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‘Romanovs to Revolution’ Russian Rail Tour

Overview

Discover Russia’s revoutionary past and trace the steps of the Romanov dynasty with this immersive 24-day russian rail experience! Heading westbound, you will start in the Russian Far East at Vladivostok traversing across vast scenic landscapes before arriving at the cultural capital of St Petersburg. If you are looking for an activity-packed alternative to the Trans-Siberian Railway that runs East to West, then this extended rail experience is the one for you. This 24-day rail tour is a cultural immersive experience that includes a visit to several major cities including St Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan as well as stops at scenic locations around Lake Baikal, Khabarovsk and the nearby settlements that call these regions their home.

  • Exclusive Circum-Baikal Tour

  • Exploring Russkiy Island in Vladivostok

  • Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin with its Cathedrals and Armory Chamber

  • Ivolginsky Datsan and Old believers’ community in Buryatia

  • Tour of the famous Tretyakov Museum-Gallery and Faberge Museum

  • Visit to a Nanai Village in the Khabarovsk region

  • Visit to the world renowned Kazan Kremlin

  • Visit to Catherine Palace with Amber rooms

  • Visiting the largest theatre in Russia in Novosibirsk

  • Europe-Asia border in Yekaterinburg

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

Begin your journey in Vladivostok! Your driver will pick you up from your scheduled arrival point (airport or railway station), before taking you to your hotel ready for a check-in.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Vladivostok city tour and Russky Island excursion

Today, you will enjoy a spot of breakfast before being taken on a full city tour of Vladivostok and an exclusive tour of Russky Island.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Egersheld and Tokarevsky Lighthouse

  • Arseniev Museum of Far East History

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Russky Island

  • Zolotoy Bridge

  • Russky Bridge

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 3

Military highlights tour of Vladivostok Fortress

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and begin your military highlights tour of the Vladivostok Fortress.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Vladivostok Fortress

  • Expert Guide

  • Submarine museum

  • Fort #7

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Night on the 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 4

Khabarovsk city tour

You will arrive in Khabarovsk in Yekaterinburg at around 13:30, your guide will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel to freshen up and enjoy some free time before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Amur river

  • Khabarovsk Cliff

  • Memorial of the Eternal Fire

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 5

Visit to a Nanai settlement

After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for a full day excursion to Nanai Village with master class and lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Sikachi-Alyan Nanai village

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Nanai traditions

  • Petroglyphs of Sikachi-Alyan

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 6

Free time in Khabarovsk

Today, you will have some free time in the morning to spend as you please before leaving Khabarovsk behind and spending the day on the train to the Baikal region. You will check out of your hotel in the afternoon and meet with your guide at 13:00 reception desk of your hotel before being taken to the train station for your departure.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

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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 7

Train to Ulan Ude

Today, you will continue on the train to Ulan Ude. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russian Siberia through from the edge of your seat.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

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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 8

Train to Ulan Ude

Today, you will continue on the train to Ulan Ude. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russian Siberia through from the edge of your seat.

  • Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • New Destination by Train

Day 9

Exploring Ivolginsky Datsan and the Old Believer’s Village

Today, you will stop for breakfast before meeting your guide in the hotel lobby for the transfer from Ulan Ude to Ivolginsky Datsan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Buryat traditions

  • Old Believers Village

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • City Tour

  • Monument of V.I. Lenin’s head

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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 10

Irkutsk city tour

Today, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby where you will be taken to Ulan-Ude Railway Station for the journey to Irkutsk.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Angara river

  • Monument to Alexander III

  • Polish Cathedral

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 11

Circum-Baikal Experience

Explore the South-Western Shore of Lake Baikal on the famous Circum-Baikal train.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Circum-Baikal Railway

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Port Baikal

  • Boat Trip

  • Free Time

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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 12

Exploring Listvyanka and the Taltsy Museum

After breakfast you will start your day with a guided tour of the local Baikal museum. you will see various aquariums displaying local fauna and life around Baikal and a display of the Lake’s only mammal, the Baikal Seal. Your guide will show you the famous Shaman Stone before having the opportunity to take a chairlift to a nearby viewpoint (additional charge) where you will get a chance to take panoramic pictures of Baikal from above.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • Baikal Museum

  • Shaman Stone

  • Prominent Landscape

  • St. Nicholas Church

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

  • Taltsy open-air museum

Day 13

Train to Novosibirsk

Today, you will leave Irkutsk and head towards Novosibirsk, the scientific capital of Russia.

  • Breakfast

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Night on the Train

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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 14

Novosibirsk city tour

After arriving in Novosibirsk your driver will pick you up from the train station and take you to your hotel where you will check-in and have some time to freshen up before breakfast.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Academgorodok

  • Expert Guide

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Ob’ River

  • Archaeological Museum

  • City Tour

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

Day 15

Train to Yekaterinburg

After an early morning breakfast, your guide will collect you from your hotel at 08:40 and take you to the railway station for your departure to Yekaterinburg.

  • Breakfast

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Night on the Train

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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 16

Exploring the sites of the Romanov’s in Yekaterinburg

You will arrive in Yekaterinburg early in the morning. Your guide will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel where you will check-in and have a bit of time to freshen up before starting your Romanov tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Iset River Dam

  • ‘1905’ Square

  • Church on the Blood of All Russian Saints

  • Monastery at Ganina Yama

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Europe-Asia border marker

Day 17

Tour of the Boris Yeltsin Museum in Yekaterinburg

Today, you will have the morning free to do some last-minute exploring of the city before your afternoon check-out from hotel. You guide will meet you at 12:30, where you will embark on a tour of the famous Boris Yeltsin Museum.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center

  • Expert Guide

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Night on the Train

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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 18

Kazan city tour

On arrival in Kazan, your driver will meet you at the exit and take you to the hotel for check-in.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour by car

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • Old Tatar Settlement

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Lake Kaban

  • Chak-chak Museum

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 19

Visiting Sviyazhsk Island

Your second day in Kazan includes a day visit to Sviyazhsk Island. You will meet your guide at hotel reception to kick off your 5-hour tour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Sviyazhsk Island

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Night on the Train

  • Expert Guide

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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 20

Tour of the Moscow Kremlin

Enjoy breakfast on the train before arriving in the Russian capital, Moscow. Your guide will meet you on exiting the carriage and transfer you to the city centre.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Armoury Chamber

  • Red Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Lenin’s mausoleum

  • Sparrow Hills Viewpoint

  • Poklonnaya Hill Memorial Complex

Day 21

Explore the Museum of Cosmonautics and Tretyakov Gallery

Start your second day in the very heart of Russia with a spectacular breakfast in your hotel restaurant before meeting your guide in the hotel lobby.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Expert Guide

  • Cosmonautics Museum

  • VDNKh

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Night on the Train

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St Petersburg

The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.

Day 22

Visiting the State Hermitage and Peterhof museums

After breakfast you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for the excursion to the State Hermitage Museum.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Hermitage Museum

  • Boat Trip

  • Peterhof Palace

  • Guided History Tour

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 23

Trip to the Russian Museum with walking tour of Nevsky Prospect

For the final day of your Trans-Siberian experience, you will head to the Russian Museum before exploring the unique sites of St Petersburg.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • State Russian Museum

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Nevsky Prospect

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 24

Departure from St Petersburg

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, your Trans-Siberian adventure will end. Your driver will pick you up and take you to your point of departure (train station, airport, ferry).

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

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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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