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Destination Vladivostok

19 days  |  Moscow to Vladivostok  |  from USD $4,399

The original Trans-Siberian journey all the way to the end of the line at Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast. Kicking off in Moscow, ride the rails some 9288km with stops in Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk (for Lake Baikal) & Ulan Ude - Buddhist bastion of Eastern Russia.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions
Days 1-2
Moscow

Moscow. Arrival transfer from Moscow Sheremetyevo or Domodedovo airport to your hotel. The remains of days 1 and 2 are free for you to explore the sights of Moscow. On day 2 there is the option to travel to the legendary Red Square by Metro for a guided walking tour; see the brightly coloured St Basil’s Cathedral, the impressive GUM department store and Lenin’s Mausoleum. If open you can pay your respects to Lenin himself! Rest of the day is free - consider a visit to the mighty Kremlin.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 3
Free time in the capital

Moscow - Yekaterinburg. Explore the city independently today. This afternoon transfer to rail station to board the train to Yekaterinburg.
Overnight: Train  |  Breakfast

Days 4-5
Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg. On the evening of day 4 the train pulls into Yekaterinburg. Transfer to accommodation. On day 5 there is an optional city tour, which takes in the new monastery that marks the site of the Romanov family’s execution in 1918 and Ganina Yama - a beautiful monastic complex built on the site where their bodies were discarded and later found. The tour also takes you to the Europe/Asia border where you can stand with a foot in each continent!
Overnight: Yekaterinburg  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 6
Optional Activities

Yekaterinburg. Today you can choose one of the optional activities that are available or spend the day at leisure. This evening relax at the hotel before your transfer to the station to board the train to Irkutsk.
Overnight: Train  |  Breakfast

Days 7-8
Train to Irkutsk

Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk. Relax on board the train and enjoy the views as the train travels through Siberia en route to Irkutsk.
Overnight: Train

Days 9-11
Irkutsk

Irkutsk. Morning arrival into Irkutsk, a historic town with the Asiatic influences of nearby Mongolia and China and curious architecture. Spend the next three days at leisure exploring the town or choose one of the following optional excursions:

Listvyanka and Lake Baikal: Spend two relaxing days in the village of Listvyanka by beautiful Lake Baikal and perhaps choose one of the optional activities.

Irkutsk Summer Trek & Camp: Enjoy an overnight trekking excursion through the scenic taiga of the Primorsky Mountain to Lake Baikal, camping overnight in a picturesque bay.
Overnight: Irkutsk   |  Breakfast x 2

Days 12-14
Ulan Ude

Irkutsk - Ulan Ude - breakfast. Spend day 12 at leisure in Irkutsk before your evening departure for the overnight train to Ulan Ude. Very early the following morning arrive and transfer to your hotel.

Day 13 is free for you to independently explore the city or take an optional Ulan Ude city tour. Thanks to its proximity to Mongolia and China, the indigenous people of the region, the Buryats, clung on to their Tibetan-Buddhist faith through the Communist era. The optional guided city tour visits Ivolginsky Datsan - a centre of Buddhist culture and the open air Ethnographic Museum dedicated to the lives of local people and architecture through the ages.

On day 14, breakfast, then free time until mid afternoon. Transfer to rail station for the train to Vladivostok.
Overnight: (1) - Ulan Ude, (2) - Train  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 15-16
Aboard the train

Aboard train - Settle into life aboard the train as it plies its way east across the Chita Oblast, where the taiga gives way to rolling meadows and woodland. Passing rivers, towns and a variety of countryside, the train enters Russia’s Far East region between Chitinskaya and Amur Oblasts. This is also where Siberia officially ends and the Russian Far East begins. Via Kharbarovsk, the train pushes on, sometimes within 10km of the Chinese border.
Overnight: Train (2)

Days 17-18
Vladivostok

Arriving into Vladivostok in the morning on day 17, you've reached the end of the Trans-Siberian line. Transfer to your hotel and the next 2 days are free to explore the city. Alternatively enjoy a city tour with lunch on day 17, visiting Vladivostok port and the S-56 decommissioned submarine which sank 10 enemy ships in its day, and an excursion to Vladivostok Fortress.
Overnight: Vladivostok  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 19
End of the line

Your momentous Trans-Siberian adventure ends after breakfast today.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Moscow - home to Red Square and the mighty Kremlin
Yekaterinburg - gateway to the Ural Mountains
Views of Siberian forest, Gobi Desert and Lake Baikal en route
Vladivostok - end of the line on the original Trans Siberian journey
Trans-Siberian route
Irkutsk - former Cossack garrison & trading centre
Ulan Ude - capital of the Russian Republic of Buryatia
Port and Submarine -56 museums and Vladivostok Fortress available on optional tour

Included

10 breakfasts
2 nights 3 star hotel in Moscow
3 nights 3 star hotel in Irkutsk
2 nights 3 star hotel in Vladivostok
Rail station transfers at stopovers en route.
 Airport arrival transfer and transfer to Moscow rail station (not platform)
2 nights 3 star hotel in Yekaterinburg
1 night 3 star in Ulan Ude
8 nights on board train (2nd class, 4 berth sleeper cabin)
Train journey: Moscow - Vladivostok

Not Included

Flights and visas
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
No meals aboard the train
This journey is semi-independent and is unescorted. It is not a group departure and you will not have a tour guide.

Prices shown are per person travelling based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling sharing a twin room/2nd-class 4-berth train cabin. The 'single supplement' applies to travellers requiring a single hotel room at stops along the way, train accommodation remains 2nd class 4 berth. Please add this supplement to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Tour Details
Starts
Moscow
Ends
Vladivostok
Departs
Mondays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
For optional touring
Meals
Breakfast: 10
Tour Bolt-ons
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Summer Trek & Camp
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Lake Baikal Discovery
USD $539 / Lake Baikal
Cross Country Ski
USD $429 / Lake Baikal

My tour went as planned for the most part, the individuals who facilitated my rail travel arrangements and stays enroute did a great job. Pickups and drops were exactly per schedule and all arrangements were made clear.

A note about my stay in Moscow at the Hotel Izmailovo Gamma; As my train departure was later in the PM an extended check out would have been handy.

Also on the last leg of my tour ex. Train 208 there seemed to be confusion regarding my reservation in Carriage 11 Berth 9. I received a daily meal (higher standard than usual from those diners) which was a bonus. The "Provodnitsa" seemed to take issue with the charges shown on the ticket not being in line with the service they were providing, however in the end I was allowed to stay.

The homestays in Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude were simple but the host's were very nice and meals very adequate.

David Filman

John Filman
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