Trans-Siberian Small Group Tour | Moscow - Ulan-Bator - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Treat yourself to the adventure of a lifetime and cross 1/3 of the world on the legendary Trans-Siberian railway in 17 days. This specially tailored small group tour includes high-comfort accommodation both in 1st class train cabins and in best hotels, tours of all the main highlights with the country's top guides and premium service. Moreover, to make the journey even more all-embracing you can extend your journey to St. Petersburg and Beijing as well.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
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  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels: 11 nights
    1st class cabins: 4 nights
    A night in Mongolian Yurt
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station-hotel transfers
    4 first class train trips
    A cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided city tours
    Lake Baikal cruise
    Ger camp experience
    Horseback ride
  • MEALS
  • 12 breakfasts
    2 breakfast boxes
    11 lunches
    7 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Ulan Bator

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator! 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.

  • Optional: You may extend your journey to Beijing. Contact your travel specialist for details.

No meals included.

Day 2
Gorkhi-Terelji National Park, Meeting a Nomadic Family & Horseback Riding

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park, where you visit its most popular attractions, including the stone heap Owoo, the famous Turtle Rock, and the Aryabal Monastery.

In the afternoon you arrive at the ger camp and have lunch. The highlight of the day is a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. You also get to go horseback riding for 1 hour.

In the evening you enjoy dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3
Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue & Folk Show

Following breakfast at the ger camp, you meet your guide and travel to the banks of the Tuul River to visit an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan.

During the tour, you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk to the horse statue’s head to enjoy excellent panoramic views over the complex area and the surrounding scenery.

After lunch in the Genghis Khan statue restaurant you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator to take some rest.

In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show followed by dinner in a local restaurant where you meet the tour leader who will accompany you until the end of the train journey.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4
Ulan Bator Sightseeing Tour & Visiting the Gandan Monastery

After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and go on an exciting guided city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator.

During the tour, you visit the legendary Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, a central Sukhbaatar Square and enjoy the best panoramic views of Ulan Bator from the famous Zaisan Hill.

After the tour, you enjoy lunch in a city restaurant followed by a visit to the State Department Store. In the afternoon your guide and driver transfer you to the train station where you board your train and start your amazing journey across Eurasia!

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5
Arrival in Irkutsk & Transfer to Listvyanka Village

Today 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 then your driver transfers you to your hotel located in the nearby Listvyanka Village. Upon arrival, you enjoy Russian banya/sauna and dinner at your hotel.

Dinner is included.

Day 6
Listvyanka Village Tour & Lake Baikal Cruise

Following breakfast, 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 in a local restaurant, we have planned an exclusive experience for you - 3-hour cruise on magnificent Lake Baikal. Together with the guide, you board a ship that takes you to one of the stations of the first Baikal railroad. While on board, you enjoy 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 pictures. On the way back you 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.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 7
Trip to Taltsy Village & Transfer to Irkutsk

Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and 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 delicious lunch at a local restaurant, you are transferred to Irkutsk where you check-in at the centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8
Irkutsk City Tour

Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel, meet your guide and enjoy Irkutsk sightseeing tour.

During the tour, you explore the historical part of the city, including the Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone-structure Church of our Savior 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 lunch at a city restaurant, you are transferred to the train station to continue your journey further to Ekaterinburg.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

 

Day 9
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.

 

Day 10
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

In the afternoon, you arrive in the capital of Ural Region. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Enjoy the rest of the day, exploring the city on your own.

No meals included.

Day 11
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a 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. You finish the tour at 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 are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 12
Arrival in Kazan

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the train station to continue your Trans-Siberian journey.

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

In the evening your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel located very close to the train station for check-in and overnight.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 13
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a panoramic bus city tour around the most prominent attractions of Kazan, including the Old Tatar Quarter, the Marjani Mosque, the scenic Kaban Lakes, the Millennium Park and Freedom Square.

You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make 3 traditional Tatar dishes. After lunch you explore the historical ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 14
Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak museum

Following breakfast, you check-out of the hotel and meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way, you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets, and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world.

Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk, you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist and the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you proceed to the chak-chak museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak and Tatar pastila.

After the tour, you walk to the train station where you board a train that takes you to the final destination of your trip - Moscow.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 15
Exploring Moscow Highlights & Tour of the Kremlin

Early in the morning, your train arrives in the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

Later in the morning you meet your guide 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 and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 16
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a guided tour to 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 lunch at a local restaurant, you visit one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste a local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

 

Day 17
Departure from Moscow

This is the final day of your amazing 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!

  • Optional extension: You may extend your journey further to St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Breakfast is included.


Included

11 nights in 4 or 5-star central hotels

  • 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 (2 nights), Kazan (2 nights), Ekaterinburg (2 nights), Listvyanka Village (2 nights), Irkutsk (1 night) and Ulan Bator (2 nights);
  • 1 night at a traditional Mongolian ger camp with horseback riding;
  • 1st class tickets for Moscow - Kazan, Kazan - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk and Irkutsk - Ulan Bator trains;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Ulan-Bator*;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Ulan-Bator;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for 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;
  • Lunches and dinners according to the itinerary;
  • Unique cooking class in Kazan;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

*Except for the May 22 departure: regular trains (no private car included)

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

Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian 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.

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
  • Tour director
  • Downton hotels
  • 1st class trains
  • Guided city tours around Moscow, Ulan Bator and Irkutsk
  • Folk show
  • A visit to the Genghis Khan Statue
  • Horseback riding experience
  • Lake Baikal Cruise
  • A visit to the Kremlin
  • Moscow subway ride
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
May 22 - Jun 07, 2018
$5,798
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$1,160
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$1,200
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$1,480
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$6,798
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$1,360
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$1,400
$8,398
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$1,680
Aug 6 - Aug 22, 2018
$6,798
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$1,360
$6,998
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$1,400
$8,398
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$1,680
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May 22 - Jun 07, 2018
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$5,998
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$7,398
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Jul 14 - Jul 30, 2018
$6,798
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Aug 18 - Sep 03, 2018
$6,798
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Aug 20 - Sep 05, 2018
$6,798
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Sep 1 - Sep 17, 2018
$6,798
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