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Welcome to Russia and the start of your Trans Siberian Adventure. Our local representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to the Izmailovo Vega Hotel.
Moscow, the city that kept Bond busy for so long. Having been an endless source of espionage movies and books, the wests' cold war nemesis and heart of communist Russia has plenty of sights to behold. From iconic Red Square, brightly coloured St Basil's Cathedral, the ritzy GUM department as well as Lenin still lying in state. Today walking tour includes these sights plus more. Later you will meet with the local representative for a pre departure meeting.
After breakfast and hotel check out, you have some free time to further explore Moscow. This afternoon, we will transfer you to the train station for the 1620 (train #16) departure to Yekaterinburg.
After your first experience of the Trans Siberian trains, you arrive into Yekaterinburg at 2057. Our loval representative will meet you off the train and transfer you to your homestay where dinner will be served with a local family.
Founded in 1723 to exploit the mineral riches of the surrounding Urals and Siberia, is Yekaterinburg. It was here in the cellar of a house, where now the beautiful Church on the Blood stands, that Tsar Nicholas Romanov II and his family were executed in 1918. Our tour takes us to the Church where you’ll see a sculpture dedicated to the Tsar and his family and the area of execution. Out of town, we visit Ganina Yama - the monastic complex set in Taiga forest, where the Romanov family remains were unceremoniously dumped and later discovered. We also visit the Europe/Asia border in the Ural mountains.
Free day to explore independently or spend time with your home stay family.
After breakfast, we transfer you back to the station to board train #44 departing at 11.26 and the start of your epic journey across Russia.
Arriving into Irkutsk at 2032, our local representative will meet you off the train and transfer you to your homestay.
Today we transfer from Irkutsk and enjoy a leisurely trek through the taiga of the beautiful Primorsky Mountain, to a nearby bay on the shores of Lake Baikal. Camp overnight in a scenic spot on the lake and soak up the views.
After breakfast, we trek on to Listvyanka which you will be accommodated with another local family.
After breakfast, you have some free time to explore before we transfer you back to Irkutsk for your final night with your home stay family.
It is an early start this morning for the transfer to the train station for the 0450 (train #4) departure to Ulaan Baatar.
Arriving into Ulaan Baatar at 0630, our local Mongolian representative will meet you off your carriage and transfer you tothe Ger camp in Terelj National Park. On route we will stop to visit Turtle Rock and also visit a local nomad family to experience their way of life.
Today is free to relax or perhaps join in any number of outdoor pursuits which are available to book locally.
After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Ulaan Baatar. Your luggage will be stored and you have the majority of the day free to explore this city. We will then transfer you back to the station for the 2110 (train #361) departure to Ulan-Ude (please note only 2nd class is offered on this train).
Arriving late tonight at 23.02, you will be transferred to your homestay.
After breakfast, we enjoy a city tour of Ulan-Ude. Thanks to it’s proximity to Mongolia and China, the indigenous people of the region, the Buryats, clung on to their Tibetan-Buddhist faith through the Communist era. Visit Ivolginsky Datsan - a Buddhist temple and later the Ethnographic Museum.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before transferring back to the train station for the 1354 departure heading to Vladivostok on train #8. Don't forget to stock up on snacks for this 3 day journey!
Arriving into Vladivostok at 0623, we will transfer you to your hotel where you will have time to relax and freshen up. This afternoon enjoy a 3 hour city tour, taking in the Vladivostok port and a decommissioned submarine, the S-56, which sank 10 enemy ships in its day.
Today you have the option to either visit Vladivostok Fortress or the Oceanarium.
Today you bid farewell to Russia. We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flights home.
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