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Itinerary for Vladivostok-Moscow Trans-Siberian Tour

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To make sure you get tickets for the desired dates please book your trip at least 2.5 months in advance.

Cross Eurasia over the longest railroad in the World and see the the whole Russia from the train! Visit Russian Far East (Khabarovsk, Vladivostok), major cities in Urals (Yaketerinburg), and Siberia (Irkutsk / Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude).
See where Europe borders Asia in the Urals at milepost 1,777 kilometre east of Moscow! Hop from train to train and discover secluded treasuries of Eurasia. Decide for yourself whether Russia is Europe or Asia? Stop-over in Ulan-Ude - capital of Buryatia and center of Buddhism in Russia. Buddhism in Buryatia is the northernmost extension of Vajrayana Buddhism in Central Asia. It is primarily the Gelug tradition from Tibet.

Highlights
  • Ulan-Ude - center of Vajrayana Buddhism (Gelug tradition from Tibet) in Russia
  • Lake Baikal - the biggest fresh water lake on the planet Earth
  • Visit Yekaterinburg - the 4st biggest Russian city, heart of Urals
Options before the trip
Day
City
Itinerary

Day 1
Russia

Vladivostok
  • Catch a train to to Khabarovsk at Vladivostok Railway Station

Day 2

 

Russia

Khabarovsk
  • Arrival in Khabarovsk
  • City sightseeing tour: start at Muraviev-Amursky street which is in the heart of the city and enjoy ancient stone architecture, shop for soverniers in local stores
  • Then stroll to the city's main square (Lenin square) and walk towards the Spaso-Preobrajensky cathedral pass by Glory Square hosting Memorial complex. Near by you will see the monument to Erophey Khabarov, the Russian explorer, after whom the city was called
  • River cruise: take a ship from the river station near the central recreational park where the monument to the city-founder Muraviev-Amursky is located
  • In the evening catch train to Ulan-Ude

 

Day 3
Russia

on the train
  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train

 

Day 4

Russia

Ulan-Ude
Capital of Russian Buddhism
  • In the evening arrival in the capital of The Republic of Buryatia(federal subject of Russia) - Ulan-Ude
  • Overnight at Geser hotel

 

Day 5

Russia

Ulan-Ude
  • Breakfast time
  • City tour: start at Soviet Square with Lenin's bust shaped as giant head - the biggest Lenin's head in the world! Walk through pedestrianized street Arbat and enjoy local architecture: history museum, house of Kappelman, Arch of Triumph, Opera and Ballet house
  • Visit Gostinye Ryady (former market place) at Revolution Square
  • Finish the tour at St' Odigitriev cathedral (city's first stone building)
  • Transfer to the railway station to catch train to Irkutsk

Day 6

 

Russia

Irkutsk

Lake Baikal

  • Arrival in Irkutsk in the morning
  • Transfer to the city's historical center.
  • Transfer to Baikal Lake. En route: visit open-air ethnographical museum of wooden architecture "Taltsy" (comprehensive exhibition of Siberian-style folk houses of the former centuries)
  • Visit Listvyanka village and try famous Baikal fish Omul at a restaurant situated at Baikal's shore
  • Experience the lake's landscape and culture: get acquaintaned with Shaman-rock legend, visit ancient wooden orthodox church of St.Nicholas (who is believed to be the patron of fishermen and sailors), ride a funicular to Chersky peak observatory to enjoy picturesque view of the lake
  • Stop by local fish & souvenir markets to choose a gift for your family and friends
  • In the evening check-in at Nikolay private hotel-house in Listvyanka.
  • Free time

 

Day 7

 

Russia

Irkutsk
  • Breakfast. Have your free morning time at Baikal lake
  • Transfer to Irkutsk
  • City tour: Irkutsk foundation place, the Eternal flame memorial, most important churches (including Znamensky cathedral ), Kirov square and several memorials dedicated to events in Siberian history, Irkutsk Linguistics University, and City administration. Put your feet at the crossing of Lenin and Karl-Marx streets (two main streets) in the center of the city, stroll along Gagarin boulevard, popular with locals as a dating spot. Overview the monument to tsar Alexander III overlooking one of the mightiest Siberian rivers Angara, and visit unique lore museum surrounded by centries-old buildings that keep the charm of Irkutsk
  • Lunch at the local restaurant and then enjoy your free time in Irkutsk
  • In the evening we will transfer to the Railway Station and depart to Yekaterinburg

 

Day 8
Russia

on the train
  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train

 

Day 9

Russia

Yekaterinburg

Europe-Asia border in Urals

  • Arrival in the evening and check-in Marins Park hotel

 

Day 10

 

Russia

Yekaterinburg
  • Breakfast
  • City sighseeing tour: Yekaterinburg began it's autobiography with a small factory-fortress, now it has become one of the largest cities in the country. City was named Yekaterinburg in honor of Empress Catherine I. The plan of the city is a regular rectangular grid of the Ural factory-fortress at the 18th century. An unforgettable experience for visitors remains after a visit to its main places of interest: Dam, Main city square - Pl. 1905, Monument to Boris Yeltsin, Monument to Yakov Sverdlov, Opera House, Monument to the "Black Tulip", Monument to Georgy Zhukov,  "CheKa"  (Security  officers) town, merchant N. Sevastyanov's House, Circus, Arboretum.
  • You will also learn the the tragic "last way" of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II's family. The mystery of remains hiding at Ganina Yama forest. Visit to the Romanov's Monastery and Memorial at the Old road
  • Yekaterinburg is situated on the border of Europe and Asia (on the Asian side) and (at least) three symbolic monuments of this can be found near the city. You will transfer to one of them to see Europe-Asia border
  • In the evening catch the train to Moscow

 

Day 11
Russia
on the train

Welcome to European part of Russia!

  • Enjoy landscape scenery from the train

 

Day 12
Russia

Moscow
  • In the morning arrival in Moscow, the capital of the Russia
  • This is end of the tour

 

Options after the train trip
  • After your Trans-Siberian journey you can book:
    • hotel in Moscow
    • tour around Moscow

 

Important! The itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one and it can be customized according to your request: you can add new stop over cities, choose trains, starting dates and stop's duration or connect it with journeys in North Korea, China, Mongolia, or South Korea.

The tour price covers:
The tour price doesn't cover:  
  • Train tickets from Vladivostok to Moscow in 2nd class (4 bed-sleeper)
  • Twin room shared accommodation at mentioned hotels (or same level hotels)
  • Guide and transportation service in Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, and Khabarovsk according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Tickets from your residence country to Vladivostok and from Moscow to your next destination
  • Transportation and guide in Moscow
  • Russian visa fee (vary depending on your nationality).Please refer to our visa support service
  • Train meals
  • ev. single room supplement

 

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