Travel Log | Trans-Siberian Express

Clients of mine took the Golden Eagle luxury train | Trans-Siberian Railroad this past fall from Moscow to the far reaches of eastern Russia – Vladivostok. For these very well traveled people, they said it was the best trip ever.

Click here for their report.

And view the video from Golden Eagle.   For more information on how you can travel this way,  please contact me, Josh.

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Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Seabourn Sojourn Review | July 2013

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My last review of a Seabourn ship was just over a year ago when I sailed in the Caribbean on Seabourn Spirit.  That ship was Seabourn’s second to launch back in about 1990 and will soon be retired.

The Sojourn is Seabourn’s 5th and launched 3 years ago. I sailed on her then on a 2 day  “industry inaugural” and that review can be found here,  Seabourn – Still the Best of the Best.

And yes, Seabourn still impresses me. The dining is fabulous, the service excellent, the ship is beautiful (it’s the most stunning sailing anywhere) and there are always interesting people to meet, whether they tell you the truth about what they do for a living or not.

Actually since I’ve been cruising — and that goes back to when I worked for both Royal Viking Line and Seabourn — I’ve run into some famous British entertainers onboard (that was on the Spirit last year), and before that a famous American author of steamy novels, a Southern pig farm magnate, an heir to a paper cup company and the president of a beer company. Years ago on RVL I ended up with a pen from the U.S. Senate although I don’t think the fellow who gave it to me was in fact a senator.  And I’ve met some very fun under the radar good people, and characters, from all walks of life. Oh, and I think I met a spy as well.

Seabourn Sojourn Staircase
Looking up the Main Staircase

Seabourn has remained consistent throughout, and that’s good because when you’re on vacation, you want some insurance that your expectations will be met, or even better, exceeded.

Seabourn does needs to eliminate smoking in suites* which is usually not a problem but can be if you’re located next to a heavy smoker. Ask my traveling companions from Baltimore about their neighbor. And their ship management needs to stay more engaged with their guests.  Not sure why they’re not – but fortunately it did not trickle down to their staff in Seabourn Square (reception), and in the restaurants and bars, who were quite excellent.

The itinerary on this cruise was busy — 7 days and 6 ports.  Stockholm (beautiful), Tallinn (very charming and interesting but too crowded), St. Petersburg  (the churches and palaces are fascinating, the crowds again intense and the citizens still a bit un-relaxed from Soviet rule), Helsinki (the Rock Church was the highlight) and Copenhagen (like Stockholm, very beautiful and good food.)  My next cruise will have more than 1 day at sea though so I can enjoy the ship more!

* Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas don’t

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Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read my review of Oceania’s Marina
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman  is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. And he does house calls, too! Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

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Golden Eagle Agent in San Francisco | Luxury Train in Russia

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Availability still remaining on the Winter Wonderland westbound departure in March 2013
In This Issue
2013 Availability Update
Winter Wonderland
2013 DEPARTURES NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK WINTER March 9, 2013 Westbound Vladivostok – Moscow (15 days)SUMMER

May 5, 2013

Eastbound Moscow – Vladivostok (15 days)

May 18, 2013

Westbound Vladivostok – Moscow (15 days)

June 3, 2013

Eastbound Moscow – Vladivostok (15 days)

June 16, 2013

Westbound Vladivostok – Moscow (15 days) – SOLD OUT

July 1, 2013

Eastbound

Moscow – Ulaan Baatar (13 days)

July 28, 2013

Eastbound

Moscow – Vladivostok (15 days)

August 10, 2013

Westbound

Vladivostok – Moscow (15 days)

August 25, 2013

Eastbound

Moscow – Vladivostok (15 days)

September 7, 2013

Westbound Vladivostok – Moscow (15 days)

September 20, 2013

Eastbound

Moscow – Beijing (21 days)

Dawn at Lake BaikalOur tours on the Golden Eagle along the Trans-Siberian route in the Winter are an exceptional and unique experience to offer to your clients! Enjoy the wonderful magnificence of the Dr Zhivago landscapes from the warmth and luxury of your private cabin and enjoy husky dog sleigh rides, atmospheric choral performances, snowmobiling and much more on our winter Trans-Siberian adventure.One of the many highlights of the journey is the time spent on Lake Baikal, completely frozen in the winter. The day starts with a hovercraft journey across the lake to the place where ice-fishing, dog sledges and snowmobiles are situated and you will enjoy the perfect vantage point to appreciate the remoteness and tranquillity of this unspoilt location.

