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Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude - Khabarovsk - Vladivostok

This version of our Classic Original Trans-Siberian includes a stop at Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake, at the Ivolginsky Datsan and at Khabarovsk.

This trip appeals not only to train buffs but to historians and those who want to travel the “original” route – and who are maybe planning to journey on to Japan. At the lake, you choose from a range of options included in your trip from the active to the sedentary and even the underwater! In Ulan-Ude we'll go to the Ivolginsky Datsan, a center of Buddhism in Russia. Khabarovsk city tour will allow  you to see the central part of the city, it's main attractions and different city squares.

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 12 days

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Day 1: Moscow

Arrive in Moscow by international flight. Transfer to the 3-star hotel for a one-night stay. City tour with the Sparrow Hills, pedestrian Arbat Street, Victory Park, Christ the Savior Cathedral. Free time. 

Lunch & Dinner (optional).

Day 2: Moscow

Morning check-out. City tour with the Red Square & Alexander's Garden.  Visit to the Kremlin with its territory and cathedrals, Armoury Museum and Diamond Fund. Lunch in the city. Afternoon transfer to the airport. 

Day 3: Irkutsk (+ 5 hours to the Moscow time)

You arrive in Irkutsk early in the morning at 06.00. Irkutsk is the capital of Irkutsk Region, one of the biggest and most interesting regions in Russia, the whole world in Eastern Siberia which is not far from the famous Lake Baikal. Irkutsk stands at the crossroads of the trade routes between the East and West.  Arrive in Irkutsk early in the morning (at 07.33). And we have to go further by a car or by minivan leaving Irkutsk for the Lake Baikal. It takes about 1 hour to cover 70 km, the distance between Irkutsk city and the Lake Baikal. Baikal differs from the other lakes in the world by virtue of its unique depth, volume, the quality of its water and age for lakes exist usually for no more than of thousands of years, and finally, by virtue of its wildlife. If you dream about seeing the whole lake you are welcome to make a cruise. 

You'll walk around Listvyanka village, have a visit to St. Nicholas Church, get known the flora and fauna of the Lake Baikal after visiting Baikal Museum. Lunch at the restaurant at the Lake Baikal. After checking-in you'll have free time to walk along the lake Baikal by yourselves. 

Dinner at the hotel or at the lake (optional).

Day 4: Irkutsk

Departure transfer back to Irkutsk. And on your way you'll visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture 'Taltsy'. Taltsy Museum represents a real Siberian village! You'll see unique monuments of the Russian wooden architecture of the XVII - XIX cc: the passing tower and the church of the Mother of God of Kazan from Ilimsky Burg (the exhibit of the 17th c), the parish school, farmsteads of peasants with plank bed, Russian oven and the 'red corner' with icons in it. 

You'll see the oldest point of the city, the place where Irkutsk began and the modern part of the city with its unforgettable architecture and atmosphere during the city tour. 

You probably heard of the Decembrists, the Russian noble men -revolutionaries who instigated and uprising against autocracy and serfdom in St. Petersburg in December 1825 (their names are derived from the name of month of uprising). Some of them were hanged, the rest were imprisoned and exiled to Siberia. The Decembrists spent thirty-odd years in Siberia, first doing penal servitude in prison and then in exile in remote areas of the severe region. Many of the Decembrists' wives voluntarily followed their husbands into exile. They had to leave not only their former way of lives in St. Petersburg but they had to leave their children also. And you'll get known about it during the visit Decembrists' Museum.  Later some of the Decembrists' families were given permission to move to the town towards the end of their term of exile. Their houses are still there. They are museums now. Lunch in the city. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time for exploration of the city.

If you'd like to feel the life of the city, to try to understand its soul you'd better to stay here for more time to walk by yourself and watch, and look, and see. 

Dinner at the hotel (optional).

* If you'd like to stay at the Lake Baikal or in Irkutsk city for 1-2 nights write us about it please and we'll make changes in the programme according your wishes. 

Day 5: Irkutsk, on board, Ulan Ude

Morning departure transfer to the train station. Departure to Ulan-Ude. Early morning departure by train will allow you to see the shore line of the Lake Baikal.  We arrive in Ulan Ude on the same day. Ulan -Ude is a capital of the Buryat Republic. Arrival transfer to the 3-star hotel. City tour. Visit village of Old Believers with a folk show and dinner in the village. 

Lunch in the city or at the hotel (optional).

Day 6: Ulan-Ude

After breakfast we'll go to the Ivolginsky Datsan, a center of Buddhism in Russia. Lunch in the city. Departure transfer to the train station.

Day 7: On board

Enjoy the peaceful pace on board the train. Beautiful scenery.

Day 8: Khabarovsk (+7 hours to the Moscow time)

You arrive in Khabarovsk. Arrival transfer to the 3-star hotel. Free time.

