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PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A GROUP TOUR - CAN BE TAILORED
SEASON - YEAR ROUND WITH DAILY DEPARTURES
TOUR CODE : TS-BAM WESTBOUND
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Far Eastern Military port and the terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
?? KHABAROVSK - 1 night
Vibrant and prosperous city on the mighty Amur River bordering China.
?? KOMSOMOLSK ON AMUR - 2 nights
A city on the mighty Amur with ambition and a gateway to Russia’s Far East.
?? TYNDA - 1 night
BAM central and the best experience of actual life on the edge in Siberia.
?? SERVEROBAIKALSK - 3 nights
The wilder and - in our opinion - more beautiful end of Lake Baikal.
?? BRATSK - 1 night
Epic Soviet planning and an equally epic dam - Russian resilience.
?? KRASNOYARSK - 1 night
Vibrant Siberian City making the end of the BAM section of the trip.
?? EKATERINBURG - 2 nights
Where Europe meets Asia & the Romanovs met their end - historical city.
?? MOSCOW - 2 nights
Russia’s vast and iconic capital and the end of this railway adventure.
ON THE TRAINS - total 8 nights
We use the most comfortable and reliable trains possible for each leg.
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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAILY DESCRIPTIONS OF ACTIVITIES, MEALS & OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION
DAY 1 - VLADIVOSTOK
ARRIVAL IN RUSSIA’S FAR EAST PORT CITY OF VLADIVOSTOK
Arrival in Vladivostok, the legendary end (or beginning) of the true Trans-Siberian line. A driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. For years this city was closed to foreigners being the home base of the Russian Pacific Fleet. It has a fantastic location on the Amursky Gulf. Free time for the rest of the day to relax or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip.
FULL DAY CITY TOUR INCLUDING RUSSKY ISLAND & VOROSHILOVSKAYA BATTERY WITH A LATE AFTERNOON DEPARTURE
A full day tour of Vladivostok today covering the main attractions and more including Vladivostok Railway Station - always worth a pre-look - and the C-56 submarine as well as passing many historic, cultural and architectural landmarks and view points. After lunch (own arrangement) we delve into Vladivostok's military history visiting its Fortress including two of the old batteries which now serve as museums. We also visit the Voroshilovskaya Battery located inside a real military base on Russky Island. This 80 year old building is a fantastic example of military architecture with it's rational organisation and efficient functioning. We also see the Pacific Navy warships stationed in the heart of the city which demonstrate the continuing importance of this port to Russia.
Finish the tour at Vladivostok’s beautiful station where you board the train westwards.
MORNING CITY TOUR OF KHABAROVSK & A FREE AFTERNOON
Early morning arrival in Khabarovsk with a transfer to your hotel. Note check-in time is 2 pm but if a room is available you may be able to check in early).
Despite the remoteness of this city it is a large, booming town due to it’s proximity to China just 25 km away over the Amur River. Rarely visited by Trans-Siberian travellers, there is some good architecture and the city is a pleasant place to be, particularly in the summer months.
This morning a 4 hour city tour including Lenin square, the WWII memorial complex, the Square devoted to the Civil War in the Far East as well as information and anecdotes on the history, culture and industry of Khabarovsk and the surrounding region.
After the tour check-in to your hotel with free time in the afternoon to further explore the city of visit the vibrant food market.
A DAY TRAVELLING BETWEEN THE TRANS-SIBERIAN & BAM LINES
After an early breakfast a transfer to the station for this day time journey (train 351 departs 08:09 and arrives 17:46 pm) that deviates off the Trans-Siberian line and on to the Komsomolsk on the Dezhnyovka Rail Line that links on to the BAM before eventually arriving in Komsomolsk late afternoon.
On arrival transfer to your hotel with a free evening.
A FREE MORNING BEFORE AN AFTERNOON TRIP TO THE NANAIAN VILLAGE OF UPPER EKON
Free time this morning before an afternoon trip to Nanaian village of Upper Ekon where you visit the local school which also houses an ethnographical museum with an interesting collection fo tribal and Soviet artefacts.
You will also meet some Nanaian people to hear some of their music and try some local snacks, If time take a walk around the village which runs down to the Amur river before returning to the city to overnight.
A FREE MORNING & A CITY TOUR & MUSEUM VISIT BEFORE AN EARLY EVENING DEPARTURE
Free time this morning before an half day city tour with your guide. There is some older architecture here and it feels much bigger and more vibrant with some good cafes and restaurants. As the name suggests, it is set on the banks of the mighty Amur River and is still an important industrial centre, most famously for the Sukhoi (Su) fighter jets in a factory that continues to produce these jets today. You may see them fly above the city if you are lucky.
