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 will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.
Although not compulsory, we do recommend that all our guests stay overnight in Beijing prior to travelling to Lhasa, which would be at an additional cost. This is to ensure the safe receipt of your Tibetan permits, which can only be obtained a limited time before your arrival into Tibet. A representative of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains will be present in Beijing to hand deliver your permit to you.
Due to its close proximity to the airport, we recommend the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel for a one-night stay, unless you wish to explore Beijing for one or two nights beforehand. Please contact us for hotel rates and the pre-tour extension packages we can offer.
Experienced Tour Managers
Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. We receive 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 transfers in Lhasa and departure transfers from Urumqi 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. 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 Luxury Trains team and the Tour Doctor. The Welcome Dinner will take place at the St Regis Lhasa Resort. 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 authentic Asian cuisine and international wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included both on and off the train, with the exception of premium wines and champagne.
You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant on duty throughout the day to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottle drinking water are available throughout.
Guided Off-Train Excursions
The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. 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. We believe it is the special little touches that help create magical memories.
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.
Onboard 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.
Your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey but, in Kashgar for example, an overnight bag will be required for your stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, therefore porterage is included between the hotel and station.
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.