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Grand Trans-Siberian railway

Moscow to Vladivostok by scheduled trains
17 days / 16 nights

A lifetime journey. On a budget!

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 Baikal lake
Day 1 Departure from Moscow at 13.18 to Yekateninburg.
Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4 Novosibirsk.
A modern Soviet city, we experience the life and character of Novosibirsks rich culture where the arts, science and literature predominate. The Siberia regions 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.
Day 5 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.
Day 6 Krasnoyarsk.
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
Day 7 Transfer to the rail station, take a train to Irkutsk at 12.47 p.m. local time. Day and night in train.
Day 8 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 regions buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance.
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.
Day 9 Baikal Lake.
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 worlds 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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Map of Trans-Siberian railway, historical line. (In red Baikal Amur Mainline)

The Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR, Russian: ́ ́, tr. Transsibirskaya Magistral) is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East. With a length of 9,289 kilometres (5,772 miles), it is the longest railway line in the world. There are connecting branch lines into China, North Korea and Mongolia. Trans-Siberian Railway has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916, and is still being expanded.

Trans-Siberian Railway was built between 1891 and 1916 under the supervision of Russian government ministers personally appointed by Tsar Alexander III and his son, the Tsarevich Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II).


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