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Classic Trans-Siberian Westbound

Overview

Embark on a memorable rail adventure across Asia, Siberia and beyond with our Classic Trans-Siberian Westbound. Starting in the pacific city of Vladivostok, you will follow the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway all the way to Moscow. Our Classic Trans-Siberian is perfect for friends, families or couples of all ages, offering a balanced travel experience between train travel, city break and leisurely retreat. This 13-day experience includes several days in Vladivostok and around Lake Baikal, while offering a truly authentic Trans-Siberian Railway experience.

  • 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

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 your arrival point and take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Vladivostok

Today your adventure starts with a half day city tour taking in all of the major sights of Vladivostok including Sveltlanskaya Street, Russky Bridge, the Triumphal arch for Tsar Nicholas II, as well as many parks and churches dotted around the city.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour by car

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 3

Departure from Vladivostok

In the morning, you will check out of your hotel and have some free time to do any last-minute exploring, before meeting your driver for the transfer to Vladivostok’s railway station.

  • Breakfast

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

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 Vladivostok and travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway

For the next three days, sit back and relax as you travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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 6

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

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 7

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 of museums.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

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 8

Irkutsk city tour by car

After a relaxing couple of days 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

  • City Tour by car

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 9

Departure from Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel at 12 noon and meet your driver at the agreed time who will take you to the train station where you will continue your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway through Siberia and on to Moscow.

  • Breakfast

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 10

Travelling along the Trans-Siberian Railway

You will spend the next few days on the train continuing through the seemingly limitless tracks and incredible forests of Siberia, you will pass through the mighty Altai region, crossing the River Yenisei at Krasnoyarsk. You will continue through Novosibirsk and the Ural Mountains, crossing the border between Asia and Europe, before heading on the final stretch of this epic journey through the beautiful cities of the Golden Ring to Moscow.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

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 13

Arrival in Moscow

You will finally arrive in Moscow around 5 am, where your transfer will take you to your hotel if you wish to stay in Moscow for a few more days, the airport, or the railway station.

  • Departure Transfer

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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