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Trans Siberian Railway Holiday, Russian Summer

This is a private, tailor-made tour. We can design the itinerary according to your needs, interests and budget.

If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, TransSiberian Railway is a must! Get to know the biggest country in the world with its stunning nature and vibrant cities, travel across several time zones and see Russia from different perspectives.

Start your Russian adventure In busy, dynamic Moscow. Go further to the central Russia to visit muslim Kazan, cross Yekaterinburg on Ural, and then further east to deep Siberia. Get to know Siberian people and their culture in Irkutsk. Spent some time at Baikal and enjoy its outstanding landscapes and rich wildlife. Go to Khabarovsk, and finally, to the most eastern point of Russia, Vladivostok, where Trans Siberian Railway terminates.


  • Visit Moscow, its top tourist attractions and go off the beaten path to discover places known only to locals.
  • Visit Kazan and experience the Muslim side of Russia.
  • Get to know Yekaterinburg, its history and city's architecture.
  • See Irkutsk, and remarkable Taltsy open-air museum of wooden architecture.
  • Explore the Lake Baikal, its stunning pristine nature and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Visit Khabarovsk, the biggest city in the Russian Far East.
  • Reach Vladivostok, the most eastern point of Russia and Trans-Siberian Railway.
  • Spend several days on the train, experiencing the real Russia through the eyes of its people.
Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 18 days

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Day 1: Arrive to Moscow

Meet our representative at the airport and go to the hotel to check-in. Depending on your arrival time, you can go for a nice walk around the city centre or explore a bit of the city’s nightlife. Our guide will be happy to give you recommendations or arrange some additional activities for you in advance.

Day 2: Introduction to Moscow

Start your day by visiting Kremlin, the centre of Russian power and politics and also the most important tourist attraction of Moscow. Visit its small beautiful Cathedrals and impressive Armory Chamber. Eat lunch at the traditional and favored by locals Russian canteen. Afterwards, join a guided walking tour. See the main must-sees of the city (including the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tverskaya Street) but also spots known only by Muscovites.

Day 3: Moscow’s past and present.

In the morning, visit the Tretyakov Art Gallery, the foremost repository of Russian fine art in the world. Afterwards, discover the modern side of Moscow. Visit Gorky Park and walk along the bank of Moscow River and to Museon, an open air park-museum, which holds a huge collection of fun, weird sculptures, mostly from the soviet times. Transfer to railway station and overnight train to Kazan.

Day 4: Introduction to Kazan

Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Experience the Muslim side of Russia, in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Take a guided walking tour around the city, walk along Baumana Street, visit beautiful churches and Kazan Kremlin.

Day 5: In Kazan

Go to Raif Monastery, a great example of the architecture from XVII – XIX centuries. Afterwards, visit the smallest church in the world. In the evening, go to the railway station. Overnight train to Yekaterinburg.

Day 6: Yekaterinburg

Hotel check-in. In the first part of the day, take time to rest. After lunch, join the historical tour around the city center and visit Cathedral on Blood, built at the site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. In the evening, take a glimpse of the city panorama from the 52nd floor of the business centre (optional).

Day 7: Day 7-8: On the train

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station. Spend 36 hours on the train to Irkutsk. Relax, sleep, read, drink tea, chat with your companions and enjoy the views of Russian taiga.

Day 9: Irkutsk

Arrive to Irkutsk, the largest city in the Baikal area. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Go for a guided sightseeing tour around the city center. Walk along Uritsky Pedestrian Street, visit the beautiful Church of the Exaltation of the Cross and Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum. Finish your tour on the embankment of Angara River and enjoy the city landscape.

Day 10: Taltsy and Listvyanka

After breakfast, go to Listvyanka, a small settlement situated at Baikal. On the way, visit The Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography. Upon arrival we will take you for a sightseeing tour around the village. Visit Baikal Limnological station, a museum, St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, and take a look at the famous Shaman Rock.

Day 11: The Olkhon Island

Transfer to Olkhon Island ferry port. On the way, lunch in a Buryat village of Elantsi. Ferry transfaer to the Olkhon Island. In the afternoon, get to know Khuzir, the Olkhon’s main village. Visit the unique Shamanka rock and the Local Lore Museum. For dinner, try delicious local cuisine and taste a home-cooked grayling, a local Baikal specialty. Accommodation in a family-owned guest house in Khuzir (basic standard).

Day 12: Trekking on the Olkhon island
Day 13: Day 13-14: Travel on the train from Irkutsk to Khabarovsk
Day 15: Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk Check it at the hotel and time to rest. After lunch, take a tour around Khabarovsk, located about 30 km from the Chinese boarder. Start from the The Lenin’s Square, visit the Ethnography Museum, pass by the Square of Glory, walk along Beregovaya Street, pass by beautiful churches and finish the day at the bank of Amur River.

Day 16: Khabarovsk

Free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight train to Vladivostok.

Day 17: Vladivostok

Congratulations! You reached the last stop of your Trans Siberian adventure. After lunch, join a walking city-tour. Take a picture with the Trans Siberian Railway Milestone and see the most important city attractions. Finish the day from at the highest point of Vladivostok, the Eagle’s Nest Hill.

Day 18: Vladivostok

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport. Fly back to Moscow (approx. 9,5h flight). Transfer to different airports (optional).

