Siberian Railway, the longest in the world
– Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Vladivostok
of difficulty: easy (sightseeing)
cost: available on request.
The price includes: Accommodation (7 nights
in hotels B&B, 8 nights in a trains); Train tickets Moscow-Yekaterinburg,
Yekaterinburg-Irkutsk, Irkutsk-Vladivostok; Transfers according
to the itinerary; All excursions, entrance fees and tours
according to the itinerary, including city tours in Moscow,
Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka, Vladivostok (except Khanka
lake reserve – it can be arranged separately if you are interested);
Lunches and dinners according to the itinerary: 4 dinners
(1 in Moscow, 2 in Yekaterinburg, 1 in Listvyanka), 2 lunches
(1 on the way to Listvyanka and 1 on the way from Vladivostok
Airplane tickets, Insurance, Visas, Tips
**Note that if you have more
than 16 days, you can continue your adventure. You can take
the advantage of the fact that Vladivostok, the final point
of your journey, provides easy access to many coastal destinations:
you can go to Kamchatka or Chukotka with Wild Russia, or we
can organize for you shorter tours to some of the numerous
Far East nature reserves so that you can spent a day or two
in famous Ussuriland taiga. Optionally you can just take a
rest in a wooden cottage and experience true Russian banya
— being one of the famous Russian extremes, it is a real fun,
especially in winter.
Another option is 18-days
trip with 2 extra days on the Lake Baikal.
route crosses almost whole Russia from West to East, starting
in Moscow and finishing at the Japan Sea coastline. In Moscow
you will take the first taste of the Russian cuisine, and
during the sightseeing tour you will have many opportunities
to take city shots, including famous Red
Square and Kremlin. In Yekaterinburg you will see the last
dwelling of the last Russian Tzar, and visit museum collections
of semi-precious stones — treasures
of Ural mountains. In folklore village nearby Lake Baikal
you will see traditional Russian and Buryat wooden houses.
Amur tiger family living in a sanctuary
nearby Vladivostok is waiting for you in the end of your
journey — but do not be frightened, we will take you safe
and sound to the airport!
19th century gold-rush city
Romanovs in Yekaterinburg — the last dwelling of the last
— capital of east Siberia
village – Russian and Buryat architecture
tigers — endangered inhabitants of Far East taiga and biggest
cats in the world
1. Arrive to Moscow. Transfer to 3-star hotel.
Check-in. Free time to relax. Guided sightseeing city tour:
Red Square in front of Kremlin that symbolizes the most dramatic
pages of the Russian history, Vorobievy Hills and Poklonnaya
Gora — best places to take panoramic photos of the city, Manezh
Square that ranks among ten most expensive shopping streets
in the world. In the evening you will have free time to explore
the city. Possible starting point is Arbat street — Moscow analogue
of Monmartre — a popular hangout for local artists. Overnight
in the hotel.
breakfast guided sightseeing tour: Kremlin (Armor Chamber, Diamond
Fund). Free time for you to explore the city — you can visit
Tretyakovskaya gallery or Russian History museum or other places
of interest by yourself. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast, free time. Afternoon transfer by car from the hotel
to the railway station and board the train to Yekaterinburg.
Overnight in the train.
day in the train. Arrive to Yekaterinburg in the afternoon.
Transfer to hotel, check-in, free time to relax. Overnight in
Guided tour: "Treasures of Ural Mountains" – gold
and emeralds, that were discovered in late 18 century, caused
a kind of Golden Rush that transformed the city into the largest
industrial center. Dinner at the Ural cuisine restaurant. Overnight
in the hotel.
6. Breakfast. Guided tour: «The Romanovs
in Yekaterinburg». This tour will give you an insight
into the dramatic pages of Russian revolution: the last Russian
czar, Nikolai the Second (Nikolai Romanov) was kept imprisoned
with all his family in 1918 in Yekaterinburg and later assassinated.
Optionally you can take a sightseeing tour with a picnic on
the border between Europe and Asia. Dinner at the restaurant.
In the evening transfer to railway station and board the train
to Irkutsk. Overnight in the train.
7-8. Travel from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk
via Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk. Cross the Irtish river in Omsk,
the Ob river in Novosibirsk and the Enisei river in Krasnoyarsk.
9. Arrive to Irkutsk early in the morning. Transfer
from the railway station to lodge in Listvyanka village on the
Lake Baikal (2 hours), check-in. Lunch on the way and guided
excursion to folklore village “Taltsy” (Russian and Buryat wooden
architecture). In the evening you will have free time to explore
the village and the Lake Baikal shore. Dinner. Overnight in
10. After breakfast transfer back to Irkutsk. Guided
city tour: historical center of the city, 19th century architecture,
wooden cottages, houses of Russian noblemen who were exiled
after 1825 rebellion and lived there after years of hard labor
in even more God-forsaken places. Transfer to the railway station,
board the train and departure to Vladivostok. Overnight in the
11-13. Travel by train to Vladivostok via Ulan Ude
and Khabarovsk. Several hours (soon after departure from Irkutsk)
the train runs along the Lake Baikal. Cross the Amur river in
14. Arrive to Vladivostok it the morning. Transfer
to hotel. Check-in. Guided sightseeing tour around the city
starting from the Golden Horn Bay — a place around which the
city was built. You will have a chance to enjoy the best view
of Vladivostok from the top of the Eagle's Nest Hill, the
highest point of the city (214 m, or 702 feet). See the fascinating
panorama of Golden Horn. In the afternoon guided underground
walking tour along tunnels of unique fortification line “Vladivostok
fortress” built in early 20th century. Overnight in the hotel.
15. Early in the morning transfer to Gaivoron village
nearby Khanka lake nature reserve that presents a unique opportunity
to observe many bird species during their seasonal migration.
Naturally they don’t migrate every day, so if this option
is important for you your journey should be scheduled accordingly
- mid-autumn or mid-spring.
will visit Amur tiger sanctuary where tiger family lives in
its natural habitat. This is safe way to make acquaintance
with these big (actually biggest) cats sometimes called “Lord
of Taiga”, and also learn about them as the trip is guided
by the professional biologist who travels all around the region
to study and protect these endangered animals. Lunch and transfer
back to the hotel.
16. Breakfast. Departure from Vladivostok**
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