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TS-V-BT-01 Trans-Siberian Adventure

VLADIVOSTOK ► IRKUTSK ► ULAANBAATAR ► EKATERINBURG ► MOSCOW

19 nights from UK £ 2,530 per person

Price based on 2 people travelling in a shared 4 berth second class cabin. Upgrade to your own cabin from UK £ 575 per person. These prices are based on 2017 rates and are here to give guidance. Final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability.

Ideal for combining the original Trans-Siberian route with a side trip to Mongolia.

Starting in VLADIVOSTOK continue the remote route to IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL. Leave Russia for MONGOLIA with 2 nights to experience the open steppe and nomadic culture of this remote country. Re-enter Russia taking the train to EKATERINBURG in the Ural mountains.

The trip finishes with a few days in Russia’ capital of MOSCOW.

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Day 1 - Arrival 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.

Meals Included: None today.

Day 2 - Depart Vladivostok

Full Day City Tour Including Russky Island & Voroshilovskaya Battery With an Evening 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.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 3 - On The Train

Enjoy the Scenery of Russia’s Wild & Remote Far East

Early this morning reach Khabarovsk crossing its 2.6 km bridge over the Amur river. There is some good scenery today following the Ingoda and Shilka rivers into a wild land of taiga forest and hills. The train is still stopping quite frequently so make good use of these stops to stretch the legs, take some photos and stock up on food and drink from the small kiosks and independent sellers.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 4 - On The Train

Continue Through Russia’s Vast Far East Entering Buryatia

Today notice a change in the people with many more Asian faces as you reach Buryatia which has strong cultural ties to Mongolia.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 5 - Arrive Irkutsk

Pass Mongolian Influenced Ulan Ude & the Shore of Lake Baikal to Arrive in Irkutsk

In the morning pass Ulan Ude before reaching Lake Baikal and travelling along its southern shore. Afternoon arrival in Irkutsk, regarded as the modern day cultural capital of Siberia, famed for its traditional wooden architecture, complimented by a vibrant cafe and restaurant culture.

Transfer from the station to your hotel in Irkutsk with free time for the rest for the day and evening.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 6 - Irkutsk & Lake Baikal

Transfer to Bolshoe Goloustnoe on the Shores of Baikal

After breakfast a transfer the 2 hour drive through dense forest to the remote village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe located inside Pribaikalsky National Park. The setting is quintessential Siberia with almost all the village’s houses made of wood running up to the lakeshore of beautiful Baikal, among the deepest in the world at 1,642 meters. Many of the 700 residents have lived their entire lives in the village which dates back to 1673.

Your accommodation here is in a Siberian house in the heart of the village. Once settled in take a walk with your guide through the village including a visit to the church. We walk along the lakeshore and can also climb into the forests and hills for views of Lake Baikal (good shoes or walking boots advisable). Return to the house for a pre-dinner Banya – the traditional Russian Sauna. Your guide will explain the procedure and after a hearty Siberian homestyle meal should set you up for a great nights sleep!

★ IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THIS LAKE BAIKAL STOPOVER

Bolshoe Goloustnoe is a small village on the shores of Baikal and provides a genuine Siberian experience in beautiful surroundings. The village is far enough from the Irkutsk to keep day trippers to a minimum and has retained it charm. However, this does mean accommodation is in the traditional Siberian style of log cabins, separate, outside buildings for drop (not flush) toilets and a Russian banya (sauna) for washing. For many this is all part of the experience and feedback is overwhelmingly positive. If you would prefer more comfort we can arrange a higher level guesthouse in Bolshoe Goloustnoe or a different stopover in the more built up village of Listvyanka.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner at the Guest House.

Day 7 - Lake Baikal

A Day Exploring the Lake Shore Village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe & Surrounds

There is no rush to wake this morning. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading off for a walk up a nearby mountain ascending 400 meters for panoramic views of Baikal (if this is too strenuous or the weather is bad your guide will make other suggestions). A leisurely return to the house for lunch. Free time in the afternoon to relax back at the house or further explore the village and surrounding forest and hills or enjoy another invigorating Banya.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at the Guest House.

Day 8 - Depart Lake Baikal & Irkutsk

Return to Irkutsk With a City Tour and Free Time Before Your the Next Train

After breakfast drive the 2 hours back to Irkutsk for a 2 hour walking tour of the city centre including the park and War Memorial, some of the beautiful churches along the Angara river, the main city centre streets and the statue of Alexander III – the Tzar responsible for the Trans-Siberian railway. Evening transfer to the station for your onward train.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 9 - On The Train

Journey Through Buryatia & Crossing Into Mongolia

The morning is spent on the train heading towards the Russia- Mongolia border. You will notice a change in the people with many more Asian faces as you pass through Buryatia which has strong cultural ties with Mongolia. This is a remote and pretty section of the trip with a hint of an old Asian culture ever present. You reach the Russia-Mongolia border at Naushki around lunch time. The stops on each side are long but manageable as Mongolia track is the same gauge as Russia so the bogies do not need to be changed. Customs and immigration formalities are normally processed on the train itself. You should be on your way from the Mongolian side by nightfall.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 10 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar City Tour & Comfortable Elstei Ger Camp

Early morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia and a truly unique destination that is for many a real highlight of the trip. Before heading out to Elstei ger camp you have breakfast and a chance to shower as well as a city tour. Mongolia’s capital is home to around a third of the entire population and has experienced a major boom in the last 10 years. There is much of cultural interest here and the tour includes Gandan Lama Monastery, impressive Sukhbaatar square and the views and Soviet monuments of Zaisan Hill.