What's included

  • Visa invitation
  • All tours/ activities listed in the itinerary
  • All domestic train tickets
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels/ guest-houses
  • Airport pick up and hotel transfers
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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
Tverskaya Street is a central Moscow street as well as one of the oldest ones. According to certain historical data, Tverskaya Street already existed in the 12th century. Russian Monarchs entered Moscow through this street. It is hard to believe today but Moscow started where Tverskaya Street did. Moscow’s best buildings, hotels, and shops were built here. Tverskaya Street is one of Moscow’s most expensive trade streets. It is also a ... 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 State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It possesses a unique collection of Russian art which includes masterpieces which span a period of a thousand years. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. Nowadays it contains more than 170,000 works by Ru... 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 : Gorky Park
Gorky Park is the capital’s central park, with more than 40 000 visitors on weekdays and 250 000 on weekends and public holidays. Since 2011 the park has been setting new standards, becoming Russia’s first world-class park and a space for recreation, sport, dance and outdoor games. Read more
Muzeon park of arts is a unique open air museum of sculpture. More then 1000 sculptures are represented in collection: the monuments of the Soviet era and socialism period, works by Russian avant-gardists and contemporary artists and also public art. Among monuments you may see works by Evgeny Vuchetich, Vladimir Lemport, Sergey Merkurov, Vera Mukhina and other famous sculptors. Read more
The largest bell in the world lies on a pedestal located on the grounds of Moscow’s Kremlin. Cast in 1735 at the request of Empress Anna Ioanovna, a niece of Peter the Great, the great bell has suffered a long series of misfortunes. Read more
The Tsar Cannon actually deserves its pompous name—it is the biggest cannon in the world. This piece of royal artillery was built to defend the Kremlin, and it has been located there for more than four hundred years. There are rumors that the cannon has never been fired, but this is not true. 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
A true adornment of Irkutsk is the Epiphany Cathedral. This church looks quite unusually. It is colorful and ornate and does not resemble classic orthodox churches. The matter concerns its decoration: the church’s façade and its tholobate are decorated with pictures of the saints in whole-length. Besides, the church is fancy decorated with ornamented tiles, and brightly painted like Russian popular prints. The influence of old-Russia... 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
Baikal : Olkhon Island
Mysterious Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound Island in the world. It is a magical Island of legends, stories and myths, located in the middle of the worlds largest and deepest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal. Olkhon Island is aptly named "Little Forest" (in the native Buryat Tongue). Many adventure awaits you on this amazing Island with its glorious steppes, superb forests and majestic lonely mountain ridges. It is a great place to get away fr... 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
Annunciation Cathedral of Kazan Kremlin was the first Orthodox church within the walls of the Kazan Kremlin. Initially, a wooden church was quickly built under direction of Tsar Ivan IV in 1552, before it was replaced by a stone cathedral. The cathedral became the center of religious and educational life and missionary efforts in the province of Kazan. Read more
City Center – Bauman Street – the main artery of the city, a beautiful place, the pride of Kazan, where you can fully experience the diversity of the city, to admire the beauty of kazan girls, have a cup of coffee, as well as to update your wardrobe. Your attention can be brought to many monuments of architecture, as well as some surprising sights. Read more
The Kazan Kremlin is the chief historic citadel of Tatarstan, situated in the city of Kazan. It was built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the former castle of Kazan khans. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Read more
The Raifa Monastery of the Mother of God (Raifsky Bogoroditsky Monastery) is a monastery for men located in the Russian Diocese of Kazan. The monastery was established in 1613. in what is now the Republic of Tatarstan. Closed during the Soviet years, the property, in 1991, was the first monastery in the Diocese of Kazan and Mari to be returned to the Church of Russia. Restoration work began immediately. The monastery is the largest in the Diocese... 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 : Kazan
Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, one of the largest and most beautiful cities of Russia, which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage cities. According to official version accepted nowadays, Kazan was founded no less than 1000 years ago. The atmosphere of this intriguing autonomous republic is redolent of Central Asia. The spires of many mosques dot the skyline - including the grand Kul Sharif Mosque inside the historic kremlin... 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
Khabarovsk : Glory Square
The youngest square of Khabarovsk – Glory square, is located on the high bank of the Amur River. It was opened on the 30th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. It is located in the central part of the city on the high hill near the wide Amur. One of the main streets of the city – Lenina street, is connected to it. Read more
Khabarovsk Regional Lore Museum was opened on zoom inthe initiative of the Priamursky department of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society (PDIRGS) in April, 19, 1894. Read more
Khabarovsk : Lenin Square
The main square of the city is the square named after V.I. Lenin. It takes the second place of the square sizes in Russia (more than 25 thousand square meters), only giving way to the Red square! It was laid in 1864 and ever since then is the main place for carrying out the events. Read more
Vladivostok : Eagle's Nest Hill
Vladivostok is a city in the hill, and the hill makes a perfect natural lookout with its breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Eagle’s Nest is the most popular and well-kept observation point. In fact, it is an excellent place to start getting familiar with the city of Vladivostok. Read more
The Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land is a Russian Orthodox church built on the site of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, where Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, and his family, along with members of the household, were shot by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War. The church commemorates the Romanov sainthood. Read more
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