With all tours originating in the majestic city of Moscow, you are guaranteed a memorable journey through European Russia, Siberia, and Asia, passing breathtaking landscapes such as the Ural Mountains and the awe-inspiring Lake Baikal. For a detailed breakdown of this tour, please download our free Trans-Russian tour brochure, which includes a day to day account of what you will see and do, along with tour prices and information regarding your accommodation.
Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow
Arrival in Moscow, with a transfer to the centrally located 3* Arbat hotel.
Day 2 - Moscow: Excursion Day
You will be met bright and early by our expert guide who will provide an overview of your day in Moscow, and any questions about the day you may have will be answered. You will then be taken on a half day car tour exploring Moscow, including the 'must see' Red Square, with the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, Alexander Gardens and the Eternal Flame, Lenin’s mausoleum, the memorial to Soviet cosmonauts and the famous artist’s quarter of Old Arbat. You will also drive along the Moskva river, then on to the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior, New Maidens convent, Moscow state University, Sparrow hills and Poklonnaya Hill where you will see spectacular views of the city.
Day 3 - Moscow: Free Day
You will have a free day to explore, discover and experience everything the Russian capital has to offer.
Day 4 - Depart Moscow
The majority of the day is free, allowing you to relax and explore Moscow, or take an optional excursions. You will need to prepare to check out at 12 noon and be ready for a transfer to the railway station later in the afternoon. You will be provided with a transfer to the railway station, where our guide will advise, and assist, in purchasing provisions for the train if desired, accompany you to the platform, ensure that everyone is settled into their cabins and answer any last-minute questions.
Day 5 - Arrive in Yekaterinburg
You will arrive into Yekaterinburg, and will be provided with a transfer to take you to the 3* Grand Avenue Hotel..
Day 6 - Yekaterinburg Excursion
During the day you will take part in a city tour, which will include looking around the historic city centre, visiting sites such as the '1905' Square, the Isset River Dam and the Church on the Blood of All Russian Saints. You will then visit the Europe/Asia border marker outside the city.
Day 7 - Free Day in Yekaterinburg
You will have the whole day to investigate, explore, and experience the historic city of Yekaterinburg in your own time, or book one of our many optional excursions.
Day 8 - Depart Yekaterinburg
Your train will leave early in the morning for the eastern foothills of the Ural Mountains, ultimately heading to Irkutsk, home to one of the world’s greatest natural treasures, the awesome Lake Baikal! But first weave your way through the Siberian plane via Novosibirsk.
Day 9 - Heading into Asia
Enjoy your day on the train, travelling along the seemingly limitless tracks, and through the incredible forests of Siberia, you will pass the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk, before heading deep into Asia.
Day 10 - Arrival in Irkutsk and Transfer to Listvyanka Village
Following your early morning arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to Listvyanka village on the shores of Lake Baikal, where you will have time to freshen up and have a meal at your lakeside chalet. After some free time in the afternoon, the day is rounded off with a traditional Baikal dinner and by indulging in an optional sauna in the village 'Banya'.
Day 11 – Free Day in Listvyanka
Today is left free to relax, explore, experience, shop or book one of our many optional excursions.
Day 12 - Irkutsk Excursion
After breakfast you can enjoy a brief city tour of Irkutsk by car, taking in the most interesting sights, including beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), houses decorated with 'wooden laces' (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions and the Decembrists' House. Today you will spend overnight in Irkutsk at the centrally located 3* Angara Hotel.
Day 13 - Depart Irkutsk
Following an early morning transfer to the railway station, you will catch the train to Vladivostok. Once through Ulan-Ude, the home of Russian Buddhism and capital of the local Buryat Republic, the train skirts along the Mongolian borders and heads east.
Day 14 - Siberian Hinterlands
You will spend the day on the train and, after a brief stop at Chita, the train heads onwards to Birobidzhan, and winds through the Siberian hinterlands and along the border with China.
Day 15 - Into the Far East
Your last full day on the train takes you through Khabarovsk, the largest city and the administrative centre of a vast region, which is twice the size of Germany with a population of just over 1 million people. It is the second largest city in the Far East after Vladivostok and home of many natural wonders including the famous White Siberian Tiger.
Day 16 - Arrive in Vladivostok
Passing through rocky foothills to approach the Pacific coast, you will arrive in Vladivostok in the afternoon where your transfer will take you to your hotel.
Explore, Discover, Experience
Real Russia has drawn on years of experience in the region to create three ranges of our tours and a wide selection of options to give you maximum choice and flexibility in choosing your Trans-Siberian adventure.
This tour is in the Discover Range - designed for flexibility the Discover range includes trains, transport and quality 3* and 4* accommodation, along with a selection of half day tours and expert guides.
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