The Trans-Siberian Railway Tour



Duration 18 Nights / 19 Days
Destination Covered Ulaanbaatar,Irkutsk,Novosibirsk,Perm,Moscow,Beijing,Beijing
Price (Starting From) On Request

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive To Moscow

Transfer to our centrally located hotel in Moscow. The journey takes approximately 1 hour from Domodedovo Airport yet during peak season this can be longer due to traffic. The closest subway station to our hotel is Arbatskaya on the blue line (the only station where all four lines meet).

Day 2: central Moscow

Today we explore central Moscow on foot and on the marvellously efficient and ornate metro system. We enjoy a guided walk across Red Square, past Lenin’s Mausoleum visiting the infamous leader’s tomb. We then head to the Kremlin, which is still the seat of much political power and contains many of Russia’s greatest treasures. We visit the magnificent Cathedrals of St. Michael the Archangel, the Annunciation and the Assumption, as well as the Tsar Bell and the golden domes of Ivan the Great Bell Tower. Also included is a visit to the famous Armoury, a museum of opulent treasures including the famous Faberge eggs. There should be some free time in the late afternoon for a visit to St Basil's Cathedral or the GUM Department Store.

Day 3: Tretyakov Gallery

This morning we take the metro to the world famous Tretyakov Gallery. The museum houses an impressive collection of over 170,000 pieces from Russian artists spanning a period of over a thousand years. We then take to the water for a short cruise on the Moskva River, allowing us to enjoy the sites of the Russian capital from a different perspective. At lunchtime we board the Tran-Siberian train at Yaroslavsky Station for our epic journey to Beijing. We will arrive at the station with enough time for you to buy drinks and snacks for the journey. But don't worry too much there's plenty more opportunity along the way.

Day 4: Perm

Today is the first of three on board the train. In the morning we stop in the city of Perm, Europe’s most easterly city. There will be a short time on the platform to pick up snacks and drink. Noodles are a popular option as there is a constant supply of free boiling water from the samovar at the end of each carriage. Time on the train is spent enjoying the scenery, reading, sleeping, playing cards, drinking vodka (sometimes with breakfast) and trying to communicate with others. Unlike many parts of Russia travellers find their fellow passengers warm and friendly often inviting you to their cabin - there is a real sense of sharing an experience while on board.

Day 5: Perm

Day Free.

Day 6: Perm

Our second and third full day on board the train. We have now crossed the Ural Mountains and are on the Asian side of this huge country. The landscape on these days doesn't really change so if you haven't started War and Peace or Dr Zhivago now is the time to do so! By the evening of day 5 we have reached Novosibirsk, Russia's third largest city and informal capital of Siberia. We have an hour stop here, but we do not recommend straying too far from the station.

Day 7: Perm

This morning we arrive early into Irkutsk for the start of a much needed four day break from our journey. We travel by bus for about 40 minutes to the pretty historic town of Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. We’ll have a walking tour, learning about the history of the region and the unique geography or the area around the world’s largest fresh water lake - Baikal. We stay overnight in a family run guesthouse in the town.

Day 8: Pribaikalskiy National Park

Today we take a leisurely ferry ride up the lake for about 18km to the town of Bolshiye Koty in the Pribaikalskiy National Park. The settlement dates back to the beginning of gold mining in the area which started in 1842. This is a real chance to see what rural Russian life is like. After lunch we transfer by ferry back down the shore of the lake and up the Angara river to Irkutsk, where we over night in a hotel.

Day 9: Circum-Baikal Railway

We return to the train station today, but only for a day trip on the Circum-Baikal Railway. The train runs along the northern shore at the southern end lake from the town of Slyudyanka to Port Baikal. Until the middle of the 20th century the Circum-Baikal railway was part of the main line of Trans-Siberian Railway; later on, however, a duplicate section of the railway was built. The train travels at a leisurely pace right along the shore, stopping at the most significant architectural sites and at popular viewpoints, where you can take some great photos. Instead of taking the long journey back to the city we return to Listvyanka, where there is the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Russian Banya for about 2 hours followed by dinner at the guesthouse.

Day 10: Irkutsk

On arrival back in Irkutsk we enjoy a full day city tour including the Tal'cy and Decembrist Museums. In the early nineteenth century, many Russian artists, officers and nobles were sent into exile for their part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. Irkutsk became the major centre of intellectual and social life for these exiles, and much of the city's cultural heritage comes from them; also, many of their wooden houses, adorned with ornate, hand-carved decorations, survive today in stark contrast with the standard Soviet apartment blocks that surround them. All this led to Irkutsk being called the 'Paris of Siberia', although travellers are unlikely to have a difficult time distinguishing the two today. At 5PM we board the Tran-Mongolian Railway (the Tran Siberian train continues to Vladivostok) bound for Ulaan Baatar. Once again we are in similar second class four berth cabins.

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