Trans-Siberian railroad tour Vladivostok to Moscow
In May 1891, the construction of the World’s longest and most difficult to build railway was started after years of controversy amongst the Czars: the Trans-Siberian railroad. The link between Moscow and Vladivostok, some 6.000 miles apart, was completed 14 years later employing a labour force of over 90.000. Ever since the rail service linking Europe with the Far East was established at the turn of last century, foreign travellers and adventurers have been fascinated by this great journey and crossed Siberia to reach the Pacific or China. Across the Ural mountains to Siberia, through towns that were built along the rails into the Mongolian steps and Gobi desert, the Trans-Siberian journey offers a great opportunity to experience an unforgettable journey. You will meet local people and learn about their culture and way of life and be part of it. You may find yourself draining a bottle of vodka with a Russian soldier in exchange to a piece of chocolate, or discussing business and politics with Mongolian traders on the train. Meeting point on the train is the dining car where borscht and fish with lots of potatoes and cabbage is served.
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Arrival in Vladivostok, transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation.
Today your guide will take you on a guided tour of the city and show you all of its main attractions: The Vladivostok Railway Station – the final stop of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the S-56 submarine on the harbour embankment where the city was first founded in 1860, the city’s main square and the Karabelnaya Neberejnaya Memorial Complex. Walk up to the highest point of the city, a perfect vantage point known as the Eagle’s Nest Mount. Hotel accommodation.
Departure to Ulan-Ude. Overnight on board of the train.
The whole day and overnight on board of the Trans-Siberian train. Enjoy activities on board.
Arrival in Ulan-Ude. Hotel accommodation.
City tour including Lenin’s Head on the main square, one of the largest in the world. It is one of the city’s symbols and one of the most popular post card objects. Visit of the Buryat State Opera and Ballet Theatre, a theatre with a great repertoire of superb shows. Recently performed ballets and operas include Faust, Swan Lake, Carmen, Barber of Seville, 1001 Nights and Madame Butterfly. Have a look at the Cathedral of Hodigitria, an old Russian church and the first stone building in the region and the Great Merchants’ Rows, an architectural monument of the early 19th century decorated with wood and stone carvings, a beautiful example of Russian classicism. Escape the city to the countryside and visit Ivolginsky Datsan, one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Russia. Departure to Irkutsk in the evening. Overnight on board of the train.
Having crossed the forests, beside lakes and rushing rivers, swamps and remote villages of painted wooden houses, you will arrive in Irkutsk early in the morning and transfer directly to Listvyanka, a small village on the shore of Lake Baikal. You can enjoy a bath in the ‘Old Man’, as local people call the lake, if you’re brave enough to dive into the cold water. Its water is amazingly transparent: Stones and fish can be seen to a depth of about 50 m and they seem so close that a first-time visitor may be tempted to reach out and pick one up. One of the secrets is that there are millions of microorganisms living in the lake whose main purpose is to clean the water of all pollutants. A visit to the Limnologic Institute will reveal many of the lakes mysteries. On a stroll around the village, visit the church of St. Nicolas and a traditional fisher-market, walk to Chersky viewing point where you can enjoy a fabulous view on the lake and the Angara River if the weather is clear. Your home is a typical Siberian wooden chalet close to the lake where local food will be prepared by your host. A Russian steam bath invites to experience a typical Russian sauna (optional, not included).
In the morning, free time to hike around or you’ll have the opportunity to experience the lake from another perspective during a 1-hour boat trip (optional). Drive along the shore and enjoy the sight of raw nature. You will leave Listvyanka around midday and visit the Wooden Architecture Museum of Tsaltsy on the way back to Irkutsk, where typically old churches, shaman houses and a fortress have been rebuilt in original style. Irkutsk is also called ‘Paris of Siberia’ for its pulsing street life and people’s elegant clothes. During a city tour in Irkutsk, your guide will tell you about the development of the Siberian city evolution and shows the most interesting sights and peculiar features of one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. You will see elaborate Russian Orthodox churches, a Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), many wooden houses or cabins that are decorated with “wooden laces” (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century and visit the Decembrist House, a fascinating museum displaying the life of the Trubetskoy and Volkonsky family. Rest of the evening at your leisure. Hotel accommodation.
