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Yekaterinburg

Federal District: Ural
Founded: 1723
Population: 1 444 439 (2016 Census)
Area: 1142,89 km2
Federal City Day: 3rd Saturday of August

Founded in 1723, Ekaterinburg is the 4th largest city in Russia. It is probably most famous for the assassinations of the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his family on 17th July 1918. The Ipatiev House, where they were murdered was destroyed in the 1970s and in its place now stands the Church on Blood, a beautiful church which is dedicated to the Romanov family.

Before the dreadful events of 1918, Ekaterinburg was famed for being a busy industrial city, located on the border between Europe and Asia. It became even more significant when it became a main station on the Trans-Siberian railway. Ekaterinburg isn’t only limited to commemorating the lives of Nicholas II and his family, as it has expanded culturally in the last century. There are over 30 museums to be visited, some not as good as others but the Museum of Fine Arts is definitely worth a visit. There are also several theatres- most prominently the Opera and Ballet Theatre which opened in 1912.

Other sites which are on the to-do list of Ekaterinburg include the QWERTY monument, consisting of white stones laid out in the format of a keyboard, the Mafia Cemetery, with life-size stone images of former mafia members, Antei Tower lookout (lying 273m above Ekaterinburg this is where you’ll get those panoramic views), and the monument which marks the border between Europe and Asia.

There are flights from Moscow to Ekaterinburg, but in all honesty the best way to get there is on the Trans-Siberian railroad.

Places of Interest

Church on the Blood

Church on the Blood

Church on the Blood was erected in 2000-2003 to commemorate the place where the last Imperial Family of Russia – the Romanovs – was executed. Next to the church is a memorial to the Romanov family. It includes the composition of the seven sculptures illustrating the moment when the family descended to the basement of Ipatiev House, and the execution room where an altar is set on the site of the murder. There is also an exhibition here devoted to the last days of the Romanovs

Ganina Yama Monastery

Ganina Yama Monastery

Ganina Yama Monastery was built on the site of an abandoned mine, where in 1918 the remains of the Imperial Family were burned. Even back in the Soviet Era, there were people who came to this quiet secluded place to pay their respect to the Romanovs. Only in 1991 memorial cross was put here, and in 2000 construction of the Church of Holy Royal Martyrs was started. Today the monastery numbers seven churches, all of which are located in a picturesque pine forest.

Tours in Yekaterinburg

5 stars - East to West, 15 days/ 14 nights

15 days and 14 nights

This tour covers the highlights of the Trans-Siberian railway - the 5 main cities along the route. You will admire cultural masterpieces in Beijing, learn about nomadic life in Mongolia, see amazing Lake Baikal in Irkutsk, learn about the fate of Last Tsar in Yekaterinburg, and see Russia's capital Moscow.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any Sunday
  • Route

    Beijing - Ulan Bator - Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2882 From/Per person

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Journey of a lifetime, 16 days/15 night

16 days and 15 nights

The tour is a great opportunity to visit three countries on one trip. You will be delighted with the capital of Russia, see the border of Europe and Asia in Yekaterinburg, admire beautiful nature in Krasnoyarsk, see the world's largest lake Baikal, steppes od Mongolia and China's cultural heritage.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any Saturday
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Krasnoyarsk - Irkutsk - Ulan Bator - Beijing
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2947 From/Per person

Details

The Great Journey - East to West, 15 days/ 14 nights

15 days and 14 nights

This trip lasts for 2 weeks and passes through 6 fascinating cities. Starting in Vladivostok with its harbor of the Golden Horn and passing through the Buddhist city of Ulan-Ude, then to Irkutsk - home to Lake Baikal and onto Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg - very dynamic Siberian cities, and finally ending in golden-domed Moscow.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Vladivostok - Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk - Novosibirsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2722 From/Per person

Details

Trans-Sib through Russia - Mongolia - China, 16 days/15 nights

16 days and 15 nights

This tour includes three countries. From Moscow you will proceed to Siberian cities of Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk with Lake Baikal. Then you will reach Mongolia with its endless steppes and the Goby, and finally China with the Great Wall and more.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any Saturday
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Ulan Bator - Beijing
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2806 From/Per person

Details

Trans-Sib - four cities, 14 days/ 13 nights

14 days and 13 nights

On this great Eurasian journey from West to East you will cover the entire route of the Trans-Siberian Railway, visiting four major cities along the way: Russia's capital Moscow, Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk with incredible Lake Baikal, and finally Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, at the very edge of Russia.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Vladivostok
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2506 From/Per person

Details

Trans-Siberian 3 in 1 tour, 10 days/ 9 nights

10 days and 9 nights

This is our shortest version of our Trans Siberian railroad tours but it covers some of the most interesting cities. The trip begins in Moscow, the capital of Russia, then continues on to Yekaterinburg, located in the Ural Mountains and at the edge of Siberia. The tour ends on the shores of Lake Baikal.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$1777 From/Per person

Details

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