Imagine trying to cover ground€ross Russia far west to far east – a crazy thought, huh? The solution: Get on the Trans-Siberian with us and watch this epic land glide by through the window of a comfortable train. After visiting the historic sights of Moscow, take the train through the Ural Mountains (and cross into Asia!) to Yekaterinburg, before heading to the heart of Siberia in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. Learn about Buryat culture in Ulan Ude before heading to the coast in Vladivostok. The whole trip covers 9,300km (5,778 mi) and crosses seven time zones. Whether you go in the summer or winter, this trip is the definition of epic.
Day 1 Moscow
Arrive at any time. Want to experience St Petersburg? Book the St Petersburg Express, a four-day pre-tour package. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.
Day 2 Moscow
Enjoy a guided tour of the Kremlin and Armoury. Spend a free afternoon visiting St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, or exploring the fascinating Moscow metro.
Day 3 Moscow/Suzdal (1L)
Travel to Suzdal, one of the bucolic villages in the Golden Ring. Tour the Kremlin and visit a folk village museum. Opt to taste local mead (honey beer).
Day 4 Suzdal/Yekaterinburg
Enjoy more time in Suzdal before a drive to nearby Vladimir. Take an orientation walk around the city before boarding a train for the roughly 26hr ride to Yekaterinburg.
Day 5 Yekaterinburg
Enjoy a full day on the train crossing the Ural Mountains and the border between Europe and Asia. Arrive to Yekaterinburg in the evening.
Day 6 Yekaterinburg/Irkutsk
Explore the sights around Yekaterinburg, including the Church of All Saints and the Romanov Burial Site. Enjoy free time in this Soviet-style city before boarding the Trans-Siberian for Irkutsk.
Days 7-8 Yekaterinburg/Irkutsk
Wake up to the rhythm of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Spend two full days travelling through the SIberian taiga forests. Make some new friends or catch up on your reading list.
Day 9 Irkutsk/Listvyanka (1D)
Arrive in the morning to Irkutsk and drive to a small town on Lake Baikal, Listvyanka. Enjoy a guesthouse on the lake and opt to tour the Baikal Limnological Museum or enjoy some relaxing in a banya (Russian sauna),
Day 10 Listvyanka (1B, 1D)
Spend one more day exploring the surrounding countryside of Lake Baikal wiith the options to go for a boat ride (in summer) or take a short hike.
Day 11 Listvyanka/Ulan-Ude
Drive back to Irkutsk for a walking tour of the city including a visit to the fascinating Decembrists Museum where you’ll learn about the revolution the city was built on. In the evening hop an overnight train to Ulan Ude.
Day 12 Ulan-Ude (1L)
Arrive to Ulan Ude, the city with the largest Buddhist population in Russia. Here, learn about the indigenious people, the Buryats, and how they survive in such a harsh environment. Enjoy a local Buryat lunch.
Day 13 Ulan-Ude
Enjoy free time to explore Ulan Ude.
Day 14 Ulan-Ude/Vladivostok
Board the last train of the trip very early and settle in for the 55 hr ride.
Day 15 Ulan-Ude/Vladivostok
Watch the scenery go by, practice your newly€quired Russian skills, and relax to the rhythm of the train.
Day 16 Vladivostok
Arrive in the evening in time for an optional final dinner with the group to recount this truly epic journey.
Day 17 Vladivostok
Depart at any time.
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