AUD 4249 / pp

DATES & RATES

Trans-Siberian Train Eastbound & Westbound

Russia

Discover Russia from Europe to Far East

Discover Russia whilst riding the world-famous Trans-Siberian Express train. This fabulous journey takes you from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok via Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk & Lake Baikal. The fastest Russian trains, the best local guides, hand-picked hotels, great scenery, heartily people and wide choice of activities en-route: the adventure of a lifetime!

Itinerary

Group Tour Dates 2020: 6 July - 21 July

16-day tour: Vladivostok (1 night) - Ulan-Ude (2 nights with early check-in) - Irkutsk (1 night) - Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal (1 night) - Yekaterinburg (1 night) - Kazan (1 night) - Moscow (2 nights) / 6 nights on board /

Day 1: Arrival at Vladivostok

Upon arrival at Vladivostok, meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel. Vladivostok is one of the most picturesque and interesting cities in the Russian Far East. During the Soviet time, the city was the home base of the Pacific Russian military fleet and thus entrance for international travellers was not allowed. Free access was given to tourists and visitors only in 1992. In the evening, meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Discover Vladivostok

After breakfast meet head for a guided city tour. This tour will include all major highlights: harbour, Submarine S-56, Golden Bridge, viewpoint Eagle’s Nest, Vokzalnaya Square, the monument of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok fortress museum. In the evening, transfer to the train station and board your train to Ulan-Ude.

Day 3: On board

The Russian Far East is extraordinarily far from Russia's major population centres in Europe. The largest city in the region, Vladivostok, is seven-time zones away from Moscow, with 9,300 km of railroad between them. The people in this region have more in common with those of northern China or the Inuit than to the Slavic Russians.

Day 4: On board

It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is 1st class, 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and 2nd class, 4-berth compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor

Day 5: Ulan-Ude, Buryatia

Upon early arrival in Ulan-Ude take transfer to the hotel with guaranteed early check-in. After breakfast meet the guide and head for a city tour. Visit Atsagatski Datsan (monastery) that was rebuilt not long ago after communism suppression. See the Lenin's head monument , the largest head sculpture in the world. Take a walk through the Old town . Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Ivolginsky Datsan - the Old Believers Village

After breakfast meet the guide and drive to Ivolginsky Datsan (50 min drive). Unique samples of old Buryat art, as thangkas, sculptures, ritual objects are gathered and preserved at the Ivolginsky datsan. Among the monastery's treasures, there is a collection of old Buddhist manuscripts written in the Tibetan language on natural silk, and a greenhouse with a sacred Bodhi tree. Then take a tour to the Old Believers Village in Buryatia. The Old Believers are Russian people, who still live traditionally in a small community in the Buryat Republic.They separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church as a protest against church reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. These special people keep the traditions of their ancestors and have a unique identity. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk

After breakfast check-out , take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk. Upon arrival at Irkutsk meet the driver take transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Ust-Orda - Lake Baikal

After breakfast at the hotel take a tour to Ust-Orda famous for traditional Buryat culture which is handed down across the generations. You will have a chance to get acquainted with Buryat folklore, national games and shaman rites, as well as to taste the national dishes of Buryat cuisine. After lunch take transfer to Listvyanka village (2 h drive). There we will visit Baikal Museum, Shaman Rock, which is a natural boundary between the deepest lake in the world and the only river that flows out of the lake—the Angara river. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. This day we will also take a boat cruise over the lake. Overnight at the hotel in Listvyanka village.

Day 9: Irkutsk

After breakfast take transfer to Taltsy (25 min drive). There we will have a guided tour in Taltsy Museum. After lunch with tea and honey degustation and national folk show you will be transferred to Irkutsk where you will visit St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square. At the appropriate time take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg.

Day 10: Across Siberia

Train ride continues.You will be surprised by the scale of the system connecting together the world's largest country, thus being a bridge between Asia and Europe.

Day 11: Arrival at Yekaterinburg.