Early in the morning transfer to the train station and train departure to Krasnoyarsk. Arrival in Krasnoyarsk. Hotel accommodation.
Sightseeing excursion including Mira square with outstanding view of Yenissey river and the monument to Andrew Dubenskoy. You will visit the Troitskoe cemetery with the old church, the memorial complex “Pobeda” and the Karaulnaya Mountain where Paraskeva Pjatnitsy’s chapel (1855) is located. Further, you will also visit Blagoveshchensk temple, Pokrovsky cathedral and the Catholic church. After all those cultural activities, you’ll drive to the famous Stolby nature reserve, enjoying an excursion to the central group of rocks and fantastic scenery. In the evening departure to Novosibirsk. Overnight on board of the train.
The Siberian adventure continues! Novosibirsk is Russia’s third-largest city after Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, and the largest city of Siberia. First, your guide will drive you to the scientific city of Akademgorodok. It is the only scientific city in the world where all the branches of sciences are presented. Visit of the famous Geology Museum at Geology Research Institute and the Open-Air Train Museum (a collection of the old Trans-Siberian trains) as well as the Ob reservoir – an artificial sea. In the afternoon, you will walk around the city of Novosibirsk, visiting all the main attractions of the city such as: Novosibirsk Railway Station (the biggest station of the Trans-Siberian Railroad), Ascension cathedral, Krasny Prospect street, Lenin Square (city centre with the biggest world’s Opera House), old wooden houses on Gorkogo Str. (the oldest part of the city), St. Nicolas Chapel (the geographic centre of Russia) and the river Ob’ embankment. Visit of the indoor Trans-Siberian Museum. Our local guides love the city and will make you discover the culture and atmosphere of this fascinating Siberian town! Hotel accommodation.
Train to Yekaterinburg. The whole day and overnight on board of the Trans-Siberian train.
Arrival in Yekaterinburg, Transfer to the hotel and early check-in. Today, you will discover Yekaterinburg, the third largest city of Russia. You’ll be taken to the City Pond, Prospect Lenina, the Hill of Ascension and its ancient church founded in 1792, the Historic Square, the Dam, monument of founders of the city – Tatischev and Gennin, Peter’s Court, the Chapel of St. Elizabeth, the Square of the Soviet Army, the Square of the 1905 Revolution and other historical buildings. Learn about the tragic death of the last Russian tsar Nickolay II and his family at the Church of Blood at the Romanov Death Site (Ganina Yama). Taste delicious Russian food in a traditional restaurant for lunch. Hotel accommodation.
Train to Kazan. The whole day and overnight on board of the Trans-Siberian train. Enjoy activities on board.
Arrival in Kazan. Transfer and hotel accommodation.
City tour including the most famous sights of Kazan: Kazan Kremlin, Old Tatar Sloboda, a Tatar village Tugan Avylym in the city centre, the oldest mosque Marjani, Kamal theatre, the mysterious lake Kaban, Kazan Millennium Park, Liberty Square, the Kazan University, Kazanka river embankment, offering unique views of the coast of the Kazan Riviera, Peter and Paul Cathedral, the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Kazan. You will see the Spassky tower, leaning tower Syuyumbike, and government buildings, visit the Kul-Sharif Mosque and the Cathedral of the Annunciation. In the evening train to Moscow. Overnight on board of the train.
Arrival in Moscow. City tour of Moscow’s famous sights including the Red Square, Basilius cathedral, GUM Shopping centre, Novodevichy Convent, the ancient KGB buildings, the Lenin state library and the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Visit the Kremlin – a symbol of power and might of the vast Russian lands – with its impressive churches and the Armoury Chamber which contains a unique collection of Royal Russian and international jewellery including thrones, crowns, carriages, costumes, gold and silverware, all lavishly studded with precious stones. Hotel accommodation.
