Overview

Flight - 1 night
Vladivostok - 1 night
Train – 1 night
Khabarovsk - 1 night
Train – 3 nights
Irkutsk - 1 night
Train – 1 night
Novosibirsk - 1 night
Train - 3 nights
Moscow - 1 night

 

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THE ORIGINAL TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

Epic and world-famous, the ultimate railway adventure of our age

A momentous 15-day journey from the Pacific to Europe travelling on the Original Trans-Siberian Railway

Take an incredible journey on the magnificent Original Trans-Siberian Railway. Join us on a journey that is as thrilling and as important as the destination. For more than a century, this Trans-Siberian route has been connecting the Russian capital to the country’s far eastern Pacific corner, attracting adventurers and writers, appealing today not only to train buffs but to historians and those who want to travel the “original” route. Travel Russia’s 9289 km backbone, stopping in remote towns and lesser visited cities. Savour the diverse cultural influences of indigenous people. Explore Russia’s Buddhist centre in Ulan Ede and Irkutsk, gateway to Lake Baikal. Visit the Romanov’s last shelter in Yekaterinburg and explore rich and ancient Tartar culture in Kazan, finishing in the mighty metropolis of Moscow. As working trains are not designed for lavish travels, we have secured private carriages to adjoin the scheduled trains and interspersed the rail journey with overnights in first class hotels, providing comfortable accommodation whilst maintaining an authentic experience with a genuine sense of adventure.

Key Features

Chauffeur Driven Transfers
Privately Chartered Carriages
Experienced Tour Manager 
Expert Local Guides
Onboard Historians
Group Size: 16 – 38
Price Guarantee

 

Day 1 Fly from London to Vladivostok, via Moscow. 

Day 2 Arrive Vladivostok, for years this city was closed to foreigners being the home base of the Russian Pacific Fleet. It has a fantastic location on the Amursky Gulf and is the start of the original Trans-Siberian express line, Vladivostok to Moscow, the preferred route for Trans-Siberian purists, running some 9,289 kms. Transfer to the Azimut hotel for dinner and overnight. (D) 

Day 3 Morning tour of Vladivostok, visit the Submarine Museum, enjoy the fantastic view over the city from the “Adlernest” hill. Lunch in the city is followed by a boat excursion around Russia’s largest Pacific port. In the evening the regular train is scheduled to depart and you will be welcomed to your private railway carriage. Overnight on board. (B, L, D) 

Day 4 Reach Khabarovsk, boasting a delightful riverside setting with lots of greenery, pleasant walkways and boulevards lined with tsarist buildings. Visit the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Mother of God, with soaring white-and-blue towers, on popular Komsomolskaya Square, the Regional Museum, as well as the bluff over the Amur River with its wide sandy beaches. Overnight at Parus Best Eastern. (B, L, D) 

Days 5-6 Re-join the train to continue the journey westbound crossing Khabarovsk’s 2.6 km bridge over the Amur River. Travel the scenic route following the Ingoda and Shilka Rivers into a wild land of taiga forest and hills. Pass the former penal colony of Svobodny, the junction to the Baikal-Amur-Magistrale and the junction to the Trans-Manchurian Railway in Chita. (B, L, D) 

Day 7 Arrival in Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic, the city’s ethnic and cultural diversity offers a unique insight into its heritage. Stemming from its proximity to Mongolia and tradition as a trading settlement between Russia, Mongolia and China, its Mongol-Buddhist culture lends it an exoticism. Famed for its Lenin head, the chief attractions are outside of the city, visit Ivolginsky Datsan, a beautiful monastery and centre of buddhism in Russia. Return to the train and continue the trip to Irkutsk. (B, L, D) 

Day 8 Afternoon arrival in Irkutsk, regarded as the modern day cultural capital of Siberia, famed for its traditional wooden architecture, complemented by a vibrant café culture. Drive to the remarkable natural phenomenon of Lake Baikal, the largest reservoir of freshwater in the world. Few natural sights can surpass the grandeur of Lake Baikal. A short boat excursion takes you out onto the lake, perhaps enjoy a swim, visit the picturesque village of Listwyanka and spend time immersed in Siberian culture at this remote village on the shores of Lake Baikal. Dinner is a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings. Return to Irkutsk for an overnight at the Courtyard Marriott. (B, L, D) 