Upon arrival you will be met at the train station.Take off for a guided city tour and drive outside of the city to visit one of its most remarkable attractions: the Europe-Asia border, where you can put your feet on two different continents at once. Return to the city, check-in and rest. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Yekaterinburg - Kazan

After breakfast tt the appropriate time, transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. Upon arrival at Kazan meet the driver and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Kazan

After breakfast meet the guide for a full day tour. Enjoy the tour to UNESCO world heritage and Kremlin of Kazan. Also visit Kul Sharif Mosque, the largest worship place for Muslims in Europe along with the wide collection of ancient books. We will visit the old Tatar village to try a local tatar tea. Later, have a master cooking class of Tatar dishes at a traditional restaurant. During our city tour will also see Kazan Arena, Millennium Bridge, Mardzhani Mosque,Kaban Lake, Bogoroditsky Monastery, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Bauman Street, Freedom Square. In the evening, transfer to the train station to board the train to Moscow. Upon arrival in Moscow, meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Discover Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown.Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel

Day 15: Moscow

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, the most famous museum of Russian art in the world, continue discovering the city with a panoramic driving city tour: the Novodevichy Convent with the guided tour inside, Sparrow Hills, Stalin's skyscrapers tour, the VDNKh. Finish the day with a guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics. Overnight at the hotel

Day 16: Farewell

At appropriate time, take your private transfer to the airpor

Show less
Show more

Group Tour Dates 2020: 3 - 20 May / 30 August - 16 September

Group Tour Dates 2021: 17 May - 3 June / 7 - 24 June / 23 August - 9 September / 5 - 22 September

18-day tour: Vladivostok (1 night) - Ulan-Ude (1 night with early check-in and late check-out) - Lake Baikal (2 nights) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights) - Kazan (1 night) - Nizhny Novgorod (1 night with early check-in) - Moscow (2 nights) / 7 nights on board /

Day 1: Arrival at Vladivostok

Upon arrival at Vladivostok, meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel. Vladivostok is one of the most picturesque and interesting cities in the Russian Far East. During the Soviet time, the city was the home base of the Pacific Russian military fleet and thus entrance for international travellers was not allowed. Free access was given to tourists and visitors only in 1992. In the evening, meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Discover Vladivostok

After breakfast meet head for a guided city tour. This tour will include all major highlights: harbour, Submarine S-56, Golden Bridge, viewpoint Eagle’s Nest, Vokzalnaya Square, the monument of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok fortress museum. In the evening, transfer to the train station and board your train to Ulan-Ude.

Day 3: On board

The Russian Far East is extraordinarily far from Russia's major population centres in Europe. The largest city in the region, Vladivostok, is seven-time zones away from Moscow, with 9,300 km of railroad between them. The people in this region have more in common with those of northern China or the Inuit than to the Slavic Russians.

Day 4: On board

It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is 1st class, 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and 2nd class, 4-berth compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor

Day 5: Ulan-Ude, Buryatia

Upon early arrival in Ulan-Ude take transfer to the hotel with guaranteed early check-in. After breakfast meet the guide and head for a city tour. Visit Atsagatski Datsan (monastery) that was rebuilt not long ago after communism suppression. See the Lenin's head monument , the largest head sculpture in the world. Take a walk through the Old town . Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Ivolginsky Datsan and Old believers village

After breakfast meet the guide and drive to Ivolginsky Datsan (50 min drive). Unique samples of old Buryat art, as thangkas, sculptures, ritual objects are gathered and preserved at the Ivolginsky datsan. Among the monastery's treasures, there is a collection of old Buddhist manuscripts written in the Tibetan language on natural silk, and a greenhouse with a sacred Bodhi tree. Then take a tour to the Old Believers Village in Buryatia. The Old Believers are Russian people, who still live traditionally in a small community in the Buryat Republic.They separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church as a protest against church reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. These special people keep the traditions of their ancestors and have a unique identity. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk

After breakfast check-out , take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk. Upon arrival at Irkutsk meet the driver take transfer Listvyanka village. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Lake Baikal

After breakfast meet the guide and learn more about the lake in Baikal Museum of Limnology, see Shaman Rock, a natural boundary between the deepest lake in the world and the only river that flows out of the lake—the Angara river, also visit St. Nicholas church. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. In the evening enjoy a boat cruise over the lake. Overnight at the hotel in Listvyanka village.

Day 9: Irkutsk

After breakfast take transfer to Taltsy (25 min drive). There we will have a guided tour in Taltsy Museum. After lunch with tea and honey degustation followed by Matryoshka painting master class you will be transferred to Irkutsk where you will visit St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square. At the appropriate time take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg.

