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Baikal Amur Mainline Adventure Tour Westbound with Vladivostok

Overview

Embark on a spectacular 17-day train journey on the famous Baikal-Amur Mainline. Travelling Westbound from Vladivostok, to the Russian capital, Moscow. Enjoy the sprawling Siberian forests, rolling tundra, and pristine rivers and lakes from the edge of your seat. If you are wanting an authentic Trans-Siberian experience, then this rail tour is the one for you. As part of this tour, you will spend time at plenty of popular destinations across the Baikal-Amur Railway line, including Tayshet, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and the hero city of Vladivostok.

  • Buryat ger life experience with an interactive program

  • Crossing the largest bridge of the Baikal-Amur Mainline across the Amur river in Komsomolsk-on-Amur

  • Day excursion to “Stolby” National Park

  • Riding the spectacular Baikal-Amur Railway

  • Visit to the beaches at Lake Baikal and Yarki Island in the summer or Dzelinda hot mineral springs in the winter

  • Visit to the Tynda BAM Museum to learn more about the history of this mainline

  • Visiting Moscow – the Capital of Russia

  • Sightseeing in Vladivostok

Itinerary

Vladivostok

The administrative centre of Primorsky Krai, Vladivostok meaning ‘Rule in the East’ in Russian, is situated in the far east of Russia around Golden Horn Bay. The city is famous for its harbour location as the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet and being the final stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Tourists are attracted to its many military sites left over from the Russo-Japanese War and the beautiful Russky Island.

Day 1

Arrival in Vladivostok

Welcome to Vladivostok! Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel where you can check-in and unpack. You will then have the rest of the day to yourself to explore one of Russia’s cleanest cities.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

Vladivostok city tour

After breakfast, you will check out and meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby to start your city tour. You will see the Vladivostok Railway Station – terminus of Trans-Siberian Railway, Marine Passenger Terminal, Central Square, Korabel’naya Quay and C-56 submarine museum (entrance). You will then be taken to the Eagle Nest Viewpoint where you can see breathtaking views over the city.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Marine Passenger Terminal

  • Korabel’naya Quay

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Submarine museum

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • Eagle Nest Viewpoint

  • Transfer to Train

Day 3

Train journey to Vanino

Today you will spend the day on the train to Vanino. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russia from the edge of your seat!

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

BAM

BAM refers to Russia’s Baikal Amur Mainline which stretches from Tayshet in Eastern Siberia to Sovetskaya Gavan in the Russian Far East, passing through several important destinations including Tynda and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The railway was built during the Soviet Era as an alternative route to the Trans-Siberian and is 4324 kilometres in length. Most notably, parts of the railway are built on layers of permafrost which support the structural integrity of the track.

Day 4

Tour of historic Vanino

On arrival at Vanino Railway Station, you will be able to walk over to your hotel, check-in and take some time to rest and refresh before starting your day.

Visit the beautiful bays of Sovetskaya Gavan

Your tour will continue to Sovetskaya Gavan’ where you will see the beautiful Menshikov and Obmannaya Bays.

  • Breakfast

  • Vanino

  • Sovetskaya Gavan’

  • City Tour by car

  • Menshikov and Obmannaya Bays

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

  • New Destination by Train

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Komsomolsk-on-Amur

Located on the west bank of the Amur River in the Russian Far East, Komsomolsk-on-Amur is a vital industrial city in Khabarovsk Krai. The old settlement where the city now stands was conquered by the Mongols in the 13th century and was occupied by the Manchus until the 1858 Treaty of Aigun which ceded the area to Russia. It is located on the Baikal-Amur Mainline and is known for its aircraft production.

Day 5

Komsomolsk-on-Amur city tour

Once you have arrived at Komsomolsk-on-Amur station, your driver will take you to your hotel for an early check in.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

  • City Lore Museum

  • Pivan BAM tunnel

  • Amur embankment

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 6

Visting the Crystal Lake at Solnechniy Village

Today you will leave Komsomolsk-on-Amur behind and head back to Tynda. After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your guide for a trip to Solnechniy village. Here, you will visit the local mineralogical museum and Crystal Lake before stopping at the Rail Museum.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Crystal Lake at Solnechniy Village

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

  • Rail Museum

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 7

Train journey to Tynda

Spend the day on the train heading for the small town of Tynda. You will get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russia from the edge of your seat!

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Tynda

Situated near where the Getkan River joins the Tynda River (to which the town is named), Tynda is an important industrial town located in Amur Oblast. The town is known as an important crossing point of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Amur Yakutsk Mainline and is one of the most significant producers of timber in the region. The town is home to several tourist attractions including the Museum of the History of the Baikal-Amur Mainline.

