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Classic Trans Siberian

Departing: Moscow, Russia - 14 days
Countries visited: Russia

Experience the complete Trans Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. Travel across two continents, seven time zones and 9,288 kilometres of track. Discover remote Siberia where you can witness Buryat culture first hand beside the shores of Lake Baikal - the world's largest freshwater lake.

  

 

Itinerary

Days 1-2. Moscow - Your Journey Begins
Moscow will amaze you, its palaces and public buildings restored to their former glory. The echoing vastness of Red Square, the splendid twirled cupolas of St. Basil's across the cobblestones, and the Kremlin itself - that fabled palace-fort of gilded domes where the exquisite collection of royal treasures is housed. Here you have the opportunity to visit the underground metro with chandeliers, mosaics and baroque bas-relief and perhaps a river cruise, or a magical evening at one of Moscow's great theatres, or State Circus, before boarding the train just after midnight.  

Days 3-5. Aboard the Trans Siberian Railway
Join the Trans Siberian Express and travel via Yekaterinburg, Omsk and Novosibirsk, booming over the steel bridges spanning Siberia's nerve system of 5,000 rivers. Over the Volga, and on the far side the Ural mountains, the flickering silvers and greens of the birch forests speed past. 

Days 6-9. Siberia 
On into the heart of Siberia to Irkutsk. Pause to take an excursion to the shores of Lake Baikal where you spend two nights at the typical Russian village of Listvyanka - a popular summer resort for locals. You'll soon find that the world's largest freshwater lake is too cold for swimming for most, instead you can stroll along the shoreline, visit local museums or tasting the local delicacies before returning to Irkutsk for our final night in Siberia. Here is ample time to look around this interesting city which was once a Cossack-guarded outpost for fur and tea traders who made the long journey from Mongolia and China. Later, the exiles known as the Decembrists, who led a failed attempt to overthrow Tsar Nicholas I, were exiled here. As your train pulls out of Irkutsk, you sit back to gaze at Russia as it rushes past your windows.


Days 10-12. Aboard the Trans Siberian Railway
Settle into life on board once more, getting to know your travelling companions. Relax in the comfortable four-berth compartment that is home for the next three nights it takes to cross eastern Siberia to the once-secret Pacific port of Vladivostok. 

Day 13-14. Vladivostok - Journeys End
Once a top-secret naval base of the Soviet Union, Vladivostok was sealed off from the outside world. Now its doors are open for business and the city is booming as Russia's gateway to the Far East. For 100 years this has been the legendary eastern terminus of the Trans Siberian Railway, its historic railway station recently restored to its former grandeur. Discover the city and port at the end of this incredible journey; a brilliant and unforgettable experience along one of the world's greatest rail journeys.



 

Essentials

Transfers
All transfers are included once you have begun this journey. See the Journey Itinerary for further details.  

Hotels

Choose from ‘Traveller’ or ‘Classic.

Meals

Many breakfasts (6) are included.  

Sightseeing

The suggested sightseeing in these itineraries is not included in the prices shown. You are free to arrange this locally or we can arrange this for you in advance separately. 


Visas
Required are for Russia. Sundowners Overland will provide all required visa invitation letters and full visa support including detailed visa guidelines.

Accommodation: 

Hotels - 4 nights (twin share)
Siberian Guesthouse - 2 nights (twin share)
Trains - 7 nights. Comfortable 4-berth sleepers