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Trans-Sib - four cities

14 days and 13 nights

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Vladivostok
  • Languages

    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • 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
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Itinerary

Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Vladivostok
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. The trip begins in Moscow, the capital of Russia with its Gold-Domed cathedrals, Kremlin, Red Square and other sites. You will continue on to Yekaterinburg, located in the Ural Mountains and at the edge of Siberia There you will visit sites connected to the tragic fate of the last Russian Tsar. You then travel to Irkutsk and onward to the shores of Lake Baikal. The tour ends in Vladivostok "the Lord of the East" on the Pacific Ocean and at the very edge of Russia.

Day 1 Moscow

Moscow, the capital of Russian Federation, is the starting point of your great Trans Siberian journey.
On arrival in Moscow you will be met by our friendly representative who will escort you by car or mini bus to your hotel. On the way to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to get your first glimpse of this truly unique city.

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms, known for the length of his arms!) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the Nazi’s but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see.

Day 2

After breakfast you will be taken on a city tour.

Panoramic City Tour. This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will escort you on a route that includes Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible view of the city from an observation point, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin and one of Russia’s leading schools of higher education, then on to Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal ArchKutuzovsky Prospect and much more.

Return to the hotel.

Day 3

Breakfast and free time. Check out from the hotel till 12:00.
You will be transferred to the railway station to begin the journey of a lifetime.
Departure to Yekaterinburg in the afternoon.
It takes 26 hours to get to the city of Yekaterinburg in the heart of the Ural Mountains and the beginning of Siberia, about 1600 km from Moscow. Almost all the cities along the way date back to 11-13th centuries. The first city where the train will stop is Vladimir, one of the cities comprising the Golden Ring, famous for its history and beautiful gold-domed churches. The next city is Nizhny Novgorod with its stunning Kremlin settled on the bank of the majestic Volga river.
 

Day 4

During the night you will cross the Vyatka River, the town Kotelnich, Vyatka (made immortal by the famous Vyatka washing machine!!!), Balyezino and arrive at the foot of the Ural Mountains. In the morning, the train will stop in the city of Perm, an old Russian city known as a city of ballet and literature. After another 6 hours you will arrive in Yekaterinburg. On arrival in the night in Yekaterinburg our representatives will meet you at the train station and bring you by car or mini bus to your hotel.

Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 and named after Saint Catherine, the namesake of Tsar Peter the Great’s wife Empress Catherine I (Yekaterina). Soon after the Russian Revolution, on 17 July, 1918, Tsar Nicolas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their children Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Tsarevich Alexei were executed by the Bolsheviks at the Ipatiev House where they were being held prisoner. Yekaterinburg is also famous for being located directly on the border between the Europe and Asia. It is also the city of Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin.

Day 5 Yekaterinburg

After a good breakfast, you will start your first excursion which explores the Last days of the Romanovs and is combined with a city tour.
The excursion will acquaint you with the history of the Romanov family in Yekaterinburg and detail their tragic death. You will visit the Monastery dedicated to the family of the last Tsar. The Monastery is located on the spot where the Bolsheviks tried to hide the Romanov’s corpses in a secret grave. Today, this area is a well-known Russian Orthodox pilgrimage site.
After viewing the Monastery and the neighboring wooden churches, you will go on to see the main historical sites of Yekaterinburg: The Historical skver (park), the wooden dam of the city’s first plant, the old city embankment and a monument of Lenin, leader of Soviet Russia. The tour will also take you to places connected to the first President of Russia – Boris Yeltsin who originates from Yekaterinburg. After the excursion, you will be taken back to the hotel and have free time to walk around the city.

In the afternoon you will be taken to the railway station to continue your journey through Russia.
Departure to Irkutsk.

Day 6

The day you will spend in train enjoining surroundings.
On this leg of the journey, you will see Siberia with its mighty taiga and rivers. The route to Novosibirsk will pass through many small and large towns including Tyumen, the oil capital of Russia and Omsk. You will cross the Irtysh river and continue on through the great forest. Having crossed the bridge across the Ob river, you will pass Novosibirsk. The train will cross over many rivers including the Kam, Chuna, Lya, Oka, Yenisey and Angara.

Day 7

Your train arrives at night in Irkutsk where our representatives will meet at the train station and take you to hotel. Finally you will feel the ground!

Day 8 Irkutsk

After breakfast you will be taken on a city tour. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Sign (Znamensky Cathedral). Apart from ornate and rich iconostasis, the cathedral is famous for its graveyard where you will see the graves of the Decembrists Mukhanov, Beschasnov, Trubetskaya and the Russian Columbus Shelekhov. We will then proceed to the Museum of the Decembrists. The museum is housed in a mansion belonging to one of the leaders of Decembrist Revolt. The Decembrists were Russian aristocracy who were banished to Siberia after their ill-fated attempt in December 1825 to overthrow the Russian Tsar in favor of a Constitutional regime. The museum evokes the period of 18th century Russia.

