Reward yourself with an experience of a lifetime, setting off on the epic train ride across the biggest country on the globe! Explore Russia from Vladivostok to Moscow in 19 days, taking in all major marvels of the country in an intimate group of fellow travelers and enjoying the comfort of traveling in a private train car, staying at top-notch central hotels and touring the highlights with professional guides and drivers. Collect joyful memories and fall in love with Russia forever!
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.
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 Vladivostok 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.
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.
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.
Day 5: On Board the Train
You spend this day on board your train accompanied by your fellow travelers from all over the world and enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.
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.
Day 7: Arrival in Irkutsk & Transfer to Baikal Shores
Following breakfast, you check out and are transferred to the railway station where you board a train running to Irkutsk. In the afternoon your train arrives in Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shores and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to take rest after the ride.
DAY 8: Trip to Taltsy Village & Lake Baikal Cruise
After breakfast, you have a day 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 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.
Day 9 : Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum
Following breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and 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 the tour, you say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! You are transferred to Irkutsk where you check in at the centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 10 : Irkutsk City Tour
Following 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.
Day 11 : On Board the Train
You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window in a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.
Day 12 : Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Today you arrive in Ekaterinburg, the capital of Ural Region. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.
Day 13 : 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 Ekaterinburg 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.
Day 14 : Arrival in Kazan
Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the train station to continue your Trans-Siberian journey. You spend this day on board your train enjoying the fantastic scenery passing by your window. In the evening your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. Upon arrival your walk to your centrally located hotel for check-in and overnight.
Day 15 : Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class
After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kazan. You explore the historical ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour, you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace. You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish. Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds a huge cauldron. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 16 : Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum
Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets, and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world. Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist and the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius. After break for lunch (not included) you proceed to the Chak-Chak Museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak and Tatar pastila. After the tour, you board a train that takes you to the final destination of your trip - Moscow.
Day 17 : Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
Early in the morning, your train arrives in the iconic 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. 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 coffee break, 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.
Day 18 : 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.
Day 19 : 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!
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulan-Ude, Listvyanka Village, Irkutsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan 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, Temple of all Religions, Ganina Yama, Chack-Chack Museum with tasting, Temple of all Religions, Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Kazan Kremlin.
Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint.
3-hour Lake Baikal cruise.
Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint.
Cooking master class in Kazan.
Emergency line support during the trip.
Followings are not included in tour:
other meals not mentioned in the program.
Optional tours and services.
Gratuities and all personal expenses.