Suggested itinerary “Trans Siberian Tour”, Moscow - Ekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk,
10 days/9 nights,
Friday arrivals, 2 pax,
from € 1570.- pp

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Itineray in brief


Day 1/Friday (Moscow)
•AM/PM: Arrival in the international Airport (flight TBC). Private transfer to the hotel with ES guide. O/night in Moscow hotel, b/b

Day 2/Saturday (Moscow). Private transport, ES guide
• AM: City tour, Red Square, Sparrow Hills, New Maiden Covent and cemetery
• PM: Kremlin tour (territory and cathedrals, Armoury Chamber). O/night in Moscow hotel, b/b

Day 3/Sunday (Moscow). Moscow/departure to Ekaterinburg
• AM: Transfer to railway station with ES guide
• 13:20: Train to Ekaterinburg (runs about 26 hours). O/night on board of the train.

Day 4/Monday (Ekaterinburg)
• 17:10: Ekaterinburg/arrival, private transfer to the hotel with ES guide. O/night in Ekaterinburg hotel, b/b

Day 5/Tuesday (Ekaterinburg) Ekaterinburg/departure to Novosibirsk
• AM: Half-day city tour, visit to the Church on Spilled Blood, Local History Museum and Europe/Asia dividing point. Transfer to railway station with ES guide
• 18:43: Train to Novosibirsk (way time 23 hours). O/night on board of the train

Day 6/Wednesday (Novosibirsk).
• 18:06: Novosibirsk/arrival, private transfer with ES guide
• PM: check in hotel, short rest, visit traditional Russian banya – steam bath, samovar tea ceremony with Siberian honey. O/night in Novosibirsk hotel, b/b

Day 7/Thursday (Novosibirsk). Novosibirsk/departure to Irkutsk
• AM: City tour of Novosibirsk, covering all the main attractions of the city: Novosibirsk Railway Station – the biggest station of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Ascension Cathedral, Krasny Prospect street, Lenin Square - city center with the biggest world’s Opera House, old wooden houses on Gorkogo Str. - the oldest part of the city, St.Nicolas Chapel – the geographic center of Russia, river Ob’ embankment and colorful Siberian farm-market. Visit of 1 Museum of your choice: (Transsib History / USSR / Birch bark
Transfer to railway station with ES guide.
• 12:34: Train to Irkutsk (way time 31 hours). O/night on board of the train

Day 8/Friday (Irkutsk)
• 20:44: Irkutsk/arrival, private transfer with ES guide. O/night in Irkutsk hotel, b/b

Day 9/Saturday (Irkutsk/Listvyanka settlement)
• AM: Half day city tour with visit to Decembrists’ museum. Transfer to Listvyanka settlement (70 km).
• PM: Walking city tour in Listvyanka, visit to Limnological museum. Ethnographic Museum O/night in Listvyanka hotel, b/b

Day 10/Sunday (Irkutsk/Departure)
• AM/PM: Private transport, ES guide. Departure transfer to airport for your international flight

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Tour price

The Price for the tour Per person in a double room in Euro and subject to change for the exact dates
3* HOTELS:
Pax/HotelsIbis (Moscow)/Marins Park (Ekaterinburg)/Krestovaya Pad (Listvyanka)/Angara (Irkutsk)/Azimut Sibir (Novosibirsk)
2 paxPrice from € 1570 per person


4* HOTELS:
Pax/HotelsPark Inn Sadu (Moscow)/Vosnesensky (Ekaterinburg)/Anastasia (Listvyanka)/Marriott (Irkutsk)/ Domina (Novosibirsk)
2 paxPrice from € 1700 per person




The price includes:
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Moscow (Friday - Sunday arrival)
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Ekaterinburg
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Novosibirsk
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Irkutsk
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Listvyanka settlement (Baikal)
  • Breakfasts at the hotel
  • 2nd class 4-berth compartment train ticket Moscow – Ekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Irkutsk-Listyanka
  • all entrances as per program
  • transportation by air-conditioning private car
  • private English-speaking guide
  • Visa Support Letter
The price doesn’t include:
  • porterage at the airports/train stations
  • international flight tickets

Detailed itinerary

DAY 1 - MOSCOW
A private car with a guide will take you to the city hotel.

DAY 2 - MOSCOW
Originally a commercial centre, Red Square has been at the very centre of Russian history since the 15th century, from Ivan the Terrible’s confession of his misdeeds to the people in 1550, to great demonstrations, executions and the great parades of the Soviet Union’s military might. Ironically, “krasny” originally meant beautiful; it came to mean “red” only in the last century! From the time of Ivan the Great the square was used as a huge gathering place for public events, markets, fairs and festivals. The magnificent square encompasses an area of over $ 70,000 square metres and is bounded by the Kremlin walls, St.Bazil’s cathedral, the Historical museum and GUM departments store, the shopping arcade, that was completed in 1893.