Irkutsk began as a small settlement in the mid 17th century for gold-trading and for the collection of the fur tax from the Buryats. The settlement officially became a town in 1686 and the first road between Moscow and the new city was built in 1760. With the road construction, many new products, often imported from China, were widely available in Irkutsk for the first time including gold, diamonds, furs, wood, silk and tea. In 1821, Irkutsk became the seat of the Governor-General of East Siberia. In the early 19th century, many Russian officers and nobles were sent into exile in Irkutsk for their part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. Due to this influx of individuals from St. Petersburg, Irkutsk became the Siberian center of intellectual and cultural life. By 1900, the city had earned the nickname “The Paris of Siberia.” Today Irkutsk has become a college town with many young people studying at the university and other institutes of higher education in the city.

Day 9

After breakfast and hotel check out our representatives will meet and take you to Lake Baikal, the largest body of fresh water in the world. On the way from Irkutsk, we will make a stop at the Ethnographical museum “Taltsy” consisting of examples of Siberian wooden houses from the past centuries.

We will also make a stop to see the lake from the “Cherskiy Peak” observation point. On arrival to a hotel we will have lunch (optional). This is not the end of the day; we will also visit the Limnological museum, where exhibits of the unique fauna and flora that surround the lake are displayed. There is also an aquarium where you can see different species of local fish and the Baikal nerpa – the earth’s only fresh water seal. And we will visit the functioning St. Nicolas the Miracle-Worker Orthodox Church.

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world with an average depth of 744.4 m (2,442 ft) and contains roughly 20 percent of the world´s surface fresh water. The body of water is also known as the “Baikal Sea” and the "Pearl of Siberia". At 1,642 meters (5,390 ft) Lake Baikal is the deepest, and among the clearest lakes in the world. At more than 25 million years old, Baikal is also the world´s oldest lake. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is also home to the Buryat people who follow the Tibetan Buddhist religion and reside on the eastern side of the lake rearing goat, camel, cattle and sheep.

Day 10-12

Breakfast and check out. You will be transferred to the train station. Morning departure by train to Vladivostok.
The train journey from Irkutsk to Vladivostok will be longer than the other stretches of rail that you have traveled up until now – 3 days. But the comfortable compartment will make you feel at home. The landscape along the way is typically Siberian, the endless taiga and rivers and lakes. The intenseness of the nature will surprise you and you will definitely feel that you have left civilization far behind. During the 20-25 minute stops, you can walk near your wagon and replenish your provisions.

Day 13 Vladivostok

On arrival in Vladivostok in morning, you will be met at the railway station by our representative. Your expedition to discover the "Lord of the East" now begins. First, you will be taken by car or mini bus to your hotel. After settling in, you can have breakfast (optional), and/or a short rest after the train and get ready for the city tour. After the breakfast, get ready for the city tour. During the panoramic tour of Vladivostok, you will see all the main attractions and highlights of the city: the Vladivostok Railway Station – terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad, the S-56 submarine on the harbor embankment and the area on which the city was founded 142 years ago. You will also visit the highly regarded Arseniev Museum to view exhibits of the region’s rich treasures of flora and fauna as well as the culture and history of the Vladivostok area.

In the evening you will have free time to walk along the city streets and to dine at a restaurant of your choice. If you would like recommendations on good places to eat, rest, tickets to the theater, just ask our representatives.

Vladivostok is Russia’s largest port city on the Pacific Ocean situated at the head of the Golden Horn Bay and near the border of China and North Korea. The city is home to the Russian Pacific Fleet. The territory on which modern Vladivostok is located had been part of many nations, including the Mongol Empire and China and in the past was populated by many Chinese, Manchu and Koreans. Russia acquired the region in 1858 at the end of China’s Opium War with Britain. The naval outpost was founded in 1859 by Count Nikolay Muravyov Amursky who named it Vladivostok which is translated as “Lord of the East.” An elaborate system of fortifications was erected between the 1870s and 1890s and a telegraph line from Vladivostok to Shanghai and Nagasaki was opened in 1871. The city´s economy was given a boost in 1903, with the completion of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city was fiercely fought over during the Russian Civil War but finally taken by the Red Army in October of 1922. This battle marked the end of the Russian Civil War and consolidation of power by the Soviets. Since that time, Vladivostok has been Russia’s main cultural, trade and militarily important city on the Pacific Coast.

Day 14

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport. This ends your Trans-Siberian journey. We hope that you had a wonderful time and we look forward to welcoming you back to Russia sometime in the future!

Included Sightseeing

These sights are included into the standard package:

Lake Baikal

Listvyanka

Listvyanka

Listvyanka is a small settlement located on the shore of Lake Baikal. On the way from Irkutsk to Listvyanka there are 3 places of interest. The first is the obo - a sacred place for the local Buryat people. The second is Taltsy - an open air Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture. The third is the famous Shaman Rock (another sacred site) located on the headwaters of the Angara river. Listvyanka is also home to the Church of Saint Nicolas the Wonderworker - the guardian angel of travelers, and the Baikal Ecology Museum with exhibits of the unique fauna and flora that surround the lake. There is also an aquarium which contains different species of local fish and the Baikal nerpa - the earth's only fresh water seal.

