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Trans-Siberian Exploration

Tour rating: 4.92 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews
Private Rail Tour to Russia, Mongolia

Embark on a private Trans-Siberian tour taking you from Moscow to Ulan Bator, and marvel at awe-inspiring landscapes through your window along the way. The vast Lake Baikal, imposing Ural Mountains and many more exciting views await you on the tour, which also includes getting acquainted with authentic cultures and customs, such as the Nomandic lifestyle in Mongolia.

Trans-Siberian Exploration

17 days6 cities
RussiaMongolia2 countries
Private Rail Tour to Russia, Mongolia
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$5,096
Tour rating: 4.92 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews

Embark on a private Trans-Siberian tour taking you from Moscow to Ulan Bator, and marvel at awe-inspiring landscapes through your window along the way. The vast Lake Baikal, imposing Ural Mountains and many more exciting views await you on the tour, which also includes getting acquainted with authentic cultures and customs, such as the Nomandic lifestyle in Mongolia.

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Day-By-Day
Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

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.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
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.
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Day 2
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.

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Day 3
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.

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4-star hotel
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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.

train
Moscow
Kazan
13 hrs 50 min

Experience the authentic Russian train ride with Trans-Siberian Railway from the capital of Russia, Moscow, to the crown jewel of Tatarstan. There are 1st or 2nd coach classes for you to choose, as well as picturesque panoramas along the road to gaze at.

Kazan, Russia

Kazan

second destination

Known as the third capital of Russia, every year scenic Kazan draws thousands of people from all over the world, attracted to its cultural and historical significance and striking sights, including the majestic Kazan Kremlin.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Kazan Sightseeing Tour & Tatar Cooking Master Class

In the morning your train arrives in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

Upon arrival, your guide meets you at the train station, and together you walk to your centrally located hotel for check-in and breakfast.

After some time for rest, you explore the historic ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin. During the tour, you see the main treasures of the complex, including one of the largest mosques in Russia - the Qol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral and the Governor's Palace.

You are then in for a little surprise. Your lunch program includes a cooking master class where you learn how to make a traditional Tatar dish.

Later you continue your tour to the Kazan Family Center located on the bank of the Kazanka River. The unique form of the building reminds the Tatar of the cauldron that beautifully reflects local culture.

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

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 5
Trip to Sviyazhsk and Chak-Chak Museum

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver who take you to the island of Sviyazhsk to enjoy its amazing architectural heritage. Along the way, you have a stop at the famous Temple of All Religions - the unique complex that consists of several cupolas, minarets, and spires representing the architecture of 12 major religions of the world.

Upon arrival at Sviyazhsk, a former fortress that once helped Ivan IV to conquer Kazan Khanate, you enjoy a walking tour around its most treasured attractions, including the Dormition Monastery, the Monastery of John the Baptist and the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius.

Later, you visit a very unique for Russia museum - the Museum of Wood, built on a 500-year-old archaeological site. At the excavation zone of 900 square meters (9688 square feet), you can see an original layout of the wooden buildings in an XVII-century city.

After a break for lunch (which is not included), you proceed to the chak-chak museum. Here you learn the secrets of making the traditional Tatar sweet. You are also invited for tea drinking with chak-chak, baursak, and Tatar pastila.

After the tour, you return back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast and tasting are included.

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4-star hotel
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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.

train
Kazan
Ekaterinburg
14 hrs

Traveling from Russia's Tatarstan region to the city of Ekaterinburg is a perfect opportunity to experience Russian' way of life as you travel on a regular train. In addition, the outstanding changing landscapes await you in your Kazan - Ekaterinburg travel.

Ekaterinburg, Russia

Ekaterinburg

third destination

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!

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Arrival in Ekaterinburg

You spend this day on board your train enjoying fantastic scenery passing by your window.

In the evening you arrive in Ekaterinburg. Your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast box and one meal onboard are included.

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Day 7
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.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Car Ride to Ulan-Ude & Train to Ulan Bator

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and a private driver transfers you to the amazing Russian city of Ulan-Ude where you board a train that takes you to the final destination of your Trans-Siberian tour - striking Ulan Bator. 

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

Breakfast box is included.

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Day 9
On Board the Train

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

No meals included.

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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.

train
Ekaterinburg
Lake Baikal, Listvyanka Village
2 d 4 hrs

Enjoy the sights of the Siberia region in your Trans-Siberian journey as you ride on the regular Russian train. The road takes about 2 days, so you will have plenty of time to relax and examine the Russian lands. The train goes to Irkutsk, from where you'll be transferred right to Listvyanka Village, which is situated on the Lake Baikal shore.

