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Classic Trans-Siberian Eastbound

Overview

An unforgettable Trans-Siberian experience! This classic rail tour will take you on the world famous Trans-Siberian Railway, starting in the Russian capital of Moscow, heading through the Siberian heartlands to Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. If you are looking for the ultimate bucket-list Trans-Siberian experience, then look no further. Across 13 days you will travel the world’s longest railway, visiting several spectacular destinations including Moscow and Lake Baikal, before arriving at Vladivostok.

  • All relevant Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian rail tickets

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

  • A transfer with a personal guide to accompany you to the train on the start of your journey

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

  • Russian Tourist Visa Invitation

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will meet you at your arrival point and take you to the 3* hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Moscow

After breakfast, you will be met bright and early by our expert guide who will provide an overview of your day in Moscow. You will then be taken on a half day tour by car where you will get to explore Moscow, including the famous Red Square with the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, the Alexander Gardens and the Eternal Flame, Lenin’s mausoleum, the memorial to Soviet cosmonauts, and the famous artist’s quarter of Old Arbat.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

Day 3

Your Trans-Siberian journey begins

You will have the majority of the day free, allowing you to relax and explore Moscow, or take an optional tour, before packing, and preparing, to check out of the hotel. In the afternoon, you will meet your driver for a private transfer to Yaroslavsky railway station.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Departure Transfer

  • Expert Guide

Travel to

Trans-Siberian

Stretching 5772 miles from Moscow to the naval port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, the Trans-Siberian is Russia’s principal railway route. The original route was constructed in the 20th century and has since been expanded to include several new branches to Ulaanbaatar, Harbin, and Beijing, via the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian railways.

Day 4

Depart Moscow and travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway

You will spend the next three days on the train, heading past the cities of the Golden Ring, the great industrial city of Kirov, and finally the ex-military city of Perm, before crossing through the Ural Mountains and into Asia.

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and the most important hub for tourism in the Lake Baikal region. As opposed to many of the more industrially shaped cities in Siberia, Irkutsk has a long history as a cultural centre and has been home to scientists, writers, artists, and political activists such as the Decembrists. It is also a key destination on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Day 7

Arrival in Irkutsk

After arriving in Irkutsk, your driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in nearby Listvyanka village on the shores of Lake Baikal.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

Travel to

Listvyanka

A small settlement on the Western shore of Lake Baikal, Listvyanka is a highly popular tourist area known for its distinct local culture, fish market, and breathtaking hiking trails that venture around the edges of the lake. The settlement was formed near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal and is home to the Baikal Museum, with dedicated exhibits to the fauna and wildlife that can be found in the area.

Day 8

Free time in Listvyanka

Today, you are free to explore Listvyanka for yourself. The village has plenty to offer from picturesque nature hikes, to relaxing by the lakeside, or visiting one of the regional markets or museums.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 9

Irkutsk city tour by car

After a relaxing day in Listvyanka, your driver will pick you up from your hotel for a brief city tour of Irkutsk by car. You will get to see the most interesting locations in the city, including the beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), traditional hand-crafted wooden houses, and the infamous Decembrists’ House.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Transfer

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • City Tour by car

Day 10

Departure from Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Irkutsk and meet your driver who will take you to the train station where you will continue your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

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 13

Arrive in Vladivostok

Passing through rocky foothills to approach the Pacific coast, you will have an early morning arrival in Vladivostok where your transfer will take you to your hotel.

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • 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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