You also visit the Regional museum before a transfer to the station for the train on to Tynda.
FULL DAY ON THE TRAIN AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST
A day to relax and take in the scenery whist reading a good book and tucking in to some cabin rations! Alongside the track is the BAM road, a rough track indeed and remote stations service the occasional mining and military sites.
ARRIVAL AT THIS HUB ON THE BAM & A FREE MORNING BEFORE A CITY TOUR
Early arrival in Tynda which exists solely for the BAM and didn't exist at all before 1974. Very planned and having a slightly wild west feel to it the city is surrounded by Taiga forest with bears seen to come up to the city limits.
Tynda is an important train hub and the station is perhaps the most impressive building in the city. From here, as well as going East or West you can also head south on the "Little BAM or north towards (and eventually to once the line opens to passengers) Yakutsk.
Transfer to your hotel to check-in and free time to relax. Your guide will meet you early afternoon to take you on a tour of the city.
Aside from the impressive BAM museum there are few other sights but perhaps because of this, a stop in Tynda focuses more on the life of the people there and so makes it an unwitting highlight of the BAM.
MORNING ARRIVAL IN THIS NORTHERN BAIKAL CITY WITH A TOUR & FREE TIME
This morning travel along the shore of Lake Baikal before an early afternoon arrival in Severobaikalsk, the most important settlement at the northern end of Lake Baikal.
The city was built as part of the BAM project and although the architecture is very bland Soviet style this part of the Lake, a short distance away from the city and your hotel, is both wilder and more beautiful than the much more visited Southern end of Baikal.
Transfer to your guesthouse to check-in before meeting you guide for a city tour. Despite the lack of attractions in the city itself the 3 hour city tour is of interest for the view points and history of this settlement which is almost entirely dependent on the railway.
After the tour free time. We recommend the short walk from the guesthouse down to the Lake shore which you can often have to yourself.
TRIP TO CAPE LUDAR A SACRED PLACE OF THE OBO & A PRIVATE MUSEUM IN THE VILLAGE OF BAIKALSK
Today we drive out of town to Baikalsk village and nearby Cape Ludar. In this area the nature of Baikal is very similar to the Little Sea area of Olkhon Island with beautiful views. At Cape Ludar there has been found much evidence of ancient man. You can see a cave with petroglyphs and go up to the weather station, walking along the famous Great Baikal Trail.
On the way you'll visit Buryat ritual place, Shaman and Buddhist place of ceremonies, it's a place of power, here you can ask the spirit of the place to fulfill your innermost desire. You will also see the Buddhist Stupa. There is a magnificent view from the Stupa of forest clad Onokochanskaya Bay. In the ancient fishing village of Baikalsk you'll visit the private museum which has a unique collection of fishing utensils and other items.
Return to the hotel for dinner and a free evening.
DAY TRIP TO THE THERMAL SPRINGS AT GAUDJEKIT OR ZELINDA
Today we drive to the thermal Springs visiting either the Zelinda or Gaudjekit areas depending on the day. According to ancient Slavonic legends, in sea of Khaari (the ancient name for Baikal) was a source of life which was carefully guarded and protected but which came to the surface in different places. It is believed that all warm springs are part of this source, giving strength to those who bathe in them.
The springs are located in the valley of the Upper Angara River and are equipped with 2 swimming pools, changing rooms, cafes and a picnic area.
CITY TOUR OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BRATSK & A FREE AFTERNOON
Very early arrival in Bratsk (at either the Anzebi / Padunskye Porogi stations depending on the train). Transfer to your hotel where you have an early check-in and breakfast with some free time to relax.
Later this morning meet your guide for a 3 hour city tour first visiting the beautiful memorial to the Great Patriotic War (the Second World War) which is a fascinating piece of sculpture.
Continue on to a museum charting the development of the city which, of course, was in tandem with the railway line’s construction and a major Soviet project.
Finally, visit the observation point for the vast Dam and if your lucky you may even see a train crossing it as the railway line passes over the dam.
Return to your hotel with free time for the rest of the day to relax in the city centre.
VISIT ANGARSK VILLAGE MUSEUM BEFORE CONTINUING BY TRAIN
This morning head little out of the city to visit Angarsk Village Museum. Here you will see some wonderful examples of early Siberian wooden architecture form both the native tribes and the Russians who first settled in this area.
There is a nice walk through the first and a traditional cafe in one of the wooden buildings. Seeing how the log architecture developed over time is well presented here.
