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‘Siberian Explorer’ Russian Rail Tour

Overview

Explore the vast landscapes of Russia from the edge of your seat with this epic 23-day rail tour! Starting from the cultural capital of St Petersburg and travelling all the way to Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, you will visit some of Russia’s most unique cities and natural beauty spots first-hand. Get ready for a railway tour like no other! If you have always wanted to travel on the Russia’s most famous railways and want to make the most of your time along the way, then this extended rail experience is the one for you. This 23-day tour includes a visit to several major cities including St Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Ulan Ude and Vladivostok as well as stops at scenic Siberian locations around Lake Baikal in Listvyanka and Irkutsk.

  • Exclusive Circum-Baikal Tour

  • Exploring Boris Yeltsin’s museum in Yekaterinburg

  • 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

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in St Petersburg

Begin your journey in St Petersburg! 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

Blistering architecture of St Petersburg

Today you will be heading south of St Petersburg to Pushkin. After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel before taking you to Pushkin.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Catherine Palace

  • Expert Guide

  • State Russian Museum

  • Galleries

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 3

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

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • Hermitage Museum

  • Gold Drawing Room

  • Peterhof Palace

  • St.Petersburg Metro

  • Faberge Museum

  • Night on the Train

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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 4

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

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Cathedral of the Archangel

  • Armoury Chamber

  • Red Square

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Sparrow Hills Viewpoint

  • City Tour by car

Day 5

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 checking out and meeting your guide and driver in the hotel lobby.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Expert Guide

  • Cosmonautics Museum

  • VDNKh

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • 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 6

Kazan city tour

On arrival in Kazan, your driver will meet you at the exit and take you to the hotel for check-in at 2 pm.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour by car

  • Kazan Kremlin

  • Old Tatar Settlement

  • Lake Kaban

  • Chak-chak Museum

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Kul Sharif Mosque

Day 7

Visiting Sviyazhsk Island

Your second day in Kazan includes a day visit to Sviyazhsk Island. After checking out of your hotel, you will meet your guide at the hotel reception to kick off your 5-hour tour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Sviyazhsk Island

  • Volga River

  • Expert Guide

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • 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 8

Tour of the Boris Yeltsin Museum in Yekaterinburg

You will arrive in Yekaterinburg around 12 noon, where your guide will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel where you can drop off your luggage. You will get a bit of free time to relax or explore before your 2pm check-in. Afterwards, you will head out to lunch at a local restaurant.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center

  • “Ural Arbat” – Weiner Street

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Expert Guide

Day 9

Exploring the sites of the Romanov’s in Yekaterinburg

Today, you will delve into the history of the Romanov family’s last days. After checking out of the hotel, your guide will meet you in lobby at around 10:00 where you will start your tour of Yekaterinburg.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Iset River Dam

  • ‘1905’ Square

  • Church on the Blood of All Russian Saints

  • Monastery at Ganina Yama

  • Europe-Asia border marker

  • 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 10

Train to Novosibirsk

Today, you will spend the day on the train to Novosibirsk. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russian Siberia through from the edge of your seat.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • New Destination by Train

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

Day 11

Novosibirsk city tour

After a refreshing morning breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and meet your guide in the lobby for a full day tour around Novosibirsk with Academgorodok.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Academgorodok

  • Archaeological Museum

  • Ob’ River

  • City Tour

  • Orthodox cathedral of the Ascension of Christ

  • Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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 12

Train to Irkutsk

Today, you will spend the day on the train to Irkutsk. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russian Siberia through from the edge of your seat.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

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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 13

Sightseeing in Irkutsk and Listvyanka

On arrival in Irkutsk, your guide will meet you and transfer you to a local restaurant for breakfast.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Polish Cathedral

  • Angara river

  • Taltsy Museum

  • Lake Baikal

  • Baikal Museum

  • Shaman Stone

  • St. Nicholas Church

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Lake Baikal

A popular tourist destination situated in the heart of Siberia, Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its natural beauty, pristine beaches and scenic walks. The Lake is home to unique wildlife such as the Baikal Seal, the world’s only freshwater seal, and is the both the deepest and largest freshwater lake in the world descending to a depth of 1700m.

Day 14

Circum-Baikal Experience

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

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Port Baikal

  • Circum-Baikal Railway

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 15

Train to Ulan Ude

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to Irkutsk railway station for the morning departure to Ulan Ude.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • New Destination by Train

  • Arrival Transfer

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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 16

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

  • Old Believers Village

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Buryat traditions

  • City Tour

  • Monument of V.I. Lenin’s head

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 17

Train to Khabarovsk

Today you will leave Ulan Ude behind and spend the day on the train to Khabarovsk. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Russian Siberia through from the edge of your seat.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

Day 18

Train to Khabarovsk

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

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

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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 19

Khabarovsk city tour

You will arrive in Khabarovsk at 15:30, 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.

  • Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • City Tour

  • Amur river

  • Khabarovsk Cliff

  • Memorial of the Eternal Fire

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 20

Visit to a Nanai settlement

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

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Sikachi-Alyan Nanai village

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Nanai traditions

  • Petroglyphs of Sikachi-Alyan

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

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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 21

Vladivostok city tour

On arrival in Vladivostok, you will be met by your guide before being taken to a local restaurant for breakfast before embarking on a 4-hour city tour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

  • Egersheld and Tokarevsky Lighthouse

  • Arseniev Museum of Far East History

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 22

Exploring Russky Island

For the final day of your Trans-Siberian experience, you will enjoy a spot of breakfast before being taken on an exclusive tour of Russky Island.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Russky Island

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Expert Guide

  • Vladivostok Fortress

  • Submarine museum

  • Fort #7

Day 23

Departure from Vladivostok

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 or airport).

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • 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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