End of the trip. Individual transfer and return flight back home or to wherever your journey takes you next.
- Train tickets (1st or 2nd class)
- All transfers
- 7 overnights on board of the train
- 9 overnights in 3-4-star hotels, double room with shower/bath, incl. breakfast
- 1 night in a traditional Siberian wooden chalet, double room with shower, incl. full board
- Guided visits to sights and landmarks mentioned in the program with a local English-speaking guide including all entries and fees in each city
- Included meals: Breakfast in all hotels, lunch in Yekaterinburg, full board in Listvyanka
- Visa invitation and documentation to get the visa for Russia
- Travel documentation
- Assistance of our partners in case of emergency in each city
- International flights: depending your itinerary and departure city, we will be happy to assist you to find the best flight tickets to reach your destination and return
- Visa consular fee: visit the website of your local consulate for details
- Meals unless mentioned (count 6-12 EUR per meal)
- Tips and personal expenses
- Hotel Single sup. : 328$
- Train 1cl. (2 berth bed cabin): 625$
- Boat trip in Listvyanka if less than 4 pax: 57$
- Sauna in Listvyanka: 18$
This itinerary is flexible and can be adapted to your needs. Please let us know if you need an individualized quote.
Preparation for your Trans-Siberian railway trip
To prepare your Trans-Siberian journey we are going to send you more details about all details latest 1 month prior to departure. We recommend taking a backpack or trolley bag with you as it is more comfortable than a suitcase and fits better into the storage space in the train. However, you will never need to walk longer than a few minutes with your luggage. Please check our list of what to take on your Trans-Siberian journey. No specific physical health and fitness is required, the most important part is to be prepared mentally and culturally for the many different people and cultures you are going to meet. For that reason, we suggest reading about Russia in advance. We have a collection of titles in our online bookstore that we can highly recommend. A must for all Trans-Siberian travellers is the Trans-Siberian Handbook by Bryn Thomas, Athol Yates and Tatyana Pozar-Burgar.
Traveling in Russia requires patience and a sense for adventure. It is, however, safe to travel. We have encountered many anecdotal issues during the journeys in the past 20 years we have been organizing guided tours in Russia. Even though the situations were bizarre sometimes, these experiences have made our trips truly unforgettable and have given us a true approach to all those different ways of thinking. We have sent over 150 people on our tours each year so far, from 17 years old students to senior managing directors and even a retired 80 year-old lady made it safely. So, why don’t you join us for this life-enhancing experience?
About the trains
We book original authentic Trans-Siberian Railway trains (local Russian, Mongolian or Chinese trains). All trains are different depending on the route, which means comfort in 1st and 2nd class, cleanliness and friendliness of the train staff vary from train to train. We can’t be held responsible for any inconvenience on the train as we don’t have any influence on trains and employees of the Trans-Siberian Railway company.
For our travel program, we choose the trains with the best suitable arrival and departure time in each city. If you would like to book 1st class, please note the following:
1st class compartments are not always available, especially in high season, due to limited number of 1st class cabins and a high volume of travellers. Also, not all segments provide trains with 1st class wagons. We will do our best do secure a 1st class cabin for you. However, if there are not enough 1st class tickets available or a train doesn’t have 1st class, we will book an entire 2nd class cabin for you to ensure your privacy. Space and comfort of the cabins as well as comfort of bathrooms in 1st and 2nd class are basically the same.
A train ride with the Trans-Siberian is something special and mythical for the flexible and adventurous traveller who likes to enjoy the original and authentic Trans Siberian train ride. In the age of modernisation and high-speed trains, this authentic experience might not be available anymore in 10 years.
Information about your guide
You will be guided around by local guides in each city (natives from the respective cities). They will explain all details about culture, history, and the daily life of “their” cities. This is a unique opportunity to get to know Russia while traveling the Trans-Siberian. We are looking forward to have you on board!
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