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2021 Vladivostok - Moscow Exploration

Small group tour
17 days
8 cities
1night

Vladivostok, Russia

The city also called “Russia’s San Francisco” is located around the Golden Horn Bay and will need three days of your time to really unravel its beauty. Once you are there, make sure to see the top sights of the city, starting with the Vladivostok Railway Station, where the famous Trans-Siberian railroad terminates. Then make your way to the Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum and don’t miss a chance to visit the Arseniev Museum, where you would discover all there is to know about the flora and fauna of the region. ...
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to Vladivostok - one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan! Your driver meets you at the airport, port or station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

    Day 2: Vladivostok City Tour
    Following breakfast you check out and have morning at leisure. After lunch you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions.

    You first explore the Eagle's Nest observation point to get a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the city and Golden Horn Bay.

    You then drive across the Russky Bridge, the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, to reach Russky Island. An integral part of the Vladivostok's history, the island attracts numerous tourists with charming Primorye nature, dozens of picturesque bays,
    majestic coastal rocks and a number of unique military fortifications. While being on the island, you have a great chance to visit one of them - «Novosiltsevskaya battery» fortification. Beautiful panoramic view of the bridge opens from there.

    You continue with visiting Submarine S-56 which successfully fought against a fascist’s fleet during WWII. You end the tour with exploring the Vladivostok Railway Station that is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.

    After the tour you have some free time. In the evening you are transferred to the railway station.

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    Lotte Hotel Vladivostok
    5-star hotel
    Semenovskaya, 29, Vladivostok, Russia, 690091
    Lotte Hotel Vladivostok
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    This remarkable 5-star hotel is located the very center of Vladivostok within a walking distance from the Korabelnaya Embankment which overlooks the Russky Island. It features spacious air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, two restaurants serving European and Korean cuisine, a Sky Bar located on the 12th floor, and a luxurious spa-center with a large swimming pool, a sauna, and a gym. ... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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    • Half Day City Tour with Submarine Visit
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Connection | Vladivostok - Khabarovsk
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car)
Vladivostok
11.5
Khabarovsk
1night

Khabarovsk, Russia

Spend at least a couple of days in the second largest cities in Far East Russia. The city is situated on the confluence of two majestic rivers - Amur and the Ussuri, only 19 miles from the country’s border with China. Explore the city of parks, beaches, classic architecture by paying a visit to Khabarovsk Regional museum, which covers both cultural history and fauna of the city and surrounding areas. Make sure to pass by the famous Lenin Square. Don’t miss a chance to see fascinating Transfiguration Cathedral too! ...
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    Day 3: Khabarovsk City Tour
    In the morning your train arrives in Khabarovsk. 

    Upon arrival you meet your private guide and driver and set off on a wonderful sightseeing tour of Khabarovsk. You start sightseeing from the Monument to Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky, a Russian general, statesman and diplomat. Continue to Amur Cliff which offers exciting views on the Amur River and hills. The river had a special historical significance as a route much used by the Russians when exploring and opening up eastern Russia. Nowadays it forms a part of the Chinese–Russian border.

    You then make a riverside walk along picturesque Nevelsky Embankment, witness the Spaso-Transfiguration Cathedral, the third tallest church in Russia, and see the eternal flame memorial.

    Finally you ride across Khabarovsk Bridge. The railway bridge over the Amur River is the longest, at 1.6 km (5,250 ft), on the Trans Siberian Railway. The bridge, as well as Muravyov-Amursky Monument, is famous for being depicted on a 5000-ruble banknote.

    After the tour you are transferred to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 4: Departure
    In the morning you check out from the hotel and have transfer to the station.

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    Khabarovsk City Boutique Hotel
    4-star hotel
    Ulitsa Istomina, 64, Khabarovsk, Russia, 680000
    Khabarovsk City Boutique Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Located close to the picturesque embankment of the River Amur, the Boutique Hotel offers its guests comfortable accommodation, impeccable service and warm friendly atmosphere. It features 50 air-conditioned rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and tea / coffee making facilities, an on-site restaurant serving European cuisine, a lounge bar, and a variety of recreational facilities, including massage treatment and a beauty salon. ... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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Connection | Khabarovsk - Ulan Ude
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car)
Khabarovsk
54
Ulan Ude
2nights

Ulan Ude, Russia

Spend at least three days in the fascinating commercial and industrial center of Eastern Siberia and the capital of Republic of Buryatia. The wonderful city has a distinct Asian vibe and has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. Start exploring the city with a visit to the Ulan-Ude Ethnographic Museum, where you can see over 11,000 exhibitions in the outdoor arena. Then make your way to Odigitrievsky Cathedral - a truly one-of-a-kind sight!...
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    Day 6: Arrival
    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the railway station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. You have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Day 7: Exploring Ulan Ude
    Following breakfast at your hotel you meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and start a tour around the most interesting landmarks of the city and its environs.

