Epic Trans-Siberian Expedition Train Tour - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

A perfect match for active travelers seeking to explore all Russia. Apart from visiting the main landmarks of the mighty capital - Moscow, you get to see multi-sided and diverse Russia far and wide while travelling along the whole Trans-Siberian railway line. Visit Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, Kungur Ice Caves in Perm, cross Europe-Asia border, visit the capital of legendary Siberia and witness the beauty of Lake Baikal. Discover genuine Russian towns and reach the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok which is literally closer to the US borders than to Moscow!

Note: Tour departures available from May 3 to October 15, 2018. A reverse program is also available. Please contact us for details.

Tour type:
Private rail tour
Tour rating:
4.82 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    14 nights
    3-star lakeside hotel:
    2 nights
    On board the train: 5 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    9 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    Chairlift ride
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 12 guided tours with private transportation
    9 guided visits to sights and museums
    Activities: cooking class
  • MEALS
  • 15 breakfasts
    7 meals on board

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia -​ Moscow! 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.

  • Note: You can extend your journey to Saint Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for more information.

No meals included.

Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

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 break for lunch you have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks. During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. 

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Nizhny Novgorod City Tour

In the morning you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the railway station where you board a high-speed train that takes you to Nizhny Novgorod in just 4 hours.

Upon arrival you meet your guide at the train station and go on a wonderful panoramic city tour around the most famous attractions of Nizhny Novgorod. During the tour you stroll through a pedestrian Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street, see the beautiful Stroganovskaya Church, explore the ancient Annunciation Cathedral, enjoy fantastic city views from the Volga slope and visit the famous Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin.

After the tour you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Arrival to Perm & Free Evening

Today early in the morning you check out from the hotel. Your guide and driver transfer you to the train station where you board the train to continue your journey. In the evening your train arrives in Perm - a major rail junction connecting Siberia and the Far East with the European part of the country.

Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to relax in your cozy room or start exploring the city center on your own.

Breakfast box and one meal onboard are included.

Day 5
Exploring Kungur Ice Caves

Following breakfast, you have morning at leisure. Later you check out and prepare for an exciting day trip to explore the Kungur ice caves, located in the outskirts of Perm. Known since time immemorial, the caves encompass the remains of ancient settlements dating back to VII-IX centuries.

Upon arrival to Kungur you have a brief city tour around the major sites of the area. Your tour then continues to the mysterious and ancient Kungur ice caves located in the Ice Mountain.

  • Please, note: Average temperature inside the cave is +5C. Ice crystals can be seen at the entrance and exit from the cave any time of the year. The best time to see the crystals is from February to June.

The caves represent a system of labyrinths and are famous for their unique grottos. There are about 70 underground lakes of different sizes in the caves, exact number depending on the time of year. During your tour exploration you pass the large excursion ring traveling 1300 meters underground.

After the tour you are transferred to Kungur train station and continue your journey to the capital of Ural. In the evening you arrive to Yekaterinburg and have transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Breakfast and one meal on board are included.

Day 6
Yekaterinburg City Tour

Following breakfast you have morning at leisure.

After lunch you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city 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.

After the tour your driver takes you to the train station where you board a train running to Novosibirsk. You spend this night on board the train.

Breakfast and one meal on board are included.

Day 7
Arrival in Novosibirsk & Free Evening

Today your train reaches a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature, as your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant, but is certainly not desolate.

Upon arrival in the evening your driver meets you at the railway station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

No meals included.

Day 8
Novosibirsk City Tour

Following breakfast you have morning at leisure. In the afternoon you check out, have time for lunch and prepare for a guided tour around the most interesting attractions of Novosibirsk. Together with your private guide you explore the central Lenin Square, the Opera and Ballet Theater, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Ob River embankment.

You are then invited to a particular place that surely enriches your Trans-Siberian experience - the Novosibirsk Open-Air Museum of Railway Technology. The museum is located nearly 30 minutes ride from the city, right next to the local train station where constantly going trains seem to make the museum "come alive". During the tour you explore an amazing collection of trains and engines covering different historical periods. For example, you see the Tsarsky vagon - the one Tsar Nikolay II used to travel in. Some cars are possible to climb aboard!

Please note: the museum is closed on Mondays

After the tour you are transferred to Novosibirsk railway station to continue your journey.

Breakfast and one meal onboard are included.

Day 9
Krasnoyarsk City Tour

In the morning you arrive in Krasnoyarsk, the largest economic, industrial and educational center of Central and Eastern Siberia. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for early check-in.

