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Epic Trans-Siberian

20 days11 cities
Russia1 country
Tour rating: 4.85 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews
Private Rail Tour to Russia

Traverse some of the most beautiful sceneries, towns and cities while on an epic Trans-Siberian journey! Start your tour with sightseeing Moscow, explore Ekaterinburg, Perth, Irkutsk and other towns on the route, and enjoy some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes, including views over the vast Lake Baikal.

20 days11 cities
Russia1 country
From
$5,348
Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia
1
night
Russia

You can't say you've been in Russia if you haven't stopped in legendary Moscow, and even if you have just one day to spend there, there are a lot of things you can cross from your Russia travel bucket list.

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Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the charming city center on your own.

No meals included.

  • Optional pre-tour extension available: Begin your journey with an exploration of the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Contact your travel specialist for details.
2
day
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin and the heart of Moscow - the Red Square.

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After break for lunch you have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks. During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod
4 hrs 10 min

After exploring the splendid capital Moscow, hop onboard the train taking you to another charming Russian city, Nizhny Novgorod.

Nizhny Novgorod
1
day
Russia

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

During the Soviet period, Nizhny Novgorod was a closed city due to its military importance. It opened its doors for visitors only in 1991 and during the last 20 years became one of the most popular Russian cities to stop by.

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3
day
Nizhny Novgorod City Tour

In the morning you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the railway station where you board a high-speed train that takes you to Nizhny Novgorod in just 4 hours.

Upon arrival you meet your guide at the train station and go on a wonderful panoramic city tour around the most famous attractions of Nizhny Novgorod. During the tour you stroll through a pedestrian Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street, see the beautiful Stroganovskaya Church, explore the ancient Annunciation Cathedral, enjoy fantastic city views from the Volga slope and visit the famous Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin.

After the tour you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Nizhny Novgorod
Perm
13 hrs 20 min

Traverse Russia like a true local and enjoy a scenic journey from Nizhny Novgorod to Perm on a regular Russian train. 

Perm, Russia
1
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Russia

Perm, Russia

If you think that Perm can't possibly offer anything worth falling in love with, get ready to be surprised. This city prides itself on charming streets, historical sights, and grand theatres that can compete even with Moscow's Bolshoi.

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4
day
Arrival to Perm & Free Evening

Today early in the morning you check out from the hotel. Your guide and driver transfer you to the train station where you board the train to continue your journey. In the evening your train arrives in Perm - a major rail junction connecting Siberia and the Far East with the European part of the country.

Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to relax in your cozy room or start exploring the city center on your own.

Breakfast box and one meal onboard are included.

5
day
Exploring Kungur Ice Caves

Following breakfast, you have morning at leisure. Later you check out and prepare for an exciting day trip to explore the Kungur ice caves, located in the outskirts of Perm. Known since time immemorial, the caves encompass the remains of ancient settlements dating back to VII-IX centuries.

Upon arrival to Kungur you have a brief city tour around the major sites of the area. Your tour then continues to the mysterious and ancient Kungur ice caves located in the Ice Mountain.

  • Please, note: Average temperature inside the cave is +5C. Ice crystals can be seen at the entrance and exit from the cave any time of the year. The best time to see the crystals is from February to June.

The caves represent a system of labyrinths and are famous for their unique grottos. There are about 70 underground lakes of different sizes in the caves, exact number depending on the time of year. During your tour exploration you pass the large excursion ring traveling 1300 meters underground.

After the tour you are transferred to Kungur train station and continue your journey to the capital of Ural. In the evening you arrive to Yekaterinburg and have transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Breakfast and one meal on board are included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Perm
Ekaterinburg
5 hrs

Watch the time fly by as you fly through scenic landscapes onboard a Trans-Siberian train! In just 5 hours you will reach your destination and continue exploring the country in Ekaterinburg.

Ekaterinburg, Russia
1
day
Russia

Ekaterinburg, Russia

A bridge between Europe and Asia, lovely Ekaterinburg is one of the most significant Russian cities, boasting a rich cultural heritage and plenty of amazing sights to explore, including the world-famous Church of All Saints!

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6
day
Yekaterinburg City Tour

Following breakfast you have morning at leisure.

After lunch you meet your guide and driver and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once by putting one foot in Europe and the other - in Asia.

Your next stop is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” - the first burial place of the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family. The monastery has seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

Upon return to the city you visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the Romanov family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

You then enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks. During the tour you take a walk through the historic centre of the city, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and  admire Sevastyanov's House - the symbol of the city. 

The highlight of the day is a visit to the famous observation platform of Vysotsky hotel - one of the tallest buildings in Yekaterinburg, where you enjoy the panorama of the city from the bird's-eye view.

Your tour ends at the train station, where you board a train running to Novosibirsk. You spend this night on board the train.

Breakfast and one meal on board are included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Ekaterinburg
Novosibirsk
21 hrs

Make yourself comfortable and get ready for an unforgettabe journey along the Trans-Siberian route. Make sure not to sleep through the views!

Novosibirsk
1
night
Russia

Novosibirsk, Russia

If you are looking for a place that combines a metropolitan vibe, extensive cultural heritage, and breathtaking nature, and unique tourist attractions, you should consider putting Novosibirsk on your travel agenda.