Listvyanka Village, Russia

Lake Baikal, Listvyanka Village

fourth destination

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.

2 days in Listvyanka Village
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a great location hotel
Day 10
Listvyanka Village Tour & Baikal Museum

In the morning you arrive in Irkutsk. Upon arrival, you are transferred right to the Lake Baikal shore and check in to your hotel.

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.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
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.

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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.

car
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

Irkutsk

fifth destination

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.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 12
Irkutsk City Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and say "Good-bye" to Lake Baikal! Your driver takes you 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, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is are included.

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Day 13
On Board the Train

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

No meals included.

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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.

train
Irkutsk
Ulan Bator
22 hrs 40 min

The next part of your journey is a train trip to Mongolia capital, Ulan Bator, where you will transfer to the Trans-Mongolian Railway. Marvelous panoramas of Lake Baikal and the Russian Buryatia Region sceneries will accompany you, smoothly changing to Mongolian steppes.

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Ulan Bator

sixth destination

Ulan Bator is an off-the-beaten-path city full of treasures waiting to be discovered, and anyone who is looking for a travel destination with a unique culture and unparalleled atmosphere should put the city on a travel bucket list.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a great location hotel + 1 night in a ger camp
Day 14
Visiting the Gandan Monastery & Trip to Gorkhi-Terelji National Park

In the morning you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. Your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

Later you meet your guide and explore the legendary Mongolian Buddhist Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. You then depart from the capital and in about 1.5 hours arrive at the camp and enjoy traditional lunch.

Later you take the tour of the picturesque Gorkhi-Terelji National Park and visit its most popular attractions, including the famous Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple located on a steep hill. At the entrance to the temple’s grounds, there is a long walking path leading to the set of 108 steep stairs that symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk. You can rise up to the temple and enjoy the magnificent view of surrounding valleys.

In the evening you enjoy dinner at the camp. You spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 15
Meeting a Nomadic Family & Exploring the Genghis Khan Statue

Following breakfast at the ger camp you meet your guide and start the day with a visit to a nomadic family to learn more about their culture, authentic lifestyle and traditions. 

You continue to the banks of the Tuul River where an iconic 40-meters tall equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is located. During the tour you explore the interiors of the statue, see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip and walk through the chest and neck of the statue's horse up to its head. At the top you enjoy an excellent view of the complex area and the surrounding scenery.

After a break for lunch you make your way to the famous Zaisan Hill which offers the best panorama of Ulan Bator and then to the cashmere factory where you learn how raw materials are being transformed into thread and then into clothing.

Later you are transferred to your hotel in Ulan Bator and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 16
City Tour & Folk Show in Ulan Bator

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour around the most interesting attractions of Ulan Bator.

During the tour you visit the National Museum of Mongolia, one of the leading museums in the whole country and the one which is responsible for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage. You also stroll along the main streets of the city, see the Parlament house and walk through the central Sukhbaatar Square formerly known as Genghis Khan Square.

After the tour you return to the hotel to take some rest or continue exploring the city center on your own. In the evening you attend an amazing Mongolian folk show at the State National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble of Mongolia (transfers are included). After the show you are invited to the restaurant to have a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

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Day 17
Departure from Ulan Bator

This is the final day of your amazing Trans-Siberian train tour! Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your guide 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.

  • Optional post-tour extension: Continue your journey further to Beijing and spend 4 days exploring this Chinese gem or to Vladivostok to visit one of the most significant Russian ports located on the western shores of the Sea of Japan. Contact your travel specialist for details.
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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, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka Village and Ulan Bator;
  • Overnight at a traditional Mongolian ger camp;
  • 1st or 2nd class tickets for Moscow - Kazan, Kazan - Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg - Irkutsk, and Irkutsk - Ulan Bator trains;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US and Canadian citizens (Mongolian visa is not required). Full Russian and Mongolian visa processing service for 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;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Kremlin territory & Amber Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow subway, Kazan Kremlin, Temple of all Religions, chack-chack museum with tasting, Ganina Yama, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium, Aryabal Temple and National Museum of Mongolia;
  • Cooking master class in Kazan;
  • Ride on a chair-lift to the Baikal viewpoint;
  • Folk show in Ulan Bator;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: 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.

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;
  • Unique chance to stand on 2 continents at the same time during a trip to the famous Europe-Asia monument;
  • Overnight in a traditional Mongolian yurt and visit to a nomadic family;
  • Grandeur and beauty of 'Sacred Sea of Siberia', the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness;
  • Journey across 2 continents along Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Ulan-Bator.

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
  • Siberian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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