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Imperial Russia Train
From Vladivostok via Lake Baikal to Moscow
14 Days

ITINERARY

14 Days: Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulan-Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Moscow

Tour Overview:
A journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad is one of the last great travel adventures in our world. Set this dream of a lifetime on the tracks with the “Imperial Russia” Train and experience Russia in the safest, most comfortable and fascinating manner. The route between Vladivostok, Lake Baikal and Moscow is specifically designed for the adventure traveler who wishes to combine the thrill of traveling with the comfort and safety afforded by the “Hotel on Wheels”. Lean back to enjoy the dramatic changes of scenery and savour a choice of most superb and splendid landscapes!

Day 1: Welcome to Vladivostok

Arrival in Vladivostok, meet and greet at the airport, transfer from airport to Hotel Hyundai***** (or similar), check-in


Day 2: Vladivostok, Boarding “Imperial Russia” Train

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Vladivostok which was founded in 1860 with a mission to defend the south-eastern border of Russia. Nowadays it is the home base of the Pacific Russian military fleet. A free access was given to visitors only in 1992. During the city tour we will enjoy the bay view from a boat or from the top of one of the hills on which the city lies, walk the streets with ocean breeze, check out the historic sites and capture the refreshing spirit of the natural surroundings. Lunch at a city restaurant. In the afternoon excursion to Russky Island. In the evening you are welcome onboard the «Imperial Russia» Train, enjoy dinner onboard and get to know your travel companions.


Day 3: Khabarovsk

Breakfast on board, arrival in Khabarovsk, city tour including the most important sites and Museum of the Regional Studies. Lunch at a city restaurant, in the afternoon you take a boat ride along the Amur River that forms a natural boarder of Russia and China, enjoy the views of the city, folklore concert and entertainment onboard the boat. Later in the noon, you take part in the workshop to create your own Russian souvenir – paint your own matreshka, the famous nestling doll, to take home as one of the numerous memories from this journey. Dinner at a city restaurant. In the evening board the train.


Day 4: Onboard

The train continues the journey and passes through branching to the Trans-Manchurian Railway near Chita and arrives in Buryatia very soon. Enjoy your stay and various activities onboard. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board.


Day 5: Onboard

Today enjoy one more leisure day onboard while travelling through the beautiful landscapes. Enjoy the interesting lectures and participate in the entertainment program. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board.


Day 6: Ulan-Ude

Breakfast on board, today the train stops in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. A special spiritual experience is a visit to an active Datsan during the city tour, reception in a traditional Buryat yurt with local welcome, you learn how to cook traditional “pozy”, play dice, wear traditional costume and enjoy a colorful and spectacular folklore program of the Buryats’ culture. In the evening board the train to continue the voyage. Dinner on board.


Day 7: Lake Baikal

Arrival in Port Baikal. After breakfast you board a motor ship to sail to Listvyanka, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the deepest Lake in the world that contains the fifth part of the Earth’s fresh water. You will visit the unique Baikal Museum dedicated to flora and fauna of the lake, the observation point at the Chersky Stone with a stunning view on the lake and the Angara River. After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the fish and souvenir market. Return to Port Baikal, the journey continues along the original route of the Trans-Siberian Railway along the shore of Lake Baikal. You will enjoy barbeque dinner on the shore of the lake. Welcome back onboard.


Day 8: Irkutsk

Breakfast on board, today the train arrives in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia. The city has preserved quite a few of historical buildings and monuments. During the city tour you will see the picturesque wooden houses, visit the Decembrists’ Museum that will unfold the story of failed uprising of Russian aristocracy who were exiled to Irkutsk. Lunch at a city restaurant, in the afternoon an excursion to Open-air Museum Taltsy, located in the picturesque place on the bank of the Angara River, focusing on life and work in historical Siberia. Spend some free time strolling through Irkutskaya Sloboda. Dinner at a city restaurant. In the evening board the train.


Day 9: Onboard

Today enjoy your stay and various activities onboard. The train passes by villages with their typical wooden houses and through the birch forests, enjoy the relaxing day in anticipation of the next stop. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board.


Day 10: Novosibirsk

Breakfast on board, arrival in Novosibirsk, the heart of Siberia, the city tour will start at the railway station with the visit to the local Railway Museum dedicated to the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. After lunch at a city restaurant the tour will continue on the embankment of the Ob River, main squares and ancient streets of the city. The Ballet and Opera House will impress you with its monumental architecture, it is known as the biggest theater building in the country. Board the train and enjoy dinner onboard.


Day 11: Yekaterinburg

Breakfast on board, arrival in Yekaterinburg, the historical capital of the Urals, city tour dedicated to the family of the last Russian Tsar and their last days. During the tour you will visit the memorial Church on the Blood to commemorate the tragic events that took place in the city. After lunch in downtown you will visit the memorial that marks the borderline between Europe and Asia, you will have an opportunity to be in both continents at the same time. In the evening you board the train and continue the trip. Tonight enjoy dinner onboard.


Day 12: Kazan

Breakfast on board, in the morning arrival in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, city tour to explore the Old Kazan, visit to the Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) with its wonderful panoramic view over the Volga River and enjoy the folklore program that will give you an insight into the Tatar national epic. You will taste local cuisine during lunch including a cooking master class revealing the secrets of Tatar cuisine. Later this afternoon you board the train and continue the trip. Dinner onboard.


Day 13: Moscow

Breakfast on board, arrival in Moscow. The «Imperial Russia» train runs over 9000 km along this famous railway to rich its final destination – Moscow, the capital of Russia. City tour of Moscow include Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow University and view of Moscow on the Lenin Hills, tour of Moscow Metro. After lunch at a city restaurant, you will explore the Red Square, the very heart of Moscow, with picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral, visit the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world, the former residence of the Russian Tsars. Enjoy some time in down town strolling along the ancient Arbat Street with its numerous cafes and souvenir shops. In the evening transfer to Hotel Baltschug Kempinski***** (or similar), check-in. Dinner and overnight at hotel.


Day 14: Departure from Moscow

Breakfast at hotel, transfer from hotel to the airport, end of the trip.


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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 11 x nights onboard the “Imperial Russia” Train in Russia and Mongolia.
  • 1 x night at 5-star hotel in Moscow, 1 x night at 5-star hotel in Vladivostok.
  • Excursions with local guides according to the program
  • Transfer to/ from hotels and train stations, transfer to/ from the airport (in Moscow and Vladivostok)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations
  • Informative lectures on Trans-Siberian Railroad, geography and history of the country
  • Doctor on board
  • English speaking Group Leader and Tour Managers

Exclusions:

  • Flights, fees for visa, all drinks ordered in the bar on board, tips and own expenses, insurance (medical insurance is obligatary for the whole tour).

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