Russia Trans Siberian Tour YM02

16 Days From £0 (3,176 USD)

Travel across Russia on this two week guided tour by train. You start in Moscow with a city tour before moving on to Ekaterinburg then Lake Baikal then Irkutsk before ending up on the other side of the continent in Vladivostok!

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Moscow, Russia
End Location: Vladivostock, Russia
Accommodation: Hotels (3*) - upgrades available
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

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Tour Highlights

Moscow Tour - In the morning enjoy City tour including Red Square, St Bazils’ (outside), Sparrow Hills, visit to New Maiden’s convent. Begin the tour with the heart of the city – Red Square. Originally a commercial centre, Red Square has been at the very centre of Russian history since the 15th century, from Ivan the Terrible’s confession of his misdeeds to the people in 1550, to great demonstrations, executions and the great parades of the Soviet Union’s military might. Ironically, “krasny” originally meant beautiful; it came to mean “red” only in the last century! From the time of Ivan the Great the square was used as a huge gathering place for public events, markets, fairs and festivals. The magnificent square encompasses an area of over $ 70,000 square metres and is bounded by the Kremlin walls, St.Bazil’s cathedral, the Historical museum and GUM departments store, the shopping arcade, that was completed in 1893.
At the southern end of Red Square is the almost fairy-tale like building of St Basil’s cathedral, commissioned in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquering of Kazan; legend has it that the architect was later blinded so that he could never repeat such a building that is so traditionally Russian. It is built of brick and comprises many colourful asymmetrical helmet & onion domes situated over nine chapels; the interior is full of 16th and 17th century icons, frescoes and ceiling paintings of subtle blues and pinks.

Continue to enjoy the first sights of Moscow during the city tour, passing the main streets and boulevards of the ancient city, that is 855 years old. Go to the best viewpoint on Sparrow hills, from which you could easily see most of the city. Have a tour around the refined New Maiden Convent. This is one of the most beautiful of the city collection of buildings, located to the south-west of the city centre, with 16 gilded domes, founded in 1524. Many noble women, including Peter the Great’s first wife and his sister took vows and spent the rest of their lives here and are buried here. Visit the highest viewpoint – Sparrow Hills.

Ekaterinburg Tour

During the tour you will see the central squares of the city - The Square of 1905 and Oktyabrskaya Square, the office blocks of the City Duma and the regional government. The excursion goes along the central city street – Lenina Street, from the memorial of Eternal Flame to the one of the largest universities of the Ural region– Ural State Technics University (UGTU UPI). You will visit the Hill of Ascension where the Palace of Rastorguevs–Kharitonovs, one of the most beautiful city buildings, is located and the Church of Spilled Blood, which was constructed in the place of the notorious engineer Ipatiev’s house, where the last Russian emperor Nikolay II and his family spent their last days. Afterwards we will drive to the amazing Europe/Asia dividing point, where you will learn when and why the border between Europe and Asia was finally settled along the Urals and visit two obelisks placed on the border of Europe and Asia in the neighborhood of Ekaterinburg , you will also experience old local tradition –putting one foot in Europe and the other one in Asia and photo it as a proof of a real visiting of the Urals!
In the afternoon we will continue with our of the city tours visiting Ganina Yama – the burial place of the last Russian Tsar’s family. Ganina Yama is 17 kilometers from Ekaterinburg. It is a derelict mine. In summer of 1918 the remains of the last Russian tsar’s family were buried here. On May 29, 1979 the burial was found by geologists. The monastery dedicated to the Saint Tsar Martyrs was erected here. 7 wooden temples were built on the territory of the monastery. Each of them has special features but they constitute a united architectural ensemble. Poklonniy Krest (Cross of Bows) is placed in the center of the monastery. There are also a cross which belonged to Romanov dynasty and miraculous icon in the Saint Tsar Martyrs’ Temple. What is of interest is that all Temples at Ganina Yama are built by the Old Russian Technology – without nails. Thus here you will see unique and wonder-working icons and visit mine #7 – the place where the Romanovs’ bodies were burnt. Now it is a saint place for pilgrims from all over the world. Best time to visit the Ganina Yama is on so-called “Sorrow days” – days devoted to the Romanovs last days – which take place annually on July 15-19.

Lake Baikal

The small but tourist-wise settlement of Listvyanka is located on the western shore of Lake Baikal. This old-style Siberian village situated at the source of Angara River is famous for its trade history. From the 18th century a ferry took merchants across the lake on their way to Mongolia, China and the Far East. The Museum of Lake Baikal (Limnological Museum) provides information about the origin and wild life of the lake. A video film gives you the opportunity to see the deepest point of the lake’s bottom 91/637 m) from the submarine boat.

Irkutsk

Irkutsk was founded in 1661 when the Russian military cossack troops established a fortress on the right bank of the Angara River. From late 17th century, it was a political, economical and cultural center of Siberia. The city's Russian classical architecture dates from the period of the 1880s when the city boomed after gold was discovered in the area. Most of the brick mansions and grand public buildings varying in architectural styles were constructed in the late 19th - early 20th century.
The beautiful Russian Orthodox churches and a Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building) are located in downtown. You will see many small one- and two-stored wooden houses or cabins that are decorated with "wooden laces" (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century. During this city tour of Irkutsk, our guide tells you about the Siberian city evolution, shows the most interesting sights and peculiar features of one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. Tourists also visit the Decembrists’ Museum. After the Decembrists’ uprising in the Senate square in 1825 all the exiled Decembrists went to imprisonment at hard labour across Irkutsk, some time afterwards some of the deported Decembrists settled down in Irkutsk. You will visit a cozy house of the Volkonsky family. Already from a distance this structure catches the eye standing out from other constructions. The atmosphere is approximated to that of the 19th century to the uttermost.