Dinner at the hotel (optional).

Day 9: Khabarovsk

City tour will allow  you to see the central part of the city, it's main attractions, different city squares, Cathedral of Transfiguration of the Savior, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, walk along the quay and Muravyov-Amursky street, the most popular place for leisurely walking. Visit Museum of History named after Gradekov. 

If you are 2 persons or more you'll go further for a tour to Bolsheheretsky Nature Reserve where you'll visit local museum and get known with the flora and fauna of the Far East, walk ecological path and have lunch at the wooden house. Evening transfer to the train station. Departure to Vladivostok.

Day 10: Vladivostok (+7 hours to the Moscow time)

At 07.01 we arrive in Vladivostok, Primorye. Arrival transfer. City tour with a visit Arsenyev Primorsky Krai Museum, Vladivostok Fortress Museum. Accommodation at the 4-star hotel. Lunch in the city. Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, Vladivostok Aquarium (Oceanarium). 

Dinner at the hotel (optional).

Day 11: Vladivostok

Full day tour “Come to see tigers – it’s a family affair”! A visit to a family of Siberian tigers, master of Ussuri Wilderness, in the next best thing to their natural habitat: a large enclosed woodland in Spassky County 250 km north of Vladivostok. The area is part of a Russian Academy of Sciences biological research reserve. Your guides will be the biologists who manage the project. Lunch is included.

Dinner at the hotel (optional).

Day 12: Vladivostok

Breakfast at the hotel & transfers to the airport for departure by international flights.

What's included

  • accommodation at the 3* hotels as per itinerary;
  • meals mentioned in the programme as included;
  • arrival & departure transfers, all guided programmes;
  • entrance fees, train tickets acc the class;
  • air ticket MOW - IKT. The tour language is English & German.

Other languages speaking guides are available on request and at a supplement. 

Not included in the price
  • airfares;
  • charges of a personal nature;
  • any optional excursions;
  • drinks;
  • meals as optional;
  • visa and excess luggage charges;
  • insurance and laundry services, banks charges for money transfer.
Additional info

All prices are subject to change without notice. Exact rates are confirmed at the time of booking.

As you can see below, we don't have special dates the tour to start. The dates can be on your possibility and wish, just see the days of train departures but the majority of them are daily. In any case, we'll do our best to find a train to let you leave this or that town according your plans.