Day 10: Across Siberia

Train ride continues. You will be surprised by the scale of the system connecting together the world's largest country, thus being a bridge between Asia and Europe.

Day 11: Arrival at Yekaterinburg

Upon arrival you will be met at the train station, take transfer to the hotel. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide for the tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, the place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia s when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Yekaterinburg - Kazan

After breakfast at the appropriate time, transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. Upon arrival at Kazan meet the driver and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Kazan

After breakfast meet the guide for a full day tour. Enjoy the tour to UNESCO world heritage and Kremlin of Kazan. Also visit Kul Sharif Mosque, the largest worship place for Muslims in Europe along with the wide collection of ancient books. We will visit the old Tatar village to try a local tatar tea. Later, have a master cooking class of Tatar dishes at a traditional restaurant. During our city tour will also see Kazan Arena, Millennium Bridge, Mardzhani Mosque,Kaban Lake, Bogoroditsky Monastery, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Bauman Street, Freedom Square. At the appropriate time transfer to the train station to board the train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Day 15: Discover Central Russia

Upon arrival at Nizhny Novgorod meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel with a guaranteed early check-in. Take time to have breakfast and refresh after the train ride In the afternoon you will have Gorodets full-day guided tour including Samovar museum, Pryaniki museum and of course Russian Samovar tea ceremony! Overnight at the hotel (Nizhny Novgorod)

Day 16: Nizhny Novgorod

After breakfast have a guided city tour. Nizhny Novgorod is one of the hidden gems on the Russian touristic map. Here you will get the complete set of Russia's attractions: the Kremlin, the State Art Museum with a collection of icons and national crafts dated back to XIV century, wooden architecture on streets and an open-air museum of traditional architecture and cultures, beautiful churches, ancient monasteries, great traditional Russian food and heartily people. In the evening transfer to the train station and departure to Moscow.

Day 17: Moscow

Arrive Moscow in the morning, meet and greet at the train station, transfer to your hotel in the downtown. Drop off your bags and enjoy a guided visit to the Moscow Kremlin, and see all the treasures of the famous museums including the Armoury. A must see in Russia, St Basil's Cathedral is a construction of outstanding beauty. Take a walking tour in the city centre and visit GUM department store (we strongly recommend their Sovier-style bistro for those interested in the Soviet history), Lenin Mausoleum, Bolshoi theatre, Nikolskaya street. Get to know the city by taking a metro ride. Also have a guided tour to the Novodevichy Convent, the functioning monastery. We continue to Sparrow Hills obvervation point and visit the famous Arbat area in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Farewell

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a private transfer to the airport.

Show less
Show more

Group Tour Dates 2020: 3 - 28 May / 30 August - 24 September

Group Tour Dates 2021: 17 May - 11 June / 7 June - 2 July / 23 August - 17 September / 5 - 30 September

26-day tour: Vladivostok (1 night) - Ulan-Ude (1 night with early check-in and late check-out) - Lake Baikal (2 nights) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights) - 1 night Kazan (1 night) - Nizhny Novgorod (1 night with early check-in) - the Golden Ring (3 nights) - Moscow (3 nights)- St. Petersburg (4 nights) / 7 nights on board

Day 1: Arrival at Vladivostok

Upon arrival at Vladivostok, meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel. Vladivostok is one of the most picturesque and interesting cities in the Russian Far East. During the Soviet time, the city was the home base of the Pacific Russian military fleet and thus entrance for international travellers was not allowed. Free access was given to tourists and visitors only in 1992. In the evening, meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Discover Vladivostok

Day 2: Discover Vladivostok After breakfast meet head for a guided city tour. This tour will include all major highlights: harbour, Submarine S-56, Golden Bridge, viewpoint Eagle’s Nest, Vokzalnaya Square, the monument of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok fortress museum. In the evening, transfer to the train station and board your train to Ulan-Ude.

Day 3: On board

The Russian Far East is extraordinarily far from Russia's major population centres in Europe. The largest city in the region, Vladivostok, is seven-time zones away from Moscow, with 9,300 km of railroad between them. The people in this region have more in common with those of northern China or the Inuit than to the Slavic Russians.

