You will travel by longest in the world railroad all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok 9,289 km (5,772 mi), 7 time zones, 16 days. You will get unique local experience of being in usual train with locals. We will stop at many cultural, historical and natural places of interest. Only interesting places to see, no boring stops
Your experience and towns:
Local food: Tatar, Buryat, Orthodox Old Believers.
Excursion in Moscow (2 days)
Kazan and Sviyazhsk island - beautiful example of muslim culture in Russia
Tobolsk - old "capital" of Siberia, the only white kremlin in Siberia
Tyumen - city tour
Irkutsk - city tour
Baykal lake (2 days) - deepest lake in the world, snowmobile tour, Russian baths (banya), cable car to viewpoint, crossing Baykal lake by hovercraft (40 km)
Ulan-Ude - city tour
Ivolginsky Datsan - Buddhist monastery near Ulan-Ude
Vladivostok (2 days) - Safari Park with Siberian Tigers, city tour including Voroshilov Battery
WHY TO CHOOSE TRAVEL WITH US
Crossing Baikal lake
40 km by hovercraft
This is one of the most amazing parts of journey. We will departure directly from Listvyuanka village, where you will stay. Hovercraft will cross Baikal lake and arrive to Tankhoi village on the opposite shore. Trip will take about 2 hours, we will have stops, so you will have time to walk on ice and enjoy beautiful views of frozen Baikal.
Ivolginsky Datsan, Ulan-Ude
Tibetan Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity are the most widespread religions in this region. Ivolginsky datsan is a monastery complex consisting of seven temples, a Buddhist University, priests’ houses. The Main Temple have a preserved body of the Khambo Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, who died in 1927 and is still sitting upright in the lotus position.
Siberian Tiger, Vladivostok
Safari Park (70 km from the city)
The Siberian tiger is also known as the Amur , Manchurian or Ussurian tiger inhabiting mainly in the Russian Far East.
The Safari Park is a fenced plot of forest located in about 70 km from Vladivostok. It helps wounded and sick animals, releases recovering animals back into the wild. In Safari Park you have opportunity to see Siberian Tiger in their natural environment.
Husky dog sledding, snowmobile tour
In Tyumen and Baikal lake
You will have a Husky dog sledding ride in Tyumen and snowmobile tour on Baikal ice. Distance of snowmobile tour is about 30 km. On the way we may visit tunnels of Circum-Baikal Railway. Besides that we will go by cable car to viewpoint, visit local museums and have Russian baths (banya).
Unusual and noteworthy cities.
Kazan, Tyumen, Tobolsk, Ulan-Ude
It is vivid example of mixed cultures and religions on the big territory of Russia. You will see Kazan kremlin with beautiful mosque and chirch inside. Tobolsk is unique place, it is a historical capital of Siberia. There is the only white Kremlin in Siberia.
Ulan-Ude is famous by it giant head of Lenin and Buddhist monastery.
You will try local food
Lunch in yurt
You will try local traditional food in every region. In Kazan (muslim region) you will try Tatar food, at Baikal and Ulan-Ude (Buddhist region) you will try Siberian and Buryat food, and of course we will have Russian (Slavic) traditional food.
During the trip we will stop here:
Moscow is the capital and most populous city of the Russian Federation, with 12.2 million residents within the city limits and 16.8 million within the urban area. Moscow is largest city entirely on the European continent and northernmost and coldest megacity and metropolis on Earth.
Moscow is not the oldest town of Russia, the first known reference to Moscow dates from 1147 only. Moscow was capital from 1389 to 1712 and from 1918.
Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous part of city.
The word red ("krasny") in the name means red now, but in old Russian it meant "beautiful". Red Square surrounded by styles of architecture of different periods. The Kremlin is on its western side, the State History Museum on its north, the beautiful GUM department store along its whole eastern side, and the world famous coloured domes of St. Basil's Cathedral on the south. These icons all represent Moscow as the political, historical, business and religious centre of Russia.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
With an overall height of 103 metres (338 ft), it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build. When Napoleon Bonaparte retreated from Moscow, Tsar Alexander I signed a manifest on 25 December 1812 declaring his intention to build a cathedral in honor of Christ the Savior "to signify Our gratitude to Divine Providence for saving Russia from the doom that overshadowed Her" and as a memorial to the sacrifices of the Russian people. It was destroyed in 1931. In 1990 the Russian Orthodox Church received permission from the Soviet Government to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Izmaylovo Estate was a country residence of the House of Romanov built in the reign of Alexis I of Russia. The heart of the estate, the Izmailovo Court of Tsar Alexis, was a wooden palace built on an artificial island - a hill surrounded by man-made ponds. Now it is a freely accessible open-air museum.
