Journey to the East: Moscow to Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Railway

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, train tickets (1st or 2nd class) and all meals within cities (meals on the Trans-Siberian can be paid for on the spot). Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $12,000 PER PERSON
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DURATION

16 days | 15 nights

DESTINATIONS

Siberia

INTERESTS

Luxury Trains

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Highlights

  • Visit the border between Europe and Asia, marked by an engraved obelisk
  • Take a tour around Novosibirsk Railway station, the largest on the Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Journey to Akademgorodok to explore the only scientific city in the world
  • Discover the beguiling Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world
  • Marvel at a plethora of varied and ever-changing Russian and Siberian scenery

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

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. 

Day-to-Day

DAY 1 Moscow

After arriving into Russia’s bustling capital city of Moscow, check into your 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 adventure that lies ahead before a good night's rest at the hotel.

DAY 2 Moscow

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.

DAY 3 Overnight Train

Awakening in the luxurious surrounds of your hotel, enjoy some time to explore the elegant Kremlin and 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.

DAY 4 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. After dinner, check into your hotel.

DAY 5 Overnight Train

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.

DAY 6 Novosibirsk

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. Enjoy dinner in the city, or take a trip out to the countryside to diner with a local family (optional).

DAY 7 Overnight Train

Start your day with an excursion to the scientific city of Akademgorodok, featuring the famous Geology Museum, Open-Air Museum and the artificial Ob reservoir. Then, return to the city for lunch before embarking on a tour of Novosibirsk's main attractions, 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. Enjoy some free time to explore Novosibirsk before boarding the train in the evening.

DAY 8 Overnight Train

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.

DAY 9 Listvyanka

Arriving in the Siberian town of Irkutsk in the morning, you'll re-energize with breakfast with your guide before heading to the stunning Lake Baikal. En route, you will visit the open-air museum of wooden architecture Taltsy, which is dedicated to preserving historic houses that were at risk of sinking into the Bratsk reservoir. Arriving into the village of Listvyanka, you'll enjoy a fish lunch, visit the Museum of Lake Baikal, then take a boat trip across the water. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, unwinding at your hotel or taking a walking tour of the surroundings.

DAY 10 Irkutsk

Returning to Irkutsk, you'll take a city tour of the main attractions and historic sites including the Znamensky Orthodox Cathedral, the Monument to the Pioneers of Siberia and the Decembrists' Museum, which details the Revolt of December 14, 1825. You'll overnight in Irkutsk, ready for your morning train the next day.

DAY 11 Overnight Train

First thing this morning, transfer to the railway station in Irkutsk for the onward journey to Khabarovsk. The train departs early and you will have the day on the train to reflect on your journey with the fellow passengers, before spending the night in the comfort of your cabin.

DAY 12 Overnight Train

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.

DAY 13 Khabarovsk

Upon arrival to the picturesque city of Khabarovsk, you'll enjoy dinner before transfering to your 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.

DAY 14 Overnight Train

After breakfast, enoy a full day city tour with lunch, which covers all the town’s highlights. One of these highlights is the Khabarovsk Regional Museum, which provides insights into the city’s history and local traditions. Later, you'll take an early dinner, then jump aboard the train to head towards the final stop at Vladivostok.

DAY 15 Vladivostok

Pulling into Vladivostok station early in the morning, 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. After lunch, you will have some time to yourself to enjoy the city’s sights before heading to your hotel for your final night in Russia.

DAY 16 Departure

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.

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