Day 4: On board

It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is 1st class, 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and 2nd class, 4-berth compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor

Day 5: Ulan-Ude, Buryatia

Upon early arrival in Ulan-Ude take transfer to the hotel with guaranteed early check-in. After breakfast meet the guide and head for a city tour. Visit Atsagatski Datsan (monastery) that was rebuilt not long ago after communism suppression. See the Lenin's head monument , the largest head sculpture in the world. Take a walk through the Old town . Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Ivolginsky Datsan and Old believers village

After breakfast meet the guide and drive to Ivolginsky Datsan (50 min drive). Unique samples of old Buryat art, as thangkas, sculptures, ritual objects are gathered and preserved at the Ivolginsky datsan. Among the monastery's treasures, there is a collection of old Buddhist manuscripts written in the Tibetan language on natural silk, and a greenhouse with a sacred Bodhi tree. Then take a tour to the Old Believers Village in Buryatia. The Old Believers are Russian people, who still live traditionally in a small community in the Buryat Republic.They separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church as a protest against church reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. These special people keep the traditions of their ancestors and have a unique identity. Late in the evening take transfer to board the train to Irkutsk

Day 7: Arrival at Lake Baikal

After breakfast check-out , take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk. Upon arrival at Irkutsk meet the driver take transfer to Listvyanka village. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Discover Lake Baikal

After breakfast meet the guide and learn more about the lake in Baikal Museum of Limnology, see Shaman Rock, a natural boundary between the deepest lake in the world and the only river that flows out of the lake—the Angara river, also visit St. Nicholas church. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. In the evening enjoy a boat cruise over the lake. Overnight at the hotel in Listvyanka village.

Day 9: Irkutsk

After breakfast take transfer to Taltsy (25 min drive). There we will have a guided tour in Taltsy Museum. After lunch with tea and honey degustation and national folk show you will be transferred to Irkutsk where you will visit St. Epiphany Cathedral, Kirov Square. At the appropriate time take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg.

Day 10: Across Siberia

Train ride continues.You will be surprised by the scale of the system connecting together the world's largest country, thus being a bridge between Asia and Europe.

Day 11: Arrival at Yekaterinburg

Upon arrival you will be met at the train station, take transfer to the hotel. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide for the tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, the place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia s when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Yekaterinburg - Kazan

After breakfast at the appropriate time, transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. Upon arrival at Kazan meet the driver and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hote

Day 14: Kazan

After breakfast meet the guide for a full day tour. Enjoy the tour to UNESCO world heritage and Kremlin of Kazan. Also visit Kul Sharif Mosque, the largest worship place for Muslims in Europe along with the wide collection of ancient books. We will visit the old Tatar village to try a local tatar tea. Later, have a master cooking class of Tatar dishes at a traditional restaurant. During our city tour will also see Kazan Arena, Millennium Bridge, Mardzhani Mosque,Kaban Lake, Bogoroditsky Monastery, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Bauman Street, Freedom Square. At the appropriate time take transfer to the train station to board the train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Day 15: Discover Central Russia

Upon arrival at Nizhny Novgorod meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel with a guaranteed early check-in. Take time to have breakfast and refresh after the train ride In the afternoon you will have Gorodets full-day guided tour including Samovar museum, Pryaniki museum and of course Russian Samovar tea ceremony! Overnight at the hotel (Nizhny Novgorod)

Day 16: Discover Nizhny Novgorod

After breakfast have a guided city tour. Nizhny Novgorod is one of the hidden gems on the Russian touristic map. Here you will get the complete set of Russia's attractions: the Kremlin, the State Art Museum with a collection of icons and national crafts dated back to XIV century, wooden architecture on streets and an open-air museum of traditional architecture and cultures, beautiful churches, ancient monasteries, great traditional Russian food and heartily people. In the evening take transfer to the train station to board the train to Vladimir. Upon arrival in Vladimir, you will be transferred the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 17: The best of Golden Ring

After Breakfast you will have guided Vladimir city tour: Dormition Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Dimitriy, Museum of Crystal, Lacquered Miniatures and Embroidery. After Lunch drive to the most iconic of all Russian churches: "the Nerl". After the tour transfer to Yaroslavl. Overnight in Yaroslavl

