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Hop the Golden Eagle train from Russia and travel above the Arctic Circle

Hop the Golden Eagle train from Russia and travel above the Arctic Circle
The luxurious Golden Eagle train heads north from St. Petersburg, Russia, to the Arctic Circle on a 12-day trip. (Mir Corp.)

Venture far above the Arctic Circle on the luxurious Golden Eagle train during a 12-day tour offered by Mir Corp. The excursion begins in St. Petersburg, Russia, where participants will visit the Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral before boarding the train.

Highlights include the polar town of Kirkenes, Norway, and a search for the northern lights; the arctic port of Murmansk; and a tour of the Lenin, the world's first nuclear-powered ice breaker.

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The tour also includes visits to the towns of Vladimir and Suzdal, with some of the oldest churches in Russia. The itinerary concludes in Moscow, with time to explore Red Square and the Armory Museum.

Dates: Dec. 29-Jan. 9

Price: From $11,995 a person. Includes on-board train accommodations, five nights in hotels, all meals, guided off-train tours and gratuities. International airfare not included.

Info: Mir Corp., (800) 424-7289

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