Friday, 20 July, 2018

‘Golden Eagle’ to run luxury train from Moscow to Tehran

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The European private travel agency Golden Eagle Luxury Trains will run new luxury trains from Moscow to Tehran in 2016, Financial Times reported.

According to the report, when Golden Eagle launched holidays to Iran last year, they sold out within weeks. But in late August this year, the company was forced to suspend the trips, which travelled into Iran from Turkey, when Turkish Railways closed a section of track in the east of the country.

Now, however, the company has come up with an ambitious alternative: in 2016 it will run trains from Moscow to Tehran, covering 6,012 miles and travelling along the route of the Silk Road through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

The unique itinerary is complicated by the fact that, while Iran uses standard gauge railways, in Russia and much of the former USSR, the tracks are wider apart. The new trip is only possible because the company sourced a set of compatible bogies in Turkmenistan, on to which the carriages are transferred at the border town of Sarakhs.

The trip costs from £13,595 per person, including 14 nights on board in an en suite cabin, a night in a hotel in Moscow and two nights in Tehran.

In October last year, the “Jewels of Persia” tour operated by Golden Eagle left Budapest to Iran.

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Around 70 passengers, mostly from Britain and Australia, visited the cities of Isfahan, Shiraz and Yazd before reaching the Iranian capital where the travellers will spend two days before flying home.

En route for Iran on the Golden Eagle train, the passengers passed through Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

As a private travel agency, Golden Eagle offers trips on luxury trains across Europe, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.

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1 Comment

  1. Dr. DAVID G,F.BROADHEAD

    June 26, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I was very fortunate to work in Iran in 2008 as an advisor to the new railways. I can confirm the kindness and friendship of the Iranians towards the English. Must sees are Isfahan, sheraz and Persepolis with many other sites if time permits.

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