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Welcome to the city of the Tsars! After arrival transfer and check in enjoy a short briefing with our rep regarding you arrangements in the city.
This morning your guide will take you out to visit Peter and Paul Fortress followed by a visit to the brightly coloured Church on Spilled Blood and then St Isaacs which is one of the world's largest cathedrals.This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage, where you will be taken to see the highlights of this incredible collection and the beautiful baroque palace that houses it. (closed on Mondays)
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the Peterhoff Palace and St Catherine's Palace. Return to your hotel collect your bags. Tonight travel by sleeper train to Moscow.
Welcome to Russia’s famed historical heartland! Arrival transfer for immediate check into your hotel. We then we visit the Red Square and see the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral wander around the historic GUM department store and if open, pay your respects to Lenin at the mausoleum. Afternoon explore the grounds of the Kremlin to visit its gold domed cathedrals, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Armoury.
Today meet your guide to metro to view the ornate Moscow Metro stations, built during Stalin’s rule as “palaces for the people”. After we take a guided tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, which houses the best examples of Russian fine art in the world. Later transfer to the station to begin your trans-siberian Journey. Today must be an Odd Date of the month to fit with train schedules.
Settle into life aboard the Trans-Mongolian Express as it winds its way east. The train actually follows well–worn ancient tea caravan routes. Back in those days, it took an arduous 40 days or more. Since the inception of the Trans-Mongolian route in the 1950s the journey has been considerably shortened!
Morning arrival into Irkutsk and we transfer you to your hotel on the shore of Baikal ironically called Baikal Hotel!. Offering stunning views of Lake Baikal - Siberia’s inland sea this hotel is located just outside the small village of Litsvinyanka.
Today you can book locally one of the many boats for a trip on the lake (not included)(Not possible for us to book in Advance)
Free day to explore at your leisure.
Today transfer back to the station for the train to Vladivostok.
Aboard train - Settle into life aboard the train as it enters Russia's Far East region; this also where Siberia officially ends. Via Kharbarovsk, the train pushes on, sometimes within 10km of the Chinese border.
Arrive in Vladivostok. Welcome to the end of the Trans-Siberian line. Checking into your hotel, enjoy a city tour with lunch and visit to Vladivostok port and a decommissioned submarine, the S-56, which sank 10 enemy ships in its day!
Enjoy breakfast and an excursion to Vladivostok Fortress, where, every day at noon a giant gun is fired, or the Oceanarium, dedicated to interesting local species.
Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.
On Russia's far Pacific coast, Vladivostok (Lord of the East) represents the end of the original Trans-Siberian line. An attractively ...