Day 8

Visiting the Baikal-Amur Mainline museum in Tynda

After arriving in Tynda, you will have some time for breakfast before continuing to see this little Russian town famous for its Baikal-Amur Mainline Museum, considered to be the best in Russia. After your trip to the museum, you will head for a nearby viewpoint where you can see panoramic views of the whole town before completing your day with a car tour, passing by the modern Trinity Church and other historic buildings which you will learn more about on the way.

  • New Destination by Train

  • Baikal-Amur Mainline museum

  • Guided History Tour

  • City Tour

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Transfer to Train

Travel to

Severobaikalsk

A small town situated on the Northern tip of Lake Baikal at the mount of the Tyya River, Severobaikalsk was founded in 1974 as a work settlement for the nearby Baikal Amur Mainline (BAM), serving as the central starting point for the railway project. The town’s history is bound by this spectacular railway and is home to a church and a unique museum dedicated to the history of the Baikal Amur Mainline.

Day 9

Visiting the mineral hot springs of Dzelinda / Exploring the beaches of Yarki Island

After arriving in Severobaikalsk, you will be taken on one of two experiences depending on the time of year. Your driver will meet you at the rail station and take you to your hotel where you will get some time to rest and refresh. Afterwards, you will stop for lunch in a city cafe before starting your day excursion to Nizhneangarsk, the most Northern point of Lake Baikal.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Free Time

  • Catamaran experience on Yarki Island (Summer)

  • Mineral hot springs of Dzelinda (Winter)

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 10

Severobaikalsk city tour

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your guide and driver for a city tour around Severobaikalsk. You will have a chance to visit the Picture Gallery and the Bayar Buryat Center, to experience an interactive program and to taste some traditional food “posy” with green tea. You will then have some free time to do some last-minute shopping, before departing for the railway station and boarding the next train for Tayshet.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour by car

  • Picture Gallery

  • Bayar Buryat Center

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

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Tayshet

Tayshet is the administrative center of Tayshetsky District in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia. Founded in 1897, the town was an important supply station on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It has retained its strategic importance and is now the starting point of the Baikal Amur Railway as well as the end point for the Abakan-Tayshet Railway. Although primarily a local urban area, Tayshet is home to various museums and galleries including the Tayshet Regional Museum of Local Lore.

Day 11

Arrive at the starting location of the BAM Railway

Today you will arrive at Tayshet, the starting location of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. Your guide and driver will meet you on arrival to take you on a trip to see the Rail Square. This is where the memorial board and Locomotive L-3449 are located to remember those building the BAM, along with a nearby historic water pumping station. You will then get the option to visit the City Lore museum.

  • Lunch

  • Arrival Transfer

  • New Destination by Train

  • Rail Square in Tayshet

  • City Lore Museum

  • Transfer to Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Krasnoyarsk

Situated on the Yensei River, Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia and an important junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city has been hailed by Anton Chekov among others, as one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia and even the entirety of Russia. It is best known for the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, an idyllic national park set within rolling hills and rocky outcrops, found just 10km south of the city.

Day 12

Exploring Stolby Nature Reserve

If you have ever been to Krasnoyarsk but haven’t visited the “Stolby” Nature Reserve, then you haven’t seen the heart of the city. For those, who enjoy nature, open spaces and panoramic views, this will be a day to remember. Unlike a regular “Stolby” tour, you will not have to go up 7 km to reach the “First Stolby”. Our driver will get you straight to the top and our guides will make this tour unforgettable by telling you a lot of interesting stories about the nature reserve along the way. A boxed lunch is included as part of the trip.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Stolby National Park

  • Optional excursions

  • Free Time

  • Departure Transfer

  • New Destination by Train

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 13

Departure from Krasnoyarsk

For the next two days, you will spend all day on board the train to Moscow, admiring beautiful landscapes through the window of the train. You will pass many places along the journey including Omsk and Novosibirsk, the Ural cities of Perm and Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod and many more, moving towards the Capital of Russia.

On the train to Moscow

You will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russia from the edge of your seat!

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 15

Arrival and Free time in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will meet you at the train station early morning and take you to the hotel ready for standard check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you see fit. However, if you wish to make the most of your trip, we can offer one of our optional Moscow activities or excursions such as an evening cruise on the Moskva river. We can recommend an evening cruise on the Moskva River as this is the best way to admire the evening lights of the capital and have a restful evening on a comfortable yacht.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Optional excursions

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 16

Moscow city tour

After breakfast, your guide and driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby to start an exciting journey around Moscow, to see all the fantastic sites this city has to offer. You will begin with a car journey to visit the most popular Moscow sights, including Sparrow Hills’ observation spot, the Moskva river embankment, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, New Maiden’s Convent, Boulevard Ring, Tverskaya Street and Moscow State University.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour by car

  • Sparrow Hills Viewpoint

  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Tsar Bell

  • Tsar Cannon

  • Sobornaya Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

Day 17

Departure from Moscow

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver at the agreed time for the transfer to the airport or rail station, this is where the tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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