Vladivostock

In Vladivostok, the focus is very much on water. Upon arriving in the Far East port, the first thing you’ll notice is the wide expanse of the Pacific, but the city’s ubiquitous maritime imagery comes a close second. Everywhere you will encounter anchors, ships and monuments to the Pacific Fleet, which — rather like the ocean itself — pound away at your consciousness until you get the point: In a largely landlocked country, Vladivostok is an anomaly, and this sense of separation makes it a fascinating place to visit, with plenty of aquatic attractions for tourists — from seafood restaurants to summer sporting events. But the sea is not everything: The city is also reinventing itself as a fast-moving Asian trading center, with a thriving nightlife to match. During our city tour we will visit the major sights of Vladivostok. Passing by trade port and Marine academy n.a. Admiral Nevelskoy we come to the first viewing point – “Egersheld cape” from where we will see lighthouses, Russain Island and monument to the first female captain of big fishing trawlers Anna Schetinina. Afterwards we will come to railway station which was built in Russian architectural style of the 17th century, modeled after the Yaroslavsky Railway Station in Moscow (the beginning of the Trans-Siberian Railroad). You will see the last milestone of the Trans-Siberian Railroad with the inscription on it: «Here is the terminus of the Great Trans-Siberian Railroad. Distance to Moscow is 9288 km» (5771 miles). We will then drive to another viewing point – «Eagle nest Hill” from where an amazing sight of the city is opened to our eye. We finish with short walk along Pushkin street – passing by First Vladivostok University building, Pushkin theatre and mountain train.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-1 night accommodation in Moscow (Friday - Sunday arrival)
-2 nights accommodation in Ekaterinburg _ late check out from hotel
-2 nights accommodation in Listvyanka settlement (Baikal)
-2 nights accommodation in Vladivostok + early check in
-2nd class 4-berth compartment train ticket Moscow – Ekaterinburg – Irkutsk - Vladivostok
-all entrances as per program
-transportation by private cars
-private English speaking guide
-1 lunch on day 5
-Visa support letter

Excludes
-porterage at the airports/stations
-international flight tickets
-airplane tickets from Vladivostok

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Moscow/arrival AM/PM Arrival in the international Airport (DME, SVO, VNK) Private transfer to the hotel with English speaking guide (further – ES guide) Optional Fast track at the airport O/night in Moscow hotel, b/b
Day 02. Private transport, English speaking guide AM City tour, walk at Red Square, visit to GUM department store, view from Sparrow Hills, visit to Novodevichy (New maiden) Covent and cemetery PM Transfer to railway station. Train to Ekaterinburg runs about 25 hours Optional Upgrade for 1st class 2-berth compartment O/night on board of the train
Day 03. Ekaterinburg/arrival PM Arrival to Ekaterinburg in the evening Transfer to hotel, ES guide O/night in Ekaterinburg hotel. b/b
Day 04. Private transport, ES guide AM City tour, visit to the Church of Spilled Blood, Ural gems Museum and Europe/Asia dividing point PM Drive to Ganina Yama, tour around the monastery O/night in Ekaterinburg hotel, b/b + LATE CHECK OUT
Day 05. 9 hours/departure to Irkutsk Private transport, ES guide AM/PM Drive to Neviansk, visit to Demidov leaning tower in Neviansk. Drive to Tavolgi settlement, visit to ceramic plants, master-class in pottery Lunch Local café in Russian style EVE At leisure in hotel, afterwards transfer to railway station with ES guide Overnight train to Irkutsk, runs about 50 hours, departs on even days at 1:00 AM approximately O/night on board of the train
Day 06. On board AM/PM At leisure O/night on board of the train
Day 07. On board AM/PM At leisure O/night on board of the train
Day 08. Irkutsk/Listvyanka/3 hours Private transport, ES guide AM Arrival to Irkutsk early morning. Transfer to Listvyanka settlement (70 km) Walking city tour in Listvyanka, visit to Limnological museum PM At leisure O/night in Listvyanka hotel, b/b
Day 09. At leisure AM/PM At leisure in Listvyanka O/night in Listvyanka hotel, b/b
Day 10. Irkutsk/3 hours Private transport, ES guide AM Drive to Irkutsk, city tour, visit to Decembrists’ museum PMAt leisure O/night in Irkutsk hotel, b/b
Day 11. Departure to Vladivostok Private transport, ES guide AM Early transfer to railway station, train to Vladivostok, runs on even days about 70 hours O/night on board of the train
Day 12. On board AM/PM At leisure O/night on board of the train
Day 13. On board AM/PM At leisure O/night on board of the train
Day 14. Vladivostok/arrival/6 hours Private transport, ES guide AM Arrival to Vladivostok early morning, transfer to hotel with ES guide After having rest for 2-3 hours – city tour of Vladivostok Lunch At local restaurant at clients’ expenses PM Visit to museum of Antique Automobiles O/night in Vladivostok hotel, b/b + EARLY CHECK IN
Day 15. 6 hours Private transport for 4 hours, ES guide for 6 hours AM Visit to Vladivostok Fortress museum – car + guide PM Shopping in the city and buying Russian souvenirs – nestling dolls, chocolate, vodka – guide only O/night in Vladivostok hotel, b/b
Day 16. Departure Private transport, ES guide AM/PM Departure transfer to airport for your international flight