Day 18: The best of Golden Ring

After breakfast meet the guide for Yaroslavl city tour and the Residence of Maslenitsa. After the tour transfer to Rostov the Great. Upon arrival you will have Rostov the Great city tour: the Rostov Kremlin & master class on national crafts. Finish the day with transfer to Suzdal and overnight in Suzdal

Day 19: Suzdal

After breakfast check out and start the guided tour in Suzdal. Visit the famous Kremlin, St Euthimius monastery (or Intercession Convent), open air Museum of Wooden Architecture After the tour you will have a Traditional local crafts master-class in Suzdal followed by degustation of old Russian national Medovukha with traditional "pirozhki". At the appropriate time take transfer to Moscow. Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel

Day 20: Discover Moscow

After breakfast enjoy a guided visit to the Moscow Kremlin, and see all the treasures of the famous museums including the Armoury. A must see in Russia, St Basil's Cathedral is a construction of outstanding beauty. Take a walking tour in the city centre and visit GUM department store (we strongly recommend their Sovier-style bistro for those interested in the Soviet history), Lenin Mausoleum, Bolshoi theatre, Nikolskaya street. Get to know the city by taking a metro ride and visit the famous Arbat area in the evening. Overnight at the hotel

Day 21: Discover Moscow

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, the most famous museum of Russian art in the world, continue discovering the city with a panoramic driving city tour: the Novodevichy Convent, operating monatery, with the guided tour inside, then continue to Sparrow Hills obvervation point and learn more about Stalin's skyscrapers during this tour. Finish the day with a guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics and the VDNKh. Overnight at the hotel

Day 22: Arrival at St Petersburg

After breakfast meet the driver and take transfer to the railway station to board the bullet train for 4 hours journey to St Petersburg. Upon arrival in St Petersburg, meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure Overnight at the hotel.

Day 23: Discover St. Peterburg

After breakfast at the hotel, head for a guided tour to The Winter Palace/Hermitage. After take a city sightseeing tour and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Spilled Blood. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 24: The Royal Peterhof Palace

After breakfast, meet the guide to take a tour to the royal Peterhof Palace, also you will visit this day the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral In the afternoon take a boat cruise and admire the views of St Petersburg and learn more about the city and its canals. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 25: The Cathrine Palace & Amber room

After breakfast, meet the guide and take a tour to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo, visit the Catherine Palace and world-famous Amber Room. In the evening meet your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Overmight at the hotel.

Day 26: Farewell

Take a private transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Show less
Show more

Group Tour Dates 2020: 4 - 19 June / 16 - 31 July / 6 - 21 August / 20 August - 4 September / 10 - 25 September / 6 - 21 October

Group Tour Dates 2021: 29 April - 14 May / 22 May - 6 June / 17 June - 2 July / 15 - 30 July / 5 - 20 August / 19 August - 3 September / 9 - 24 September / 23 September - 8 October / 7 - 22 October

16-day tour: Moscow (3 nights) - Kazan (1 night with early check-in) - Ekaterinburg (2 nights) - Lake Baikal-Listvyanka (2 nights) - Vladivostok (1 night with early check-in) / 6 nights on board/

Day 1: Arrival at Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, meet our driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure In the evening meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Discover Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown. Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Discover Moscow art and history

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, continue discovering the city in the Izmaylovo Kremlin and learn more during Stalin's skyscrapers tour. Finish the day with the VDNKh tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Moscow at leisure

The morning is free at leisure or to explore other treasures of Moscow. At the appropriate time, transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. The Trans Siberian Adventure begins!

Day 5: Discover Kazan

Upon arrival at Kazan early morning, meet the driver and transfer to the hotel with guaranteed early check-in. Time at leisure for breakfast and rest. In the afternoon meet the guide for a full day tour. This day you will visit the Kremlin of Kazan, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-Chak museum and the old Tatar village. After the tour take a Tatar cusine cooking class and after have Tatar lunch. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: On board to Yekaterinburg

After early check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg. Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide to take a tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: On board to Irkutsk

After early check out of the hotel take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk.

Day 9: Train journey continues

The train ride continues. It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is 1st class with 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and 2nd class with 4-berth compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor.

Day 10: Irkutsk & Taltsy

After arrival in Irkutsk in the morning, have breakfast, meet the guide for the city tour. After take transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km). You will have stop for lunch and try local Buryat cuisine. Continue the tour visiting Taltsy Museum. Overnight stay in Listvyanka.