The gallery's history starts in 1856 when the Moscow merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov acquired works by Russian artists of his day with the aim of creating a collection, which might later grow into a museum of national art. In 1892, Tretyakov presented his already famous collection of approximately 2,000 works (1,362 paintings, 526 drawings, and 9 sculptures) to the Russian nation.
The collection contains more than 130,000 exhibits, ranging from Theotokos of Vladimir and Andrei Rublev's Trinity to the monumental Composition VII by Wassily Kandinsky and the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich.
The first plans for a metro system in Moscow date back to the Russian Empire but were postponed by World War I, the October Revolution and the Russian Civil War. Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. As of 2016, the Moscow Metro excluding the Moscow Central Circle has 203 stations and its route length is 339.1 km (210.7 mi), making it the fifth longest in the world. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section 84 metres (276 ft) underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world's deepest.
Moscow International Business Center
It is a commercial district in central Moscow and currently is under development. The Moscow IBC is expected to become the first zone in Russia to combine business activity, living space and entertainment in one single development.
Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Religion - Islam. With a population of 1,1 million, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia. Date of its foundation range from the early 11th century to the late 13th century.
In 1438, after the destruction of the Golden Horde, Kazan became the capital of the powerful Khanate of Kazan.
Kazan Khanate was making constant plundering raids on Russia. Slavery in Kazan Khanate was legal. Amount of slaves was up to 10% of population. Most of slaves were Russian people.
As a result of the Siege of Kazan (1552) Russia under Ivan IV conquered the city for good and 8000 slaves were set free. Siege of Kazan put an end to slavery.
Tyumen was one of the first Russian settlement in Siberia. Founded in 1586 to support Russia's eastward expansion, the city has remained one of the most important industrial and economic centers east of the Ural Mountains. Tyumen rapidly developed from a small military settlement to a large commercial and industrial town. The central part of Old Tyumen retains many historic buildings from throughout the city's history.
Holy Trinity Monastery
Riverside Trinity Monastery is undoubtedly Tyumen’s most appealing architectural complex. Its kremlin-style crenellated outer wall is pierced by a single gate tower. The monastery was founded on the picturesque bank of the Tura River in 1616. Almost a century later in 1708 the old wooden monastery was rebuilt with stone. During the Soviet period the monastery was used as a dormitory for a military platoon as well as the headquarters of the city’s water control system.
Siberian Husky dog sledding
This option is available during Russia's winter months (November-March). You can take beatiful pictures with Siberian Husky and have a ride in winter forest.
Tobolsk is a historical capital of Siberia. In 1585–1586 during the first Russian advance into Siberia a group of Yermak Timofeyevich's Cossacks founded Tobolsk. Tobolsk remained the seat of the Governor-General of Western Siberia until the seat moved to Omsk in the 1820s
Tobolsk Kremlin – the only stone fortress in Siberia. It is often called the pearl of Siberia.
Irkutsk was founded in the 1661 as the main Russian fort behind the Ural mountains. All the expeditions to colonize Kamchatka and Alaska have begun there. Today, it’s one of Siberia’s biggest and most important cities, with over half a million people, many universities, many historic churches and museums, and beautiful Lake Baikal, just about an hour away by train.
Znamensky Monastery in Irkutsk dates from 1689 and was built by Vlas Sidorov. It was originally built of wood.
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water. Baikal is the world's deepest lake with maximum depth of 1,642 m (5,387 ft). The lake is completely surrounded by mountains. More than 80% of the animals are endemic. The Baikal seal or nerpa is found throughout Lake Baikal.
Crossing Baykal lake by hovercraft
Snowmobile tour at forest and Baykal lake, cable car to viewpoint and banya afterwards (Russian baths)
Also you will experience something very interesting. We will cross frozen Baykal lake by hovercraft, it is about 40 km. On another shore we will visit another museum, then bus or minivan will transfer us to Ulan-Ude.
Ivolginsky datsan is a monastery complex consisting of seven temples, a Buddhist University, priests’ houses, a museum of Buddhist art and a hotel.
Buddhist Temple located in Buryatia, Russia, 23 km from Ulan-Ude at the foot of the hills surrounding Lake Baikal.