At the southern end of Red Square is the almost fairy-tale like building of St Basil’s cathedral, commissioned in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquering of Kazan; legend has it that the architect was later blinded so that he could never repeat such a building that is so traditionally Russian. It is built of brick and comprises many colourful asymmetrical helmet and onion domes situated over nine chapels; the interior is full of 16th and 17th century icons, frescoes and ceiling paintings of subtle blues and pinks.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior
The Cathedral was designed by the great architect Konstantin Ton, who was also responsible for the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Kremlin Armoury and whose church designs pioneered the Byzantine-revival style, the cathedral was erected, for maximum effect, on the embankment only a few minutes' walk from the Kremlin. The cathedral was consecrated on the day Alexander III was crowned, May 26, 1883. In 48 years after its opening, in 1931 according to the personal order of V.Stalin St. Savior Cathedral was fully destroyed. Later a big open-air swimming pool was built on its place.
In 1994 according to the initiative of the Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, the new construction of the St. Savior cathedral started and it was finished in 1997, by the 850th anniversary of Moscow. It was fully rebuilt according to the old drawings of the destroyed cathedral Nowadays the visitors can fully enjoy not only the breathtaking view of the of the Cathedral but as well the marvelous view of Moscow from the 40 meter high observation platform.

New Maiden Convent
Sink in the atmosphere of the medieval Russia, when even daughters of tsars were doomed to become nuns (such were the rules, visiting the refined New Maiden Convent. This is one of the most beautiful of the city collection of buildings, located to the south-west of the city centre, with 16 gilded domes, founded in 1524. Many noble women, including Peter the Great’s first wife and his sister took vows and spent the rest of their lives here and are buried here, in the Smolensk Cathedral. Next door is the Novodevichy Cemetery, which contains the tombs of many Russian and Soviet notables, including Chekov, Scriabin, Shaliapin, Stalin’s first wife and Krushchev.

Go to the best viewpoint on Sparrow hills, from which you could easily see most of the city.
Visit the State Lomonosov University – the biggest and the most prestigious institution – the university museum and some of its staff. Sparrow Hills (or Vorobyovy Gory), known as Lenin Hills is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River and one of highest points in Moscow, reaching a height of 220 m (720 ft), or 60–70 m (200–230 ft) above the river level.
The observation platform, which gives a good panoramic view of the city, is on a steep bank 85 m (279 ft) above the river, or 200 m (660 ft) above sea level. The Luzhniki Stadium (formerly the Lenin Stadium), where the opening and closing ceremony for the 1980 Summer Olympics took place, is right below, across the Moskva River. Next to it is the Novodevichy Convent, with its Naryshkin Baroque towers.
Not far from the observation platform is the Luzhniki Metro Bridge. The two-level Metro-Bridge traverses the river to link Komsomolsky Prospekt with Vernadsky Prospekt. It serves two urban transport systems: motor vehicles and the Moscow Metro subway. The glass-walled subway station Vorobyovy Gory is at the lower level of the bridge.
The main landmarks of the hills are the Moscow State University (at one time the tallest building in Europe) and the Trinity Church

Continue for Arbat Street
Arbat is the most famous and one of the oldest roads in the city. Originally a suburb where traders from the East would arrive with their caravans, in the 18th Century the Arbat became popular with Moscow’s intelligentsia and artistic community, who enjoyed frequenting the many cafes and taking strolls along the area’s mansion-lined boulevards. Pushkin himself lived here with his wife in house number 53 (the building has since been turned into a museum dedicated to the poet).
Since it was no longer needed as a transport route, in the 1980s the way was paved for the Arbat to be made a pedestrian street, in which incarnation it has enjoyed a new lease of life as a tourist attraction. Maybe the legendary writers of the past no longer drink their coffee here, but a host of mime artists, soap-box poets, souvenir shops and art stalls evoke a decidedly bohemian atmosphere that can still inspire.

In the afternoon visit the oldest part of Moscow – the Kremlin. You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures one can see within its walls: 15th century cathedrals (the coronation, wedding and bury place of Russian rulers), bell-tower, Patriach’s Palace, Grand Kremlin Palace and of course the richest museum – Armoury (outside) Visit 3 cathedrals and see the famous Czar- bell and Czar- Cannon.