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7
day
Arrival in Novosibirsk & Free Evening

Today your train reaches a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature, as your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant, but is certainly not desolate.

Upon arrival in the evening your driver meets you at the railway station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

No meals included.

8
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Novosibirsk City Tour

Today you reach a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature. Your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant but is certainly not desolate. 

During your city tour, you see a central Lenin Square with the famous Ballet and Opera Theater, stroll along the ancient streets of Novosibirsk and enjoy the great views of the Ob River. 

  • Optional tours: Visit to the Open Air Railway Museum, State Art Museum tour or visit to the Mineralogical Center.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Novosibirsk
Krasnoyarsk
11 hrs 58 min

Make yourself at home as tonight you spend the night onboard the train taking you from Novosibirsk to Krasnoyarsk. Your train car is fully-equipped with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay.

Krasnoyarsk City Gallery
1
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Russia

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Marvelous Krasnoyarsk has many names, and the "City of Fountains" is probably the most poetic one. The city is famous for numerous beautiful fountains, as well as amazing monuments and striking flower compositions.

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9
day
Krasnoyarsk City Tour

In the morning you arrive in Krasnoyarsk, the largest economic, industrial and educational center of Central and Eastern Siberia. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for early check-in.

After having some rest and time for lunch, you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most famous city landmarks. You start exploration with Mira Square with a monument to Сommander Rezanov on it, take a walk along the old city streets and visit the Praskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel situated on the top of Karaulnaya Mountain. The chapel is considered a symbol of the city, and one of its buildings decorates 10-rouble banknote. 

You then head for Tsar Fish observation point located near Sliznevo village. The statue of a sturgeon commemorates one of the most significant storybook of a famous Russian author V. Astafyev. From the high of 300-metres (984 ft) Sliznevsky Byk cliff you are able to enjoy the breathtaking view on Yenisey river landscape.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

Breakfast is included.

10
day
Free Morning in Krasnoyarsk & Train to Irkutsk

This morning is free for you to continue discovering the main attractions of Krasnoyarsk on your own. Ask your travel specialist about available options.

In the afternoon you are transferred to the railway station where you board a train running to Irkutsk. You spend this night on board the train.

Breakfast and one meal onboard are included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Krasnoyarsk
Lake Baikal, Listvyanka Village
18 hrs 20 min

Wave Krasnoyarsk goodbye and embark on a train journey taking you to the charming village of Listvyanka. Scenic views and authentic experiences are guaranteed!

Listvyanka Village, Russia
1
night
Russia

If the magnificent Lake Baikal is on your travel bucket list, there is no better place to visit than lovely Listvyanka Village. Nestled right on the shores of the unique lake, it boasts numerous wooden churches and breathtaking landscapes.

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11
day
Lake Baikal & Listvyanka Village Tour

Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore, drop off your luggage and have breakfast at the hotel. 

You then enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake. After some rest you enjoy a guided tour around Listvyanka Village. During the tour you visit the Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium that houses an interesting display of the unique flora and fauna of the lake.

Then you take a chair-lift to the nearby viewpoint to take some magnificent panoramic pictures of Baikal, view the Chersky Rock and visit the 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and spend some time at a local fish market where you see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

12
day
Trip to Taltsy Village

After breakfast, you take a day trip to the open-air museum of wooden architecture located in Taltsy Village.

This reconstructed Siberian village consists of a number of buildings that were threatened with flooding when the Irkutsk Dam was constructed on the Angara River. All the buildings at the Taltsy museum were rescued from the rising waters and brought here to serve as models of Irkutsk regional architecture.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

3-star Hotel
3

Enhance your rail adventure by staying in a cozy 3-star hotel, providing everything a traveler might ask for a nice stay. In the gallery, you can see several examples of the 3-star hotels that we offer to our clients.

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Lake Baikal, Listvyanka Village
Irkutsk

In a short car trip, a reliable driver will take you from the shores of Lake Baikal to Siberia's heart, Irkutsk. On your way to the city, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Russian countryside, as well as multiple alluring views and riverain areas.

Irkutsk, Russia
1
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Russia

Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk boasts an amazing location close to China and Mongolia, making it an interesting blend of cultures. The city played a major part in the country's history and is a "must-visit" place for those who want to experience genuine Russia.

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13
day
Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and have morning at leisure. After lunch you meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and have a guided tour around the most remarkable city's attractions.

You first walk along Angara River embankment - the most popular meeting place among the locals - to an eternal flame and the monument to explorer Yakov Pohabov, the founder of the city. You proceed to the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, the beautiful Polish Roman Church, located in the historical part of Irkutsk.

You are then driven to one of the main monasteries in Siberia - Sign Monastery also known as the Znamensky Monastery. You also explore the Kazan Church, which with its Byzantine style decorations looks like a fairy tower, and Block 130, the historical zone with many colorful wooden houses and buildings constructed in the 17th century.

After the tour you are transferred to the train station.

