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Siberian Eye Eastbound

Overview

Uncover the mysteries of Siberia with our 14-day Trans-Siberian tour, the Siberian Eye. Starting from Moscow, you will journey along the Trans-Manchurian Railway through awe-inspiring cities and the sprawling taiga, before spending several days around Lake Baikal, the jewel of Siberia. The Siberian Eye offers an alternative to the traditional Trans-Siberian train route and is perfect for those wanting to spend more time around Siberia, one of the most elusive regions in the world. Your 14-day experience starts in the Russian capital of Moscow, traversing Siberia and spending time in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, before continuing through northern China to Beijing.

  • A transfer with a personal guide to accompany you to the train on the start of your journey

  • All relevant Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian rail tickets

  • Breakfast at all hotels, homestays and other accommodation

  • Russian letter of invitation and visa support documents for China

  • Transfers for all departures and arrivals at each city

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

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will meet you at your arrival point and take you to yout hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Moscow

After breakfast, you will be met bright and early by our expert guide who will provide an overview of your day in Moscow. You will then be taken on a half day tour by car where you will get to explore Moscow, including the famous Red Square with the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, the Alexander Gardens and the Eternal Flame, Lenin’s mausoleum, the memorial to Soviet cosmonauts, and the famous artist’s quarter of Old Arbat.

  • Breakfast

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Red Square

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • St Basil’s Cathedral

  • Alexander Garden

  • Lenin’s mausoleum

  • Old Arbat

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Free time in Moscow

Today, you will leave Moscow behind and embark on the spectacular Trans-Manchurian train route.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Transfer to Train

  • Expert Guide

Travel to

Trans-Manchurian

A variant of the traditional Trans-Siberian Railway, the Trans-Manchurian travels through Russia, Siberia and rural China starting from either Moscow or Beijing. The route visits many major cities along the way including Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude and Chita. The Trans-Manchurian is known for varied and beautiful scenery, particularly in Northern China.

Day 4

Depart Moscow and travel on the Trans-Manchurian Railway

You will spend the next three days on the train, heading past the cities of the Golden Ring and the eastern most edge of European Russia, before crossing the Ural Mountains into Asia.

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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 7

Arrival in Irkutsk

After arriving in Irkutsk, your driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in nearby Listvyanka village on the shores of Lake Baikal.

  • Dinner

  • New Destination by Train

  • Lake Baikal

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Village ‘Banya’

Day 8

Free time in Listvyanka

Today, you are free to explore Listvyanka for yourself. The village has plenty to offer from picturesque nature hikes, to relaxing by the lakeside, or visiting one of the regional markets or museums.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Optional Extras

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 9

Irkutsk city tour by car

After a relaxing day in Listvyanka, your driver will pick you up from your hotel for a brief city tour of Irkutsk by car. You will get to see the most interesting locations in the city, including the beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), traditional hand-crafted wooden houses, and the infamous Decembrists’ House.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Polish Cathedral

  • Decembrists’ House

Day 10

Free time in Irkutsk

Today, you will be free to explore Irkutsk, one of Russia’s most enigmatic cities with a rich revolutionary history. Wander the scenic streets of the city, relax in a traditional café or restaurant, or visit one of the city’s unique museums.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 11

Depart Irkutsk and continue along the Trans-Manchurian Railway

Following a transfer to the railway station, you will catch the train to Beijing. Once through Ulan-Ude, the home of Russian Buddhism and capital of the local Buryat Republic, the train skirts along the Mongolian borders and heads east on to the mountains of northern China.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Beijing

The capital of China, Beijing, has a long history stretching back over 3000 years. The city is known for its unrivalled culture and architecture and is home to no less than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the world-famous Forbidden City complex and the Badaling Great Wall of China. Beijing is one of the ‘Four Great Ancient Capitals of China’ and has been the political centre of the country for 800 years.

Day 14

Arrival in Beijing

Throughout the morning and afternoon, you will pass through rural China as well as mountainous river valleys, before continuing past the amazing Great Wall of China.

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • 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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