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Trans-Siberian East-West: Vladivostok - Baikal - Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow

Unlike many Trans-Siberian tours, this runs from east to west.

We begin our epic journey in Vladivostok, traveling via the world's deepest freshwater lake, Baikal, through vast Siberia. Our exploration of Russian history, geography and culture takes us via Yekaterinburg to the country's buzzing capital, Moscow, where our tour ends.

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 14 days

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Day 1: Wednesday - Vladivostok

Arrival Transfer to the Hotel

On arrival our driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel.

Day 2: Thursday - Vladivostok

Vladivostok City Tour. Visit to the Submarine Museum. Departure to Irkutsk

Vladivostok is a fascinating city with many sights that will leave their mark. You'll take in the City Fortress, the Intercession Church and also the Catholic church. In the Korabelnaya Naberezhnaya (the Warship Embankment) you'll learn more about the history of the Russian Fleet, including the period of the Second World War, and have the chance to visit a Soviet C-56 submarine. Later, our driver will collect you from your hotel for your transfer to the railway station where you'll be traveling on a fast train.

Day 3: DAY 3 - 4: Friday – Saturday

Onboard

Day 5: Sunday - Irkutsk – Listvyanka

Lake Baikal

After several days in the train, Baikal's expansive waters are just the tonic. We'll make an included transfer from Irkutsk railway station to the little village of Listvyanka which perches on the lakeshore. There, you'll have plenty of free time to spend as you please, for example by taking a boat trip out on this, the world's deepest freshwater lake.

Day 6: Monday - Listvyanka

At Leisure at Baikal

Today we provide another opportunity for Baikal relaxation and sightseeing. Occupy your time as you please, perhaps with a visit to the St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church or the Baikal Lake Museum where you will learn Siberian traditions, history, flora and fauna of the lake.

Day 7: Tuesday – Listvyanka – Irkutsk

Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy. Exploring Irkutsk. Departure to Yekaterinburg

Our guide will meet you at your accommodation and transfer to Irkutsk via the open air Wooden Architecture Museum. Located in a picturesque forest in the bank of the River Angara in Taltsy, you'll be able to browse the wooden houses and tents once typical of this area. You can learn about the lifestyles of the local Buryat and Evenk people, go inside a Russian fort and a 15th Century watchtower and see a shaman's yurt. We'll finish up the day with a city tour of beautiful Irkutsk before boarding the train that will take us all the way to Yekaterinburg.

Day 8: Wednesday

Onboard

Day 9: Thursday - Yekaterinburg

Transfer to the Hotel

It's a two-day trip across Siberia to Yekaterinburg but on arrival our driver will meet you at the carriage. Transfer to the hotel this evening and settle in.

Day 10: Friday - Yekaterinburg

Ganina Yama & Cathedral on the Blood. Europe-Asia Border

Yekaterinburg is infamous as the site of the execution of the last Russian Tsar Nikolay II and his family. We shall pay our respects with a visit to the Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the name of all Saints, which was built on the execution site itself. We'll continue to Ganina Pit, an orthodox monastery constructed where the remains were originally interred and also visit seven wooden churches in the heart of a centuries-old pine forest. Lastly, given our proximity, we won't want to miss the opportunity of seeing the obelisk that marks the boundary between Europe and Asia.

Day 11: Saturday - Yekaterinburg

Departure to Moscow

Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby, ready to transfer to the railway station. Our fast train departs after breakfast and carries us to our final destination, Moscow.

Day 12: Sunday - Moscow

Exploring Moscow. Red Square, St. Basil’s, Lenin Mausoleum

After our overnight train journey, we arrive in Moscow the following morning where our driver will be waiting to transfer us to the hotel. Later, we'll wander through the streets of the Russian capital at a leisurely walking pace, our tour leading us to such sights as the world-famous KGB center of the Soviet epoch in Lubyanka Square and Teatralnaya Square where we'll find the Bolshoi Theatre. Continuing through the heart of Moscow's shopping and restaurant district, we will reach Red Square. This iconic square is where we can see St Basil's Cathedral with its colorful domes, GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and the Kremlin towers. Lenin is also interred here and you can get up close to his embalmed body in the Mausoleum standing at the foot of the Kremlin's walls.

