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Tracking Eastern Siberia, From Tomsk to Tyumen

This handcrafted week-long trip through Eastern Siberia takes you to some of the region’s best-known sights and cities, although there’s ample opportunity to escape the beaten path and uncover some true hidden gems. After arrival in Novosibirsk, you’ll be whisked away for one day in Tomsk, before heading on to the ancient city of Omsk, where you’ll spend two days exploring both the urban and rural sides of this historic place. Watch as the incredible Siberian landscape evolves along the way, as you make your way cross-country via both car and rail - on the famous Trans-Siberian rail route. The trip winds down with a city tour of Tobolsk, eventually ending up in Tyumen, over 800 miles away from your original starting point. 

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  • Spend a full day sightseeing in Tomsk, one of the oldest cities in Siberia
  • Swap four wheels for the train tracks of the most famous rail route in the world along the way to Omsk
  • Head off the beaten path and go culture-hopping around the remote Omsk countryside
  • Go local in Tobolsk with village visits and a traditional Siberian lunch
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Waste no time in departing for the ancient Siberian city of Tomsk, a three-and-a-half hour car journey away from the tour’s starting point of Novosibirsk. There’s a chance for a traditional lunch in a quaint tavern restaurant before embarking on a four-hour city tour of Tomsk; highlights include trips to the famous observation area, an unusual eco-park, a monastery, Monument to Chekhov, Epiphany Cathedral and the memorial museum.

Day 2

After a busy first day in Tomsk, day two takes on a more relaxed feel. The morning is free for you to explore the beautiful town center at your own pace, and in the afternoon the tour heads back to Novosibirsk to check in for the night.

Day 3

Swap four wheels for the train, and depart along the famous Trans-Siberian route to the city of Omsk. The total time on the tracks is seven hours, but as you’ll be setting off early in the morning, there will be plenty of time left to explore the city upon arrival in the afternoon. Visits around the town go to St. Nicolay Cossack Military Church, the Concert Hall of Omsk, Governor’s Palace, The Dormition Dome, the Old Fortress and the day’s tour will wind up at the Cossack Market where you can see the old wooden houses of Omsk.

Day 4
Blumenfeld or Achair and Azovo

After exploring the city yesterday, it’s time to venture into the spectacular Omsk countryside on this fourth day. Two options are available, both of which present their own historical and cultural merits. Either take a full day tour to Blumenfeld or to Achair and Azovo - both reachable in a private car from Omsk city (around two hours away).

Day 5

Jump back on the train again, departing Omsk for Tyumen, which dates back to 1586 and was the first-ever Russian city in Siberia. It’s quite a journey, and the train won’t roll into town until the evening, leaving you plenty of time to relax on board to admire the spectacular evolving landscape from your window. Check in to the hotel and enjoy an evening dinner in Tyumen.

Day 6

Wake up bright and early to enjoy an initial city tour of Tyumen on what is the penultimate day of your tour. After visiting some of the city’s key attractions, depart for Tobolsk (around 4 hours away) - with lunch and a visit to the private village museum of Grigori Rasputin along the way. Upon arrival in Tobolsk, relax in your hotel before enjoying dinner and an evening city tour of Tobolsk.

Day 7

Further last-minute visits around Tobolsk can be made in the morning of this final day, with recommended stops to the magnificent stone Kremlin, a bone-carving art workshop of Min Salim Timergaseev, and Abalakskiy Monastery near the village of Abalak. Dinner is included before an evening return to Tyumen, which is where this week-long tour of Eastern Siberia comes to an end.


Suggested Accommodations

Magistrat Hotel , Toyan Hotel

Magistrat Hotel

One of the grandest hotels in town, the four-star Magistrat Hotel occupies a splendid location in the heart of the city, just minutes’ walk from some of the main sights and attractions including Tomsk’s Epiphany Cathedral and the Conservatory Concert Hall. Rooms here are particularly well-appointed, with elegant décor, wooden furnishings, carpets and large windows presenting lovely views of the surrounding city. Rooms offer air conditioning, a mini-bar and cable television. Downstairs, a hearty American breakfast is served up every morning, while the hotel’s signature ‘Parmesan’ restaurant specializes in European and Italian food which can be ordered via room service too. Magistrat Hotel is just a half-hour’s drive from Bogashevo Airport and a shuttle service can be arranged at any time at reception.


Toyan Hotel

The Toyan Hotel enjoys an ideal city center location in the heart of Tomsk; an excellent choice for visitors tight on time and wanting to see the main sights of the city, such as Tomsk’s Epiphany Cathedral and the Conservatory Concert Hall. All rooms here are furnished to western standards, coming with air conditioning, satellite television, spacious en-suite bathrooms and room service is also available. There’s a highly-rated downstairs restaurant that prepares a sizeable buffet spread for breakfast, staying open for the rest of the day, serving European and international dishes. The main river in Tomsk is also just a short walk away, and the immediate surrounding area has plenty in the way of shops, bars and restaurants.

Doubletree by Hilton , Marriott Hotel

Doubletree by Hilton

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. 


Marriott Hotel

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.

Tourist Omsk Hotel

Tourist Omsk Hotel

Enjoying a splendid riverside location, Tourist Omsk Hotel is one of the most popular places to stay in town, offering a range a well-appointed rooms and suites. The interiors here are slightly dated compared to more luxurious hotels in Russia’s larger cities, but that doesn’t mean they don’t provide plenty of comfort and conveniences. As one of Omsk’s largest hotels, expect a long list of services and amenities including a 24-hour reception, a snooker room, Wi-Fi access and various dining venues. The hotel is also just a five-minute walk to Assumption Cathedral and Omsk Theatre of Drama, while the popular Lenina Street is a short walk away. The airport is conveniently located around six miles away and the hotel can arrange private transportation to the major train station, just a short drive across town. 

Hotel Georgievskaya , Slavyanskaya Hotel

Hotel Georgievskaya

Hotel Georgievskaya is one of the most prominent places to stay in the city of Tobolsk, with a grand circular column rising above a picturesque courtyard in the center of town. This modern, three-star hotel is just 10 minutes’ walk from Tobolsk Kremlin and a short drive from the train station. Rooms, while classic in décor, all feature a whole host of modern facilities such as flat-screen TV and heating controls. The range of single, double, triple and suite options here also come well-furnished with sofas to relax on as well as large comfy beds. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided in the bathrooms. The hotel also provides a massage service, beauty treatments, a billiards room and a sauna.


Slavyanskaya Hotel

This long-standing hotel in the center of Tobolsk presents a good mix of comfortable rooms, including twin, double and more luxurious suite options. The hotel takes on a classic feel, with carpets, traditional curtains and quaint artwork spread across the rooms, grand lobby, dining facilities and leisure spaces. There’s also a good mix of modern conveniences, with each room coming with WiFi access, air conditioning, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Away from the rooms, venture to the hotel’s very own billiards room, enjoy the fitness suite or take time to relax in the large downstairs restaurant and bar. Slavyanskaya Hotel is located just a short walk or taxi ride away from the Tobolsk’s central train station, while the nearest airport is around 15 miles away.

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