Continue the 35 km to Elstei Ger camp in the open steppe stopping on the way at the 40 meter high Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue that sees that most famous of Mongols survey the grasslands. Elstei offers comfortable and spacious ger accommodation with separate toilet, showering and dining facilities.

A range of options are available including visits to local nomads and learning about their way of life and hiking the grasslands. There are also opportunities to for horse riding (payable locally) and, for much of the year, activities such as archery, ger building and even the opportunity to learn how to wrestle Mongolian style! Of course, you can simply relax and take in this extraordinary landscape.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at the Ger Camp.

Day 11 - Elstei Ger Camp

Enjoy the Steppe Further or Relax at the Ger Camp

A full day at Elstei Ger camp to enjoy this unique experience with assistance from your guide when required. Today is a good opportunity to range further into the steppe from the ger camp either by foot or horseback (local hire fees apply) and, if the guide is notified the night before, the kitchen can arrange a packed lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at the Ger Camp.

Day 12 - Depart Ulaanbaatar

Free Time Before Departure Towards Russia

Free time at the camp before returning to Ulaanbaatar to catch your onward train through the grasslands to the Russian border. If you prefer you can ask your guide to arrange some free time in the city to shop for souvenirs, visit some of the museums or catch up on coffee and correspondence!

Evening arrival at the Mongolia-Russia border at Sukhe-Bator. The stops on each side are long but manageable as Mongolia’s track is the same gauge as Russia so the bogies do not need to be changed this time. Note that train times in timetables from now are all Moscow time.

Meals Included: Breakfast at the Ger Camp.

Day 13 - On The Train

Pass Ulan Ude & Travel Along the Shores of Lake Baikal

Today is usually the scenic highlight of the entire journey, a day of lake, forest and mountain views. Early in the morning you reach Ulan Ude before joining the main Trans-Siberian line on to Moscow. Later in the day the train rumbles around the Southern shore of stunning Lake Baikal often passing within a matter of meters of the lake and providing endlessly changing vistas. Irkutsk itself is reached in late afternoon before the train continues on through Siberia during the night.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 14 - On The Train

Pass the Major Siberian Cities of Krasnoyarsk & Novosibirsk

Today’s landscape consists of gently rolling hills, rivers, ponds and dense forests of larch, pine and birch trees. Pass prosperous Krasnoyarsk after which the scenery becomes flatter and the forests thinner. Late afternoon reach Siberia’s largest city of Novosibirsk before spending your last night in Siberia on the train.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 15 - Arrive Ekaterinburg

Arrive Ekaterinburg & Visit the Romanovs Secret Grave, Stand Astride the Europe-Asia Border & the Museum of Arms

The scenery today is flat, often swampy or forested and with few major settlements except for Omsk. Later in the morning you enter the rolling hills of the Ural’s before reaching Ekaterinburg, historic capital of this mineral rich region.

Transfer to your hotel before taking a drive 15 km north-west from the city 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!

Drive on 30 minutes (20 km) to Russia’s biggest private collection of armaments at the Museum of Arms in V. Pyshma. Here you will see Soviet and Russian tanks, cannons, aircrafts, helicopters and an array of other vehicles. Return to the city with a free evening.

Meals Included: None today – however the train does have a dining car.

Day 16 - Ekaterinburg

Tour to Beautiful Nevyansk & Tavolgi & Stops at the 300 Year Old Villages of Kunara & Byngi

Today we head 80 km out of the city to the traditional Ural town of Nevyansk, a showcase of the history and culture of the Ural region and in particular the local dynasty of the Demidovs, a well known industrialist family. We visit the Nevyansk “leaning tower” and the recently restored Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral. For lunch we move on to Tavolgi village stopping at a craft centre (closed on Mondays). Here and you have a chance to make pottery, something this area is well known for in Russia. We will also visit the 300 year old villages of Kunara and Byngi to experience rural life in the Urals. Drive back to Ekaterinburg with a free evening.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 17 - Depart Ekaterinburg

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.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 18 - Arrive Moscow

Arrival in Moscow & a Walking Tour of the City

Wake to Moscow’s sprawling suburbs arriving at the city’s handsome Kazanskaya station. Transfer by private car to your hotel. Note that check-in time is offically 2pm and we cannot guarantee that a rooms will be available before this time.

Once checked in 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.

Meals Included: None Today.

Day 19 - Moscow

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.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 20 - Depart Moscow

Depart Moscow & Russia After Your Epic Trans-Siberian 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 Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Hand-picked Accommodation for this Trip

The hotels & accommodation used for this trip are from our hand picked selection and all are excellent for their class. We also offer upgraded hotels in most locations. If you would like to explore additional hotel options please the button below and let us know of any changes you wish to make.

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Trains Used for this Trip

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Destinations Visited on this Trip

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What is included?

Train tickets in second class – ask us about upgrades.

All accommodation as specified under the accommodation tab

All private transfers and any other transportation as described

All meals as specified in the itinerary

All tours as specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees to sights toured in the itinerary

24 hour emergency assistance

Visa Paperwork you need in order to obtain the visas

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

Our exclusive 200+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The Russian and Mongolian visas – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment

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