Day 13: Monday - Moscow

Kremlin & Armoury

Our final day of sightseeing will be spent inside the Kremlin. It's now the base of the Russian president but was once the Tsar's home. The cathedrals of the Kremlin will delight with their long history but it's the Armoury Museum that's the real treasure - quite literally, as it contains not only weaponry but also such exhibits as the chalice of Yuri Dolgorukiy, the helm and armor of Boris Godunov, collection of over fifty Faberge eggs, as well as golden and silver works of applied art by Russian, European and Oriental masters. Lastly today, we'll take a ride on the Moscow Underground, almost a museum in itself with eclectic decoration including marble, mosaic, stained glass and bronze sculpture.

Day 14: Tuesday - Moscow

Departure for the Airport

Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts in the hotels
  • Train travel (overnight)
  • Guided tours & entrance fees
  • Airport & railway transfers
Not included in the price
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and services
  • Meals on the train
Additional expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • 1st class train upgrade
  • Theatre and circus tickets

Single supplement - $175

Solo supplement - $395

First Class train upgrade - $645

Additional info
  • Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  • Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.

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Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Moscow : The Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin, the beautiful and ancient ensemble stands high on the hill towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. The Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the Russian state, the national idea expressed in stone. It is the oldest part of the city, its political, historic and cultural centre, and the seat of the country's highest bodies of power. The Kremlin contains unique specimens of Russian metal cas... Read more
The St. Basil’s Cathedral Moscow just that this fascinating church at the heart of Moscow, is an exemplary work of art, which touchingly and glamorously traces back the history of Russia in an encompassing and solemn manner, that no other tourist attraction can ever surpass. It is an interesting milestone and a great leaping step towards world tourism and the interesting pieces of history in its courageous, attractive and worth reading whol... Read more
The Kremlin : The Armoury Chamber
The Armoury Chamber - a treasure-house, it is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex, and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin’s workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The Armoury Cha... Read more
Siberia : Vladivostok
Situated in the eastern part of Russia, Vladivostok is one of the most picturesque and attractive cities in Russia. Today it is a fabulous modern city that draws attention of travelers from all over the world by its unique nature, lovely sceneries, loose military-historical monuments and unique shade of sea romance. You can watch the sun set over the frozen Golden Horn Bay, climb the city's beautifully layered volcanic hills, and view architectur... Read more
Baikal : Irkutsk
An unique old city, Irkutsk was known as «Paris of Siberia» in the middle of the 19th century. It plays a remarkable role in the Russian history and it's not accidentally called the city-museum. Irkutsk saves many ancient monuments, romantic look, church cupola's lighting upon the blue current of Angara River. This incredible city is called the midst of the Earth, since it's equidistant from the three world's oceans: the Arctic, the P... Read more
Listvyanka is perhaps one of the oldest Russian settlements on the shore of the great Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. It is a charming village dotted with traditional Siberian wooden houses, with a main road that runs right along the shore of fantastic lake, making it the perfect base to explore this picturesque region. This old-style Siberian village is one of the most visited places in Siberia. Everything about it impresses our imag... Read more
Baikal Limnological museum is located at the beginning of Listvyanka, beautiful old-style Siberian village, on the shore of fabulous Lake Baikal. The museum is engaged in collecting and storage the materials and analysis of the information bound with the lake.The unique exhibits tell about the origin and the history of the lake, its fantastic flora and fauna, geological structure, climate and tectonics of Pribaikalye. All scientific activities of... Read more
1/7th of the World : Baikal
Lake Baikal in Siberia is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site and was also voted as one of Russia's Seven Wonders. It's not hard to see why. Baikal is one of those rare spots on the earth where nature has still remained genuine and untouched. The magnificent landscapes – the lake is surrounded by high mountain chains - and the unique clarity of the crystal-clear water, which runs into a darkness teeming with fish. Siberians believe that ... Read more
1/7th of the World : Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is a beautiful and well developed city with many fabulous historical buildings in classicism style, with one of the world's biggest collection of constructivist architecture buildings and with several modern high-techs skyscrapers. It is situated in the central part of Russia, on the eastern slopes of the amazing Ural mountains and almost on the border between Europe and Asia. Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 and named i... Read more
Explore : Moscow
Moscow can be an overwhelming experience for visitors - there's just so much to see in this vast and vibrant city, from the truly sublime to the ever-so-slightly ridiculous. Moscow has been one of the world's ballet capitals for almost two centuries. It is home to the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in the late 18th century and based at the Bolshoi Theatre. It is called the "world capital of museums". It's no surprise, considering that there are over a ... Read more
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