Day 11: Discover Baikal

After breakfast meet the guide and visit Baikal Museum, Shaman Rock, a natural boundary between the deepest lake in the world and the only river that flows out of the lake—the Angara river. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit l St. Nicholas church, a Fish Market and alocal souvenir shop. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Depart to Vladivostok

After breakfast check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Vladivostok.

Day 13: On board

Another day on board, watching the scenery. This is truly one of the most magnificent parts of the journey. The landscapes are unbeatable!

Day 14: Almost there

The Russian Far East is extraordinarily far from Russia's major population centres in Europe. The largest city in the region, Vladivostok, is seven-time zones away from Moscow, with 9,300 km of railroad between them. The people in this region have more in common with those of northern China or the Inuit than to the Slavic Russians.

Day 15: Discover Vladivostok

Upon arrival at Vladivostok, meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel. Vladivostok is one of the most picturesque and interesting cities in the Russian Far East. During the Soviet time, the city was the home base of the Pacific Russian military fleet and thus entrance for international travellers was not allowed. Free access was given to tourists and visitors only in 1992. After rest meet the guide and head for a sightseeing tour. The tour will include all major highlights: harbour, Submarine S-56, Golden Bridge, viewpoint Eagle’s Nest, Vokzalnaya Square, the monument of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok fortress museum.

Day 16: Farewell

Take a private transfer to the airport for your flight to next destination.

Show less
Show more

Group Tour Dates 2020: 31 May - 19 June / 12 - 31 July / 2 - 21 August / 16 August - 4 September / 6 - 25 September / 2 - 21 October

Group Tour Dates 2021: 25 April - 14 May / 18 May - 6 June / 13 June - 2 July / 11 - 30 July / 1 - 20 August / 15 August - 3 September / 5 - 24 September / 19 September - 8 October / 3 - 22 October

20-day tour: St Petersburg (4 nights) - Moscow (3 nights) - Kazan (1 night) - Yekaterinburg (2 nights) - Litsvyanka, Lake Baikal (2 nights) - Vladivostok (1 night) / 6 nights on board /

Day 1: Arrival at St. Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg. Meet the driver at the airport, take transfer to your hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Discover St. Petersburg

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a guided tour to The Winter Palace/Hermitage. After take a city sightseeing tour and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Spilled Blood. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: The Royal Peterhof Palace and a boat cruise

After breakfast, meet the guide to take a tour to the Royal Peterhof Palace, also you will visit this day the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. In the afternoon take a boat cruise and admire the views of St Petersburg and learn more about the city and its canals. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: The Northern Venice

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a wonderful boat trip to have a look around the city from the water channels. Free time for shopping or visiting other attractions on your own

Day 5: Arrival at Moscow

After breakfast meet the driver and take transfer to the railway station to board the bullet train for 4 hours journey to Moscow. Upon arrival in Moscow, meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel in the downtown. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: The best of Moscow

After breakfast meet the guide and take a tour to the Moscow Kremlin, including the Cathedrals and the Armory. Continue with a walking city tour in the downtown and see such attractions as the Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights of the downtown. Discover the Moscow metro and spend the rest of the day on the Old Arbat, one of the most famous streets. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Discover Moscow art and history

After breakfast you will have a guided tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, continue discovering the city in the Izmaylovo Kremlin and learn more about Stalin's skyscrapers tour. Finish the day with the VDNKh tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Moscow - Kazan

Day 8: Moscow at leisure The morning is free at leisure or to explore other treasures of Moscow. At the appropriate time transfer to the train station and board the train to Kazan. The Trans Siberian Adventure begins!

Day 9: Discover Kazan

Upon arrival at Kazan early morning, meet the driver and transfer to the hotel with a guaranteed early check-in. Time at leisure for breakfast and rest. In the afternoon meet the guide for a full day tour. This day you will visit the Kremlin of Kazan, Kul Sharif Mosque, Syumbike tower, Chak-Chak museum and the old Tatar village. After the tour take a Tatar cuisine cooking class followed by Tatar lunch. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: On board to Yekaterinburg

After early check out take transfer to the train station to board the train to Yekaterinburg. Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg meet the driver at the train station, take transfer to the hotel and check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Discover Yekaterinburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide for tour around Yekaterinburg and the surroundings. Places to visit: Ganina Yama Monastery, Museum of Minerals, Cathedral on the Blood, the place where the last Romanov Tsar was killed after the Revolution, then head to Open-air military museum Verhkny Pyzhma and put one foot in Europe and other in Asia when visiting the Europe-Asia Border Monument. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: On board to Irkutsk

After early check out of the hotel take transfer to the train station to board the train to Irkutsk.