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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
Moscow : Red Square
The famous Red Square is located in the heart of Moscow. Of course, no trip to Russia would be complete without a visit to Red Square, perhaps Russia's most well known place, and possibly the most famous city square in the world. It is Russia’s most recognizable landmark and is usually tourists first stop in Moscow. It is surrounded by Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Visitors... Read more
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is amazingly opulent, garishly grandiose and truly historic. The cathedral's sheer size and splendour guarantee its role as a lovely landmark. This gargantuan cathedral was completed in 1997 – just in time to celebrate Moscow's 850th birthday. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour sits on the site of an earlier and similar church of the same name, built in the 19th century to commemorate Russia's victory ov... Read more
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
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 first public park in Moscow, Alexander Garden sits along the Kremlin’s western wall. Colourful flower beds and impressive Kremlin views make it a favourite strolling spot for Muscovites and tourists alike. Back in the 17th century, the Neglinnaya River ran through the present gardens, with dams and mills along its banks. When the river was diverted underground, the garden was founded by architect Osip Bove, in 1821. Read more
Moscow : Arbat Street
In every city steeped in history there is always a street which attracts tourists like a magnet. This is a place filled with spirit of its own, while buildings bordering it and side-streets stemming from it each have a story to tell. In Moscow it is Old Arbat or simply Arbat – one of oldest and most popular walking streets. Today Arbat is as important landmark as Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre and St. Basil Cathedral. Read more
The Cathedral square came into being as early as the C14th, when the first stone churches were built here. At its northern end the square is framed by the massive golden dome of Assumption Cathedral, almost filling one end of the square. The space under its huge portal is filled by the image of the Holy Virgin surround by Archangels. Adjacent to Assumption Cathedral are the Patriarch's Chambers, with their pedestrian arches and Church of The... Read more
Moscow : Sparrow Hills
Sparrow Hills, formerly known as Lenin Hills between 1935 and 1999, is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River and one of the highest points in Moscow, reaching a height of 220 m (720 ft), or 60–70 m (200–230 ft) above the river level. Read more
Diamond fund is the unique collection of the best jewelers’ works of Russia and the world. At the heart of the Diamond Fund display are historical ceremonial jewels and the Regalia of the Romanovs’ tsar family, crowns, tiaras, a scepter and an orb, jewel sets, orders created by the most eminent jewellers of the 17-19th centuries. The museum also keeps some of the most extraordinary diamonds in the world, unique nuggets of gold and pla... Read more
Victory Park is on the Poklonnaya Gora (hill) in Moscow. The park is the main memorial complex in Russia devoted to the victory of the Soviet Union in World War II. The remem-brance of the Victory is very important for Russia, as the Russian (and other nations of the former USSR) suffered much more from the World War II than all other nations taken one with another. That’s why the Victory Parade in Russia is always conducted on such a large... Read more
Irkutsk : 130 Kvartal
Transport yourself back in time and take a stroll along 130 Kvartal, a restoration project of traditional Siberian wooden houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some transported from other locations, some constructed to blend in with original structures in the area. Read more
Irkutsk is recognized as the Decembrists' center of Russia. Museums were opened (in 1970 and 1985, respectively) in houses where the families of Sergei Trubetskoy and Sergey Volkonsky had lived. You'll find here genuine things that belonged to the Decembrists and replicas of lost things such as pieces of furniture, tableware, stoves, musical instruments, ancient chandeliers, embroidery, books, sheet music, and pictures and photographs. On certain... 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
Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture is an unique storage of history and culture of the peoples of Eastern Siberia. This incredible open-air museum consists of several fabulous exhibit areas which hold interesting ethnographical collections and show life of the Siberians. The variety of amazing Siberian wooden izbas, churches, living houses and Buryat wooden yurts were brought together from different parts of Siberia. The museum is conveniently l... Read more
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is one of the few preserved architectural monuments in Listvyanka. The building dates from the middle of the century before last. Such buildings in Russia were called the "octagon on the quadrangle". A wooden two-tiered church with belfries is very beautiful and majestic. St. Nicholas Church has its own interesting story. 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 : Ulan Ude
Ulan-Ude is the amazing capital city of republic Buryatia in Russia, situated in the east of fabulous Siberia. The name means "red Uda" or "red gate" in Buryat reflecting the communist ideology of the Soviet Union to which it belonged. Closed to foreigners until 1991, Ulan Ude is surrounded by vast, wild nature, boundless steppes, alpine and taiga forests, the landscapes are truly breathtaking and offer a plethora of opportunity for fans of the o... 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
Far East : Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk is the fabulous capital of the Russian Far East, that deserves to be named the most beautiful city of the Far East of Russia with its rich historic and cultural heritage. Located high on the bank of the Amur River, Khabarovsk is one of the oldest cities in the Amur region and one of the largest cities in the Russian Far East with a population of 650 000. It was founded and developed according to ancient urban construction rules: locate... Read more
Far East : 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
Bolshekhekhtsirsky Nature Reserve is a Russian 'zapovednik' covering and named for the Big Khekhtsir Ridge, about 20 km south of the city of Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East. The area is noteworthy for its position - close to a city and relatively open to public hikers on certain trails - and for being an island of mountain-forest biodiversity surrounded by lower river floodplains. The reserve is situated in the Khabarovsk Krai. Read more
Khabarovsk : Dormition Cathedral
The Dormition Cathedral of Khabarovsk is a Russian Orthodox cathedral. It is one of the largest churches in the Russian Far East, and was built in 2000-02 to a design by Yuri Podlesny, a local architect. Read more
Muravyova-Amursky Street is the main street of the city of Khabarovsk, located in the Central District. It goes along the top of the middle of the three hills of the city center from Shevchenko Street to Gogol Street. At the ends of the street are Lenin Square and Komsomolskaya. Read more
Transfiguration Cathedral is a large Orthodox cathedral, located in Siberian region, in the city center of Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Province, Russia. It is over 96 meters tall and is one of the tallest religious establishments in Russia. It enjoys a beautiful location in a large park, overlooking the river of Amur and offering great views to those who visit the cathedral. Read more
Ivolginsky datsan is the Buddhist Temple located in Buryatia, Russia, 23 km from Ulan Ude, near Verkhnyaya Ivolga village. Read more
The Old Believers – Russian people, who still live traditionally in a small community in the Buryat Republic. Read more
The Arsenyev Primorsky Krai Museum was founded in 1884 as the Museum of the Society for the Study of the Amur, and it brought together researchers, public figures, and collectors of the time. In 1890 the first building of the museum was opened to public. Read more
Vladivostok : Submarine S-56
Today the Soviet S-class submarine S-56 is one of the highlights of the “Military Glory of the Pacific Navy Fleet” memorial complex. It is also listed as a branch of the Military Historical Museum of the Pacific Navy Fleet, meaning that her service, despite decommissioning, continues. The original interior of the submarine’s central and bow compartments is well preserve... Read more
Vladivostok : Vladivostok Fortress
The old Vladivostok Fortress is the city’s most popular and distinct sight. This complex of unique fortifications is rightfully considered one of the most powerful coastal fortresses in the world.The construction of the fortress started in the late 19th century: after the fall of Port Arthur during the Russian-Japanese war of 1904–1905, the Vladivostok defense fortifications had to be improved. Read more
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