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Moscow - Vladivostok Exploration

16 days7 cities
Russia1 country
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews
Small Group Rail Tour to Russia

Hop onboard the train and start your tailor-made Trans-Siberian journey, taking you through such cities as Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk and numerous other scenic locations. The tour includes 1st-class accommodation on a private train car, top-notch hotels in the major hubs, Russian visa-processing, tour lead services, and tickets to all the must-sees in the country.

16 days7 cities
Russia1 country
From
$8,578
Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia
2
nights
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.

Day by day
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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
Exploring the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow

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 a short break for coffee you take a walk through the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the famous GUM department store.

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

Breakfast is included.

3
day
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

In the morning, you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and enjoy a tour of the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have amazing time viewing the brightest gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces by Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, you have a quick subway ride to explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world. Then you see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction.

Today you also have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

After the tour, you are transferred to the train station to board your private train car!

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
Ekaterinburg
25 hrs 40 min

Make yourself at home in the first-class sleeper of the private train car and enjoy part of your unforgettable Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to magnificent Ekaterinburg.
The private train car is detached and locked during stops with overnight stays in local hotels. This way you can safely leave your luggage and only take what you will need for your time in the hotel, avoiding the hustle of packing and unpacking.

Ekaterinburg, Russia
3
nights
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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4
day
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

Today you arrive in the capital of Ural Region. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

No meals included.

5
day
Last Days of Russian Imperial Family Tour in Ekaterinburg

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour around the most remarkable city landmarks.

During the tour, you take a walk through the historical city center, visit Ural Craftsman Lane where you can buy some traditional hand-made souvenirs, see the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House and take a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument where you can happily experience being at two places at once putting one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

The second part of your tour is dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family. You visit the Church on Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House, where the last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The last stop for today is the first burial place of the tsar’s family - the Monastery Complex “Ganina Yama” that now consists of seven chapels - one for each member of the royal family.

The day is crowned with a visit to the Boris Yeltsin Center*, a modern high tech complex where you explore the life of the first Russian president and learn about the contemporary history of Russia, starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the time known as “the wild 90s”.

After the tour, you return to your hotel to take some rest before you are transferred to the station and board your train to Irkutsk.

*Please, note: the 2020 tour program features a visit to the Vysotsky viewpoint instead.

Breakfast is included.

6
day
On Board the Train

In the morning you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the train station to beard the train to Moscow.

Breakfast is included.

7
day
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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Ekaterinburg
Irkutsk
2 days 4 hrs

Travel from authentic Ekaterinburg to your next destination - the scenic village of Listvyanka, while comfortably seated in the first-class sleeper of your private train car. The train goes to Irkutsk, from where you'll be transferred right to Listvyanka Village, which is situated on the Lake Baikal shore. The region of Lake Baikal and more adventures along the Trans-Siberian route await! 

Listvyanka Village, Russia
1
day
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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8
day
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum

In the morning you check out from your hotel and board a train to continue your adventure. Shortly, you arrive in the city of Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel. On the way, you make a stop at a local cafe for breakfast (not included).

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 lunch at a local restaurant, we invite you for an exclusive experience - a private 3-hour cruise on Lake Baikal. Together with the guide, you board a ship that takes you to one of the first Baikal railroad stations. After you get ashore, you walk to the tunnels of the old railroad and take magnificent pictures. On the way back you relax on the open-air deck with a cup of hot Siberian tea and local candies, listening to the stories about the life of locals.

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

To enhance your experience, you have a chance to attend a traditional Russian banya or sauna (at your choice) at the hotel in the evening.

  • Please, note: chair-lift is not available on Monday.

Breakfast and lunch are 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
day
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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9
day
Trip to Taltsy Village & Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your guide and driver take you on a 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.

Your driver takes you then to Irkutsk for 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 centrally located hotel for check-in.

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

Wave farewell to Irkutsk and head towards your next destination - the wondrous city of Ulan-Ude! Hop onboard your private train car and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Baikal along the way.

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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10
day
Arrival to Ulan Ude

Following breakfast 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 evening is free to continue exploring Ulan Ude on your own or to take rest before the next busy day.

