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Imperial Russia Trans-Siberian Eastbound

Overview

Trans-Siberian is a path to the heart of Russia. One of the most famous railway journeys in the world, it will allow you not only to cross this huge country from the West to the East, but also, probably, understand the mysterious Russian soul. You will see Russia in all its historical greatness, in the mixture of cultures and landscapes, in the architectural splendor and extravagance unifying different people and religions.

  • Intensive sightseeing and entertainment programme including several local folk shows off-train

  • Talks on local traditions, culture and customs

  • Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

  • Visit to the world renowned Kazan Kremlin

  • Visit to the Baikal Museum

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

Once you have arrived in Moscow, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in order to check in. The rest of the day will then be yours to explore the Russian capital at your leisure or relax in preparation for the adventure ahead.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Excursion in Moscow

Following breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of the city, vering many of the major city landmarks. The tour includes a visit to Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral or a ride in Moscow’s subway station.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Red Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Arbat Street

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Transfer to Train

Travel to

Kazan

Kazan is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The city lies at the confluence of the Kazanka and Volga Rivers in the South-East of Russia and was considered a crucial trade and political center from the Late Middle Ages onwards. It has become a popular tourist destination with famous attractions including the Kazan kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque, known to be one of the largest mosques in Russia.

Day 3

Excursion in Kazan

Sitting on the banks of the Volga River, Kazan is the capital of the Tatarstan Republic and is the self-styled ‘Third Capital’ of Russia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • City Tour

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • New Destination by Train

Travel to

Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg stands close to the divide between Russia and Kazakhstan and is known as the ‘window on Asia’ due to its close proximity to the border. The city is commonly referred to as Russia’s ‘third capital’ as it is ranked third for tourism, transport, and economic size. It holds crucial significance in Russian History as the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty.

Day 4

Excursion in Yekaterinburg

Founded nearly 300 years ago by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia and holds a very important place in the Russian history, as it is here that, in 1918, the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed. The city tour will take you to the site of the execution, now the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent erected to commemorate a tragic historical event.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Military History

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • New Destination by Train

Travel to

Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia with the flair and charm of a provincial town. It is an important commercial hub in the region, hosting one of the best and largest universities in Russia which has shaped the identity of the city. The city is home to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (NOVAT), considered one of the best musical and theatre groups in Russia.

Day 5

Excursion in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is situated in the heart of the Russian Siberia. Nowadays it is one of the 10 most promising Russian megalopolises. You will take a city tour, taking in the Railway Museum, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, ancient streets, Ob River esplanade.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Railway Museum

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • River Ob

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 6

On the Train

Leaving Novosibirsk behind, you will embark on the train to your next destination Irkutsk. Enjoy the spectacular views of the verdant forests, crystal-clear lakes and rivers from the edge of your seat.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • 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

Excursion in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is often called the ‘Paris of Siberia’ due to its wide streets and ornate architecture, and we are sure you will see why as you take the city tour upon arrival.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Taltsy Museum

  • Free Time

  • 130 Quarter

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

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

Travelling by Lake Baikal

One of the major highlights of any journey along the Trans-Siberian, is the part alongside the majesty that is Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Boat Trip

  • Chersky Stone observation point

  • Baikal Museum

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

  • Barbeque by Lake Baikal

Travel to

Ulan-Ude

Located to the East of Russia’s popular tourist destination Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude is a city bustling with tourist activity and is the gateway for the Trans-Mongolian Railway that travels from Ulan-Ude to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar. The city’s close proximity to the Mongolian border and well-established transport links into Asia have allowed the city to form a unique cultural identity as the center of Buddhism in Russia.

Day 9

Excursion in Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is a unique place, with a unique heritage; it is the capital of the Buryat Republic and home to the native Buryat people.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Buryat traditions

Day 10

On the Train

Leaving Ulan-Ude behind, you will embark on the train to your next destination. You will get to see the exquisite landscapes of Siberia from the edge of your seat before enjoying an exclusive vodka tasting experience.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 11

On the Train

With stunning views of verdant forests and crystal-clear lakes and rivers it is the perfect day to relax and just enjoy the views while listening to lectures on Russian geography and culture or socialising with your travelling companions.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Khabarovsk

A large city situated on the Amur River in South-eastern Russia, Khabarovsk is the largest city and the administrative center of Khabarovsk Krai. It lies just 14 miles from the border with China and was named “Boli” when it was part of the Chinese Empire. The city has a rich history and culture and is best known for the dazzling Cathedral of the Assumption and the popular Komsomolskaya Square.

Day 12

Excursion in Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk is located 30 km from the Chinese border, at the confluence of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers. Sightseeing tour of the city includes visit to the Museum of the Regional Studies, one of Russia’s oldest with over 500,000 items in its collection. Of particular interest is the ethnographic section where you can learn about the indigenous cultures of the Russian far east.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Museums

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Boat Trip

  • Masterclass

  • 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

Excursion in Vladivostok

The last stop of the journey is Vladivostok, an important Russian naval base.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Russky Island

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 14

Departing Vladivostok

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Vladivostok airport to begin your journey home.

  • Breakfast

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

  • Free Time

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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