Vladivostok

Vladivostok Railway Station

Vladivostok Railway Station

The foundation stone of the station was laid by the architect Bazilevsky in 1891 in the presence of Crown Prince Nicholas, future Emperor Nicholas II. In 1893, the station was officially opened and trains on Vladivostok - Ussuriysk route were launched. In 1910-12 Yaroslavsky Railway Station in Moscow was built, and it was decided to rebuild Vladivostok station in similar style so as to created architecturally completed stations on both ends of Trans-Siberian Railway. There were several more changes in the ensemble in the course of the 20th century, and finally in 1994-1996 the station was restored to the original pre-Revolutionary look.

Arseniev Museum

Arseniev Museum

Arseniev Museum was founded in 1884 and opened to the public in 1890. It belonged to the Society of Study of the Amur region. Major part of the collection was formed in the XIX century and it consists of ethnographic and archaeological exhibits. Today the museum is a large-scale exhibition space where traditional and new museum technologies co-exist. The museum building is located in the heart of the city and is a monument of town-planning architecture of the early XX century.

Yekaterinburg

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.

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

Irkutsk

Taltsy Ethnographic Museum

Taltsy Ethnographic Museum

This architectural and ethnographic museum opened its doors to the public in 1980. On the territory of 67 hectares there are over 40 architectural monuments (fortress wall, churches, barns, water mills, parish school, peasant houses) and over 8,000 exhibits that tell about life in the Siberian villages XVII-XIX centuries. The museum often hosts folk festivals, and is also often used by filmmakers because of its authentic look.

Museum of the Decembrists

Museum of the Decembrists

The museum is housed in a mansion belonging to one of the leaders of Decembrist revolutionaries - these were Russian aristocracy who were banished to Siberia after their ill-fated attempt in December 1825 to overthrow the Russian Tsar in favor of a Constitutional regime. The museum is truly evocative of 19th century Russia.

Cathedral of the Holy Sign

Cathedral of the Holy Sign

Apart from ornate and rich iconostasis, the cathedral is famous for its graveyard containing the graves of the Decembrists Mukhanov, Beschasnov, Trubetskaya and the Russian Columbus Shelekhov.

Moscow

Major Moscow City Highlights

Major Moscow City Highlights

Major Moscow highlights include: Vorobyevi Hills with an incredible view of the city from an observation point; Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin; Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Arbat and much more.

Prices and Terms

Classic Package

Low Nov 1st - Apr 30th

  1st class 2nd class
1 $4668 $3765
2 $3573 $2670
3 - 4 $3487 $2584
5 - 6 $3409 $2506
single supplement $554 $554

High May 1st - Oct 30th

  1st class 2nd class
1 $5147 $4039
2 $4052 $2944
3 - 4 $3966 $2858
5 - 6 $3887 $2779
single supplement $554 $554

Full Package

Low Nov 1st - Apr 30th

  1st class 2nd class
1 $5847 $4944
2 $4195 $3292
3 - 4 $4033 $3130
5 - 6 $3846 $2943
single supplement $554 $554

High May 1st - Oct 30th

  1st class 2nd class
1 $6326 $5218
2 $4674 $3566
3 - 4 $4512 $3404
5 - 6 $4324 $3216
single supplement $554 $554

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a specific hotel. You should add single supplement to the price in case you travel in a group but you stay at a single room. We offer discounts for groups of 7 or more. To inquire about group rates, please contact us.

Please note, train fares & schedule are subject to change without notice and the program can be slightly changed. Anyway this will not influence the quality of the services and we will try to make your trip unforgettable. 

Classic package includes:

  • Transfers airport–hotel / hotel-airport or train station–hotel / hotel–train station;
  • Train tickets 1st (2-berth compartment*) or 2nd class (4-berth compartment);**
  • Russian visa invitation (single entry).
  • Accommodation hotel 3*, DBL, B&B;

Full package includes :

  • Transfers airport–hotel / hotel-airport or train station–hotel / hotel–train station;
  • Train tickets 1st (2-berth compartment*) or 2nd class (4-berth compartment);**
  • Russian visa invitation (single entry).
  • Bilingual guide for all programs (Russian/English);
  • Accommodation hotel 3*, DBL, B&B;
  • Excursions according to programs;
  • Entrance tickets to museums.

* single compartment in the train is available on request

Not included in tours unless indicated in Classic or Full packages:

  • Meals and snacks not listed in the program or listed as “optional”;
  • Visa fees levied by the Russian, Mongolian and/or Chinese Embassies. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • International airfare. Our Russian tours are offered as land only where you arrange your own airfare and we meet you at the airport and handle everything else. You can easily book the discount tickets yourself through our own discount internet ticket office.
  • Fee for oversized and overweight luggage;
  • Travel and health insurance;
  • Tips.

Please note that every effort will be made to adhere to the tour pricing, however, currency fluctuation beyond our control may affect final costs.

Payment policy:
To book a tour, 30% deposit is required at the moment of booking. The trip must be fully paid 61 days before departure.

Cancellation policy:
61 or more days before departure - a fee equal to 15% of the entire package will be charged.
60-15 days before departure - a fee equal to 30% of the entire package will be charged.
14 days or less before departure or no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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