Breakfast box is included.

11
day
Enjoying Ulan Ude

Today after breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and take a tour around the most interesting city landmarks.

You enjoy the views from Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan rising high above the city (if time and weather conditions allow), see the world’s largest head statue of Lenin, take a walk at Lenin Street abundant in former merchant houses, explore Soviet Square and admire at beautiful Odigitria Cathedral.

You then head for Ivolginsky Buddhist monastery complex, considered as the center of Buddhism in Russia. Located 40 km from Ulan-Ude in the picturesque valley of the Ivolga River, the complex is home to the Buddhist institute Dashi Choinkhorlin, translated from Tibetan as “the land of happy learning”. Here monks, the future lamas, study oriental and Tibetan culture, medicine, Old Mongolian and Tibetan languages and philosophy of Buddhism. During the tour you make a sacred circle (“goroo”) around the territory, enter the temples, see the altar with many golden statues of Buddha, Buddhist stupas, Buddhist books, tankas and even the sacred Bodhi tree.

After the tour you return to Ulan Ude, have a break for lunch (lunch not included) and take a transfer to the train station. Upon arrival you board a train and continua your journey.

Breakfast and meal onboard included.

12
day
On Board the Train

You spend this day on board your luxurious Golden Eagle train. Enjoy fantastic sceneries passing by your window, a diverse entertainment program, gourmet dining and a company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

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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Ulan-Ude
Khabarovsk
2 days 8 hrs

Head towards the Russian Far East to reach your next destination, the charming city on the Amur River, Khabarovsk. Onboard a private train car, you are going to traverse some undeniably scenic views, thus make sure to look out your window!

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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13
day
Arrival in Khabarovsk & Free Evening

Late at night, you arrive in Khabarovsk. Your driver meets you at the station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

No meals included.

14
day
Khabarovsk City Tour

After breakfast, you have free time to explore the city on your own or relax in your comfortable room. 

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 return to the hotel and have some free time for dinner. In the evening you are transferred to the train station.

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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Khabarovsk
Vladivostok
11 hrs 30 min

Set off on the last part of your Trans-Siberian adventure and make your way to Vladivostok, a bustling port city, and the last stop on the itinerary. Make sure to soak up the views from your private train car for the last time.

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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15
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, your train finally arrives in Vladivostok - one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. 

During the tour, you visit the historical center of Vladivostok, the Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum and the iconic bridge over Golden Horn Bay.

After the tour, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

16
day
Departure from Vladivostok

This is the final day of your fantastic Golden Eagle 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.

5-star Hotel
5

You have to agree, it's impossible to think of a perfect vacation without a top-notch hotel where you can relax after a long day of exploring the city. And there is no better place to unwind than a high-end 5-star hotel, providing flawless service, a wide choice of in-house facilities to take advantage of, and ample bedrooms, fitted with everything you might need for a great stay.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village, Ulan Ude, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok;
  • 1st class train tickets on all legs of the trip;
  • Private train car provided exclusively for our small group tour from Moscow to Vladivostok;
  • Local experienced tour leader accompanying the group from Moscow to Vladivostok;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Minimum group size: 8 travelers; Maximum group size 17 travelers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Ganina Yama, Church on Blood, Boris Yeltsin Center, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Taltsy Musem, Ivolginsky Datsan, Memorial Submarine S-56 Museum;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • 3-hour Lake Baikal cruise;
  • Support line during the trip.
  • Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

    Note: 

    1. Hotels' availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out, we will provide alternative hotels of equal value for you. 

    2. We include one vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required, additional transfer costs will apply.

    3. Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 8 travelers. If a particular departure does not gather the minimum number of participants, the closest alternative departure dates or program will be offered. Confirmation of departure will be issued four months before the tour start date

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

    5. Single travelers rate covers transfers and hotel accommodations for single occupancy. Please let us know if you would prefer to have a single supplement for the train cabin as well.

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

  • Intimate group size of up to only 8 to 18 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Comfort of traveling in a private train car and attention of a professional English-speaking tour leader that turn your adventure into a carefree journey;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • 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 during a private cruise;
  • 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 climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
Dates & Rates

Dates & Rates

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