Breakfast is included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Irkutsk
Ulan-Ude
7 hrs 30 min

Marvel at the vast Lake Baikal as you cross the scenic Buryatia Region on your way from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude. The Trans-Siberian train-journey boasts not only a comfortable cabin for you to relax at but some picturesque views through the window as well.

Ulan Ude, Russia
2
nights
Russia

Ula-Ude is known to anyone interested in Russia travel as its one of the most fascinating places in East Siberia. Although located in Russia, it feels more like an Asian city but at the same time leaves no doubt about its Russian heritage.

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14
day
Train to Ulan Ude

In the morning you check out from the hotel and are transferred to the train station to board your train and continue your journey.

In the afternoon you arrive in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. Upon arrival your guide meets you at the railway station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring Ulan Ude on your own.

Breakfast and one meal on board are included.

15
day
Ulan Ude City Tour

Today you arrive in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions.

Later you visit an authentic Old Believers’ village, where you will learn more about the culture and history of the Buryats and attend a concert featuring local traditions and folk singing.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

16
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On Board the Train

You spend this day on board the train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Breakfast box is included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Ulan-Ude
Khabarovsk
2 days 8 hrs

Embark on a train ride taking you to the Russian Far East and gaze at some truly spectacular mountainous landscapes through the window of your train car. The journey to Khabarovsk will definitely leave a lasting imprression.

Khabarovsk, Russia
1
night
Russia

Khabarovsk, Russia

Famous for the scenic parks, beautiful artificial lakes and impressive historical sights, Khabarovsk is one of the most remarkable cities to visit during your Trans-Siberian journey, offering plenty of things to spice up your stay with.

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17
day
Arrival in Khabarovsk & Free Day

This evening your train arrives in Khabarovsk. Your driver meets you at the railway station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free for you to take a good rest after a long train journey or start exploring the historical city center on your own.

No meals included.

18
day
Khabarovsk City Tour

After breakfast, you have free time to explore the city on your own or relax in your comfortable room. In the afternoon you check out and have free time for lunch.

Following lunch, you meet your private guide and driver in the hotel lobby and set off on a tour of Khabarovsk. You start sightseeing from the Monument to Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky, a Russian general, statesman and diplomat. Continue to Amur Cliff which offers exciting views on the Amur River and hills. The river had a special historical significance as a route much used by the Russians when exploring and opening up eastern Russia. Nowadays it forms a part of the Chinese–Russian border.

You then make a riverside walk along picturesque Nevelsky Embankment, witness the Spaso-Transfiguration Cathedral, the third tallest church in Russia, and see the eternal flame memorial.

Finally, you ride across Khabarovsk Bridge. The railway bridge over the Amur River is the longest, at 1.6 km (5,250 ft), on the Trans Siberian Railway. The bridge, as well as Muravyov-Amursky Monument, is famous for being depicted on a 5000-ruble banknote.

After the tour, you have free time for dinner. In the evening you are transferred to the train station.

Breakfast and meal onboard included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

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Khabarovsk
Vladivostok
11 hrs 30 min

Board the train in Khabarovsk and start your scenic journey towards Vladivostok, the charming port city in the Russian Far East. Unwind and get some rest in the comfortable train car before continuing your extensive Russia tour.

Vladivostok, Russia
1
night
Russia

The treasure of Russia's Far East Region, glorious Vladivostok offers just as many amazing things to explore as renowned Moscow and Saint Petersburg, as well as something you can't find in any other Russian city.

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19
day
Vladivostok City Tour

After traveling through 8 time zones and covering around 6,600 miles (10,600 km) along the epic Trans-Siberian route, early in the morning your train finally arrives in Vladivostok - one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan.

Upon arrival you meet your guide at the train station and enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour around the most interesting city attractions. You start with exploring the Vladivostok Railway Station that is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.

You then drive across the Russky Bridge, the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, to reach Russky Island. An integral part of the Vladivostok's history, the island attracts numerous tourists with charming Primorye nature, dozens of picturesque bays, majestic coastal rocks and a number of unique military fortifications. While being on the island, you have a great chance to visit one of them - "Novosiltsevskaya battery" fortification. Beautiful panoramic view of the bridge opens from there.

Next you drive to the Eagle's Nest observation point to get a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the city and Golden Horn Bay. The highlight of your tour is visit to Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

20
day
Departure from Vladivostok

This is the final day of your Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

4-star hotel
4

All 4-star accommodations that we offer to our clients boast a fantastic location in the city centers, impeccable service, great on-site amenities, and comfortable guestrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Listvyanka Village, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Economy class high-speed "Lastochka" train tickets from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorord;
  • 1st or 2nd class train tickets on all other legs of the trip;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: If we are not able to get 1st class train tickets, a whole 2nd class compartment (4 berths for 2 people's use) will be booked instead.

Note: Due to specific travel arrangements and train departure times depending on the schedules of Russian Railways, the itinerary may be subject to change.​

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfers throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Exploration of the mysterious and ancient Kungur Ice Caves located in the Ice Mountain;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness;
  • All of the must-see sights of 10 Russian cities included in the journey along the whole Trans-Siberian railway line.

What To Know

  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
  • Tour can start only on an even day of the month (2,4,6,8 ...)
Dates & Rates

Dates & Rates

Package price per person