Day 13: Train journey Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk

The train ride continues. It a great opportunity to relax. Read your favourite book, talk to fellow travellers and enjoy unique landscapes. Planning your Trans Mongolian railway holidays, we provide the best Russian trains available. There is a 1st class consisting of 2-berth compartments with shower (2 showers per carriage, shared) and a 2nd class providing 4 berths in a compartment (no shower). All passengers get a proper flat berth to sleep in, provided with all necessary bedding, convertible to a seat for day use. There are washrooms and toilets along the corridor.

Day 14: Irkutsk and Taltsy

After arrival in Irkutsk in the morning, have breakfast, meet the guide for the city tour. After take transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km). You will stop for lunch and try local Buryat cuisine. Continue the tour visiting Taltsy Museum. Overnight stay in Listvyanka

Day 15: Discover Baikal

After breakfast meet the guide and visit Baikal Museum, Shaman Rock, St. Nicholas church and a Fish Market. Take a ride by cable car to the Chersky Stone observation point, visit local souvenir market. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Depart to Vladivostok

After breakfast check out of the hotel, take transfer to the train station to board the train to Vladivostok.

Day 17: On board

Another day on board, watching the scenery. This is truly one of the most magnificent parts of the journey. The landscapes are unbeatable!

Day 18: Almost there

The Russian Far East is extraordinarily far from Russia's major population centres in Europe. The largest city in the region, Vladivostok, is seven-time zones away from Moscow, with 9,300 km of railroad between them. The people in this region have more in common with those of northern China or the Inuit than to the Slavic Russians.

Day 19: Discover Vladivostok

Upon arrival at Vladivostok, meet the driver and take transfer to the hotel. Vladivostok is one of the most picturesque and interesting cities in the Russian Far East. During the Soviet time, the city was the home base of the Pacific Russian military fleet and thus entrance for international travellers was not allowed. Free access was given to tourists and visitors only in 1992. After rest meet the guide and head for a sightseeing tour. The tour will include all major highlights: harbour, Submarine S-56, Golden Bridge, viewpoint Eagle’s Nest, Vokzalnaya Square, the monument of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok fortress museum. In the evening meet your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 20: Farewell

Take a private transfer to the airport for your flight to next destination.

Show less
Show more

Russia

Citizens of the UK should apply for a visa only personally (63 GBP for a visa, issued in 20 days). Сitizens of New Zealand can apply for a visa by mail (120 $ NZ for a visa, issued in 10 days). Citizens of Australia can apply for a visa through Visa Application Service Centers (120 AUD, issued in 4-10 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada can apply for visa personally or through Visa Application Service Centers (160 USD for the USA citizens and 112 CAD for the citizens of Canada).

Persons:

0

Rooms:

0

Close

Accommodations

Compartment coach

Send an enquiry

Map

What's included

Accommodation

Train 2nd class (4-berth) compartment or 1st class (2-berth) compartment as per itinerary

Hand-picked centrally located hotels of selected category (choose 3* or 4*) as per itinerary

Early check-in where applicable

Meals

Full breakfast at the hotels (except Day 1)

Traditional Russian lunch at Lake Baikal

Traditional Buryat lunch at Lake Baikal

Farewell dinner

Tatar cooking master-class with lunch in Kazan

Russian pancakes experience in Yaroslavl / Medovukha degustation in Suzdal / 1 lunch in Vladimir (apply to tour #3)

Russian Samovar tea ceremony (apply to tour #2)

Trains have a dining car for your comfort

Guided tours

2 Moscow full day tours (apply to tours #1,#3, #4, #5)

1 Moscow full day tour (apply to tour #2)

Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude, Vladivostok full day tours

