, and head for Baku with its picturesque old town on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. 


Across the Caspian Sea
Our empty train is loaded onto a ferry for the Caspian Sea crossing to Turkmenistan, as we fly to Ashgabat, a modern desert capital with extravagant fountains, golden domes and towering modern buildings. Rejoining our train, we stop to see Darvaza's famous gas crater which has been burning for over 40 years. In Uzbekistan, we find Khiva, an impressive 2,500 year old walled city on the Silk Road rises out of the desert and offers ancient mosques and bazaars. Bukhara is equally as impressive and in Samarkand, we visit the awe-inspiring Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Ulug Beg Observatory. We tour Tashkent in Uzbekistan, where we walk through the Old Town to view one of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran. Our train passes through the scenic Tien Shan Mountains to Almaty in Kazakhstan where we visit Zenkov Cathedral, a 19th century Orthodox church made entirely of wood. 

 

Essentials

  • 1 night in Yerevan
  • 11 nights onboard the Golden Eagle
  • 1 night in Baku
  • 1 night in Ashgabat
  • See below for a full list of inclusions

    WHAT'S INCLUDED IN OUR TOURS
    As far as possible our tours are all inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you may need to budget for include personal expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing and occasional optional off-train excursions.
     

    EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS
    Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your voyage of a lifetime. We receive many 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 ONBOARD 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. Hotel and onboard accommodation as described in your individual tour itinerary are included in the tour price. 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 Travel 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 organise a programme of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programme 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
    A generous drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner. For passengers travelling in Gold Class onboard the Golden Eagle, drinks from the Standard Drinks List in the Bar 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
    Throughout your tour you can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown service, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and ensure you are comfortable. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottle drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.
     
    GUIDED OFF-TRAIN EXCURSIONS
    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. 

    Imperial Suite guests will benefit from the option of a private car and guide in the majority of places we visit along this route.

     
    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 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 and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.

     
    PORTERAGE
    As you only have to unpack once, your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout your 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.