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Overview

Cross Russia from east to west along the iconic Trans-Siberian railroad. Begin your exploration in the port city, Vladivostok, explore the gem of the Buryatia region, Ulan-Ude, continue to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk, traverse the city of Ekaterinburg before arriving in the capital of Russia, Moscow. This program includes travel in a private detachable train car, stays at best hand-picked properties, guided sightseeing tours, fun activities, as well as full Russian visa processing.
 

Tour type:
Small group rail tour
Tour rating:
4.98 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels: 7 nights
    3-star lakeside hotel: 1 night
    On board a private car on the train: 7 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
  • Guided tours with private transportation
    Guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    1 lunch
    2 meals on board

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Vladivostok

Welcome to one of the most significant Russian ports - Vladivostok! 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.

Day 2
Vladivostok City Tour

Following breakfast you check out and have the morning at leisure. After lunch, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions.

You first explore the Eagle's Nest observation point to get a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the city and Golden Horn Bay.

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.

Continue with visiting Submarine S-56 which successfully fought against a fascist’s fleet during WWII. You end the tour with exploring the Vladivostok Railway Station that is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.

In the evening you are transferred to the railway station where you board a train that takes you through entire Eurasia to Moscow.

Breakfast and meal on board included.

Day 3
Khabarovsk City Tour

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

After having some rest you meet your private guide and driver and set off on a wonderful sightseeing 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 a 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 return to the hotel and have a free evening.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Train to Ulan-Ude

Early in the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel. You are then transferred to the railway station to continue your journey to Ulan-Ude. You spend the rest of the day onboard the train.

Breakfast and meal on board the train included.

Day 5
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 6
Ulan Ude City Tour

In the morning your train arrives in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the railway station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

After lunch, you meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and start a tour around the most interesting landmarks of the city and its environs.

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, tanks and even the sacred Bodhi tree.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

  • Note: for the May 20 departure the tour will be extended by 1 day and there will be 2 nights in Ulan Ude.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Transfer to Baikal & Lake Baikal Cruise

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 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.

Lunch is included.

Day 8
Listvyanka Village Tour & Trip to Taltsy Village

Following breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and enjoy a 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.

Then you say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal and take a 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 the tour you are transferred to Irkutsk where you check in at the centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Please note: chair-lift is not available on Monday

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and have the morning at leisure. After lunch, you meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and have a guided tour around the most remarkable Irkutsk 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 the train station to continue your journey further to Ekaterinburg.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
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 11
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

Today you arrive in the capital of Ural Region. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

No meals included.

Day 12
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 and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 13
On Board the Train

In the morning you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the train station to beard the train to Moscow.

Breakfast is included.

Note: 2019 small group tour itinerary includes 2 program days with a sightseeing tour of Kazan and a day trip to Sviyazhsk. Two nights at the Kazan centrally located hotel are also included.

Day 14
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

Early in the morning your train arrives in the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

Later in the morning, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby. 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.

Get ready to embrace all that Moscow has to offer:


 

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 15
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of 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 return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 16
Departure from Moscow

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!

Breakfast is included.


Included

7 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels, 1 night in a 3-star lakeside hotel

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
7 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels, 1 night in a 3-star lakeside hotel

Always included:

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

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulan-Ude, Listvyanka Village, Irkutsk, Ekaterinburg, and Moscow;
  • 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 Arseniev Museum, Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, Odigitria Cathedral, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Ganina Yama, Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 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;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness during a private cruise;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • 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
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must

Dates & Rates

Dates
Jul 12
Jul - 30, 2019
May 17
Jun - 1, 2020
May 24
Jun - 8, 2020
Aug 12
Aug - 27, 2020
Aug 20
Sep - 4, 2020
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$8,470
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,694
$7,798
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,560
$6,798
Early Bird
deposit
$1,360
$7,798
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,560
$6,798
Early Bird
deposit
$1,360
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$8,670
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,734
$7,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600
$6,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,400
$7,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600
$6,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,400
Single traveler
$9,990
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,998
$8,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,800
$7,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600
$8,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,800
$7,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600

2020 Early Bird Special: Book before June 30th and secure 2019 rates. Contact our travel specialists for details.

Dates
Jul 12
Jul - 30, 2019
May 17
Jun - 1, 2020
May 24
Jun - 8, 2020
Aug 12
Aug - 27, 2020
Aug 20
Sep - 4, 2020
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$8,470
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,694
$7,798
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,560
$6,798
Early Bird
deposit
$1,360
$7,798
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,560
$6,798
Early Bird
deposit
$1,360
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$8,670
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,734
$7,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600
$6,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,400
$7,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600
$6,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,400
Single traveler
$9,990
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,998
$8,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,800
$7,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600
$8,998
reverse
Early Bird
deposit
$1,800
$7,998
Early Bird
deposit
$1,600

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