Price:(per person, based on double occupancy)
First Class: $4078
Second Class: $3568
Single supplement: $1428
Day 1: Arrival to Moscow
Welcome to Moscow, the historic capital of Russia and its largest and most vibrant city!
You will arrive around noon and your driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate of the airport. After hotel check in, you can relax in your room and grab a bite in the hotel's restaurant. However, if you prefer to see something on the first day, we can recommend a driving tour of the city. Please ask your travel specialist if you would like to arrange it.
Day 2: Moscow city tour
Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Today you will go on one of the most interesting tours in the world as you explore Moscow's famous Red Square, the GUM department store, and go inside the St. Basil Cathedral, built by Ivan the Terrible in the 15th century. We will also take you inside the Kremlin on a thorough tour of Russian history.
Day 3: Departing Moscow
You will have one last day to explore Moscow before your journey across Eurasia begins in the evening. Your driver will take you to the train station. Don't forget to prepare your camera - there are many interesting things to see as you glide toward the Ural Mountains.
PLEASE NOTE: LATE CHECK OUT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE PACKAGE. YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO CHECK OUT IN THE MORNING. ALTERNATIVELY, YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR BAGS AT HOTEL STORAGE ROOM OR REQUEST US TO ARRANGE A LATE CHECK OUT FOR YOU (ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY).
Day 4: The Urals
Today your train will cross the Ural Mountains, the great divide between Europe and Asia. The Urals have been the backbone of Russia's industrial production for over 300 years.
Day 5: Novosibirsk
Having left the Urals behind, your train will cross the Great Eurasian Plateau towards Siberia. Siberia is distant, but not desolate. You will stop in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, an important scientific center that has attracted the attention of such large companies as Microsoft. This city also holds the world record for highest growth rate. Only 70 years since it was established in 1903, it had more than a million inhabitants.
Day 6: Sayan Mountains / Krasnoyarsk
The Sayan Mountains is a gorgeous mountain range in the southern part of Siberia. It features breathtaking landscapes, rich wildlife, and untouched nature. You will stop in Krasnoyarsk, the economic and cultural center of East Siberia. It is one of the largest cities in the region with a population of 950,000.
Day 7: Irkutsk
Welcome to Irkutsk! You will feast on a hot breakfast at a delicious local eatery before your "round up" tour of the city by car. You will see Irkutsk's beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), wooden houses decorated with "wooden laces" (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century and the Decembrists' House. You will return to Listvyanka village on Lake Baikal and finish your day with a barbecue at the Chalet.
Day 8: The Baikal Lake
Visit the local Museum of Wooden Architecture with its unique structures donated from all over Russia, historic houses, and buildings of indigenous people. You will have lunch at a local Siberian restaurant (Sibirskaya Zaimka) to try traditional Siberian food and visit its private zoo of native animals. Once you transfer back to Listvyanka village you have the option of partaking in a pre-booked sauna before your evening meal at the Chalet.
Day 9: The Baikal Lake
You have two options today.
Visit a Buryat settlement 70 km from Irkutsk on the remote Siberian plain, including a tour of the local lore museum, a greeting ceremony, traditional art and music, and the opportunity to be “cleansed” by the local Shaman. Finish at a Yurt to sample local teas and a traditional meal.
Take a full-day trip around Lake Baikal by way of the famous Circum Baikal Railroad. The tour stops at the most picturesque places en route to harness the breathtaking views of this unique bit of nature. You will stop at the marble mining city of Sludyanka.
Both options return you to Irkutsk.
Day 10: Buryat Republic
You will be departing from Irkutsk this morning. Your driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you to the train station. Your train will meander along the picturesque Lake Baikal shore and stop briefly in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, the center of Russia's Buddhist tradition
Day 11: Zabaikalye, entering the Far East
The vast Zabaikalye steppes provide perfect photo-ops. The only sizable city you will stop in today is Chita, the capital of the region. In the afternoon the steppes will give way to taiga forest as you leave Siberia and enter the Far East.
Day 12: Russian Far East
You will spend another day on the train while moving through the pristine forests of the Russian Far East. It is a remote but beautiful region with fertile plains and humid summers as you advance farther south, though its winters are as brutal as in Siberia. In the evening you will cross the mighty Amur River and stop in Khabarovsk, a large industrial city and your last stop prior to arrival in Vladivostok.
Day 13: Vladivostok
You will reach Vladivostok at 6:23am. Upon arrival your will be taken to your homestay where you can relax after the long trip.
Vladivostok is the largest port on the Pacific Coast of Russia. Climb the hills of the Russian San Fransisco or hop on a tram once you get tired of walking. The two must-see sites are Svetlanskaya Street and Okeansky Prospekt. Vladivostok is also a popular ocean resort, so don't miss the chance to visit one of the local beaches!
Day 14: Vladivostok
This is the final day of your tour. Your driver will take you to the airport. You will leave for home fascinated with Russia and her vast pristine nature. We hope you will return to this very special country soon!
Duration: 14 days
Price per person:
1st Class: $4078
2nd Class: $3568
Single supplement: $1428
Included in the price:
- 4-star hotels in Moscow, Irkutsk, and Vladivostok
- Accommodation in Chalet on the Lake Baikal (Listvyanka village)
- Train tickets
- Transfers and excursion transport
- Private tours with professional guides in Moscow, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Vladivostok
- Museum entry fees
- Russian visa