Spanning two world continents and eight different time zones, the Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest on the globe and undoubtedly one of the most epic journeys of them all. It stretches right across Asia, connecting Moscow with the Far East, crossing through an array of awe-inspiring lands in between. Nowhere else in the world can travelers pass through vastly diverse landscapes and glistening cities within a such short space of time. It's an exhilarating way to travel across Russia's enchanting land and covers a third of the globe, passing natural wonders, including magnificent verdant steppes and the shores of Lake Baikal, also known as the Sapphire heart of Siberia. This 16-day itinerary takes you along the original Trans-Siberian route on a journey of contrasts. Starting off in the bustling city of Moscow, travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, stopping off at a number of developing cities en-route before your journey culminates in the traditional city of Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast.
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After arriving into Russia’s bustling capital city of Moscow, check into your modern city hotel to recuperate after your flight. You will have some free time in the afternoon to walk around this intriguing city and anticipate the exciting 15-day adventure that lies ahead before a good night's rest at the hotel.
Start the day with an early morning breakfast before commencing a cultural tour of the city. Your guide will take you past Moscow’s most spectacular sights, including the stunning Novodevichy Convent and the beautiful Kremlin with its glistening roof. The tour will take approximately eight hours and you will have the opportunity to look around the Kremlin and Armory, one of Moscow’s oldest museums, before returning to your hotel for the night.
Awakening in the luxurious surrounds of your hotel, enjoy some time to explore the elegant Kremlin and infamous Red Square at your leisure. After some time to marvel at the crimson buildings of Russia’s most distinctive and culturally important landmarks surrounding the square, a transfer will take you to the station where you will jump aboard your train to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway towards Yekaterinburg.
Today is reserved for relaxing in the train and enjoying remarkable Russian scenes as they pass by your window. The cabins are well-appointed and possess all the amenities necessary for a more than comfortable ride between stations. The train gets into Yekaterinburg in the evening, where a contemporary and lavishly-decorated hotel awaits, directly opposite the train station.
Begin the day with a city tour, where your guide will take you around the town’s modern side, followed by a trip to its main historical attractions, including the Historical Square and the traditional merchant houses of the “gold rush” era. From here, it’s on to the majestic Memorial Cathedral, a complex of six wooden churches surrounded by a centuries-old pine forest. Then, onto the European and Asian border, where an obelisk marks the two joints of the world, with a stop at a memorial along the way that pays tribute to victims under Stalin’s rule. Enjoy some free time before boarding the train in the evening.
Reflect on the sights of the previous day while relaxing in the comfort of your cabin. The train is also a great place to meet fellow travelers and share the experiences of your journey. In the evening, the train will arrive into Novosibirsk station, the largest on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Your luxury four-star hotel awaits opposite the station where you will spend the night in comfort.
There are two tour options to choose from for today: the first covers the main attractions within Novosibirsk, including the railway station, the magnificent Ascension Cathedral, Lenin Square and a visit to the Local Lore Museum or a boat trip down the Ob river. Option two consists of a 18-mile excursion to the scientific city of Akademgorodok, featuring the famous Geology Museum, Open-Air Museum and the artificial Ob reservoir. Enjoy some free time to explore Novosibirsk before boarding the train in the evening.
Spend the day unwinding on the train and enjoying the Trans-Siberian experience while watching the world pass by. The scenery from Novosibirsk and Irkutsk changes dramatically and rapidly. Tonight, enjoy a surreal night on the train, where the gentle to-and-fro motion will send you into a tranquil sleep.
Arriving in the Siberian town of Irkutsk in the morning, transfer to your cosmopolitan city hotel to re-energize. Broaden your horizons with a four-hour city tour covering the town’s most impressive sights, including a trip to the historic memorial Decemberists’ Museum. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, unwinding in your hotel or taking a walking tour of the surroundings.
Depart in the morning to Listvyanka (around 80 minutes), a settlement on the banks of the stunning Lake Baikal, stopping en-route at the open-air Wooden Architecture Museum. Later, a funicular ride will take you to Cherksy Peak for panoramic views over the lake. Stop for lunch in the Last Century restaurant to sample local dishes with fresh fish caught from the lake’s deep, fresh waters. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Baikal Lake and embark on a walking excursion to Krestova village with a stop at St. Nicolas church along the way before heading back to your hotel in Irkutsk for a night’s rest.
First thing this morning, transfer to the railway station in Irkutsk for the onward journey to Khabarovsk. The train departs at 07:55 and you will have the day in the train to reflect on your journey with the fellow passengers before spending the night in the comfort of your cabin.