It is also home to a phenomenon that continues to intrigue scientists and attract believers by the thousands — the preserved body of the Khambo Lama, who died in 1927 and is still sitting upright in the lotus position .In 1927 he took the lotus position and plunged into deep meditation. Before he had ordered disciples to exhume his body after some time and had promised to come back alive. 30 years later the body was taken out of the grave. It was found to have been miraculously preserved, as if he’d only died yesterday. Forensic medical examination experts drew up a report, which stated that the skin of the body, the nails and the hair were safe, the tissues of the Lama were soft and flexible.
Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia, named after the nomadic Buryat Mongols that first settled in the area, located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Lake Baikal. Founded as a Cossack ostrog (fort) called Udinsk (later Verkhneudinsk) in 1666, the city prospered as a major stop on the tea-caravan route from China via Troitskosavsk (now Kyakhta). Buryat Mongols make up over 20% of the population of Ulan Ude.
There is a large and highly unusual statue of the head of Lenin in the central square: the largest in the world. Built in 1970 for the centennial of Lenin's birth, it towers over the main plaza at 7.7 meters (25 ft) and weighs 42 tons.
Vladivostok located near North Korea border is the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway and a major Pacific port. The population of the city as of 2016 is 606,653. Vladivostok was founded in 1860 and translates as "owner of East".
Headquarters of Russian Navy that is stationed in the Pacific Ocean is located in Vladivostok.
Since the early 1930s, the Japanese fleet was constant threat for the Soviet Far East. in 1931, it was decided to strengthen city's coastal defence through building Voroshilov Battery - a 305-mm turret artillery battery in its vicinity.
Thanks to three-meter thick concrete vault, the Voroshilov Battery could withstand a hit by an aircraft bomb weighing one ton. Its guns were able hit targets at 35 kilometers' distance. The Voroshilov Battery served as reliable defence of Russian Far Eastern borders until 1997.
The Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is also known as the Amur tiger, Manchurian tiger or Ussurian tiger inhabiting mainly in the Russian Far East. The Safari Park is a fenced plot of forest located in about 70 km from Vladivostok. It helps wounded and sick animals, releases recovering animals back into the wild, and provides education on the environment. In Safari Park you have opportunity to see wild animal in their familiar environment. This is not a zoo where the animals are sitting in cages, and it is not a circus. It have 3 Siberian tigers, Himalayan bear and other animals.
City tour in Moscow + Novodevichy Monastery Lunch Metro and Arbat tour Dinner in hotel
Breakfast in hotel, check-out, Kremlin tour Lunch Tretyakov Gallery Transfer to train station, dinner in the train ~12 hours in the train
Arrival to Kazan, breakfast, kremlin and city tour Lunch Sviyazhsk, arrival to train station, dinner in the train ~25 hours in the train
Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the train. Arrival to Tobolsk, check-in.
Breakfast in hotel, check-out, kremlin and city tour in Tobolsk Lunch Znamenski monastery in Abalak, transfer to Tyumen, check-in, dinner in hotel
Breakfast in hotel, check-out, Siberian Husky dog sledding Lunch City tour in Tyumen, transfer to train station, dinner in the train ~48 hours in the train
Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the train
Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the train Arrival to Irkutsk,check-in, dinner in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel, check-out, city tour Lunch Transfer to Baykal with visiting museum on the way, check-in, dinner in the hotel.
Breakfast, village tour + local museum Lunch (Baykal food), snowmobile forest and lake tour, dinner in the hotel, Russian bath(Banya).
Breakfast in the hotel, check-out, crossing Baykal by hovercraft (40 km) with stops to take pictures Visiting museum, Lunch (Orthodox Old Believers food) and transfer to Ulan-Ude, check-in, city tour, dinner in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel, check-out, visiting Ivolginsky Datsan, Lunch(Buryat food),transfer to train station. dinner in the train. ~62 hours in the train
Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the train
Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the train
Arrival to Vladivostok,breakfast, city tour. Lunch Voroshilov Battery, check-in, dinner in the hotel.
Last busy day : ) Breakfast in the hotel, visiting Safari Park with Siberian Tigers. You can check-out today or tomorrow
Winter Trans-Siberian railway tour
English-speaking tour lider
Compartments for 4 people
3* twin/double rooms
What is included in the price:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner including food in the train
Accomodation in hotels during stops in the cities
Two additional nights in hotel: on the night before trip and at last day