 

‘Lake Baikal was amazing – the ice & snow; smoked fish; vodka; dogs; sunshine; cold – doesn’t get much better!’

There is a small amount of availability remaining on our 15 day Westbound departure leaving Vladivostok for Moscow on March 9, 2013.

Click this link for Tour Information

Winter Wonderland

Brochure Request and Booking Enquiries

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2013 Brochure Request

CONTACT DETAILSWeb: www.goldeneagleluxurytrains.com
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Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys. Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler. His personal relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies often allows for exclusive amenities and VIP status.

If you’d like to learn more about luxury travel and our services, please contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel in San Francisco’s Financial District via phone at 415.987.0372 or email: josh [at] joshfriedmantravel [dot] com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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Josh is Hosting Voyager Club Again! Seabourn Sojourn July 2013

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel
+1 (415) 987-0372
josh@joshfriedmantravel.com
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Dear fellow clients and sailors ……. I had such a fun time earlier this year as well as in 2011 as a Voyager Club host that I’m doing it again! Escape the cold and foggy summers of San Francisco or the hot and oppressive summers of the rest of the country and join Virtuoso’s Voyager Club for a 5 star week on my new favorite ship – Seabourn Sojourn.

Call or email me to learn about our exclusive perks, including both a complimentary shore event and an shipboard credit. Not to mention a very fun crowd!
7-Day The Baltic and St Petersburg

Company Seabourn Cruise Line
Ship Seabourn Sojourn
Cruise Dates 09 Jul, 2013 – 16 Jul, 2013
Begin/End Stockholm to Copenhagen
Length 8 days

 

Day Date Location Arrive Depart
1 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 Stockholm 4:00 PM
2 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 Tallinn 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
3 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 Saint Petersburg 8:00 AM
4 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 Saint Petersburg
5 Sat, 13 Jul 2013 Saint Petersburg 6:00 PM
6 Sun, 14 Jul 2013 Helsinki 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
7 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 Day-at-Sea
8 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 Copenhagen 7:00 AM

What’s Included

Accommodations aboard ship l Onboard meals l Beverages, including select wines, champagnes and spirits, beer, soft drinks, bottled water l Onboard Staff Gratuities l Entertainment and onboard programs

What’s Not Included

Airfare Port Charges, Taxes, Security Fees and Fuel Surcharge l Shore Excursions l Personal expenses l Some premium wine, champagne, and spirit selections are not included in your fare l Anything not noted as included

Terms & Conditions

All fares are in U.S. dollars, cruise-only per guest, double occupancy, subject to availability. | Some suite categories may not be available. | Government fees and taxes are additional. Fares are not combinable with any other offer, vary by sailing date, are capacity controlled, are subject to change without prior notice. Seabourn reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement for all guests, without prior notice, if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70.00 per barrel, and may collect such a supplement even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. | Certain restrictions apply. | Information herein is accurate at time of printing. | Select promotional offers including American Express cardholder benefits and “Run of House” fares are not be combinable with Virtuoso amenities. | The Seabourn Referral Shipboard Credit is not combinable with the Voyager Club Shipboard Credit option. | The Virtuoso shore event, shore excursion, or shipboard credit is non-transferable and non-refundable. | Please note that ground operators and other suppliers are independently owned and operated, and are not controlled by Virtuoso or Virtuoso Discoveries. | Your participation in this event serves as your acknowledgment that neither Virtuoso nor Virtuoso Discoveries is responsible for the acts or omissions of these third parties. | Virtuoso amenity option must be selected at least 45-days prior to sailing date and may not be changed. | Within 45-days prior to sailing options may not be changed. | Virtuoso events and amenities are capacity controlled, subject to change without notice and may be withdrawn at any time. | The Virtuoso host will provide final event program details onboard to guests who have opted for the main Voyager Club event. | Other restrictions and limitations may apply. | See your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for more details and applicable restrictions. | All Virtuoso Member Travel Agencies are independently owned and operated, and are not controlled by Virtuoso. | Seabourn reserves the right to correct errors. Offers are subject to availability and may be altered or withdrawn at any time without prior notice. | Ships’ registry: Bahamas ©2011 Seabourn

