Trans-Siberian is a path to the heart of Russia. One of the most famous railway journeys in the world, it will allow you not only to cross this huge country from the West to the East, but also, probably, understand the mysterious Russian soul. You will see Russia in all its historical greatness, in the mixture of cultures and landscapes, in the architectural splendor and extravagance unifying different people and religions.
Day 1 - Arrival in Vladivostok
Once you have arrived in Vladivostok, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in order to check in. The rest of the day will then be yours to explore this fantastic city at your leisure or relax in preparation for the adventure ahead.
Day 2 – Excursion in Vladivostok
Vladivostok is a military port, located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. City tour around Vladivostok includes main attractions of the city, lunch in a seafood restaurant and excursion to Russky Island by car. You will cross the two enormous bridges across the Golden Horn Bay and Eastern Bosporus Strait, the latter is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Russia.
Following your transfer to Vladivostok Railway Station, you will board the Imperial Russia train. You will enjoy dinner in the restaurant car as your westbound rail adventure begins.
Day 3 – Excursion in Khabarovsk
Located just 15 miles from the border of China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the huge Amur River, the tenth-longest river in the world.
Sightseeing tour of the city includes visit to the Museum of the Regional Studies, one of Russia’s oldest with over 500,000 items in its collection. Of particular interest is the ethnographic section where you can learn about the indigenous cultures of the Russian far east.
After lunch you will take a boat trip along Amur river and enjoy a folk concert.
Days 4-5 – On the Train
With stunning views of verdant forests and crystal-clear lakes and rivers it is the perfect day to relax and just enjoy the view while socialising with your travelling companions and talking about your experience so far. You can also listen to informative lectures about the Trans-Siberian Railway, as well as geography and culture of Russia. There will also be an exclusive vodka tasting session on-board.
Day 6 – Excursion in Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude is a unique place, with a unique heritage; it is the capital of the Buryat Republic and home to the native Buryat people.
You will be taken on a tour of the most famous of its many religious buildings upon arrival, including the Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan.
Following this, you will be welcomed in a Buryat yurt: excursion includes a traditional Buryat folklore program. Hospitable Buryats will teach you how to cook the traditional Buryat dish pozy, how to play dice, use a bow, wear a traditional Buryat costume, assemble and disassemble a felt yurt.
Day 7 – Travelling by Lake Baikal
One of the major highlights of any journey along the Trans-Siberian, is the part alongside the majesty that is Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world.
The programme for today includes a short boat trip to Listvyanka, time for photos at Chersky Stone observation point, a location with stunning panoramic views of Lake Baikal and a visit to Baikal Museum to find out more about the local flora and fauna found around the lake and the local region.
The tour will finish with a picnic on the shores of the lake.
Day 8 – Excursion in Irkutsk
Irkutsk is often called the ‘Paris of Siberia’ due to its wide streets and ornate architecture, and we are sure you will see why as you take the city tour upon arrival. You will visit such places, as the Decembrists House, a house dedicated to the aristocrats who were exiled to this, at the time, far flung, corner of Siberia after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825, Karl Marx Street and the beautiful cottages adorned with beautiful wooden ‘lace-like’ designs, you will find plenty of beauty in his corner of Siberia.
Later in the day you will be taken to the open-air Taltsy Ethnographical Museum along the right bank of the Angara River, chronicling the history of Siberia from the 17th century onwards.
You will round out the day with free time to explore the ‘130 Quarter’ and view the reconstructed 19th and 20th century buildings.
Day 9 – On the Train
With stunning views of verdant forests and crystal-clear lakes and rivers it is the perfect day to relax and just enjoy the view while socialising with your travelling companions and talking about your experience so far. You can also listen to informative lectures about the Trans-Siberian Railway, as well as geography and culture of Russia.
Days 10 – Excursions in Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk is situated in the heart of the Russian Siberia. Nowadays it is one of the 10 most promising Russian megalopolises.
You will take a city tour, taking in the Railway Museum, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, ancient streets, Ob River esplanade. In the Novosibirsk Railway Museum, you will find a collection of locomotives and rolling stock from the 1800’s up until the present day. Of particular interest are the collection of carriages that were in use by the Tsars themselves.
Day 11 – Excursion in Yekaterinburg
Founded nearly 300 years ago by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia and holds a very important place in the history of Russia, as it is here that, in 1918, the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed.
The city tour will take you to the site of the execution, now the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent erected to commemorate a tragic historical event.
Following lunch in Yekaterinburg, the tour will move to the Europe/Asia border, where you can place one foot on each continent at the same time. Tonight you will enjoy an evening meal on-board the train to Kazan.
Day 12 – Excursion in Kazan
Sitting on the banks of the Volga River, Kazan is the capital of the Tatarstan Republic and is the self-styled ‘Third Capital’ of Russia.
The highlight of the tour here is a visit to the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside a grand city tour taking in the best features of this religiously, and ethnically, diverse city. You will be treated to a very special lunch that includes a master class on Tartar Cuisine.
The day will finish with dinner aboard the train while heading off towards your next port of call.
Day 13 – Arrival and Excursion in Moscow
In the morning the Imperial Russia train pulls into its final destination, Moscow.
During your panoramic tour of Moscow, you will explore the Red Square with picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral or enjoy the ride on the Moscow subway. You will be impressed by the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and stunning view of Moscow standing on the Lenin Hills with your back towards Moscow University. After lunch in the city, you will continue with a guided tour of the Kremlin, this will take you inside the former residence of the Russian Tsars. Enjoy some time in downtown strolling along the ancient Arbat Street with its numerous cafes, souvenir shops.
Today you will stay in one of the hotels of Moscow.
Day 14 – Departing Moscow
Following breakfast, any free time can be spent exploring the Russian capital. At the end of your time here, you will be transferred to Moscow Airport to start your journey home.
This tour includes:
Local tour guides:
Imperial Russia’s tour guides are selected for their linguistic and organisational capability, allowing you to sit back and relax on your Trans-Siberian adventure
Rich sightseeing and entertainment programme: Including several local folk shows off-train.
Hotel and on-board accommodation: Onboard the Imperial Russia train in Russia. 1 night at Vladivostok hotel and 1 night at Moscow hotel.
Meals: Full board. Tea/coffee on board throughout the day.
Talks on local traditions, culture and customs: Informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country visited.
On-board service: Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day. You will also be provided with towels, bathrobe and slippers onboard of the Imperial Russia Train.
Pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport (in Vladivostok and Moscow).
On-board doctor: Russian speaking, with English speaking Group Leader available for translation.
- Any flights or travel costs not covered in the itinerary.
- Visa costs. See the Real Russia Trans-Siberian Visa’s page
- Insurance. See Real Russia’s advice on travel insurance
- Drinks from the Bar Car
- Meals on the day of arrival and departure
- Personal expenses such as souvenir shopping, or extra food and drink not included in the itinerary.