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Overview

  • 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

Arrival in Moscow, with a transfer to the centrally located 4* Park Inn Hotel, just a short walk from Red Square and the Kremlin.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

Day 2

Moscow: City Tour with the Kremlin and Cathedrals

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 embark on a four-hour walking tour of the fortified complex known as the Kremlin, followed by the cathedrals including St Basil’s. After the Kremlin and Cathedrals, your guide will take you on a three-hour city tour by car, which may include visits to Alexander Gardens and the VDNKh Soviet Exhibition Centre.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour by car

  • Museums

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Walking Tour

Day 3

Depart Moscow

The majority of the day is free, allowing you to relax and explore Moscow, or take an optional tour, before packing, and preparing, to check out of the hotel. 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.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

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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

Travelling Through European Russia

You will spend the day 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, at the eastern most edge of European Russia, before crossing through the Ural Mountains and into Asia.

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 5

Venturing into Siberia

Passing through the previously forbidden Soviet city of Yekaterinburg, you will spend the day on the train while it leaves the eastern foothills of the Ural mountains and heads for Novosibirsk; the largest city in Siberia, and the third largest in Russia, behind only Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 6

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 on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 7

Arrival in Irkutsk

Following your arrival in Irkutsk, you will be taken to Listvyanka village on the shores of Lake Baikal. After checking in at the 3* Mayak hotel you will visit the fascinating Museum of Wooden Architecture, containing unique and historic wooden structures donated from all over Russia. Then back to Listvyanka village via the famous Shaman rock. The day is rounded off with a traditional Baikal dinner and by indulging in an optional sauna in the village ‘Banya’.

  • Dinner

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Museums

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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

Select From Three Excursions

You have the choice of three tours.

A

The first tour is a full day trip around Lake Baikal, including a ferry ride and journey on the famous Circum-Baikal Railroad. The tour stops at some of the most picturesque places en-route, so that you can experience the flora and fauna of this unique area. Whichever option you choose, after your day excursion you will be taken back to Irkutsk.


B

The second option, is a visit to a Buryat settlement (a community indigenous to Siberia, related to the Mongols), 70 km from Irkutsk on the remote Siberian plain. Here you can take part in many activities, such as visiting the local lore museum, experiencing the local greeting ceremony, meeting the Shaman to be ‘cleansed” and visiting a Yurt to sample local teas and take part in a traditional feast.


C

Your third option is to go on escorted tour of the local Baikal Museum and aquarium, featuring animals that are exclusive to the legendary lake, including the famous Baikal seal. A chair lift ride will take you to a point offering panoramic views of the lake, with lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to a Russian Orthodox Church. Finally you will have the opportunity to explore a local fish market with all its hustle, bustle and colour – something not to be missed.

  • Boat Trip

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Museums

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 9

Irkutsk Excursion

You will begin the day with 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.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour by car

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 10

Depart Irkutsk

Following a 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.

  • Breakfast

  • Day on the Train

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 11

Siberian Hinterlands

You will spend the day on the train and, after a stop at Chita, the train heads onwards to Birobidzhan, and winds through the Siberian hinterlands and along the border with China.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 12

Into the Far East

Your last full day on the train takes you through Birobidzhan and 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 on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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.

  • 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.