Moscow - Vladivostok Exploration | Small Group Rail Tour to Russia

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Overview

Have an adventure of a lifetime on a tailor-made Trans-Siberian journey. Explore the top sights of Russia from one end to the other in a small group of 8 to 18 travelers. Enjoy included activities such as a cruise on Lake Baikal and sightseeing tours with professional local guides in 10 Russian cities. Accommodation in 1st-class cabins in a private train car as well as in hand-picked city-center hotels, Russian visa-processing, tour leader services, as well as all the must-sees included.

Tour type:
Small group rail tour
Tour rating:
4.98 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels: 11 nights
    3-star lakeside hotel: 2 nights
    On board a private car on the train: 6 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    7 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    Chairlift ride & 1 boat cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 12 guided tours with private transportation
    9 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activities: cooking class
  • MEALS
  • 15 breakfasts
    2 lunches
    2 meals on board
    Tatar sweets tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

  • Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

After the tour, you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the magnificent Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the brightest gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces by Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class

In the morning your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

Upon arrival you walk to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

After some time for rest you explore the historical ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace.

You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish.

Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds a huge cauldron.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5
Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets, and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world.

Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist and the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius.

After break for lunch (not included) you proceed to the Chak-Chak Museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak and Tatar pastila.

After the tour you return back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast and chak-chak tasting included.

Day 6
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

Early in the morning you walk to the train station to continue your journey to the capital of Ural - Ekaterinburg. You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

In the evening you arrive in Ekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast box is included.

Day 7
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg

After breakfast you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

During the tour you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

After the tour you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

Day 9
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

No meals included.

Day 10
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum

In the morning you arrive to Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. On the way you make a stop at a local cafe for breakfast (not included).

After some rest you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free

No meals included.

Day 11
Trip to Taltsy Village & Lake Baikal Cruise

After breakfast you take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

After lunch at a local restaurant we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

After the cruise you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 12
Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your driver takes you to Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sigh Monastery also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour you are transferred to centrally located hotel, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

Day 13
Arrival to Ulan Ude

Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and are transferred to the train station to board your train and continue your journey.

In the afternoon you arrive in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. Upon arrival, your guide meets you at the railway station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free to continue exploring Ulan Ude on your own or to take rest before the next busy day.

Breakfast box is included.

Day 14
Enjoying Ulan Ude

Today after breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and take a tour around the most interesting city landmarks.

You enjoy the views from Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan rising high above the city (if time and weather conditions allow), see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin, take a walk at Lenin Street abundant in former merchant houses, explore Soviet Square and admire at beautiful Odigitria Cathedral.

You then head for Ivolginsky Buddhist monastery complex, considered as the center of Buddhism in Russia. Located 40 km from Ulan-Ude in the picturesque valley of the Ivolga River, the complex is home to the Buddhist institute Dashi Choinkhorlin, translated from Tibetan as “the land of happy learning”. Here monks, the future lamas, study oriental and Tibetan culture, medicine, Old Mongolian and Tibetan languages and philosophy of Buddhism. During the tour you make a sacred circle (“goroo”) around the territory, enter the temples, see the altar with many golden statues of Buddha, Buddhist stupas, Buddhist books, tankas and even the sacred Bodhi tree.

After the tour you return to Ulan Ude, have a break for lunch (lunch not included) and take a transfer to the train station. Upon arrival you board a train and continua your journey.

Breakfast and meal onboard included.

Day 15
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

No meals included.

Day 16
Arrival in Khabarovsk & Free Evening

This evening your train arrives in Khabarovsk. Your driver meets you at the railway station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

No meals included.

Day 17
Khabarovsk City Tour

After breakfast, you have free time to explore the city on your own or relax in your comfortable room. In the afternoon you check out and have free time for lunch.

Following lunch, you meet your private guide and driver in the hotel lobby and set off on a tour of Khabarovsk. You start sightseeing from the Monument to Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky, a Russian general, statesman and diplomat. Continue to Amur Cliff which offers exciting views on the Amur River and hills. The river had ф special historical significance as a route much used by the Russians when exploring and opening up eastern Russia. Nowadays it forms a part of the Chinese–Russian border.

You then make a riverside walk along picturesque Nevelsky Embankment, witness the Spaso-Transfiguration Cathedral, the third tallest church in Russia, and see the eternal flame memorial.

Finally, you ride across Khabarovsk Bridge. The railway bridge over the Amur River is the longest, at 1.6 km (5,250 ft), on the Trans Siberian Railway. The bridge, as well as Muravyov-Amursky Monument, is famous for being depicted on a 5000-ruble banknote.

After the tour, you have free time for dinner. In the evening you are transferred to the train station.

Breakfast and meal onboard included.

Day 18
Vladivostok City Tour

After traveling through 8 time zones and covering around 6,600 miles (10,600 km) along the epic Trans-Siberian route, early in the morning your train finally arrives in Vladivostok - one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan.

Upon arrival you meet your guide at the train station and enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions. You start with exploring the Vladivostok Railway Station that is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.

You then drive across the Russky Bridge, the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, to reach Russky Island. An integral part of the Vladivostok's history, the island attracts numerous tourists with charming Primorye nature, dozens of picturesque bays, majestic coastal rocks and a number of unique military fortifications. While being on the island, you have a great chance to visit one of them - "Novosiltsevskaya battery" fortification. Beautiful panoramic view of the bridge opens from there.

Next you drive to the Eagle's Nest observation point to get a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the city and Golden Horn Bay. The highlight of your tour is visit to Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 19
Departure from Vladivostok

This is the final day of your Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

11 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels, 2 nights in a 3-star lakeside hotel

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok;
  • 1st class train tickets on all legs of the trip;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan-Ude;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan-Ude;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 18 travelers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Kazan Kremlin, Temple of all Religions, Chack-Chack Museum with tasting, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Odigitria Cathedral, Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, Arseniev Museum;
  • Cooking master class in Kazan;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

 

Note: Departures are guaranteed with minimum 8 travelers. If a particular departure will not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued 4 months prior to the tour start date.

Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

Note: Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have single supplement for train cabin as well.

Tour highlights
  • Intimate group size of up to only 8 to 18 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Comfort of traveling in a private train car and attention of a professional English-speaking tour leader that turn your adventure into a carefree journey;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness during a private cruise;
  • All of the must-see sights of 10 Russian cities included in the journey along the whole Trans-Siberian railway line.
What to Know
  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates
May 12
May - 30, 2019
May 22
Jun - 9, 2019
Jul 12
Jul - 30, 2019
Jul 22
Aug - 9, 2019
Aug 16
Sep - 4, 2019
Aug 26
Sep - 13, 2019
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$8,470
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
reverse
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
reverse
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
sold out
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,694
Two travelers: double occupancy
$8,670
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
reverse
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
reverse
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
sold out
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,734
Single traveler
$9,990
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
reverse
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
reverse
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
sold out
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,998
Dates
May 12
May - 30, 2019
May 22
Jun - 9, 2019
Jul 12
Jul - 30, 2019
Jul 22
Aug - 9, 2019
Aug 16
Sep - 4, 2019
Aug 26
Sep - 13, 2019
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$8,470
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
reverse
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
reverse
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
sold out
deposit
$1,694
$8,470
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,694
Two travelers: double occupancy
$8,670
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
reverse
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
reverse
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
sold out
deposit
$1,734
$8,670
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,734
Single traveler
$9,990
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
reverse
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
reverse
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
sold out
deposit
$1,998
$9,990
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,998

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