Trip Overview

Trans-Siberian Exploration

Tour rating: 4.96 / 5, Based on 49 Reviews
Private rail tour to Russia, Mongolia

Start your journey along the Trans-Mongolian railway in stunning Moscow, see the cradle of Tatar culture, Kazan and cross the border of Europe and Asia while passing through the mighty Ural Mountains. Absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal, before you finally reach Ulan Bator to take in the unique traditions of Mongolia.

Tour departures available from mid-May to mid-October.

Trans-Siberian Exploration

17 days6 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
Private rail tour to Russia, Mongolia
From
$5,496
Tour rating: 4.96 / 5, Based on 49 Reviews

Start your journey along the Trans-Mongolian railway in stunning Moscow, see the cradle of Tatar culture, Kazan and cross the border of Europe and Asia while passing through the mighty Ural Mountains. Absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal, before you finally reach Ulan Bator to take in the unique traditions of Mongolia.

Tour departures available from mid-May to mid-October.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
3 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

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.

Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour
City tour

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.

Day 3
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

After having some free time in the morning, you met your guide in the lobby and go enjoy one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway as well as the Tretyakov Gallery. After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

train
Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure, and enjoy a ride to the stunning city of Kazan. Take in the picturesque sceneries from the window of the train, and relax in your train compartment till you reach the capital of Tatarstan.

Kazan

second destination
2 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class
City tour
City tour

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 your guide meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel. You then have a cooking masterclass and a tour of Kazan's highlights.

Day 5
Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

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. After lunch in a local restaurant, you proceed to the chak-chak museum. 

Ramada Kazan City Centre, Kazan
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Nestled right in the heart of amazing Kazan within 5 minutes from the central station, the stylish Ramada Kazan City Center is a great value option. It offers bright and spacious rooms, fitted with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.

train
Kazan
Ekaterinburg
14 hrs

Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure, and enjoy a ride to one of the largest cities in Russia, Ekaterinburg. Take in the picturesque sceneries from the window of the train, and relax in your train compartment.

Ekaterinburg

third destination
2 days in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Transfer
Transfer

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.

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.

Day 7
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg
City tour
City tour

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

Day 8
On Board the Train
Transfer
Transfer

Today you check out from the hotel in Ekaterinburg very early in the morning. You are transferred to the railway station to board the train to Irkutsk to continue your Trans-Siberian journey

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

Day 9
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

Park Inn, Ekaterinburg
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The Park Inn hotel is located in the heart of beautiful Ekaterinburg, it’s a great place to stay during your Russian getaway. Promising everything you need for a comfortable stay, the vibrant hotel offers great rooms with air-conditioning, satellite TVs, and private bathrooms.

train
Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs

Continue your Trans-Siberian adventure spending the next two days onboard Russian train. Leave Ekaterinburg behind and explore the Lake Baikal region in a couple of days.

Listvyanka Village

fourth destination
2 days in Listvyanka Village
2 nights in a great location hotel
Day 10
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

Early in the morning, you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

Day 11
Trip to Taltsy Village
Day tour
Day tour

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

Anastasia Hotel, Listvyanka
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Set near the breathtaking Lake Baikal, the Anastasia Hotel is a great place to stay at during your Siberia getaway. It offers spacious cozy rooms, fitted with cable TVs and private bathrooms. Some rooms have balconies, perfect to take in the incredible beauty of the local nature.

car
Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk
1 hr 10 min

You have a short car ride with a trusted driver ahead of you today. Buckle up, and enjoy the beautiful views on your way to Irkutsk.

Irkutsk

fifth destination
1 day in the city
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 12
Irkutsk City Tour
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
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 Irkutsk attractions.

Day 13
On Board the Train

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the train station where you board a train that takes you to the final destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - Ulan Bator.

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
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Set near the embankment, the elegant Marriott Courtyard is a great property, offering spacious air-conditioned rooms, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including such amenities as a mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and a safe.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan Bator
22 hrs 40 min

It's time to board your train again and continue your journey along the Trans-Siberian route. Wave Irkutsk goodbye and discover the capital of Mongolia, after a change to the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Ulan Bator

sixth destination
4 days in the city
2 nights in a great location hotel + 1 night in a ger camp
Day 14
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Your guide meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive at the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Day 15
Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast at the ger camp, you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. 

Day 16
City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator
City tour
City tour
Show
Show

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator. 

Day 17
Departure from Ulan Bator
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing 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!

4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st or 2nd class tickets for Moscow - Kazan, Kazan - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk, and Irkutsk - Ulan Bator trains;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for 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;
  • 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, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia;
  • Cooking master class in Kazan;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Support line during the trip.

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

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfers throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • Overnight in a traditional Mongolian yurt and visit to a nomadic family;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness;
  • Journey across 2 continents along Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Ulan-Bator.

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
  • Siberian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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