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Moscow - Vladivostok Exploration

Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 48 Reviews
Small group rail tour to Russia

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 group of 8 to 18 travelers. Enjoy included activities such as a cruise on Lake Baikal and sightseeing with local guides. 1st-class accommodation, Russian visa-processing, and all the must-sees included.

Moscow - Vladivostok Exploration

16 days7 cities
Russia1 country
Small group rail tour to Russia
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$6,798
Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 48 Reviews

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 group of 8 to 18 travelers. Enjoy included activities such as a cruise on Lake Baikal and sightseeing with local guides. 1st-class accommodation, Russian visa-processing, and all the must-sees included.

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

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.

No meals included.

  • Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
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Day 2
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
City tour
City tour

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 a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the magnificent Moscow city center on your own. In the afternoon you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the brightest gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces by Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Breakfast is included.

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Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

train
Moscow
Ekaterinburg
25 hrs 40 min

Board a local Russian train and enjoy the experience of crossing Trans-Siberian railway as the locals do. Make your way from the iconic capital of Moscow to the Ural treasure - Ekaterinburg in 25 hours.

Ekaterinburg Sight Gallery

Ekaterinburg

second destination

Ekaterinburg is the capital of the Ural Mountain Region, full of cultural and architectural heritage for you to discover. This city is the place where the Russian royal family, the Romanovs, spent their last days.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival in Ekaterinburg
Transfer
Transfer

In the evening you arrive in Ekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 5
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg
City tour
City tour

After breakfast you meet your guide and driver and 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 you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
On Board the Train

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

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 7
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.

No meals included.

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Four Elements Hotel, Ekaterinburg
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The Four Elements Hotel is an ideal place to stay and relax during your Ekaterinburg trip. Situated right in the historic center of the city, the hotel offers spacious rooms equipped with comfortable Suite Dreams beds, ergonomic desks, 37-inch TVs, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.

train
Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs

Continue your Trans-Siberian adventure spending the next two days onboard Russian train. Leave Ekaterinburg behind and explore the Lake Baikal region in a couple of days.

Listvyanka Village, Russia

Listvyanka Village

third destination

Located nearby Lake Baikal, the village of Listvyanka is surrounded by green mountains and lush nature, adding up to one truly picturesque landscape. It is a highlight stop during Trans-Siberian adventures.

1 day in Listvyanka Village
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a great location hotel
Day 8
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum
City tour
City tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

In the morning you arrive to Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. On the way you make a stop at a local cafe for breakfast (not included).

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 lunch at a local restaurant, we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

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

Lunch is included.

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Anastasia Hotel, Listvyanka
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Set near the breathtaking Lake Baikal, the Anastasia Hotel is a great place to stay at during your Siberia getaway. It offers spacious cozy rooms, fitted with cable TVs and private bathrooms. Some rooms have balconies, perfect to take in the incredible beauty of the local nature.

car
Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk
1 hr 10 min

You have a short car ride with a trusted driver ahead of you today. Buckle up, and enjoy the beautiful views on your way to Irkutsk.

Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk

fourth destination

The cold Siberian city Irkutsk is known as the city from which Russia's great explorers set off for their expeditions. Located about 70 kilometers from Lake Baikal not far from China and Mongolia, Irkutsk Russia of today is among the region's largest towns.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Trip to Taltsy Village & Irkutsk City Tour
Day tour
Day tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your guide and driver take you on a 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.

Your driver takes you then 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 for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan-Ude
7 hrs 30 min

Today you start another leg of your Trans-Siberian journey and head towards the fascinating Buryatia region. You are about to witness some spectacular views as you pass along the Lake Baikal shores.

Ulan-Ude, Russia Gallery

Ulan-Ude

fifth destination

Ulan-Ude is the enchanting capital of the Republic of Buryatia. This unique gorgeous city standing on the crossroads of Russia, China and Mongolia. The city grew as a large trade center and was an important point on the Silk Road route.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Arrival to Ulan Ude
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast 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 evening is free to continue exploring Ulan Ude on your own or to take rest before the next busy day.

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 11
Enjoying Ulan Ude
City tour
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 (if time and weather conditions allow), see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin, take a walk at Lenin 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. Upon arrival you board a train and continua your journey.

Breakfast and meal onboard included.

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Day 12
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.

No meals included.

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Sagaan Morin Hotel, Ulan-Ude
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Combining style and comfort, the Sagaan Morin Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the city and among the best places to stay during your Ulan-Ude visit. The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms, providing everything you need for a great stay.

train
Ulan-Ude
Khabarovsk
2 days 8 hrs

Another long train journey ahead of you today. Board your train and head towards the Russian Far East, prepare to be stunned by the wild nature and mountainous landscapes.

Khabarovsk, Russia Gallery

Khabarovsk

sixth destination

One of the largest cities of Russia's Far East, hospitable Khabarovsk is an unmissable destination in any Trans-Siberian tour. Located on the banks of the Amur River, not far from the Chinese border, the city tangibly experiences the influence of the eastern neighbors yet preserving its own charm.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Arrival in Khabarovsk & Free Evening
Transfer
Transfer

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.

No meals included.

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Day 14
Khabarovsk City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you have free time to explore the 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.

Breakfast and meal onboard included.

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Boutique Hotel Khabarovsk City, Khabarovsk
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The impressive Boutique Hotel is a great property that boasts a top location close to the embankment of the scenic River Amur. The hotel combines comfort and style, offers great service and cozy guestrooms, fitted with everything you need for a relaxing stay.

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Khabarovsk
Vladivostok
11 hrs 30 min

Are you ready to board your train for the final time on Trans-Siberian journey? Prepare to wave Khabarovsk goodbye and arrive at your last stop along the famous railway - city of Vladivostok.

Vladivostok, Russia Gallery

Vladivostok

seventh destination

Significant for its location as a commercial port, Vladivostok is also noteworthy for its sceneries and landmarks. Situated along the coastline lays one of the most renowned sites on the Vladivostok tour, the Golden Horn Bay with an imposing Zolotoy (Golden) Bridge nearby.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 15
Vladivostok City Tour
City tour
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 Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 16
Departure from Vladivostok
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver 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.

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Lotte Hotel, Vladivostok
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Set right in the heart of the beautiful city of Vladivostok, the Lotte Hotel is a great place to stay during your Russian vacation. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TVs, and minibars.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok;
  • 1st class train tickets on all legs of the trip;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan-Ude;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan-Ude;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 18 travelers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Odigitria Cathedral, Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, Arseniev Museum;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Departures are guaranteed with minimum 8 travelers. If a particular departure will not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued 4 months prior to the tour start date.

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

Note: Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have single supplement for train cabin as well.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 8 to 18 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Comfort of traveling in a private train car and attention of a professional English-speaking tour leader that turn your adventure into a carefree journey;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • 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 during a private cruise;
  • 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 climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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