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Siberian Eye Westbound

Overview

An eye-opening, tailormade Trans-Siberian experience exploring the remote region of Siberia. Travel westbound on the Trans-Manchurian Railway through the scenic Siberian taiga to Moscow, spending several days around the natural splendour of Lake Baikal along the way. Offering a unique insight into one of the world’s most remote regions, this Siberian-styled railway tour is perfect for those wanting to learn more about Siberia while experiencing the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. Your 13-day experience starts in Beijing and traversing north China, before spending several days around Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, later crossing the Russian heartlands through to Moscow.

  • 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

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 1

Arrival in Beijing

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

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Beijing

After breakfast, you will meet your guide at the hotel for a half-day city tour where you will be introduced to many of the city’s highlights such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Pearl and Silk markets. A stop for lunch will be offered during the tour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Forbidden City

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Free time in Beijing

Pack, and prepare to check-out, then make the most of what Beijing has to offer on your final day in the city before you are provided with a transfer to the railway station, where our guide will advise, and assist, in purchasing provisions for the train if desired, accompany you to the platform, ensure that everyone is settled into their cabins and answer any last minute questions.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • 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 Beijing and travel along the Trans-Manchurian Railway

For the next two days, you will journey along the Trans-Manchurian Railway through northern China. Your first full day on the train will be spent travelling, past the industrial cities, vast factories, tiny rural villages, and ancient paddy fields.

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Border crossing

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 6

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

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Village ‘Banya’

Day 7

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

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 8

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

  • Expert Guide

  • Polish Cathedral

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 9

Depart Irkutsk and journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Before spending the next four days on the train, there will be a transfer from the hotel to the railway station to catch your train for the next leg of your Trans–Siberian journey, on through Siberia and on to Moscow.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer to Train

  • Day on the Train

  • Night on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

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 in Moscow

At the end of this day, you will finally arrive in Moscow, where your transfer will take you to your hotel if you wish to stay in Moscow for a few more days, the airport, or the railway station.

  • 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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