Siberia, Russia, Baikal lake. Trans-Siberian railway
* Cross the entire space of Russia from bustling capital of Moscow
to mystical Vladivostok, relaxingly shining onto Pacific Ocean.
* Amaze yourself with endless plains of steppe and taiga, giant
Siberian rivers, pristine Amur mountings and crystal clear waters of
||Departure from Moscow at 13.18 to
We cross the Europe/Asia divide before arriving in the
historic city of Yekaterinburg. Founded in 1723 by Peter the
Great, the third largest Russian city is also the capital of
the Urals. The cultural and architectural influences of
European and Asian civilizations come together in this
cosmopolitan and fascinating landscape.
Trans-Siberian travel: Yekaterinburg
Start half-day tour in Yekaterinburg:
city center with a plenty of old brick houses, XVIII century
damp on city ponds, walking tour in the historical center -
a good opportunity to by handicrafts and to have lunch. Our
city tour takes us to the poignant site where the Romanov,
Nicholas II of Russia was executed with his family by the
Bolsheviks in 1918. On your wish — visit a mineralogical
museum with a large collection of Ural's gems. Visit
Europe-Asia division site.
Transfer to the rail station, take a train at 17.39 to
Novosibirsk. Night in train. A day to unwind and reflect on
the many sights and sounds we have experienced on our
journey so far. Chat to your fellow passengers, perhaps
learn a few words of Russian or simply enjoy the ever
changing landscape outside your window as it unfolds.
Trans-Siberian travel: Western Siberia
A modern ‘Soviet’ city, we experience the life and character
of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts, science and
literature predominate. The Siberia region’s largest city
was founded in 1893. Novosibirsk is the third main cultural
and scientific center in Russia (after Moscow and St.
Petersburg) and also is home to the famous University of
Novosibirsk. The city is developing quite rapidly, and is
considered to be the capital of Siberia.
In front of the
Opera House, we visit an imposing statue of Lenin — a
marvelous opportunity to have your photograph taken with
this iconic political leader. Arrival to Novosibirsk at 3
p.m., transfer to hotel and start a brief city tour.
||Morning free. Transfer to the rail
station, take a train at 13.29 to Krasnoyarsk. The whole day
in train. We are entering the taiga area. Arrival to
Krasnoyarsk at deep night — 01.20 a.m. the next day.
Meeting at the rail station and transfer to hotel.
Krasnoyarsk is turning into one of the most attractive
regions in Russia for both Russian and foreign tourists. The
region offers a unique combination of beautiful rivers and
mountains, clean air, hunting and fishing, architectural
sites and the ethnic culture of a unique northern nation.
At 09.00 a.m. — start a full day sightseeing in Krasnoyarsk.
City tour, then we proceed to "Stolby" National Park. Easy
trekking in the park (about 3 hours total), visiting a few
view points. Continue to Krasnoyarskaya Hydro Power station
on the Yenisei River (visiting from outside). Return to the city
in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Trans-Siberian trip: "Stolby" National Park
||Transfer to the rail station, take a train
to Irkutsk at 12.47 p.m. local time. Day and night in train.
||Irkutsk and Baikal Lake
We arrive in Irkutsk, the ‘Paris of Siberia’, at 08.32 a.m.
and our visit today takes in the most significant sites and
museums in this fascinating city, including an exploration
of the classic wooden architecture that has given many of
this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique
It is the starting point for many who adventure to the Lake
Baikal area because it is a major point on the
Trans-Siberian train route. Founded by Russians in 1652 as a
major fort beyond the Ural Mountains, it was populated by
exiled political prisoners sent by the tsars and communists.
Continue to Baikal Lake, accommodation.
Trans-Siberian trip: the classic wooden architecture
We stay at Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestling at
the base of the surrounding hills.
Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of
Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world
and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. Also known as the
‘Pearl of Siberia’ it is home to a unique breed of
freshwater seal and over fifty species of fish including
omul, which you can taste at one of the cafes on the Baikal
embankment. For the brave hearted, there is even time for a
refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.
Day free. In the evening — transfer back to Irkutsk. Take a
train to Ulan-Ude at 21.10.
Travel from Moscow to Vladivostok: Lake Baikal
Tour cost, per person (excl. train tickets): 126'000
rubles (about 1850 Euro)
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