Day 9 Explore Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia in tsarist times, where many Russian nobles and artists were exiled. See beautiful churches along the Angara River, visit the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre, the main city centre and the statue of Alexander III – the Tzar responsible for the Trans-Siberian railway. Later visit the photogenic market hall before reboarding the train for its journey to Novosibirsk. (B, L, D) 

Day 10 Travel through a landscape consisting of gently rolling hills and dense forests of larch, pine and birch trees. In the late afternoon the train arrives in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. Explore this most Soviet of cities filled with parks and tree-lined avenues, see the mighty Ob River and the fascinating open-air railway museum showcasing carriages of the Tsars, the collection includes steam, diesel and electric locomotives that were used on the railway in the West Siberian region. Overnight at the Marriott. (B, L, D) 

Day 11 Morning city tour visiting the colourful and exciting market and the spectacular Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, the largest musical theatre in Russia, a symbol and pride of the Siberian region. Continue the journey onward to Yekaterinburg. (B, L, D) 

Day 12 The scenery is flat, often swampy or forested until you enter the Ural’s before arriving at Yekaterinburg, historic capital of this mineral rich region with a fascinating history. Surrounded by beautiful, rolling countryside and dotted with traditional Siberian villages. Best known as the site of the murder of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. Visit Revolution Square to hear the most compelling story at the beautiful Church of Spilled Blood and the Chapel of St. Elizabeth, see views of the city from the Hill of Ascension. Yekaterinburg is also the frontier between the European and the Asian continent. Visit the obelisk monument. “Between Europe & Asia” where you can straddle the continental divide. Once back on board, enjoy views of the Urals landscape as the train rolls across the European continent. (B, L, D) 

Day 13 After breakfast reach Kazan, translated as ‘cooking pot’ in Tatar, it is a melting pot of Asian and European culture. The city sits on the banks of the Volga, is about 150 years older than Moscow and the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, the land of the Volga Tatars, a Turkic people commonly associated with Chinggis (Genghis) Khan’s hordes. On your city tour discover Tatar mosques and the most magnificent Russian Orthodox cathedral. Take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin, where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tatars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Afterwards enjoy lunch in a city restaurant before re-boarding the train. (B, L, D) 

Day 14 Around noon, arrive in the Russian capital of Moscow, and check-in at your hotel, the InterContinental Tverskaya, for an overnight stay. In the afternoon visit the Kremlin grounds with its magnificent cathedral, where several of the building interiors can also be viewed. After dinner, discover the city’s magic during an hour-long “City of Lights” tour, including a stop at Red Square and a ride on the underground to view two of Moscow’s particularly beautiful metro stations. (B, L, D) 

Day 15 The morning orientation tour of the city opens up many of Moscow’s hidden treasures, see the diversity of architectural styles from the austere and restrained Russian style to the richly decorated Moscow Baroque, elegant Empire, fascinating Art Nouveau and even Pseudo-Chinese and Moorish. Visit the reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lomonossov University, the New Maidens’ Convent (Novodevichy Monastery) and Red Square with its colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, as well as to the notorious former KGB headquarters and the White House. Later transfer to the airport for the homeward flight to London. Alternatively you may choose a different way home and extend your stay to St. Petersburg for a further three nights. (B)  

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2020

Thursdays
per person in Classic Compartment twin/double room
British Airways from London Heathrow

Date Price
May 14 £7395
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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £2695

Cabin Upgrades

Superior Compartment £400 
Single supplement £300
Bolshoi Compartment £3055 
Single supplement £2255

Extension Options

Post-tour Extension - St. Petersburg
3 nights £865
Single supplement £345

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, 14 nights' accommodation, meals as indicated, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*We are providing a VIP Chauffeur driven transfer for passengers that live within a 70 miles radius of the point of departure.  For those passengers that live outside of this 70 Mile radius we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.

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