Take this day to refuel and become submerged in the sights along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Uninterrupted scenes of unspoilt landscapes will become a common trend as you take time to relax and enjoy the experience. Relive the journey as it was done the first time in 1916 before retiring for another peaceful evening in your cabin.
Upon arrival to the picturesque city of Khabarovsk at 17:54, transfer to your contemporary hotel for a welcome break from the train journey. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure, recuperating in the hotel or exploring the city, where pretty Tsar-era buildings and scenic walkways lined with multi-colored tiles and sculptures make for a charming end to the day.
Start the day with a four-hour panoramic city tour after breakfast, covering all the town’s highlights. One of these highlights is the Historical Museum, which provides insights into the city’s history and local traditions. Enjoy some free time here before the transfer to the station where you will jump aboard the train at 18:24 and head towards the final stop at Vladivostok.
Pulling into Vladivostok station at 06:27, you will have the full day to enjoy the sights in the city. Discover its hidden gems with an introductory tour, featuring the Central Square, S-56 Submarine, Triumph Arc, Vladivostok Fortress, Fokin Street walk and a viewpoint with stunning panoramic views over the iconic Summit 2012 buildings and the new bridge over Gold Horn Bay. You will have some time to yourself to enjoy the city’s sights before heading to your immaculate hotel for your final night in Russia.
As your exciting journey comes to an end, check out of your charming city hotel and transfer to the airport to catch your plane back to the enticing capital city of Moscow or next destination.
Well placed just five minutes from Moscow’s famous Red Square and popular shopping areas, this five-star hotel belongs to an international brand that guests can trust. Renovated only in 2012, the range of 206 rooms and suites here come warmly decorated and elegantly designed, many offering splendid city views. The famous architect Tony Chi was behind the renovations, and the classy look extends from the guest rooms throughout the hotel’s impressive reception area, dining venues and leisure facilities. Ararat Park Hyatt has a sizeable gym, a luxurious spa and steamy Turkish bath, and guests can also take full advantage of the huge indoor pool – either in it - or beside it at the juice bar. As for dining options, you’ll find a wide range of European cuisine alongside local specialties, or even Japanese flavors at the hotel’s sushi bar.
Actually a modern-day replica of Moscow’s classic Hotel Moskva which first opened in 1935, this five-star hotel provides a range of luxurious rooms and suites, numerous dining and entertainment options, not forgetting a first-class spa and spacious indoor swimming pool. The total of 180 rooms here comprise 139 guestrooms, 39 suites, one Presidential Suite and a final Royal Suite reserved only for the very wealthy. The standard double rooms here start from a more-than spacious 431-square-feet, coming fully furnished with a range of technology and facilities. The lavish indoor pool offers plenty of room to do laps with over 1,500-square-feet of space, and a visit to Four Season’s ‘Qudrum’ Italian restaurant is simply a must. A daily buffet breakfast is also served every morning at ‘Bystro’ restaurant.
The Atrium Palace building, home to one of the city’s financial centers and an impressive solarium, is also home to a first-class hotel with over 130 rooms. Whether you opt to stay in one of the double or twin rooms here, you’ll be guaranteed comfort and convenience with free WiFi access, air conditioning, cable TV and spacious en-suite bathrooms which come with plenty of facilities and toiletries. Guests can also enjoy a massage on-site, relax in the hotel’s sauna or hit the well-equipped gym for a workout. Although there are many restaurants, bars and shops walking distance away from this city center hotel, Atrium Palace does have a restaurant of its own, ‘La Ronde’, which serves local and international dishes throughout the day. There is also an additional café specializing in Austro-Hungarian cuisine.
Located in the city center, the huge range of 293 smoke-free rooms come well-appointed with large comfy beds, cable TV, air conditioning, spacious en suite bathrooms and a separate seating areas. Yekaterinburg’s Hyatt Regency boasts no less than two restaurants and three different bars for guests to relax in, and there’s also an impressive indoor swimming pool, health club, 24-hour reception desk and spa. Well-located near some of the city’s key attractions, the prominent 1905 Square and Ural State Conservatory are a short walk away, and the immediate neighborhood has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops for those looking to venture away from the hotel.
Doubletree by Hilton is a four-star hotel in Novosibirsk, ranking among the best places to stay in what is Russia’s third-largest city. The large, modern hotel is located right in the heart of the city, although the actual road is slightly quieter than the nearby busy streets. Doubletree is just a short walk away from the famous Opera Theatre, and also a handful of other major tourist attractions in Novosibirsk. Most of the rooms and suites here present excellent city views from the large windows, which also allow light to flood into the spacious rooms during the day. The range of double and twin rooms here come fully furnished with a long list of facilities including a 32-inch LCD TV, a mini-bar, a safe, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Those upgrading to a suite can enjoy the added luxury of a refrigerator, adjacent dining area, and additional queen-sized pull-out sofa. The on-site restaurant, Paris, serves a buffet breakfast every morning from 7am and stays open until late serving international food. The hotel also has a large swimming pool, fitness center and various business facilities.
