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
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
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
Yekaterinburg. Today you can choose from the optional activities on offer 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
Train to Irkutsk
Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk. Relax on board the train and enjoy the views as the train travels through Siberia en route to 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
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.
Very early in the morning on day 14 transfer to rail station for the train to Vladivostok.
Overnight: (1) - Ulan Ude, (2) - Train | Breakfast x 2
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.
Arriving into Vladivostok in the evening on day 16, 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 2
End of the line
Your momentous Trans-Siberian adventure ends after breakfast today.
Prices & Dates
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.