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Trans-Siberian Small Group Tour | Moscow - Vladivostok

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Trip Overview

Treat yourself to a journey you will remember for years to come and join the tailor-made small group Epic Trans-Siberian Expedition. In 20 days of the rail adventure explore Russia far and wide from Moscow to Lake Baikal to Vladivostok on board a high-comfort train with guided tours during stops in major cities.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
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  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms - 12 nights
    1st class cabins - 7 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private airport/railway station-hotel transfers
    A high-speed train ride
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 9 guided city tours
    2 guided village tours
    Ice Caves
  • MEALS
  • 14 breakfasts / 2 breakfast boxes
    12 lunches
    8 dinners

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.

 

Day 2

Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and explore one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. You go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its 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 lunch in a city restaurant, 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 return to your hotel. In the evening you enjoy welcome meeting with the tour leader.

 

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, have lunch 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.

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 guide and driver meet you at the train station and transfer 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.

Day 5

Exploring Kungur Ice Caves

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and prepare for an exciting full day trip to explore the Kungur ice caves, located on 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, the exact number depending on the time of year. During your tour exploration, you pass the large excursion ring traveling 1300 meters underground. Lunch in a local cafe is included.

Upon return to Perm in the evening, you are transferred to the train station as it is time to say goodbye to Perm and continue your journey to the capital of Ural - Ekaterinburg. You spend the night on board the train.

 

Day 6

Ekaterinburg City Tour

At about 3:15 a.m. you arrive in Ekaterinburg. Upon arrival, you are met by your driver who takes you to the hotel for early check-in and some rest.

After breakfast, you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks. During the tour, you take a walk through the historical city center, go to the Vysotsky hotel observation platform to see incredible panoramic views of the city, visit the Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs and see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House.

While on tour you also learn about 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 highlight of the day is 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.

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

 

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 guide 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.

 

Day 8

Novosibirsk City Tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and enjoy a guided tour around the most interesting attractions of Novosibirsk, including the central Lenin Square, the Opera and Ballet Theater, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Ob River embankment.

During the tour, you also see the Local History Museum, visit the Beresta Museum and spend some time at the Central Market, where you can buy traditional Russian souvenirs and experience the local life.

In the evening you are transferred to the railway station to continue your journey.

 

Day 9

Krasnoyarsk City Tour

Early in the morning, you arrive in Krasnoyarsk that is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia. Your guide meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for early check-in.

After having some rest, you enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city landmarks. During the tour you explore Mira Square that offers outstanding views of the Enisei River, take a walk along the old city streets, see the monument to Andrew Dubenskoy, visit the Praskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel and enjoy panoramic city views from Karaulnaya hill.

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

 

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.

Day 11

Lake Baikal & Listvyanka Village Tour

In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life. Your guide meets you at the train station and takes you to the nearby Listvyanka Village located on the shore of Lake Baikal where you have breakfast at the Krestovaya Pad hotel (early check-in is not included).

Later in the morning, you enjoy a sightseeing tour around the 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 explore the famous Shaman Rock, take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you’ll see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After the tour, you return to your hotel, check-in and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you enjoy traditional Russian banya and dinner at your hotel.

Day 12

Trip to Taltsy Village

Following 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 make a lunch stop at a traditional Siberian restaurant on your way back to your hotel in Listvyanka Village.

  • Optional tour: Lake Baikal Cruise
    ​​Experience precious Lake Baikal during the magnificent 3-hour guided cruise tour. While on board, you enjoy the calm waters of Baikal and feel the power of the world’s deepest lake. After you get ashore, your guide takes you to the tunnels of the old railroad where you have a chance to take some memorable photos. On the way back, relax on the open-air deck of the ship with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.​

Day 13

Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to Irkutsk. Upon arrival you leave your luggage at the hotel and have a guided tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

During the tour, you explore the historical part of the city, including the Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone-structure Church of our Saviour and the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the Polish Roman Catholic Church.

Then you walk through a beautiful Kirov Square and a central Karl Marks Street that will lead you to the Angara river embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight. The rest of the day is free.

 

Day 14

Ulan Ude City Tour

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 first to lunch and then on a city tour around the most interesting city landmarks.

During the tour, you visit the beautiful Odigitria Cathedral, take a walk at a central Lenina street abundant in former merchant houses, and explore Soviet Square where you see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin.

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

Day 15

Enjoying Ulan Ude

Today after breakfast you have the morning free to continue exploring Ulan Ude on your own, or you can join a carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: A visit to the Ivolginsky Monastery - the center of Buddhism in Russia.​
    Explore the Ivolginsky Buddhist monastery complex, considered 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 3-hour 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.

In the afternoon you are transferred to the railway station where you board a train running to Khabarovsk. You spend the rest of the day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Day 16

On Board the Train

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

 

Day 17

Arrival in Khabarovsk & Free Evening

This evening your train arrives in Khabarovsk. Your guide 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.

 

Day 18

Khabarovsk City Tour

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most interesting landmarks of Khabarovsk, including a ride across the Amur River bridge.

  • Optional tour: Amur River boat ride
    Enjoy the beauty of Khabarovsk during the 1-hour boat ride along the vast Amur River on MS Capitan Borzdov. Pass the Amur Bridge as well as the city's main landmarks and take advantage of the incredible photo opportunities. The boat also features a bar where you can get refreshing beverages and snacks.​

In the evening you are transferred to the railway station where you board a train that takes you to your final destination - Vladivostok.

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, your guide meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel for check-in.

After taking some rest you meet your guide and enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions, including visits to the Vladivostok Railway Station that is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad, the Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum and the Arseniev Museum where you learn more about the region’s rich flora and fauna as well as the culture and history of Vladivostok.

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

 

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!

 


Hotels

12 nights in central 4 or 5-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • 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 class train tickets on all other legs of the trip;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • English and Russian speaking tour leader;
  • 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.

Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

Tour Highlights

  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries
  • Guided city tours in nine cities: Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok
  • Guided village tours of Taltsy, Listvyanka
  • A visit to the Kremlin
  • A visit to ice caves

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 climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler (land only) Single traveler (land & trains)
May 24 - Jun 12, 2018
$8,798
upon request
deposit
$1,760
$8,998
upon request
deposit
$1,800
$10,198
upon request
deposit
$2,040
$13,098
upon request
deposit
$2,620
Jul 22 - Aug 10, 2018
$8,198
deposit
$1,640
$8,398
deposit
$1,680
$9,598
deposit
$1,920
$12,198
deposit
$2,440
Aug 8 - Aug 28, 2018
$8,198
reverse
deposit
$1,640
$8,398
reverse
deposit
$1,680
$9,598
reverse
deposit
$1,920
$12,198
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$2,440
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Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler (land only) Single traveler (land & trains)
May 24 - Jun 12, 2018
$8,798
upon request
$8,998
upon request
$10,198
upon request
$13,098
upon request
Jul 22 - Aug 10, 2018
$8,198
$8,398
$9,598
$12,198
Aug 8 - Aug 28, 2018
$8,198
reverse
$8,398
reverse
$9,598
reverse
$12,198
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