3 St Petersburg full day tours including Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo (apply to tour #3)

2 St Petersburg full day tours including Peterhof (apply to tour #5)

3 full day Golden Ring guided tours (apply to tour #3)

2 full day tours: Nizhny Novogorod & Gorodets (apply to tours #2, #3)

Transportation

Superior trains on the route with a/c, heaters and dining carriage for your comfort

Meet & greet at the airports/train stations

Private return airport/train station transfers

Full metro/public transport passes in Moscow & St. Petersburg

Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus

Support

Russian visa letters of invitation (required by the Embassies to grant you the visa)

Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program

Russian 4G SIM card with data

24/7 English-speaking support line

Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure

The group tour is fully escorted by a bilingual tour director

Entrance tickets

Entrance tickets to all listed attractions as per itinerary (including the Moscow Kremlin)

National folk performance in Irkutsk

Not Included

Travel insurance

Visa fees

International flights

Meals not mentioned

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

Highlights

Unbeatable scenery each day of the tour

All Russia in one journey from Europe to Far East

One of the greatest travel adventures of our age

Book

Our reviews

Peter Gay & Andrew Carroll-Keays

Australia

Travelled on the TransMongolian Railway in Feb/Mar. Not too cold. Just take usual ski gear. Great scenery. Organisation was absolutely excellent. Every transfer and every guide were on time. The hotels were all very good. The Russian Sim (provided by the company) was great for keeping in contact with each other and the support line.

Howard Rogers

USA

Nomadic Escape Mongolia Tour ...Gobi dunes, yurt experience, camels, Karakorum , wild horse park – Mongolia turned out to be a great place. We did not expect much and only decided to go there as we had a trip to China and it was close. For Americans, Mongolia is visa free and we made really spontaneous decision just a week before arrival to China. Despite that, World of Discoveries team was able to arrange extensive 7 days itinerary around the country and we are so happy we did the tour! Huge thanks to Alex, great customer service.

Francisco Caycedo

USA

Travelled to Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 with a family of 4 including (2 boys: 4 and 12 y/o) . What an amazing experience it was! Super well organized, transfers were always on time, hotels were good, we couldn’t ask for a more responsible tour guide, Phillip was awesome and in care of every little detail to make us feel like at home, would recommend the company with no hesitation at all!

Andrew Weifler

Australia

I decided to use the Tour Service of the World Cup after some extensive research into the tour alternatives. These guys seemed to differentiate its tour Service by providing a more culturally based service with a healthy dose of Football and Fun. My experience was that it as well run ie they delivered on their promises. They have a health mix of local staff and Australian staff. The Russian staff had a great empathy for the challenges for us Aussies traveling in a country where you had no language skills they bridged that gap with there wonderful help. I know there are many alternative tours but this one certainly lived up to its name. I felt I discovered part of Russia but there’s plenty more to go!’ Overall just a great experience

Irma Rubenstain

Amazing trip to Mongolia

I can't sing the praises loud enough for the operator and their true welcoming, accommodating and approach. From the time I landed and was met by a driver at the airport to take me to my hotel, to fabulous guide, Boloryuya, who worked, it seemed, 24/7 to make sure this trip was everything I dreamed of. From seeking Takhi wild horses with local resident Neema, to meeting reindeer herdsman while in Lake Kovsgol area, from horse back riding and camel rides to a yurt stay at Gobi desert, everything went as planned and exceeded expectations. September seemed a perfect choice to visit Mongolia. Everything from planning and booking, till the farewell transfer to airport, every team member went above and beyond to make it happened the way it was and I’m sending my appraisal too all of you guys. Choose World of Discoveries when you are in need of adventure beyond the ordinary. You name it, they find a way to make it happen. It was truly amazing.

Douglas Schroeder

Australia

Everything worked like clockwork, when someone was suppose to be there they were. Yuri and Cathrine were excellent guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg and we learned a lot from both. We chose the 4 star hotels, and were very satisfied. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested.

You may also like

September - October 2020/2021

Tbilisoba & 3 Countries

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Georgia

18 days

ON SALE! From
AUD 4786

June - September 2021

Trans-Scandinavian #2

Denmark

Finland

Norway

Sweden

+ Flåmsbana & Fjords

11 days

from AUD 4581

May - October 2020/2021

A Gorgeous Country

Georgia

10 days

from AUD 2806