Extravagant Bucket List Trips to Take If You've Already Done It All

By Meredith Rosenberg for, 9 January 2019

“Experiencing a Russian winter may not be high on anyone’s bucket list, but reconsider. A Tsar’s Gold Winter’s Tale is back after a 15-year hiatus, with the 13-day journey chugging out of Moscow and making stops in the Siberian city of Irkutsk and at Lake Baikal, a UNESCO site famed for being the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world.”

My World Cup victory - I found the Tsar's gold!

By Chris Skudder for, 19 September 2018

“The name of the Tsar’s Gold train conjures up memories of the dramatic event that followed the 1917 Russian Revolution: the cold-blooded murder of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and five children in a basement in Yekaterinburg. It was the brutal severing of Russia’s royal line.”

Trans-Siberian Express: A window on Russia

by Gabriella Le Breton for, 1 August 2010

“Never did I dream I would experience the first few miles of the Trans-Siberian railway standing on the locomotive. Smiling through the raindrops, I peered across Lake Baikal, which alternately glittered in sunshine and darkened to slate as clouds scudded across the sky.”

Trans-Siberian Express: Age of the train

Saturday, February 19, 2011.
As modelling work in Irkutsk is hard to come by, Katja pays the bills by cutting hair. “It’s sad but true,” she said to me as she trimmed my beard in my hotel’s salon. “The women out here are all beautiful. But not the men. The men are smart, but not pretty. But it’s what we’ve needed to survive.”