Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Vladivostok - the easternmost city of Russia and its largest port on the Pacific Ocean informally known as "Russia’s San Francisco" due to its numerous bays and beautiful bridges. Your driver meets you at the airport and takes 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 local restaurants or start exploring the city center on your own.
Day 2: Exploring Vladivostok & Trip to Russky Island
Following breakfast at the hotel and check-out, you enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions, including Central Square with the Monument to the Fighters for Soviet Power, the Nikolai's Triumphal Arch, the Ships' Quay, the Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum, Eagle's Nest Hill and the Vladivostok Railway Station that is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.
Following lunch in a local food restaurant you continue your tour with a car ride to Russky Island. Crossing two enormous bridges across the Golden Horn Bay and Eastern Bosporus strait, you enjoy a guided tour around the island to see its main attractions, including a large international business center and the Far Eastern University's campus, which has united Vladivostok’s four largest universities.
After dinner at a local restaurant, you are transferred to the train station where you board your comfortable Imperial Russia train and start your voyage across Eurasia.
Day 3: Khabarovsk City Tour & Amur River Boat Ride
Today your train arrives in Khabarovsk. Your guide and driver meet you at the railway station and take you on a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions, including a visit to the Museum of Regional Studies.
Following lunch you enjoy a fascinating Amur River boat ride followed by a folk concert. After the boat ride you continue your immersion into Russian folk culture and participate in a matreshka painting master class.
Your day in Khabarovsk finishes with a dinner in a local restaurant.
In the evening you return on board your train and continue your exciting journey.
Day 6: Ulan Ude City Tour
Today you arrive in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, a unique city, located on the cross-roads of Russia with China and Mongolia.
Upon arrival you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions, including several impressive functional churches and a local Datsan.
Later you enjoy a warm reception in a traditional Buryat yurt by a Buryat family complemented with a folk program. You have a great opportunity to learn how to cook popular Buryat dishes, shoot with a bow, wear a traditional Buryat costume and assemble a yurt.
In the evening you return on board your train and continue traveling.
Day 7: Stop at Lake Baikal
Today your train arrives at Port Baikal, where you take a ferry to Listvyanka Village, located on the shores of Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia.
During the sightseeing tour you enjoy magnificent views of the lake and the Angara River from the Chersky Stone observation point, visit the Baikal Limnological Museum that has an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake, and do some shopping at the local fish and souvenir market.
In the evening you enjoy a picnic dinner and return on board to continue your adventure.
Day 8: Irkutsk & Taltsy Village Tour
In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colourful life. During your sightseeing tour you visit the Decembrists' House, see the House of Europe also known as the "wooden lace" house, and take a walk along Karl Marx Street that is the most beautiful street in Irkutsk.
After lunch you take a trip to the nearby Taltsy village to visit its famous Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography. Upon returning to Irkutsk you have some free time at Irkutskaya Sloboda - a beautiful city quarter with reconstructed 19-20th century buildings.
After dinner in a local restaurant, you return on board your train and continue your journey.
Day 10: Novosibirsk City Tour
Today your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant, but is indeed not desolate.
During your city tour you see the Ballet and Opera Theater, stroll along the ancient streets of Novosibirsk and enjoy the great views of the Ob River.
The highlight of the tour is a visit to the Open Air Railway Museum where you see the most remarkable steam locomotives and historic passenger cars, which represent the development of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
After the tour you return on board your train and continue your journey.
Day 11: Ekaterinburg City Tour
In the morning your train arrives in the famous capital of Ural - Yekaterinburg.
Upon arrival you have a guided city tour 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 and his family were assassinated.
After lunch you visit the memorial built at the boundary of Europe and Asia.
In the evening you return on board your train.
Day 12: Kazan City Tour
Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.
Upon arrival you enjoy a grand city tour Old Kazan, which includes a visit to the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you will see the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral, a folk program Tugan Avalim and a traditional lunch with a master class revealing the secret of Tartar сuisine.
After the tour you return on board your train and continue traveling to the final destination of your trip - Moscow.
Day 13: Moscow Sightseeing Tour
After traveling through 7 time zones and covering around 6,600 miles (10,600 km) along the epic Trans-Siberian route, your train finally arrives in Moscow .
Upon arrival you meet your guide and go on a full-day Moscow city tour. During the tour you take a walk through the famous merchant area of Arbat Street, see the famous Cathedral of Christ the Savior and go underground to explore the outstanding work of the Soviet architecture - the Moscow Metro.
After lunch in a local restaurant, you go inside one of the most outstanding Moscow icons and the symbol of Russian power - the Kremlin (Kremlin territory).
After the tour you check in to your centrally located hotel and relax after your great adventure.
Day 14: Departure
This is the final day of your fantastic Imperial Russia train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!
Not included:international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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.
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