Arctic Explorer

Moscow to St. Petersburg aboard the Golden Eagle

What to Know Before You Go


A valid passport is required for traveling on this trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.


A visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Russia.  Russian Visa support documents will be issued by the cruise operator and sent to you approximately 90 days prior to sailing so you can obtain your visa for this trip. Once you receive the Russian Invitation/Authorization Letter, you may contact our recommended passport and visa processing service, Passport Visas Express (PVE). You may also contact a local consulate to purchase your visa. Please call us for more details. No visa is required for Norway.

If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.


We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control should you have any international health concerns.


Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before your trip. However, no inoculations are currently required for entry into any of the countries visited on this trip.


Currency on board the Golden Eagle is US Dollars and Euros, and only cash payments can be accepted. Each cabin has a safe in which to store any valuables, such as cash. There will be little need for currency on board, other than for laundry, additional bar bills and on board souvenirs. It is possible to run a ‘tab’ on board and make one payment at the end of the tour.

We recommend you travel with small denominations and clean dollar bills for use off the train, as marked or torn US Dollar bills are sometimes not accepted. You will only require money for souvenirs and any shopping you may wish to do off the train. This can be paid for in local currency and in some instances in US Dollars. Your Tour Manager and/or guides will advise you on how, and if necessary, where to change money.