DAY 3 - MOSCOW/EKATERINBURG
Today you will be transferred to the railway station for train to Ekaterinburg that leaves at about 13:18 and runs for about 26 hours. Overnight on board

DAY 4 - EKATERINBURG
This day you arrive to Ekaterinburg in the evening at about 18:02 of local time. You will be met by the guide. Have a private transfer to your hotel where you may enjoy your evening in the Ural city on your own.

DAY 5 - EKATERINBURG
In the morning enjoy a city tour of Ekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is situated in the central part of the Europe-Asia continent, on the border of Europe and Asia, in the middle part of the Ural mountain ridge, in the latitude 56°50 North and in the longitude 60°38 East. The city is located on the East slope of the Middle Ural and on the both riversides of the Iset river (the tributary of Tobol). The official date of city birth is November, 18,1723.

At the time of city tour there will be a good chance to stroll through the historical center (The Dam) and Geological Alley (where you will see boulders and stones brought from all over the Ural). The “Ural Craftsman Lane” is very magnetic place for tourists, `cause everyone can buy hand-made souvenirs. The “Black Tulip” monument is set up to memorize soldiers perished in Afghan and Chechen wars. The guide will also acquaint with magnificent architectural ensemble named Rastorguev-Haritonov’s House and its unique (and even terrible) legends. At the end of the excursion you will visit the place where the last Russian tzar was shot; nowadays there is situated the Temple on the Blood.

In the evening, we will transfer you to the train station for your departure to Novosibirsk.
The train leaves at about 18:43 at local time and runs for about 23 hours.
Overnight on board


DAY 6 - EKATERINBURG/NOVOSIBIRSK
You arrive in Novosibirsk, your guide will meet you and transfer to the hotel.

Banya (Steam-house)
You will visit a real log (wooden) house and a professional attendant will walk you through all the stages of this “ancient SPA”: warming up, steaming with switch of green birch twigs and switch massage, willow slapping, herbal inhalation, birch log rolling. At the end you will participate in the samovar tea ceremony and the hosts will treat you with Siberian honey and homemade berry jams.

DAY 7 - NOVOSIBIRSK
City tour of Novosibirsk, covering all the main attractions of the city: Novosibirsk Railway Station – the biggest station of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Ascension Cathedral, Krasny Prospect street, Lenin Square - city center with the biggest world’s Opera House, old wooden houses on Gorkogo Str. - the oldest part of the city, St. Nicolas Chapel – the geographic center of Russia, river Ob’ embankment and colourful Siberian farm-market.
In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the train station for your departure to Irkutsk.
The train leaves at about 12:32 at local time and runs for about 31 hours.
This day you will spend on board where you may enjoy landscapes from the window and also have lunch at the restaurant - car!
Overnight on board


DAY 8 - IRKUTSK
In the morning you will have city tour and visit one of the city museums.
Irkutsk was founded in 1661 when the Russian military cossack troops established a fortress on the right bank of the Angara River. From late 17th century, it was a political, economical and cultural center of Siberia. The city's Russian classical architecture dates from the period of the 1880s when the city boomed after gold was discovered in the area. Most of the brick mansions and grand public buildings varying in architectural styles were constructed in the late 19th - early 20th century.
The beautiful Russian Orthodox churches and a Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building) are located in downtown. You will see many small one- and two-stored wooden houses or cabins that are decorated with "wooden laces" (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century. During this city tour of Irkutsk, our guide tells you about the Siberian city evolution, shows the most interesting sights and peculiar features of one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. Tourists also visit the Decembrists’ Museum. After the Decembrists’ uprising in the Senate square in 1825 all the exiled Decembrists went to imprisonment at hard labour across Irkutsk, some time afterwards some of the deported Decembrists settled down in Irkutsk. You will visit a cozy house of the Volkonsky family. Already from a distance this structure catches the eye standing out from other constructions. The atmosphere is approximated to that of the 19th century to the uttermost.

DAY 9 - IRKUTSK/LISTVYANKA
Today we will transfer you to Listvyanka settlement which is 70 km from Irkutsk. Here you will check in hotel and enjoy walking city tour afterwards.
The small but tourist-wise settlement of Listvyanka is located on the western shore of Lake Baikal. This old-style Siberian village situated at the source of Angara River is famous for its trade history. From the 18th century a ferry took merchants across the lake on their way to Mongolia, China and the Far East. The Museum of Lake Baikal (Limnological Museum) provides information about the origin and wild life of the lake. A video film gives you the opportunity to see the deepest point of the lake’s bottom 91/637 m) from the submarine boat.

In the afternoon you may enjoy time on your own strolling on the embankment of lake Baikal.

DAY 10 - DEPARTURE
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.