After having some rest and time for lunch, you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most famous city landmarks. You start exploration with Mira Square with a monument to Сommander Rezanov on it, take a walk along the old city streets and visit the Praskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel situated on the top of Karaulnaya Mountain. The chapel is considered a symbol of the city, and one of its buildings decorates 10-rouble banknote. 

You then head for Tsar Fish observation point located near Sliznevo village. The statue of a sturgeon commemorates one of the most significant storybook of a famous Russian author V. Astafyev. From the high of 300-metres (984 ft) Sliznevsky Byk cliff you are able to enjoy the breathtaking view on Yenisey river landscape.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Free Morning in Krasnoyarsk & Train to Irkutsk

This morning is free for you to continue discovering the main attractions of Krasnoyarsk on your own. Ask your travel specialist about available options.

In the afternoon you are transferred to the railway station where you board a train running to Irkutsk. You spend this night on board the train.

Breakfast and one meal onboard are included.

Day 11
Lake Baikal & Listvyanka Village Tour

Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

After some rest you 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 return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 12
Trip to Taltsy Village

After breakfast you take 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 the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: Lake Baikal Cruise

Breakfast is included.

Day 13
Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your driver takes you to Irkutsk for a guided tour around the most remarkable city's 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 centrally located hotel, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is are included.

Day 14
Train to Ulan Ude

Early in the morning you check out from the hotel and are transferred to the train station to board your train and continue your journey.

In the afternoon you arrive in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. Upon arrival your guide meets you at the railway station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring Ulan Ude on your own.

Breakfast and one meal on board are included.

Day 15
Ulan Ude City Tour

Today after breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and take a tour around the most interesting city landmarks.

You enjoy the views from Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan rising high above the city, see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin, take a walk at a central Lenina 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, tankas and even the sacred Bodhi tree.

After the tour you return to Ulan Ude, have a break for lunch (lunch not included) and take a transfer to the train station. At the station you board a train running to Khabarovsk.

Breakfast and one meal onboard are included.

Day 16
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic sceneries passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

No meals included.

Day 17
Arrival in Khabarovsk & Free Day

This evening your train arrives in Khabarovsk. Your driver meets you at the railway station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free for you to take a good rest after a long train journey or start exploring the historical city center on your own.

No meals included.

Day 18
Khabarovsk City Tour

After breakfast you have free time to explore city on your own or relax in your comfortable room. In the afternoon you check out and have free time for lunch.

Following lunch you meet your private guide and driver in the hotel lobby and set off on a 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 have free time for dinner. In the evening you are transferred to the train station where you board a train that takes you to your final destination - Vladivostok.

  • Optional tour: Amur River boat ride

Breakfast and one meal on board are included.

Day 19
Vladivostok City Tour

After traveling through 8 time zones and covering around 6,600 miles (10,600 km) along the epic Trans-Siberian route, early in the morning your train finally arrives in Vladivostok - one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan.

Upon arrival you meet your guide at the train station and enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions. You start with exploring the Vladivostok Railway Station that is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.

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.

Next you drive to the Eagle's Nest observation point to get a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the city and Golden Horn Bay. The highlight of your tour is visit to Submarine S-56 which successfully fought against a fascist’s fleet during WWII.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 20
Departure from Vladivostok

This is the final day of your Epic Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

14 nights in centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels, 2 nights at a 3-star lakeside hotel

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Listvyanka Village, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Economy class high-speed "Lastochka" train tickets from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorord;
  • 1st or 2nd class train tickets on all other legs of the trip;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Please note: If we are not able to get 1st class train tickets, a whole 2nd class compartment (4 berths for 2 people's use) will be booked instead.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfers throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Exploration of the mysterious and ancient Kungur Ice Caves located in the Ice Mountain;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness;
  • All of the must-see sights of 10 Russian cities included in the journey along the whole Trans-Siberian railway line.
What to Know
  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Tour can start only on an even day of the month (2,4,6,8 ...) except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2018​

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
1st class package
$6,498
Deposit $1,300
1st class single traveler
$9,128
Deposit $1,826
2nd class package
$5,898
Deposit $1,180
2nd class single traveler
$8,528
Deposit $1,706
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (1st class)
$5,948
Deposit $1,190
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (2nd class)
$5,348
Deposit $1,070
Package type Price
1st class package
$6,498
Deposit $1,300
1st class single traveler
$9,128
Deposit $1,826
2nd class package
$5,898
Deposit $1,180
2nd class single traveler
$8,528
Deposit $1,706
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (1st class)
$5,948
Deposit $1,190
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (2nd class)
$5,348
Deposit $1,070

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