    You first head for Ivolginsky Buddhist monastery complex, considered as the center of Buddhism in Russia. Located 40 km from Ulan-Ude in the picturesque valley of the Ivolga River, the complex is home to the Buddhist institute Dashi Choinkhorlin, translated from Tibetan as “the land of happy learning”. Here monks, the future lamas, study oriental and Tibetan culture, medicine, Old Mongolian and Tibetan languages and philosophy of Buddhism. During the tour you make a sacred circle (“goroo”) around the territory, enter the temples, see the altar with many golden statues of Buddha, Buddhist stupas, Buddhist books, tankas and even the sacred Bodhi tree.

    Upon arrival back to Ulan Ude, you enjoy the views from Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan rising high above the city (if time and weather conditions allow), see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin, take a walk at Lenin Street abundant in former merchant houses, explore Soviet Square and admire at beautiful Odigitria Cathedral.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 8: Departure
    In the morning you check out and take a transfer to the train station.

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    Sagaan Morin Hotel
    4-star hotel
    25 Gagarina Street, Ulan-Ude, Russia, 670034
    Sagaan Morin Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Sagaan Morin is a new hotel that was built in 2009. The 16-storey Sagaan Morin Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the city and meets all standards for the hotels of the international level and is able to accommodate up to 150 guests. Offering indoor swimming pools, free wired internet, and a 24-hour reception desk, this 4-star hotel is centrally located in Ulan-Ude. The Sagaan Morin Hotel offers fantastic views of the city.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Full Day Ivolginsky Buddhist Monastery & Ulan Ude Tour
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Connection | Ulan Ude - Irkutsk
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car)
Ulan Ude
8
Irkutsk
1day

Irkutsk, Russia

Discover another must-see of Russia - the Paris of Siberia - Irkutsk. After visiting Lake Baikal, spend at least couple days in the Russian heritage city, full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames, the large city built earlier than other biggest cities in Russia. Make sure to see the real landmarks of the city - Volkonsky and Trubetskoy Houses, where the largest salons and social gatherings took place in the 19th century. Another important sights you should stop by are Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Sukachev Art Museum - one of the largest art galleries east of the Ural Mountains. ...
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    Day 8: Transfer to Lake Baikal
    In the afternoon your train arrives in Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

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Connection | Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Private Transfer Minivan
Irkutsk Hotel / Station
Irkutsk, Russia
1 h
Listvyanka Hotel
Listvyanka, Russia
1night

Listvyanka, Russia

Are you dream to see the Lake Baikal? Listvyanka is located in one of the most picturesque places on Earth - the shores surrounding Lake Baikal. The village is truly remarkable with its wooden architecture, visible in all type of buildings from cabins, stores to even churches. The small village doesn’t lack in terms of tourist attractions, make sure to see the Baikal Limnological Museum with exposition dedicated to the lake and its history, flora, fauna and all other aspects regarding the largest freshwater lake in the world. Don’t miss a chance to see the marvelous St. Nicholay Church. ...
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    Day 8: Transfer to Baikal & Lake Baikal Cruise
    After lunch at a local restaurant we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

    After the cruise you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

    Today you have a chance to attend a traditional Russian banya or sauna (at your choice) at the hotel.

    Additional meals: lunch

    Day 9: Listvyanka Village Tour & Trip to Taltsy Village
    Following breakfast  you check out, meet your guide and driver and enjoy a tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

    Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

    Then you say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal and take a trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

    This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

    After the tour you are transferred to Irkutsk.

    Please note: chair-lift is not available on Monday

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    Anastasia Hotel
    3-star hotel
    Anastasia Hotel
    Standard Twin Room Breakfast Included
    Perched right on the shore of the vast Lake Baikal by the promenade, the charming Anastasia Hotel in Nikola village is the perfect place to enjoy authentic Russia and Siberia.... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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    • Half Day Tour of Listvyanka
    • Half Day Trip to Taltsy Village
    • Private Baikal Cruise
    • Lunch in Listvyanka
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Connection | Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Private Transfer Minivan
Listvyanka Hotel
Listvyanka, Russia
1 h
Irkutsk Hotel / Station
Irkutsk, Russia
1night

Irkutsk, Russia

Discover another must-see of Russia - the Paris of Siberia - Irkutsk. After visiting Lake Baikal, spend at least couple days in the Russian heritage city, full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames, the large city built earlier than other biggest cities in Russia. Make sure to see the real landmarks of the city - Volkonsky and Trubetskoy Houses, where the largest salons and social gatherings took place in the 19th century. Another important sights you should stop by are Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Sukachev Art Museum - one of the largest art galleries east of the Ural Mountains. ...
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    Day 9: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you check in at the centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 10: Irkutsk City Tour
    After breakfast you check out from your hotel and have morning at leisure. After lunch you meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and have a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