Voyager Club Benefits
All Virtuoso Guests Receive

  • Welcome Reception
  • Onboard Host

Each passenger may select 1 Voyager Club Benefit(s)
Helsinki Highlights, Arts and Architecture | Helsinki | 14 July 2013
Length: 7 hours
Description

Helsinki is a modern European cultural city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature. Surrounded by the sea and its own exotic archipelago, Helsinki offers visitors an endless number of possibilities. Throughout its 450-year history, Helsinki has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West. The colorful layers of history can be seen everywhere. Today’s Helsinki is also a city of the future. Its modern architecture, cutting-edge design and high-technology have attracted international recognition for the city. Unique lifestyles and urban subcultures are all a part of this international metropolis.

Our day begins with a drive from the harbor to historic Senate Square, built in neo-classic style after Helsinki became the capital of Finland in 1812. From there, we will pass by the shipyard and boat harbors, and see the Suomenlinna Island Fortress and “Diplomat Town” where most of the foreign embassies are located. Leaving the city along the coastal road, we will have a beautiful view of the archipelago and travel through “Tech Town”, the University village in Otaniemi, and Tapiola, the “Garden City”, both of which were designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.

We will then make our way to Hvittrask Museum, built in 1902 and former home of the famous Finnish architects, Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren, and Herman Gesellius. Famed for its architecture, Hvittrask’s buildings are made of natural stones and logs from the surrounding area which is forested and situated by a lake. It is an exhibition center for Finnish art and handicrafts. We’ll visit the magnificent house of Eliel Saarinen, and have some free time to wander about and experience the serenity of this beautiful place before moving on to our wonderful luncheon venue.

We’ll enjoy a delicious 3- course repast complimented by wine at the Kulosaaren Casino restaurant. Acclaimed for its traditional cuisine and atmosphere, the restaurant boasts the most beautiful sea view in Helsinki.

After lunch, our return to the pier takes us back to the center of Helsinki and past the stainless steel monument of composer Jean Sibelius, a patriot whose most famous orchestral piece was appropriately named Finlandia. We will also pass the Olympic Stadium, used for the 1952 Olympic Games and the statue of the “Flying Finn”, runner Paavo Nurmi. We’ll continue along Mannerheim Street, where we will see several important buildings such as Finlandia Hall, the National Museum, and the Parliament House. We’ll make a short visit to the glorious Temppeliaukio or Rock Church, carved out of solid rock and topped with a copper dome before our return to the pier.

Suggested Attire/Walking Notes: Casual with comfortable shoes recommended. Easy to moderate walking required up some stairs and inclines at the Museum. There will be areas for those who do not wish to walk to explore while waiting for the rest of the group.

Please Note
This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to local conditions or other considerations. This Voyager Club Event is not transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with another sailing. This Virtuoso Club Event has no cash value, cannot be redeemed or refunded for cash. Credit will not be issued for unused services. Ground operators and other suppliers are independently owned and operated and are not controlled by Virtuoso. Your participation in this event serves as your acknowledgment that Virtuoso is not responsible for the acts or omissions of these third parties.
Meals: L

Age Appropriateness
All Ages
Activity Level
Moderate
Activity Type

  • Sightseeing

$150 Per Person Shipboard Credit

Onboard credit applied to your shipboard account.

$175 Custom Credit Towards the Purchase of a Virtuoso Exclusive Product

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Voyager Club.

Top Producer with & Knowledgeable Person for All Luxury Lines:

Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club

Cunard’s Commodore

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Silversea

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415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
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Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit

Read my review of Silver Cloud

Read my review of Oceania’s Marina

Read all luxury cruise ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler.  His personal  relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies often allows for exclusive amenities and VIP status. 

 If you’d like to learn more about luxury travel and our services, please contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel in San Francisco’s Financial District via phone at 415.987.0372  or email: josh [at] joshfriedmantravel [dot] com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too.

associated with travel experts, a virtuoso member and four seasons preferred partner, 201 spear st., ste 1100,  san francisco, ca 94105 cst# 2080753-40