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The Real Cost of Luxury Train Travel

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-02-08T22:07:43Z

Photograph by Saverkin Alexander/ITAR-TASS/Corbis

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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

You may feel a bit too fortunate as you travel on this opulent cruise ship on wheels, especially when you pass Russian trains crammed with locals airing their bedding outside train windows. As you travel through Siberia, you'll marvel not only at its immensity but also at the abundance of wildflowers. One passenger, who took the trip in 2004, remembers a rail employee who jumped off at a station stop, ran into the woods and came back with an armful of wildflowers he then placed in vases in every cabin. You'll see people driving horse carts, as they have for centuries, and see Mongolian ponies. At the high end of the cabins are two Imperial Suites, each 120 square feet, with a king-sized bed, sitting area, heated floors and -- of course -- a butler.

$15,495: Minimum per person, based on double occupancy; for the Imperial Suite, $29,995 per person. Travel is between Vladivostok and Moscow. Trip includes 13 nights in the train and two in a hotel --