13 Days / 12 Nights
For those who travel for the pleasure of the journey, those who believe that getting there is as much fun as being there, Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway has long been an almost mythic experience. It is the longest continuous rail line on Earth. Each run clatters along in an epic journey of almost 6000 miles (about 10000 kilometers) over one-third of the globe. For most of its history, the Trans-Siberian journey has been an experience of almost continuous movement, seven days or more of unabated train travel through the vast expanse of Russia. A great part of the pleasure of such a trip is simply sitting back and watching the land go by. However, most travelers on the Trans-Siberian find that interaction with other passengers, both Russians and foreign tourists, is what makes the trip an unforgettable experience.
Day 1 Arrival to Moscow
Transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Accommodation at the hotel
Check in, registration.
Day 2 Moscow Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. City Tour around the most beautiful places of Moscow - The Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, Tverskaya Street, the former Headquarters of the KGB, Moscow State University located on Lenin Hills considered to be the highest point of the city, Russian White House, Kutuzov Street, and the Victory Park with its fountains and churches, other attractions.
Transfer to the Railway Terminal. Departure for Ekaterinburg.
Day 3 Train Ride
You'll spend the day in the train moving along the central part of Russia.
09:52PM Arrival to Ekaterinburg, the Trans-Siberian's first major stop in Asian part of Russia, a major industrial center and transport hub. The city was founded in 1721 by Catherine the Great as a fort and metallurgical factory; its position was chosen for its strategic proximity to the big mining operations in the Urals and Siberia. Although there are very few tourist sites, including an 18th-century cathedral, the city is nonetheless of great historical interest. This is the city where history of the Romanov family ended. The tragic murder of the whole czarist family, whose remains were found in the 1980-s and re-buried in 1998 in St. Petersburg, took place here. Ekaterinburg is also noted for being the hometown of Boris Yeltsin.
Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 4 Ekaterinburg City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. You will drive along old streets built in the "golden age" by Ekaterinburg's merchants who became very rich through the treasures of the Ural region. You will visit the place of the execution of the last Russian czar, Nicholas II, and his family's execution and the St. Elisaveta chapel, the museum of Mineralogy, the museum of wax figures, other sites. Lunch at the local restaurant. Transfer to the Railway Terminal.
Departure for Novosibirsk.
Day 5 Novosibirsk
04:30PM Arrival to Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia, both by population and territory, that lies on the banks of beautiful Ob River. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 6 Novosibirsk City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. You will visit the Art Galley featuring a collection of icons from Moscow and Siberian school and about 60 paintings by famous Nicholas Rerikh, as well as Geology Museum.
Day 7 Akademgorodo
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a trip to Akademgorodo, the town of scientists, or a stroll along Krasny Prospect, the main avenue of the city with its numerous shops, restaurants, museums and theaters. Excursion to the Museum of the Sun, to the River Terminal, the Museum of Geology, other sites. Return to the hotel. Transfer to the Railway Terminal. Departure for Irkutsk. Train along Siberia.
Day 8 Train Ride
You'll spend the day in the train moving along the central part of Russia.
Day 9 Irkutsk
08:04 AM Arrival to Irkutsk, the center of Eastern Siberia, located on the shore of Lake Baikal. Irkutsk is a treasure house of the spiritual culture of Siberia. Founded in 1661 by Cossack Yakov Pohabov, Irkutsk had been for more than 300 years on the banks of the Angara River, the beloved daughter of "father" Baikal. It is probably the only Siberian city that preserved its historical individuality: old wooden constructions, built without a single nail, decorated with skillful carving harmonized with splendid stone edifices of Siberian architecture. Transfer to the hotel. Breakfast.
Travel to Lake Baikal - the Gem of Siberia, with its unique surroundings. You will see Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography, the Baikal Museum.
Lunch at the local restaurant.
Boat Ride. You will be astonished by the color changes of the lake's surface, the ever-changing play of the water and sky, taiga, and cliffs.
Walking tour of Krestovka Village with visit to St. Nicholas Church.
Return to the hotel.
Day 10 Irkutsk City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel.
There are about 700 monuments of history and culture in Irkutsk. The most interesting are the historical ensembles in the city's central part: Spasskaya (Savior) Church, The Epiphany Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Church, the monument to the explorers of Siberia, Drama theater. Transfer to the Railway Terminal. Departure to Ulan Ude. Train ride along the Baikal and Maritime regions.
Day 11 Arrival to Ulan Ude
Like most Siberian cities, Ulan Ude was founded in the 17th century. However, as the center of the Buddhist Buryat culture, it is unlike any of the other stops along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Although the city's Buddhist tradition, like all other religions, suffered a sharp decline under Stalin's rule, there has been a noticeable revival in recent years. Visitors to Ulan Ude should not miss the opportunity to visit nearby Ivolginsk Datsan, a restored Tibetan Buddhist monastery which now serves as the center of Buddhism in Russia. Transfer to the hotel. Breakfast.
Ulan Ude City Tour - you will see the historical center of Ulan Ude located along the river banks like the fancy amphitheater with its one and two story houses that belonged to merchants of the 18th-19th centuries, the main square with the most extravagant monument to Lenin, the Holy Trinity and the Hodigitria Cathedrals, the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theater, the Museum of Ethnography and other historical monuments.
Day 12 Tour of Ivolginsky Datsan
Breakfast at the hotel. Built in 1946, Ivolginsky Datsan is located 25 miles from Ulan Ude. Until 1995 the Datsan was the residence of Bandido Khambo Lama (the leader of the Buddhists in Russia). Lunch at the local restaurant (local meal and folk show). Return to the hotel.
Day 13 Departure for Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Airport. Transfer to the Moscow International airport.
Price of Tour
Single accommodation - $3867.00
Double accommodation - $2868.00 per person
Please note that hotel of your choice may not be available, especially on a short notice. Total price is subject to change based on room and train availability.The prices include all services mentioned in the itinerary, including accommodation at a hotel of 3-star category (renovated rooms), 1st and 2nd class train tickets (depending on the route).
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE: International airfare (please contact our agents for a quote).Russian visa processing (available at discount with tour booking). Travel insurance.
Dates of this tour are flexible: however your itinerary may slightly change based on your travel dates, as trains between different cities are not daily and depart on different days of the week.
The tour can be customized per your request. If you prefer certain hotel or wish to stay at one of our Moscow apartments, wish to tour certain sites not mentioned in the itinerary, visit a local performance, or have any other special interests, we will be happy to accommodate you. Your stay can be extended as well if you wish to spend more time in either city; we can even add other cities to your itinerary. Please contact our agent for personalized itinerary and your individual price.
50% deposit is required in order to initiate booking, The balance is due after tour confirmation and no later than two weeks prior to departure from your country.
In case of cancellation, $100 non refundable deposit is retained.
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