This luxurious five-star hotel was only opened in 2014, and now stands as one of the top places to stay in the central Russian city of Novosibirsk. Marriott really is a global name you can trust, and this Novosibirsk branch is no exception; expect a great location, stylish and spacious rooms and a whole host of onsite facilities and amenities. Located in the heart of the city, Marriott Hotel Novosibirsk is just steps away from the metro, shops and major attractions in the city such as the popular Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet. The hotel caters for many different types of guests, such as travelers making their way through Siberia on the train, and this is also a popular choice for business guests with its conference room facilities. In terms of leisure opportunities, Marriott Novosibirsk boasts an excellent rooftop bar with great views across what is Russia’s third-largest city. There’s also a large, all-day international restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast in the morning and a varied menu throughout the rest of the day.
Irkutsk is a city full of aging and rundown hotels, but thankfully the recent opening of Courtyard by Marriott addressed this problem, offering modern and comfortable rooms alongside a range of facilities and amenities. Heralded as the best hotel in the city, this three-star hotel has a globally-recognized name that all travelers can trust. Rooms number 208 (including eight suites) and come well-appointed with carpeted floors, large comfy beds, WiFi, satellite television, heating controls and stylish en-suite bathrooms. Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk is also ideally placed in the city center, just a short walk from Kirov Place, the Angara River, a popular drama theater and the art museum. The UNESCO World Heritage Center of Baikal Lake is also around a one-hour drive from the hotel. In terms of on-site amenities, guests are spoilt for choice with a range of dining options including an all-day international restaurant, bar, meeting room and fitness room.
This prominent Khabarovsk hotel really impresses on two fronts; firstly, it is housed inside an delightful 19th-century Russian mansion, and the much of the original architecture and design features remain today. Secondly, Parus Hotel’s location is nothing short of superb, enjoying a picturesque spot on the banks of the Amur River and surrounded by nature. Room options here include standard double, twin and suite rooms that all come well-furnished with a range of modern facilities, including heating systems, satellite television, mini-bars and WiFi access. On-site, guests can indulge in the hotel’s Finnish-style sauna, work out in the gym or have a dip in the sizeable swimming pool. Parus Hotel is located approximately eight miles away from the city’s airport and three miles from the train station.
This bright and stylish hotel is one of the standout places to stay in Khabarovsk, a historical Russian city that lies just 20 miles away from the Chinese border. The hotel has four stars to its name, so expect a long list of modern luxuries throughout the range of spacious and tastefully-designed guestrooms and suites. Room options are flexible, ideal for singles, couples and groups of three. Each room comes with air conditioning, satellite TV, en-suite bathrooms, safety deposit boxes, mini-bars and WiFi access as standard. Elsewhere, the Olympic Hotel boasts a steam room, sauna, business center, and the downstairs restaurant serves up a hearty buffet breakfast to kick off a day of sightseeing across Khabarovsk in style.
Modern in design and wonderfully located on the shores of the Amur Bay in Vladivostok, this four-star stay is one of the most convenient hotels in the city, both for business and leisure guests. Azimut Hotel Vladivostok offers a choice of standard double, standard twin, deluxe or suite rooms, and guests can choose between a city or sea view. All rooms here come well-equipped with the modern conveniences you would expect from a quality hotel, such as air conditioning and heating controls, satellite television and spacious en-suite bathrooms. As well as a great on-site restaurant that serves local and international specialities throughout the day, the local neighborhood is buzzing with lively restaurants, bars and cafes. Some of the city’s main attractions such as the central Fokin Street and the Port of Vladivostok are only a short walk away.
Situated in the heart of the historical Russian city of Vladivostok, this luxurious hotel offers a range of impressive guestrooms, on-site facilities and excellent services to impress both long- and short-term guests. Boasting no less than three restaurants, the hotel also has fitness facilities and an on-site spa. Ideally-placed in the center of town, many of Vladivostok’s main attractions are just a short walk away, including Vladivostok Embankment, the Arseniev Museum, The Marina and Submarine C-56 Museum and the main railway station is a 10-minute taxi ride away. This modern hotel provides free WiFi throughout all areas – great for business guests wanting to keep up with their e-mails, and there is also plenty of space for parking around the back of the hotel.