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Imperial Russia Trans-Siberian Westbound

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

  • On-board doctor

  • Porterage

  • Talks on local traditions, culture and customs

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

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

Once you have arrived in Vladivostok, 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 this fantastic city at your leisure or relax in preparation for the adventure ahead.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Excursion in Vladivostok

Vladivostok is a military port, located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan and is home to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Today, you will have a city tour around Vladivostok which includes all the main attractions of the city. You will cross the two enormous bridges across the Golden Horn Bay and Eastern Bosporus Strait, the latter is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Russia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Russky Island

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

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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 3

Excursion in Khabarovsk

Located just 15 miles from the border of China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the huge Amur River, the tenth-longest river in the world.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • City Tour

  • Boat Trip

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Masterclass

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 4

On the Train

Enjoy the stunning views of sprawling forests, crystal-clear lakes and more from the edge of your seat. There will also be an exclusive vodka tasting session on-board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 5

On the Train

Enjoy another day on the train to your next destination, Ulan-Ude. Discover the breathtaking views of Siberia from sprawling forests to majestic lakes and rivers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 6

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

  • Buryat traditions

  • Expert Guide

  • Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Masterclass

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

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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

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

  • Boat Trip

  • Chersky Stone observation point

  • Baikal Museum

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Lakeside Picnic

  • Souvenir Shopping

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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

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. You will visit such places, as the Decembrists House, a house dedicated to the aristocrats who were exiled to this, at the time, far flung, corner of Siberia after the failed Decembrists uprising of 1825, Karl Marx Street and the beautiful cottages adorned with beautiful wooden ‘lace-like’ designs, you will find plenty of beauty in his corner of Siberia.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Taltsy Museum

  • Free Time

  • 130 Quarter

Day 9

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 view while socialising with your travelling companions and talking about your experience so far.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Lectures on Russian and Trans-Siberian history

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 10

Excursions in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is situated in the heart of the Russian Siberia. Nowadays it is one of the 10 most promising Russian megalopolises.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Railway Museum

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • River Ob

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 11

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 history of Russia, as it is here that, in 1918, the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Military History

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 12

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

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

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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 and Excursion in Moscow

In the morning the Imperial Russia train pulls into its final destination, Moscow.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Red Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Moscow Metro

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Arbat Street

Day 14

Departing Moscow

Following breakfast, any free time can be spent exploring the Russian capital. At the end of your time here, you will be transferred to Moscow Airport to start your journey home.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • 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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