    You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

    You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sign Monastery also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

    After the tour you are transferred to the train station, board your private train car and continue your Trans-Siberian journey. You spend these days on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

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    Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center
    4-star hotel
    Chkalov Street 15, Irkutsk, Russia, 64025
    Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    Centrally located within walking distance of the Kirov square, Angara river and the historic Drama theater, this modern and stylish 4-star hotel has everything for fruitful work and comfortable rest. It offers elegant air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities and fridges, free Wi-Fi in public areas, five conference halls and a Grand Courtyard Ballroom, a gym, a bar offering a wide range of snacks and drinks, and an on-site restaurant serving American-style breakfast buffet and Russian-Siberian and international cuisine for lunches and dinners. ... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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Connection | Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car)
Irkutsk
50
Yekaterinburg
2nights

Yekaterinburg, Russia

Visiting Yekaterinburg? Allow yourself three days to thoroughly explore the fourth-largest city in Russia, also known as the “window to Assia”. The wonderful city is packed with must-see attractions, starting with the Church on Blood - a memorial for Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family to the striking architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House. During your time in the city ensure to pay a visit to the renowned Europe-Asia monument where you can experience being at two places at once. Put one foot in Europe and the other in Asia - visit Yekaterinburg!...
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    Day 12: Arrival
    Upon arrival in Yekaterinburg, your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

    Day 13: Exploring the Highlights of Yekaterinburg
    After breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

    During the tour you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov House, admire Sevastyanov's House - the symbol of the city, and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

    The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
    Your guide also takes you to the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

    The day is crowned with a visit to Boris Yeltsin Center, a modern high tech complex where you explore the museum dedicated to the first Russian president and learn about the contemporary history of Russia starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the period often described as “the wild 90s”.

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 14: Departure
    In the morning you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the train station, board your private train car and head for Moscow.

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    Four Elements Ekaterinburg
    4-star hotel
    RU, Lenin Avenue, 9А, Yekaterinburg, 620014
    Four Elements Ekaterinburg
    Standard Double Breakfast Included
    The modern 4-star hotel in Ekaterinburg is located right at the heart of the city, within a walking distance from the Pond and Opera. Guests are welcome to dine at the on-site restaurant, serving some delicious Russian dishes alongside everyone's top choices from international cuisine. Great comfort and refreshing beverages can be found in the lobby bar too.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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    • City Tour & Last Days of Russian Imperial Family
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Connection | Yekaterinburg - Moscow
1st Class Sleeper (Private Train Car)
Yekaterinburg
26
Moscow
2nights

Moscow, Russia

Traveling to the capital of Russia? Make sure to leave extra time to really see all of the world-famous sights of Moscow, starting with St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theater, to GUM - State Department Store, that once boasted 1200 different stores and continues to astonish travelers with its size, elegance, and opulent architecture. When visiting Moscow, make sure to pop up to Kremlin and see the remarkable red brick building that is the principal symbol of Russia....
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    Day 15: Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
    In the morning your train arrives in the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow. Your driver meets you at the train station and your tour leader takes you to a centrally located hotel to leave luggage and have breakfast. 

    You then say good-bye to the tour leader, meet a local guide in the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

    Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

    After a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

    After the tour you walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 16: Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
    Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

    After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

    Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

    After the tour you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 17: Departure
    Following breakfast you check out from your hotel, and your driver transfers you to the airport. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

    Optional post-tour extension available: continue your journey further to the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.

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    Marriott Courtyard Moscow
    4-star hotel
    Voznesenskiy Pereulok, 7, Moscow, Russia, 125009
    Marriott Courtyard Moscow
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    The 4-star hotel located on a charming 18th-century street is less than 10 minutes from the best sights of Moscow. You can relax after busy sightseeing day in the on-site fitness center and spa salon followed by dinner at your choice of the hotel's restaurants including Terraneo, the Russo-American Flat Iron Bar, and Roadhouse. Your beautifully decored room is fitted with air-conditioning system, flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi and spacious bed. Grab a coffee at the Lobby Cafe on your way to explore the beautiful Moscow!... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Walking Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
    • Tretyakov Gallery, Subway Ride & Panoramic Tour
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulan-Ude, Listvyanka Village, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, and Moscow;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st class train tickets on all legs of the trip;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Vladivostok to Moscow;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Vladivostok to Moscow;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 17 travelers;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, Ivolginsky Datsan, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Taltsy Musem, Ganina Yama, Church on Blood, Boris Yeltsin Center, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note: 

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. 

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

3. Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 8 travelers. If a particular departure will not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued 4 months prior to the tour start date

4. Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian and Mongolian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.

5. Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have single supplement for train cabin as well.

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