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Classic Trans-Siberian_Vlad-Mos via Irkutsk_13 days_Experience
With all tours originating in the Pacific city of Vladivostok you are guaranteed a memorable journey through Asia, Siberia and European Russia passing breathtaking landscapes such as the Ural Mountains and the awe-inspiring Lake Baikal.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following the route of the original Trans-Siberian line around Lake Baikal, the Circum-Baikal railway is a definite highlight of the Trans-Siberian. Starting early, you will travel along the south-west shoreline of Lake Baikal, with many stops for breath-taking photos. You can even dip a toe or two into the lake if you are feeling brave!
Great for those who wish to immerse themselves in local culture, you will be taken to a settlement belonging to the indigenous Buryat people, 70km outside of Irkutsk on the remote Siberian plain. There are many activites available here, such as visiting the local lore museum, being ‘cleansed’ by the local Shaman, and taking part in a traditional Buryat feast.
If you wish to learn more about Lake Baikal then this is the perfect opportunity. You will be taken on a guided tour of the local Baikal museum and aquarium (home to two of the indigenous Baikal seals), followed by a chair lift ride to one of the highest points in the Listvyanka area, offering panoramic views across Lake Baikal and beyond. Following lunch, you will be guided around a local Russian orthodox church, offering the chance to learn about the history of Orthodoxy, before checking out a local fish market. You will even have the chance to practice your bartering skills!
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.
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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- 4* luxury hotels near to all the main sights
- A choice of excursions in and around Irkutsk
- Excursions: Options Available
- Half day guided tour with excursions: Irkutsk
- Half day guided tour with excursions: Vladivostok
- Meals: Breakfast at all Hotels, plus a dinner at Listvyanka / Baikal and other meals , which are dependent on your preferred excursions
What’s not included
- Flights or other travel arrangements prior to tour joining point
- Meals, unless specified in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as souvenir shopping, or extra food and drink not included in the itinerary
Enrich your travel experience with our list of top recommended books from specialist travel guides to compelling novels. Whether you are looking for something to pass the time on the train, or want to get to grips with the local history, reading is essential to turning your trip into a fully-fledged experience.
The ultimate guidebook to Moscow that no tourist can go without! Lonely Planet’s Moscow is packed full of almost everything you need when travelling to any destination from how to get around the city, the best places to eat, what you need to see while you are there, cultural highlights and more. In addition to its noteworthy insider tips, this guide includes detailed maps that are invaluable to even the most seasoned traveller.
The ultimate guidebook to Russia that no tourist can go without! Lonely Planet’s Russia is packed full of almost everything you need when travelling to this vast country from how to get around, the best places to eat in its most popular cities, what you need to see while you are there, cultural highlights, currency and more. In addition to its noteworthy insider tips about key attractions such as the Moscow Kremlin, Lake Baikal and the Romanov sites, this guide includes detailed maps that are invaluable to even the most seasoned traveller.
Embarking one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys’, the Trans-Siberian Railway, Matthew Woodward sets off to rekindle his childhood passion for train travel. Trans-Siberian Adventures offers a personal insight into the highs, lows and expectations of long-distance train travel and is a must-read for anybody looking to embark on this mammoth journey from Moscow to Beijing and beyond.
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