Return the city for the next train ride to rejoin the Trans-Siberian line at Tayshet and reach Krasnoyarsk tomorrow morning.
ARRIVAL IN & CITY TOUR OF KRASNOYARSK & TRIP TO THE STOLBY NATURE RESERVE
Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk where you will be met at the station to start an half day city tour. This prosperous city located on the Yenisey River is highly regarded for it’s cultural life as well as the beautiful scenery of the Stolby Nature Reserve a short distance from the city.
As a hotel room is unlikely to be ready this early we start with a city tour which begins with the monument to Andrey Dubensky, the founder of the city, which also offers superb views and Karaulnaya Hill where Paraskeva Pjatnitsa Chapel built in 1855 is located. Move on to the Annunciation temple, Intercession Cathedral and Catholic church as well as Mira Avenue, the Drama Theatre, Opera and Ballet House and Yenisey quay.
Continue to the Stolby Nature Reserve and make a short walk of about 2-3 km round trip to the centre of the reserve where there are beautiful views and unusual rock formations. Time to enjoy the scenery and nature before returning to the city and a free evening.
After the tour continue to your hotel to check-in with free time for the rest of the day.
LAST DAY IN SIBERIA BEFORE ARRIVAL IN EKATERINBURG
The scenery today is flat, often swampy or forested and with few major settlements except for Omsk. In the evening you enter the rolling hills of the Ural's before arriving at Ekaterinburg, historic capital of this mineral rich region with a rich and fascinating history and surrounded by beautiful, rolling countryside dotted with traditional Siberian villages. Transfer by private car to your hotel to overnight.
MEALS: None today - however the train does have a dining car.
CITY TOUR, VISIT THE ROMANOVS SECRET GRAVE & STAND ASTRIDE THE EUROPE-ASIA BORDER
This morning your guide will take you on a 3 hour walking tour of the city’s highlights. Stop at the central square and see statues of Ekaterinburg’s founders and leaders and learn local stories, legends (and a few jokes!) related to them. Continue to the 1905 Revolution square before the most compelling story will be told at the beautiful Church of Spilled Blood located at the Romanovs’ Death Site and Chapel of St Elizabeth. We also see views of the city from the Hill of Ascension and visit the powerful Afghanistan memorial at the Square of the Red Army.
After lunch (own arrangement) drive 15 km north-west to a monastery dedicated to the Romanov’s family located on the spot where the Bolsheviks tried to hide the corpses of the Tsar and his family in a secret grave. Continue on to the continental border of Europe and Asia 20 km west of the city. On the way we make a short stop at the Memorial of Victims of the GULAGs. The Main Obelisk “Between Europe & Asia” allows you to straddle the continental divide and you also get a Certificate with a glass of sparkling wine!
EARLY MORNING DEPARTURE TOWARDS RUSSIA’S CAPITAL MOSCOW
Morning transfer to the station for your onward train. Shortly after departure you cross the Europe-Asia continental border with the rest of the day on the train passing through a relatively populated region of farms, small towns and villages interspersed with birch forest.
Wake to Moscow’s sprawling suburbs arriving at the city’s handsome Kazanskaya station. Transfer by private car to your hotel. Please note that hotel check-in time is 2pm although if a room is available you can go to it straight away. Guaranteed early check-in is not included. If you would like to add this please ask us.
Later this morning you will have the perfect introductory walking tour of central Moscow designed to orientate and open up its hidden treasures. Your guide will take you along the main streets and less visited back roads to see the diversity of architectural styles from the austere and restrained Russian style to richly decorated Moscow Baroque, elegant Empire, fascinating Art Nouveau and even Pseudo-Chinese and Moorish. Hear stories and legends not found in the guidebooks as well as passing the most important sites in the city including the Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya street, GUM Department store, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE RUSSIA’S CAPITAL & ITS MANY WORLD CLASS SIGHTS
A free day to explore Moscow. The city has much to offer whatever the weather from the famous museums such as Pushkin Fine Arts and Tretyakov Art Gallery to more outdoor areas including the Park of the Fallen Idols and Novodevitchy Convent. Of course, if the weather is not so good Moscow is one of the few cities where a day spent on the metro is a tourist attraction with many beautiful stations to visit and all for the price of a single ticket! For relaxing we recommend the bars, galleries and cafes of the Red October district or the fabulous Gorky Park.
DEPART MOSCOW & RUSSIA AFTER YOUR EPIC TRANS-SIBERIAN & BAM ADVENTURE
Today is a free until a transfer to your onward travel from Russia. We sincerely hope that you will have enjoyed your epic journey as much as we have many times already and we look forward to welcoming you back on another one of our trips!
MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.
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