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Irkutsk, Russia
The cold icy Irkutsk is renown for being the city from which Russia's great explorers traditionally set off for their expeditions. It was founded in the mid-17th century as the winter quarters for traders and tax collectors.

Located about 70 kilometers from Lake Baikal not far from China and Mongolia, Irkutsk Russia of today is among the region's largest towns with a population of more than 500,000 people.

In the early 19th century many participants in the Decembrist revolution against Tsar Nicholas I were sent into exile to Siberia. Among them were many officers, nobles and artists who turned Irkutsk into a thriving cultural and educational center, the hive of Russia's intellectual and social life.

Many universities, wooden houses with hand-carved decorations still stand today side by side with the city's multiple historic churches and museums. Among the city's main highlights are the Volkonsky House and the Trubetskoy House - two buildings where the largest salons and social gatherings of the era were held.

Irkutsk tragically burnt down almost completely in 1879, but it was rebuilt right away. The city developed so quickly and greatly that already by the year 1900 it was referred to "The Paris of Siberia." Irkutsk's other landmarks include the House of Europe, Sukachev Art Museum, icebreaker Angara and Museum of Geology.

See it on following tours

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13 days

3 cities

1 country

Moscow | Irkutsk | Saint Petersburg

Discover the most sought-after gems of Russia and enjoy the best of Moscow, Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and the outstanding Pearl of Siberia - Lake Baikal.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Jul 12, 2019

14 days

4 cities

2 countries

Ulan Bator | Irkutsk | Ekaterinburg | Moscow

EARLY BIRD Treat yourself to the adventure of a lifetime on the legendary Trans-Siberian railway and enjoy the comfort of 1st class on a private train car, the country's top guides and best expert service.

Small group rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
Jul 12, 2019

16 days

6 cities

1 country

Vladivostok | Khabarovsk | Ulan-Ude | Irkutsk | Ekaterinburg | Moscow

EARLY BIRD Cross Russia from east to west along the iconic Trans-Siberian railroad. This program includes travel in a private detachable train car, stays at best hotels, guided sightseeing tours, fun activities, as well as Russian visas.

Small group rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
Jul 12, 2019

16 days

6 cities

1 country

Moscow | Ekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Khabarovsk | Vladivostok

EARLY BIRD Have an adventure of a lifetime on a tailor-made Trans-Siberian journey. Explore the top sights of Russia from one end to the other in a small group of 8 to 18 travelers. 1st-class accommodation on a private train car and at top-notch hotels, Russian visa-processing, tour leader services, as well as all the must-sees included.

Private rail tour | Adventure

Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Lake Baikal
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10 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Irkutsk

Dreaming of going on a private Trans-Siberian adventure but are short on time? Enjoy the highlights of the famous railway with a real-deal authentic experience on Russian trains, explore Moscow and the Lake Baikal region with professional local pros. Stays at best hotels of your choice, airport transfers, and Russian visas included.

Private rail tour | Classic

Private 14-day Trans-Siberian Tour
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14 days

4 cities

2 countries

Moscow | Ekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Ulan Bator

Begin your 2-week journey along the world's longest railway and travel from the capital of Russia, via Yekateringburg to Lake Baikal, ending your trip with Mongolia. This program is a great balance of rail experience with plenty of guided exploration on land.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Jul 12, 2019

14 days

4 cities

2 countries

Moscow | Ekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Ulan Bator

EARLY BIRD Cross 1/3 of the world on the legendary Trans-Mongolian railway in just 14 days: from mighty Moscow to glorious Ekaterinburg. Absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal and explore the Buddhist and nomadic traditions of Mongolia.

Small group rail tour | Gold

Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian
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Jun 27, 2019

16 days

8 cities

3 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Ulan Bator | Beijing

The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, experience genuine Mongolia and finally discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing.

Rail tour | Classic

Imperial Russia Classic
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Jun 23, 2019

15 days

8 cities

3 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Ulan Bator | Beijing

The unique Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to Beijing on the Imperial Russia train combines sense of adventure with comfort of private train. Feel the imperial spirit of Russia's endless expanses, enjoy the Mongolian hospitality and rich culture, get inspired by the legacy of China - all adventures are in 15 unforgettable days.

Private rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

20 days

9 cities

1 country

Moscow | Nizhny Novgorod | Perm | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Khabarovsk | Vladivostok

A perfect match for active travelers seeking to explore all Russia. Apart from visiting the mighty capital - Moscow, you get to see multi-sided and diverse Russia far and wide during your adventure. Cross Siberia, discover genuine Russian towns and reach Vladivostok!

E.g., Jun 18 2019